Tag: gnome 3

Annoyed by F10 key in gnome-terminal?

Posted by – 23/03/2012

I am one of those people that like to map Fx keys to special functions. After all, that’s what F-unction keys are for, right?

So, one of the first things I do once I have to configure a new Desktop is disable F10-capture by gnome-terminal. It has been working flawlessly, until I begin using GNOME3. No matter what, F10 was still being captured.

I found that this is a bug and that adding the following:

@binding-set NoKeyboardNavigation {
	unbind "<shift>F10"
* {
	gtk-key-bindings: NoKeyboardNavigation

to ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css serves as a workaround.

Hope this helps people with the same problem.

GNOME 3 is like Vim.

Posted by – 22/03/2012

You might know that I am testing GNOME 3. So far, so good. I was a little annoyed by the not-obvious and undocumented have-to-add-user-to-pulse-and-pulse-access procedure and the keyboard-shortcut-settings-bad-design-bug, but now sound works and my usual shortcuts are in-place…

I found myself liking the environment, but not sure about why I was liking it. I was always a minimalist user. At one time I convinced myself X11 (or Xorg) served as a terminal multiplexer… but now, GNOME 3 is changing that with its unobstructiveness (is there such a word?).

One thing that might be selling GNOME 3 to me is that it resembles Vim, my beloved text-editor and multipurpose IDE. Just think about the “Overview” mode as a command-mode in Vim. While working in Vim, I focus in one thing at a time, and everytime I want to do some “meta” thing, I Escape to the command-mode. It’s just the same in GNOME 3: “Overview” let me do “meta” things and gives me the whole power of the Desktop in one screen.

I am not sure I am going to keep GNOME 3… But thinking it’s like Vim is a compelling argument.

Time to change Window Manager again?

Posted by – 18/03/2012

Ten years ago I was a fan of NEXTSTEP desktops and a die hard user of Window Maker. I love dockapps, and used to collect them.

Things changed, and, as I moved from Desktops to Laptops, I began using simpler Window Managers. The powerful keyboard-shortcuts Fluxbox along with its capability to join windows with tabbing won me over and I began using it in my Laptop, while preserving Window Maker in my Desktop. In time, Fluxbox were used in both sides.

Then the netbooks came and I bought an EeePC. The screen was so small that even the non-obstructive nature of Fluxbox were not enough. I began to try tiling window managers and I settle for Awesome. I was using Fluxbox in my Desktop and my Laptop, but Awesome was running in my Netbook. Tiling was making a lot of more sense and I could be productive, even in a small Netbook. Eventually, I started using Bluetile in my Laptop. Also, Bluetile was written in Haskell, and I was interested in Functional Languages by that time…

Now I got a new Laptop, and, since it features a Realtek 8191SE Wi-fi card, I had to install Wheezy (in my laptop, I usually run stable). Wheezy comes with the new GNOME 3 desktop, of which I read a lot.

I decided to give it a try. I am missing advanced tiling (it seems that GNOME3 tiling works just in the side-by-side approach)… and I also think that creating custom launchers should be improved… but so far I am not disliking it, which is a good step toward adopting it. I’ll give it a week to convince me. Let’s see how it works its charm on me ­čÖé