Re: Ion3 a good light GUI.
- From: "J.Markoll" <j.markoll@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri, 06 Jan 2006 09:06:59 +0100
Thanks a lot, I'll try all this next, to make it fun.
(But I've got a good small tutorial in my language too, and do not need
using theses yet).
Key bindings : I read in the tutorial that we must be careful not to have a confusing configuration that would interfere in OpenOffice key binding default configurations for example. Or the inverse, coming from OOo maybe ? not sure anymore :)
All the best, Joyce Markoll.
Arlen Christian Mart Cuss a écrit :
Good to see people using ion3.
I think you'll find splitting windows and other keybindings can be helpful at times - my most used key would be F2; open a new terminal. This is a tad faster than using the memory! If you use `apt-cache search' from a command line, you can try searching for your applications that way.
Some more helpful commands include F3 to run a command without opening a terminal - such as konqueror. Alt+C will close your current window, helpful to not have to use the mouse :) Alt+S splits the current frame in half horizontally, `Alt+K, S' will split it vertically. Alt+R enters resize mode (press a cursor key to extend in that direction, shift+cursor key to retract!). `Alt+K, N' and `Alt+K, P' for next and previous frame respectively. `Alt+N' and `Alt+P' will let you move up and down between horizontally split frames.
Workspaces are helpful: I keep my GAIM buddy list, terminal from which I play music, and Thunderbird in a separate workspace. Press F9 to create a workspace (press enter twice at the prompts to make it unnamed); Alt+, and Alt+. (comma and period) move between workspaces. Alt+C on the last empty frame in a workspace which isn't your last will destroy it.
I hope this helps you some!
Hello to all,
I wanted to say and remind to all who have more or less trouble with the speed and efficiency of their machine, that under Linux distributions we can have multiple GUI's installed and login either on one or on the other.
I installed Ion3 a few weeks ago already now, and when running several greedy applications at same time, such as Thunderbird, Firefox, plus Blender and Galeon, just now, Ion3 allows my machine not to get stocked with a freezed GUI.
I just changed session and not even necessery to start the connexion again, it's all in the same state where I left the other session, except for the GUI.
To start under Ion3 the command is F12 which leads to a very small menu from which I run a terminal. (Menu/Programs/Run a terminal, menu navigation with arrows and with the escape key) I don't use any of the tricks of the key bindings and not even splitting windows.
The terminal takes the whole screen as well as the application's interfaces, and it is very comfortable. I have to remember what applications are installed, or I run Synaptic incase I need to check about one. Particularly as apps and commands for apps don't always have the same name :(
To open one more tab it's with mouse or with Ctrl+Shift, and all applications open in new tabs beside one to the other. To close an app a right click on one tab offers menus, among which 'close tab'.
Nothing more easy, elegant, and light! :)
No, it's not difficult tu run for a newbie. My 5 years old son starts learning to write in Ion3. He invokes 'pingus', 'supertux', and 'ppracer', he just comes to me and ask 'and after, which letter is it ?'
To browse the files I use once the terminal, once Konqueror, that I installed alone without Kde. I invoque 'konqueror &' the '&' allowing to keep the process in background, but it does not always free the terminal, curiously in this case. Never mind, many tabs can be opened in the same window.
My machine has 512 Mo memory that I have tested twice with the Gimp torture test successfully. The very greedy I see when running qps (which is nice and light) are Gnome, and Xorg. So Xorg I can't change, but Gnome is good enough to do things like listen to music and surf on the web, not much more on 'only' 512 Mo, appearently (I already commented two tty over 4 in the /etc/inittab file, a few days ago, to gain a little).
Under Ion3 also I can listen to music, but I'm not used to do everything with it yet. A matter of habbits :)
Best greetings, Joyce Markoll.
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