I run a “not-so-powerful” hardware with a 512 Mb of RAM and 1.5 Ghz P IV processor. On this hardware, I run Ubuntu as my major Operating System with Slackware, and Microsoft Windows XP installed as a stand-by.
Because the default Ubuntu installation demands better hardware specification, I had to opt for minimal installation of Ubuntu. I started with a base installation of Ubuntu 7.10. Then I installed X over it and then OpenBox3 as a Window Manager. I followed the guidelines from these tutorials:
After some tweaks, hacks and carefree editing of configuration files, I get the Ubuntu system that I have now.
I will include the screen-shots of my Desktop with some programs open and comment of them.
<Q: How to take screen shots of your Desktop? (in Microsoft Windows)>
<A: Suppose, you want to take a screen shot of the Firefox instance running on your desktop. Search for the key “Print Screen” on your keyboard and press it while Firefox is running. Open MS Paint (or any other Image editing program) and press Ctrl+V or Edit—>Paste from the menu bar. You will get the image of Firefox along with the desktop pasted on the drawing canvas. >
Here is the first one:
I use a program called ‘feh’ to update my wallpaper. Using a small BASH script and cron, I have made my background to change in every 5 minutes. The panel at the bottom is the xfce4-panel. I use the dictd client, ClipBoard Manager, System Tray and Clock addons. My System Tray holds the Audacious music player and the X-Chat chat program almost all the time. And I use 4 desktops: one for Web Browsing and etc, the other for terminal and writing codes or any other work, and the remaining two are not much used.
I surf the WWW (World Wild Web) with the mighty Firefox. I cant think of web without Firefox. No way without Greasemonkey, NoScript, Tamper Data, Web Developer Toolbar etc.
Actually, Audacious is not the Music Player of my choice (Amarok is), but I find it very useful compared to other players (I have tried many including the famed Exaile) as it is easy on my system resources. Besides, I feel it parses big playlists better than other player.
I use XChat for almost all my IM needs. I connect to IRC and also to MSN, Yahoo and Gmail servers (using BitBlee).
I use Gedit as an IDE to write mostly C codes. Above, I was writing some GTK+ codes. It resulted in a Segmentation Fault 😦
I use Scite as a general GUI text editor. It understands many Languages and intergates with Compilers well. I also use mousepad as a minimal text editor.
This was my typical Desktop under the Ubuntu OS only. I once maintained a good Windows XP installation also. Later, I will try to include the screen shots form there as well. I will also try to include screen-shots form my Slackware installation.