Episode 130 – What’s Bruin?


Ha, did you see what I did there? What’s Bruin? Its funny because they beat the Penguins. Ok, enough with the stupid stuff. Here is what’s on tap for todays show. I give you a rundown on XFCE and all things XFCE. Your links are here:

http://www.xfce.org/ The website

http://wiki.xfce.org/ The Wiki

http://wiki.xfce.org/tips Tips

http://blog.xfce.org/ Extremely helpful blog which includes additional tips

http://forum.xfce.org/ Yes they have forums too!

http://www.xfce.org/about/releasemodel The XFCE development release roadmap

Next up I give you a short how to on how to setup your keyboard shortcuts.


First go into Applications Menu, then choose Settings, then Keyboard. There will be a pop up box and the keyboard box will have three tabs – Behavior, Application Shortcuts and Layout. Select the Application Shortcuts tab. For this tutorial I will setup a keyboard shortcut for Thunderbird. So, in the bottom left corner of the keyboard popup box, select ADD. You will have another popup box titled Shortcut Command. The command box will be empty. To the left will be a button titled OPEN. Select the button and yet another box will open up and this will be to all your application executables. This should be in the directory /usr/bin. This directory will be in alphabetical order. Scroll down until you see Thunderbird and select OPEN. Notice that the command box now has the path for the thunderbird executable. Click OK. The popup box now shows the path and now you need to select the keyboard combination you wan to use. I chose the alt button and the letter t. You will see as you select the key combination, this will confirm you keyboard combination. That’s it. You will also see this in your Application shortcut section of your keyboard settings. Of course if you want to remove a combination, just open the keyboard dialog box again, navigate to the Application Shortcut tab, highlight the shortcut you want to remove and then choose the remove button. It is really that easy. For more tips and tricks, checkout the XFCE tips and tricks website – http://wiki.xfce.org/tips

I then move on to go over four distros for the linux beginner. As stated this was not meant to be a comprehensive list, just a start. Those three were:

Linux Mint – http://www.linuxmint.com/
Pinguy OS – http://pinguyos.com/
Bodhi Linux – http://www.bodhilinux.com/
Trisquel – http://trisquel.info/

Thats all for now folks.