Thursday, June 14, 2007

Fedora 7: Remove desktop icons/launchers

I am trying out the great new Fedora 7 now, with the Gnome desktop.

I wanted to remove the desktop icons / launchers that were on the desktop (Computer, adder1972's home og Trash).

It turned out I had to install "gconf-editor" (not installed by default apparently). As root I ran:

yum install gconf-editor

Then, in Configuration Editor under System Tools in Applications, I chose "apps" "nautilus" and "desktop". Then I could just remove the icons / launchers that I wanted to remove.

gconf-editor is a part of Gnome, and works in i.e. Ubuntu as well]

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Linux Mint 3.0 Cassandra

Linux Mint 3.0 is out. I downloaded the Ubuntu based distro and tried it in Virtualbox. I just used the same virtual machine as I have installed Ubuntu Feisty on, and just booted it from the CD ISO.

The distro looked great and supports lots of media files right out of the box. The LiveCD I tried was based on Gnome, but did only have one panel on the bottom part of the screen.

The virtual machine I used has just a 5GB virtual hard drive allocated. I have already installed Feisty on it, which filled about 2.5GB and I have allocated 512MB to swap (a bit much). A bit more than 2GB was free. Using the Mint installer, I made a new partition of the free space in the "Feisty partition", so I got an approximately 2.3GB partition that Mint could use for root. I set the installer to use the same swap-partition as Feisty does.

The installation went quick and without any problems.

When I rebooted, GRUB now had the Mint and Ubuntu Feisty boot options. I tried Mint. Then, when I wanted to log in, I got the error message: "GDM could not write your authorization file." etc. I have gotten this message one before (I don't remember when) when my root partition was full.

I decided to delete OpenOffice and then try to log in. I rebooted and started Mint in safe mode. At the command line (Ctrl+Alt+F1), as root, I typed:

apt-get remove --purge*

This removed about 230MB of files. After it had finished, I typed "reboot", and started Mint the normal way.