Install Whisker Menu
The default application menu is fine with the mouse, but hard to use with the keyboard.
The Windows 7 start menu works well with both. On the keyboard you just press WIN, type to filter programs, files, settings, whatever, and select the one you want. Easy!
You can get close to that that level of simplicity by installing Whisker Menu.
Whikser Menu will probably ship with Xubuntu 14, but until then you have to install it yourself.
Use these commands to install Whikser Menu.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin
Follow these steps to replace the old Application Menu.
- Right click on the top menu and choose Panel, Add New Items.
- Find Whisker Menu in the list of items.
- Drag and drop Whisker Menu next to the application menu.
- Right click on the Application Menu and choose remove. Click Remove again in the dialog to confirm.
Now create a keyboard shortcut so you can access the menu from the keyboard. You can use Whisker Menu to bootstrap this!
- Click the Whisker Menu.
- Type ‘set’ and enter to open Settings.
- Go to Keyboard, Application Shortcuts, Add.
xfce4-popup-whiskermenuas the command.
- Set WIN + space as the shortcut.
You could set just WIN as the shortcut, but then the Whisker Menu would pop up whenever you use any other shortcuts that combine WIN and another key.
Xfce is a bit too simple here to emulte Windows exactly.
MRU tab switching in Firefox
You can flick through tabs in Firefox just like you flick through applications on the desktop. The shortcut is ALT + TAB.
By default, Firefox cycles through the tabs from left to right. I generally only care about the current tab and the MRU (most recently used) tab.
Browse to about:config and acknowledge the warning that here dragons be.
Set browser.ctrlTab.previews to true.
Easy Window Tiling
Enable Windows-style tiling by assigning keybaord and mouse shortcuts to the tiling functions.
Go to Applications, Settings Manager, Window Manager.
In the Advanced tab, uncheck ‘Wrap workspaces when dragging a window off the screen’.
Go to the keyboard tab.
Double click on ‘Tile window to the left’ and press SUPER + left.
Double click on ‘Tile window to the right’ and press SUPER + right.
In Linux, WIN is called SUPER.
Use etckeeper to keep an audit trail of /etc (system configuration) changes.
sudo apt-get install mercurial
sudo apt-get install etckeeper
Edit the etckeeper config.
Set the VCS to mercurial (hg).
# The VCS to use. VCS="hg" #VCS="git" #VCS="bzr" #VCS="darcs"
Make the inital commit.
sudo etckeeper init sudo etckeeper commit "Initial commit."
etckeeper automatically commits after apt activity and on a daily cycle.
Set multi monitor layout
Use arandr to get a tool very similar to Windows 7’s built-in multi monitor layout editor.
sudo apt-get install arandr
Arrange the layout visually, just like on Windows 7.