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innerslytherin ([personal profile] innerslytherin) wrote in [community profile] linux4all2012-05-11 01:32 am

Help out a newbie Xubuntu user?

Hi everyone! I've read through the entries about Linux and netbooks, and thanks to everyone who has shared their knowledge.

I have a post at my personal journal about my Acer netbook and having just installed Xubuntu. I'm hoping I can get tips from people in this community as to how I can, well, prettify my system a little.

I'm also interested in your recommendations for word processing apps. Xubuntu came with Abiword, which I have used a handful of times. Are there other programs that are better? (Background: I've been a Windows and Microsoft Word ever since I left DOS and PFS First Choice as a high schooler, and I am, generally speaking, a fan of Microsoft Word, in that it's never given me problems.) I don't want to bog my system down with more program than it can handle, given that I have 1 GB of memory and a 1.66 GHz processor, but I definitely want to know my options.

And while we're at it, what about blog clients? I'm using DW, LJ, and WordPress, so something that can handle all of those would be great, but any of the three would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance! So far I'm loving my Linux experience, and I'm already planning to fix my mom's laptop by installing Ubuntu on it for her. :)
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[personal profile] momijizukamori 2012-05-11 10:46 am (UTC)(link)
OpenOffice (now possibly known as LibreOffice?) is sort of the big name one - it's very MS Office-like, and will read and write at least the old MS file types (can't recall if I've tried it on .docx or any of those yet). I don't have any suggestions for blog software, but maybe a quick search in the Software Center? That's usually my go-to when I need a tool for something and don't know one off-hand.

For themes - has GTK themes (which builds some of the basics of Xfce, the windowing system - you'll want ones that come in both GTK2 and GTK3 for max pretty, as apps are still mixed between the two systems), and has some tweaked specifically for Xfce and it's window manager. You can also look in Synaptic for 'theme' - I've personally found I really like the Shiki series of themes and icons (not yet ported to GTK3, which means some apps look ugly, but the GTK2 ones are pretty). Gnome-Look also has icon sets which are compatible with Xfce, iirc.

And welcome to Linux! I just switched to Xubuntu from regular Ubuntu (didn't want Unity when I upgraded) last week, and it's been fun.

And welcome
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[personal profile] amianym 2012-05-11 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
LibreOffice is a fork of OpenOffice and it's what I use (unless I'm in the mood to fight with Calligra...) I haven't used OpenOffice recently enough to recommend one over the other; either should work well enough for your situation.

Also wow *buntus are *so* not what I'd pick for a netbook but oh well :U
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[personal profile] kerravonsen 2012-05-12 12:59 am (UTC)(link)
Xubuntu isn't bad, it's more lightweight than the other *buntus because it uses Xfce4 as the default desktop environment.
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[personal profile] amianym 2012-05-12 05:18 am (UTC)(link)
On my netbook I'm using Chakra Linux. I'm a big KDE fan, but for KDE to be practical on a netbook the base has to be veeeery lightweight, as with Chakra. Gentoo or Arch would of course be lighter, but I'm not up for such an involved installation. I've previously recommended LMDE to people who do not share my tastes, but I haven't tried it myself. When I used Ubuntu, aside from hating Unity and GNOME, I got some really bizarre bugs and it felt sluggish.
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[personal profile] kerravonsen 2012-05-12 05:35 am (UTC)(link)
I found that ArchBang is much easier to install than Arch, and you end up with a system that is Arch-compatible. And I use Fvwm as my window-manager, because I like having total control over everything. And it is lightweight too.
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[personal profile] kerravonsen 2012-05-11 12:27 pm (UTC)(link)
If you search for "themes" with your package manager of choice (Synaptic is a good one) then there are quite a few that you can install. And, yes, Gnome-look and Xfce-look are good places to go. One thing I've noticed with themes, though, is that they mostly fall into three categories: bland grey, shiny black, and garish.

Every now and then I try my hand at themes, but I never seem to get around to packaging them up for other people (with two exceptions; my Celtic theme which I submitted to Fvwm, and my CedarBrass GTK theme which I put up on one of those *-look sites but I can't remember which one now).
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[personal profile] kerravonsen 2012-05-12 05:26 am (UTC)(link)
One of the things that might be a bit confusing at first (which I bet the sites never explain) is that there are two main kinds of theme: GTK themes and Window-manager themes (in your case, that's Xfce4). The window-manager themes control the look of the window decorations - that is the titlebar, the buttons, and the borders of the windows. The GTK themes control the look of GTK applications; that is, programs which were written with the GTK toolkit, which is popular. And some window manager themes pay attention to one's GTK theme, so it is still relevant. And some people make matching window-manager and GTK themes so that it will all be harmonious.

My Cedar-Brass GTK theme is here:
It is a steampunk-ish look; dark wood with brass highlights.
I made a matching Fvwm theme, but I haven't released it anywhere; the problem with Fvwm theming is that it isn't really standardized. No, that's just an excuse; I just don't feel like the extra effort needed to package up a theme and release it somewhere... (sigh)

Some additional GTK themes I've liked:

* Blueheart (black-and-blue) which is actually part of UbuntU: gtk2-engines-blueheart.
* Greenheart (green-and-black) a variant of Blueheart.
* Blue_Lagoon_X (grey with blue/green water look)
* BrushedMetal (grey brushed-metal look, with teal)
* CatBrass (olive green)
* Cloudscape_Green (grey with cloudy green)
* Country Oak (pale wood look)
* Glossy Blue (blue, with blue glass)
* Glossy Green (green, with green glass)
* H2O Emerald (grey, with green glass)
* H2O Saphire (grey, with blue glass)
* Leaded Glass (grey, with clear glass)
* TransMetal (another brushed-metal look, but brushed diagonally)
* WoodenHead (another wood-style theme, medium brown)
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[personal profile] kerravonsen 2012-05-14 04:17 am (UTC)(link)
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[personal profile] jewelfox 2012-05-11 07:23 pm (UTC)(link)
For blogging apps, try Logjam, Drivel, or BloGTK! There's also a KDE app I can't remember the name of (probably something like Kblogger).
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[personal profile] algorhythm 2012-05-11 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Blogilo would be the KDE client, but it doesn't work so well with LJ or Dreamwidth.
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[personal profile] sprat 2012-05-12 03:59 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm not using Linux at the moment, but when I did (about six months ago), I used google docs as my primary word processor and Koalawriter as a distraction-free writing app.