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How To Take a Screenshot ? Taking a screenshot can be done in several ways. The easiest is to use a graphics program (for example The GIMP or xpaint) and choose the built-in screenshot or snapshot menu option. The method may be very different from one application to another, so I have chosen xpaint as an example. , ,
i3 Tiling Window Manager i3 Tiling Window Manager i3 is a very lightweight, flexible and customisable tiling window manager with excellent multi-monitor support. Tiling window managers aim at maximising the screen space by tiling all opened windows in a non-overlapping mode. As all the bells and whistles of traditional desktops are virtually non-existent in tiling window managers, they have a very minimalist look and are mostly keyboard-focused. If the concept of tiling window managers is still puzzling, please check t… , , , , ,
Keyboard Layout in Fluxbox If you have set the keyboard layout system-wide, you do not need to do anything. If, however, you switch between layouts on a regular basis, Fluxbox lets you easily add this functionality to the menu. Fluxbox Menu 1. Open the Fluxbox menu config file: , , , , ,
Keyboard Layout in i3 i3 Window Manager i3wm does not come with stock Slackware. If you want to install this extremely configurable tiling window manager, please visit SlackBuilds. Make sure you also install i3status, which will let you display all sorts of useful information in a panel. , , , , ,
Keyboard Layout in KDE If you haven't set the keyboard layout system-wide, you can specify it in KDE System Settings. The following steps have been tested on Slackware 14 (KDE SC 4.8.5) Setting Keyboard Layout 1. Open Input Devices from the System Settings panel. Menu => System Settings => Input Devices , , , , ,
Keyboard Layout in Xfce If you haven't set the keyboard layout system-wide, you can specify it in Xfce 4 Settings Manager. Setting Keyboard Layout 1. Open Xfce 4 Settings Manager Menu => Settings => Xfce 4 Settings Manager 2. Click on the Keyboard icon. 3. Switch to the Layout tab. , , , , ,
Remote X: Linux to Linux NOTE: in the X11 world, the SERVER machine is the one listening for a connection (your desktop). The CLIENT machine is the one initiating the connection (the machine you are executing the commands on). I know, it sounds backwards but, it is actually correct if you understand the X11 connection. , , , ,
Remote X: Windows to Linux 1) Install Xming and Xming-fonts * Download from <> 2) Add the Linux machine's DNS name(s) and/or IP address to the C:\Program Files\xming\X0.hosts file. File should look something like: Linux1 3) Start Xming , , , ,
Setting a Keyboard Layout Setting a keyboard layout is a necessary step if you do not want the default us layout. Furthermore, some people quite often need to switch between layouts. Below you'll find ways of setting / changing the keyboard layout both in the console and in X. , , , ,
SLiM (Simple Login Manager) SLiM is an acronym for Simple Login Manager. If you use one of the lightweight desktop environements like Xfce, Fluxbox, Blackbox or WindowMaker, you might want to use SLiM. Slackware ships with two login managers who could theoretically do the job but each have their shortcomings: , , , ,
Using Enlightement DR17 with Slackware What is E17? Enlightenment DR17 (E17) is the long awaited successor of E16, a window manager which was distributed in Slackware 10 years ago. It is classed as a “desktop shell”, providing the things you need to operate your desktop (or laptop), but not a whole suite of applications. This includes launching applications, managing their windows, and doing other system tasks like suspending, rebooting, managing files, etc. , ,
VNC NOTE: for the following examples, will be the REMOTE machine (VNC server). USING TightVNC: On your remote machine, install TightVNC via slackpkg slackpkg install tightvnc Start the VNC server: vncserver You should get a message stating that the VNC server has started on DISPLAY 1. , , , , , , ,
XFCE Applications Menu How to manipulate the XFCE Applications Menu. To add an installed app to the [system wide] XFCE APPLICATIONS MENU, as root: 1) Create the .desktop file: vi /usr/share/applications/APPNAME.desktop 2) ADD: [Desktop Entry] Name=APP NAME Comment=A COMMENT Exec=/PATH/TO/APP/BIN Icon=/PATH/TO/ICON/IMAGE.xpm Terminal=TRUE/FALSE Type=Application Categories=CATEGORY(S) , , , , , ,
Xmonad as a Windowmanager for Slackware Xmonad as a Windowmanager for Slackware Xmonad is a tiling window manager. For information about tiling window managers please read this wiki: wikipedia For Xmonad read here Required packages Xmonad is not included in Slackware by default, but available via Xmonad is written in Haskell and therefore some packages of the Haskell series are required in order to build Xmonad. Here are the packages in the correct build order: , , , , ,

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