Tweak 2

More space

I think that screen real estate is an important consideration when configuring your NC10’s desktop.

1) Even when a gnome panel is set to auto-hide it does not hide completely. I found this blog post which highlights one way of doing this – http://atunu.blogspot.com/2008/02/how-to-hide-taskbar-aka-gnome-panel.html

2) I use the classic compact 3.0.9 theme for Firefox that aims to minimise the vertical space consumed by menus and toolbars – https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3699

Does anybody have any space saving tweaks?

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8 Responses to “Tweak 2”

  1. I stripped the terminal window of all menubars and borders.

    In the standard gnome terminal choose edit-> profiles. In the general tab you can disable the menubar, and in the scrolling-tab you can disable the scrollbar.

    If you install the xcfe terminal instead of the Gnome one, you can even strip the titlebar and make it fullscreen.

  2. Here’s a few that I use on my current laptop (1024×768 display):

    1. Use fullscreen mode for applications that have it. Many of them have a keyboard option to toggle fullscreen on and off, making it very quick and easy.
    2. Choose small icons in applications that offer them (OpenOffice is one).
    3. Get rid of toolbars you don’t use very often. You can always go through the menus for those once-in-a-while operations.
    4. Delete the lower panel in Gnome and add the Window List to the top panel (get rid of unused icons on the right of the top panel for more space).
    5. Use one of the more compact themes from gnome-look.org (search on “compact”).

  3. instead of using the window list i use a window menu. when you have compiz fusion it’s rare that you need the window list, so a menu works fine, and takes up a lot less space. that way on my top panel i have

    main menu | window menu | desktop switcher | quick launch icons | spcae | systray | volume | date and time | user switcher applet

  4. oh also a great space saving tip for firefox: for all bookmarks in the toolbar, delete their names completely. this way you just see the icons. then right click > customise and drag the bookmarks toolbar to the right of the file, edit menus. this way you don’t have a whole extra toolbar for the bookmarks and you lose no functionality

  5. Config:
    I don’t have ubuntu on my nc10, decided to go with Fedora 10 – beta.
    All my partitions are encrypted using luks / as well as the swap.
    The idea behind the encryption is that because of the nature of the netbook it’s more likely to be lose or stolen, I just don’t want my data to be read by other people 🙂 The performance with the encryption is not so bad, though I haven’t copy/read large files.

    Application:
    – I use epiphany instead of firefox as it takes less than 2 seconds to start.
    I tried midori which is even faster to start but it tends to crash regularly.
    – Music: mpd – [ http://mpd.wikia.com ]
    – Email: console base client ‘cone’ + ‘mail-notification’
    – Jabber: Empathy – Gnome Client.

    Desktop Config:
    – I use one gnome-panel instead of the standard 2 – it’s tight but it’s working fine.
    – I tried to put the gnome-panel to the right side to keep it permanently but it’s not quite there.
    – I tried to replace the text ‘Applications’ ‘Places’ and ‘System’ in the gnome panel with some icons to gain an extra space but I could not figure out how to do it.
    – Actively looking for an applet to disable/enable wifi/bluetooth in one go.

  6. I’m thinking of getting a NC10 so got interested. I had ubuntu on a 12.1″ x20 thikpad but the monitor died. On the 12.1″ I was able to save space with one
    gnome panel and main menu instead of menu bar. In adition, I made Alt-F11 toggle full screen window mode. this is done using the keyboard shortcuts settings. I also set the default gnome toolbar setting to image only (no text)- this reduces the height of the toolbar. In general, mapping convenient keyboard shortcuts and working in full screen might be the best approach.

  7. I have been using the Ubuntu 8.10 ‘Netbook Remix’ packages with success on the NC10. No problems at all.

    It creates a lot more space because you can:
    – remove the bottom gnome panel completely
    – integrate the title bar of the application with the top gnome panel as tab, with the ‘window-picker-applet’
    – replace the text ‘Applications’ ‘Places’ and ‘System’ in the gnome top panel with one icon, the ‘go-home-applet’, opening the ‘netbook-launcher’ desktop menu application.
    – allow instant full screen for applications, with ‘maximus’

    It takes a little time to set up, but it can be done relatively easy without use of the terminal. To set up, follow this guide (its for the Aspire One, but works the same with the NC10):
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne#Install%20NetBook%20Remix

    More info:
    http://www.canonical.com/projects/ubuntu/nbr
    https://launchpad.net/netbook-remix

    Maybe the guide about netbook remix can be added to the Ubuntu wiki-page on the NC10 as well? ( https://help.ubuntu.com/community/NC10 )

  8. This thing has tiny pixels, so you might want to manually shrink fonts a bit more than ubuntu would by default. (It detects the high-dpi screen on startup, and makes the fonts big…)

    Under gnome:

    system -> appearance -> fonts ->
    set all to dejavu sans book 8
    fixed width to dejavu sans mono book 8

    (these happen to look good when made tiny… YMMV. My biggest complaint is that i and l are nearly indistinguishable)

    next, go to details -> tweak “dots per inch” to your liking (I set it to 77 on my desktop; no access to the netbook at the moment…)

    You’ll notice that firefox + thunderbird are still using terribly large fonts:
    ff: about:config -> type “dpi” in “filter” box. Set to 88, then restart ff, adjust, repeat…
    thunderbird: edit -> preferences -> advanced -> config editor; then play the same game.

    Also, right click your firefox + thunderbird tuoolbars, click customize. Drag the useless buttons to the customize window, and everything else up next to the menubar, then disable the toolbar. Now the URL, menus + google can share the same horizontal space.

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