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    What are your favorite "Must Have" Gnome-Shell Extensions, Themes or Tweaks?

    Based on some other threads and blog posts found on the web, it seems that too many people are unaware of how customizable Gnome-Shell can be and complain bitterly because they don't like the defaults. I'm hoping that this thread can help dispel the myths and allay the fears of Gnome users upgrading to OpenSUSE 12.1.

    Here are a few of mine:

    https://github.com/simon04/gnome-she...ension-weather - add your local weather to the top panel
    GNOME Shell Frippery - provides a Gnome2 user experience (I don't like this one -- but many people do)
    Places Status Indicator - adds a "Places" menu to the top panel (is in the OpenSUSE repositories)
    User Themes Extension - needed to install themes using Gnome-Tweak-Tool (is in the OpenSUSE repositories)

    And here is a link to some themes for Gnome Shell. I haven't tested them, but it can help get the ball rolling:

    Top 10 GNOME Shell Themes | Tech Drive-in

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    gnome-tweak-tool is well worth knowing about. You can use it to enable maximize/minimize buttons. I've also used it to configure middle click on a windows titlebar to maximize that window vertically.
    You can run gnome-tweak-tool from a command prompt, of you hit the Super (Windows logo) key and type in 'tweak' it shows up as an icon labelled 'Advanced Settings'.


    Also if you want to change what runs when you log in use gnome-session-properties. I couldn't find any other way to access that other than running it from a command prompt. You'd think it would show up in System Settings (selected from the Status menu or whatever that thing that appears when you click your name in the top right is called), but it doesn't. Useful if you want to disable that tracker stuff because you're tired of it thrashing the disk. (I tried removing all the tracker packages but zypper wanted to remove a bunch of stuff I actually want along with it.)

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    Been trying to get the Linux Mint menu working. So far every extension except the menu is functional, only the install script invokes the wrong permissions and needs to be fixed (755).

    https://github.com/linuxmint/MGSE

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotShotDJ View Post
    What are your favorite "Must Have" Gnome-Shell Extensions, Themes or Tweaks?

    Based on some other threads and blog posts found on the web, it seems that too many people are unaware of how customizable Gnome-Shell can be and complain bitterly because they don't like the defaults. I'm hoping that this thread can help dispel the myths and allay the fears of Gnome users upgrading to OpenSUSE 12.1.

    Here are a few of mine:

    https://github.com/simon04/gnome-she...ension-weather - add your local weather to the top panel
    GNOME Shell Frippery - provides a Gnome2 user experience (I don't like this one -- but many people do)
    Places Status Indicator - adds a "Places" menu to the top panel (is in the OpenSUSE repositories)
    User Themes Extension - needed to install themes using Gnome-Tweak-Tool (is in the OpenSUSE repositories)

    And here is a link to some themes for Gnome Shell. I haven't tested them, but it can help get the ball rolling:

    Top 10 GNOME Shell Themes | Tech Drive-in

    Hi and thanks for that! Do you happen to know how to access screensaver settings and also how to change the size of the icons in the Application view. They are massive at the moment and I simply want to see more than just 5 in a row on my massive screen ;-)
    Many thanks!
    Leo

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeoGeorg View Post
    Hi and thanks for that! Do you happen to know how to access screensaver settings and also how to change the size of the icons in the Application view. They are massive at the moment and I simply want to see more than just 5 in a row on my massive screen ;-)
    I found this how-to with a quick search: OH! Gnome 3: Gnome3 Customization | Change Icon Size

    I haven't tested it on my machine. Please let us know how it works out for you!

    So far, I haven't found anything for screensavers. My understanding is that there are no official plans to include screensavers in Gnome 3. However, it wouldn't surprise me to see something pop up eventually, since there seem to be a lot of people asking for it. One thread I was reading suggested that it is something that could be supported under the extension framework. In any case, my experience with Linux tells me that if enough people want something, somebody will develop a solution.. eventually.

    But keep searching and exploring and if you find something that I missed (quite likely!) please let us all know about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunscape View Post
    Been trying to get the Linux Mint menu working. So far every extension except the menu is functional, only the install script invokes the wrong permissions and needs to be fixed (755).

    https://github.com/linuxmint/MGSE
    Hi, sunscape!

    Thank you for the information and link to the Linux Mint extension set. They are quite lovely. I was not able to replicate the problems you described. I installed them per the README file included in the MGSE download and everything, including the menu, worked as expected with no modifications with the exception of the MGSE-noa11y extension when the places indicator extension included in OpenSUSE is enabled. Of course, a proper Icon for the Menu would be nice and I'll look into that this afternoon. Could you provide more detail about the problems you ran into? Perhaps I simply didn't test something and missed the problem somehow.

    For anybody interested in trying the MSGE extensions, this worked for me:

    Go to the link kindly provided by sunscape and download the archive by clicking the "zip" icon near the top-left of the page. Go to the folder that you downloaded the file to and then right-click on the file and choose "extract here" and then navigate to the newly created directory. Right-click in the folder and "open in terminal." To install:
    Code:
    sudo ./test
    Then restart Gnome-Shell (alt+F2 and type r then press enter). Open the gnome tweak tool (Advanced Settings -- thank you, mikewillis) and start playing.

    Whenever I install and test new extensions, I usually disable the ones that I have currently enabled so that I don't run into incompatibilities between extension sets. Later, I enable my old extensions one at a time to see what will work together and what won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotShotDJ View Post
    Of course, a proper Icon for the Menu would be nice and I'll look into that this afternoon.
    Ok, this was TOO easy. Just copy your favorite icon(s) to /usr/share/gnome-shell/extensions/menu@linuxmint.com/icons -- make sure you have them named as follows and in the proper format (png or plain svg as indicated):

    menu.png
    menu-bottom.png
    menu.svg

    (I don't know what menu.svg is used for. In the original icons, it is a linux mint branding... but I never saw it appear anywhere).

    I found this icon looks quite nice but please use whatever you like and makes you happy (that IS what is important, isn't it?): http://www.otto-diels-institut.de/co...s/opensuse.png

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    Quote Originally Posted by HotShotDJ View Post
    ... with the exception of the MGSE-noa11y extension when the places indicator extension included in OpenSUSE is enabled.
    WHOOPS! The noa11y extension provided by the MGSE extensions works perfectly -- no conflict with places indicator. I had another noa11y extension installed and enabled, which is where the problem occurred.
    Quote Originally Posted by HotShotDJ View Post
    Whenever I install and test new extensions, I usually disable the ones that I have currently enabled so that I don't run into incompatibilities between extension sets.
    Way to take my own advice. D'OH!

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    Am 20.11.2011 20:56, schrieb HotShotDJ:
    > For anybody interested in trying the MSGE extensions, this worked for
    > me:
    >
    > [snip]


    This is very interesting, may I ask you to consider posting some
    screenshots of the final look and feel of your gnome 3/msge with the
    icons you applied?

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    Quote Originally Posted by martin_helm View Post
    This is very interesting, may I ask you to consider posting some
    screenshots of the final look and feel of your gnome 3/msge with the
    icons you applied?
    My pleasure:



    Here is the icon I settled on...

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