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    bradthewanderer NNTP User

    Default Why is Gnome so blah in open suse?


    I wondered why gnome is blah in open suse, in ubuntu it is so much more
    alive and you can move around so much more easily? Is there a way to
    dress it up a bit more in open suse?


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    freedguy NNTP User

    Default Re: Why is Gnome so blah in open suse?


    What do you mean by "move around"?

    If you find it tough to use suse start menu (slab menu) you can replace
    it with the traditional one.

    Right click on the gnome panel and choose "Add to Panel". Then choose
    "Traditional Main Menu"

    Then you can right click on the slab menu and remove it.


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    bradthewanderer NNTP User

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    Is there a way to put a toolbar up on the top along with the one on the
    bottom and have the menu items drop down from the top?


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    Magic31 NNTP User

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    For a second there I thought someone had hacked my account

    I've heard this mentioned many times about GNOME in openSUSE... but I
    guess it comes down to personal preference as I'm quite fond of the
    GNOME version in openSUSE.
    The SLAB menu and the way the control center and YaST integrate make it
    very easy to find your way around. I found this a nicer DE to start off
    with when coming from Windows... Even though KDE is known for it's more
    advanced interface I still mainly stick to GNOME.

    When working with Ubuntu (or Fedora) I always mis the openSUSE polish
    in GNOME and then wonder why others think there is such a BIG difference
    other than an other way of handling your menu and tools.
    The biggest difference to me is YaST.

    As far as esthetic's go.. It would be nice if the default theme and
    panel would get some touching up... but that's easily fixed by setting
    your own themes -I have also read they are planning on pimping the theme
    up a bit.

    To get some idea of possible themes:
    'GNOME: The Free Software Desktop Project'
    (http://art.gnome.org/themes)
    'Eyecandy for your GNOME-Desktop - GNOME-Look.org'
    (http://gnome-look.org/)

    It can take a bit of searching for the right combination, but using the
    appearance applet you can drag a downloaded theme, icon set and other
    themed items onto the applet and then customize your desktop looks.

    To add a new panel just right click on the existing panel to add and
    customize as you wish.
    You can also drag your default panel to any side... you will first need
    to set it so you are 'allowed' to move it...


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    freedguy NNTP User

    Default Re: Why is Gnome so blah in open suse?


    Magic31;1919108 Wrote:
    > For a second there I thought someone had hacked my account





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    bradthewanderer NNTP User

    Default Re: Why is Gnome so blah in open suse?


    Thanks Magic and Freed


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    KJ44 NNTP User

    Default Re: Why is Gnome so blah in open suse?


    You can add some eye candy and also useful stuff to Gnome in openSUSE.

    I use _cairo-dock_ (installed from YaST) for eyecandy and _devilspie_
    (installed from YaST) to put windows where I want them. I've got some
    nice widgets on my desktop using _screenlets_ (installed from YaST).

    Just three programs openSUSE provides that let you spiff up the Gnome
    desktop.

    Sadly about the only thing openSUSE doesn't provide is 'this fine
    desktop background'
    (http://animals.nationalgeographic.co...hameleons.html).


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