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Tweaking SLED Behaviors



By: dhardik

April 28, 2008 10:07 am

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Do you want to change the default behavior of SLED? For example, in Windows, you can change the behavior of the Desktop by changing the Windows registry. Like hiding DISK Icons, changing some default path of functionality etc…. So, what about SLED? Don’t worry! Linux is always more than ready! Now you can do it with ‘gconf-editor’. Just discover Tweaking SLED (SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop) using gconf-editor.

Default SLED comes with Gnome Desktop and Utilities. There is one utility called ‘gconf-editor’ which will allow you to tweak SLED Behaviors.

How to Load ‘gconf-editor’

In the default SLED View press Alt+F2. It will load the run application dialog.

Type ‘gconf-editor’ and press
the Run button. It will load ‘gconf-editor’ Check the image below for detailed info.

Tweak 1

How to hide the Home/Trash/Computer icons from the SLED Desktop?

Configuration Window: gconf-editor->apps->nautilus->desktop

Configuration Parameters & Purpose:
You will get list of Enable/Disable checkboxes and Tokens/Values. Now, for example, if you want to hide the Trash icon from the Desktop, just uncheck the ‘trash_icon_visible’ checkbox. Now you will not have it on the desktop. Use the same method for other icons.

Visible Info: Check the image below for detailed info.

Tweak 2

How to Show/Hide the ‘Switch User’ button while unlocking your SLEDesktop?

Configuration Window: gconf-editor->apps->gnome-screensaver
Configuration Parameters & Purpose: You will get a list of Enable/Disable checkboxes and Token/Value. For example, if you want to show the ‘Switch User’ button while unlocking your work station from the locked screen saver mode, just check the ‘user_switch_enabled’ checkbox. You will have that button next time while unlocking your work station from the locked screen saver mode. So other users can also login and use the SLED Desktop.

Visible Info: Check the image below for detailed info.

Tweak 3

How to change the default directory path to the stored Screen Shot images?

Configuration Window: gconf-editor->apps->gnome-screenshot
Configuration Parameters & Purpose: You will get list of Enable/Disable checkboxes and Token/Value list. Where there is one Token ‘last_save_directory’, which contains the value, that value is the path on the local drive to the stored Screen Shot images. Double click on that token to give your path to stored Screen Shot images.

Visible Info: Check the image below for the detailed info.

Tweak 4

How to enable the ‘Auto Save Session’ functionality to your SLED Desktop?

Configuration Window: gconf-editor->apps->gnome-session->options

Configuration Parameters & Purpose: You will get list of Enable/Disable checkboxes and Token/Value list. If you want to enable ‘Auto Save Session’ functionality to your Desktop, just check the ‘auto_save_session’ checkboxes. So, next time you don’t have load same regular applications.

Tip: In the same configuration window, you will get the option to Enable/Disable the SPLASH screen loaded after logged in.

Visible Info: Check the image below for the detailed info.

Conclusion:

There are a lot of default SLED behaviors that you can change through ‘gconf-editor’. Just discover them.

Did you find any new Tweaks? Post it as a comment so we can maintain a SLED Tweaks thread.

This is Just Beginning..

That’s it for now…

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Categories: SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, Technical Solutions

Disclaimer: As with everything else at SUSE Conversations, this content is definitely not supported by SUSE (so don't even think of calling Support if you try something and it blows up).  It was contributed by a community member and is published "as is." It seems to have worked for at least one person, and might work for you. But please be sure to test, test, test before you do anything drastic with it.

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