Linux How To – V1

by roshi on July 7, 2007

in Linux

Following are some very basic lessons about using Linux, installing wallpapers, themes and color schemes and other settings related to KDE environment.

How to install a wallpaper in Linux

Open the KDE-Menu and start the Control Center
Click on “Look and Feel” and “Background”
Switch to the “Wallpaper” Tab
Select “Single Wallpaper”
Click on “Browse…” and choose your new wallpaper
Select the Mode you like and press “Apply”

How to install a theme/style in Linux

Install the Theme/Style by either extracting and compiling it, or installing an RPM.
Open the KDE-Menu and start the Control Center.
Select “Look and Feel”.
Select “Style” if the package you installed was a style, or select “Theme Manager” if the package you installed was a theme.
Select your theme or style.
Click “Apply”

How to install a GTK theme

Create a file under your $HOME directory called .gtkrc-2.0
Specify font and theme like this:
gtk-font-name = “Bitstream Vera Sans 12″
include “$HOME/.themes/XLiquid_GTK-1.0.3/gtk-2.0/gtkrc”
Restart your GTK apps

How to install a X11 mouse theme

Create the directory ~/.icons/default
Place index.theme into ~/.icons/default
Place cursors into ~/.icons/default/cursors
Restart KDE

How to install a splash screen

Open konqueror
Create the directory ~/.kde/share/apps/ksplash/Themes
Browse to ~/.kde/share/apps/ksplash/pics
Move and uncompress your new splash screen file into the konqueror window
For questions check: http://docs.kde.org/en/HEAD/kdebase/ksplashml/index.html

How to install a color scheme

Open konqueror
Browse to ~/.kde/share/apps/kdisplay/color-schemes
Move your new .kcsrc file into the konqueror window
Open the KDE-Menu an start the Control Center
Click on “Look and Feel” and “Colors”
Choose your new color scheme and press “Apply”

How to install system sounds

Browse to ~/.kde/share/
Create a folder called “sounds”
Extract your sounds to this folder
Open the KDE-Menu an start the Control Center
Click on “Sound and Multimedia”.
Click on “System Notifications”
Click a desired action and click the folder to the right, below the list of actions.
Browse to your ~/.kde/share/sounds folder.
Click Ok.
Repeat the last 3 steps for each sound notification you wish to change

How to install a IceWM Windowdecoration

Open the KDE-Menu and start the Control Center
Click on “Look and Feel” and “Window Decoration”
Select “IceWM”
Switch to the “Configure [IceWM]” Tab
Open konquerer by clicking on the “Open Konqueror…” Link
Move and uncompress your new IceWM theme file into the konqueror window
Close konqueror and select the new theme on the “IceWM Theme Selector”
Click “Apply”

Have fun! :-)

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