Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 6th May 2010 21:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu The recently released 10.04 version of Ubuntu is the third Long Term Support (LTS) version Canonical has released. I installed this new version on four of my laptops (2 netbooks, 1 normal laptop, 1 portable desktop replacement), and here's my impression of it.
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How to save panel space
by Zifre on Thu 6th May 2010 21:25 UTC
Zifre
Member since:
2009-10-04

To get rid of the messages thing, uninstall indicator-messages.

If you don't use the me menu, you can uninstall indicator-me (this will allow you to still use the the session indicator, which IMO is much better than the other replacements for the GNOME panel).

If you want to save horizontal space on the panel, install dockbarx (it's in some PPA), which works much like Windows 7's taskbar.

Also, replacing the "Menu Bar" with "Main Menu" saves a lot of space.

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RE: How to save panel space
by Hiev on Thu 6th May 2010 21:32 in reply to "How to save panel space"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

Hey, dockbarx is so cool, thx. for the tip.

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RE: How to save panel space
by Eugenia on Thu 6th May 2010 21:32 in reply to "How to save panel space"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

I know how to do all this, but it's not what I want to do. You see, I still want the battery and volume indicators. I don't want to remove the whole applet! I just want to be able enable/disable some of them to never show up (e.g. mail). Another example, in the me menu, is the fact that it displays my username, "eugenia", while it would save space if it just displayed my user icon. So basically, I do want the features offered, I just need some basic power over them. The solution is not removal, but some preferences.

Also, I avoid third party toolbars etc. I need stability and memory efficiency for my mom. Third party stuff usually break after updates, so I try to avoid them. If something breaks on my mom's netbook, she will have no one to take care of the problem, since she's in Greece, and I'm in the US.

Edited 2010-05-06 21:34 UTC

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RE[2]: How to save panel space
by Zifre on Thu 6th May 2010 23:19 in reply to "RE: How to save panel space"
Zifre Member since:
2009-10-04

You see, I still want the battery and volume indicators. I don't want to remove the whole applet! I just want to be able enable/disable some of them to never show up (e.g. mail).

Removing indicator-messages will only remove the mail icon. It will not remove any of the other things like volume (same thing with removing me menu).

I agree that a setting certainly would be nice, but removing it and installing it as needed should be okay in most cases.

Also, I avoid third party toolbars etc. I need stability and memory efficiency for my mom. Third party stuff usually break after updates, so I try to avoid them. If something breaks on my mom's netbook, she will have no one to take care of the problem, since she's in Greece, and I'm in the US.

Then you probably would want to avoid dockbarx. I've never had any issues with it, but I've noticed that some people (even people who are good with computers) have a hard time with it.

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RE[2]: How to save panel space
by Lennie on Fri 7th May 2010 00:13 in reply to "RE: How to save panel space"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

What about adding the applets: 'User Switcher' and/or 'Shut Down' or something like that, their is more then just the ones that are selected by default

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kbloodstone Member since:
2009-06-03

One of the features that I really love from the new Empathy/Ubuntu is the integration of "Share my desktop" in Empathy, using Vino. It makes remote support for my family members much easier. Give it a try.

I have also seen people "hacking in" support for GMail into the message indicator, without having to go through Evolution. It is still far from easy, if I remember correctly, but it will surely be polished and packaged up nicely soon.

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RE: How to save panel space
by KenP on Thu 6th May 2010 23:09 in reply to "How to save panel space"
KenP Member since:
2009-07-28

If you're getting rid of all that, you might anyway switch to using Kubuntu 10.04! In fact, Kubuntu is quite close to the usability offered by the 'default' Ubuntu.

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RE: How to save panel space
by Hinrik on Fri 7th May 2010 11:14 in reply to "How to save panel space"
Hinrik Member since:
2009-08-31

To get rid of the messages thing, uninstall indicator-messages.


She only wanted to remove the email/evolution part. Uninstalling indicator-messages also removes the gwibber applet (Twitter/Facebook messages).

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