Eric D. Schabell: Fedora 15 Gnome 3 power user tips

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fedora 15 Gnome 3 power user tips

I know you can find all of these out there on the Internet, but I don't want to have to search for all of them again so my collection of power user tips are collected here. Note that these are not 'extensions' but just basic tooling or configuration adjustments that are pretty well hidden from you by default:

# I want to see the date on my desktop clock.
$ gsettings set show-date true

# If you want to modify your menu and create launchers
# just install Alacare. For example, you can use this
# to create Power Off and Reboot buttons in your menu.
$ sudo yum install alacarte

# I want the right-hand top of app buttons back. Install
# the 'gnome-tweak-tool' and you'll find the app under 
# 'Accessories > Tweak Advanced Settings.'
$ sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool

# Click on Shell, then select "Arrangement of buttons on 
# title bar" - All. Log out and on login your buttons are
# back.

# Use the gnome-tweak-tool to get your Desktop icons back.
# Click on 'File Manager' and turn on "have file manager 
# handle the desktop". Now the usual icons are back, plus 
# anything you want to add to Desktop.

# Alternative to the Power off button.
$ sudo yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu

# An alternative window manager Avant. Once installed try 
# opening a terminal and launch it: "avant-window-navigator"
# Get it into the start-up: Click on the avant-window-navigator
# icon and play with the many options. Down at the bottom, 
# under General, there's "start Awn automatically". Reboot
# and test.
$ yum install avant-window-navigator awn-extras-applets

# Add theme functionality to your Gnome Shell.
$ sudo yum install gnome-shell-extensions-user-theme