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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

LXDE Setup Guide

A Beginners Guide To Setting Up Linux Mint LXDE, The Lightweight Champion
1. Linux File System12. Updating and Upgrading
2. Browsers13. Purging and Cleaning
3. Desktop14. Password and Name Changes
4. Taskbar15. Hidden GUI's and Run
5. Terminal16. Dual Monitors and Autostart
6. Wallpaper17. Sound
7. Installing & Removing Repository Applications18. Network Sharing
8. Installing Nonrepository Applications & Handbrake19. Renaming Hard Drives
9. Tarballs, The LXDE Main Menu & Lxmed20. Flash Player in Firefox & Mint 64-bit
10. Microsoft Programs & Wine21. Simple Bash Command Examples
11. Main Menu and Internet Links to the Desktop - .Desktop Files22. Some Important Places
Use LXSession Edit to turn on important services
Unfortunately some useful desktop services are turned off in LXDE by default. So you might need to turn them on manually in LXDE. Please execute 'lxsession-edit' or find 'Desktop Session Settings' in the application menu. Please complain to the developers of the distro you use and asked them to enable those services, such as network manager, in LXDE.
As you can see, network manager, pulse audio, and others can all be turned on here. 
After login, the first issue you'll encounter is 'how to connect to the internet'?
  • Network manager: Actually, network manager works pretty well under LXDE. You just need to turn it on since it's deliberately disabled in LXDE by some distros. Use LXSession Edit to turn it on.
  • wicd: Many users prefer this over network manager. However it's less user-friendly and it's written in Python. So you'll need python runtime to use it.
  • connman: The network management tool from Intel. I have tested it but it doesn't work on my laptop.
  • lxnm: It's currently broken. Don't use it until Fred fixes it.
  • Other distro-specific ways: Read the 'fine' manuals for your distros.
NOTE: unlike XFCE, Gnome, KDE and almost every other Desktop environment there is no way to "remember" wireless settings in Lubuntu or LXDE Mint, which is a huge snafu. I do not know if ubuntu plans on fixing this and can find no solution in the forums.

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