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#1 2019-12-16 09:18:57

Fritz5916
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Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Hello,

I bought a used Intel NUC5CPYH because it was cheap. I am using this little machine for writing, but it came to my mind that it would be nice if I could play some Minecraft on it too. I'm usually using Peppermint OS, but I did some research if there is something simple that uses even fewer resources. So, here I am. wink

As I am also interested in minimalism, I wondered what kind of people would use a distribution like BunsenLabs full time. That's why I registered in this forum.

My experience in the first week has been good. Tint2 is easy to configure. I also found out how to create custom starters.

Kind regards from Salzburg,
Fritz5916

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#2 2019-12-16 09:31:11

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Welcome to BL smile

I like it because I can add to it if I want, instead of having to disable or remove bloat. And there is always plenty of help round here wink


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#3 2019-12-16 09:49:38

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Welcome smile

BL is great because it has everything average users expect and then you can build upon it, tweak your OS.

And it seems BL community is really friendly, helpful and interesting.

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#4 2019-12-16 10:13:10

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Thanks for the nice welcome!

So far I am only missing the ability to place icons on the desktop and adjust their size at will. The speed and the absence of bloat are great, though. smile

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#5 2019-12-16 11:22:13

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Hello there!

Fritz5916 wrote:

Thanks for the nice welcome!

So far I am only missing the ability to place icons on the desktop and adjust their size at will. The speed and the absence of bloat are great, though. smile

If you don't mind sacrificing nitrogen you might have a go with the suggestion johnraff made some time ago.
I never felt the desire to get them desktop-icons back but i guess popping the thread up again will help you find answers for problems that may appear.

have a nice nixing,

naik --greetz


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#6 2019-12-16 12:26:49

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Thanks for the link, naik! smile
I'll consider that.

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#7 2019-12-16 13:01:54

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Hi Fritz5916

Naik wrote:

I never felt the desire to get them desktop-icons back but ...

I'm like Naik ... never felt the desire to get the icons back.  And will go one step further, I'm, glad they are gone.

Fritz5916 wrote:

As I am also interested in minimalism, I wondered what kind of people would use a distribution like BunsenLabs full time. That's why I registered in this forum.

What kind of people, let's see, one head, two ears, two eyes, a mouth, two arms and hands with 10 fingers, two legs and feet with 10 toes.  Some variations may apply.

And then there is brontosaurusrex he's our local fire breathing flying dinosaur/dragon.
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Seriously, what kind of people is easy, anyone with a computer, that likes Linux and finds "The Labs", Gives it a try and likes it.  In fact there are a lot of people here that do not use BL but simply like the forum.  We are an open friendly bunch.  And the knowledge behind some of the names here is incredible, be nice and they will share.

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#8 2019-12-16 14:23:57

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Fritz5916 wrote:

As I am also interested in minimalism, I wondered what kind of people would use a distribution like BunsenLabs full time.

Well, apparently, people like me  big_smile


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#9 2019-12-16 17:57:28

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Fritz5916 wrote:

Thanks for the nice welcome!

So far I am only missing the ability to place icons on the desktop and adjust their size at will.

Pcmanfm, is an filemanager that can handle the desktop and icons. It should be leaner than Xfce-desktop.

Install pcmanfm (gtk) or pcmanfm-qt.

Run

pcmanfm --desktop

and

pcmanfm --desktop-pref

Choose predifined desktop icons you want to show.
Maybe let pcmafm choose desktop image also.

Under advanced, you shold tick "Show menus...

Copy desktop icons from /usr/share/applications/ or create custom ones.

In autostart, you can disable thunar daemon and add "pcmanfm --desktop"

Archlinux has a good page about pcmanfm: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/PCManFM


// Regards rbh

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#10 2019-12-16 20:02:59

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Thank you for the comprehensible how-to, rbh!
While I am still undecided if I want desktop icons, it is good to know they are available. smile

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#11 2019-12-17 07:33:48

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Fritz5916 wrote:

Thanks for the nice welcome!

So far I am only missing the ability to place icons on the desktop and adjust their size at will. The speed and the absence of bloat are great, though. smile

Welcome!

Since BL already uses parts of XFCE (file manager, power manager) I would advise to use its desktop manager, too:

xfdesktop

Although, just let me say this: I know where you come from, but once you get used to working without desktop icons you just don't want them back.


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#12 2019-12-17 08:53:23

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

ohnonot wrote:

...
Although, just let me say this: I know where you come from, but once you get used to working without desktop icons you just don't want them back.

+100! I've just seen someone's win10 desktop. Actually I couldn't see the desktop because of a sea of icons hmm


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#13 2019-12-22 08:59:48

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

I found another easy solution for icons on the desktop - though I am still undecided if I will keep them.

Idesk: http://idesk.sourceforge.net/html/index.html

My current desktop with some icons: https://imgur.com/a/uDhZegP

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#14 2019-12-22 13:40:44

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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Fritz5916 wrote:

I found another easy solution for icons on the desktop - though I am still undecided if I will keep them.

Idesk has not been updated for nearly 15 years... I allways hesitate when packages is wery old.

But is not showing icons in filemanager quite sufficient?

Keybind super+i for:

"bl-filemanager ~/Desktop"

With "bl-filemanager /usr/share/applications/", you can browse all apps.

If you use pcmanfm, you can browse application icons sorted as Debian menu, with:
"pcmanfm menu://applications/"

Last edited by rbh (2019-12-22 13:46:04)


// Regards rbh

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#15 2019-12-22 15:13:56

Fritz5916
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Re: Greetings from an Austrian minimalist

Thanks for your answer, rbh! Showing icons in the filemanager would be fine.

There is one thing I enjoy having on my desktops that would not be possible with using the filemanager: Sometimes I put memes and grocery lists on the desktops. They need to be bigger than the icons for folders. Idesk lets me do that. I don't mind that it is almost 15 years old and the maintainers may have already retired. wink

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