This is my first time to try out LXDE. I am curious about it and there are certain things that I am glad are in LXDE. For one thing, Alt+F2 also pops up a run dialog box so I could type the name of the application I want to run. There are even suggestions as to what I could run when I typed the first how many letters of the application’s name.
Other familiar keyboard shortcuts which I was able to use in LXDE:
- Alt+Tab to switch between apps within a workspace
- Ctrl-L in PCMan to go to the line where you could put the path of the directory you’d like to view
- Ctrl+Alt+(Left/Right) lets you move from one workspace to another, in the direction of your choice
There might be others but I don’t know yet ^^; Sorry.
Those who are used to having Windows XP/98/whatever would probably find the menu ok because when you click the LXDE icon/logo, you’d get to the menu. And there’s even a My Documents icon the desktop which is basically linking to the user’s home directory.
Customizing the look of your desktop might not be as fun because, so far, you could only tweak certain things like the desktop background and if right-clicking on the desktop would give the menu. Or maybe there’s a config file somewhere that I should be editing. Hrmmm.
The file manager is PCManFM. It looks clean and very familiar. For one thing it has the sidepane with your favorite directories/folders and on the main pane, you have the view of your files. You could opt to view the files as a detailed list, a list, icons. I miss the way that I could toggle between views in Nautilus.
I miss the way I could post images to Flickr via Nautilus+Poster because I could select a bunch of images then right-click so I could select “upload via Postr” and then they’d show up on Postr where I could start making their descriptions. Oh well, at least I could use F-spot. :D
Anyhow, so far, it is ok. Clean and works well enough for me :) I’d really miss other things in GNOME but LXDE’s pretty good, I think. :)