Category Archives: Tips and tricks

Essential terminal tricks you should know

Here are few of my favorite terminal tricks that might be useful to other users as well.

1. Your live media automatically logs you in but you need to set a custom DPI value, Press Control+ALT+F3 (usually also F4,F5,F6 will work) and open another instance of a virtual terminal. The actual number of terminals depends upon system settings. From another virtual terminal instance you can easily start a new session. This time around the automatic login should not happen since the live media already has reached this goal with the initial instance. This trick might not work with heavy window managers but with lightweight ones it should work just fine. Continue reading

Post updated. Small fonts and window frames: a problem of lightweight window managers

Original entry from 6th of March

Usually things go fine. You have your Openbox, Fluxbox, PekWM or Awesome  etc.  window manager running and everything scales up nicely. Sometimes you end up into a situation where you are not that lucky: window frames are too small and the desktop font is just too tiny Рand you cannot even read the text properly.

Luckily, the previous issues are easy to fix. Usually, the root cause of them is that you have a big display and your window manager does not know how to size things correctly by itself. Another reason might be that you have changed your wires. For example, I replaced a broken old HDMI wire with a newer one and the issues appeared. You should edit your .Xresources file to apply changes to Gtk and QT programs alike. If you are only using GTK apps it might be a bit easier to change your DPI value via .Xdefaults file. Continue reading

When the display dies and talk about screen burning.

In the old days it used to be a common standard that you would use a screensaver to protect your display from image burning. Image burning is a phenomenon where your screen would stay still too long and the image in it would get burned to the screen permanently. Nowadays, image burning can certainly still happen but it is rare since the technology behind our screen has developed so much since the 1990’s. Continue reading

Installing from non-free and contrib repositories

When you want to install something that is not open source then you usually need to enable non-free and contrib repositories, or equivalent, in Debian based systems.

Note. In PostX Gnu/Linux 0.4.1 contrib and non-free repositories are automatically added to the binary by default. You can also install every driver+flash (that are mentioned within this post) easily by doing sudo apt-get install driver within a terminal.

First, you will need to modify your sources.list Continue reading