Thursday Oct 22, 2009

Military laptops, icons, cursors and other stuff

Hi All,

 So it's been interesting since I got back from vacation.

 I received a large military laptop to test with Solaris 10 X86, I've actually never seen a laptop with so much hardware capability or BIOS settings, Solaris 10 X86 was a stretch but I did get it working, video was never going to work up to it's full potential.

I did throw Nevada B125 at it, 1680 x 1050 and Compiz, Core 2 Duo processor, pretty cool piece of hardware.

I've been testing Fedora 11 on the Acer One 11.6", it's got the new Imagination Technologies PowerVR video chip, I'm trying to work out how to prove I use the H.264 HD decoder in the hardware not software.

I still have not found an open Xorg driver for this video, only Fedora, Ubuntu and Windows support as far as I can tell.

This video is also on the Intel CE4100 SOC, the Always Innovating TouchBook (I've ordered one) and the beagleboard (on the way).

I want to see if I can build a touchscreen system, that has a JavaFX desktop and will play HD content.

I've also just installed Intel Moblin on the Acer Aspire One 10", it truly is an amazing piece of work, did the install with no issues at all.

I must be getting old, I really don't like the interface at all, don't get me wrong the work is outstanding, it's just personal preference. The interface is really very pretty, I think if it was the first GUI I have used it would be very intuitive.

I'm upgrading all the netbooks to OpenSolaris 1002 B125, I just noticed it's actually Gnome 2.28.

I've been playing with changing the icon themes, creating ~/.icons, then downloading different icone themes from this web site.

www.gnome-look.org

If you download the tar.gz file into ~/.icons, then gtar xvfz the tar file, you can see the new icon theme in  desktop appearance.

I've been experimenting with creating my own theme, Daves-icon-mix, everything comes from the index.theme in the directory.

The Inherits line causes the system to look for an icon called for by the application in this order, if it cannot find it in the selected theme, works in real-time, if you change the order with your favorite editor and then save, you will see the icons change on the screen.

You can also download cursor themes from this web site and install in .icons.

If you want them system wide put them in /usr/share/icons

When you create a directory called default in ~/.icons and an index.theme, see example you can set the default cursor to use on login.

Have fun

Dave

 ~/.icons/default

[Icon Theme]
Inherits=ComixCursors-Orange-Small

~/.icons/Dave_icon_mix

[Icon Theme]
Name=Daves_icon_mix
Comment=
Inherits=Mashup,GNANT,hydroxygen,AquiGNOME,Ultimate Gnome, hicolor,JiniBlueSky,gartoon,blendedcrystal,Kamel,Tango,gnome,nuoveXT.2.2,Vista-Inspirate_1.0,OSX,ClearlooksOSX
Example=x-directory-normal

Directories=16x16/emblems,128x128/actions,128x128/apps,128x128/categories,128x128/devices,128x128/devices,128x128/emblems,128x128/mimetypes,128x128/places,128x128/status

[16x16/emblems]
Size=16
Context=Emblems
Type=Fixed

[128x128/actions]
Size=128
Context=Actions
Type=Scalable

[128x128/apps]
Size=128
Context=Applications
Type=Scalable

[128x128/categories]
Size=128
Context=Categories
Type=Scalable

[128x128/devices]
Size=128
Context=Devices
Type=Scalable

[128x128/emblems]
Size=128
Context=Emblems
Type=Scalable

[128x128/places]
Size=128
Context=Places
Type=Scalable

[128x128/mimetypes]
Size=128
Context=MimeTypes
Type=Scalable

[128x128/status]
Size=128
Context=Status
Type=Scalable

[192x192/actions]
Size=192
Context=Actions
Type=Scalable

[192x192/apps]
Size=192
Context=Applications
Type=Scalable

[192x192/categories]
Size=192
Context=Categories
Type=Scalable

[192x192/devices]
Size=192
Context=Devices
Type=Scalable

[192x192/emblems]
Size=192
Context=Emblems
Type=Scalable

[192x192/places]
Size=192
Context=Places
Type=Scalable

[192x192/mimetypes]
Size=192
Context=MimeTypes
Type=Scalable

[192x192/status]
Size=192
Context=Status
Type=Scalable





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