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Customizing Your Desktop Environment
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Now it's time to start installing packages and adding them to the pop-up menus. Use Ctrl-Alt-Fx to open another terminal and log on as root. Type:



/stand/sysinstall
Configure
Packages
Choose your Installation Media

and wait for the Index to be read. As you browse through each category, there will be a short description of each package as it is highlighted. To choose a package, use your spacebar to mark it; press OK to leave that category and choose another one. When you are finished making your selections, arrow over to Install. You'll be presented with a list of your selections. It's not a bad idea to write these down if you are installing a lot of packages so you'll remember to add them all to your Window Manager menu. Press OK, and the packages you've selected will be installed.

If you are new to the packages collection, you may be unsure of which packages to try first. For a regular user, I usually build the following:

Deskutils>Ical

A very functional calendar utility

Deskutils>xmaddressbook

A nice GUI address book

Editors>AbiWord

A text editor that looks like Word, without the overhead; also reads/writes to *.rtf, *.doc, and *.txt files

Games>Pysol

Solitaire to rival any other Solitaire version

Games>Xbill

Great for when you need to vent some frustration

Games>xmahjongg, xchomp, xtet42, pacman

More games.

Graphics>Gimp

For all your graphics manipulation needs

Graphics>xv

To view all those images you receive in your e-mail

Mail>Fetchmail

So you can retrieve your e-mail

Mail>Balsa

For those who want a Eudora/Outlook style e-mail reader

Mail>Pine

Even if you don't like its e-mail reader interface, it comes with a very easy to use editor

Shells>Bash

Most users like bash

WWW>Lynx

For a command line web browser for quick searches without the overhead of graphics

WWW>Netscape

To see all the pretty graphics on the WWW

Net>Ethereal

Very good packet analyzer that I build for the root user

Once you've built your packages, use Ctrl-Alt-F9 to return to the Window Manager. Only root can build packages, but any user can customize his or her own desktop by adding a pre-built application to the desired menu screen.

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