Problem: When using UTF-8 system wide, some programs like XMMS have issues (bad fonts size, etc…).
Solution: Launch such programs with a custom LANG setting set in their .desktop file.
First, enable UTF-8. Read the rest of this entry »

QT4 apps and GTK2

Problem: QT4 applications do not inherit the GTK theme (when using XFCE for example)
Solution: Read AlienBob’s blog regularly :) So, open /etc/profile.d/qt4.sh and add the following lines on some empty rows: Read the rest of this entry »


Problem: I do not know iptables
Solution: Use a firewall script I found years ago in a Slackware security guide written by Chess Griffin. Create an empty file and name it rc.firewall. Read the rest of this entry »

Keyboard layout

Problem: The keyboard panel plugin in XFCE 4.6 has some bug and tends to “forget” the layout switch key combination (ALT+SHIFT).
Solution: Use the example file. Copy it from /usr/share/X11/xorg.conf.d/90-keyboard-layout.conf to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d, then open and edit the keyboard layouts as needed and insert the following option: Read the rest of this entry »

Electricsheep and SMPlayer

Problem: If xscreensaver is disabled from ~/.mplayer/config, electricsheep will not work, since it uses the mplayer engine.
Solution: Create a mplayer profile for SMPlayer different than the default one. Let’s call it “smplayer”. Place the following in ~/.mplayer/config: Read the rest of this entry »