Full Desktop Mode
More experienced Linux users may want to access a more
familiar interface than the Easy mode. Fortunately, the full desktop
mode can be brought into play,
by typing the following commands at a console:
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install ksmserver kicker
After the ksmserver and kicker packages have been installed,
desktop mode is started following a reboot.
The screenshot above shows the full desktop mode in action.
There are a number of significant graphical applications that
are installed on the Eee PC which aren't, for whatever reason, given an
icon in the Easy Mode. Here are a few of these:
- a fast, lightweight, and intuitive feed reader program
- a front-end to mplayer (movie player)
- a multi-view editor
KDE Control Center
- a centralized way to configure KDE settings
- find files and directories on your workstations
- KDE's PostScript viewer
- an easy-to-use, convenient newsreader
There are also numerous console based applications that can be
run from a console window. Examples include: nano (text editor),
aptitude (interface to the package manager), wget (a non-interactive
network downloader), Midnight Commander (file manager), mpg321 (an mp3
player), and mplayer.
For a full list of all the packages installed on the Eee PC,
There you will find a detailed description for each package.
After adding a few repositories to /etc/apt/sources.list it is
possible to install lots of other Linux applications using dpkg, a
Debian package manager, or apt-get. In this way, I
installed zsnes (a Super Nintendo emulator), gkrellm (software
that monitors the system), OpenSSH (to let me securely remotely log in
to the Eee PC), the latest Skype beta, and a number of other
I wanted to try out zsnes to establish whether my Cordless
Rumblepad wireless game controller worked. The game controller was
detected automatically by the Eee PC, and performed flawlessly playing
some public domain games.
The latest Skype beta also particularly interested me, as it
free video calls. The installation itself was trivial, but the program
would not detect the Eee PC's webcam. To
get video working, I needed to run the command "sudo echo 1
/proc/acpi/asus/camera" prior to starting Skype. After that,
video calls worked!
I also succesfully manually installed the latest Java Runtime
Environment, Jin (a Java internet chess client), Opera,
(a web authoring system) without any bother.
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