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Statler download page

LaTeX plugin for Geany

The Statler forum over at the CrunchBang site is letting users vote on which applications they want included in the Statler alpha release. I noticed that Geany was third in text editor voting, and since I am unfamiliar with Geany, I decided to check it out. Turns out they have support for plugins, and have a LaTeX plugin. What is odd is that I have never seen anyone in a “Which Linux LaTeX editor to you use” thread mention Geany. Geany and all of the plugins and the LaTeX plugin are in the Lucid repositories (I have Lubuntu on my netbook) and have no additional dependencies.

The LaTeX plugin has its own menu under “tools” and appears to have more menu options than any LaTeX editor plugin I have tried other than gedit. Geany appears to be more of an IDE than a text editor, so there are also a ton of other options cluttering up the menus. There also doesn’t appear to be an auto spell checking option, which is crucial for me.

The Geany LaTeX plugin is easy to install, and would be a good alternative for people that don’t have access to the gedit LaTeX plugin or people that are already Geany users.

Geany LaTeX plugin

But Wicd is good stuff. Anyone know why the buntu’s are so in love with Network Manager? And, why does the LXDE team feel the need to develop their own network manager, when they could just include Wicd in the same way they include Leafpad? Same goes for Slim and LXDM. If there are good lightweight apps out there, just use them.

My initial frustration with Ubuntu making the slow transformation to a free version of Windows led me to try and eventually switch to CrunchBang. CrunchBang was everything I loved about Ubuntu (huge repositories and a vast wealth of online documentation and forum help) minus everything I hated (GNOME, fixed release cycles and a user base that gets a collective erection when Ubuntu gets a new wallpaper). But CrunchBang never released an update after Ubuntu 9.10 came out, and I was tired of adding PPA’s every time I needed software newer than what was in the repositories. With a sad heart I switched to a setup of minimal Ubuntu+LXDE, which is aided by CrunchBang teaching me a few things about Openbox. But Ubuntu is still on a fixed release schedule, and that shit gets old really fast, so I decided to make the switch to Squeeze+LXDE. Other than maybe Arch+LXDE, I can’t think of an OS that might be available in the near future that could make me switch again, until I saw this announcement. Yep, CrunchBang is moving from Ubuntu to Squeeze. Now I know how an Ubuntu fan feels when they get a new wallpaper or move their window buttons from one side to the other!

The CrunchBang announcement also mentioned that they would be releasing an Xfce4 version, which struck me as odd since I was under the impression that they main reason that CB existed at all was to have an OS that was functional without a desktop environment. It will be interesting to see what these guys do with a desktop.

College Football News just wrote an article on the top non-conference games for 2010, and the list is pathetic. Of their top 10, four are annual contests, one involves UNC, another involves Texas AM and third involves Florida St. That leaves 3 decent games, and one of those involves Boise St. So there are a whopping TWO out of conference games that involves teams with balls: Penn St. at Bame and The U at Ohio St. College football fans are too stupid to realize that we are being robbed. We get a max of 14 games per year for our team, and we tolerate 8-10 of them being against inferior competition. Get a fucking playoff, so teams won’t be so scared to lose a single game, then schedule to opponents we give a shit about. I hate Bama, a lot, but I will give them that for the past few years they have the guts to schedule at least one stud (I know it’s usually a defacto home game in the Georgia Dome, but I’ll take what I can get at this point). College football is so messed up right now, it’s forcing me to say nice things about Bama. That’s fucked up.

SLIM in Debian Squeeze

I’m not sure why SLIM isn’t the default login in manager for LXDE, and I’m also not sure why I’ve never installed it before. But I just did, and I’m pretty pleased with the results. Just run

aptitude install slim

and when asked to select a default login manager choose SLIM. Then reboot, and run

aptitude remove gdm

Then use Synaptic to remove the residual config files. I’ve been using SLIM for all of 10 minutes, and it already seems much faster than GDM. To change the default theme, download (or create) a new theme, and place it in

/usr/share/slim/themes

and modify the slim configuration file

/etc/slim.conf

to select to the new theme. I couldn’t find an LXDE theme (I didn’t look very hard either), but I did find a pretty slick Debian one. Does anyone know why the LXDE project is developing their own login manager? This one seems pretty light weight and configurable.

Slick grey Debian theme

Debian+LXDE Squeeze obconf fix

Recent versions of Debian Squeeze with an LXDE desktop generate an error when you try to make and save changes using obconf. The default theme is Clearlooks, and it’s too close to Ubuntu for my liking, I prefer Onyx. This has been fixed in updated packages, but they have not yet made their way into the testing repositories. Here’s how I fixed it

1. Open your sources file and add (or uncomment) the Debian testing repositories

sudo leafpad /etc/apt/sou*

and then add or uncomment

deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free

2. The update your LXDE desktop with the LXDE packages from testing

apt-get update
apt-get -t unstable install lxde

3. Make sure you install the lxde meta-package and not just lxsession as it will generate an error and not let you boot into a working desktop (trust me).

4. Comment-out or remove the testing repositories and run

apt-get update

to ensure that you don’t accidentally upgrade to Sid the next time you run a system update. You should be able to make and save changes in obconf now.

I always have problems finding this information, so here it is. Why is the 24 hour mode default?

Adjust the LXDE clock

I’ve had to do this twice in the past week, so I thought I’d pass along how to do it. The majority of this was posted by some guy going by craigevil on some random linux board. Worked like a charm, thanks Craig.

1. Add the unstable repositories to your source list. Open your source list by running

sudo leafpad /etc/apt/sou*

and then add

deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free

2. run the following in order

apt-get update
apt-get -t unstable install nvidia-kernel-source
m-a a-i nvidia-kernel-source
apt-get -t unstable install nvidia-glx
apt-get install nvidia-xconfig
nvidia-xconfig

3. Open your source list again, and comment out the unstable repositories

#deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free
#deb-src http://http.us.debian.org/debian/ unstable main contrib non-free

otherwise the next time you run an update, you might upgrade from Squeeze to Sid. Reboot, and you’re done (hopefully).

There aren’t many LXDE wallpapers out there, and I like to rep my desktop as much as possible. Plus this one is pretty cool.

New LXDE wallpaper