Xubuntu Desktop Guide

Xubuntu Desktop Guide
Xubuntu Desktop Guide
Xubuntu Dev Team <[email protected]>
Xubuntu Desktop Guide
by Xubuntu Dev Team
Copyright © 2004, 2005, 2006 Canonical Ltd. and members of the Ubuntu Documentation Project
The Xubuntu Desktop Guide aims to explain to the reader how to configure and use the Xubuntu desktop.
Credits and License
The following Xubuntu Team members maintain this document:
• Luzius Thöny
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• Credits go to everyone involved in writing the Ubuntu Desktop Guide, the Kubuntu Desktop Guide and the Ubuntu Wiki, since many pieces
of this guide have been adopted from one of these sources.
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Table of Contents
About This Guide ..............................................................................................................
1. Conventions ...........................................................................................................
2. Contributing and Feedback .....................................................................................
1. Introduction ...................................................................................................................
1. About Xubuntu ......................................................................................................
2. Linux Basics ..........................................................................................................
2. Guided Tour ..................................................................................................................
1. Desktop .................................................................................................................
2. Browse the Files on your Computer ........................................................................
3. Surfing the Internet ................................................................................................
4. Writing Emails .......................................................................................................
5. Instant Messaging / Chatting ...................................................................................
6. Writing Text Documents ........................................................................................
7. Spreadsheet calculations with Gnumeric ..................................................................
8. Adding, Removing and Updating Applications .........................................................
9. Calendar ................................................................................................................
10. Play Music ...........................................................................................................
11. Watch a Movie .....................................................................................................
12. Manipulate a Picture .............................................................................................
13. Browse Pictures ....................................................................................................
14. Burn a CD ...........................................................................................................
15. The Settings Manager ...........................................................................................
16. Finding the Right Program ....................................................................................
3. Common Tasks ..............................................................................................................
1. Desktop .................................................................................................................
2. Get Multimedia support ..........................................................................................
3. Switching the keyboard layout ................................................................................
4. Printer configuration ...............................................................................................
5. Managing Users and Groups ...................................................................................
6. Networking ............................................................................................................
7. System Tasks .........................................................................................................
8. Setting up Hardware ...............................................................................................
4. Questions and Answers ..................................................................................................
5. Getting More Help .........................................................................................................
A. Creative Commons by Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 ...........................................................
B. GNU Free Documentation License .................................................................................
1. PREAMBLE ..........................................................................................................
2. APPLICABILITY AND DEFINITIONS ..................................................................
3. VERBATIM COPYING .........................................................................................
4. COPYING IN QUANTITY ....................................................................................
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5. MODIFICATIONS .................................................................................................
6. COMBINING DOCUMENTS .................................................................................
7. COLLECTIONS OF DOCUMENTS .......................................................................
8. AGGREGATION WITH INDEPENDENT WORKS ................................................
9. TRANSLATION ....................................................................................................
10. TERMINATION ..................................................................................................
11. FUTURE REVISIONS OF THIS LICENSE ..........................................................
12. ADDENDUM: How to use this License for your documents ...................................
About This Guide
About This Guide
1. Conventions
The following notes will be used throughout the book:
A note presents interesting, sometimes technical, pieces of information related to the
surrounding discussion.
A tip offers advice or an easier way of doing something.
A caution alerts the reader to potential problems and helps avoid them.
A warning advises the reader of a hazard that may arise in a given scenario.
Cross-reference conventions for print will be displayed as follows:
• Links to other documents or websites will look like this [http://www.ubuntu.com].
PDF, HTML, and XHTML versions of this document will use hyperlinks to handle
Type conventions will be displayed as follows:
• File names or paths to directories will be shown in monospace.
• Commands that you type at a Terminal command prompt will be shown as:
command to type
• Options that you click, select, or choose in a user interface will look like this.
Menu selections, mouse actions, and keyboard short-cuts:
• A sequence of menu selections will be displayed as follows: File → Open
• Mouse actions shall assume a right-handed mouse configuration. The terms “click” and
“double-click” refer to using the left mouse button. The term “right-click” refers to using the right
mouse button. The term “middle-click” refers to using the middle mouse button, pressing down on
the scroll wheel, or pressing both the left and right buttons simultaneously, based on the design of
your mouse.
• Keyboard shortcut combinations will be displayed as follows: Ctrl-N .Where the conventions for
“Control”, “Shift,” and “Alternate” keys will be Ctrl, Shift, and Alt, respectively, and shall mean
the first key is to be held down while pressing the second key.
About This Guide
2. Contributing and Feedback
This book is developed by the Ubuntu Documentation Team
[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/DocumentationTeam]. You can contribute to this document by sending
ideas or comments to the Ubuntu Documentation Team mailing list. Information about the
team, its mailing lists, projects, etc. can be found on the Ubuntu Documentation Team Website
If you see a problem with this document, or would like to make a suggestion, you can simply file a
bug report at the Ubuntu Bugtracker [https://launchpad.net/products/ubuntu-doc/+bugs]. Your help is
vital to the success of our documentation!
Many thanks,
-Your Ubuntu Documentation Team
Chapter 1. Introduction
1. About Xubuntu
Welcome to Xubuntu 6.10.
Xubuntu is a flavor of the Ubuntu Linux Distribution centered around the Xfce Desktop. Xfce is a
modern Desktop environment that is simple, fast, and elegant. You may want to think of Xfce as the
new BMW MINI [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MINI_%28BMW%29] of Linux Desktops. Combining
it with Ubuntu gives you the full power and ease of use that Ubuntu is known for, while providing a
snappy desktop even for those using older hardware.
The key advantages of Xubuntu are:
• Simplicity. Xubuntu will not give you all the bells and whistles of its siblings Ubuntu
[http://www.ubuntu.com] (Gnome Desktop) and Kubuntu [http://www.kubuntu.org] (KDE
Desktop), but will instead focus on basic functionality and a clean user interface.
• Speed. With Xubuntu you will instantly feel the speed of the Xfce Desktop Environment, which has
been built with low system requirements in mind. Don't worry if your hardware is not the latest and
greatest - your computer will most likely feel quite fast with Xubuntu.
• Elegance. Xubuntu comes with a modern, clean Look&Feel. Of course, the Desktop is completely
customizable - you may choose from among many sets of icons, window borders, color sets, and so
Xubuntu shares the same package sources as Ubuntu and Kubuntu. This has the following
• All of the thousands of programs in the Ubuntu Software Archive are easily installable on Xubuntu.
• Turn an Ubuntu into a Xubuntu System - or vice versa - by simply installing some additional
Technically, Xubuntu tries to avoid dependencies on Gnome and KDE libraries by using only GTK+
2 applications wherever possible.
1.1. About the name
The name Xubuntu indicates the combination of the Xfce Desktop Environment with Ubuntu. Xfce
used to stand for "XForms Common Environment", but since it's not based on XForms anymore, does
not mean anything today. Ubuntu means approximately "humanity towards others" in the languages
of Zulu and Xhosa. Combined, it does not really mean anything.
1.2. About Ubuntu
Ubuntu is an entirely open source operating system built around the Linux kernel. You can read all
about the Ubuntu Philosophy [http://www.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/philosophy] on the Ubuntu website.
The Ubuntu project is entirely committed to the principles of open source software development;
people are encouraged to use open source software, improve it, and pass it on. This means that
Ubuntu is and will always be free of charge.
2. Linux Basics
Linux is inspired by the Unix operating system which first appeared in 1969, and has been in
continous use and development ever since. Many of the design conventions behind Unix also exist in
Linux and are central to understanding the basics of the system.
Unix was primarily oriented towards the command line interface, and that legacy is carried on in
Linux. Thus, the graphical user interface with its windows, icons and menus are built on top of a basic
command line interface. Furthermore, this means that the Linux file system is structured to be easily
manageable and accessible from the command line.
2.1. Directories and File Systems
Linux and Unix file systems are organised in a hierarchical, tree-like structure. The highest level
of the file system is the / or root directory. In the Unix and Linux design philosophy, everything is
considered a file - including hard disks, partitions and removable media. This means that all other
files and directories (including other disks and partitions) exist under the root directory.
For example, /home/jebediah/cheeses.odt shows the correct full path to the cheeses.odt file that
exists in the jebediah directory which is under the home directory, which in turn, is under the root (/)
Underneath the root (/) directory, there is a set of important system directories that are common
across most Linux distributions that are used. The following is a listing of common directories that are
directly under the root (/) directory:
• /bin - important binary applications
• /boot - boot configuration files
• /dev - the device files
• /etc - configuration files, startup scripts, etc...
• /home - local users' home directories
• /lib - system libraries
• /lost+found - provides a lost+found system for files that exist under the root (/) directory
• /media - mounted (loaded) removable media such as CDs, digital cameras, etc...
• /mnt - mounted filesystems
• /opt - provides a location for optional applications to be installed
• /proc - special dynamic directory that maintains information about the state of the system,
including currently running processes
• /root - root user home directory, pronounced 'slash-root'
• /sbin - important system binaries
• /sys - system files
• /tmp - temporary files
• /usr - applications and files that are mostly available for all users to access
• /var - variable files such as logs and databases
2.2. Permissions
All of the files on a Linux system have permissions that allow or prevent others from viewing,
modifying or executing. The super user "root" has the ability to access any file on the system. Each
file has access restrictions, user restrictions and have an owner/group association.
Every file is secured by the following three sets of permissions, in order of importance:
• user
applies to the user who is the owner of the file
• group
applies to the group that is associated with the file
• other
applies to all other users
Inside each of the three sets of permissions are the actual permissons. The permissions, along with the
way they apply differently to files and directories, are outlined below:
• read
files can be displayed/opened
directory contents can be displayed
• write
files can be edited or deleted
directory contents can be modified
• execute
executable files can be run as a program
directories can be entered
To view and edit the permissions on files and directories, open the Applications → Accessories →
Home Folder and right-click on a file or directory. Then select Properties. The permissions exist under
the Permissions tab and allow for the editing of all permission levels, if you are the owner of the file.
To learn more about file permissions in Linux, read the file permissions page
[https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FilePermissions] in the Ubuntu Wiki.
2.3. Terminals
Working at the command line is not as daunting a task as you would think. There is no special
knowledge needed to know how to use the command line. It is a program like everything else. Most
things in Linux can be done using the command line, although there are graphical tools for most
programs. Sometimes they are just not enough. This is where the command line comes in handy.
The Terminal is located in Applications → Terminal . The terminal is often called the command
prompt or the shell. In days gone by, this was the way the user interacted with the computer.
However, Linux users have found that the use of the shell can be quicker than a graphical method and
still holds some merit today. Here you will learn how to use the terminal.
The original use of the terminal was a file browser and indeed it is still used as a file browser, in the
event of the graphical environment failing. You can use the terminal as a file browser to navigate your
files and undo the changes that have been made.
2.3.1. Common Commands
View Directories: - ls
The ls (LiSt) lists files in different colors with full formatted text
Create Directories: - mkdir (directory name)
The mkdir (MaKeDIRectory) command will create a directory.
Change Directories: - cd (/directory/location)
The cd (ChangeDirectory) command will change from your current directory to any directory you
Copy Files/Directories: - cp (file or directory name) (to directory or filename)
The cp (CoPy) command will copy any files you specify. The cp -r command will copy any
directories you specify.
Remove Files/Directories: - rm (file or directory name)
The rm (ReMove) command will delete any filename you specify. The rm -rf command will
remove any directory you specify.
Rename Files/Directories: - mv (file or directory name)
The mv (MoVe) command will rename/move any file or directory you specify.
Find Files/Directories: - locate (file or directory name)
The locate command will search your computer for any filename you specify. It uses an index of
the files on your system to work quickly: to update this index run the command updatedb. This
command is run automatically each day, if you leave your computer on. It needs to be run with
administrative privileges (see Section 2.5, “Root And Sudo” [p. 13]
You can also use wildcards to match one or more files, such as "*" (for all files) or "?" (to match one
For a more thorough introduction to the Linux command line, please read the command line
introduction [https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BasicCommands] on the Ubuntu wiki.
2.4. Text Editing
All of the configurations and settings in Linux are saved in text files. Even though you most often
can edit configurations through the graphical interface, you may occasionally have to edit them by
hand. Mousepad is the default Xubuntu text editor, which you can launch by clicking Applications →
Accessories → Mousepad on the desktop menu system.
At times in this guide, Mousepad is run from the command line using gksudo, which runs Mousepad
with administrative privileges, in order to modify configuration files.
If you need to use a text editor from the command line, you can use nano, which is a simple to use
text editor. When running it from the command line, always use the following command, which
ensures that the editor will not introduce line breaks:
nano -w
For more information about how to use nano, refer to the guide on the wiki
There are also quite a few other terminal-based editors available in Ubuntu. Popular ones include
VIM and Emacs (the pros and cons of each are cause for much friendly debate within the Linux
community). These are often more complex to use than nano, but are also more powerful.
2.5. Root And Sudo
The root user in GNU/Linux is the user which has administrative access to your system. Normal users
do not have this access for security reasons. However, Ubuntu does not enable the root user. Instead,
administrative access is given to individual users, who may use the "sudo" application to perform
administrative tasks. The first user account you created on your system during installation will, by
default, have access to sudo. You can restrict and enable sudo access to users with the Users and
Groups application (see Section 5, “Managing Users and Groups” [p. 47]
for more information).
When you run an application that requires root privileges, sudo will ask you to input your normal user
password. This ensures that rogue applications cannot damage your system, and serves as a reminder
that you are about to perform administrative actions which require you to be careful!
To use sudo when using the command line, simply type "sudo" before the command you wish to run.
Sudo will then prompt you for your password.
Sudo will remember your password for 15 minutes (by default). This feature was designed to allow
users to perform multiple administrative tasks without being asked for a password each time.
Be careful when doing administrative tasks - you might damage your system!
Some other tips for using sudo include:
• To use a "root" terminal, type "sudo -i" at the command line.
• The entire suite of default graphical configuration tools in Ubuntu already use sudo, so they will
prompt you for your password if needed.
• When starting graphical tools with "sudo", run it with "gksudo" instead. This will open a small
graphical window that prompts the user for his password. "gksudo" is convenient if you want to set
up a launcher for Synaptic on your panel, or something similar, where you would normaly not have
the possiblity to enter your password.
• For more information on the sudo program and the absence of a root user in Ubuntu, read the sudo
page [https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo] on the Ubuntu wiki.
2.6. More Help
An incredible amount of information about Linux is available on the Internet. To
get started, see the excellent and comprehensive tutorial Getting Started with Linux
For people who already know the basics, the tutorial Intermediate Level User Linux Course
[http://www.linux.org/lessons/interm/index.html] is a good read.
Chapter 2. Guided Tour
Welcome to the Guided Tour around the Xubuntu Desktop. This guide will take you on a trip around
your new desktop, show you the most important places, introduce you to some of the included
programs, and explain how to accomplish basic tasks. It is recommended to have an actual Xubuntu
system ready and to try out the stuff described while reading this document.
The readers are generally assumed to have access to the Internet, since this guide will often just
provide links to wiki pages and to other documentation on the Web.
Guided Tour
1. Desktop
When your computer has finished booting up, and after entering your login data, you will arrive at the
Xubuntu desktop. It comes with many features that make your life easy, and it is well worth the time
to get to know your way around it.
As you can see, your desktop has two panels: one on top, and one on the bottom of the screen.
1.1. Top Panel
The top panel is mainly used for starting applications and navigating to different places on your
computer. It also comes with a logout button, system tray and a clock.
Clicking on Applications will open the system menu, offering you many choices of applications to
start. Note that you can also access your Settings, Help, and a logout dialog from the Applications
Clicking on the logout button (looks like a door with a red arrow) will bring up a menu with
choices for logging out, shutting down, rebooting, and, depending on your hardware, suspending or
hibernating your computer.
Use the checkbox Save session for future logins to have all the currently running
programs auto-started the next time you log in.
Next to the clock is a small area called the system tray. Some programs will show up as a small
icon in the system tray while they are running in the background. The system tray is also used for
informing you about updates to your system. If such an update becomes available, you will see a
small speech bubble pop up giving you the necessary information to keep your system up to date and
Besides that, the top panel is quite empty. It has lots of additional room to add items besides the
browser launcher. You may want to go ahead and add some custom items to it. Right-click on the
panel, and choose Add New Item. Choose one of the many panel plugins available, or create a custom
program launcher. The item will be permanently attached to your panel. Anything you add here will
be reachable with just a single click, directly from your panel.
1.2. Bottom Panel
This panel contains a show-desktop button, a tasklist, and a pager.
The show-desktop button will minimize all applications to clear your view onto the desktop. This is
very helpful in case you are trying to access icons on the desktop and need to get all the windows out
of the way.
The taskbar will have an entry for every window that is currently open. Use it to quickly change
between running applications.
Guided Tour
The pager allows you to navigate between the different desks you use. Note that small icons on the
pager give an indication about the current windows on the different desks.
1.3. Desktop
At first, the desktop will show you icons for your home directory, the filesystem, and the trash bin.
You may also configure the desktop to show minimized application icons instead of
folders/file launchers. Refer to Section 1.2, “Application icons on the Desktop (CDE style)”
[p. 40]
To change the desktop background image, launch Applications → Settings → Settings Manager,
and choose Desktop. In the lower part, where it says Image, click on the Browse icon and choose a
different picture.
The desktop offers a bunch of features that are real time-savers in everyday tasks:
• Right-clicking it will open the system menu just as clicking on Applications does.
• Using the scroll wheel on your mouse (if it has one) will allow you to switch between the different
desks. This does the same thing as clicking on the pager in the lower panel, but is usually quicker,
since you (probably) do not have to move the mouse.
• Pressing Alt-Tab will allow you to rotate between the currently open windows. This allows for
lightning-fast switching between applications without taking your hands off the keyboard.
Guided Tour
2. Browse the Files on your Computer
Xubuntu comes with Xfce's brand new file manager called Thunar. For simplicity's sake, we will just
refer to it as the File Manager. Load it by clicking Applications → File Manager (thunar).
2.1. Navigation
The File Manager's default view consists of a shortcut pane on the left side, the main area on the right,
and a pathbar above the main area.
The shortcut pane provides shortcuts to different folders on your system. The first shortcut will lead
to your home directory, the directory where you store all your personal data, and will therefore have
the name of the current user. That directory will probably appear empty. The second shortcut will take
you to the root of your filesystem - you may want to explore it a bit, even though it will be confusing
to you if you are new to Linux. Just click on the different folders and see what's inside. When you're
done, return to your home directory by clicking on the top shortcut.
Add your own shortcuts by simply dragging folders to the shortcut pane. This will allow you
to access important folders instantly!
Guided Tour
The main area will always display the contents of the current folder. Double-click on folders to enter
them, and right-click on files/folders to get a pop-up window offering you some choices of what to do
with it. Select multiple files by dragging a rectangle over them with the mouse. Alternatively, select
one file, hold down the Shift key, and increase/decrease the selection using the arrows.
The pathbar will always show you the path you took to get to the place you are currently at. You can
click on any pathbar icon to change to the directory it represents. Note that right-clicking on pathbar
icons will also bring up a pop-up window with some options.
2.2. Creating and Deleting Files
To create a new document, right-click on some empty space in your home directory and select Create
New Document → Empty File from the pop-up menu. The File Manager will prompt you for a name just go with the suggested name for now. After this, you will see the new file in your home directory.
Right-click on it to have a menu pop up - choose Properties. This will show you some details about
the file:
Right-click on the file once more, and choose Delete to remove it. The file will be put into the trash
If you ever want to undo the deleting of a file, open the trash bin, and drag or copy/paste the
file out of it.
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To create a new folder, right-click on the empty space, and choose Create Folder.... You will be
asked for a name. Type something and hit Enter. You will see this new folder in your home directory.
Double click on it to enter it.
To rename or remove the folder, right-click on it and choose the appropriate option from the pop-up
2.3. Copying and Moving Files
To copy and move files on your computer, just click and drag files and folders to other folders. As a
default, the files will always be copied. If you want them to be moved instead, right-click and drag
files to folder: This will offer you some options instead of just copying.
2.4. Removable Devices
When inserting CDs, floppys, USB sticks or other removable media into your computer, or hooking
up removable devices like a musicplayer, it will be set up automatically by your system. After
inserting a CD into your CD Drive, you will see a new shortcut in the left pane of the File Manager,
representing the CD. Clicking on it will open the CD in the main area, just like clicking on a regular
folder. To remove the CD, right-click on the shortcut, and choose eject. The same applies for any
other removable media.
Please note that pressing the eject button on your CD drive may not work. This may be
surprising to some users, but it is in fact the expected behaviour. Before the CD can be
ejected, it needs to be properly "released" (unmounted) by the system. To remove a CD,
always right-click on its shortcut and choose Eject Volume.
2.5. Customizing the File Manager
There are many ways to customize the File Manager. In case you do not like the way the icons
are displayed, choose View → View as Detailed List to have the contents of the current directory
displayed as a list.
You can have the File Manager display a location bar instead of the pathbar by selecting View →
Location Selector → Toolbar Style.
In case you prefer a tree view in the left pane, choose View → Side Pane → Tree.
Guided Tour
3. Surfing the Internet
Before surfing the Internet, you need to make sure you have a working Internet connection. In case
you are not connected yet, consult Section 6.2, “Connect to the Internet” [p. 48]
Xubuntu comes with the popular Firefox Web browser preinstalled. Firefox is well known for its
outstanding security, standards compliance, extensibility, usability, and speed. Launch it from
Applications → Network → Firefox Web Browser .
If you are new to Firefox, see An introduction to Firefox
[http://opensourcearticles.com/articles/firefox_15/english/part_01]. More help is available
from http://www.mozilla.org/support/firefox/.
Guided Tour
4. Writing Emails
Thunderbird is the default mail client of Xubuntu. It comes with all desired features, including junk
filtering, thread display, POP/IMAP support, security features, themes, an extension mechanism, and
more. Before you start, make sure you have a working Internet connection (See Section 6.2, “Connect
to the Internet” [p. 48]
Launch Thunderbird from Applications → Network → Thunderbird Mail.
After this, the Thunderbird Account Wizard will guide you through the process of entering your
account data.
If you are new to Thunderbird, see An introduction to Thunderbird
[http://opensourcearticles.com/articles/thunderbird_15/english/part_01]. More help is
available from http://www.mozilla.org/support/thunderbird/.
Guided Tour
5. Instant Messaging / Chatting
Use Gaim for chatting and instant messaging. Launch it from Applications → Network → Gaim
Internet Messenger. Before you start, make sure you have a working Internet connection (See
Section 6.2, “Connect to the Internet” [p. 48]
Please consult the Gaim Online Documentation
[http://gaim.sourceforge.net/documentation.php] Web page for further information.
Guided Tour
6. Writing Text Documents
6.1. Editing Textfiles with Mousepad
Launch Applications → Accessories → Mousepad. This will open up Mousepad - a simple, fast text
editor. This is what it looks like:
Use Mousepad for viewing and editing simple text files, such as configuration or log files. Mousepad
is, however, not suited for creating formatted text files. For this, see the following section.
6.2. Word Processing with Abiword
For regular Word Processing, AbiWord is the program to use. AbiWord is a state of the art word
processor that reads and writes both OpenDocument (OpenOffice) and Microsoft Word documents
and is very fast. It features everything you need for standard word processing: tables, lists, images,
footnotes, styles, spellchecking, and more. It also has good internationalization and is easy to use.
Start it with Applications → Office → AbiWord Word Processor
Please consult the AbiWord Manual [http://www.abisource.com/support/manual/] on the
project's website for detailed information on how to use AbiWord.
Guided Tour
In case you need more features or better Microsoft Word compatibility, you may want
to install OpenOffice. It is readily available for installation from the Ubuntu software
repositories (refer to Section 8, “Adding, Removing and Updating Applications” [p.
). Just be warned that it is a lot bigger and slower than AbiWord!
Guided Tour
7. Spreadsheet calculations with Gnumeric
Gnumeric is the Gnome Project [http://www.gnome.org]'s Spreadsheet program, and it is the
recommended application for working with spreadsheets on Xubuntu. It is - in its own words - "free,
fast and accurate". Start it with Applications → Office → Gnumeric Spreadsheet.
A Quick Guide [http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/doc/chapter-quick-start.html] and
the full User Manual [http://www.gnome.org/projects/gnumeric/doc/] are available from the
project's website.
In case you need more features or better Microsoft Excel compatibility, you may want
to install OpenOffice. It is readily available for installation from the Ubuntu software
repositories (refer to Section 8, “Adding, Removing and Updating Applications” [p.
). Just be warned that it is a lot bigger and slower than Gnumeric!
Guided Tour
8. Adding, Removing and Updating Applications
8.1. Synaptic Package Manager
Sooner or later, you will have the need to install additional programs on your computer. Ubuntu
comes with a special tool called Synaptic that will help you with this task. Synaptic is an advanced
package management application that can install and remove every package available to your system.
It gives you complete control over the package management of your system.
To launch Synaptic, choose Applications → System → Synaptic Package Manager on the desktop
menu system.
Running Synaptic requires administrative privileges (see Section 2.5, “Root And Sudo” [p.
The Synaptic screen is divided up into four sections, the two most important being the package
categories on the left side, and the packages on the right.
If you know the name of the package, the quickest way to install it is to click on the Search toolbar
button, enter the name in the search text field and click the Search button. Synaptic will now show
you a short list from which to select your application for installation. This is usually much easier than
having to look through the very long list of applications in the category section. Now right-click on
it and choose "Mark this package for installation". Once you are satisfied with your selections click
Apply on the top button bar. Synaptic will then download and install the required packages from the
online repositories and/or from your Ubuntu installation CD.
In case you do not know the name of the package, choose section in the lower left part of the window,
choose the appropriate category, and find the package name in the list.
When the installation process has finished, you should have a new option for the program you
installed available in the menu.
8.2. Extra Repositories
Many software packages you might need are not in the Main repository, so let us learn how to add
extra repositories.
8.2.1. What are Repositories?
There are thousands of programs available to install on Ubuntu. These programs are stored in
software archives (repositories) and are made freely available for installation over the Internet. This
makes it very easy to install new programs in Linux, and it is also very secure, because each program
you install is built specially for Ubuntu and checked before it is installed. To organize the software,
Ubuntu repositories are categorized into four groups: Main, Restricted, Universe, and Multiverse.
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The rationale used to determine which software goes into which category is based on two factors:
• The level of support software development teams provide for a program.
• The level of compliance the program has to the Free Software Philosophy
You can find more information about the Repositories available on the website
The standard Ubuntu Install CD contains some software from the Main and Restricted categories.
Once your system is made aware of the Internet-based locations for these repositories, many more
software programs are made available for installation. Using the software package management tools
already installed on your system, you can search for, install and update any piece of software directly
over the Internet, without the need for the CD.
8.2.2. Adding Extra Repositories
To enable the extra repositories:
Open Applications → System → Software Sources .
To enable the Universe repository, check the Community maintained Open Source software
(Universe) checkbox.
Adding this repository will mean that the majority of the Free Software universe will be
available to install on your system. This software is supported by a carefully selected
group of volunteers within the Ubuntu Community, but is not supported by the core
Ubuntu development team and may not include security updates.
To enable the Multiverse repository, check the By copyright or legal issues restricted software
(Multiverse) button.
Adding this repository will mean that software which has been classified as non-free
will be available to install on your system. This software may not be permitted in some
jurisdictions. When installing each package from this repository, you should verify
that the laws of your country permit you to use it. Again, this software may not include
security updates.
Click Close to save your changes and exit.
8.3. Updates
Sometimes the Ubuntu developers release feature and security updates for applications and packages
within the Ubuntu system.
The Update Manager program will list the available updates. You will find it at Applications →
System → Update Manager. To download and install available updates click Install Updates. Ubuntu
will then download and install the available updates from the Internet.
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When Update Manager has finished updating your system, close Update Manager to finish updating
your system.
After installing some important updates, it may be necessary to restart your computer.
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9. Calendar
Orage is Xfce's calendar application. You will find it at Applications → Office → Orage. Use it to
manage your appointments, set weekly reminders, schedule alarms, and more.
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10. Play Music
Launch Applications → Multimedia → gxine for playing audio files. Gxine is a simple, easy-to-use
media player based on the xine engine.
Please note that Xubuntu comes with very limited multimedia support out of the box. Please
read Section 2, “Get Multimedia support” [p. 43]
for an explanation, and what you can
do about it.
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11. Watch a Movie
Gxine is the default program to watch movies. Launch it from Applications → Multimedia → gxine .
Please note that Xubuntu comes with very limited multimedia support out of the box.
Playback of DVDs, for example, is not supported by default. Please read Section 2, “Get
Multimedia support” [p. 43]
for an explanation, and what you can do about it.
Guided Tour
12. Manipulate a Picture
Xubuntu ships with the GIMP - the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It can be used for things like
photo retouching, image composition and image authoring. Start it from Applications → Graphics →
GIMP Image Editor.
Extensive documentation on using the GIMP may be found here:
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13. Browse Pictures
For browsing picture image collections, you will find the application GQview convenient. To launch
it, click Applications → Graphics → GQView.
You will find a file browsing area on the left side that lets you navigate to the pictures on your hard
drive. The pictures will subsequently be shown in the main area of GQview.
Please refer to the online manual: http://gqview.sourceforge.net/docs/index.html.
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14. Burn a CD
For burning CDs, use Xfburn. To launch it, click Applications → Accessories → Xfburn.
The tool has the usual options of erasing CDRW disks, burning ISO images, copying CDs, or making
Data CDs from files on your PC.
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15. The Settings Manager
The Settings Manager is located at Applications → Settings → Settings Manager. This is the central
place for customizing your desktop. Among the things you can do with the Settings Manager are:
• Change the desktop background image in the section Desktop.
• Change the GTK theme and the icon theme in User Interface.
• Choose a different screensaver in Screensaver.
• Choose a different audio device in Sound.
• Add new keyboard shortcuts in Keyboard, tab Shortcuts.
• Lots more...
Please note that these settings control the look and behaviour of your desktop only. It is
important to know that it is not a settings manager for your system, and therefore does not
let you configure printers, set up your networking configuration, switch keyboard layouts,
or similar. To accomplish these tasks, read Section 4, “Printer configuration” [p. 45]
Section 6, “Networking” [p. 48]
and Section 3, “Switching the keyboard layout” [p.
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16. Finding the Right Program
The wealth of software offered on an Ubuntu system is enormous, so finding the right tool for the
right job can be difficult at times. The following table may help you with this. It shows programs
which are installed on Xubuntu by default, some which are recommended to be added by you, and
other programs available in the software archives, grouped by tasks. Please note that you may have to
enable restricted repositories to install some of the listed programs.
Installed Program
Also available
Epiphany (Gnome), Konqueror
(KDE), Dillo
Email Client
File Manager
Nautilus (Gnome), Konqueror
(KDE), Xffm (old Xfce
Filemanager), ROX-Filer
Text Editor
Gedit (Gnome), Kate (KDE),
Gvim, XEmacs, Nedit, Nano
Word Processing
OpenOffice, KOffice (KDE),
Spreadsheet Calculation
OpenOffice, KOffice (KDE)
Multimedia Playback
XMMS, Beep Media Player,
Xine, Mplayer, Totem (Gnome),
Rhythmbox (Gnome)
Image Manipulation
Krita (KDE, part of KOffice)
Picture Browsing
gThumbview (Gnome), KView
Chat / Instant Messanger
PDF Viewer
Package Management
Software Telephone
Ekiga (Gnome)
Archiving Tool
Xarchiver, Thunar Archive
CD/DVD Burning
GnomeBaker (Gnome), K3b
FTP Client
Nautilus (Gnome), Konqueror
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Installed Program
Also available
Printer Administration
CUPS Web Administration
Gnome Cups Manager (Gnome)
Vector Graphics
Desktop Publishing (DTP)
Chapter 3. Common Tasks
Common Tasks
1. Desktop
1.1. Change the desktop background image
If you want to set up a different background image, do:
Launch Applications → Settings → Settings Manager.
Choose Desktop.
In the section Image, click on the file icon. This will bring up up an open file dialog, where you
can choose an alternative image.
1.2. Application icons on the Desktop (CDE style)
To have minimized application icons instead of file/launcher icons displayed on your desktop, do this:
Launch Applications → Settings → Settings Manager.
Choose Desktop, and then the Behaviour tab.
Change the Desktop Icons entry from File/launcher Icons to Minimized Application
1.3. Add Panel Plugins
Here is a list of available Plugins for your Xfce Panel:
You will need super-user privileges to install the non-default plugins. See Section 2.5, “Root
And Sudo” [p. 13].
Xfce XKB Plugin
Displays your current keyboard layout and allows to easily switch between multiple layouts. (For
configuring layouts, see Section 3, “Switching the keyboard layout” [p. 44]
). Installation:
Installed by default.
Xfce Weather Plugin
The weather plugin displays information about the current weather according your timezone and
settings. It allows to search for weather location codes in the same plugin and displays weather
status in little icons. Installation: Installed by default.
Xfce Wavelan Plugin
The WaveLAN plugin displays information about a WaveLAN device. Installation:
sudo apt-get install xfce4-wavelan-plugin
Xfce Verve Plugin
The plugin displays a mini-command line on the Xfce panel. Installation: Installed by default.
Xfce Systemload Plugin
This plugin displays the current CPU load, the memory in use, and the swap space. Installation:
Installed by default.
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Xfce Screenshoter Plugin
Xfce4-screenshooter-plugin is a simple plugin to take screenshots of your desktop. Installation:
Installed by default.
Xfce Quicklauncher Plugin
Application launcher plugin for the Xfce panel. It supports multline launchers, zoom effect, and
more. Installation: Installed by Default.
Xfce Netload Plugin
This plugin displays the current load of the network interfaces of your choice. Installation:
Installed by default.
Xfce Mount Plugin
This plugin for Xfce displays a list of the various devices available, giving the opportunity to
mount/umount them. Note that most removable media are mounted automatically by the File
Manager in Xubuntu. Installation: Installed by default.
Xfce Mailwatch Plugin
Mail checker panel plugin with support for local, POP3, IMAP, and Gmail accounts. Installation:
Installed by default.
Xfce Generic Monitor Plugin
This plugin repeatedly spawns the indicated script/program, displaying its output as a string in the
panel. It is useful for periodic status monitoring. Installation:
sudo apt-get install xfce4-genmon-plugin
Xfce Filesystem Guard Plugin
The fsguard plugin checks free space on a chosen mountpoint frequently and displays an alarm if
free space is less than given alarm limit. Installation: Installed by default.
Xfce CPU Graph Plugin
The CPU graph plugin displays a graph of your current system load. Installation: Installed by
Xfce Clipman Plugin
Store and recall sequential X clipboard selections in Xfce4 with this plugin. Installation: Installed
by default.
Xfce Battery Plugin
A battery monitor panel plugin for Xfce4 compatible with APM and ACPI. Installation: Installed
by default.
Disk Performace Plugin
The DiskPerf plugin displays disk/partition performance statistics. Installation:
sudo apt-get install xfce4-diskperf-plugin
Dbus Messenger Plugin
Xfce4 Messenger Plugin for Xfce4 Panel is a plugin that listens for DBus messages and displays
received messages in the panel and/or a popup window, and maintains a log of received messages.
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sudo apt-get install xfce4-messenger-plugin
Mini Command Plugin
The plugin displays a mini-command line on the Xfce4 panel. Installation:
sudo apt-get install xfce4-minicmd-plugin
VLC Radio Plugin
This is an Xfce panel plugin which allows you to control your video4linux radio device. You can
turn your radio on/off, tune it to some frequency, and manage station presets. Installation:
sudo apt-get install xfce4-radio-plugin
Sensors Plugin
The sensors plugin reads your hardware sensor values and displays then in your panel.
sudo apt-get install xfce4-sensors-plugin
XfApplet Plugin
XfApplet is a plugin for the Xfce 4 panel. The plugin itself has no special functionality. Its only
purpose is to enable one to use Gnome applets inside the Xfce 4 panel just as they are used inside
the Gnome panel. Installation:
sudo apt-get install xfce4-xfapplet-plugin
Xmms Plugin
The xmms plugin for the Xfce 4.4 panel is a simple tool which allows you to control xmms.
sudo apt-get install xfce4-xmms-plugin
1.4. Add new Window Manager Style
When you download new window manager styles, they usually come in a .tar or .zip archive. Extract
the contents, and do:
sudo cp -r folder-with-new-theme /usr/share/themes/
You will need super-user privileges to do this. See Section 2.5, “Root And Sudo” [p. 13].
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2. Get Multimedia support
Please note that Xubuntu comes with very limited multimedia support. The reason for this is that
many popular multimedia formats are not free; they are protected by patent or license restrictions.
To prevent problems, Xubuntu ships without support for these formats. Please consider using and
supporting open and free multimedia formats such as Ogg Vorbis [ http://www.vorbis.com/] (Audio)
and Ogg Theora [http://theora.org/] (Video).
If, however, you still want to use restricted multimedia formats, you will need to enable the Universe
and Multiverse repositories (see Section 8.2, “Extra Repositories” [p. 27]). You will want to install at
least the following packages:
With these packages installed, you should be able to play many multimedia formats. Please refer to
https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RestrictedFormats for detailed information on getting even more formats to
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3. Switching the keyboard layout
There is currently no graphical tool to switch the keyboard layout in Xubuntu. To do this, you will
need to edit the file /etc/X11/xorg.conf.
Be warned that this is an important file for the system and you should be careful with it. You
will need administrative privileges to edit it (Cf. Section 2.5, “Root And Sudo” [p. 13]). It is
recommended to make a backup of this file before editing it:
sudo cp /etc/X11/xorg.conf /etc/X11/xorg.conf.BACKUP
Find the section that looks like this:
Section "InputDevice"
"Generic Keyboard"
Change "us" to whatever language code you prefer. Next, type this from a terminal:
setxkbmap <language_code>
That's it.
If you enter more than one language code, e.g. "us,de" for US-American and German layout,
you can easily switch between these two with the the XKB Layout Switcher Plugin panel
Common Tasks
4. Printer configuration
Getting your printer to work on Xubuntu may require some work. Most likely, your printer will be
auto-detected by Xubuntu. However, you will still need to configure it by hand. You can either do this
in your browser, or in a terminal:
You will need super-user privileges to configure a printer. See Section 2.5, “Root And
Sudo” [p. 13].
4.1. Printer Configuration with the Browser
First, you will need to enable the web administration interface of CUPS (Common UNIX Printing
Launch Applications → System → Users and Groups and hit Manage Groups.
Click on lpadmin and then Properties.
Check your username.
Restart CUPS with this command:
$sudo /etc/init.d/cupsys restart
Next, visit the web interface by entering http://localhost:631/admin in your browser's location bar.
Once there, you will be able to see, install, and configure the detected printers on your system.
4.2. Printer Configuration with the Terminal (Advanced Users)
To manage printers in the terminal, CUPS provides the commands lpadmin, lpinfo, lpoptions.
Please refer to the CUPS online manual Managing Printers from the Command-Line
[http://www.cups.org/doc-1.1/sam.html#4_3] for detailed information on how to use these commands.
To check if your printer has been detected correctly, do:
lpinfo -v
To add a printer, do something similar to:
lpadmin -p DeskJet -E -v parallel:/dev/lp1 -m deskjet.ppd
If you experience problems getting your printer to work, you may consider installing
gnome-cups-manager. It is available by the usual manner described in Section 8, “Adding,
Removing and Updating Applications” [p. 27] and will offer a nice graphical tool to set up
your printer. WARNING: installing gnome-cups-manager will bring in many dependencies
to the Gnome desktop, thus increasing the installed size of your system. It is therefore not
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recommended to install gnome-cups-manager on Xubuntu. In some cases, however, it may
be worth the trade-off to get your printer working.
Common Tasks
5. Managing Users and Groups
To add users or groups to your system, you can use the Users And Groups application located in
Applications → System → Users and Groups.
You will need super-user privileges to launch the Users and Groups tool. See Section 2.5,
“Root And Sudo” [p. 13].
To add a new user, click on Add user, fill-in the data fields, then click OK. To edit the properties of
each user, click the Properties button located in the main window.
To add a new group, hit the Manage Groups button and click Add group. Choose a name for the new
group and, if you want, change the value for the Group ID from the default. If you try to allocate a
Group ID that is in use, the system will warn you.
You can add users to the newly created group by checking the user's name from the menu. Removing
a user is as simple as adding one: select the group you want, hit Properties, and uncheck the user.
To remove a user or group from the system, select the user or group you want to delete and click
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6. Networking
6.1. Configure Networking
Xubuntu comes with a graphical networking utility. Launch it with Applications → System →
This tool will allow you to configure all aspects of your network connection - setting up DHCP, static
IP addresses, configuring modem dialup, and more. It will also allow you to set up different profiles
for use with a laptop. This is very convenient if you need location-dependent networking setups.
You will need super-user privileges to run the Networking utility. See Section 2.5, “Root
And Sudo” [p. 13].
6.2. Connect to the Internet
This task is usually very simple. However, it requires a minimum of involvement on your part. Of
course, you will need to have subscribed to an Internet Service Provider, and your Internet connection
must be installed and functional.
There are several ways to connect to the Internet. Depending on what type of connection you have,
you could have broadband (e.g. ADSL), dialup (e.g. a 56 kbit/s modem) or access to Internet directly,
via your Local Area Network for instance.
Go to the following section corresponding to your type of connection.
6.2.1. Broadband
If you have an ADSL or cable modem, there are several possibilities, depending on the type of
modem. Ethernet Modem (pppoe)
If your modem connects to your PC with an ethernet network cable you probably want to set up a
pppoe connection. However, nowadays many modems also integrate a router. In this case you should
follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. You may find extra help in the Local Area
Network section below (if you configure the device via a web interface, it probably has an integrated
router). ADSLPPPoE
Prerequisites are:
• A DSL account with an Internet Service Provider (ISP).
• Username and password for that account.
• A DSL modem to which you connect using an Ethernet network card.
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• Your Ubuntu machine with its Ethernet card configured for DHCP.
• Knowledge of installing packages with synaptic.
Make sure that your ADSL connection has been activated by your ISP before starting this
procedure. Generally there is a "DSL" light on your modem that is lit, indicating whether
your connection is activated.
Ubuntu by default installs the "pppoeconf" package. If you are not sure if you have it you can check
by typing this in a terminal window:
dpkg -s pppoeconf
If it is not installed yet, do it yourself, following the hints in Section 8, “Adding, Removing and
Updating Applications” [p. 27].
Once you are sure that you have the package installed, it's time to configure your connection. Type in
a terminal:
sudo pppoeconf
A text-based installer will take you through the setup. To manually connect using your configured
setup, type:
pon dsl-provider USB modem
This is probably the most demanding type of modem to set up. USB is far from the ideal method for
network access. If you have a modem that can connect both via USB and ethernet it will be best to use
the ethernet connection.
If you have a USB modem, you should refer to https://wiki.ubuntu.com/UsbAdslModem
More support for installing a USB modem can be found at:
• http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=189972#post189972
• http://forum.eagle-usb.org/
• http://eciadsl.flashtux.org/
6.2.2. Dialup
If you have a dialup connection, a 56 kbit/s or slower modem, you should refer to
6.2.3. Local Area Network
If you connect to the Internet via a Local Area Network (ethernet or wireless for example), the
configuration depends entirely on your network.
Configuration information should be provided by your network administrator.
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If you connect via a router on a home network, you should read the router's documentation.
You may have to configure the interface through which you connect to use DHCP (dynamic
configuration, usually the default) or specify an IP address, default gateway and DNS server.
6.3. Change the Computer's Name
You will need super-user privileges for this task. See Section 2.5, “Root And Sudo” [p. 13].
Applications → System → Networking
Select the General tab. Enter the name of the computer in the Hostname field.
Click OK, close all open applications and log out and back in for the changes to take effect.
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7. System Tasks
7.1. List devices
To list mounted devices, run the following command in a terminal:
The listing shows the device (such as a hard disk partition), the mount point (where you access
the files), the filesystem type, and the mount options.
This example shows the hda2 hard disk partition mounted as '/', with the filesystem type ext3.
The partition is mounted with two options: one to allow the device to be read from and written to
and the other to remount the device as read-only in the event of any errors.
/dev/hda2 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
To list PCI devices:
To list USB devices:
7.2. Mount/unmount CD/DVD-ROMs manually
You will need super-user privileges for this task. See Section 2.5, “Root And Sudo” [p. 13].
Assuming that /media/cdrom0/ is the mount point of your CD/DVD-ROM device
To mount a CD/DVD-ROM:
sudo mount /media/cdrom0/ -o unhide
To unmount CD/DVD-ROM:
sudo umount /media/cdrom0/
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8. Setting up Hardware
8.1. Set up Wireless Cards
Many wireless cards are automatically detected by Ubuntu during installation. A complete
listing of wireless cards which are known to work with Ubuntu can be found on the Ubuntu Wiki
[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/HardwareSupportComponentsWirelessNetworkCards]. Please add your
wireless card to the list if it works with Ubuntu and is not already listed.
Some cards may not work automatically with Ubuntu. If this is the case, please look at the Wireless
Troubleshooting Guide [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WirelessTroubleshootingGuide], which is an
excellent resource for troubleshooting wireless cards, on the Ubuntu Wiki.
All information regarding wireless networking on Ubuntu is collected at Wireless Networking Central
[https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WifiDocs] on the Ubuntu Wiki.
8.2. Set up Modems
8.2.1. Winmodems
Most winmodems are not supported by Ubuntu, but drivers can be found that will enable the use of
such modems. First you need to identify what chipset your winmodem is using:
wget -c http://linmodems.technion.ac.il/packages/scanModem.gz
gunzip -c scanModem.gz > scanModem
chmod +x scanModem
sudo ./scanModem
mousepad Modem/ModemData.txt
Read this file; it should list what modem chipset you have. Once you are aware of the chipset you
have, see http://www.linmodems.org/ and follow the directions for your modem. More infomation can
be found at SettingUpModems [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/SettingUpModems] on the Ubuntu Wiki.
8.2.2. ADSL Modems
All PPPOE and router-style ADSL modems (that use ethernet for the connections) are supported
by Ubuntu, and some USB ADSL modems are supported too. For router-style ADSL modems, just
connect it, configure the modem per your ISP's instructions, and configure networking in Ubuntu. For
information on PPPOE modems see this guide [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ADSLPPPoE] on the Ubuntu
Chapter 4. Questions and Answers
Where is the trash bin?
It is represented by an icon on your desktop. You may want to add the trash bin applet to one of
your panels for quicker access to it.
How can I move my old panel configuration from Xfce 4.2 over to Xfce 4.4?
You can't. The panel has been rewritten and can not use the old configuration files anymore.
How do I start a program manually?
Sometimes it can be useful to start a program manually, for example when the program does not
have an entry in the menu. This is easy to do with the Run Program dialog.
Open the Run Program dialog by typing:#Alt-F2
Enter the name of the program you wish to run, and press Enter.
What can I do if Xfmedia crashes when playing restricted formats?
Please make sure you have all the appropriate libraries for the restricted formats installed.
Consult the Wiki Page on Restricted Formats [https://wiki.ubuntu.com/RestrictedFormats].
Some people have reported that installing libxine-extracodecs fixed this issue.
Where can I get more Xfce-related Artwork?
Check http://www.xfce-look.org. There should be something there for every taste.
Are there any other goodies available besides the ones in the Ubuntu archives?
Check http://xfce-goodies.berlios.de/, the official home of Xfce goodies.
Something is going wrong on my system. Where can I obtain more information?
Check https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LinuxLogFiles for a list of log files on your system and how to
read them.
How do I connect to a remote machine from the File Manager (Thunar)?
The File Manager (Thunar) does not allow you to connect to remote machines yet. These
features are planned for a future release of Thunar.
Chapter 5. Getting More Help
There are a number of places from which you can obtain help with your Ubuntu desktop system, these
• The Ubuntu Documentation Website [http://help.ubuntu.com] - this contains this guide, and other
guides produced by the Ubuntu Documentation Team for Ubuntu and Kubuntu.
• The Ubuntu Wiki [https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UserDocumentation] - this contains many
guides contributed by the community.
• Web Forums [http://www.ubuntu.com/community/forums] - here you can ask questions on a forum
and receive answers from the forum community.
• Mailing Lists [http://lists.ubuntu.com] - here you can ask questions by email, and receive answers
from the mailing list community.
• IRC chat: irc.ubuntu.com channel #xubuntu - chat in realtime with the irc community.
For more information, visit the How to Get Help
[https://help.ubuntu.com/community/HowToGetHelp] wiki page.
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