Archive for November, 2011

Well, Linux Mint 12 has released and Clem and gang have expressed their need to make the move to Gnome 3, in order to keep the compatibility with Ubuntu and that they held onto Gnome 2x longer than most others but that it was important to ease users into the change to Gnome 3. To that end, Clem et. al. has Mintified Gnome 3 with elements of Gnome 2x, using MATE, a fork dreamed up by a lone programmer who apparently hated Gnome 3 as much as the rest of us haters. Clem has taken a crafty and sensible approach, easing in the new Gnome 3 features while keeping some Gnome 2x features, thereby allowing at least one release to slide into the Gnome 3 experience. Note the standings of Linux Mint, which has now taken the number one spot on the DistroWatch ranking. Apparently, from what I’m reading and from the brief test of Unity, said Unity blows and people are fleeing the sinking ship. I myself couldn’t stand Unity and I’m not much bigger of a fan of Gnome 3 (I thought it sucked marginally less than Unity) so now as a longtime Gnome user, I’m finding myself in a dilemma, thinking for the first time since using Linux that it may be time to rethink KDE. I have enjoyed XFCE but to me, it just feels like a Gnome that fell off the short bus. I know it’s not, but it ‘feels’ that way…anyway, I’m currently downloading MEPIS 11 to see if I, in any way, can rethink the KDE desktop. We shall see.

What I wanted on my speed dial was a custom pic I put up of Norman Reedus (who plays Daryl Dixon on the AMC TV show, the Walking Dead) Hey, who doesn’t look badass holding a crossbow? Anyway, my problem was/is the stupid speed dial boxes snap to a central grid, meaning they can’t be moved, like say..desktop icons. Irritating, as Norman’s delightfully delicious face was being covered by speed dial boxes. So here is the hacked up-stupid-shouldn’t be necessary but was-workaround way I fixed it. Here is my result: a theme I like, with Reedus’ yummy face clearly visible. I know what you’re thinking..how are those speed dial boxes on the left like that? Muhahaha!

First, I downloaded (for my viewing pleasure) a couple of themes that I liked that had transparency on the speed dial.

1. IBIS inspire Transparent 3.81b (Screenshot)
2. Ultra Glass Static 2-v.7.50
3. Aesthetical & Classy 2

Then I copied them to my desktop and unpacked them. The part that drove me nuts were throbbers in the speed dial boxes. So I located those in the anims files of the skins and opened them with GIMP, and deleted the throbber pic out of the image.

Then I re-saved the blank .png. Once I did that I simply repacked all the files with the same name.zip as before and put them back in the /skins folder. Reopen Opera and there are now plain transparent speed dial boxes (when you make new blank ones I should clarify)

To get the exact look of the speed dial boxes ‘grid’ placement that I have (boxes to the left or boxes to the right) requires creating ‘blanks’ These speed dial boxes are going to have the address opera: in them..that’s it. that will get a transparent, rather than white, box.

 

Then you will have speed dial boxes with no website comment names and blank ones that will only be visible as a tiny little x in case you wish to close the speed dial box out entirely. Remember, depending on the focus of your picture and how many speed dials you use, you will have to experiment with how many columns you will need. I also cleaned house on my speed dials. I had several I didn’t use but I imagine I will end up replacing them with new ones 🙂