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This article explains how to configure gNewSense 2.1 once it is installed on your computer.

If you are looking for instructions to install gNewSense, see Installing gNewSense

Updating Packages

Once gNewSense has been installed, it is recommended to update the system.

Installing Packages

gNewSense uses the Debian package management system, called APT. This system makes simple to download and install packages or programs. Just select a program from a list and the system will download and install it. Uninstalling programs is similar.

Basically, there are three ways for installing packages on gNewSense:

Installing Packages using Add/Remove Applications

Installing packages using Synaptic

Installing packages using Terminal Commands

Note: sudo is a command that allows other commands to be executed with administrator privileges.

Appearance

To change the desktop background, icons and window theme, click on System, Preferences, Appearance

You can install gnome-themes-extras and gnome-backgrounds packages to have more themes and backgrounds. You can also use any image as a desktop background:

There are several themes, backgrounds and icons available to download at http://art.gnome.org/

Codecs

You can play more audio and video files by installing some packages that contain free codecs:

Legal note: these packages contain exclusively free codecs, but some of them may be affected by software patents. They are not installed by default to avoid distribution problems.

IceCat Web Browser

IceCat is a Firefox-based web browser. It's main difference is that IceCat doesn't recommend non-free add-ons, like Adobe Flash. IceCat also includes some privacy enhancements.

Read the IceCat page for instructions on installing and configuring IceCat.

Epiphany Web Browser Extensions

Epiphany web browser has several extensions that are not installed by default. You can install them by:

It's recommended to install Ad Block and Greasemonkey extensions. Ad Block hides advertisement images and text from web pages. With Greasemonkey, you can install scripts to modify the behavior of web pages. For example, there is a script called YouTube Perfect that adds the option to watch YouTube videos without using Flash and download them to your hard disk. To install this script, right-click the install button in it's page, and click on Install user script.

Sound

a To change or disable the system sounds:

The system bell that beeps from the internal PC speaker may be annoying. You can disable it following these steps:

Solving USB Installation Bug

When installing gNewSense from a USB device, the installer assumes this device is an optical drive. When gNewSense is installed on the hard disk, it will not detect any USB drives you connect to your computer. To solve this problem, open a terminal window and run sudo gedit /etc/fstab. Then, delete or rename the line that looks like the the following:

 /dev/sdb1       /media/cdrom0   udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0       0

The sdb1 part may vary, depending on the number of drives on your computer.


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Documentation/PostInstallation (last edited 2013-09-04 23:50:20 by AndrewR)