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Hmmm. I am sitting at home with the flu, so I am a little slow on the uptake, but I see your point. The question is then, how do I use my desktop PC differently than my laptops? I tend to use the keyboard more, and as I have loads more desktop real estate, I like to have a launcher for often used programs. I also use the Dash as a larger version of Dmenu, where I not only can launch less often used programs from, as well as issue commands to programs that would otherwise go through the ALT F2 "run dialog" box, but also to find files. The latter can not be done with Dmenu as far as I am aware, nor can I ever get the Dmenu to display large enough to my satisfaction on my desktop PC (fairly high res monitor). The largest that I can get Dmenu to display is by running "dmenu_run -fn '10x20' -i -nb '#000000' -nf '#FFFFFF' -sb '#8DC7E0' -sf '#000000'", which isn't large enough for working on my desktop PC, in my opinion.

I don't get it  :-\ .. Peppermint with Unity is basically Ubuntu, so why not just use Ubuntu ?

For me one of the biggest benefits of Peppermint is it DOESN'T have Unity :)


You'd probably need to install ubuntu-session

theoretically you'd then be able to choose Ubuntu from the login screen as there would now be

Thanks. I will give it a try. In my opinion, Peppermint OS is more than just the window manager/session. Unity, Dash and the HUD are convenient for me on my desktop PC, but I like the Peppermint OS mix of packages, as well as the emphasis on detail. Packages are checked and some are even compiled from source. Peppermint OS, in my experience, is a more stable system after system updates, through the life of the LTS versions than Ubuntu.

Software & Applications / Re: Basic Unity and HUD for desktop Peppermint 6.
« on: February 01, 2016, 08:20:22 am »
Yeah, I don't think you're getting Unity without the full latest Gnome release, as it is tied heavily into Gnome 3.XX.  It's not designed to work standalone or with any other desktop environments.  You can move your toolbar(s) around into a Unity-like arrangement, but I don't think you're actually getting Unity without everything else.
I did a
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$ sudo apt-get install unity unity-tweaktool indicator-appmenu hud unity-lens-filesI avoid some of the programs, but get all of the scopes, etc. Unfortunately, Unity does not seem to have a file for lightDM, only Unity8. I assume the easiest thing would be to edit a copy of the peppermint.desktop in /usr/share/xsessions, but I am unsure as what to change it to for Unity:
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[Desktop Entry]
# The names/descriptions should really be better
Comment=Peppermint - Lightweight X11 desktop environment based on LXDE
Comment[zh_TW]=Peppermint - 輕量級的 X11 桌面環境
Comment[fi]=Peppermint - kevyt X11-työpöytäympäristö
Comment[ja]=Peppermint - 軽量な X11 デスクトップ環境
# Icon=

I imagine that it should look like this, but I can't find anything to call in /usr/bin/:
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[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Unity - Ubuntu's default desktop environment.

I tried the following, but only Peppermint shows in the session menu:
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sudo nano /usr/share/xsessions/unity.desktop

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Unity - Ubuntu's default desktop environment.
Exec=gnome-session --session=ubuntu

Software & Applications / Re: Basic Unity and HUD for desktop Peppermint 6.
« on: February 01, 2016, 07:05:40 am »
Always nice to meet someone who actually likes Unity!  :D

Because Peppermint is based on Ubuntu, this should work:

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sudo apt-get install unityOn login you have to select the Ubuntu session, if memory serves me well.

Thanks Hans, but that looks like it installs the full nine yards. I just want the basic Unity, HUD, and application launcher. I want to be able to search for files and programs, but don't need the BBC, Facebook, and Amazon scopes, etc. I also want to make sure that I am not losing any Peppermint OS freshness. I still wan Nemo as my file manager, etc.

I have been going crazy and installing Peppermint OS 6 on all of my computers lately. This is a fantastic version. Anyway, the one thing that doesn't work that well for me on my home built desktop PC, is the lack of Unity and the HUD. It is what originally lured me away from Peppermint. The combo just works for me. How can I install a basic, functional Unity and HUD on Peppermint OS, without getting zeitgeist and any other potential Canonical "spyware/bloat ware"?

Thanks go to everyone on the Peppermint OS team for the great response to my original request!

Cool!!!!!  :D Thank you.

I just took a gander at AntiX Linux and was blown away by the distro's utility for blocking ads by editing the /etc/hosts file.

Any chance a similar tool could find its way to Peppermint OS?

How do I set rox-filer as my default file and desktop manager?

I have been experimenting with rox-filer lately on PM6, and I have to say that it works great. I would like to try using it as my default file and desktop manager and have found a number of different ways that this could be done on an Ubuntu based system. However, as Peppermint OS is a hybrid combination of various Ubuntu compatible parts, I thought it would be best to ask, so I don't muck things up.

I tried editing ~/.config/lxsession/Peppermint/desktop.conf
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desktop_manager/command=rox -n
desktop_manager/wallpaper=rox --pinboard=Default--SNIP
The only thing that happened was a rox-filer window opened at startup.

 :) Cheers. I have had some success. Apparently a .Xdefault file is needed to set the defaults for urxvt. I have a few outstanding issues - a problem with too much spacing between letters, and I need to change the background to match Peppermint OS, but it does work. It would also be nice if I could get a "Quake like" terminal action with F12 as posted at

Here is my .Xdefault file BTW, most of the code comes from BTW, I have tried changing the line windows_manager/command=xfwm4 to windows_manager/command=bspwm in ~/.config/lxsession/Peppermint/desktop.conf as you mentioned in response to an earlier post, and it works just fine as well.

I have since found out how to change the character spacing (Arch wiki) and have added a few other changes to my .Xdefault file.

I am experimenting with rxvt-unicode (urxvt) and would like to get it setup to look the same as the Peppermint OS terminal. The Arch Wiki explains the syntax:
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urxvt -fn "xft:Bitstream Vera Sans Mono:pixelsize=15"Unfortunately, the GUI tool in Peppermint for changing the terminal font and size for the default terminal doesn't show the current font - only the size. There must be a text file that I can refer to, but I can't seem to find it. Any ideas about setting transparency for urxvt?

General Discussion / Re: i3 Window manager in Peppermint 6
« on: January 07, 2016, 02:43:58 am »
COOL!  :)

General Discussion / Re: i3 Window manager in Peppermint 6
« on: January 07, 2016, 01:49:49 am »
Many thanks for the quick reply. I can see I have a different point of reference than you for using i3. Using less RAM is a good thing, but for me, I want the flexibility and configurability of Peppermint OS, while being able to keep my hands on the keyboard, rather than the trackpad (I am making these changes to a fresh Peppermint OS 6 install on an Acer Aspire One 725 netbook). Therefore, rather than doing the configuration in an i3 session, I would like to hard code the changes into the default "peppermint" session.

Here are the step that I have taken so far:
1) sudo apt-get install dconf-editor
2) Start it from menu > System Tools > dconf-editor
then navigate to org > nemo > desktop
and uncheck "show-desktop-icons"

My next step would be to set i3 as the default window manager at startup, rather than Openbox. Unfortunately, this setting doesn't seem to be available in the dconf-editor.

General Discussion / Re: i3 Window manager in Peppermint 6
« on: January 06, 2016, 02:46:07 pm »
Hi Slim.Fatz. I am interested in using the i3 window manager in Peppermint 6 as well. I was wondering if you have a solution to the reboot/shutdown button in lxpanel, when using the i3 status bar? BTW have you stripped anything out of your system to lighten the load when using i3?

If it's some kind of in-built application updater I'd expect it to run into permission issues .. if you're running GP6 as a regular user, how can it update anything outside your home folder ?

I'm NOT at this point saying run GP6 with elevated permissions .. I'll test it and let you know.

If on the other hand the .deb added a repository and is attempting to open the system software updater .. I dunno, but again I'll attempt to figure it out in the demo.

They could always come with a password prompt to do the update at sudo level. The latest from my end is that their response was simply to download a new copy of the package. I pointed out that it would never be a pristine package getting installed as long as they insisted on including gksu in the dependencies.  I pointed out that it would be a simple thing for them to do to remove gksu so that the user avoids having the options of pest and cholera, i.e. group memberships and all sorts of things screwed up by installing gksu, or having to modify the package every time to get the little  bugger not to complain about not having gksu installed. I also pointed out that default Ubuntu systems used sudo. Then we could get back to the problem at hand. That was the 26th. I haven't heard anything from them for ten days. I sent them another message today pointing out that if they wanted me to install a pristine .deb file, removing the gksu dependency was the way to go. Let's see if they reply this time. Rather embarrassing for them as a company when they can't even reply to a serious support issue.  >:( (rant) Well, that is par for the course. - half hearted Linux support at best from the commercial products that do exist (rant finished).

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