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Windows Managers

metacity

Description: Window manager supplied with Gnome user interface, the standard window manager on debathena

TO RUN:

(if previously deselected, select Athena Default Session from the Session: dropdown list on the login screen)

See also: twm, Window maker, XMonad

mwm

Description: Motif Window Manager, incorporation the Motif look-and-feel

TO RUN:

Changing your window manager can make drastic changes to the look and feel and operating commands of your desktop, and may make standard debathena controls and menus disappear. Commands may be non-obvious and you need to familiarize yourself with them before proceeding. Some window managers may require special configuration files in order to function properly. Please make sure you are fully aware of the consequences before proceeding.

(select Motif Window Manager from the Session: dropdown list on the login screen)

See also: metacity, twm, Window maker, XMonad

twm

Description: Tab Window Manager (formerly Tom's Window Manager). It provides titlebars, shaped windows, several forms of icon management, user-defined macro functions, click-to-type and pointer-driven keyboard focus, and user-specified key and pointer button bindings

TO RUN:

Changing your window manager can make drastic changes to the look and feel and operating commands of your desktop, and may make standard debathena controls and menus disappear. Commands may be non-obvious and you need to familiarize yourself with them before proceeding. Some window managers may require special configuration files in order to function properly. Please make sure you are fully aware of the consequences before proceeding.

(select TWM from the Session: dropdown list on the login screen)

See also: metacity, mwm, Window maker, XMonad

Window maker

Description: Window manager designed to provide integration support for the GNUstep Desktop Environment; tries to be compatible with the NeXTStep interface

TO RUN:

Changing your window manager can make drastic changes to the look and feel and operating commands of your desktop, and may make standard debathena controls and menus disappear. Commands may be non-obvious and you need to familiarize yourself with them before proceeding. Some window managers may require special configuration files in order to function properly. Please make sure you are fully aware of the consequences before proceeding

See website (select Window maker from the Session: dropdown list on the login screen)

See also: metacity, mwm, twm, XMonad

XMonad

Description: dynamically tiling window manager written and configured in Haskell

TO RUN:

Changing your window manager can make drastic changes to the look and feel and operating commands of your desktop, and may make standard debathena controls and menus disappear. Commands may be non-obvious and you need to familiarize yourself with them before proceeding. Some window managers may require special configuration files in order to function properly. Please make sure you are fully aware of the consequences before proceeding

See website (select XMonad from the Session: dropdown list on the login screen)

See also: metacity, mwm, twm, Window maker

Utilities

Eterm

Description: customizable color vt102 terminal emulator

TO RUN:

athena% Eterm &

See also: gnome-terminal, rxvt, screen, xterm

gnome-calculator

Description: desktop calculator

TO RUN:

athena% gnome-calculator &

See also: dc, nickle, xcalc

gnome-control-center

Description: allows user to set various desktop preferences

TO RUN:

athena% gnome-control-center &

See also: nautilus

gnome-terminal

Description: creates an enhanced terminal window with pull-down menus contaning commands that affect a variety of window attributes

TO RUN:

Right-click on root background window and select Open in Terminal, or type:

athena% gnome-terminal &

See also: Eterm, rxvt, screen, xterm

ical

Description: X based calendar program

TO RUN:

athena% add tcl

athena% ical &

See also: pscal, xcal, xtc

less

Description: bidirectional text file pager- allows scrolling forward and backward through a text file, with search capability

TO RUN:

athena% less textfile

See also: more

more

Description: text file pager- allows scrolling forward through a text files, with search capability. Often used in conjunction with other applications that output text

TO RUN:

athena% more textfile

See also: less

nautilus

Description: file manager incorporating multimedia and application autolaunch capabilities

TO RUN:

athena% nautilus &

See also: gnome-control-center

pscal

Description: calendar program that prints hardcopy calendars by month, suitable for annotating daily activities

TO RUN:

athena% add postscript

athena% pscal month year (example: pscal 5 2000)

See also: ical, xcal, xtc

Note: The PRINTER environment variable must be defined when you use this application, or else you will need to use the -Pprintername command-line switch

remmina

Description: GNOME remote desktop client supporting a variety of protocols

TO RUN:

athena% remmina &

See also: ssh, vinagre

Note: If using VNC, remote host needs to be running VNC server for connection to work. If authentication is required, you may need to know a username or password to be granted access. If a firewall is set on either end, you may need to open the VNC port (5900) to enable the connection

rxvt

Description: "slimmed down" terminal emulator, having fewer features and using less swap space than xterm. Consequently it can run faster and uses fewer system resources

TO RUN:

athena% rxvt &

See also: Eterm, gnome-terminal, xterm

screen

Description: full-screen text-based window manager and terminal emulator that multiplexes a physical terminal between multiple processes (typically interactive shells)

TO RUN:

athena% screen options

See also: gnome-terminal, xterm

Note: To use screen effectively, you need to learn various keystroke commands that do things like putting it in the background and attaching to running processes. See the screen man page or other documentation for details

vinagre

Description: remote desktop access application

TO RUN:

athena% vinagre &

See also: remmina, ssh

Note: This application is no longer installed. You can install it temporarily (on a debathena-cluster machine) or permanently (on a debathena-workstation or non-Athena Ubuntu machine) but not on the Athena dialups by doing the following:

sudo to root and install from the vinagre Ubuntu package using aptitude or synaptic. Remote host needs to be running VNC server for connection to work. If authentication is required, you may need to know a username or password to be granted access. If a firewall is set on either end, you may need to open the VNC port (5900) to enable the connection

xcal

Description: interactive calendar program (this is not the standard Athena calendar program; see xtc for that)

TO RUN:

athena% xcal &

See also: ical, pscal, xtc

xcalc

Description: calculator that can emulate a TI-30 or HP-10C

TO RUN:

athena% xcalc [-rpn] & (-rpn for HP-style calculator)

See also: dc, gnome-calculator, nickle

xclock

Description: clock that can display in analog or digital form

TO RUN:

athena% xclock &

xfontsel

Description: displays information and samples of fonts available on the system

TO RUN:

athena% xfontsel &

See also: gnome-control-center

xload

Description: displays a periodically updated graph of workstation load average

TO RUN:

athena% xload &

xlock

Description: locks display and starts screensaver; hit a key and enter your passwork to unlock it

TO RUN:

athena% xlock

xtc

Description: Athena calendar- allows graphic display of time blocks, and overlap with calendars of selected other users on the network to find available meeting times

TO RUN:

athena% add calendar

athena% xtc &

See also: ical, pscal, xcal

xterm

Description: creates a new, empty terminal window on your screen

TO RUN:

athena% xterm &

See also: Eterm, gnome-terminal, rxvt, screen