Keyboard Settings and Shortcuts

You'll find all the relevant configuration settings on the Preferences tab. Among them is the Keyboard program, which you can use to manage keyboard settings (see Figure 7-1). Using the options in this window, you can configure different aspects of your keyboard's behavior, as well as mouse settings. Figure 7-1. The Keyboard Preferences window provides options to configure keyboard settings. Figure 7-1. The Keyboard Preferences window provides options to configure keyboard settings. On the...

Advanced Use of Skype

You now know how to use Skype to make phone calls to other people who also have Skype installed. Skype also offers some nice advanced methods of making calls. For instance, you can use Skype to call an ordinary phone, but not for free. You can make a short phone call to a landline but if you want to continue using this functionality, you need to set up a SkypeOut account. After you make your first outgoing phone call, you see an indication of your current Skype balance in the Skype window....

Exploring Open Officeorg

You've probably created documents with an office suite before probably Microsoft Office. You'll soon notice that OpenOffice.org offers an interface that is similar to the Microsoft Office interface, and that you can accomplish almost every task with OpenOffice.org that you can accomplish with Microsoft Office. Hence, transitioning from Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org isn't difficult. In this chapter, I won't explain how to work with an office solution from scratch instead, I'll focus on the...

Netbook Particularities

A netbook is a particular kind of computer. It's small, cheap, and extremely portable, but the hardware is somewhat different from that used in a normal laptop. These differences make working with a netbook a unique computing experience. The disparities occur at the following levels A netbook uses a special kind of CPU At the moment, almost all netbook computers use the Intel Atom processor (but that may change in the near future). That means you shouldn't install just anything on a netbook you...

Performing the Installation

Now that you've prepared the USB stick for the installation, it's time to start the installation. Make sure the stick is attached to a USB port of your netbook, and then push the power button to switch the netbook on. When it boots, interrupt the boot procedure. On the Acer Aspire One, for instance, you can press the F12 key to bring up a boot device menu on the Asus Eee Pc, press the Escape key for the same purpose. The following procedure describes all steps you have to pass through from here...

Organizing Your Pictures

The goal of F-Spot is threefold you use it to organize, optimize, and display images. To do your work efficiently, it's important that you select the right perspective first. You can do that using the button bar at the top of the window. Click the Browse button for a thumbnail overview of all your pictures. If you want to edit a specific picture, you can use the Edit Image button to open it in an editor. You'll also see that the context changes with the function you choose. When you're in the...

Using the File Browser

As you've read previously, in the Places section on the right side of the launcher screen, you can access your files and folders. This section provides shortcuts to your home folder the Desktop icon, which gives you an overview of icons on your computer desktop the computers in your network environment, and the Documents, Music, Pictures, and Videos folders in your home directory. You can use any of these to access files in these folders. Note Linux people like to talk about directories instead...

Making Your First Phone Call with Skype

Now that you've successfully configured Skype, you can make your first phone call with it. I recommend making the Skype Test Call first. This is a default call that is presented automatically and that lets you test whether all the settings work as expected. Before you do this, I also recommend that you connect a headset. The average quality of the speakers and microphone in netbook computers isn't good, and using a headset will result in a better quality phone call. If you have a headset,...

Exploring the Root File System

In UNR, you'll work with files in your home folder most of the time. These are the files you see when you click the icon that has your name on it in the File Browser. But UNR includes more than your personal files. The operating system creates a bunch of directories when you install it. This is the system environment, where you won't have anything useful to do if you're a normal user. If you're curious, you can look around. Just be aware that, as in Windows, you normally won't work here but it...

Specifying File Properties

From the File Browser interface, you can specify advanced file properties. These properties can help make it easier to work with files. To set file properties, right-click the file in the File Browser interface, and select Properties from the menu. Doing so opens the window shown in Figure 2-15. Basic Emblems Permissions Open With Notes Basic Emblems Permissions Open With Notes f i Tue Apr 21, 12 08 PM Figure 2-15. The Properties interface allows you to set additional file properties. If you...

Switch Desktop Mode

The last option from the Preferences menu that I'll discuss here is the Switch Desktop Mode application. Using this application, you can switch between the netbook launcher interface and the classic Ubuntu desktop (see Figure 2-25). Provides a simple desktop with the Ubuntu Netbook Launcher Figure 2-25. The Switch Desktop Mode application allows you to switch between the classic Ubuntu desktop and the Ubuntu netbook desktop. If you're used to the classic Ubuntu desktop (the one you see when...

Managing Software Repositories

The knowledge of which software you can install comes from software repositories because they let the computer know which software is available. You saw a repository in Chapter 6, in the section Installing Media Support Using the Medibuntu Repositories. Software repositories are a key component in working with Ubuntu, and they're the reason why software management works completely different in Ubuntu as compared to in Windows or on a Mac. In Windows or on a Mac, if you want to install software,...

Working with Digital Pictures

Before you start copying your digital photos to your netbook, you should monitor the available disk space. To do this, start the File Browser by clicking the home folder in the launcher. The amount of free space is shown at lower left in the File Browser. Disk space is limited on some netbook computers if your netbook is equipped with only a few gigabytes of flash memory, be careful, because copying your digital pictures over may fill the available memory rapidly. If you have enough disk space,...

Managing Users and Groups

Chances are, you'll be the only person using your netbook. If you have to share your computer with other people, it's a good idea to create user accounts for them. Group management isn't a common task on Ubuntu Netbook Remix, but occasionally you may need to create a new group to make sure an application can do its work. This section provides a short introduction to user and group management. To manage users and groups, you use the Users and Groups application in the Administration tab (see...

Managing the Keyring

Probably the most misunderstood component in Ubuntu is the Keyring application. The purpose of the keyring is to manage your passwords and keys. Many applications require the use of a password or some other form of authentication. As a result, the user has to remember too many passwords, and they risk losing access because they can't remember the right password. The keyring offers a solution for this problem. The idea is simple the keyring stores all your passwords and encryption keys. When you...

Using a Printer

Adding a printer on Ubuntu is easy in most situations. Connect the printer's USB cable to your netbook computer, and the netbook will automatically do everything that is needed to install the printer. Give your computer a minute, and it will show you the new printer (see Figure 8-27). Figure 8-27. After you attach a new printer, your computer automatically configures it. If, after installing the printer, you need to change some of its parameters, open the Printing program from the...