Fine-tuning Debian Lenny Desktop

Linux is never perfect. One has to tweak it hither and tither to make it comfortable for daily use, to make it YOUR OS. In this post are kept the tweaks, hacks and fooling around recorded on my Debian journey.

SET ICEWEASEL AS DEFAULT BROWSER

In Gnome’s System menu, select Preferences > Preferred Applications and choose Iceweasel as the default browser. Running the following command in terminal also does the same thing.

gnome-default-applications-properties

Somehow, Debian’s built-in command update-alternatives --config x-www-browser does not work for this purpose

FIX MESSED UP GNOME SESSIONS

Gnome’s System–Preference–Sessions is a good to tool to decide which background processes to run or stop. However, if you accidentally chose “remember currently running applications”, things can get nasty as many unwanted programs will keep come back with persistence. After fighting with save sessions a few times, I decide to do it my own way — delete .gnome .gnome2 .gnome_private folders under my HOME directory. After logging back, the whole world is in peace.

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