I’m running into some weirdness with that even, however, which may color my opinion of Ubuntu as a result… things that I’m not accustomed to fighting with when using Fluxbox.
Here are a few examples, just off the top of my head.
- Can’t permanently disable the touchpad
This is a problem for me, because any time I am typing on my laptop, I frequently accidentally bump the touchpad at random, which causes the cursor to jump to wherever the mouse arrow happens to be at the time. Needless to say, if I don’t notice it right away, that leads to my typing in the middle of wherever that might be, which can be confusing and frustrating to say the least.
However, I haven’t been able to figure out how to disable the touchpad. Normally, in Slackware, I just do this in
/etc/X11/xorg.conf, but Ubuntu apparently has other ways of doing this. My
/etc/X11/xorg.confis practically empty, which has me scratching my head.
The only way (so far) that I have discovered how to disable the touchpad is to manually open up the GNOME control panel (which is an item on the default Fluxbox menu, in Applications=>System=>Administration), go to the “mouse” section (where the touchpad “enabled” checkbox is already unchecked) check the “enabled” checkbox under the Touchpad tab, and then un-check it.
I have to do this every single time I log in, which is tedious and irritating.
- Mouse-wheeling over the Fluxbox toolbar does not switch workspaces
Maybe there is something missing from my
/~/.fluxbox/initfile, but I’m used to being able to switch desktops by scrolling my mouse wheel over the toolbar. Scrolling the mouse wheel over the desktop itself still works for workspace switching.
- Double clicking on the titlebar of windows does nothing
Normally, in Fluxbox, if you double click on the titlebar of a window — any window — it “shades” the window by default. That is, it reduces the window to just the titlebar itself, so you can get to what’s under it. However, in Fluxbox on Ubuntu 9.04, (which I installed on this laptop simply by typing
sudo apt-get install fluxbox), double clicking on the titlebar of any window simply does nothing.
- Right clicking on the titlebar of windows does nothing
Again, normally, in Fluxbox, if you right click on the titlebar of a window, it will give you a menu that has a number of options on it for what you can do with that window: Shade, Stick, Maximize, Iconify, Send to, close, et al.
However, here right clicking on the titlebar of a window, like the double clicking behavior, does absolutely nothing.
- No wireless!!!!
I discovered when I logged into Fluxbox instead of GNOME, I had no wireless connection, and no idea how to start up the wifi process(es).