Feeds

How to customise the Acer Aspire One GUI

Get the look you want

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Remote control for virtualized desktops

Each entry points to a .desktop file which tells Linux what to do when the icon is clicked. It also tells Linux and the AA1 UI what icon image to display, but you can change that by adding an icon=filename.png into the <app...> tag. We downloaded series of 512 x 512 .png files from the net, used sudo cp... them into /usr/share/pixmaps/ then added them to the appropriate group-app.xml entries. Look for .png files that are at least 128 x 128.

Acer Aspire One Connect.directory

Change this line in Connect.directory to alter the Connect panel's name

How did we change the panel titles? By editing the relevant .desktop files in /usr/share/desktop-directories/ with sudo mousepad /usr/share/desktop-directories/Connect.desktop for instance. Inside the file, you'll see a Name= field - change this from Connect to, say, Internet. Save the file and restart the AA1 to see the change.

Editing the various .desktop files referenced in group-app.xml - always with sudo - will let you change how the icon is subtitled on the desktop (change the Name= entry) and the tooltip that appears when you hover the mouse pointer over the icon (change the Comment= entry).

The other fields govern how the app's loaded, so you should leave these alone.

At this point, you're possibly thinking you can replace the various panel and titlebar graphics with your own. Since they're .png files, why not replace them with fully transparent images and have your icons 'float' over the desktop?

Acer Aspire One Settings.directory

Change this line in Settings.directory to alter the Settings link's icon

We tried it, and the AA1 refused to play ball. Acer's code appears to expect the pre-loaded graphics to be used. If they're not, it defaults to single-colour panels. We made sure our images were the correct sizes, had the right permissions and used the RGB colour model as the pre-loaded ones do. Still no joy.

If anyone - Acer software engineers, in particular - has any insight into get past this apparent restriction, we'd love to hear from you and will update this piece accordingly.

The Netbook Newbie's Guide to Linux
Episode 1: We're the Fukarwi
Episode 2: One small step for Man...
Episode 3: The Big Easy

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!
N1 mini-'slab to plop into crowded pond next year
The Nokia ENIGMA THING and its SECRET, TERRIBLE purpose
Finnish firm coyly exposes mystery product – and WE NO what it is
Heyyy! NICE e-bracelet you've got there ... SHAME if someone were to SUBPOENA it
Court pops open cans of worms and whup-ass in Fitbit case
SLURP! Flick your TONGUE around our LOLLIPOP – Google
Android 5 is coming – IF you're lucky enough to have the right gadget
Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'
Sugarcoating Android's Lollipop makes tab easier to swallow
Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode
Frontier cops an epic kicking in its own forums ahead of December revival
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Simplify SSL certificate management across the enterprise
Simple steps to take control of SSL across the enterprise, and recommendations for a management platform for full visibility and single-point of control for these Certificates.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.