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.
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
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
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?
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.
I would like to know:
1. How to replace Firefox 2 with Firefox 3 easily without having to partially deinstall 2, install 3, partially reinstall 2.
2. How to get Thunderbird to show the number of unread emails under the icon as the crappy inbuilt email reader does. Replacing the email client with Thunderbird was a model of simplicity, but the email icon always shows 0 unread.
Great series of articles though. I learn something new with each one.
1 Solution Install Ubuntee Eee From Pen Drive
Dont bother with this config rubbish...
Ubuntu Eee will work with Acer Aspire One. Thats what I did, it installed all drivers automatically and runs like a dream. All the info you need is here:
And can be installed from pen drive easily. Once installed you can also add any software package easily at the click of a button, VLC, Skype, Azureus etc...
Good idea - and I tried it, without success. Acer's code appears to put in a solid black titlebar and a solid grey icon panel if it's asked to place a graphic it doesn't 'know' about.