Feeds

How to customise the Acer Aspire One GUI

Get the look you want

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Look at the first entry, for the Connect panel. The tag_background= points to the title bar graphic while the <background_picture>...</background_picture> holds the panel graphic itself. For our desktop, we used the /usr/share/backgrounds/images/home-gray-title.png and /usr/share/backgrounds/images/gray-bk.png - for the title bar and panel, respectively - throughout.

Acer Aspire One backgrounds

Backgrounds in /usr/share/pixmaps/backgrounds/cosmos/

We'll come back to the /usr/share/desktop-directories/Connect.directory file later. For now, change the <app>...</app> entry to /usr/share/applications/blue-more.desktop, which is the config file for the blue More arrow. Replicate these entries throughout the first four <group>...</group> sets.

Save the file then restart the AA1. If you get the old-look desktop, it means you entered some text incorrectly - have another go. If all four desktop panels are now grey with blue More arrows, you've got it right.

Fire up the terminal, type cd /home/user/.config/xfce4/desktop/ then sudo cp group-app.xml group-app.bak so it's there as a back-up if your next set of edits contain a typo and the AA1 replaces them with the default file. We recommended backing up group-app.xml this way every time you reboot and your edits have been accepted.

The second set of four <group>...</group> tags define the panels you see when you click on each of the four More arrows. The panels' background and title-bar graphics are set as before and can be changed likewise. Ditto the 'back to main screen' arrows. Again, we changed the panels and title bars to the grey ones, and the arrows to the blue ones, copying the .png and .desktop files throughout.

Acer Aspire One pixmap icons

Plenty of icons in /usr/share/pixmaps/

The final, ninth <group>...</group> set defines what appears when you click on the main desktop's Settings button.

The <dir id="1" parent_dir_id="0"> block specifies what appears when you click on the Play icon in the Fun panel.

Back to the main panels. You can re-arrange the icons by changing their sequence= numbers - make sure each one is unique and they all run from 0 upwards in each group. They're not fixed, so it's easy, as we did, to choose your 12 favourite apps and simply paste sets of three into each of the 0, 1 and 2 positions across the four panels so they're ready for you as soon as you start your AA1 up.

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Hi-torque tank engines: EXTREME car hacking with The Register
Bentley found in a hedge gets WW2 lump insertion
What's MISSING on Amazon Fire Phone... and why it WON'T set the world alight
You fought hard and you saved and earned. But all of it's going to burn...
Trousers down for six of the best affordable Androids
Stylish Googlephones for not-so-deep pockets
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
prev story

Whitepapers

10 ways wire data helps conquer IT complexity
IT teams can automatically detect problems across the IT environment, spot data theft, select unique pieces of transaction payloads to send to a data source, and more.
Why CIOs should rethink endpoint data protection in the age of mobility
Assessing trends in data protection, specifically with respect to mobile devices, BYOD, and remote employees.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Mitigating web security risk with SSL certificates
Web-based systems are essential tools for running business processes and delivering services to customers.