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Fedora Linux by Chris Tyler

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Customizing GNOME

Fedora’s version of the GNOME desktop provides a convenient and attractive desktop environment, but by customizing it for the way you work you can increase your comfort and productivity.

How Do I Do That?

Almost all of the Fedora GNOME desktop, as well as desktop options that are not part of GNOME or KDE, can be configured using the System→Preferences menu; other portions of the desktop can be configured by right-clicking on a GNOME component.

This lab looks at the GNOME settings most commonly used to customize the desktop.

Tip

Most GNOME settings take effect immediately; you do not need to click an Apply button for a change to take effect.

Customizing the desktop appearance using themes

The GNOME desktop and the Metacity window manager (the default GNOME window manager) use themes to configure appearance. Each theme is a combination of configuration information, images, and software that provides a particular visual effect and behavior.

Three types of component themes are used on the desktop:

Application (or control) themes

Configure the appearance of the controls: elements used by applications to build the graphical user interface, such as buttons, sliders, scrollbars, and text-entry fields.

Window border themes

Used by the Metacity window manager to control the appearance of the window borders, title bar, and title bar buttons.

Icons

Control the appearance of icons on the panel, desktop, application toolbars, and Nautilus file manager.

One component theme from each category ...

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