//fileserver/eddie /home/xeddie/SMB cifs,users,noauto,noatime,username=eddie,password=motorcycleirene,workgroup=yomamalinux,ip=192.168.1.2 0 0Now,
mount /home/xeddie/SMB, run from the command line, will cause my Windows share to appear in Thunar, in the directory SMB.(I'm sharing my /home folder with the Gnome and KDE installations, so I'm xeddie here, and in the KDE install, which I haven't really looked at yet, I'm keddie, which sounds like a nifty utility everybody should download, n'est-ce pas?) I know that fstab is FileSystemTAB, but I read it as F-Stab and always think of Duck Stab/Buster and Glen by the Residents, one of the world's most bizarre bands. Editing fstab to enable mounting a Windows network share is one of the tricks I learned from doing that experimental Archlinux installation. It's one of those tricks that 80% of the people in the world probably know by now, but I was proud of myself for learning it so thought I'd show off a bit.Anyway, Thunar seems reasonable, though on first blush not quite as versatile as Nautilus. Some people swear by it, though, so it could easily be that I'll discover more as time goes on.I then went looking for the compose key setting. I do a fair amount of writing, and when I need an accented character, I don't want to have to click on some graphical menu. (I don't really want to take my hands off the keyboard.) In both Gnome and KDE, it is easy to assign or change the compose key. Imagine, then, my chagrin when I discovered that in XFCE, assigning a compose key requires editing xorg.conf. Now, in some of my Archlinux misadventures last fall, xorg.conf took on the role of Brutus to my Caesar, or if you prefer, it was Bob Marley and I was Sheriff Johnson. I found a "sample" xorg.conf and tried to splice it in last night, with some edits to accommodate my situation, but it didn't work. I'm quite exhausted right now (and babbling, as you might have noticed; I took Ms. Eggdog to Boston and back today, a five-hour drive in what we New Englanders like to call "weather") and I don't have the brains to figure it out, or anything else, which is why I'm recapping my experiences rather than adding to them.Another problem has been streaming media. I'm completely in love with Webradio. In my Gnome edition, getting Live365 and Rhapsody to work was a mere matter of fetching the plugin from Adobe's Web site (Mandriva doesn't keep it in their own repo, it seems). I did that in XFCE, and complaints issued forth from within both Firefox and Opera about "an obsolete version". Again, I will endeavor to troubleshoot that when I am awake.So far, I cannot say that the XFCE version of Mandriva offers the same type of out-of-the-box ease as the Gnome version. However, I will say that it offers a lot of enjoyment on its own terms, and I respect the way that this informal team has put together a package that showcases a lot of the XFCE environment's strengths. I'll have more to say in the next couple of days, I hope.___ There is an LXDE edition, too. But it says the .iso is 711 MB and can fit onto a CD-R, which doesn't make sense to me and I'm not sure it would even if it wasn't written in German. But I'll explore that later. Ms. Eggdog has an unusual medical condition that has caused her to gradually lose most of her voice over the last few years. Surgery has offered only temporary relief at traumatic cost. Dr. Franco, up at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, is trying on an experimental basis a non-surgical, temporary procedure that brings back at least some of the voice to people with this condition. So far, so good; Ms. E. was chatting away all the way back, and is now resting comfortably while I'm writing this. If we have to go to Boston to have this done every few months, that's fine.(On edit: purged stray autogenerated emoticons)
Edited by Eggdog, 08 March 2010 - 10:22 AM.