Peter Lyons

Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon

July 04, 2018

xfce4 problems

I had some problems with xfce4 that eventually made it untenable.

Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon

After experimenting with the live USB image in beta, Linux Mint 19 Cinnamon went full release recently and I installed that same day. Even though I've run linux on and off since ~1999, this was the first time I kept my home directory on a separate partition and could reinstall the OS without wiping my home directory. This has turned out to be awesome because linux does a pretty good job of keeping most personal settings in your home directory, so even after the reinstall, a lot of things continued to have my customizations. For example the actions assigned to my extra mouse buttons are configured in ~/.xbindkeysrc and that survives the reinstall just fine.

So now I've got lots of nice things working in Cinnamon.

I also tweaked my ergodox layout to give me F11 and F12 keys which I use to switch to adjacent workspaces, and I also needed a more accessiblyALT modifier, which generally I try to avoid but it's useful for some things. I really wish I could make super+right/supert+left switch tabs in chrome.