Fedora, LXDE and the Dell Mini 10

So, last night I won a Dell Mini 10, and decided to try out LXDE rather than XFCE for a change (using the LXCD spin), so it’s been a little more fun to get working than it otherwise would have been 😀


This seems pretty light and cool. The default applications are very light, but most are functional enough to use. The panel comes with just the right amount of gadgets and configurations to do everything I need in the smallest possible amount of screen space.



The default web browser Midori seems cool, but just doesn’t have enough functionality to use as a firefox/chrome replacement, so I installed chrome. This mostly worked fairly well, but, it couldn’t open downloads because of xdg-open not being at all LXDE friendly.

Hacking up the terrible default path to be sensible and putting a new xdg-open in /usr/local/bin got around this though.

[andrew@Callandra ~]$ cat /usr/local/bin/xdg-open

[ -z "$1" ] && exit 1

if echo "${1}" | egrep -q "^(https?://|www.)"; then
    exec google-chrome "${1}"
    exit 0

pcmanfm "${1}"


My biggest criticism of the LXDE terminal is that it was clearly designed by someone who didn’t love terminals like I do. It’s functional, but I can’t live without clickable links.

I tried installing the gnome-terminal, but, it too seemed to fail at opening links. Luckily the xfce terminal worked perfectly 🙂

For some reason though, F11 is mapped to FullScreen by OpenBox, which is a real pain cause I use that for screen. Eventually I found to disable that in ~/.config/openbox/config


The hardware seems mostly good, the screen and keyboard size are most excellent (though, there’s enough room here that there could have been a Page Up/Page down button). The wireless (Broadcom 4312 *shudder*) works fine with kmod-wl from rpmfusion, and the network manager applet works great in LXDE.

Biggest problem with the hardware is the trackpad, which has the buttons integrated (like the ones on the new Mac). This is at best ‘tricky’ to use, it’s possible better drivers would help, I’m still looking.

Posted March 31st, 2010 in Linux, Scripts. Tagged: , , .

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