The things I am missing, redux

Recently I posted about some things I am still missing in my switch to Linux. I have received some tips via email and some comments along the way. I will start numbering these issues (issue tracking if you will) so we can keep track of them.0. iTunes1. “./” — Anand in a comment pointed out that you can fix this. Fair enough. But I was still left wondering <u>why</u>? My brother suggested that different shells, e.g. bourne might handle this differently. I haven’t tried any of these yet and am relying on the default Ubuntu shell.2. Thumbnails — my friend Tom pointed out that you can change between View as List and View as Icon. This is in the menu and on the upper right corner. Problem: it won’t work against an SMB drive (I appear to consistently hit SMB issues, it’s my recurring pain-point). XP tackled this by putting a thumbs.db file on the remote location which is nice if you have read/write access. Not quite sure how it handled a read-only location. This leaves me still looking for a UI which supports thumbnails natively, especially across remote volumes. I use SMB a lot as noted and also FTP sites.3. Shortcut keys — Mark commented that fluxbox allows for shortcut keys that he has configured to mimic Windows. Nice tip. At some point I will take the road less traveled and try a new UI for Linux. Not yet though. Right now I want to catalog all the stuff that is going to trip up an XP user (yes, I am very aware Vista shipped, but for now I will concentrate on XP). If you want to make the transition easier (I doubt Dell is listening here, but just in case) why not pre-set the shortcut keys to mimic Windows?Two comments to the original post so far which is more than anything ever on my site (other than spam of course). Keep it coming. So far I have received nothing but encouragement in this effort. You can read that one of two ways:

  1. In the old days if a Microsoftie said anything about Linux there would be a backlash. I’m getting nothing but encouragement so that could indicate a maturation in the Linux community.
  2. Linux is fearing Windows less and less so the Linux community is treating me as the slightly dim long-lost brother who has finally called and is stopping by for dinner.

Hm… maybe this one isn’t an OR.

5 thoughts on “The things I am missing, redux

  1. I guess you can thank Brandon P. for the traffic, at least in my case, when he posted a link to your blog entry on another site that he and I both frequent. He and I are on opposite sides of the OS spectrum, but our discussions have always productive, as we are both reasonable people who have reasonable, errr… reasons, to prefer the OSes we each do.My comment about Flux and keys was more of a prod for you to look for Gnome settings for this. These things can be done, I just have never played with Gnome very much, as it didn’t fit me well (I was more a KDE person at the time). As far as "pre-set keys" to mimic Windows, maybe Linspire does this. Not sure what the Gnome defaults are, but KDE will have different defaults, and every distro is free to make their own defaults, based on the preferences of the developers and users.I’ll have to play with the SMB connections thing a bit, when I get the chance, to see what it is that you are talking about. Right now, after a quick check of what I *think* you mean, I see the following when connecting to my wife’s PC in konqueror through a mounted location versus smb:Mount: via SMB in konqueror doesn’t show thumbnails for me. I’m not sure how or what can be done to change this behavior.

  2. Mark,There are preset keys in Ubuntu (System–>Preferences–>Shortcut Keys). A kindly suggestion to the good folks there: set them closer to the Windows default keys. I don’t know the historical reasons for the current settings but to the extent you can help people migrate so much the better.The SMB part is tricky. I essentially want some SMB locations to operate as local hard drives. This is possible in Windows by mapping a UNC share via "net use m: \servershare" and there is UI as well (Folder–>Map Network Drive if memory serves). At that point all Windows apps will generally see the M: drive as storage. I’d like to see something similar in Linux (media player Amarok for instance is close here for instance).There may be a "mount" trick here I am unaware of that could do the trick but so far no luck.

  3. Ah, if you "mount/attach" via ‘net use’ in Windows, then I guess the equivalent would be to mount it in Ubuntu. I am sure there is a GUI to do this, but the command in Linux would be "mount // /mnt/vaio/". This must be as root, so either su to root, or use sudo. You can specifically tell it to smb(cifs) mount by "mount.cifs // /mnt/vaio/". The target of your mount command would need to be pre-created once. It will remain as your mount target until you manually remove it.So, instead of assigning an "M:" letter in Windows, it is assigned a mount "/mnt/" location in Linux. Hope that helps.

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  5. Hey, regarding your Issue #1 here, ???./, can you be specific on what this problem is? I know what you are talking about, you have an app that is in some custom location (that is not in $PATH), and to execute, you must force it to look in the current directory "./".What app is it? Can you consolidate and organize your apps to follow the *nix conventions better? You have several locations to choose from, depending on the desired scope of your executable (all users, just you). Do an "echo $PATH" to see where your shell currently looks to find your executables.If you prefer not to relocate something like GoogleEarth (just an example of something that can be installed outside of a "proper" place), you can place a symbolic link to it in your ~/bin/ (not sure if you know this, but "~" means "home"). This will make the executable ‘findable’ when you type the name of it.

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