Fwd: [clug] More starting points

Brad Hards bradh at frogmouth.net
Sun Apr 26 04:46:38 GMT 2009

On Sunday 26 April 2009 01:44:51 pm Duncan Roe wrote:
> The "official" way to change to a "mini-cli" is Ctl-Alt-F<n> e.g.
> Ctl-Alt-F6 or Ctl-Alt-F2 as you mention. In this context, a "mini-cli" is
> actually a Virtual Terminal (VT) running in text mode. X-windows itself
> runs in a VT so you can get back to your desktop using Ctl-Alt-F<n> where n
> is 7 for me (Slackware distro) but "Your Mileage May Vary"(YMMV).
I don't think that we are talking about the same thing. What you are talking 
about (Virtual Terminal) is a linux-specific thing, and is basically what you 
get if you aren't running X.

I'm talking about a GUI thing. It runs on top of your GUI desktop. I had a bit 
of trouble finding a KDE4 screenshot (eventually came up with this: 
but here is a little explanation using KDE3

There are some hidden features in this (at least in KDE4). Samples"
* if you put in a URL (http://www.clug.org.au) it will get opened in your 
default browser
* if you type in "fonts" you'll get help on setting up fonts
* if you type in # then a command name, you'll get the man page for that 
* if you type in = followed by an equation, you'll get the results
* if you type in something that looks like a unit conversion (60 mph in km/h) 
then you'll get the result.

Is there interest in a short "Alt-F2 tricks" talk at CLUG?


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