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Our Future "How To" and "User Manual" which is Under construction.

We will be adding instructions for using our customized Debian install. So for the time being things here may not make much sense. But we will get it organized eventually.


LXDE-UCM User Manual

Getting Started

Booting Up from the LXDE-UCM Live DVD or USB

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Navigating Linux

The Linux file system is set up differently than others. In the other popular operating system, the System files are usually located at "C:\ ". But not always. They use the letter system for drives. For example D:\  could be the cd/dvd-rom, A:\ could be the floppy drive .

  Linux uses a different naming convention. Now days your system files are probably located at sda1. sd (sata-disk) a (drive-letter) 1(partiion number). If you have a second hard drive installed it might be located at sdb1. If you then plug in a usb drive it may be located at sdc1.


 In the other operating system your personal files might be located at "C:\Users\user name" (where user name is the name you log in with). In Linux they will be located at "/home/user name"  Notice Linux uses the forward slash not the back slash. Also Linux doesn't show the drive designation in the path. Instead of "sda1/home/user name" Linux just uses " /". This is the root of the sytem drive. The same as just "C:\" in the other operating system. 


The cd/dvd, floppy and other drives won't show up in the file manager normally unless there is a disk in those drives.


Okay, so your saved personal files in most Linux systems will be at "/home/your user name" .  By the way "/home/your user name" is called a file path. It's how we communicate the location of files (basically the same in other operating systems only with different directories (folders) and paths. 


 We will use the same format in this manual to communicate locations of items in the Main Menu. Such as "Main Menu/All Programs".


There is much more to learn about the Linux filesystem, but we won't cover it here. You can search the web for all kinds of information and help with Linux.


Logging in to Your Machine

 Once you turn on your machine (boot it up) You will come to our Log In Screen. Type F1 key to toggle between the available sessions of LXDE and Moksha. For the live DVD or USB type in "user" for the user name (without the quotes). Next type in "password" for the password (without the quotes).


 You can also type in "halt" or "reboot" for the user name and then "linux-system-password" for the password to shutdown or reboot respectively.

LXDE-UCM LXDE Session Overview

There are 2 preconfigured LXDE Desktops Available. Provided only as example template, which can be customized to your own personal preferences.

LXDE-UCM Classic Panel Configuration

LXDE-UCM Unity-Like Panel Configuration

1. Desktop

 The Desktop is controled by PCmanfm File Manager. It is a special folder located at /home/*user/Desktop. From the setting "Desktop Preferences"...

 - You can change the wallpaper/background.

 - You can toggle on/off default icons.

 - You can add files and folders along with various shortcuts.


 You can access Desktop Preferences  by left clicking the #1 Desktop and selecting and right clicking Desktop Preferences or by going to the  #5 Main Menu/All Programs/System/Settings/Desktop Preferences.


*(Where "user" is substituted with the user name you used to log in.)

2. Background/Wallpaper

The background or as some call it wallpaper is the decoration on your desktop. It can be set to an image in various layouts or a color. It can be changed as described above under #1 Desktop.

3. Fehlstart Launcher

Fehlstart is a light-wieght application launcher.


How to use...


It is set to be activated by simultaneously pressing alt+z. Start typing an apllication name to launch. Options will begin appearing in the box, keep typing until the application you want shows, then press enter. You can also type a few letters and press the up or down arrows on your keyboard to scroll thru some options to choose.


It can be very handy to launch applications once you learn the names of the software you wish to launch.

4. Panels

LXDE-UCM Moksha Session Overview

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