Installed tools for Labtix



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Labtix comes with some useful, pre-installed tools:

SpaceFM: is a file manager for the typical file actions and to integrate external devices. It has plug-ins, e.g. Mount shares and burn CDs or DVDs. SpaceFM is highly configurable and can be modified with additional plug-ins. The trashcan is disabled to prevent the accumulation of too much data in persistence mode. If necessary, the trash can be added as a plug-in. It should not be removed as it is part of the desktop environment!

Conky: a tool for displaying system information on the desktop. The output window is in the upper right corner. The configuration file is /etc/conky/conky.conf .

Arandr: a tool to configure screen layout. Very useful if your device has the internal monitor removed and an external monitor connected.

ISO-Snapshot: a tool to create an ISO snapshot of the system. All changes to the system are saved in the snapshot. While running ISO Snapshot, highlight the directories that are NOT to be added to the snapshot except the "Desktop" directory that contains the .desktop files. You should move existing snapshots to a directory that you do not want to add to the snapshot. The snapshot is saved in /home/snapshot. If the snapshot is created in a non-persistent system (for example booting from CD-ROM), it should be stored on another device. If there is not enough storage space to store the snapshot, the storage path may be set e.g. to another USB-disc drive. The snapshot can be installed on a USB flash drive with UNetbootin or burned to a CD-ROM or DVD-ROM using SpaceFM's IG-Burn tool plug-in.

UNetbootin: a tool to create bootable USB sticks. Start Unetbootin, activate "Diskimage", select the ISO-Snapshot (should be in /home/snapshot) and select the USB-target drive. The USB stick should be formatted with fat32 and it should be mounted (use SpaceFM for this). After installing on a thumbdrive, Gparted should be used to check if the bootflag was set correctly!

Networking: use the ceni or WICD command-line tool to set up Wi-Fi. LAN should work by default. However, due to the low transfer rate, no images should be installed via WLAN.

Psensor: a tool to control the temperature of CPU, GPU and others.

Gsmartcontrol: a tool for reading the S.M.A.R.T data of a hard disk to see if the hard disk is OK. If you see "dark red" tabs, you should use a different hard disk.
Hint: If a Seagate disk displays thousands of reallocation reallocation events on the Attributes tab, the drive is not damaged. These hard drives have a different firmware specifically for Lenovo computers that uses the remapping event memory bit for other purposes.

Gparted: a great tool for partitioning disks, repairing file systems and copying partitions.

Using the Keyboard Layout Handler on the right side of the panel you can change the keyboard layout with a left click. To make a permanent change, right-click and use the "Keyboard Layout Handler Settings". The top keyboard layout in the list is preallocated at startup. With a left click you can go through the already pre-installed keyboard layouts (German, US-English, French, Spanish).

Hardinfo gives you extensive information about the hardware and software of the computer.

The battery-plugin in the panel gives you information about the status of the battery, when the mouse is hovering over it. With a right mouse click and "Battery Monitor Settings", the plug-in can be activated, if not already done.

Firefox-esr is a slimmed down version of Firefox and helps researching the Web. It can also display pdf files. By default, it does not collect cookies and does not store data, not to inflate with unnecessary data in persistence mode.

For more information please use the man pages of the help function in the terminal (eg "man gparted" or type in "psensor --help" and press (Enter)) or use the internet.

Desktop Settings:
The Labtix desktop environment is based on openbox with the additional lxpanel. If you right-click on the desktop, you can select "Desktop Settings" to make changes to the desktop. To install new launcher on the desktop, copy it from /usr/share/applications to the desktop. To move icons on the desktop, use Shift + Drag. Please note that in some cases SpaceFM will move the objects out of the folder. In this case please copy back. The "Add to Desktop" feature of the Lxpanel menu does not work with Openbox.
To make changes to Lxpanel, simply click the panel with the right mouse button.
Uses the Openbox Configuration Manager to change the design of the windows and other general optimizations.
For Autostart: Copy the .desktop files to /etc/xdg/autostart or edit /etc/xdg/openbox/autostart for necessary commands.

Persistence mode lets you save changes to a live system like Labtix. An additional file for saving all changes to the current system will be added to the USB stick. Enabling persistence at boot slows down the boot process. Mainly, persistence should be used to make changes to a live system like Labtix and create a new snapshot to get a new, stable and fast boot live system. Persistence can only be installed on a USB disc drive/stick. We recommend UNetbootin to install Labtix on a USB stick. USB sticks created with dd can not be made persistent.

Make a USB stick persistent:
Boot using a Labtix USB stick. In the first boot screen select the options "F5 -> persist_root" and "F8 -> save" and press "Enter" to boot. Follow the instructions to add persistence to the USB key. Selects "manual" as the storage method. Adding the persistence file to the USB stick can take several minutes per GB. So please be patient.
As long as the option under "F5" is set to "persist_root", the USB stick boots into persistence mode. Sometimes it may make sense to boot without persistence. This can be done by setting the option under "F5" to "none".
In Labtix, there is a green "Save Poweroff" button on the right side of the panel to save and shut down system changes, and a red "Poweroff" button to shut down the computer without saving any changes.

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