Archive for the ‘Linux Desktop’ Category


Changing screen resolution on VirtualBox (Linux Debian)

October 13, 2010

Hi after … more than a year!!!

These are the necessary steps that you’ve to follow if you want to change your screen’s resolution using VirtualBox (By the way, this app rocks!) on a Debian virtual machine (Also is applicable to the most of the Linux distros):

  1. Install “build-essential” package. In debian is enough typing apt-get install build-essential
  2. On the VirtualBox menu while the VM is running, press Devices and “Install Guest Additions”. This will mount a cd drive on the system
  3. cd /media/cdrom and sh
  4. Log as root and edit the next file: /etc/X11/xorg.conf
  5. At the end of the file there’s a section called “Screen”. Probably you’ll see “Dept 24”. Open a new line and write the next “Modes “1366×768″ …” And the custom resolution that you need to your machine
  6. Reboot the VM with a shutdown -r now

That’s all, now you’re ready to work with the desired resolution



Impressive preview of Compiz/Fusion

July 22, 2007

Let me show this is amazing video of a Compiz/Fusion Linux desktop.

Source: TodOS


How to install XFCE4 on Debian

June 25, 2007

I installed using a 3.1 version (Sarge), but i upgraded to 4.0 Etch. Then, i needed to install a light window manager in my old computer (Athlon 1GHZ). XFCE is one of the most important and i have wanted to try it for a long time!.

Then, lets play :D. The first, you will need some packages to install it. You can obtain it using APT.

First, make sure you’ve the following:

  • GCC (GNU C/C++ compiler, 4.2.0 is the last version at this time)
  • bzip2 data compressor
  • libgtk2.0-dev (GTK+ runtime libraries)
  • libxpm-dev
  • libsm-dev
  • libice-dev
  • pkg-config (It’s a tool to manage and compile libraries)

Before you install (or not!) this packages, download the last version of the XFCE installer from a mirror (Like -> XFCE on SF). You can use “wget” to download to your hard drive. At the time of this writing, the last version is 4.4.1, and the installer file have this name ->

The final step its too easy. Simply, log with “root” or use “sudo” command, and type this:


Before this, the package will be uncompressed (Showing dots in the screen..), and will show a screen with a welcome message, like a typical assistant.

At this point, you only must follow the instructions and XFCE will be installed on your system 🙂 .

I had some issues during the installation. One of them, shows something like this error.

(installer-gui:3721): Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display:

To solve this, make sure your GTK+ runtime libraries, are > 2.0 version. Try this command “apt-get install-f libgtk2.0-dev”

I’d other error, which shows this message after much more “warnings” about fonts.

could not open default fontfixed

To solve this, type “apt-get install xfonts-base”.

Before this, you can start XFCE typing “startxfce4”.

Enjoy your new desktop 😛 !