These are howtos relating to the GNOME template. Some are the same as for KDE, others are different.

How to add bookmarks to Nautilus

Ideally add bookmarks while in testdrive and then copy the modified files.

How to customize the wallpaper

  • Default wallpapers are stored in /usr/share/wallpapers. There are some symlinks in this directory that you can customize to point to your wallpapers.
  • If you only want to customize one user’s wallpaper, it is best to use testdrive and copy the modified files afterward.

How to customize the login screen (GDM)

In the past, the command gdmsetup was used to configure the login screen. GNOME dropped this UI. Now, to customize GDM, run gconftool-2 as the gdm user.

This command will list all values which may be changed:

sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 -R /apps/gdm/simple-greeter

This will list all the GDM sound-related settings:

sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 -R /desktop/gnome/sound

This will turn off startup sounds (use “true” to switch back to default):

sudo -u gdm dbus-launch gconftool-2 --set /apps/gdm/simple-greeter/settings-manager-plugins/sound --type bool false

This will change the sound theme (which is what I think you really want, provided the sound theme defines a startup sound):

sudo -u gdm dbus-launch gconftool-2 --set /desktop/gnome/sound/theme_name --type string YOURTHEMENAMEHERE

(openSUSE defaults to the “freedesktop” sound theme, by-the-way.)

How to customize menus

  • To customize the applications menu using SUSE Studio, upload a customized applications.xbel to the folder /home/tux/.local/share/gnome-main-menu/ in the “overlay files” section. Replace tux with your username.
  • This way you can remove/edit the applications in the “recent applications” as well.
  • You can edit the documents in the user menu by editing the file .local/share/gnome-main-menu/documents.xbel.
  • You can remove the install option in the user menu (on the system part of the menu, top-left) by editing the file .local/share/gnome-main-menu/system-items.xbel. You can also customize other options in this menu as well.

How to add shortcuts to the desktop

Add a .desktop file to the ~/Desktop folder. If you want it to apply to all users, copy the file to /etc/skeleton/Desktop.

How to launch a GNOME application on login

That is the same case of “How to launch a KDE application on login”. Refer to this Howto.