Re: creating simple interface for low-power users
On Tuesday 26 May 1998, at 20 h 2, the keyboard of "G. Crimp"
> I thought it would be great if I could set up their accounts so that
> when they logged in a button bar greated them. They could invoke xpat2,
> logout, shutdown, or call up a graphic mail user agent (maybe xfmail or
> netscape) just by clicking the appropriate button. Here is where I need
> I think this should be feasible. I would make this button bar their
> login shell. All that would remain would be to create the button bar.
> I don't know where to go from here. I have taken some programming classes
> and diddled with various languages, but have never done anything graphical.
Impatience, lazyness and hubris. Always remember these three great virtues (© Larry Wall)
Do not program something which has already been programmed several times. You have the choices to do what you want without any programming with:
- fvwm and its GoodStuff module (I use it for myself),
- tkdesk (I use it at home for my girlfriend but she is younger than your parents),
- probably KDE and Enlightement but I don't have experiences.
Both fvwm and tkdesk can be configured to have a button bar. You can define one of the buttons to launch exmh (a graphical mail client).
Both fvwm and tkdesk exist as Debian packages.
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