Disable or configure notify-osd onscreen popup notification window on ubuntu

I am currently running ubuntu 14.04 on my workstation(s). One thing that I don’t like is thunderbird displaying popup notification windows, which in combination with i3wm, overlay windows on other workspaces and can’t be clicked away, therefore basically denying usage of that particular part of the window.

Disabling notify-osd – the fast way

The onscreen popup notifications […]

By |May 31st, 2014|Window manager|Comments Off on Disable or configure notify-osd onscreen popup notification window on ubuntu

Using german umlauts (ä,ö,ü,ß,€) on US layout keyboards

Creating a ~/.Xmodmap file
In order to map key combinations to specific special characters you have to create a .Xmodmap file within your users home directory. First we have to find out what the keycodes of the keys you want to map are. For this enter “xev” and press the appropriate key. You will get an output like this: […]

By |October 29th, 2013|Window manager|Comments Off on Using german umlauts (ä,ö,ü,ß,€) on US layout keyboards

howto disable laptop touchpad, trackpoint, power button and more

To disable the touchpad, trackpoint or touchscreen of a laptop, use the tool xinput to list the devices currently known to the X window system.

blu@aptenodytes:~$ xinput list
⎡ Virtual core pointer […]

By |June 4th, 2013|Hardware, Window manager|Comments Off on howto disable laptop touchpad, trackpoint, power button and more

Setting the keyboard layout for the x-server or a terminal

On a graphical desktop manager
If you are running an xserver, as in if you are using a graphical desktop manager like gnome, kde, xfce, awesome, xmonad, i3wm or whatever else, enter the following. On ubuntu, setxkbmap is included in the package “x11-xkb-utils”.
setxkbmap -layout de # for german layout
setxkbmap -layout us # for us layout
In a […]

By |May 14th, 2013|Window manager|Comments Off on Setting the keyboard layout for the x-server or a terminal