Ubuntu 10 (Lucid Lynx) Linux Post-Install Set Up Tips

***just found this post in my drafts folder on blogger, a little out of date at this point as i wrote it at least 1.5 years ago***

1) don’t use 64-bit unless you have more than 3.5 GB of RAM installed. more trouble than it’s

2) to change minimize, maximize, close window buttons from left side to right side of top of window:

run gconf-editor and go to /apps/metacity/general/button_layout
change from “close,minimize:” to “menu:minimize,maximize,close”

3) get the win key working:

run gconf-editor and go to /apps/metacity/global_keybindings

change any of these values to “Super_L” to have the win key open that application

e.g. run_command_terminal = Super_L to have the win key open a new terminal window

or panel_main_menu = Super_L to have a similar function to windows by opening the gnome application menu

4) This is general firefox on linux tweak. To set the backspace key to go back a page in history, open a new tab, type “about:config” in the address bar, dismiss the warning and type “backspace” into the filter bar. double click the browser.backspace_action entry and set the value to “0” (zero). As far as I remember “2” is to scroll one screen up in the current page.
This makes sense when used in conjunction with the space bar to scroll down one screen in a page.