Moksha Desktop FAQs

Moksha Desktop FAQs

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Moksha Desktop

Many new Bodhi users seem to have the same questions relating to Moksha Desktop, so here are the answers to a few of them.

What is Moksha Desktop, how do I use it?

There is a wealth of information in the wiki relating to Moksha Desktop, a fork of Enlightenment, in which is Bodhi Linux’s own. A good starting point is Moksha Desktop, under which there are links to pages such as Moksha Basics,   Menu SystemVirtual DesktopsModules/Shelves & Gadgets, Changing ThemesProfilesQuick LauncherKey/Edge BindingsMoksha Settings Panel  & PCManFM File Manager.

Additionally, the free eBook published by Roger Carter has an entire chapter dedicated to this very topic. For more information see Bodhi eBook.

How do I enable/create desktop icons?

Enabling and creating Desktop icons is covered in the Moksha Basics wiki page, under the subsection: Desktop Icons

How do I change the display resolution?

Changing the display resolution is covered in the Moksha Basics wiki page, under the subsection: ARandR (aka Display Management)

How do I change the display scale?

Display preferences differ from person to person, display scale (defaults to x1.2 factor) but can be easily changed to suit your preference using the Look section within the Settings Panel.

To access the settings panel from the Main Menu > Settings > Settings Panel

This opens the Settings window. Click the Look icon from the toolbar, in the window panel double-click Scaling, and adjust the scaling factor as needed. Scaling factors available range from natural DPI scaling, x0.8 through to x2.2.

For more information on the Settings Panel, see Moksha Settings Panel

How do I use Virtual Desktops?

There is an entire wiki page dedicated to this subject, see Virtual Desktops for more information

How do I change the Moksha Desktop theme?

Changing to a different Moksha theme (or downloading new themes) is covered in the Configuring a New Installation wiki page, under the subsection: Themes

How do I change the GTK Theme and/or Icon set?

Changing to a different GTK theme or Icon Set (or downloading new ones) is covered in the Configuring a New Installation wiki page, under the subsections: GTK Themes & Icons

How do I change the Moksha Desktop wallpaper?

Changing the Desktop Wallpaper is covered in the Configuring a New Installation wiki page, under the subsection: Wallpapers

Is there an open-source wallpaper switcher/changer?

If you prefer an ever-changing wallpaper, Variety is the right tool for the job. Variety is packed with great features, yet slim and easy to use. It can use local images or automatically download wallpapers from Unsplash and other online sources, allows you to rotate them on a regular interval.

Unfortunately, Variety is not in the standard repositories but is easily installed using PPAs. Using Terminology, run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install variety

To configure, open Variety application using the Main Menu:

Main Menu > Applications > Accessories > Variety

How do I customize Moksha Desktop?

Have you ever wondered how to obtain a Moksha desktop look and feel as seen in the Bodhi Desktop Showcase? Take a look at the tutorial Moksha Desktop Customisation (utilities, Themes, Icons, WallpapersGadgets, Modules, ShelvesConky, Plank, Picom, an eye for style and little magic).

How do I change Language/Keyboard Settings?

By default, the Keyboard / Language modules are installed but not enabled, this is by design (the idea being these were selected this during installation) and is in keeping with the minimalist approach to Bodhi Linux. To enable both navigate to:

Main Menu > Settings > Modules (maximize the window)

When the modules window is open, for keyboard click:  “Utilities” icon (in the top of the windows navigation), select keyboard and click “Load” button.

The same approach for Language, click “Settings” (in the top navigation), select Language and click the “Load” button. With both Modules now loaded, navigate to:

Main Menu > Settings > Settings Panel (maximize the window)

Keyboard/Language settings will be found under Input/language sections respectively. Once you have changed your preferences, you can unload both modules enabled earlier.

How do I use Key or Edge Bindings?

Want to quickly disable your laptop’s touch-pad using a keyboard shortcut? Then set up a key binding (aka keyboard shortcut). Or easily switch between desktops? Use an edge binding. Find out more on the wiki page: Key Bindings and Edge Bindings which additionally lists out many of the default keyboard shortcuts. Additionally, some common/handy keyboard shortcuts have been listed here too.

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