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[edit] Notes

  • These directions are confirmed to work on Mer 0.15 on a Nokia N810.
  • This is NOT by any means official. I (Capn_Fish) just decided to do this on my own.
  • Follow these directions at your own risk, they may render Mer unbootable/unusable, cause data loss, etc, etc.
  • These steps should only really be followed on an N810 or other devices with a physical keyboard. They have only been tested on an N810.
  • You may have to run 'update-menus' or something similar to get menus in Fluxbox

[edit] Directions

[edit] Step 1: Install and remove some stuff

If you're going to run Fluxbox, you need it installed. I'd also install a regular, non-Hildonized XTerm for good measure.

sudo apt-get install fluxbox xterm
sudo apt-get remove osso-xterm

[edit] Step 2: Edit some files

Fluxbox doesn't have a very tablet-friendly configuration to begin with. These are the files I use to make it a little better.


#Fullscreen button on top and window-switch button on face
F16 :NextWindow
Shift F6 :FullScreen

# fullscreen button, -, and + (in that order); chenges mouse buttons
F6 :exec xmodmap -e "pointer = 1 2 3";xsetroot -cursor_name left_ptr
F8 :exec xmodmap -e "pointer = 3 2 1";xsetroot -cursor_name right_ptr
F7 :exec xmodmap -e "pointer = 2 1 3";xsetroot -cursor_name hand2

#Requires chmodding, not necessary if you don't FUBAR / uninstall all of the  Hildon stuff
Shift F7 :exec echo  0 > /sys/class/leds/keyboard/brightness
Shift F8 :exec echo 30 > /sys/class/leds/keyboard/brightness

Control Mod1 Left :PrevWorkspace
Control Mod1 Right :NextWorkspace

# click on the desktop to get menus
#Very nice to not have to change mouse buttons
OnDesktop Mouse1 :HideMenus
OnDesktop Double Mouse1 :RootMenu

#whatever else you want to stick here

! ~/.Xmodmap
! A little strange, but more usable than the default

clear Mod1
clear Mod2
clear Mod3
clear Mod4
clear Mod5

! Top row
keycode 24 = q Q 1 F1
keycode 25 = w W 2 F2
keycode 26 = e E 3 F3
keycode 27 = r R 4 F4
keycode 28 = t T 5 F5
keycode 29 = y Y 6 F6
keycode 30 = u U 7 F7
keycode 31 = i I 8 F8
keycode 32 = o O 9 F9
keycode 33 = p P 0 F10

! Middle row
keycode 38 = a A exclam exclam
keycode 39 = s S quotedbl quotedbl
keycode 40 = d D  at at
keycode 41 = f F numbersign numbersign
keycode 42 = g G backslash backslash
keycode 43 = h H slash slash
keycode 44 = j J parenleft parenleft
keycode 45 = k K parenright parenright
keycode 46 = l L asterisk asterisk
keycode 48 = slash apostrophe question question

! Bottom row
keycode 52 = z Z grave grave
keycode 53 = x X asciicircum asciicircum
keycode 54 = c C asciitilde asciitilde
keycode 55 = v V percent percent
keycode 56 = b B ampersand ampersand
keycode 57 = n N dollar dollar
keycode 58 = m M bar bar
keycode 47 = semicolon colon 
keycode 20 = minus quotedbl underscore underscore
keycode 21 = plus numbersign equal equal 

! Others (backspace, return, etc.)
keycode 22 = BackSpace
keycode 36 = Return
keycode 50 = Shift_L
keycode 105 = Control_L
keycode 60 = period greater bracketright braceright
keycode 59 = comma less bracketleft braceleft
keycode 65 = space
keycode 135 = Alt_L
keycode 108 = Mode_switch

! Keypad, menu, and screen keys
keycode 70 = Tab
keycode 104 = Return
keycode 111 = Up Prior
keycode 114 = Right End
keycode 116 = Down Next
keycode 113 = Left Home
keycode 71 = F16
keycode 9 = Escape

add mod1 = Alt_L
add mod2 = Mode_switch

# ~/.fluxbox/startup

# fluxbox startup-script:
# Lines starting with a '#' are ignored.

# Change your keymap:
xmodmap ~/.Xmodmap

gksudo nm-applet &
xterm &

#Left and down don't autorepeat by default
xset r 116 &
xset r 113 &
#gksudo /etc/init.d/ssh start &

# And last but not least we start fluxbox.
# Because it is the last app you have to run it with exec before it.

exec fluxbox

[edit] Step 3: Make Fluxbox start instead of Hildon Stuff

By default, the Mer/Hildon desktop starts up, and not Fluxbox. We need to change that. These commands do just that. It can probably be better accomplished somehow with update-alternatives (or whatever that command is).

sudo rm /etc/alternatives/x-session-manager
sudo cp /usr/bin/startfluxbox /etc/alternatives/x-session-manager

[edit] Step 4: Reboot

This is pretty self-explanatory. You need to reboot to get into Fluxbox.

sudo reboot

That's it! If everything went well, you should arrive at a Fluxbox desktop