2.1 The Control Center
To access the Control Center, click
. The Control Center is divided into the following four
Allows you to configure hardware components such as graphics cards,
monitors, printers, or keyboard layout, and to set up your network
devices and configure your network connection. For more information,
see Section 2.2, Hardware.
Holds settings for the desktop background, the screen saver, and the
fonts appearing on the desktop. You can modify themes, window
behavior, and styles of desktop elements, such as menus, and scroll
bars. Here, you can also configure 3D desktop effects (Xgl). For more
information, see Section 2.3, Look and Feel.
Go here to change your login password, or to configure keyboard
shortcuts or keyboard accessibility settings. For more information,
see Section 2.4, Personal.
Lets you configure system settings such as date and time, language,
sound, or power management,. Define how GNOME handles sessions on
login or shutdown, and modify the Beagle search settings. For more
information, see Section 2.5, System.
Figure 2-1 GNOME Control Center
In order to change some systemwide settings, Control Center will prompt
you for the root password and start YaST. This
is mostly the case for administrator settings (including most of the
hardware, the graphical user interface, Internet access, security
settings, user administration, software installation, and system updates
and information). Follow the instructions in YaST to configure these
Refer to the integrated YaST help texts or refer to the
Installation and Setup, (↑ Start-Up ).
NOTE: YaST Gtk and Qt Front-Ends
YaST comes with two front-ends depending on the desktop installed on
your system. By default, the YaST gtk front-end runs on the GNOME
desktop, and the YaST qt front-end on the other desktops. This is
defined with the WANT_UI parameter in
Feature-wise, the gtk front-end is very similar to the qt front-end
described in the manuals. One exception is the gtk software management
module, which differs considerably from the qt port.
This chapter focuses on individual settings you can change directly in
the GNOME Control Center (without YaST interaction).