Quote from pavroo on January 28, 2014, 17:00
There is a nice app for keyboard called 'fcitx'.
It'll be loaded to the panel's tray after installing and rebooting.
To manage energy run:
fcitx did the trick. As you said, it's a nice little app, which let me add a second keyboard and then type the combination I want to use to toggle between them. So ";;;;;" and "ñññññ" are 2 differrent results from hitting the same key, after pressing both shift keys simultaneously.
As for the xfce4-power-manager, an icon for it was installed automatically on the desktop during an Sparky APTus update / ugrade of either the system or distro and opening it's preferences allowed me to configure this laptop computer to suspend on closing the lid.
I was also able to install my icedove configuration from Sparky Mate to Ultra, so everything is fine now with the latter, which I am using at this moment.
So thanks again, pavroo. Sparky users don't have to suffer.
I will also mention a rather weird thing that happened: After rebooting recently into Sparky Ultra, I was unable to enter my user account so I logged on as root. On opening gparted I noticed that the /home partition had not been mounted and figured I would have to edit the fstab file (which you had explained how to do earlier). However: I also noticed that an external USB3 hard drive that was connected had replaced the drive Sparky is on as sda (it became sdb). So all I had to do was reboot, removing the external drive in the process. I can connect it later, if needed.
xfce's being a modular DE means I can add only those elements I need to Ultra in order to have a fully functioning system. (I also discovered XKill is effective when needed).
The power supply of the large desktop machine failed recently, and having adding Ultra to the laptop let me continue working while identifying the source of the problem and replacing it later this week with one of a different brand. (The failed unit was a Cooler Master, which lasted 3.5 years. I intend to replace it with a Corsair of the same size - 600 watts).