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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Seamonkey on RC2 part two : customization and use

Last post showed the novice user (one like myself) how to download a stable Seamonkey tarball, extract and install it to /opt and then....what?
There's the good-old-fashioned-way, using ALT+F2 :

But, for those who prefer launchers or your Xfce menu of choice, Applications or the Whiskermenu, this is not going to be an ideal solution.
What to do? Since Seamonkey was not installed using aptitude or the App Grid, .desktop files are not automatically generated and menu entries added. So, using the Menu Editor included the default RC2 install, we can easily add the entry to the default menu, without having to manually edit .xml files.

Open the Menu Editor and select Add Launcher :

Add the launcher, give it the appropriate name and then navigate to /opt/seamonkey to add seamonkey as the command. Navigate to /opt/seamonkey/chrome/icons to add the default icon to the menu launcher. When closing the menu editor, you'll be prompted to save or lose changes.
Adding a desktop launcher is the same basic process :

When you're done, you'll be able to launch Seamonkey from the menu or from a desktop shortcut.
For simple useage, Seamonkey seems very similar to Firefox (as it should, since they share a common codebase). It's fully compatible with Mozilla addons (immediately installed two of my favorites, Quicknote and Speed Dial). Performance is excellent;memory useage is very good.

Add the launchers, open Seamonkey, start customizing it with some Addons and away you'll go!

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