Package for devuan: chicago95-theme-all

Because self-promotion (erm, I mean… learning!) is the purpose of this blog, here is a package I have assembled from a nifty upstream: Chicago95!

You can go get it from the OBS repository now.

screenshot of XFCE with chicago95 theme in use
Screenshot from project

chicago95-theme-all is a metapackage that pulls in all the elements needed to configure your Devuan GNU+Linux system to look like a classic non-free OS from 1995!

$ apt-cache search chicago
chicago95-theme-all - XFCE Windows 95 Total Conversion
chicago95-theme-cursors - Mouse cursor themes for Chicago95
chicago95-theme-doc - Documentation for Chicago95
chicago95-theme-fonts - Fonts for Chicago95
chicago95-theme-greeter - Lightdm webkit greeter for Chicago95
chicago95-theme-gtk - GTK and WM themes for Chicago95
chicago95-theme-icons - Icon themes for Chicago95
chicago95-theme-login-sound - Login sound for Chicago95
chicago95-theme-plymouth - Plymouth theme for Chicago95
$ apt-cache policy chicago95-theme-all
  Installed: (none)
  Candidate: 0.0.1-1+devuan
  Version table:
     0.0.1-1+devuan 500
        500  Packages

Of course, like any other theme, you need to manually change your settings to use the theme. But these packages make it easy to install it so you can control the files with the package manager.


I was helping a family member set up a system to look like a particular non-free OS, and an old one was acceptable, and even preferred. After some research, I discovered a few good places to look for themes:

There were multiple options for the type of theme I wanted, but Chicago95 was the most cohesive and cleanly-installed set.

Cinnamon adds “Show all workspaces” setting to Alt-tab appSwitcher

The story

I recently made a pull request to Cinnamon to add the “Show all workspaces” setting to the window list of the panel. To complement this feature, I decided to add the feature to the alt-tab utility.

My journey began with trying to find the alt-tab code in the Cinnamon project. It took me quite a while, but eventually I found it in appSwitcher.js. At first I started tinkering with lines 36-39

function matchWorkspace(win) {
    return win.get_workspace() == this && !win.is_skip_taskbar();

But this proved to not be the right spot. Later on I realized this was not the correct spot logically, but putting code here would work. It just wouldn’t make sense underneath the title “matchWorkspace.” You shouldn’t even get to the matchWorkspace function if you’re just showing all workspaces anyway.

So then I found this section of code

            // Switch between windows of same application from all workspaces
            let focused = global.display.focus_window ? global.display.focus_window : windows[0];
            windows = windows.filter( matchWmClass, focused.get_wm_class() );
            // Switch between windows of current workspace
            this._showAllWorkspaces = global.settings.get_boolean("alttab-switcher-show-all-workspaces");
            if (!this._showAllWorkspaces) {
                windows = windows.filter( matchWorkspace, global.screen.get_active_workspace() );

And that was what I wanted. The snippet above already includes my adjustment. Line 73 is the logic that reads the gsettings schema. And it took me a while to get this part to work. At first I had the read-schema code up beside the other global.settings.get_boolean at line 112 in the AppSwitcher.prototype._init: function(binding). But it took me a while to figure out the scoping of the variable was not correct for my needs. Reading the gsetting schema in the prototype did not set the variable for the function at line 73, function getWindowsForBinding(binding).

I also had to learn about the gsettings schema. I’ve dabbled with dconf before. But apparently adding a new key is a little more complicated that just

dconf load /org/cinnamon <<EOF
alttab-switcher-show-all-workspaces true

I learned that for gsettings you have to modify the xml-defined schema. I found it at /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/org.cinnamon.gschema.xml. My addition is pretty basic, at lines 541-545.

    <key type="b" name="alttab-switcher-show-all-workspaces">
      <_summary>Show all windows from all workspaces</_summary>

I also found file /usr/share/cinnamon/cinnamon-settings/modules/ and added the widget for this setting.

            widget = GSettingsSwitch(_("Show windows from all workspaces"), "org.cinnamon", "alttab-switcher-show-all-workspaces")

So I made my changes and then restarted Cinnamon. Still no go. After a lot of searching, I finally found the important part: I needed to run glib-compile-schemas!

pushd /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas; glib-compile-schemas .; popd;

Now I finally had success! I submitted pull request #6938 and within a day my changes were approved and merged.

The commit as a patch

diff --git a/data/ b/data/
index 71e09aca..17fe5dc4 100644
--- a/data/
+++ b/data/
@@ -538,6 +538,11 @@
       <_description>Duration of the effect (in milliseconds)</_description>
+    <key type="b" name="alttab-switcher-show-all-workspaces">
+      <default>false</default>
+      <_summary>Show all windows from all workspaces</_summary>
+    </key>
     <key name="bring-windows-to-current-workspace" type="b">
       <summary>Brings windows requiring attention to the current workspace</summary>
diff --git a/files/usr/share/cinnamon/cinnamon-settings/modules/ b/files/usr/share/cinnamon/cinnamon-settings/modules/
index 4875346e..080026ab 100755
--- a/files/usr/share/cinnamon/cinnamon-settings/modules/
+++ b/files/usr/share/cinnamon/cinnamon-settings/modules/
@@ -129,6 +129,9 @@ class Module:
             widget = GSettingsSpinButton(_("Delay before displaying the alt-tab switcher"), "org.cinnamon", "alttab-switcher-delay", units=_("milliseconds"), mini=0, maxi=1000, step=50, page=150)
+            widget = GSettingsSwitch(_("Show windows from all workspaces"), "org.cinnamon", "alttab-switcher-show-all-workspaces")
+            settings.add_row(widget)
 class TitleBarButtonsOrderSelector(SettingsBox):
     def __init__(self):
         self.schema = "org.cinnamon.muffin"
diff --git a/js/ui/appSwitcher/appSwitcher.js b/js/ui/appSwitcher/appSwitcher.js
index f161350c..d36d3bf2 100644
--- a/js/ui/appSwitcher/appSwitcher.js
+++ b/js/ui/appSwitcher/appSwitcher.js
@@ -70,7 +70,10 @@ function getWindowsForBinding(binding) {
             // Switch between windows of current workspace
-            windows = windows.filter( matchWorkspace, global.screen.get_active_workspace() );
+            this._showAllWorkspaces = global.settings.get_boolean("alttab-switcher-show-all-workspaces");
+            if (!this._showAllWorkspaces) {
+                windows = windows.filter( matchWorkspace, global.screen.get_active_workspace() );
+            }



  1. Need to use glib-compile-schemas

I am now an open source contributor!


I use open-source software every day, since November 2015. That was the year of Linux on the Desktop for me. I picked as my desktop environment Cinnamon.

I normally don’t use virtual desktops or “workspaces,” but on one laptop I was for a while. It was actually a KDE Plasma 5 installation, which reinforced my plans to stick to Cinnamon as my heavyweight DE. However, the KDE Plasma virtual workspaces worked fine, and provided all sorts of options for the window list and alt-tab switcher for listing windows across all the workspaces. Cinnamon did not have such an offering, so when I finally replaced KDE with Cinnamon on that workstation, I just reverted to my single-workspace workflow.

I told someone online (probably in the #korora channel at that I was willing to pay money for Cinnamon to provide a window list option for displaying the windows from all workspaces. Well, as of October 2, I guess I owe myself $50.

Check out my merged pull request to Cinnamon! I added the feature, as a boolean setting, to the mainline Cinnamon window list applet. So eventually my option will be included in the Fedora Cinnamon build down the line. For the time being, though, I’m going to continue to use my separate applet that provides my feature.

Logout from Different Desktop Environments from Command Line


Some people spend all day in terminals, even though there’s a desktop environment running. I normally have four different terminals open on my main screen, in a normal quadrant pattern. I arrange them on the taskbar so they are clockwise, starting in the upper left quadrant.


Suppose you want to close your session, without having to use the mouse or pressing the Super key or anything like that.

You want to enter a command from your terminal that will close your session. Here is a list of how to do that, for each different desktop environment (DE) I’ve collected so far.

Logout from desktop environments

Logout from cinnamon from command line

cinnamon-session-quit --logout --force

Logout from xfce from command line

xfce-session-quit -l

Logout from GNOME Shell from command line


Logout from KDE4 from command line

qdbus org.kde.ksmserver /KSMServer org.kde.KSMServerInterface.logout -1 -1 -1

Logout from KDE5 from command line

With confirmation

qdbus org.kde.ksmserver /KSMServer logout 1 3 3

Without confirmation

qdbus org.kde.ksmserver /KSMServer logout 0 3 3

Logout from desktop environment from command line

loginctl terminate-user username



  1. Cinnamon
  2. Gnome
  3. KDE4
  4. KDE5 Plasma
  5. Extra reading for KDE