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HandyLinux is given with necessary basic softwares providing you comfort with your OS. To go further, there are differrent tools :

  • Terminal Emulator : access to command line.
  • Software Center : access to Debian free softwares depositories, add or delete applications.
  • Xfce4-appfinder : access to the list of installed softwares.
  • Network-Manager : configure your network connection manually.
  • Printing : add and configure your printer.
  • Xfce4-config : access to complete system management.
  • Remote Assistance : HandyLinux integrates TeamViewer

Terminal Emulator

When you launch an application from a menu, or when you manage files with your mouse, you send graphical instructions to your system.
These instructions can be sent directly and faster by the Terminal that gives you access to the command line.

Interface Overview

The terminal can be launched with HandyMenu > Riders section, a minimalist interface… Welcome to the Raiders :)

  • #1 Menu Bar : allows you to open, browse and close tabs, copy/paste selection, define window preferencies and close the Terminal.
  • #2 Command Line : where magic works. You write a command and press [Enter], the command goes and you see the result.

since HandyLinux-1.6, the terminal looks like that :)

Operation and Configuration

To be honest, you're not on HandyLinux to learn how to use a Terminal…
Some parts of the documentation speak and use Terminal but allways by telling you what to do step by step, where and when, and giving you the result to wait.

If you wish to be confident with your Terminal (greating to you), I suggest you to watch mindhelper for basics GNU/Linux Terminal commands.

Software Center

If you're this far, you manage a little bit your computer and your insatiable curiosity pushed you to the adventure.
Debian softwares repository is the open door to free softwares, efficients and virus free.

Interface Overview

Software Center is launched by HandyMenu > Raiders section, and gives you an easy to use interface:

  • #1 Menu Bar : allows you to act on selected softwares as sorting them or close the repository.
  • #2 Navigation Bar : allows you to go through before or next pages (as in your web browser), through community supported or not softwares, to verify the history and to search a software by its name.
  • #3 Showcase : lights the softwares the community appriciates.
  • #4 Category switcher : lets you sort softwares by application area.
  • #5 Top Rated : what GNU/linux community loves to use.

Find, Install, Remove software

All these actions are done by the friendly interface.

To search for new software

  • You know its name : simply enter the name and search (upright it's gimp), then left-click the information button to see the description.
  • You want to do something thanks to the categories : a list is here to discover, try and adopt softwares.

To install software

A simple left-click on “Install” button and give your password (same as connection). Then the software will be downloaded and installed.

If the software is well installed, a green icon is shown.

To remove software

Select first your installed softwares with the “installed” button , then refine your selection by opening listed categories :
To remove the software : a simple left-click on “Suppress” and the application will be erased after your password.

Have a nice trip! (bon voyage)


Here is the most simple and efficient to find and launch your OS installed softwares. Xfce4-appfinder is simply the list of what's installed on your computer.

Launch applications

  • By Search : use the magnifying glass, enter the name you look for and left-click on “Execute” button bottom right, the software starts.

  • By Selection : Select categories on the left. On the right, installed softwares are shown ; then left-click on what you want and left-click on “Execute”.

TIP : by dragging and droping the software icon to Menu Bar you add it to have easy access to it
Easy isn't it? (facile n'est ce pas?)

*drag and drop : mainten left-click on the icon, drag the icon where you want it and release the button.


Network-Manager helps you to connect to the wifi. All informations are in WIFI section of documentation.


What to do to install and configure a printer with HandyLinux.

Since HandyLinux-1.4.2 , printer config is handle by system-config-printer, a user-friendly application to easily add and configure your printer. FIXME @arpinux

This printer is now available for printing from all HandyLinux softwares (Libreoffice, evince, …).


manage your complete environnment with Xfce4-config. Available from HandyMenu, “Raiders” section, “Detailed Configuration” button. A simple interface shows all sections of Configuration :
Note : by clicking on “Overview” bottom left, you go back to the Settings main panel.
Let see what we can do :

  • Accessibility : activate “glu-keys”, “slow-keys” and “repeted-keys or activate touchpad emulation.
  • Display : configure your(s) screen(s), rotate, refexion (for demonstrate mode.
  • Appearance : more explanations in dedicated section
  • Prefered Applications : set the default applications for your system, menu explains by itself :
  • Calendar : configure “Orage”, your personal calendar. Orage shows date in the tray, helps you manage your rendez-vous, tasks, … more explanations in dedicated page.
  • Keyboard : configure the keyboard, shortcuts and general provision.
  • Removable drives and Media : Configuration of external devices and actions associated. Labels are very explicit.
  • ScreenSaver : configuring the screen saver.
  • Workspaces : by default, HandyLinux has only one workspace, you can add more to XFCE. You can access them by adding the related applet on the tray.
  • Power Manager : define the behaviour of your laptop.
  • Window Manager : more explanations in dedicated section.
  • Files Manager : configuring Thunar. more explanations in dedicated section.
  • Printing : FIXME
  • Notifications : configuring notifications (appearance, place, display time…)
  • Window Manager Tweaks : fine configuring of appearance and behaviour. Labels are explicit :
  • Session and Startup : Configuring start appearance and automated applications…
  • Mouse : more explanations in dedicated section
  • Panel : Configuration of your panel. more explanations in dedicated section.


Teamviewer is a free of charge application that can helps to control another distant computer.
An experimented user can fix problems you face sometimes using HandyLinux. Just give him the power to.

  • Open HandyMenu, Raiders section, button “Applications List”. In Internet section , choose Teamviewer :
  • Teamviewer window opens and you'll have to accept license :
  • send your ID and password shown in Teamviewer to your expert :
  • Don't touch keyboard or mouse, your saver will use them for you.

Let it goes, relax, everything will roll. :)

raiders.txt · Last modified: 2017/01/14 03:01 (external edit)