Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Full Screen Goodness on Dell Mini Ubuntu

I just want to say how happy I am to discover that my Dell Mini running Ubuntu makes any window full screen by pressing the Windows button. I just LOVE FULL SCREEN. Hmm. I guess that makes my opinion clear.

Oh, and the solid state drive makes this thing fast.

And overall at this point, my Dell Mini is easily my favorite computer I've ever owned. Even more than my old Amiga 1200. Yep. Seriously.

Disclaimer: I haven't used other netbooks, so I'm not making a comparison here. I also don't know if Ubuntu normally these days makes windows full screen with the Windows key. I just happened to notice it here now.


  1. I agree that the Mini is a great computer especially with Ubuntu.
    Ubuntu normally uses F11 to switch to full screen, but the Mini's keyboard is missing F11.
    I love the irony of Ubuntu actually finding something useful for the Windows key to do.

  2. Thanks for the info on normal Ubuntu. On the topic, I'm starting to think that they have actually mapped the Windows key to F11 without saying it.

  3. Somehow, I screwed up my fullscreen toggle while I was tinkering with Firefox packages in Synaptic, and it doesn't work any more.

  4. Harmfulguy, sounds sad and thanks for the warning.

  5. Managed to break it myself, but then I went to System > Preferences > Keyboard Shortcuts, and selected the Windows key again for Full Screen Mode. Slightly different behavior than before. Doesn't seem to do pseudo-F11, but I actually like it better this way.