But first, pay attention: if you want to become a \/\/4RRI0r then you musn't use linux but bsd!
I won't write everything I plan to now so there'll be some empty sections. Don't hesitate to contribute; the goal is not to create a wifi or 3D-acceleration thread nor to write exhaustive things but to help people set their linux to get a friendly OS, sometimes by simply giving links.
Copy&Paste with your mouse:
WARNING: have something to check
gpm is daemon that automatically copies what you select with your mouse and lets you paste it later; provides a nice and easily accessible second clipboard. It is installed on most distributions and ran on startup so you can use it without bothering more.
However, it is rarely correctly set to handle the touchpad on a laptop. Add "-2" to command-line starting gmp; remove "-3" if present.
/usr/sbin/gpm -m /dev/mouse -t ps2 -2
WiFi with ndiswrapper and DriverPacks:
ndiswrapper lets you use windows drivers for wifi under linux. The problem is then to find drivers for windows.
Just get DriverPacks-LAN; it's less than 7MB, you'll find all the drivers you need. Extract with p7zip and use grep to get your driver. Put the .inf and corresponding .sys int the same folder. Finally install it with
ndiswrapper -i your_driver.inf
You can now access your card with "wifi0".
note: ndiswrapper is tagged as buggy and root of kernel panics. DO NOT use precompiled packages: download the source and compile it by yourself (./configure && make && make install is perfect); remember it ships a kernel module.
Extend your laptop's battery life:
Eye-candy: translucency and 3D support:
Basic shell tricks:
Recompile your kernel:
Vim regex multi-line search&replace: