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Learning Enso OS

In this section we are going to give a brief overview of the Enso desktop and different functions that will help you on your way to getting started

The Desktop

With the Enso desktop we have tried to create something simple to use, with no unessisary information or constant popups that want to take your attention away from what you are doing


Applications Menu

Enso incorporates an applications menu called Panther we love it because of how simple it is and yet how effective, it provides you will a raft of functionality that you may need, while keeping away any unwanted or unessisary features.

To access the menu click the app menu icon in the top left corner of the desktop or press the Super / Windows key on your keyboard and you will be presented with this


The first element is the search bar, like any other search bar out there if you start typing into this field you will see a list of applications based on your search, but it also has some nifty extra features:

Execute a Command

Terminal Commands can be executed right from the search bar e.g. 'sudo apt update' and will display as 'Execute + command'

Do Calculations

Need to know the answer to a calculation fast? Type it into the bar to get a result


On the left side of the menu is the application categories, Panther devides the applications into seperate categories for you, helping you if you are unsure of what you are looking for


Plank is a simple dock application positioned in the bottom left of the desktop that displays icons of which applications are currently running and allowing pined applications which allows the icon to remain in the dock even when application is closed.


Pinning icons to the dock

To pin an application simply right click on the application icon in the dock and tick the Keep in Dock option

Removing a pinned icon

To remove a pinned icon in the dock is simple, either right click and untick the option Keep in dock or click and hold the icon and drag it from the dock, a poof of smoke will appear and the icon will be removed

Multiple instances

If there is more than one instance active of the same application multiple blue dots will appear under the application icon, to switch between the intances right click on the icon and the instances will appear in a list

Further features

The right click menu will also allow the closing of open applications with some extra options for specifc applications such as Open new window with a web browser or Create new document with Libre Office.

Indicator area

The indicator area displays icons that will provide information on or allow you to change settings of certain application. After installing an application you may notice a new icon in this area, some applications are already installed that will allow you to achive this, such as conection settings (connecting to WIFI), checking battery status, volume and bluetooth settings, accessing your clipboard history.


Installing applications

Software Centre

The Software Centre is an easy place to be able to install various software packages, while also allowing you to run updates for installed applications and the system. It is simple to use and navigate and is a good tool for anyone to use, you can simply search for your desired application in the top search bar or look up applications by category

Software Centre


Personal Package Archive's or PPAs are used in Ubuntu (the basis of Enso) to allow people to install and maintain applications that aren't available to a system as standard. Not all applications will be available to install from the software centre, if you find an application that you would like to install that has an associated PPA this is how you do it.

Be careful with what PPA's you add to your system, not all are friendly, found out what to look out for here

When you find the PPA you are looking for it will most likely be displayed in a string which will look something like this:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Adding PPAs

To add this package to your system you can go one of two routes

Software Centre

To add it via the Software centre first open the applications menu, search and open Software and Updates

After this navigate to the Other Software tab and click the Add.. button

Then paste the last part of the string, from PPA on into the box

Which will look something like this Software & Updates

Simply click Add Source from here, and when exiting the Software & Updates application the system should refresh it's software sources


You are also able to add a PPA to the system via the terminal, in order to do this first launch a terminal session with Ctrl Alt T and type in the full string you have been provided

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Type in your password if prompted - and then update the systems sources with the command


Deb Package

Deb packages are the way in which some software providers decide to distribute their applications, if an application isn't disributed via a PPA this is another means of distribution.

After downloading a package from a site there are two ways of installing a deb package, double click on the package and you should be able to select Software Centre as a default, this will lanuch the Software application and you should be able to click install from there

Another means of installing a deb package is via a simple command, open a terminal with Ctrl Alt T and type in the following

sudo dpkg -i *package name*.deb

Where package name is the name of the deb package you are trying to install. Type in your password and you're good to go


We have spoken about the terminal a couple of times at this point and ran a few lines of code, nothing too difficult. It is a great tool and well worth getting to know if you are looking to use a Linux machine as it is still and intrinsical part of the system and very useful.


Again the internet is your friend in this matter and you can find many aritculs that provide you with Terminal commands to run. Here we are going to provide you with a number of basic command to get started

To begin launch the terminal either by the menu or by pressing Ctrl Alt T


Is the command that grants admin righs to whatever command follows, if you are receiving a Permission Denied error then precede the command with this



sudo apt-get update

Will refresh the repository list and inform your system of any available updates to installed applications or the evironment as a whole.



sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Will install all updates to applications or ths system found after the update command has been run


The settings manager will allow you to change and configure the system to your liking, to access this application either click on the All Settings icon on the bottom right of the Applications Menu or search for Settings Manger


Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows (Super) Key

Win Open Panther Launcher

Win-D Open Multitasking View

Win-Up Maximize active window

Win-H Minimize active window

Win-Left Pin active window to left

Win-Right Pin active window to right

Win-Tab Cycle through active workspaces


Alt-Tab Cycle through active windows


Ctrl-Alt-Right Move to workspace on right

Ctrl-Alt-Left Move to workspace on left

Ctrl-Alt-T Launch Terminal