I just started playing around with my raspberry (actually it's from my job, but i'm allowed to play with it), and managed to tweak and add some features (not created by me) that one could find useful or more convenient than the defaults.
1 - raspbian doesn't come with a paint (like the one pre-installed in every version of windows), and i find gimp too complex to navigate if you just want to apply basic operations to an image, pinta is a good option for a raspberry (kolourpaint is too heavy for a raspberry and every other painting program for linux is too complex for a paint replacement or too basic or even incomplete for the same purpose).
install pinta (paint for linux)
2 - the default file manager throws the files three at you as if you are using a terminal, thunar is more graphical, it shows devices and network, thats more friendly to users.
install thunar (file manager)
go to application launchbar settings (right click on the launch bar) replace default
3 - in order to take screenshoots you are supposed to hit the print screen key and search for the screenshot inside the images folder, why not to do what windows do? or even better with xfce4-screenshooter you hit the print screen key and you are shown a menu that lets you decide what and how you want to screenshoot.
install xfce4-screenshooter (screenshot tool)
replace print option
4 - if you are using copy paste often, you would want to have the option to search from a history of copies.
install xfce4-clipman (clipboard tool)
comment these lines: OnlyShowIn=XFCE and Hidden=true
5 - we need to be able to read a wide range of drivers, specially those well known formats used by well known operating systems.
upgrade ntfs-3g (support for external hard drives)
6 - there are some keyboards with a special key called altGr, which helps you to insert these characters "áÁéÉíÍóÓúÚñÑ" and many others, by pressing altGr combined with other keys, but if the keyboard doesn't have that key it can be emulated using an extra or unused key as a replacement for altGr.
configure altGr and compose keys (so you can type áÁéÉíÍóÓúÚñÑ):
go to: localization->keyboard->defaults
7 - there are scenarios where synchronizing the time using the internet is challenging or even impossible, with rdate the time can be synchronized using a windows machine from the same network as time server.
install rdate (get time from a network)
prepare windows service:
go to http://www.unixwiz.net/tools/rfc868time.html
download rfc868time to C:\
install with: rfc868time -install (as admin)
start with: net start rfc868time (as admin)
create script with: sudo nano synch.sh
point to the windows machine where the service is running:
add this line: sudo rdate -s xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx > /dev/null
add this line: hwclock --systohc > /dev/null
save the file
give execute permission with: sudo chmod +x synch.sh
setup cron job to synchronize every minute with:
then, add: * * * * * . /path/to/script/synch.sh
8 - other tweaks:
go to: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/raspberry ... ance-tips/