I’m really psyched, because, after some effort, I found a way to assign keyboard shortcuts in Ubuntu 7.1. Now, I can launch my favorite programs — Firefox, GIMP, etc — with one swift keystroke, no mousing required. This same trick works both on my laptop with Ubuntu 7.1 and on my CloudBook with gOS (which is based on Ubuntu anyway). The instructions I found online yesterday, which suggested using a program called XBindKeys to create shortcuts, didn’t work for me. However, today, I found another site called which explains how to use a feature of the Gnome desktop to configure up to 12 keyboard shortcuts. Why only 12? I’m not sure, but that’s probably more than enough. I’ve already assigned CTRL+ALT+s to open Firefox, CTRL+ALT+m to open my e-mail program, and CTRL+ALT+f to open my FTP software. Here’s how you can create your own keyboard shortcuts in Linux. One Caveat: These instructions assume that you’re running Gnome, the default desktop manager of Ubuntu Linux and the CloudBook’s gOS.