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Hi All, I'm new to linux and I would like to know if there's a way to press a single keystroke ('Scroll Lock" key) that will cause Firefox to lauch ...
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    Hotkey to launch browser and webstite


    Hi All,

    I'm new to linux and I would like to know if there's a way to press a single keystroke ('Scroll Lock" key) that will cause Firefox to lauch to a specific URL?

    I replaced the [currupted/infected] Windows 7 of my parent's Core2 duo computer with Linux (64-bit openSUSE 12.3 KDE) and my dad simply loves it!

    The issue is now with my mom that wants to watch her favourite web TV church station. At her age, it's difficult for her to show her how to navigate. With windows 7 I was using a software called LSMacro. I had configured it that when she pressed the "Scroll Lock" key, it was automatically launching Firefox pointing to the steaming webTV website, for her to watch.

    Is there any application to make Linux to do this?

    PS. I don't want to make this church webTV URL the default address of firefox, as my dad is also using the computer. I want this website to be launched only when the "Scroll Lock" hotkey is pressed.

    Thank you for any suggestions. Since I'm new to Linux, I'll appreciate step-by-step instructions.

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    No need for a application. Make the church site the home page and map a key stoke to open Browser.

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    Thanks for the suggestion. But as I mentioned in my original post (in the PS.), I don't want to make this church webTV URL the home page of firefox, as my dad is also using the computer. I want this website to be launched only when the "Scroll Lock" hotkey is pressed.

    I'm wondering is there is any application similar to LSMacro for Linux?

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    I believe KDE has the ability to create and modify the keyboard, Settings > Regional & Accessibility > Keyboard Shortcuts, or similar.

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    I don't want to make this church webTV URL the home page of firefox, as my dad is also using the computer.
    Then make it the home page of another browser install.

    I'm wondering is there is any application similar to LSMacro for Linux?
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    Papa, you might consider a Firefox addon such as Morning Coffee where it's easy to assign several pages as home pages or if using Chrome add another home page through settings. To keep it from bugging your dad, you could also add a flash blocker where the video/audio won't start up until the flash box is clicked on. You might also install another browser just for your mom and set it's home page. Link to it from a "Mom's browser" icon on the desktop - easier navigation. Next option would be to set up separate user accounts for your both your mom and dad and set each instance of the browser to their preferred home page. Give them a shot and see which they prefer.
    I'll guess the separate browser and one icon may be the best.

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    This is a very good question.

    Here's a shout out to all the Linux Forums members:

    How many different ways can you get 'Scroll Lock' to do something useful?

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    Papa...

    Just a thought. Map the scroll key execute firefox from the command line.

    Something like /usr/bin/firefox -new-window http://URL

    Cheers - VP
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    Quote Originally Posted by voidpointer69 View Post
    Papa...

    Just a thought. Map the scroll key execute firefox from the command line.

    Something like /usr/bin/firefox -new-window http://URL

    Cheers - VP
    That's your ticket right there.
    And when you open FireFox normally, you'll still have the default homepage.
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    @ Papa: I just tried a different approach and it simply works.

    Just create a shortcut in you desktop (I use XUbuntu, but don't think there should be a big difference in your install; sorry for being this innocent if it is not that easy...) with the name, some comment, the web page url and, of course, the fancy icon you want your mother to see.
    She would just have to click on the desktop icon and your favourite browser will pop up with the selected web page on show.

    I hope this helps.
    Good luck!

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