For Gnome2 with the metacity window manager (eg Ubuntu versions prior to 11.10): Open a Terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal), or press Alt-F2 to bring up the Run Application dialog. To put window buttons on the left-hand side, OSX-style, on a single line type: gconftool-2 –set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout –type string close,maximize,minimize:menu For the right-hand side, […]
I recently discovered that a feature that I’ve always wanted in Ubuntu (and Debian) already exists, and has actually been available in past releases for years. By tweaking the settings in /etc/apt/apt-conf.d/10periodic and /etc/apt/apt.conf.d/50unattended-upgrades, you can enable periodic auto-updates and auto-cleaning of downloaded package files. Essentially something equivalent to running sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get -y –force-yes […]
I know, I know, this post might seem a little dated already, considering the release of Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala) is imminent. My fault .. I sort of … um .. just forgot to press publish about four months ago … 😛 I’ve previously documented my experiences with installing Ubuntu 7.10, and then an upgrade […]
You may remember I had some issues on my Dell Vostro 1500 with a scary sounding periodic hard disk ‘click’, related to a bug in the pm-utils package. In brief: this bug effectively puts the disk into powersaving mode far too often, drastically reducing it’s working lifespan. Well, good news … it looks like the […]
Quick tip … want to hide all the icons cluttering up your Gnome Desktop ? Run gconf-editor (Alt-F2, type gconf-editor, Press “Run”) and navigate the tree to find /apps/nautilus/preferences/show_desktop. Set the value to false (uncheck the checkbox), and your Desktop icons should disappear. You can still access any files on the Desktop using the file […]
Previously, I have posted about my experiences installing and testing Ubuntu Gutsy (7.10) on my Dell Vostro 1500 laptop. Since I set it up, I’ve been happily using it every day. At the time everything generally went pretty smoothly, but being a fairly new piece of hardware, there were a few hiccups that required some […]
I recently discovered a handy script for Nautilus to mount an ISO image using the right click context menu. It’s a handy feature that lets you quickly peek inside an iso CD/DVD image (in read-only mode), without messing around typing the typical command line (sudo mount -o loop -t iso9660 myimage.iso /media/iso).
TomboyBlogposter plugin It’s a plugin that allows simple posting of a Gnome Tomboy note to a WordPress, Blogger or LiveJournal blog (or anything else that supports the Atom Publishing Protocol). It doesn’t allow setting of WordPress tags, categories or basically anything else except the title and the body text. But it is a convenient way […]