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10 Things to Do After installing Maverick

20, October 2010

Before you mess, backup the sources.list with;
$ sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.bak

1] Select a new wallpaper as the wallpaper has not improved since the purple tie dyed T Shirt look of Lucid. Right Click the desktop and select [Change Desktop Background] and select any other wallpaper from the defaults or one of your own.

2] remove the revolting purple background to the graphical login window, install GDM2 Setup

GDM2 Setup, A login interface management utility for the new GDM. Allows for wallpaper setting, autologin option, prompted or userlist login, etc.

The setup utility that comes in Ubuntu Karmic (and many other Gnome based distros) is missing most of the older GDM setup utility’s functionality. This application puts the functionality back in the hands of the users through a familiar and simple GUI. https://launchpad.net/gdm2setup
Add this empty directory first [the program halts if it can’t find it, a bug https://bugs.launchpad.net/gdm2setup/+bug/560130 that should have been sorted by now guys];

$ sudo mkdir /usr/share/images/xsplash

Add source with;

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gdm2setup/gdm2setup

there is no Maverick repo yet, so you then need to open [System], [Administration], [Synaptic Package manager], {settings], [Repositories] and click on the “other Software” Tab. Now highlight the gdm2setup line and select [Edit] and change Maverick back to Lucid and close.

then update

$ sudo apt-get update

now add the program

$ sudo apt-get install python-gdm2setup

Then find the program called Login Screen (GDM2Setup) in [System], [Administration]

3] Swap the Close/Min & Max buttons back to the Right on the Windows, try if for a while first as it hear to stay! “windicators” are on their way for right hand side.

Install Ubuntu Tweak http://ubuntu-tweak.com/

Add Ubuntu Tweak source
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa

$ sudo apt-get update

$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Then find the program called Ubuntu Tweak in [Applications], [System Tools] and in the program select [Windows Manager Settings], [Windows Titlebar Button Layout]

4] Remove the Social networking/message notification indicators i.e. the new “me” menu and the “envelope” from the top Right Hand notification area, I’m not Social and proud of it :-).

remove me-menu with;

$ sudo apt-get remove -y indicator-me

remove the envelope with;

$ sudo apt-get remove -y indicator-messages

both will disapear on rebooting the desktop.

5] Add the Gnome Configuration Editor to your menus. Right Click on the [Application] menu and select [Edit Menus], then select [System Tools] and place a tick in the box next to [Configuration Editor] and then select [Close]. Now select [Applications], [System Tools] then [Configuration Editor]

6] Remove the 60 second to shutdown confirmation message. Open the Configuration Editor [see 4 above] in Applications, [System Tools] now using the left-hand menu select [apps], then [indicator-sessions] and tick the box next to [ suppress_logout_restart_shutdown ] then [File], [Quit]

Or in a Terminal;
$ gconftool-2 --type Boolean --set /apps/indicator-session/suppress_logout_restart_shutdown True

7] Updates: revert back to the update icon in the top toolbar, open Gnome Configuration Editor [see 4 above], then navigate to [apps], [update-notifier] and untick the [auto-launch] option, then change the [regular_auto_launch_interval] to zero, then [File], [Quit] and reboot your PC.

Or in a Terminal;
$ gconftool-2 --type Boolean --set /apps/update-notifier/auto_launch False
and
$ gconftool-2 --type int --set /apps/update-notifier/regular_auto_launch_interval 0

8] Hate the Nautilus bread-crumb file path?, switch back to the text file path with Ctrl+l or / and back again with Esc. You can also switch permanently by opening the Gnome Configuration Editor [see 4 above], then navigate to [apps], [nautilus], [preferences] and putting a tick in the always_use_location_entry box.

9] Get Flash working in Firefox: Open Firefox and access [Tools], [Add-ons], select the [Get Add-ons] Tab and then [Browse All add-ons] then search for FLASH-AID and install it and follow the on screen instructions.

10] Enjoy…..

Sync Firefox bookmarks to Dropbox

19, May 2010

I’ve tried all the Firefox add-ons to sync bookmarks between PC’s and found them all to be unreliable at times so I decided to try Dropbox. I do have an Ubuntu One account but I have had problems syncing my tomboy notes to it and it often does not sync at all during my session so as my Dropbox account seems to sync everything very quickly and accurately I decided to use that.

First I closed Firefox and copied the bookmarks database called places.sqlite from my hidden Firefox profile in my home folder at /home/martin/.mozilla/firefox/57k8ls89.default to a folder in my Dropbox account called bookmarks then renamed the original to places.sqlite.bak

In a Terminal I cd in to the Firefox profile with;

$ cd /home/martin/.mozilla/firefox/57k8ls89.default

copied the database across with;

$ cp places.sqlite /home/martin/Dropbox/bookmarks/places.sqlite

renamed the original with;

$ mv places.sqlite places.sqlite.bak

And then sym linked the Dropbox copy back to the Firefox profile with;

$ ln -s /home/martin/Dropbox/bookmarks/places.sqlite places.sqlite

Now when I re launch Firefox if uses the bookmarks database in Dropbox and I can do the same on my laptop so they both use the same set of bookmarks.

Note : [Thanks to Barbara below]

Although this method works fine with several PC’s/Laptops for me I have found as has Barbara that Dropbox cannot cope with multiple browsers open at the same time. Dropbox will save conflicted copies of the sqlite file which will mean any changes you make are lost next time the browser is closed and opened again. So the rule is only one browser open at a time on one PC.

Firefox crashing on flash sites

25, May 2009

Jaunty – Firefox – Gnome desktop

My Firefox constantly crashes when viewing flash based site such as BBC iplayer & Flickr. It was fine using Intrepid but the upgrade to Jaunty has done something and as it’s doing it on both my laptop and desktop both recently upgraded to Jaunty. First I closed Firefox then removed the installed plugins typing the following into a Terminal;

sudo apt-get remove –purge swfdec-mozilla mozilla-plugin-gnash flashplugin-nonfree

Then I installed the adobe flash plugin, with;

sudo apt-get install adobe-flashplugin

Tested and failed! so I downloaded Flash Player 10 .deb file for Ubuntu v8.04 from the adobe Web Site found here, Adobe Flash Player 10 then I closed Firefox and removed the adobe-flashplugin in a Terminal type;

sudo apt-get remove –purge adobe-flashplugin

now I navigated to my download and double clicked on the install_flash_player_10_linux.deb file which opens the [Package installer] and complained there was a newer version in the repositories. I [ok]’d the install and retested Firefox, so far all is well…