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To Tweak or Not to Tweak?

Ubuntu-tweak has been upgraded to version .5x. A deb installer can be found here. Similarily, a deb installer for ailurus can be found here. These two applications are similar in nature, and duplicate a few functions. Both can be used to customize your Ubuntu/GNOME installation quite a bit. Both purport to make the learning of ...

Recovering A Lost Desktop (GNOME)

Recently an app crashed on me. Worse, it left me staring at an empty desktop without icons. Only my wallpaper was visible. Restarting X had no effect. I tried dragging the icons out of the Desktop folder onto the visible desktop. They politely returned to the folder. The solution was to be found in the ...

GNOME Panel Management with help from Docky (Tutorial)

When GNOME 3 is officially released next year it will no longer have a bottom panel. The default bottom panel in GNOME 2 can be problematic at times. Some applications compete for the space at the bottom of the screen making buttons difficult to access. In this post I will suggest some solutions, and in ...

How To Install Bilbo on Ubuntu 9.10 (GNOME) 1

Bilbo is an offline blogging client supporting several blogging platforms including WordPress, Blogger and Movable Type. It is a “HotPick” in the Linux Format magazine, issue #125. There, you can read a semi-detailed description and more importantly see the link to Bilbo’s homepage. On the homepage there are additional instructions including some dependencies for installation ...

What If Windows Was FREE?

The holiday season is approaching. For several weeks Kim Komando will air her annual radio contest. I have no doubt that due to Microsoft’s generosity, she will have several copies of Windows 7 to give away to some ‘lucky’ listeners. I ask myself “What would I do with a free and legal copy of Windows ...

A Quick Look at KDE 4

A controversial (see all the comments)  article on tuxmachines.org caught my interest. It was another salvo in the never ending GNOME vs. KDE war. In the past I have tried out KDE and decided that, for me, it was okay but I preferred the KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid) philosophy behind the GNOME desktop. The ...