Force Quit: Forcefully Exit Ubuntu Applications From Unity Launcher

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There are numerous ways of forcefully quitting an application in Ubuntu, including using the system monitor. Back in the day, we had an app-indicator applet which allowed performing this task with ease. With the advent of Ubuntu 11.10, this applet no longer works. Furthermore, Gnome 3 has modified the way applications are forcefully exited. Recently, a third-party developer has released a script to integrate Force Quit functionality to the Unity Launcher. Read More

Easily Find Firefox Bookmarks In Ubuntu With Unity Bookmarks Lens

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We have covered a number of handy Ubuntu Unity lens including, Ask Ubuntu, Google Books, Gwibber and Unity Place File Search. Recently, we came across Unity Bookmarks Lens, which simplifies the process of searching Firefox bookmarks from Unity Launcher Dash. Currently, it only supports Firefox and is compatible with the latest Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot. With Unity Bookmarks Lensyou can easily search bookmarks and open bookmarked web links from Dash. To search the bookmark, you simply have to open the Dash and type in the bookmark title. Read More

Ubuntu One Indicator Displays Synchronization Stats From System Tray

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Ubuntu One, despite being the premium synchronization service for Ubuntu, does not have an app indicator. That's the reason why one requires resorting to third-party programs, such as Magicicada, to view synchronization updates in real time. Ubuntu One Indicator is an app-indicator menu applet which displays Ubuntu One synchronization stats, providing a Dropbox-like synchronization overview. Read More

Enable/Disable Auto Hide For Unity 2-D Launcher In Ubuntu 11.10 [Tip]

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Since the inception of Ubuntu 11.10, users have had a number of complains regarding the bugs and UI issues. One such problem is the management of the auto hide feature of the Unity Launcher. While it was fairly easy to disable auto hide for the Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 11.04 with the help of Unity 2D-Desktop Settings tweak, it does not work with Ubuntu 11.10. Even the Unity Plugin does not disable the auto-hide feature for Oneiric. In this post we will provide you with instructions to disable the auto hide feature for the Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 11.10. Read More

Change Ubuntu 11.10 Logon Screen Background With LightDM Manager

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In a previous post we showed you how to change the Ubuntu 11.04 logon screen image with the help of Ubuntu tweak. The recent release of Ubuntu 11.10 has replaced the GDM (Gnome Display Manager) with LightDM. For this reason, a new logon screen changer called Simple LightDM Manager has been released by a 3rd party developer. It is developed keeping in view the LightDM structure for Oneriric and therefore it serves as a quick logon screen tweak for replacing the default Ubuntu 11.10 logon screen image with a custom picture or solid color. Read More

Marlin: File Browser With Dropbox & Ubuntu One Integration [Ubuntu]

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Marlin is a sleek and fast GTK3 based file browser that provides a number of unique features such as Dropbox and Ubuntu One integration, color labels for files and folders and more. To acquire Dropbox and Ubuntu One integration, Marlin requires installation of separate plugins which are used to enable the functionality to publish, share and synchronize external folders in Ubuntu One and to fetch previous versions for Dropbox files. Marlin is available in the elementary OS daily PPA, thus it can be installed in Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10. You can install it on both GTK3 and GTK 2 provided you have a compatible theme for both of them (GTK2 and GTK3). Read More

Upload Notes To Evernote From Unity Launcher Quicklist In Ubuntu

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Unity Launcher quicklists help users perform lethargic functions more quickly. We have covered a number of Unity Launcher quicklists for web services like Facebook and Google+. This time we have a Unity Launcher quicklist for the Evernote web service which can help you speed up your note taking tasks. Since Evernote does not have a native Linux application, this quicklist can be of immense utility for Evernote users. Read More

Jupiter: Toggle Power, Wi-Fi, Video & Bluetooth Settings In Ubuntu

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Being able to configure hardware options from the system tray using an applet is much easier than searching numerous hardware settings from the Unity Dash or the Classic start menu in Ubuntu. There are a number of applets which provide the functionality to manage one or two kinds of hardware related settings from the system tray, however, their functionality is quite limited. Jupiter is an app-indicator applet for controlling power and hardware options of portable Linux computers. It provides quick access to common power and hardware options so that you can toggle settings to keep your laptop resource consumption to the minimum. The available options include settings for power, screen output, resolution, Wi-Fi , and Bluetooth. What makes Jupiter useful is the fact that it allows the utility to manage multiple hardware settings from a single system tray menu. Read More

Recoll Is Full Text Search Tool For Linux To Find Text In Any File

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Recoll is an open source  application for locating text from within files anywhere in a Linux system. It is based on the Xapian (search engine library) backend which enables it to effectively locate items based on keywords from within almost any kind of document, including compressed archives. Recoll supports file stemming and allows users to perform Boolean searches. The Boolean search method allows combining words and phrases using the words And, Or, Not and Near (also called Boolean operators) to limit, widen, or define the search. Recoll also auto completes the search query to provide results based on possible matches to a semi complete search term. Recoll is not just another indexing and search tool, as it can go as far as locating a keyword even from within an email saved in a mail client (such as Mozilla Thunderbird) , a Libre Office document or a compressed archive. Read More

Get Classic Start Menu In Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

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When operating system versions are radically updated users often attempt to find ways to revert back to the classic UI features. We saw this earlier with Windows when the classic start menu was removed from newer Windows distributions such as Windows 7 and was overhauled with Metro Start Menu in Windows 8. In recent months Ubuntu has suffered from the same dilemma after the announcement that Ubuntu 11.10 will no longer have the classic start menu. After the recent release of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot it has become clear that the classic menu has been replaced by Unity 2D and 3D. However, despite the recent Oneiric change it is still possible to get the classic start menu in Ubuntu 11.10. Read More

Audacious Is Lightweight Audio Player For Linux, Supports Drag & Drop

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Audacious is an open source audio player for the Gnome desktop which has been designed to provide smooth audio playback with a low memory stamp (approximately 7.3 MB) and decoding correctness. It is compatible with UNIX and Linux operating system with limited support for Windows OS. Audacious is also the default audio player for Lubuntu and  and Ubuntu Studio. It supports a large array of audio formats and also allows creating instant playlists via drag & drop. The playlists can be played and managed within separate tabs instead of a cluttered interface. Audacious also comes with different skins including a Winamp like interface. The supported audio formats include Mp3, FLAC, Ogg, Vorbis, AAC, WAV, TTA, WMA, ALAC and more. Read More

Fix Flash Issues In Ubuntu With Advanced Flash Control Panel

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Flash related issues arise due to the frequent updates which change different components of Linux operating systems. It can be quite tricky to be able to install the right Flash Player version for a Linux distribution, as users often end up installing unstable beta versions of Flash which cause functionality issues. Lately, we came across a script known as Flash Doctor which attempts to fix these problems. It automatically fixes Flash related problems, installs flash safely on your Linux operating system such as Ubuntu and, provides an advanced flash control panel to perform differnet Flash specific actions, including, assetcachesize, disable device font enumeration, disable product download, etc. Read More

Automatically Disable Touchpad When Mouse Is Connected [Ubuntu]

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Some users prefer using a mouse over the laptop touchpad, whereas, others require switching between the two (e.g. when playing games). It can be a little troublesome to use a mouse while the touchpad is enabled, as one can often end up closing an important window or cancelling an ongoing task accidentally due to a tap on the touchpad. While most laptops provide an option to disable the touchpad by tapping the disable section, it is still inconvenient to continually switch between the mouse and the touchpad. What might be more handy is an application which can automatically disable touchpad when a mouse is connected and vice versa. Touchpad-indicator is an app-indicator applet for Ubuntu which does exactly that. It displays the current status of the touchpad and provides options to automatically disable/enable it when a mouse is plugged in/out. This can help you avoid accidental taps on the touchpad which may result in an unwanted outcome (such as closing an important window). Read More

Tomboy Is Simple Note Taking Application That Syncs With Ubuntu One

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Tomboy is an open source cross-platform note taking application available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix. Tomboy provides the option to synchronize notes with Ubuntu One and Snowy, which enables viewing and managing the notes from a mobile device such as an Android or iPhone. Tomboy has a simple interface for quickly creating and managing notes within separate notebooks (which are more like folders for organizing multiple notes, similar to Evernote). Notes can be created either in plain text or with highlighted text, along with the utility of inline spell checking. Moreover, it provides hyperlinking of web links and email addresses, as well as other small but useful options such as font styling, bullet lists, undo/redo and support for note synchronization over SSH, WebDAV, Ubuntu One, or Snowy (web application). Read More

Make Updating Ubuntu Easier With Update Manager Indicator

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Updating the Ubuntu operating system can sometimes be a headache. Usually, the default update manager pops-up when new updates become available and one often leaves many unwanted updates checked before executing the update process. Update Manager Indicator is a system tray indicator which helps you manage all your available Ubuntu updates and provides an easy drop down menu for selecting desired updates. Update Manager Indicator also provides bubble message (NotifyOSD) notifications for new updates when they become available. Read More

The Complete Guide To Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot [Review]

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The fifteenth version of the Ubuntu OS family known as Ubuntu 11.10 or Oneiric Ocelot has arrived. The first beta version of Ubuntu 11.10 was recently released with the stable version coming out in near future. Ubuntu has come a long way since version 11.04. In this post we will explore the new features and changes which have come with Ubuntu 11.10. For starters, we like to mention that Oneiric is much faster than its predecessor and some of the Unity hangs seem to have been resolved. Having said that, some hiccups still need to be sorted out as some legacy hardware users may experience compatibility issues with the new GUI interface. Check out new features and changes after the jump.

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Wally – Automatically Download & Rotate Wallpapers From Online Sources

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Wally is a cross-platform wallpaper rotator which allows automatically downloading and switching your desktop wallpaper from multiple sources. Other than changing the current wallpaper from a local folder, it also grabs photos from  FTP server, remote folders, as well as, online sources such as Google, Flickr, Yahoo, Panoramio, Pikeo, Ipernity, Photobucket, Buzznet, Picasa, Smugmug, and Bing. The wallpapers are downloaded according to a user specified keyword and online source. For example, if you were to select deviantArt as your source and enter the keyword as Ocean, Wally would fetch ocean images from deviantArt and rotate them periodically. Wally includes an option to define the precise criteria for setting and downloading desktop background images including everything from the wallpaper size, desktop area, image rotation settings, allocated disk space for downloaded pictures, from image storage history, etc. These features are quite similar to formerly reviewed, FlickrEdit and Pulse. However, Wally is more feature-rich than both of these applications. Wally is a Qt4 based application, available for Windows, Mac and Linux based operating systems. Read More

Disable & Delete Zeitgeist Logs In Ubuntu With Activity Log Manager

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Zeitgeist service comes pre-installed in Ubuntu and logs all activity such as files accessed, visited websites, etc. Activity Log Manager Zeitgeist is a GUI based application which lets you gain control of the information that Zeitgeist logs. It allows creating blacklists according to file or application type to disable logging for specified applications and user activities. This ensures that your personal information can be controlled from showing up in Zeitgeist logs. For example, you can use Activity log Manager to disabled logging for visited websites, certain file types (e.g. Libre Office files) and so on. Read More