Take An Ubuntu 11.10 Test Drive Before Downloading It

Many Ubuntu users have been quite confused regarding upgrading to version 11.10. This seems to be a dilemma that is often experienced by Ubuntu users, due to the time it takes for the new version to become more stable. For example, many Ubuntu 10.10 users did not upgrade to Natty until Oneiric was released, mainly because it took Natty quite a while to stabilize before it could be trusted by users. Also, its not just the kernel and back-end issues that users are concerned about. With each upcoming version, Ubuntu is experiencing radical user interface changes, which can be difficult to predict. For this reason, Canonical has provided an official Ubuntu Tour via a simulator that you can access within a web browser. This tour provides automatic and manual simulations to help you test drive Ubuntu 11.10 before downloading it.Read More

Access Common Folders From Gnome Panel In Unity With Indicator Places

One of the biggest grievance of Ubuntu users with Canonical has recently been the emphasis on scrapping the classic Start menu. While one can acquire the classic start menu by installing Gnome Shell or ClassicMenu Indicator, some may prefer the classic menu to simply access common folders from the Gnome Panel. Indicator Places is an app-indicator menu applet that provides access to Ubuntu “Places”, including the Home Folder, “Computer”, "Network", Documents, Pictures, Videos and Downloads Directories.Read More

How To Auto Login To Gnome In Ubuntu 11.10 [Tip]

Ubuntu 11.10 came with Unity as the default login session (including both 2D and 3D), while users are given the option to install Gnome 3 from official Ubuntu repositories. Many Gnome 3 users are finding it hard to make Gnome the default login session. This is because, normally, one can disable auto login from Unity, and then enable it after logging into the Gnome session (to make Gnome the default login session). However, this method is not working for many Ubuntu users. In this post, we will provide you with a simple alternative for making Gnome 3 or Classic Gnome desktop environment as your default login session.Read More

Nautilus Terminal: Embed Linux Terminal To Nautilus File Browser

The Terminal is perhaps one of the most integral parts of any Linux OS, even if a non-GUI-based, Slackware-style operating system seems a thing of the past. This is because, despite the introduction of Ubuntu-based operating system with Software Centers, one often requires using the Terminal for executing system-related commands, adding/removing repositories and downloading application packages. While opening the Terminal can be a bit irritating, particularly if you're using the classic start menu, it might be quite handy to embed Terminal to the Nautilus file browser. Nautilus Terminal is an extension that adds Terminal to the file browser, following navigation with automatic execution of the "cd" command when you move between folders.Read More

Re Text: Edit & Save Markdown Files in HTML, PDF and ODT Format

Markdown is a text-to-HTML filter that translates structured text into HTML. Markdown editors allow users to customize text documents and convert them into various formats such as HTML and XHTML. Re Text is an open source, multi-tab markdown editor for Linux, allowing editing of files in markdown and HTML format. The application includes a list of pre-defined Symbols (Deg, Divide, Laquo, Larr, nbps, etc.) and Tags (<center>, <span>, <td>, <tr>, <u>) that you can insert in markdown documents. It also provides Preview Pane alongside the editor, which shows output of your markdown document in real-time. The edited files can be saved in ODT, RST, HTML or PDF formats. Re text is written in Python, and comes with a pre-compiled package.Read More

Gnome Pie Is A Hotkey Based Application Launcher For Ubuntu

Gnome Pie is a unique application launcher for Ubuntu Linux that uses keyboard hotkeys for displaying application launching menus. It has been inspired from the Opie Radial add-on for World of Warcraft game, and provides a number of skins for displaying shortcuts. The numerous hotkeys display different kind of shortcuts; control media playback, access favorite folders, launch applications and log out, shutdown or restart the computer.Read More

Monitor Network Bandwidth Usage In Ubuntu Linux With NTM

NTM (Network Traffic Monitor) is an open source network traffic monitoring application for Linux-based operating systems, which displays network bandwidth usage by integrating with the default Network Monitor. It does not require root privileges to function, and can be configured to disconnect when a user-defined threshold is reached. NTM is useful for users who may have an internet connection with bandwidth limit imposed by their ISP.Read More

How To Disable Global Menu In Ubuntu 11.10 [Tip]

Global Menu featured among many of the new changes that Ubuntu users found annoying with the advent of Unity. Not only did it change the way application menu was displayed, it also shifted the menu from the main interface of the application to Gnome Panel. Accessing applications and Nautilus options from Gnome Panel is quite inconvenient as compared to an integrated menu within the application's interface. In this post we will provide you with a simple tip to disable the Global Menu in Ubuntu 11.10.Read More

How To Synchronize Applications Between Multiple Ubuntu Computers

Ubuntu 11.10 comes with a number of new features and GUI enhancements, which we discussed in an earlier post. While most Oneiric features are quite easily identifiable, there are also some features which one might not notice immediately. One such feature is the application synchronization capability of Ubuntu 11.10. This functionality allows you to synchronize, identify and install your applications across multiple computers, for example, if you have installed some applications on an office computer, you can sync them with your home computer as well. In this post, we will tell you how to use this synchronization feature to keep your favorite applications updated across multiple Ubuntu computers.Read More

How To Install Ubuntu 12.04 Scroll Bar In Ubuntu 11.10

A few days back, Andrea Cimitan provided a demo for some initial improvements to the Ubuntu’s overlay scroll bar that will be included in Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin. The new scroll bar comes with a number of changes, including subtle animations and timeouts, animated jump scrolling feature, a retracting tail when the thumb is hidden, and smart timeout to reduce visual clutter. Recently a PPA (Private Package Repository) was released for this new overlay scroll bar to install it on Ubuntu 11.10, Oneiric Ocelot.Read More

Force Quit: Forcefully Exit Ubuntu Applications From Unity Launcher

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

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

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]

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

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]

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

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

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

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