Gnome Photo Frame: Desktop Gadget For Rotating Images In Ubuntu

We have previously brought you some wallpaper rotating applications for Ubuntu, including Desktop Drapes and Desktop Nova. This time, we have an Ubuntu gadget that rotates images within a photo frame on your desktop and in full screen mode (like a screen saver). Gnome Photo Frame is a desktop picture frame that enables rotating images from sources, such as a local folder, F-Spot database, Shotwell database, Facebook, Flickr, Picasa Web Albums, Tumblr, Haikyo Clock and an RSS Feed. Read More

Auto Hide Cinnamon Panel & Adjust Other Settings

Cinnamon is a Gnome Shell fork, created with the aim of providing a Gnome 2 like layout with a bottom panel (with launchers). Recently, we reviewed Cinnamon, and provided you with a walkthrough of its installation (in Ubuntu). Unfortunately, configuring Cinnamon features at the moment is not as easy as one might prefer. For example, some users may wish to auto-hide the panel launcher. In this post, we will tell you how to auto hide the Cinnamon launcher, and to edit related settings. Read More

Cinnamon: Gnome Shell Fork With Interactive & Configurable Options

It appears that Gnome shell forks are being updated quite regularly, with new and improved user interface changes that are being designed to deliver the functionality lacking in the original Gnome shell. In a previous post, we reviewed Linux Mint Mate, which is an alternative session for the Ubuntu desktop. Recently, a new version of a Gnome fork was released, known as Cinnamon.  It comes with a Gnome 2 style classic menu and Gnome Shell Activity icon. Read More

Install Linux Mint Mate Desktop In Ubuntu 11.10

Due to frequent Unity issues and UI preferences, many Ubuntu users have installed the Gnome 3 and the classic Gnome (Gnome Fallback) sessions. Although Gnome Fallback session brings many of the Gnome 2 user interface features, it is greatly deprived of the eye candy. If you are an Ubuntu 11.10 user who wishes to obtain a Gnome 2 style desktop with a stylish interface, then try Linux Mint 12. In this post, we will provide you with the procedure to install Linux Mint 12. Read More

Install CCSM, Faenza Icons, London Smoke Gnome-Shell & Others In One Go [Script]

If you are using the Gnome 3 shell in Ubuntu 11.10, then there are a few components that you will definitely require installing, including Compiz Config Settings Manager, Gnome Tweak Tool, XScreenSsaver and some beautiful themes like Faenza icons and Plastiq RC2 GTK3 theme. Recently, a script has been released that installs CCSM, the Faenza icons, London Smoke gnome-shell, Plastiq RC2 GTK3 theme, XScreenSaver, GNOME tweak tool all-in-one, and removes the white dots from the Unity login screen. Read More

How To Disable Ubuntu 11.10 Lock Screen When Screensaver Is Active

Ubuntu 11.10 does not ship with a screensaver pack, and even Gnome 3 comes with just a blank screen when your system is idle. In a previous post, we provided you with a remedy to this problem in the form of XScreenSaver application. While this application provides many attractive screensavers, it does not allow you to turn off the password lock. This means that, you have to type your password each time to login to your system, whenever the screensaver becomes active. Like many Ubuntu users, I prefer the direct login feature for Ubuntu, which means that I do not like entering password on a continual basis, including logging into Ubuntu when a screensaver becomes active. In this post, we will show you the procedure for turning off the screensaver lock. Read More

How To Activate Screen Saver In Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 does not come with a default screen saver, and even Gnome 3 provides nothing but a black screen when your system is idle. For this reason, the only way to acquire a screensaver is to install a third-party application. Hence, to get a screensaver in Ubuntu 11.10, you can install XScreenSaver. It is the standard screen saver collection shipped with many Linux and Unix distributions, and is a perfect match for both Unity and Gnome 3. In this post, we will tell you how to install XScreenSaver in Ubuntu 11.10. Read More

Mailnag: Gnome 3 Based Email Notifier For Ubuntu

Mailnag is a Gnome 3-based application for receiving email notifications. While it might appear to be similar in functionality to other applications of it’s kind, such as gm-notify, however, it has many distinct features. These include support for opening emails in default email client, mail notification pop-up, execution of specified script when mail notifications are received, as well as support for both IMAP and POP3. Read More

How To Install Gnome Themes In Ubuntu 11.10 [Tip]

The complexity of GTK3 themes in Gnome 3 makes it a bit confusing to add desktop themes in Ubuntu 11.10.  This is because, there is no default tool to change Ubuntu 11.10 themes. However, you can change and manage Gnome themes in Ubuntu 11.10 with the help of a third-party application, known as the Gnome Tweak Tool. In this post, we will tell you how to install and manage Gnome 3 themes in Oneiric Ocelot. Read More

Tweak Ubuntu Gnome Settings And Shell With Gnome Tweak Tool

Gnome Tweak Tool is an Ubuntu application to tweak Gnome settings. It has been developed particularly to help users tweak elements of the Gnome 3 shell, which requires being separately installed from Ubuntu repositories in Oneiric. Gnome Tweak Tool provides options to install and switch gnome-shell, GTK, icon/cursor themes, and to change title bar fonts/ icons in menu buttons. You can also change the default font size of the Gnome shell, desktop icons of file manager, title bar click action, shell clock settings and antialiasing. 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

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

Edit, Merge And Split Subtitles In Ubuntu With Gnome Subtitles

Gnome Subtitles is a subtitle editing application for Ubuntu Linux which makes subtitles file editing, splitting and merging processes a lot easier. It provides the option to add a reaction delay  for the start and end time of the subtitles while you can also increase or decrease the subtitle duration. Gnome Subtitiles supports most commonly used formats including SRT, MacSUB, ViPlay Subtitle File, SubViewer, SubCreator, Panimator, MPSub, AQ Title and lot more. Gnome Subtitles is great for adding, removing and merging subtitle lines, increasing or reducing the time duration of specific subtitles file and manually translating subtitles in other languages. Read More

Ubuntu’s Baobab (Disk Usage Analyzer) Shows Graphical Tree Map Of Directories

Disk usage is one of the primary concerns for Linux users as many Linux distributions come with a large amount of applications, many of which you might never use. Moreover, many directories and subfolders can end up consuming a large chunk of your disk space and it becoms difficult to identify folders consuming the most disk usage. Boabab Disk Usage Analyzer is a GUI based application which comes with Ubuntu distributions to analyze disk space utilization. It is designed for the Gnome based desktop environment and for this reason is also available for a number of other Linux distributions. It can scan the whole file system tree and selected folders to display information about the disk used by specific directories. The disk usage analysis can be performed for both local and remote computers. The disk usage information can be viewed in the colored ring or tree charts. Since some users may find the subfolder structure display and disk analysis a bit confusing to understand using Baobab, for this reason, we are providing you with a complete overview of Baobab (Disk Usage Analyzer) to help you identify unwanted folders which may be eating up your disk space. Read More

Tweak Ubuntu Desktop Settings To Get Rid Of Common Annoyances

Many users who move to Ubuntu from other operating system find it hard to get rid of with common annoyances present in the Gnome desktop. For example, they end up removing their Gnome Panel, have problem updating the operating system and managing software sources. In this post we will provide you an easy way to manage your Gnome Settings to avoid common annoyances. Read More

Fix / Repair Ubuntu Problems With One Click Using YeoWorks Ubuntu Solutions

What makes Ubuntu more usable for common users is its ability to provide alternative GUI based solutions for installing and updating applications instead of remembering lengthy Terminal commands. Unfortunately, there are still many issues which require going through convoluted procedures to resolve them. YeoWorks Ubuntu Solutions provides a one click solution to many commonly faced Ubuntu problems. It allows updating Ubuntu, Gnomes 3 installation and uninstallation, Firefox 4 flash issue fix and much more. All you need to do is to select a problem from the list and click OK to get it resolved. Read More

Search Files And Folders Faster In Unity With New Unity Lens

The Unity files & folder lens helps in finding recently used files or folders. Unfortunately, it does not provide any option to search for files or folders which have never been accessed. This problem can be resolved by the help of the new Unity lens known as Unity Place File Search. It is a simple lens written in Python, which crawls the Unity file system for retrieving the input search query. It is quite customizable and you can select the directories it searches, the search depth, and patterns to ignore during the search. Custom search paths can also be specified from your query. Read More