Get The Stylish Ubuntu Netbook Edition 2D

I have always found the new Unity launcher to be a bit slow to respond and perhaps it needs a bit of work before it can become more user friendly for Ubuntu users. Recently the Pre-Unity Launcher has re-emerged with stylish dual pane interface. You can download and install the DEB package (thanks to Martin Owens aka Doctor MO) for Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04. In my personal opinion, this interface is more stylish than Unity and can be a good inclusion to to your Ubuntu desktop. Another advantage of using this pre-Unity interface is that, it has the ability to run on systems which are incompatible with Unity. Read More

Change Unity Settings Easily With Confity

We anticipated upcoming Unity changes when Unity 2D Desktop Settings (tweak) emerged. Since then there have been many new Unity customization applications, such as, Unity Plugin and Unity Launcher Editor. Recently Confity was released, which serves as a compact application for combining the features of Unity plugin and Unity Launcher Editor within a single application. It allows easily changing Unity settings such as icon size, device view, launch animation and much more. Read More

Schedule And Automate Ubuntu Tasks With Advanced Options

Back in April, we covered Easy Shutdown, an Ubuntu app for scheduling system shutdown. If you would rather prefer a more advanced application for scheduling system shutdown and automating tasks according to a set time frame, have a look at Complex Shutdown. It has quite detailed features for allowing the configuration of a timer which automatically performs shutdown, restart, log off, hibernation and custom command execution at the end of a user defined time interval. Therefore, you can schedule tasks, e.g. system shutdown after the expected time of the completion of your downloads to conserve battery power and to avoid staying up all night for the completion of certain tasks. You can also use this app to schedule command execution which is quite handy for performing tasks in your absence. For example, you may schedule the start up of an application at a specified time frame (such as a backup application), so that it may start performing a task at a scheduled time. Some ISPs provide higher bandwidth at odd times of the day when you might require sleeping. Automating the launch of a Torrent client or auto shutdown can ensure a swift download while you are asleep. 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

Install Essentials Packages Easily In Ubuntu With Eve Installer

Eve Installer is an Ubuntu tool which conveniently lets you install important applications in Ubuntu 11.04 and LinuxMint operating systems. With Eve Installer, you can install system tools, graphics, office, multimedia, internet and appearance related apps in a single click. It also allows adding useful repositories such as Medibuntu, getdeb and Playdeb. Although most (if not all) of these apps can be installed using the Ubuntu Software Center, however, what makes Eve Installer quite useful is its ability to provide easy installation of  repositories and update sources. Moreover, the most essential applications can be found within a single interface, which is not cluttered with outdated and disfunctional apps like in the case of Ubuntu Software Center. Read More

Edit Ubuntu Unity Launcher Quicklist With Unity Launcher Editor

There has been a lot of talk about customizing Ubuntu Unity Launcher. For this reason a lot of tweaks and related applications have been coming out lately. One such example is Unity 2D- Desktop Settings (tweak). Unity Launcher Editor is a GUI based application for managing Unity items and quicklists. It allows creating a customized quick list group and provides the option to add or remove Unity Launcher items. Moreover, you can even change Unity icons with available options. Read More

Get Important Reminders In Ubuntu Linux With Tea Time

Tea Time is a simple application for Ubuntu 11.04 users, which allows setting important desktop reminders. You can add a name for a specific task and set a time after which the reminder is to pop-up. Tea Time initiates a timer which counts backwards from the configured time to provide a system tray pop-up reminder. For example, you can set a 20 minute reminder for an important meeting, so that the pop-up message alerts you (after 20 mins) that it is now time for your meeting. 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

Minimize Evolution To Ubuntu System Tray With Patched Evolution Indicator

Evolution is the built in mail client for Ubuntu distributions. Since long many users have been trying to find a way to minimize it to the system tray as some of it’s components are accessible from there. Patched Evolution Indicator is a simple app designed to get email notifications, even when the Evolution window is closed. It basically minimizes Evolution to the system tray, hence allowing you to receive email notifications without an active Evolution window. A new version for 11.04 Natty has just been released, whereas a version is also available for Ubuntu 10.10. Read More

How To Reset Unity To Default Settings In Ubuntu

Over a period of time Unity settings in Ubuntu can get a bit messed up. This can be due to frequent changes to Unity Launcher icons and CompizConfig settings. The best way to resolve such issues is to reset Unity. In this post we will tell you how to reset Unity to its default settings, including the reset of it’s launcher icons. So if your Unity settings are messed up and you want to reset it , then here is an easy tip to help you do just that. Read More

Quickly Switch Workspaces In Ubuntu Unity With Indicator Workspaces

Indicator Workspaces was formerly available for Ubuntu 10.10 but it has now been updated for the new Ubuntu 11.04 version with changes that are in line with Unity. This applet now allows customization of workspaces and rows used by Unity Workspace Switcher. It also adds an option to the panel for switching between multiple workspaces. With Indicator Workspaces you can decide the number of workspaces to view from Unity and number of rows which you would prefer viewing simultaneously. Read More

Cairo Dock Is A Mac Style Dock For Ubuntu Linux

Unity has no doubt added eye-candy to the Ubuntu desktop, however, it has also made it slightly more recourse intensive. Moreover, there have been functionality issues associated with Unity. A better alternative can be to use Cairo Dock (also known as GLX Dock). It is a Mac style dock for Ubuntu, which has now been upgraded to version 2.3 with new applets. It is fully compatible with the latest Ubuntu 11.04 and I personally found it much quicker than the Unity launcher. You can use it with the classic Ubuntu style or Unity 2D. However, once you have installed Cairo Dock, obviously you wont be needing Unity launcher. Another good feature of Cairo Dock is that it also works as a task manager like Avant Window Navigator. However, it is more feature rich than the former, with a MintMenu, Drop to Share and Messaging Menu applets, keyboard indicator, Ubuntu Me Menu, Network Monitor, weblets, Application Menu, notification area, Power Manager, Terminal,  System Monitor, Shortcuts Administrator and much more. Read More

Transform Windows 7 Into Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal With Ubuntu Skin Pack

Some Linux users find it hard to adjust to the Windows operating systems at office, as they are more accustomed to using operating systems like Ubuntu. Over the years some transformation packs have helped Mac and Linux users to migrate towards Windows 7 by giving it a Mac or Linux OS look. These transformation packs, have also been handy for people who might prefer another operating system’s interface on Windows 7, as they are more accustomed to using it. Read More

Basenji Is Portable Volume Indexer To Index CD/DVD, USB & Network Drives

Basenji is a cross platform indexing application for Windows and Linux based operating systems. It can be used to index CD/DVD, USB and Network drives, so that the indexed files can be later searched without having to plug the media device to the computer. The main features includes CD/DVD Support, metadata Extraction (image dimensions or MP3 tags), thumbnail preview of indexed files and support for external media devices. It also has a daemon which automatically scans plugged in devices and adds them to the Basenji database. Read More

Diodon Is A Lightweight Clipboard Manager For Ubuntu Linux

Diodon is a lightweight clipboard management app for the Gnome/GTK+ desktop. It is fully compatible with numerous Ubuntu versions including Ubuntu 10.04, 10.10 and 11.04. It is a better lightweight alternative to Parcellite, with advanced configuration options to set clipboard size and custom hotkey support. It allows setting a size cap for the copied data to ensure than clipboard history does not consume a lot of system resources. Having said that, it is worth mentioning here, that Diodon is fully capable of managing a large amount of clipboard history without hogging system resources. Read More

Create Live Linux USB With Universal USB Installer

Using a Live USB for simulating an operating system can be more useful than a Live CD, as optical drives have a lower read/write rate and do not allow writing extra information. On the contrary, a Live USB has more storage capacity and added advantage of writing information to the bootable medium. Universal USB Installer is a Linux Live USB creator. It provides the utility to create a Live USB for emulating Linux based operating systems on a Windows machine. It supports a large array of Linux Distributions, including the most updated versions such as Ubuntu 11.04. In case you do not have a desired Linux version, it provides an option to download the ISO image file. What makes Universal USB Installer more useful than other software of its kind is the ability to automatically write changes back to the bootable medium. In other words, you can save additional information within the Live USB according to pre-allocated space. Moreover, you can create a rescue disc for your Linux operating system. Read More

Upload Photos & Videos To Facebook From Ubuntu Desktop

Linux has often suffered from periodic changes of cloud based website environments, such as Facebook, which has caused conflicts with Linux based operating systems. For example, Facebook native photo uploader often fails to upload images with Ubuntu. Facebook’s ever-changing API creates even more problems, as it renders Ubuntu based uploading tools obsolete and dysfunctional. A solution to this problem can be to use Starry Hope Uploader. However, despite being a good app for uploading photos to Facebook, it does not provide the option to upload videos. Nautilus Facebook Uploader is a desktop application which allows uploading both photos and videos to Facebook, creating albums and enables setting an auto-upload time. Read More

Customize Ubuntu Unity Features With Unity Plugin

Unity 2D has been the center of much attention among the Ubuntu community. The curiosity and willingness of Ubuntu users is leading to questions regarding the customization of the stylish Unity Panel. As a result of which, we are already seeing Unity based tweaks from third party developers, such as the Unity 2D Settings application. Unity icons by default can appear to be a bit larger than desired. In this post we will tell you how to resize Unity icons size and customize it’s appearance with the help of Ubuntu Unity Plugin. If you are unfamiliar with Unity or would like to find out how to install it, then check out our post here. Read More

Tweak With Unity 2D Settings & Enable Compositing [Ubuntu Linux]

In the wake of Ubuntu version 11.04 release, we are already witnessing tweaks and new enhancements being offered by third party developers. One such example is the Unity 2D- Desktop Settings tweaker. It is a GUI based app which is designed to save time from browsing folders, adding values, or writing commands to get the Unity-2D GConf Settings customized. With this simple tweaker, you can auto-hide the launcher, enable composting (shadows and transparency), and view Dashboard via super key. It is a worthwhile enhancement for Ubuntu users who wish to configure unity 2D settings as per their liking. If you are not familiar with Unity 2D launcher, check out our guide here. Read More

Set Automatic System Shutdown In Ubuntu With EasyShutdown

EasyShutdown is GUI based script for automating the shutdown time for your Ubuntu Linux computer. It's written in Python, allowing you to set automatic shutdown time in hours, minutes and seconds. You can specify when the system should be automatically turned off. It could come handy for turning off a computer to save power after a specific task gets completed. For example, a download may require 25 minutes to complete and you might have to go to bed at night or do something important in the meanwhile. In such a case, you can schedule a system shutdown to conserve battery power. Read More