Install Unity Tweak Tool in Ubuntu

January 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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The Unity Desktop Shell for GNOME 3 on Ubuntu Linux has created a lot of controversy in the desktop Linux world. Some users love the new forward looking vision of Unity while others long for a more traditional desktop layout. One of the criticisms of Unity has been its lack of configuration settings. While many configuration settings have been added to Unity since the initial release, most of them remain hidden from regular users. That's where the Unity Tweak Tool comes in. It provides GUI access to many of Unity's hidden settings and collects them together under one convenient application.  Read more

Unity Tweak Tool Version 0.0.2 Screenshots

January 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Unity Tweak Tool is an application for adjusting the settings of the Unity desktop shell in Ubuntu Linux. To add it to Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quezal or Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, follow the instructions to install Unity Tweak Tool in Ubuntu.

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Review: Linux Mint 14 MATE Edition

January 19, 2013 by · 3 Comments
Filed under: Distro Review, FOSS, linux, Linux Mint 

My last review of Linux Mint was for the Cinnamon edition of Linux Mint 13 "Maya". Linux Mint 14 "Nadia" was released back on Nov. 20, 2112, but with all of the hustle and bustle of the winter holidays, I didn't have time to install it and write up a review until now.

For this review I'm using both the 64 bit and 32 bit versions of Linux Mint 14 with the MATE desktop. The 64 bit version was installed inside a VirtualBox virtual machine on my desktop computer. The 32 bit version was installed on my MSI Wind U100 netbook. I started off by downloading the 64 bit Live DVD version of Linux Mint 14.1 over bittorrent. The torrent was running fast and my download completed in a little more than 30 minutes. This was most likely limited by my modest Internet connection. Read more

Keeping Track of My IP Address

December 31, 2012 by · 5 Comments
Filed under: bash, command line, HowTo, linux 

My main computer at home acts as a file and media server for the whole house, so it's pretty much turned on all the time. There are times when I'm away from home that I want to remotely access or download a file from my home computer. My home internet service uses a dynamic IP address and every once in a while we get a short interruption to our power that forces the modem to reset. Of course, when that happens, the modem pulls a new IP address. I thought it would be handy if I could come up with a script to keep track of my current IP address for me. Read more

Fixing My CD/DVD Drive on Kubuntu 12.04

December 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment
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I've been having problems with my optical drive on my Kubuntu 12.04 machine. Certain applications couldn't find the CD/DVD drive because they look for specific device names in /dev. My SATA optical drive would show up as /dev/sr0, however the normal symlinks to cdrom, cdrw, dvd, dvdrw were not there. I would go to the terminal and manually create the symlink and things would work fine, but after a reboot my symlinks would be gone! I found the fix in an old bug report on LaunchPad.
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