Space Saving Tips for Your GNOME Desktop

May 21, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, linux, Ubuntu 

If you've got a netbook, then you're probably wishing you had a little more vertical room on your monitor. The default setup on GNOME includes two panels that take up valuable space at the top and bottom of your screen. Here's a few tips to free up some space on your GNOME Desktop layout. Read more

Revert the Update Behavior in Jaunty to the Old Way

May 7, 2009 by · 1 Comment
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, lame, Ubuntu 

If you've recently updated your Ubuntu installation to version 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope), then you've probably noticed that the update manager starts up automatically when there are updates available. The old behavior was to provide a notification icon in the system tray. If you prefer the new behavior, great. Leave things alone. If you would like Ubuntu to behave like it used to, then read on. Read more

Secure File Transfer in Nautilus with SFTP

April 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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Previously I've showed you how to set up a home network with Ubuntu. Once your network is set up, it's easy to transfer files from one computer to another using Gnome's standard file manager, Nautilus.

Nautilus has a built-in feature to support SFTP. SFTP is a secure file transfer protocol. It's basically a combination of SSH (secure shell) and FTP (file transfer protocol). SFTP is a convenient way securely transfer files from one computer to another over the network. Read more

Create an Encrypted Folder in Ubuntu with Cryptkeeper

March 29, 2009 by · 26 Comments
Filed under: gnome, HowTo, linux, security, Ubuntu 

Since it's tax time here in the US, I figured it would be good to post something to help you keep your information safe. Today I'll show you how to install and use the Cyptkeeper applet in Ubuntu.

Cryptkeeper is a GNOME applet for managing EncFS encrypted folders. To install it, make sure the Universe Repository is enabled and install it with Synaptic. Alternatively, install it from the command line with:

sudo apt-get install cryptkeeper

The installation should have added your userid to the fuse group. If it didn't, you can add it with: Read more

Install the Fedora 10 Desktop Theme in Ubuntu

March 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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One of the common complaints heard about Ubuntu is that some people just don't care for the brown theme that's applied by default. Many who have tried Fedora 10 have commented on the clean appearance of the theme. Thanks to the open source nature of Linux, it's not too hard to get your Ubuntu desktop to look like the one from Fedora 10. Read more

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