Oct 26, 2011


Hai friends... I was not in touch with this blog for last few weeks since my university exams were going on... Lots of interesting things have happened on this small  duration and one of the most important in this is the release of Ubuntu 11.10 the  'Oneric Ocelot'.
I have been using Oneric from their 2nd alpha release and found many things superb in this release...
  One of the greatest change we first notice while going with ubuntu 11.10 is its new look for the login screen.(LightDM is the new login screen while the old one is GDM).. I loved the new look and made my first impression the best ... Congrats for Ubuntu for that.I hope most of the users have the same experience. :)

 The next thing we will notice in new ubuntu is that it doesnot have Ubuntu classic, instead it provides unity 2D interface. As my laptop is old , Ubuntu unity is little lagging hence I went on with unity 2D and I am surprised that its also cool as Unity.. Wow!!.

  So what are the things I have done done after Installing Ubuntu 11.10 in my computer.Thats what I would like share through this post.. Thanks to Techdrivein.com for an explained list of what all we have to do.. First of all we have to update the repositories and make sure all the updates are installed... Otherwise many of the interesting features in Ubuntu wont work.


For that type update manager in unity dash and select it. click check and install all the updates.. Done (We can also do this alternatively by typing the following command in terminal which can be accessed using the shortcut key Alt+ctrl+T. 
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade


After that Install Ubuntu -Restricted packages. Otherwise You wont be able to listen to music or watch movies.. One method is to click a mp3 or videofile and Ubuntu will show the missing packages and just update it from it. Now the other more efficient way is to go to terminal and type
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras 

Or if you dont like command interface (if it feels like geeky) dont worry...Ubuntu provides you an alternate way. take synaptic package manager (search in unity dash) and type ubuntu-restricted-extras, click on the box on the left side and click mark for installation and apply from the top panel.. Done

Enable Full DVD Playback(Dual Layer DVD Support)

Installing Ubuntu -Restricted packages package will pull in support for MP3 playback and decoding,support for various other audio formats (GStreamer plugins), Microsoft fonts,Java runtime environment, Flash plugin, LAME (to create compressed audio
files), and DVD playback.But this does not install libdvdcss2, and will not let you play
encrypted DVDs such as Dual Layer DVDs.

 sudo wget --output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/$(lsb_release -cs).list && sudo apt-get --quiet update && sudo apt-get --yes --quiet --allow-unauthenticated install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get --quiet update
sudo apt-get install libdvdcss2
 You can also install this using Synaptic package manager. But U have to update your source list. For that take settings -> Repositories-> other software. But i prefer you use the Terminal method which is more easy.. Sometimes Geeky methods are more easier than that of grapphical interface.

Check for Availability of Proprietary Hardware Drivers
 Now you have to download the drivers for the graphic card, wireless LAN , bluetooth etc on the system...Most properly drivers for this will be available in Additional Drivers which can be accessed from unity dash board.. Update all the drivers in the list.. Sometimes drivers for your system  may not be available in Additional Drivers. In such cases I am sorry to inform that you have to swim deeply inside ubuntuforums which almost solve any problems related to ubuntu...

(image from techdrive.in)

  Install Compiz Config Settings Manager

Compiz brings the beautification effects for your desktop and is a very good tool to surprise your friends who are new to Ubuntu.. This compiz package has helped me to make my friends use  Linux...If you never used Compiz, its better you try out its magic..
To install this, just search compiz config manager in Ubuntu software centre..
Also install all compiz plugin extra and compiz fusion plugin extra packages using synaptic package manager. You can also install Coompiz config settings manager using terminal by

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

You can get compiz config settings manager by seaching CCSM in unity dashboard.Just experiment on it.

  •        You can increase/decrease the size of launcher icons in the unity plugin-> experimental tab in ccsm
  • you can also change the transparency of unity panel in unity plugin-> experimental
  • You can increase the number of dektops by general options-> desktop size in ccsm
  •   You can give animations to opening and closing windows, menus, popup menus etc from animations under effects in ccsm
Also try the water effect, wobly effect.. i effects menu.

Add Your Favorite Places as Quicklists for Home Icon in Unity

  • Copy 'Home Folder' launcher file to your home directory. For that, you need to open Terminal(Unity Shortcut: Ctrl + Alt + T) and copy-paste the following commands.
cp /usr/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop ~/.local/share/applications
  • Open the file in your favorite text editor. I am using vi editor here.
sudo vi  ~/.local/share/applications/nautilus-home.desktop
  • Now replace the content of the file with the following text.
[Desktop Entry]

Name=Home Folder
Comment=Open your personal folder
Exec=nautilus --no-desktop

[Videos Shortcut Group]
Exec=nautilus Videos

[Documents Shortcut Group]
Exec=nautilus Documents

[Music Shortcut Group]
Exec=nautilus Music

[Pictures Shortcut Group]
Exec=nautilus Pictures

[Downloads Shortcut Group]
Exec=nautilus Downloads
  • And restart Unity. Hit Alt + F2 and run the following command to restart Unity.
unity --replace
  • Done. If that doesn't work, you might need to log out and log back in to restart Unity. 

Enable Unity Grab Handles

Unity grab handles are a easy and eyecandy way of resizing windows, better suited for touch screen devices though.
  • Launch CCSM(just search for CCSM in Unity Dash).
Howto Enable Unity Grab Handles
  • Make sure that the category Png(highlighted above) is ticked.
Howto Enable Unity Grab Handles
  • In the Uncategorized section at the bottom of CCSM, make sure that Unity MT Grab Handles is ticked as well. Click on Unity MT Grab Handles option now.
Howto turn on Unity Grab Handles
  • You will see that the Toggle Handles option is Disabled by default. Click on the Disabled button and tick the resulting Enabled box.
Howto Enable Unity Grab Handles
  • Hit Grab key combination button and select the shortcut you want. As you can see in the screenshot above, Control + Alt + g was my choice. Its up to you.
Unity Grab Handles Ubuntu
  • Done. Unity Grab Handles are enabled in Ubuntu 11.10 successfully.


U would have noticed that Unity Top panel is locked down so that U cant add any more applications in that..

  • weather application
type the following in the terminal
sudo apt-get install indicator-weather

  • Dropbox application Indicator
how to install : http://www.techdrivein.com/2010/09/how-to-install-dropbox-in-ubuntu-lucid.html

  • Sysmonitor Indicator
 Paste the following in Terminal
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexeftimie/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-sysmonitor

  • System Load Indicator
Do the following in Terminal to install System Load Indicator
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-multiload/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload
Done. And simply launch System Load Indicator from Unity dash. Eventhough System Load Indicator app is equally good, I prefer Sysmonitor Indicator for its simplicity.
  • Touchpad Indicator
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator
Done. Now, once you disable your touchpad, you can access top panel by simply hitting F10 key.

  • Work Space indicator

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:geod/ppa-geod
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-workspaces

  • Keylock Application Indicator

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tsbarnes/indicator-keylock
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-keylock

  • Caffeine Application Indicator

Caffeine Application Indicator Ubuntu 11.04
Caffeine is a very useful application application that can temporarily prevent the activation of both the screensaver and the "sleep" powersaving mode. There is even an option to activate Caffeine when specific applications are launched. Do the following in Terminal to install Caffeine in Ubuntu 11.04.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:caffeine-developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install caffeine
Done. Simply launch Caffeine from Unity dash.

  •  Pastie Clipboard Manager Indicator

Best Application Indicators Ubuntu 11.04
Pastie is a simple clipboard manager. Do the following in Terminal to install Pasite indicator in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hel-sheep/pastie
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pastie
Done. Launch Pastie clipboard manager from Unity applications dash.

 Install GNOME Shell in Ubuntu

gnome shell in ubuntu 11.10

Just search for 'GNOME Shell' in Software Center OR do the following in Terminal.

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

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