Category Archives: Desktop

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Xubuntu 12.10 Released!

Xubuntu 12.10 is out! Xubuntu is a Ubuntu based GNU/Linux distribution that focuses on XFCE desktop environment. Xubuntu is a Ubuntu derivative project, just like Kubuntu, Lubuntu etc.

XFCE is lightweight, fast, easy to use and well suitable for those who wants a classic GNOME style desktop environment with traditional layout and minimum fancy stuffs (well, that’s the case with default configuration, you can make it as cooler you want – compiz is there).

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Xubuntu 12.10 is based on Ubuntu 12.10, already released today! Xubuntu 12.10 has released with newer version of XFCE Desktop – 4.10, updated docs, artwork, settings manager, new apps (Catfish, Parole etc) and bug fixes etc.

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Privacy Settings - Online Search option

How to Disable Amazon Products result in Unity [Ubuntu 12.10]

Ubuntu 12.10 has released with lots of new exciting features, but most users didn’t welcome the one feature which – integrates the amazon products in Unity dash serch results.

So, if you’ve installed Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) and hates this amazon results in Dash search, then you should know that it can be easily disabled from System Settings -> Privacy  -> Include Online results in search -> OFF.

Privacy Settings - Online Search option

or you can just execute the command –

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

If you’re new to Ubuntu 12.10 and not sure how to get things done, I highly recommend this 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 12.10 beginners guide.

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How to Install MATE Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 12.10

Unity is the default desktop environment in Ubuntu 12.10. Although, it has improved a lot but if you’re still looking for an alternative desktop with classic GNOME 2 style layout then you may try MATE.

MATE is a GNOME 2 based desktop, it’s easy to use, and the it’s stable too. it’s the default desktop environment in Linux Mint, an Ubuntu based distribution, more human-friendly for beginner users.

mate-desktop

Installing MATE

MATE Desktop environment is available for various platform, including ubuntu, fedora, etc. In Ubuntu, the best way to install MATE would be through the official PPA.

Open a terminal and execute the commands –

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu quantal main"
sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://repo.mate-desktop.org/ubuntu quantal main"
sudo apt-get install mate-archive-keyring
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mate-core
sudo apt-get install mate-desktop-environment

Applications Menu in MATE Desktop (running with Ubuntu 12.10)

Applications Menu in MATE Desktop

Update! Fixed some errors!

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What’s new in Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) ?

Ubuntu 12.10, code named as Quantal Quetzal, is set to release on oct 18, 2012. The final beta version (2) is already released. If you’re an LTS users who moves from LTS to LTS, then you may not care about 12.10 but those who want to have all the latest cool stuffs/cutting edge features, coming in Unity desktop, then you must checkout 12.10.

 ubuntu-12-10-screenshot

Besides some changes in UI and fancy buttons, there are also some core improvements in the performance of OpenGL, so if you play a lot of games, with graphics card, you would notice soon, in Ubuntu 12.10.

Here is another cool screenshot my my Ubuntu 12.10 desktop, after installing it on my hard-disk.

ubuntu-1210-desktop

Some major improvements and changes in Ubuntu 12.10 (Upcoming version of ubuntu)

  • OpenGL performance improvements
  • Unity-Dash Previews
  • Web Apps integration
  • Quick App installation
  • Python 3
  • App specific improvements
  • latest apps such as GIMP, Firefox etc

Want to try Ubuntu 12.10 now ? Get the Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 unless you want to wait for a better experience with stable release.

cover-flow-effect in Cinnamon

CoverFlow AltTab Extension for Cinnamon Desktop / Linux Mint

By default, switching windows doesn’t look COOL in Cinnamon / Linux Mint – it’s just the plain simple way. There is nothing wrong with that but if you want to try something new – to make it more cool or Fun :) then you should checkout some extensions available (freely) for Cinnamon Desktop.

CoverFlow AltTab : An Extension for Cinnamon

cover-flow-effect in Cinnamon

it creates a Cover-flow effect while going through the open windows in Cinnamon Desktop, currently the packages are available for Linux Mint and Fedora (you may try mint package in Ubuntu but I’m not sure whether it works or not). The trigger key is Alt+Tab (for switching applications), Ctrl+Tab (to switch between the windows of an application) and Ctrl+Alt+Tab (same as first but it cycles through all the workspaces).

Enable The Extension

How to Install this Theme Extension in Cinnamon ?

  • Download The CoverFlow AltTab Extension
  • Extract the archive and inside the mint directory, you will find a directory called CoverflowAltTab@dmo60.de, just copy that directory to ~/.local/share/cinnamon/extensions (You don’t need any root permission, do it a as a normal user)
  • Now, enable the theme from Cinnamon Settings -> Extensions
  • Then reload the Cinnamon. hit Alt+F2, type r and press Enter.