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gnome3-on-ubuntu

how to install Gnome 3 on ubuntu 10.10-10.04

GNOME 3, the latest stable version of GNOME Desktop, has released with a lot of changes and improvements. Ubuntu 11.04 has shifted to another default desktop (developed by Canonical, although gnome is installed, and you can select it, in the login window), while 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) and 10.04(Lucid Lynx) has gnome by default.

GNOME 3 has completely different look and feel than its predecessor version 2.32. GNOME is the most popular desktop, used by most of the popular Linux Distributions – like Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian etc. GNOME also provides some basic applications and utilities. GNOME 3 has been developed from the scratch, so you can expect a lot of features and functionality in the completely new environment.

Due to some innovative features and look, it claims to be ‘The Next Generation Desktop’. On Ubuntu 10.04 or 10.10 , you can either install it from the command line or synaptic package manager, but be careful before installing it, be ready with a backup (because a lot of people has reported some problems, related to gnome 3 / Ubuntu). You can also download the *.ISO archive from the Gnome’s official website and install it, but officially it says only for Fedora and Open Suse, but I think , the package available for Fedora, might work with Ubuntu.

gnome3-on-ubuntu

Features of GNOME 3.0 at a Glance

  • Easier Window Management
  • Create workspaces easily
  • Faster Access to Applications
  • Less distraction during the work
  • Built in Messaging Features
  • charming look and design
  • Deeper hardware integration

Installing GNOME 3 in Ubuntu 10.04/10.10

#1 : Open synaptic package manager and add the PPA (Settings -> Repositories -> Other Softwares, then add the PPA given below ) for GNOME 3.

ppa:ubuntu-desktop/gnome3-builds

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#2 : Then, update the repository packages (using Reload button).

#3 : Now search for gnome 3 package and install it.

From Command Line / Terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-desktop/gnome3-builds
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-desktop3
docky-on-ubuntu

best dock for ubuntu 10.10/11.04

Dock is one of the most popular graphical element, commonly used for interacting with currently running programs, launching/monitoring Applications,etc with a lot of Fun. The dock available in Mac OS X has become the most successful dock ever(Although it is different point that Mac is better in look only, not performance(Ubuntu is far better!)). it is usually implemented in the form of charming icons located at the bottom/top of screen with some funky effects.

Best Open Source Dock for Ubuntu : Docky

GNOME Do has created an open source equivalent of dock(in other words docky is a front end of Gnome Do) and its new name is ‘Docky’, “The Finest Dock that no Money can buy” ; for Linux based operating system like Ubuntu 11.04/10.10/10.04,Fedora,Open Suse,Debian or Linux Mint. Docky is free and open source Application for All common Desktops like GNOME and KDE. The latest stable version of docky is 2.0.7. So docky is the best free dock for Linux Distributions (Distros).

Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat)/10.04 (Lucid Lynx) LTS(or earlier version) uses GNOME as their default desktop manager so you can install GNOME Do – Docky either from Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager or from terminal. If you are using Ubuntu 11.04 then then first you need to run GNOME Panel (The Classical Ubuntu Desktop) because Ubuntu 11.04(Natty Narwhal) uses Natty Desktop by default.

docky-on-ubuntu

The snapshot you see above, was captured on Ubuntu 10.10, with some 3D effects enabled. The important features of Docky can be summarized as –

  • Simple and powerful
  • Easy to use with Nice GUI/Icons
  • Drag and Drop(items to the docky) features
  • Window Indicator
  • Parabolic Zoom
  • Smart Hiding Feature
  • Advanced Window Management Features

More details on its features,visit the official website. Here is another generic look of Docky on most of the desktop

docky

Installing Docky on Ubuntu 10.04/10.10/11.04

Open ubuntu Software Center and search for ‘docky’ and click on install button to install. You can also install docky from command line by typing the command (Followed by your Login Password)  mentioned below –

$ sudo apt-get install docky
firefox 4 for ubuntu 10.10

Firefox 4 for ubuntu 10.10

Mozilla Firefox 4(Final Version) has Released after a long series of beta releases/experiment. Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat)/10.04 or 11.04 users can now(Beta versions were not available officially) install the latest version of Firefox(i.e 4.0) in a couple of clicks.

Firefox 4 has arrived with a lot of changes and improvements. Firefox version 3.x had a bad record(I was using Google Chrome on my desktop(with Ubuntu 10.10) from the past one year) with Ubuntu or any other Linux based operating systems; but Firefox 4 seems pretty fast ..and I think it will surely increase the Firefox usage share on Linux distros(like Ubuntu,Linux Mint(10),Fedora(14),Open Suse etc) along with a better reputation.

The new Add ons Manager of Firefox 4 is very impressive; the tabbing experience also seems good. The Home icon has shifted to upper right corner,by default. Here is two snapshots –

firefox 4 for ubuntu 10.10

Add ons Manager –

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how to install Firefox 4 in Ubuntu 10.10

First of all you are recommended to remove the older version of firefox(probably 3.x). In synaptic package manager search for firefox and mark the box for removal.Wait for few minutes until the package is removed; then follow the steps given below –

step #1 : Open Synaptic Package Manager and add the Firefox PPA to the software resources. Go to Settings->Repositories->Other Software and click on Add button; enter this ppa address –

ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable

firefox ppa for ubuntu
step #2 : Click on reload button to update the software Repository information.

step #3 : Now,search for ‘firefox 4’ and mark the check box for installation.

step #4 : Next, click on Apply button to begin installation. Then wait for the installation to complete.That’s all!

vino-vnc-server-ubuntu

VNC server for ubuntu 10.10

What is VNC ?

VNC(Virtual Network Computing) is a protocol that uses Remote Frame Buffering(RFB) to share/control the desktop(graphically) remotely over the internet. VNC is  composed of three things –

  • VNC Client : The Program Running on the computer who will access the desktop remotely
  • VNC Server : The Program Running on the computer which will allow the other computer to share/control the desktop.
  • VNC Protocol(RFB) : simple communication protocol which transfer the events(mouse and keyboard events) between the client and server.

For Ubuntu 10.10(Maverick Meerkat), a lot of free and open source vnc servers are available,some of them includes –

#1 : Vino : it is the default vnc server of Ubuntu 10.10. You can start using it on ubuntu by going to System->Preferences->Remote Desktop. Then configure it according to your need. Use strong password for security reasons.

vino-vnc-server-ubuntu

#2 : x11vnc : it is independent of Linux Desktop (GNOME/KDE) and specially useful for xubuntu users. Using x11vnc requires some command line skills so, it isn’t much easy for beginner linux users.

Other vnc servers are tightvncserver,krfb etc.

Recommended Third party VNC server/client

Teamviewer is the best vnc server for beginner users, it is available for Linux based OS,Windows and Mac. it is free for personal uses. The desktop sharing can be easily done using teamviewer. First it creates a session then you can send the unique session id/password(generated by teamviewer) to other client end ; all with a simple graphical interface(No commands knowledge is required).

teamviewer vnc server

See More Tutorials on installing TeamViewer on Ubuntu 10.10 if you want to try teamviewer.

change themes in ubuntu

how to change theme in ubuntu 10.04/10.10

Ubuntu 10.04(Lucid Lynx)/10.10(Maverick Meerkat) has a lot of ‘good looking theme’ installed by default; so you can switch between them whenever you want.So this post will explain you about- how to change themes as well as about how to install new themes on Ubuntu.

Radiance,Ambiance,Clearlooks etc are the themes which is installed by default.Ubuntu uses GNOME as a default desktop,which in turn implies that you can control the look/appearance of Ubuntu as you want,the only limit is your imagination(Kidding Huh!).

change themes in ubuntu

Change Theme in Ubuntu 10.10/10.04

Go to System->Preferences->Appearance and click on theme tab.Another shortcut is – Right click on Desktop then select Change Desktop Background ->Theme.Now select the theme(by left clicking on it) you want to try from the list of available themes.You will notice the change immediately.When you are done just close the window.That’s All.

changing themes on ubuntu 10.10

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Installing New Theme in Ubuntu 10.10/10.04

In appearance window,click on theme -> Install ; locate the theme package and install the new theme in a couple of clicks.You can install new themes by extracting the theme files into user->theme directory.Some times you may need to manually run the theme installer script(install.sh) from the theme file,to install the special themes.e.g macbuntu theme.For more help go here –Install mac theme on ubuntu.If you are searching for new cool themes for ubuntu then here is some selected top 10 ubuntu themes that you must try.