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Install Precise Tweak (New Ubuntu Tweak) in Ubuntu 12.04 from PPA

Precise Tweak is the new name of Ubuntu Tweak, a popular application for customizing Ubuntu Desktop. It’s a very popular tool among the desktop users because it allows them to configure/customize their desktop without any hassle (from a simple and easy to use graphical interface).

It provides a lot of options to customize a lot of things. Now, the project has moved to Launchpad (open source project hosting platform, very popular for debian and Ubuntu related projects). So a stable PPA is available for Precise Tweak app. Some of the most important features include – theme options, admin options (for managing packages/applications), Janitor (for removing unwanted packages), login page, etc.


Installing Precise Tweak (a.k.a Ubuntu Tweak) in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Here are few more snapshots exploring various features of Precise Tweak –


Customizing Themes –


That’s All. Enjoy :)

Precise Tweak (New Ubuntu Tweak)

How to Tweak Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (precise pangolin) has released. If you’ve been using Unity desktop from the beginning then you might have noticed a lot of improvements (in Unity Interface). Gnome shell also seems better then it was before.

Anyway, after installing few basic things in Ubuntu 12.04  – now it’s time to tweak various settings/options according to your need. Many things has changed a lot in Ubuntu 12.04 e.g Customizing theme is now much harder as compare to older version of Ubuntu (e.g in 10.04, it was much simpler with GNOME 2.3).

Applications for Tweaking Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

1. Precise Tweak – The new version of  ‘Ubuntu Tweak’

Precise Tweak is the new version of Ubuntu Tweak. Ubuntu Tweak was very popular in older version of Ubuntu (with GNOME 2.* Desktop). Now, they have released the new version – suitable for newer version of Ubuntu i.e 12.04. It is a very feature rich application that allow you to customize a lot of things including – Theme, Login Settings, Common Administrative Tasks, Applications Settings (handlers), PPA etc. So using Precise Tweak, it’s very easy to customize Ubuntu 12.04, and it’s Fun :)

Precise Tweak (New Ubuntu Tweak)

In short, it’s a must have application for every one. To install Precise Tweak, simply execute the following commands –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

2. MyUnity

MyUnity is a simple application for tweaking Unity Desktop settings. It has lot of options to configure Unity such as Launcher settings, Desktop icons, Font settings, Themes, Panel etc. So it’s recommended if Unity is your primary desktop.


Installing MyUnity in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

In 12.04 LTS, MyUnity has been included in official package repository so you don’t need to add any external PPA. Open a terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install myunity

3. Gnome Tweak Tool

Gnome Tweak Tool is recommended specially for those who use Gnome Shell Interface in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It allows you to configure themes, fonts, gnome shell extensions, etc. So it’s required for those who want to tweak Gnome Shell Interface.

gnome tweak tool

How to install Gnome Tweak Tool in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Open a terminal and execute (or you could use your preferred way of installing new things such as from Synaptic Package Manager) –

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

4. Unsettings


Unsettings is a cool app for customizing unity settings, recommended for those who loves Unity shell in Ubuntu 12.04. You can easily change panels, dash, icons, themes, fonts, launcher, menu and other settings – without much hassle. To install Unsettings, simply execute the commands (it’s not there in system package repository, so you are recommended to install using the official PPA) –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unsettings

How to Tweak Unity Settings in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Unity is the default desktop in Ubuntu 11.10 (current stable version) or 12.04 LTS (upcoming, although beta 1 has released), so if you’re a new Ubuntu users and want to tweak some default settings (e.g fonts, icons, themes, behavior, launcher etc) of Unity Desktop, then try the Application called – MyUnity, very similar to what Gnome Tweak Tool does for Gnome Shell interface.

MyUnity – Customize Unity in Easy way!


MyUnity is a simple tool for customizing Unity desktop in Ubuntu. The user interface has been updated according to the new look of Ubuntu, so it looks more native in Ubuntu 12.04 or 11.10 (or older versions but some features won’t be supported). So using MyUnity you can change the default look/layout, in one simple click. The above snapshot – explores the options to customize the unity launcher, while other random snapshots (below) will give you an idea – about the things you can configure using MyUnity.




How to install MyUnity on Ubuntu

In Ubuntu 12.04, it’s there by default, in official repository so just execute the single command or search in Ubuntu Software Center.

sudo apt-get install myunity

11.10/11.04 users can install via a PPA –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:myunity/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install myunity

Update! (Sep 04, 2012) – I forgot the cool app – Unsettings


Another great app for changing the default behavior of Unity. Using Unsettings, you can easily change various unity settings such as Unity panels, launchers, Dash and of course the other desktop attributes such as GTK icons, themes, cursor, fonts etc. If you don’t like the global menu in Unity, then you can easily turn it off, and get back the classic style menu.


Install Unsettings in Ubuntu [12.04]

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unsettings

How to install Ubuntu Tweak in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Ubuntu Tweak is a (small and efficient) third party application, released as a Free Software (under GNU GPL), for customizing Ubuntu (11.10/12.04, and of course – older versions such as 11.04/10.10 etc). It has a lot of options to customize a lot of things in easy way (from a nice GUI, rather than the usual command way – which often scares newbies) – so it’s a very useful tool for beginner users.

There are lot of things you can customize using Ubuntu Tweak, like Themes, Fonts, Shortcuts Commands, Window Manager, Nautilus File Manager Settings/Options, Login background/wallpaper and Logo, Desktop Icon settings, Security settings etc – in a couple of clicks. So Ubuntu Tweak is one of the most popular application used for tweaking basic Ubuntu Settings. This is little different from the older version of Ubuntu Tweak, it’s alpha version so use it with caution.


Install Ubuntu Tweak in Ubuntu 11.10/12.04

Open Terminal and execute the commands – (Add PPA, Update repository cache and install Ubuntu Tweak)

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/next
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Tweaking Ubuntu Settings using Ubuntu Tweak

Tweak Theme Settings/Options


Although, Gnome Tweak Tools also provide these options to change themes, icons, but tweaking lot of stuffs from one place is good.

File Type Manager


It will allow you to associate programs with their usual file types.

Buttons and Menus


Miscellaneous tweak options allow you to change the look and layout of buttons, menus and cursor settings such as blink time, timeout etc.

Login Settings (Logo/background)


First click on unlock (enter your password); then change login settings such as background image/wallpaper (there is also an option that will set the current wallpaper as login background) and logo.

Audacious Music player

Best Applications and Tweaks for Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 (Alias : Oneiric Ocelot) released last week, If you are using an older version of Ubuntu or not using it at all (I mean you have never used Ubuntu or any Linux based OS, possibly you are a mac or Window user), then probably you are missing a lot of Fun and Joy! Better upgrade your existing version of Ubuntu to 11.10 or install Ubuntu 11.10 on a new partition (hey! non-Ubuntu user, just give it a try, you will love it; don’t think too much – it isn’t going to hurt anyway, as you can install it as Dual Boot without altering your existing operating system or even you can give it a try using Live CD or USB without installing it on your hard disk).

After a fresh installation of Ubuntu 11.10 you might be looking for some cool tips, tricks, hacks or customization tips so that you can enjoy Ubuntu in your own way. That’s a good thing and of course, this post will help you a lot, in customizing Ubuntu 11.10.

Just After fresh installation of Ubuntu 11.10

If you are new to Ubuntu, then you might have noticed that a lot of basic applications, codecs and plugins are missing (for example mp3 decoders – it means you can’t play mp3 files without it). Most of those programs/softwares are proprietary, that’s the reason why they aren’t included with default installation (Although from 11.04, there’s an option to install those package during installation) – to avoid copyright problems. Another obvious reason is, in order to make the size of installation file (ISO archive) as minimum as possible.

I’ve already written a post about the programs/downloads that is mandatory after a fresh installation of Ubuntu 11.10, so I’m not going to repeat that here, Just follow the link : things to do after installing Ubuntu 11.10 and come back when you’re done!

Best Free Applications for Ubuntu 11.10 users

Here are some cool and best open source applications that you must try on Ubuntu 11.10. It’s not necessary that the collection of best Apps will be in a harmony with your favorite ones but it’s worth trying as it is based on my few years of experience with Ubuntu and community ratings/reviews over the web. Anyway, if you have some cool apps to share then do share it through comment.

1. Audacious : The Best Music Player

Audacious is a simple and easy to use audio player with a lot of cool features. The look is very similar to Windows’s Winamp player specially when you will choose the appropriate theme in preferences option. You may try other music players such as Clementine or Amarok (for more sophisticated features) but Audacious works great and It just works!

sudo apt-get install audacious

Audacious Music player

2. Google Chrome : Best Web Browser

Although, Firefox’s performance has improved a lot on Ubuntu but Google Chrome(or try Chromium, it’s there in the Software Center) is the best web browser. Latest cutting edge features, a lot of plugins/extensions and other cool features makes Google Chrome the best. To install chromium use the command –

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

or read more about installing google chrome in Ubuntu 11.10.


3. VLC : Best Video Player

VLC is one of the most popular open source and cross-platform media player, the best thing is that – it is a some sort of All in One player. A lot of free plugins are available to add more functionality and features. It is available in Ubuntu Software Center so you can install it in one simple click or just type the command at terminal –

sudo apt-get install vlc

playing-vlc in Ubuntu 11.10

4. FileZilla : Best FTP Client

FTP(File Transfer Protocol) client is a simple GUI application that will allow you to upload/download or manage remote files, typically hosted on your shared or Private(VPS/Dedicated) web server. It is a must have application for web developers because it is very useful in editing remote files in real time, in nice and easy to use interface, with your favorite code editor such as gedit. FileZilla is cross-platform application. It also supports file transfer in secure(encrypted) mode i.e SFTP.

sudo apt-get install filezilla


5. gedit : Best Text Editor

gedit is the default text editor for most of the GNU/Linux distributions including Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc. It is a simple text editor with a lot of powerful features, and flexible enough to make it suitable for any work you want. e.g I use gedit as a code editor for Ruby on Rails development, to make it look like Textmate (the Most popular rails IDE) – there is a plugin gmate, which tends to make it more programmer friendly (as it adds a lot of plugins for better productivity; like auto bracket completion, code snippets, highlighting embedded codes etc). To install gmate execute these commands –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-on-rails/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gedit-gmate

That was just one example, a number of free plugins are available to customize it as you want.


6. Geany : Best Lightweight IDE for web developers

Although, there are number of sophisticated IDE (e.g Eclipse, Netbeans, Aptana, BlueJ etc) are available for Ubuntu but Geany is for you if you are looking for a simple and lightweight IDE that just works. It has a lot of good features (such as code completion, folding, embedded terminal etc) for web developers – php lovers will probably love it. It is there in the repository so if you want to install Geany IDE on Ubuntu (or other similar distributions), then fire up a terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install geany

geany IDE

7. GIMP : Best Image Editor

GIMP : For Advanced user/graphics designers
If you’ve been using Adobe Photoshop and looking for an open source alternative on Ubuntu, then try GIMP Image Editor. It has lot of sophisticated features like Adobe Photoshop (Some Photoshop users might not agree here), and it’s very simple to use. Although, it doesn’t have a lot cool brushes/effects installed by default (unlike Photoshop) but There are lot of good plugins and brushes available there on Web – so just Google it. To install gimp, open terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install gimp

gimp image editor

If you want some more brushes and plugins like Save for Web (image optimizer, may be useful for those who want to publish graphics work on web), then install that in one simple command –

sudo apt-get install gimp-plugin-registry

Pinta : For beginners
If you want to get started with image editing business then probably Pinta will be sufficient for you. it is far simpler than Gimp and it does have nice features. Its look is very similar to MS paint. To install Pinta on Ubuntu, execute the command –

sudo apt-get install pinta

MyPaint : For Digital Painters

If you’re a digital painter, then MyPaint is the best. It is an open source and cross-platform application, with a lot of cool features for painters. To install MyPaint, open terminal and execute the command –

sudo apt-get install MyPaint

8. Tomboy Notes : Best Note taking Application

Tomboy Notes is one of the coolest default application, included with Ubuntu 11.10 (may be it will also be available in the upcoming version – 12.04). If you have ever used Evernote or other similar application (such as Nevernote – an open source clone of Evernote) then you need no explanation about what really it is. As the name suggest – it’s a simple application that will allow you to take small notes, you do not need to hit save button or Ctrl+S, just write it on a note and you’re done. It will even synchronize it with the Ubuntu One cloud (or other local or remote location of your choice). I use it daily – for writing new post ideas or tips for this blog.


9. OpenShot : Best Video/Movie Editor

There are lot of open source video/movie creators/editors available for Ubuntu but OpenShot is the best one. It is very simple, stable and powerful. it has a lot of features such as Drag and Drop support with Gnome desktop, unlimited tracks/layers, a number of audio/video formats are supported, cool transition effects, 3D animated titles, digital zooming of video clips, high definition video support (HDV, AVCHDV), plus a lot of other features that you can expect from a modern video editing software. To install OpenShot, execute –

sudo apt-get install openshot


10. Shutter : Best Screenshot program

If you want to take a screenshot of whole screen then a PrtScn button on your keyboard may do the job easily, but that’s not all you want always. In some cases, you will need to select a portion of the screen after a delay or some other complex case might occurs then you will need a dedicated screenshot program. That’s where shutter comes into mind. Shutter is the best screenshot program because of its ease of use and a bunch of cool features – multiple screenshot, delay, region selection with co-ordinates, editing features (to draw arrow or watermarks) and the most cool feature is effects (collection of plugins to apply some cool effects such as 3D reflection, Shadow etc). To install shutter – simply execute the command –

sudo apt-get install shutter

11. Handbrake : Best Video converter


Handbrake is the most popular video converter application and it’s a cross-platform application. It has a lot of cool features which makes it the best, and of course it’s very easy to use (you don’t need to read a lot of manuals in order to get a video for your iphone or ipad or whatever). To install Handbrake, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute these commands –

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install handbrake

12. Pidgin : Best Chat client

Pidgin is the most popular chat client (or instant messaging application) among Linux users. The reason is – it has cool features with lot of options and it is very simple to use. It supports a lot of protocols and allow you to chat using Google Talk , Facebook, AIM, IRC (Internet Relay Chat), ICQ, MSN, Yahoo, MySpace etc. The default chat application ‘Empathy’ is also good. To install pidgin, open terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install pidgin

That’s all, now you can add an account to starting chatting with your buddies.


13. Thunderbird : Best Email Client

Thunderbird is the most popular open source and cross-platform application for sending and receiving email right from your Desktop i.e it’s an Email client. You enter your email provider details and send/receive emails in one click. A lot of plugins are also available to extend the core functionality (according to your need). It is already installed in the latest version of Ubuntu 11.10 (in other versions of Ubuntu or other Linux distro search in Software Center or synaptic package manager).


14. K3b : Best Disc (CD/DVD) Burning Application

K3b is a great DVD/CD burning program for Ubuntu or other Linux distributions. It is specially useful for beginners. It has very simple and easy to use interface with default configurations that just works. To install K3b, open terminal and execute –

sudo apt-get install k3b

k3b - dvd burner
DeVeDe – To create video DVD/CD
If you want to create DVD for your DVD players, then DeVeDe is the best. Install it in one click from Ubuntu Software Center or just execute the command –

sudo apt-get install devede

What about Tweaks ?

I’ve already covered a post about that – so you are supposed to follow the link –

Tips, Tricks and Tweaks for Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)