Friday, 27 January 2012

Possibly last post...

I'm not really bothering with thi blog anymore, so won't post anything on it really. I wil lstill leave it here fro hose of you who have used anything on it and want it there, but apart  from that...

Sunday, 2 October 2011

This blog might not be dead

I'm not sure yet, but this blog might not be dead Just quickly, so I feel like i've done something, i will mention Gnome3. Here we go:

Gnome3 is that new desktop form the Gnome team, and i find it awesome. It you do then, high five!

Please, if you look at this blog, then please at least let me know, so I will carry on to put stuff on it, but meanwhile, I also work on / One of those links will work, try both.(its the same blog.)

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Dock or panel?

Here is an interesting idea. Some people run a dock andthen a panel at the top for the menu and stuff - like on a Mac, but others just run a single or double panel - like Windows. How a bout combinign the two to ceate a single panel which instead of havin the usual way of choosing which application to switch to uses a dock instead? Incase you're confused I have included a screenshot.

To do this you will need to install a dock first:
Open up Synaptic (called Package Manager in Mint) and search for avant-window-navigator and select the avant-window-navigator package. It will ask to install other packages Click yes and then click Apply and OK again and let it install.
After that, you need to search for devilspie and install it.
Then open up your home folder and hit CTRL+H. Then open up the .devilspie folder and download this file and put it in the folder. Now go to Startup Applications (Preferences>Startup Applications) and click Add. For the name put Devilspie, for the command put devilspie and for the comment put starts Devilspie.
Launch Avant-window-navigator and  tick the start AWN automatically box. Then change the size of the icons to something smaller that is about the same sixe as your panel or a little bigger (I have a 21 pixel panel and therefore awn is 26 pixels).
For style either choose flat or none. None works better as it lookslike the dock is part of the panel.

You can customise any of the other options to make the dock look nicer such as hover, open, close, launch options and change the little triangle to a dot that glows. You can also add applications to the dock so they stay there all th etime or add applets like a clock,   lock screen button or log out button. Or even email.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Wayland: What it is

On Linux, the graphics is all done through a program called X (which is a descendant of the W windowing System from UNIX, so named because it's 1 better) is responsible for making it possible to draw a window, in fact even a plain old Xterm window needs X to run. Nowadays we have all those big desktops like Gnome and KDE which need more than X to work. They rely on more libraries and stuff to work. X in the old days had everything it needed to work in all environments so had networking support where a desktop could be viewed from anothr computer and that sort of thing. Most computers don't need that so Ubuntu have opted to use something different for their next release Natty Narwhal (11.04). They have chosen Wayland, which is faster because it does things in a different way. It strips out all the extras that X has and used the kernel mode setting and talks to the hardware and software differently. At the time of writing Wayland is only runnable in X and not on its own.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Mac4Lin the easy way

How to make your Linux distro look like a Mac. Note: this guide is for debian based sy stems only (Debian,Ubuntu,Linux Mint,etc.)
Step 1. Download the mac4lin files from here
Step 2. Right-click on the downloaded file and click extract.
Step 3. Open the MacLin_Install_Mod folder and double click ““. When prompted, select “Run in Terminal“.
Step 4. Your theme will start to change. In the Terminal that pops up, when it prompts you to install the components that require root access (or something along the lines of that - look at the screenshot below), type ‘y‘ (without the quote) and press enter.
Step 5. Again in the same Terminal, when it asks you for a choice to select the bootup screen, type ’0′ (without the quote).
Step 6. When you see the message “Type any key to continue…“, just press enter, and you have nearly finished transforming your desktop to Mac. All we need to do is sort out the menu at the top and the dock at the bottom
Step 7. To get the Mac menu on the top panel, you need to open a Terminal (Applications, Accessories, Terminal) and type in the following commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:globalmenu-team Press enter, and type in your login password when prompted. This command has added the program to our list of applications that we can instal l Then, type in the next command: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-gl obalmenuAnd press enter. This command has updated our list of programs and installed the menu for the panel. Now run this final command: killall gnome-panel This will stop the panels and restart them so we can put the new menu on. Close the Terminal now. Step 8.Remove the menu at the top left of the panel (right click and select "Remove from panel") and remove the icons at the top left as well. This should leave room at the left for us o put the mac menu. Don't remove anything at the top right. Step 9. Right click on the top panel and select Add to Panel. Select Main Menu, followed by the global menu panel applet. You should see something like the screenshot below:
Step 10. Open up another Terminal and type this in: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:awn-testing/ppa And then type in sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator If necessary, type 'y' in when prompted. The dock should now be installed. Before we can use it, we need to do two things, remove the bottom panel (right click at the bottom panel and select Delete This Panel).and get Compiz (compiz is what allows us to do complex colour rendering - make the dock work) working (right click on the desktop and choose change desktop background. go to the visual effects tab and click on extra. This will install Compiz if your pc supports it. if not, then us e the built-in compositing manager, by going to menu, preferences, desktop settings and clicking on the window tab and then checking use gnome compositing) Step 11. download this theme first. Launch the dock (menu, accessories, avant-window-navigator) and then clickon the leftmost icon on the dock.this should bring up a settings window
Click on the theme tab, and click on add theme. then n avigate to where you saved the awn theme download (called perfect-macdock or something.) once added, click on it and choose apply. your desk top should look like a Mac. If you want to add widgets to your desktop, then in a Terminal, type sudo apt-add-repository ppa:screenlets-stayinalive/screenlets sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install screenlets Then, start screenlets, (Applications, Accessories, Screenlets) and a box should appear.

Choose the screenlet you want to add, and it will appear on your screen, probably in the top left. Drag it to where you want it to be. To edit the settings for a particular widget, right click on it and choose properties, or settings. IF THIS DIDN'T WORK, PLEASE COMMENT AND LET ME KNOW.

Friday, 29 October 2010

Next week's ideas

Let me know about any ideas you want for next week. I can either do another tutorial on something of explain a cool technology (Linux realted, obviously!)
Here are some suggestions:
BTRFS - a new filesystem
Compiz basics - how to get simple stuff working with this amazing window manager
Multimedia programs - getting to grips with shotwell, openshot, handbrake and more
Spicebird - using the Personal Information Manager based on Thunderbird
Conky - the system monitor with hard config files made easy
Comment or email me at with the subject line SUGGESTION

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Changing icon theme

After a while, the default icon themes can get a bit boring. Here is a how-to on installing other icon themes. I will use faenza-mint as an example, but you can use any icon theme.
1. Open up a web browser (Firefox or Chrome) and navigate to
2. Click on Icons in the left pane and find an icon set you like. (there are pages and pages, so this may take some time).
3. Once you have found a theme you like, click on it and then click on Download. The files should download, but if they don't within 5 seconds, then click on the "click here" link.
4. After the theme has downloaded, find it (either on your desktop or in Downloads) and open up Appearance preferences (Right-click on desktop and click on Change Desktop Background) and click on the Themes tab.
6. Drag the icon them into the Appearance Preferences window. It will ask you if you want to apply the icons now. Click Yes.