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.