I don’t like Unity and I don’t like Gnome-Shell.
For me its not productive and/or useful.
XFCE4.8 fills that gap for me.
I am using Xubuntu Natty and the XFCE4.8 packages are flooding in.
Works great and am not missing Gnome.
Are you unhappy with the developments in Gnome and/or Ubuntu?
Move to Xubuntu Natty or any other distro delivering XFCE4.8.
January 23, 2011
I don’t like Unity and I don’t like Gnome-Shell.
December 22, 2009
Lets say you would like to add chromium daily builds PPA repository to your sources.list and import its key:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:chromium-daily
the repository is stored in :
the key is automagically added.
this is only for Ubuntu9.10 (karmic) and above
October 28, 2007
Last week Gimp 2.4 came out and of course this is a must have for anyone who edits/ manipulates images in Ubuntu
Gimp 2.4 for Ubuntu gutsy Gibbon is available from here , just download the files and install them (sudo dpkg -i), after install do a sudo apt-get -f install to remove some obsoleted Gimp Package, this also removes ubuntu-desktop, but hey, thats just a container package and can be removed safely.
October 22, 2007
“Flock is an amazing new web browser that makes it easier to share media and connect to other people online. Share photos, automatically stay up-to-date with new content from your favorite sites, and search the Web with the most advanced Search Toolbar available today.”
Installing it is very easy in Gutsy Gibbon: If you have a Java and flash installed in Firefox its very much a no brainer.
Simply get the package from Getdeb.net and let gdebi install it or download it and install it with sudo dpkg -i <package>
After install, Java, Flash, and al the other plugins of Firefox need to be set up in Flock with symlinking the plugin folder of Firefox (Mozilla) to the pluginfolder of Flock:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/* /usr/share/flock/plugins/
Thats it, should work about the same in other versions of Ubuntu, just make sure to use a .deb matching your release.
August 8, 2007
Transmission8.0 is out now and is in my opinion the first release of a Mature Bittorrent Client for Gnome (and XFCE4).
Very important to me is the ability to prioritize files and transmission8.0 has this feature.
Transmission can now compete with KDE’s Ktorrent as a complete, easy to configure torrent client.
August 7, 2007
Many Ubuntu users like Automatix, but was never a fan myself, because I heard some bad stories.
I never used it, and advised people not to use it, telling them its a poorly made package and it might break your system.
I am not technical enough to give a inside information about Automatix, but luckily Matthew Garrett is, and gives a nice explanation about some the risks and weaknesses of Automatix.
So if you think of using Automatix for Ubuntu or Debian Etch , read it first.
Resources: Matthew Garrett.
May 15, 2007
Since I hadn’t tried Envy (an alternative installer for Ati and Nvidia video drivers) on Feisty yet its time to give it a go.
I have a cheap Nvidia Video Card (GeForce FX-5200) and have the driver installed the ‘official Ubuntu way’ as described here.
I decided not to remove the official Ubuntu package to see if Envy could resolve this.
GDebi installed Envy without issues, 7 dependencies were added.
Envy is seated in Applications > System Tools > Envy
Envy did its work, at the end it asked me to write a new Xorg.conf, I said ok, now its done and time to restart X Fingers crossed!
Hmm, that did not work.
I changed the driver in xorg.conf to nv and removed nvidia-glx (sudo apt-get remove nvidia-glx – -purge) to get back on X again
I am now running X on the nv driver and am going to install Envy again to see if it takes without nvidia-glx installed.
Again I run Envy, and Again I restart as Envy suggests at the end of the installation. Hopefully I will return with the driver installed and X working this time.
Success!! And the driver working!
So If you decide to use Envy and have nvidia-glx installed, make sure to remove it first. (sudo apt-get remove nvidia-glx – -purge)
Envy also works on Debian Etch.
To see if you have the driver working simply key in:
glxinfo | grep direct
The answer should be : direct rendering: Yes
May 12, 2007
Ubuntu Feisty comes with an xubuntu-desktop package delivering a Xfce4.4.0 Desktop environment.
However, some of us (like me) want the latest of the latest, so if you are not faint hearted and feel like upgrading your Xfce desktop to the latest stable version here is how.
sudo apt-get install build-essential libglib2.0-dev libgtk2.0-dev libxml-dev libvte-dev libstartup-notification0-dev libhal-storage-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libxrender-dev libxdamage-dev libjpeg62-dev libxml++2.6-dev
Now the needed dependencies should be installed, it was all I needed and hopefully that goes for you too.
Now its time to download the Graphical installer:
Now simply run the installer with this command:
sudo sh xfce4-4.4.1-installer.run
The installer should after uncompressing fire up and before continuing you can even check if there is a missing depency. I could not find the xrender dependency but it did not cause any problems with the installation.
Make sure the alsa mixer flag gets unchecked! Its not needed in Ubuntu and will therefore break the installation.
The default installation folder is /usr/local/ and suited me fine.
The installer compiles all packages and takes about 20- to 30 min.
If you wish you can easy remove Xfce4.4.1 in: Applications > System Tools > Software Uninstaller.
I noticed that in GDM there are to different entries for Xfce4 now, but both lead to Xfce 4.4.1 so it seems it overrules the original Xfce4 of (X)Ubuntu.
Beryl runs perfectly the latest Xfce4 and I am enjoying it greatly.
May 9, 2007
Fore those in doubt about upgrading/installing Ubuntu Feisty Fawn or one of its variants, here are the links to some proper screenshot tours:
April 12, 2007
Ubuntu’s Feisty Fawn release is still scheduled for April 19, but the Ubuntu folks are already looking ahead to the version after Feisty.
Mark Shuttleworth announced a few tentative plans for the October release, dubbed Gutsy Gibbon. Shuttleworth says that Gutsy will have an “ultra-orthodox” flavor alongside the regular Ubuntu release that has no unfree software or content, developed in collaboration with the gNewSense project.