Posts Tagged ‘GNOME’

The Latest Ubuntu Unity – Good or Bad?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming Ubuntu Unity release …

It’s almost here. Ubuntu 11.04 will be arriving in less than two months and when it does, there will be reactions. Big reactions. Some of those reactions will not be so great. I took the time to install the latest Ubuntu Unity and thought I should give my reaction to how this new desktop is going to effect the crowds. My overall reaction really surprised even me.


Get Your Ubuntu Tips with This Handy Applet

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

If you’re new to Ubuntu, this applet would definitely be helpful …

We could all use some handy tips now and then. Wouldn’t it be great if they were, quite literally, at our fingertips? If you are a Ubuntu user, those tips can be at your finger tips with the help of a handy tip applet. This applet works in conjunction with the Fortunes application and serves up helpful tips for any level of Ubuntu user. Let’s install and use this handy tool.


Upload Pictures to Facebook with a Simple Right Click

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

This is kind of an interesting trick, but it also seems like a lot of unnecessary trouble; uploading pictures to Facebook isn’t really all that difficult to begin with.

Are you a Facebook junkie? Do you find yourself constantly posting status updates? And…more important…do you constantly ¬†upload photos of yourself, your friends, your animals, and your computers to your facebook account? If the latter is the case, do you find the standard method of uploading photos to facebook cumbersome? Don’t you wish there was an easier method? Well, there is. From within the Nautilus file manager you can right-click a file and select it for uploading to Facebook.


Baobab – Disk Usage Analyzer for GNOME

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

Here’s an interesting tool for Linux users …

If you are looking for a tool that can give you a graphical,¬†interactive¬†representation of what is taking up all of that hard disk space on your Linux machine, look no further than Baobab. Baobab (also a tree native to Madagascar) is a graphical, menu-driven viewer that allows you to get a birds eye view of what is on your hard drive. It’s a tool similar to that of Windirstat and can examine the entire file system or specific directories within the hierarchy. Baobab gives the user real-time updates on any changes to the filesystem and even watches for mounted and unmounted drives (so you can keep a close watch on those precious drives and file systems).


Create an SSH Key with Seahorse

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Here’s a cool trick for Seahorse users …

Seahorse is a very powerful tool for the creation and managing of various keys. Seahorse is the default keyring manager for the GNOME desktop. I have covered Seahorse here on Ghacks before (see “Create, sign, and publish your PGP keys with Seahorse“), but one aspect I didn’t cover was the use of Seahorse for secure shell keys. As you know, you can create secure shell keys that can be used for an even more secure ssh environment. I have shown how this is done via command line (see my article “Five handy secure shell tips and tricks“), but did you know that this can be taken care of using the Seahorse GUI? Let’s take a look and see how this is done.


Add a User-Configurable Menu to Your Linux Desktop with 9menu

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Here’s another handy tool for Linux Users …

I love menus. Actually, I love to be able to configure menus in order to make the Linux desktop be as efficient as possible. The problem with that is, I tend to not go with the usual desktop (GNOME or KDE). So sometimes getting the menus exactly how I like them (or to suit my current needs), isn’t easy.


Add Quick-Access Shortcuts to the GNOME Right-Click Menu

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

This sounds like a handy trick for Linux users …

I use the terminal A LOT. Why? Because I’m an old-school Linux user. Because of this I like to have multiple ways to quickly access my terminal. In my never-ending search for more and more ways to make my desktop life easier, I came across a nifty way to add a program shortcut to the right-click desktop menu in the GNOME desktop environment.


Quick and Easy Printer Sharing in GNOME

Monday, November 15th, 2010

It looks like printer sharing just got easier for Linux users …

Printer sharing was once a big challenge for Linux. It almost always involved manually configuring Samba to share out your printers. That is not so now. With the latest releases of the GNOME desktop, printer sharing is as easy as it is in any other operating system. So longer will you need to open up that /etc/smb.conf file and spend hours or days trying to figure out the challenging configuration. Now it’s point and click.


Create GNOME Desktop Entries for All Users

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Here’s a neat trick for Linux users …

Linux, being a multi-user system, begs for you to configure it such that all users initially experience exactly what you want them to experience. One option you have, which is very easy to do, is to create specific desktop launchers that are added to all new users upon first login. Naturally those users can then delete those launchers, but it gives you the opportunity to add launchers for things like help documentation or specific links to specific web sites.


Setting your Computer Time in Ubuntu

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Here’s another one for Linux users; this might seem pretty simple, but it’s worth repeating …

You computer’s clock does more than just tell you the time. This clock also stamps your email with the correct time as well as documents and much more. So when your PC clock is off, your life is off (at least while you are working). So it is necessary to keep your machine time accurate. But how do you do this? Besides making sure your hardware clock is correct (which is commonly done through the BIOS settings), you need to know how to set the time.