OS: Ubuntu 12.10
I had a problem with the default look of Ubuntu’s desktop icons. The icons and their file names together came in different sizes and didn’t give the uniform look which I wanted. Windows did a good job, by default, I think. Linux being Linux and Ubuntu being Ubuntu, I knew I could do something about that.
I did! And here is the before and after affect. Some may like it and some may not; but here it is!
Things to do:
- Install and start ‘dconf-editor’ using Ubuntu Software Center utility. (Let me know if you know how to do that; I assumed it was easy for the beginners)
- Search ‘dconf’ in Unity Dash and open the software
- Use the left panel to expand, ‘org>gnome>nautilus>desktop’
- Change ‘text-ellipsis-limit’ from 3 to 1
- Then use left panel to expand, ‘org>gnome>nautilus>icon-view’
- Change ‘default-zoom-level’ to ‘small’
- While in the same level, change ‘text-ellipsis-limit’ from [‘3’] to [‘1’]
- Right click on the desktop and select ‘Organize Desktop by Name’
OS: Ubuntu 12.10
The other day I had nothing to do. With enough time and Ubuntu in front of me, I suddenly was hit with an idea of checking out Gnome 3.6.
Installed Gnome, tweaked, customized by applying themes, etc. When I was done playing with Gnome, I had to get back to Unity. When I did I noticed couple of odd things, out of which I had this issue of missing ‘Appearance’ icon in ‘System Settings’.
After a little bit of googling, here was I did to bring back the icon:
1. Open terminal (Control + Alt + T)
After watching it do its thing. Voila! I got the icon back!! Thanks to Seth from askubuntu.com!
OS: Ubuntu 12.10
Desktop: Gnome 3.6
After installing and configuring Ubuntu with Gnome at my workplace the next step for me was to connect and ‘bookmark’ all the Windows share I have in different servers and workstations.
Anyone would have thought that after having SMB service installed it would be a cake walk. But, no. I had to hunt down hidden clues. Here is how it went.
- Open Nautilus, the file manager
- Click on ‘Files’ on the top menu bar right next to ‘Activities’ and choose ‘Connect to Server’ (I didn’t expect this option to be here at all)
- Enter server IP address or host name and click ‘Connect’. For example smb://10.10.0.122
- Enter ‘Username’
- Enter ‘Domain’. You will have to keep in mind that the domain name should be in all caps. I struggled a bit here.
- Enter ‘Password’ and hit connect. You are done!
- Mount a USB drive (pen drive) may not work if you are using the Virtualbox you have installed from ‘Ubuntu Software Center’.
- Download the installer from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
- Open the installer file and install from ‘Ubuntu Software Center’ (which will automatically open)
- Create a virtual machine
- Choose the virtual machine and click on settings. You will get an error message
- It’s asking you to enter the current logged on user to the group ‘vboxusers’
- You can do this using gui or commandline
- Using Commandline:
sudo useradd -G vboxusers username
- Using GUI: Open ‘Users and Groups’. If you don’t find that application, then install it from ‘Ubuntu Software Center’. It should be easy to add the user to the group from there.
- Logout and login again and it should work fine now!