Archive for February, 2010

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.1 Has Been Released

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.1 was released earlier this month. It now supports Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04).

If you are using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid or 9.10 Karmic, you can easily install Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.1 by firing up the terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and adding these lines:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:/tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

The Applications Center has a syncing function, as does the Source Center. This means you can click the Sync button to update either list manually.

Applications Center:

The Source Center once again detects dependencies and conflicts of source, letting you know, for instance, that another PPA repository will need to be enabled.

I intended to write about the latest update to Ubuntu Tweak before now, but the Lucid Alpha temporarily hosed my computer system. This is one problem with alphas. While the developers are testing out their latest and greatest changes, one small error can keep you from being able to input anything via keyboard or mouse. 😉

As always, Ubuntu Tweak can be downloaded from ubuntu-tweak.com.

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Ailurus

Ailurus is a helpful add-on to Ubuntu, giving hints of the day and information on hardware, along with third-party repositories and applications that are not available in the official Ubuntu repositories – and many more options. It is a good bit different from Ubuntu Tweak. This has led me to have both of them on my computer.

When Ailurus first loads, it brings with it a tip of the day window (which can be disabled). The tips range from simple commands that can easily be typed in the terminal and do not need a whole lot of explanation, to those that require more knowledge of the command line. There is something there for everyone.

Some options that Ailurus includes are:

to install or remove applications that are not in the official repository;
to enable or disable some third-party repositories (some that are not included by Ubuntu Tweak);
to display information about BIOS, motherboard, CPU and battery;
to show or hide Computer, Home folder, Trash and Network icons on desktop;
to configure GNOME auto-start applications.

The easiest way to install Ailurus is from the PPA repository. You just need to open a terminal window (Applications > Accessories > Terminal). Then type in the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ailurus

If you are using a version of Ubuntu that does not have the command add-apt-repository, you can still install Ailurus. Type the following command into your terminal:

sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 9A6FE242

Then go to System > Administration > Software Sources > Other Software, click on Add and type in

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ailurus/ppa/ubuntu hardy main

deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ailurus/ppa/ubuntu hardy main

(of course, you can replace hardy with intrepid, jaunty or karmic – whichever one you use.)

Side note – I have come to appreciate Lucid because of the ease of the command add-apt-repository (which works for PPA repositories, those at ppa.launchpad.net). It pulls in the necessary signature keys as well as adding the correct repository for your version – all of this automatically.Technorati Tags: , , , , , , ,


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