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 9A6FE242

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

deb hardy main

deb-src 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 It pulls in the necessary signature keys as well as adding the correct repository for your version – all of this automatically.Technorati Tags: , , , , , , ,

8 Responses to “Ailurus”

  1. 1 reformedmusings February 9, 2010 at 2:47 am

    Thanks for the point out. The add-apt-repository works in Karmic as well.

    I installed both Ailurus and Ubuntu Tweak tonight through their PPAs. I’ll play with them over the next few days. It will keep me occupied while the snow inundates us again. 😦

    • 2 ubuntulady February 9, 2010 at 3:37 am

      Thank you for the reminder about karmic. I thought I remembered add-apt-repository being around for a while, but wasn’t sure.

      You have my empathy about all that snow. Hopefully Ailurus and Ubuntu Tweak will keep you busy enough that you won’t reel too down. I used to live in Annandale, VA and know something about large amounts of snow. Now I live in northeast Colorado where it is dismally cold but moisture is actually something we look forward to. 🙂

  2. 4 ubuntulady February 9, 2010 at 4:07 am

    Glad to hear that! I retired early because my husband needs to help take care of his mother. She has Alzheimer’s. His sister can’t handle everything all by herself.

  3. 7 cmcanulty August 11, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    I like Ailurus and am wondering what the name means . Also is there a way to have the tip of the day stay longer, I never get it read before it disappears. We get a ton of snow here in Northern Michigan. Thanks

    • 8 ubuntulady August 12, 2010 at 12:02 am

      I had to check Wikipedia. I always assumed Ailurus just meant cat. In the Wikipedia entry for Red Panda, I found: “The Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens, or “shining cat”) is a small arboreal mammal and the only species of the genus Ailurus.” The picture that comes up with the tip of the day looks like the red panda pictured on Ailurus.

      The article may have more than either of us would care to know about red pandas, but it has several good pictures.

      I was not able to find any way to make the tip of the day stay longer. Maybe you could use the Ailurus blog’s suggestion page to let them know you have a problem.

      Hope this helps!

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