Some Tweaks for Oneiric

I have been working on tweaking Oneiric to get it the way I like it. Here are some of my tweaks:

1. I did a fresh install of Oneiric and found that Sun Java 6 is no longer in the repository. I need Sun Java for my work with Animal Shelter Manager, so I found a repository that has Sun Java 6 in it, ready to install. The directions are:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ferramroberto/java
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sun-java6-jdk sun-java6-plugin

Synaptic is not installed by default in Oneiric. Ubuntu Software Center still cannot do everything Synaptic can, even with its new features. You can install Synaptic with the following command:

sudo apt-get install synaptic

2. In Oneiric, by default you can only switch between the default themes. Also by default there is no GUI built-in to change fonts or icon themes. To change these things more easily, you can use GNOME Tweak Tool:

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

3. This becomes very useful if you have added a new theme and want to use it. I particularly like blue, but I also like the Ambiance theme. Ambiance Blue is a theme pack that includes a GTK2, GTK3 and GNOME Shell theme. It also has support for the Unity panel.

Ambiance Blue is available in the WebUpd8 themes PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ambiance-blue-theme

4. Another tweak you may find useful is to re-enable the systray for applications such as Shutter or Checkgmail. You can whitelist the systray using the following command:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist “[‘all’]”

After this last command, you need to log out and log back in.

5. A couple of times, I managed to wipe out Unity. (Don’t ask!) I found that you can easily reset Unity using these commands:

to reset the Unity launcher icons:

unity –reset-icons

to reset Unity:

unity –reset

It is also possible to reset Compiz:

gconftool-2 –recursive-unset /apps/compiz-1
unity –reset

These are last-resort commands, but can save you from having to reinstall Oneiric.

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6 Responses to “Some Tweaks for Oneiric”


  1. 1 reformedmusings October 22, 2011 at 4:01 am

    Some good suggestions. I installed gnome-tweak-tool and have played with a few themes. Still toying with Unity.

  2. 2 reformedmusings October 22, 2011 at 4:04 am

    BTW, there’s a typo in #4 above. com.canonical.Unity.Pannel should be com.canonical.Unity.Panel (1 ‘n’ in “Panel”).

  3. 3 ubuntulady October 22, 2011 at 4:07 am

    Thank you very much for catching the typo, and for your other comment. đŸ™‚

  4. 4 Travis D H-bomb April 9, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    I am creating a Linux mailing list for “experts” and am creating a post-install script (under development for 5+ years) to simply post-install configuration. Would love your input!
    https://lists.bitrot.info/mailman/listinfo/linguru


  1. 1 Perl script installation service Trackback on September 20, 2012 at 11:16 am

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