When I ran Windows I was never a theme person. Windows themes just took too much of a hit on system performance. Under Linux, it seems that the impact is far less. As such I decided to look for more GNOME themes, bored with the selection offered by the standard Ubuntu installation.
The best site I’ve found so far is freshmeat.net! Head on over to their Gnome theme sub-category.
There is even a page on how to install them, although I think it’s slightly out-of-date (2002).
To install them in Ubuntu do this:
- System -> Preferences -> Themes
- Click on Install
- Browse to the .tar.gz file and import
Now I hit a little snag. Some of them said Installed correctly and sometimes I got a message to choose between Revert theme or Switch to new theme.
Now you can have a pretty new desktop. I’ll post back with more Gnome themes sites I find.
I found this software a few weeks ago to help organise some thoughts on a new project I’m undertaking at work.
I just found the latest beta 0.9.0 Beta 9 and all I can say is wow! v0.8.0 was impressive but v0.9 takes it to a new level.
You can add embedded HTML notes and can even publish it to a website with either an applet or as flash.
It’s a tool that’s becoming a regular in my arsenal of computer apps and being developed in java, works on any platform!
I feel my Linux journey is coming to the point where trying one distro over another actually means something slightly more rather than looking at the window manager/desktop. Don’t get me wrong I don’t know all the ins and outs, but I’m getting a better feel.
So with that, I went and installed Debian 4.0 Etch via a netinstall. In fact I’ve installed it 3 times now, 2 different VM images and also on a partition of my main rig. I’m mainly dealing with the install on my main rig as that’s the one I really tried to use.
Not surprisingly it installed almost exactly the same as Ubuntu. I even tried it with the
installgui option. TBH this is just fluff and without the video card acceleration, it’s painfully slow refreshing.
I decided on a “Standard Installation” and “Desktop Installation” and went with KDE (as I’m tending to favour over Gnome now).
Everything installed great and was working fine, with the exception of sound. Sound under every installation has been painful, woefully painful. Oh I lie, Ubuntu (7.04 beta) with a seperate
wajig install kde worked great!
It wasn’t before long I got frustrated. The main reason? The packages in the repo’s are sooo old compared with Ubuntu. As a desktop, I want bleeding edge, I want wine 0.9.35, OpenOffice 2.2, not wine 0.9.25 or OpenOffice 2.0.
In a commercial setting where stability is key I’d go for Debian, as felt nice and stable, not didn’t work. I know if, or should I say when, I need to rebuild my server, I will go for Debian instead of Ubuntu.
I’ve just installed openSUSE instead on that partition. It’s my first non-debian based distro. I’ll let you know how it goes.
I found this on the Opera forums whilst looking how to report bad sites.
Basically, here is what to do:
All credit goes to xErath. Thanks for the script!
The blog is only just approaching a month old and I’ve already had 1000 views. I’m quite impressed I’ve had that many!
Of the total views almost half are from the two articles on installing VMWare Server on Feisty and another 25% on fixing Opera from one of the Feisty patches.
Thanks to everyone whose reads my blog!
EDIT: Wow, I wrote this Friday night, but didn’t post it til Sunday. Over the weekend I had a HUGE flood, it’s already 1800!! I guess with all the installed of Feisty, this is a common problem!
One of the thing Opera can do it address bar searches. I like this feature alot, as around 75% of new tabs I open lead are for doing some sort of Google search.
The keyboard shortcut to enter the address bar is either
F8. I used to use F8 more until I started using Epiphany which is only
To do a normal google search simply type “
g I want to search for this”
Easy as hey?
So now I live in Australia I want this to default to Google Aus. To change it do this:
Tools -> Preferencesor
ctrl-F12then Search tab.
http://www.google.comto your local Google, in my case I added .au to the end so the string became
Whilst you are there, you might as well check that Google is the default and tick both
default search engine and
Speed Dial search engine.
Now, I also use Google Linux alot, so I’ve created a new search called
gl. Can you guess why?
To do this:
If you want to use this as default, then check the default boxes.
Now you can type
gl wajig and it uses Google Linux!
On a side note, change the part of the string
num=50 to another number to change the number of results on each page.
This is a response to PengiunPete and your posts about Tux500.com. I wrote this comment on your site, but seeing you’ve disabled comments I’ll post it here until I can post on your site.
Once reading your posts, I became slightly more suspicious. I have to admit I did have some reservations to begin with, mainly on the basis of the short period of time they are attempting to do this in.
So, I did some research of my own and I tend to this this isn’t a scam. I might be overly ambitious, but I don’t think it’s a scam.
Check this LinuxToday editors note:
[Editor’s Note: As full disclosure, it should be noted that I am acting as an volunteer independent auditor for this fund-raising project. This is being done as a personal project, and does not imply endorsement of this project by Linux Today or Jupitermedia. I will be happy to answer any questions regarding the project to the best of my knowledge. -Brian Proffitt.]
Next, the image. Check out that indy500.com article and look at the bit at the bottom right “Web: petersmotorsports.com”. Go to his website and you’ll see he’s a graphic designer of car liveries. He did the Firefox car, so it’s no wonder you think Tux500 one looks like the Firefox one. Also, as a racing fan (F1 not Indy, but still), those actual cars don’t look that similar.
Now I’m not saying you ARE wrong, but I think there are way too many people involved for this to be a scam.
Helios has been going crazy promoting this. It’s his project so why wouldn’t he? Some of his posts are obnoxious but at least he’s giving it a go.
It may not be the best cost/benefit solution but at least someone’s trying something different. It’s created a reaction in the Linux community, maybe someone will do something else that works better, and it may come off the back of this.
Lastly, to Helios, who I’m sure it checking back here … what will happen to the money if you don’t reach $350k? Going for a small sponsor package, giving it to other FOSS communities? Please tell us.
For this alone I haven’t donated yet.
I was thinking about my problem finding a personal knowledge base app that I can host on my web server.
I did a stint doing software documentation and thinking in the shower the other day (1 of 2 places where I tend to do some good thinking not in front of a computer screen) of exactly what do I want from a personal knowledge base solution.
Here’s a brief summary:
Whilst running through it, an brainwave hit me … what I wanted is form of GMail, hence the name GKnow. Other just as googley names included Google-Know or GKBase. Knock yourself out thinking of others.
Anyway, it has pretty much all the features I wanted, the ‘tag’ emails, a great search engine, it’s *very* easy to use, can groups items with the same title and can be controlled with key presses to navigate around. It even has the ability archive old items. Attaching files can be done the same way I used to transport files home from work by saving attachments to drafts but never sending them.
There are a couple of missing features from GMail which would apply here:
Now, if only Google would read this and fulfill my wish!