Archive for May, 2007

How to get this fancy Ubuntustudio-theme in Ubuntu Feisty

Free Image Hosting at You sure hear of Ubuntustudio which was released recently. β€œA multimedia creation flavor of Ubuntu. Ubuntu Studio is aimed at the GNU/Linux audio, video and graphic enthusiast as well as professional.” Maybe you have seen the nice theme too (like the screenshot on the right)

I will show you now how you can get this theme on your ordinary Ubuntu Feisty.

  1. Add the ubuntustudio repository to you sources.list and download the key and update:
    sudo su -c 'echo deb feisty main >> /etc/apt/sources.list'
    wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add - && sudo apt-get update
  2. Then install the packages as follows:
    sudo apt-get install ubuntustudio-gdm-theme ubuntustudio-icon-theme ubuntustudio-look ubuntustudio-screensaver ubuntustudio-theme ubuntustudio-sounds
    I am neither sure if you need all this packages nor if there are some missing, but for me it worked fine πŸ˜‰
  3. Now activate the theme and wallpaper:
    1. Go to System -> Preferences -> Theme.
    2. Scroll down and choose UbuntuStudio (a nice dark theme).
    3. Click Apply Background
    4. Click Close
  4. If you want you can change the login manager too. (I did not because I use autologin and personally find the default ubuntu login manager nicer.
    1. To do this go to System -> Administration -> Login Window
    2. In the Local-Tab choose Ubuntu-Studio and click Close.

PS: The sound will be automatically applied. For the screensaver I do not know what is the ubuntustudio screensaver but it seems you have to set it manually.

My all-time favorite Firefox Extensions

The first things I do after having “bloody” new operating system set up is to – if not previously installed – install firefox and some extension I need for “daily” tasks.

The first one I think is always PwdHash which generates per-site-passwords on the fly in combination with your master password, so I can login to the bunch of websites where I am registered. Just install it and press F2 when you are in the password box, then enter your password and press Submit. The extension automatically generates the password, so that key loggers have no chance.

Call me paranoid but I use site-specific master passwords too. So like the first and last letters of the website domain with different case combinations and a static part.

The next one is Greasemonkey which executes little JavaScript-programs on every site. My favorite user script is AutoLoginJ which automatically logs you in on website where you have your password stored.

After some time of surfing I discover the annoying ads popping out everywhere. The simple solution Adblock Plus which protects me from the time-stealing layer-ads.

After a while I tend to visit to extend my bookmark list. If I see a nice website I want to simply add this page to my bookmarks without going to the page, the click post and the copy the page title to the description field. So I install the Extension (VS 1.2) because version 1.5 works too slow for me. Sure it has more features but I am satisfied with the features of VS 1.2.

The last one I install after some downloads is Download Statusbar which makes downloads a lot easier because it simply shows your downloads in a bar at the bottom, so you always have an overview and can do all important download-related tasks at one place.

In another profile I often install the Web Developer Extension for detecting the structure of a website. This helps a lot when designing a new page. But at the time I have other things to do πŸ˜‰

You may post your favorite extensions without you cannot live. 😎

Burn a simple data CD in Ubuntu Feisty out-of-the-box

Today a friend of mine called me for burning a CD. The last CD I burned with GnomeBaker, which had to be installed before. Now I did not wanted to install an app first and to try what Ubuntu has to offer just out-of-the-box.

Image Hosted by I inserted a blank CD and and a second later I had a icon on my desktop and nautilus popped up and showed me the blank CD-ROM. I just dragged to content to burn from the folder and dropped it on the CD-ROM-Icon. Then I just clicked the Write-to-disc-button, and after I configured the burning speed I could see the burning process.

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There occurred no problems and the CD worked fine. Hmm I think since Windows XP there was a simple way to accomplish this task but I always had to install my old Nero Version ;-).

Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn on my Laptop (Acer Travelmate 661 LMi) with 915resolution

Hi, first I am sorry for not writing for so long, but I had an oral eximination (history of right) which is my “favourite” subject ;-). Ahhm … and I failed.

Now I have a bit of free time I installed Ubuntu 7.04 Feisty Fawn on my laptop. I wanted to let all the old stuff behind because I had backed up the data earlier, so I did not use the migration assistant. (Hey migration from Ubuntu 6.06 Dapper Drake was possible πŸ˜‰ ) The first thing that annoyed me was, that Ubuntu still does not support the screen resolution 1400×1040 out of the box. I knew 915resolution from the past so I wanted to use it again. Installation of 915resolution:

  1. The first thing is to get 915resolution from universe.
    sudo apt-get install 915resolution I thought: Wow everything is fine, it detected my screen resolution and automatically patched it. So I restarted the X-Server with Ctrl Alt ← but the old resolution was still used.
  2. So I patched it manually. sudo 915resolution 3c 1400 1050 Note: You should call 915resolution -l before and replace 3c with a resolution you will not use.
  3. To test it press Ctrl Alt ← to restart the X-Server. For me this worked and I had a clear 1400×1050 resolution on my desk.
  4. Because you need to patch this everytime you restart your laptop you should automate this task:
    1. Open an editor with root privileges (eg. sudo gedit).
    2. Insert the following lines:

      #!/bin/bash 915resolution
      3c 1400 1050

    3. Save it as /etc/init.d/
    4. To make the file executable do the following:
      sudo chmod +rx /etc/init.d/
    5. Now insert the script into the start sequence:
      sudo update-rc.d defaults

Now you should get you desired resolution on every boot.