How To Install And Tweak GNOME Flashback Session In Ubuntu 14.04

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For years Gnome has been a favourite Desktop Environment among Linux users everywhere. But with the introduction of Unity within Ubuntu the veteran Ubuntu users started to panick. But now it is possible to get a Gnome2 Desktop Environment back with a few easy commands and programs. Here’s how:

1. Install the Flashback GNOME session:

To install the Flashback GNOME session, use the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-session-flashback

Once installed, log out and select this from the login screen session menu: “GNOME Flashback (Compiz)” if you want to use Compiz or “GNOME Flashback (Metacity)” if you don’t need Compiz and want to use Metacity:

2. Fix the Compiz Flashback session:

For GNOME Flashback Compiz session only: In my test, logging into the “GNOME Flashback (Compiz)” session, there were no window decorations. But I was able to fix it so if that also occurs on your system, here’s what to do. Firstly, install CompizConfig Settings Manager:

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Then launch CompizConfig Settings Manager from the menu (Applications > System Tools > Preferences), enable the “Copy to texture” plugin, then log out and log back in.

If the window decorations still don’t work, you can also try to disable all the plugins from CompizConfig Settings Manager and then re-enable them (remember not to enable the Ubuntu Unity Plugin!).

3. How to add applets to the panel:

To add applets to the panel, you must hold the ALT key while right clicking the panel, then select “Add to panel”. In some cases, you must hold down both the ALT and the Super (Windows) keys while right clicking the panel so try this if just holding ALT doesn’t work.

Screenshot from 2014-04-19 08:46:304. Getting a Unity-like appmenu (global menu):

If you want to get an Unity-like AppMenu (global menu), install the following package:

sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-appmenu

Then add the “Indicator Applet Appmenu” to the top panel (I’ve already explained above how to add applets to the GNOME Flashback session panels):

Note that in my test, adding the Appmenu applet to a panel makes the “Menu bar” applet disappear for some reason. The solution for this is use the “Main Menu” applet or Cardapio (see step 5 below).

5. Get a searchable menu: Cardapio:

Cardapio, a menu that comes with a search along with other useful features, doesn’t work with Ubuntu 14.04 any more, but I’ve found a version fixed by Eugene San fixed for Python 2.7 to which I’ve added a few fixes myself:

fixed the GTK3 bookmarks path;

fixed GNOME session logout/shutdown;

fixed panel icon not being displayed

fixed panel icon padding Cardapio using the wrong icon;

fixed “Applet” tab in Cardapio preferences not being displayed in GNOME Flashback session.

I’m not a developer so I couldn’t fix all the bugs: some of its plugins don’t work any more and launching Cardapio using the keyboard shortcut, the menu is displayed in the middle of the screen instead of being displayed where it’s supposed to – next to the panel (if you manage to fix this, let me know!).

You can install it in Ubuntu 14.04 by using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cardapio cardapio-gnomepanel

Then, add Cardapio to the panel (see step 3 for how to add applets to the panel) and configure it to your liking. Note that after changing some settings, such as the ones in the “Applet” tab, you need to remove the applet from the panel and re-add it for the changes to take effect (or log out and log back in).

via How To Install And Tweak GNOME Flashback Session In Ubuntu 14.04 | Best of Ubuntu.

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Top Ten Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu (12.04 – 14.04) – Updated

The Ubuntu Unity Dash

The Ubuntu Unity Dash

So you have your shiny new installation of Ubuntu and I know your desperate to start playing around with it, but before you get started there are a few things that, in my opinion, every Ubuntu user should do after installing. These few tweaks and tips will ensure that your computer will run smoothly and be a fully up to date installation.

1. First things first, update! This should always be the very first thing you do, even if you clicked “Download Updates” during the installation. To update your computer in the quickest and simplest way, open up a Terminal (Cntrl+T) and type (or copy and paste if you’re lazy) the following command in, hit enter and follow the on-screen prompts:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

This will ensure that you have all the necessary security updates, improvements and additions that are available for whatever release of Ubuntu you have installed.

2. The next thing that I always do is install a little app called preload. This program, over a short time will learn which programs you use on a regular basis and will fetch the programs and hold them in the memory, so when you start-up let’s say, your browser, you’ll see a remarkable improvement in how quick the program will start. Install it by entering the following command into the Terminal:

sudo apt-get install preload

 3. The next thing for me is to configure the start-up applications. This will be an entirely personal choice as to what services you disable for obvious reasons. But before you start-up the tool for this enter these following commands into the Terminal: Continue reading