Archive for October, 2010


CHANGING THE LOOKS OF UBUNTU 10.04

For the changing the looks of ubuntu  we will be needing the following softwares

-COMPIZ
This will be used to give the extra effects while closing or opening or switching the windows and many other things .
normally this available in the default software repositories but its manger is needed to be installed  which can be done easily by using software resources

-CAIRO-DOCK
This is one of the best dock if we talk about the dock with visual effects ,it has many amazing plug-ins (penguin is the best one).The best part of this is that after this we don’t need any other desktop gadget software as we can bring any applet on desktop from cairo-deock by simply detaching it from the dock.
This can also be installed using the software resources or by just typing the following simple command in terminal

#sudo apt-get install cairo-dock

if package is available,otherwise package can be added using the following links.

-SCREENLETS
basically if you have cairo-dock then you need not to have screenlets.but if you don’t wanna have any dock but you want to install desktop applets then screenlets provides the best applets set.

This too also be installed using the software resources or by just typing the following simple command in terminal

#sudo apt-get install screenlets
if package is available,otherwise package can be added using the following links.

-WALLY

This is a qt based wallpaper changer ,having some really good features like if i want to have wallpapers on nature then i just have to specify the field name as nature after that it will itself download the wallpapers from different sources like picasa, photo bucket,flickr and many others and change them in time span specified.if you liked some image then you can simply pause and save that image or you can save all the images by checking in the box in wally settings.
This can also be installed using the software resources or by just typing the following simple command in terminal

#sudo apt-get install  wally

if package is available,otherwise package can be added using the following links.

-GNOME-ART

This is a all in one software using this we can download everything like themes,wallpapers,splash screen,icon set and may other things

This can also be installed using the software resources or by just typing the following simple command in terminal

#sudo apt-get install  gnome-art

if package is available,otherwise package can be added using the following links.

-Links for downloading the above software-
cairo-dock
#http://www.glx-dock.org/index.php https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CairoDock
Screenlets
#http://www.screenlets.org/index.php/Download
Gnome-art & wally
#http://packages.ubuntu.com/

Generally the people has a mind setup that desktop customization is referred to adding different softwares and and gadgets and widgets to make your desktop look different  that others.But according to me it is nothing like adding any extra software or any thing else on your desktop to make it look good to show others but it is actually making your desktop look in such a way that you feel good when you are working with  your desktop and get charged up  while seeing the desktop.According to me even if you are changing a wallpaper just because you don’t like the default look as it is obvious  ..it is also desktop customization .If someone is adding gadgets on his deskop such that the things he is using on daily basis becomes more accessible that is also  desktop customization .If anyone doesn’t likes those things on his desktop and he is happy with default look which is usually really difficult to happen..  then its fine.But if he is changing even single thing which is a good thing to do then that is customization .
so I will request to all that plz stop saying that i dont do cusomization after doing so.

openSUSE-YaST

The feature of openSUSE that is most distinctive is YaST. YaST (Yet another Setup Tool) is both the installer and a complete configuration tool for all the most important features of the system. YaST is designed in a modular way, when used for system configuration tasks, it loads a particular module according to the task being specified.It is also possible to run a particular module separately without loading the entire YaST menu system. YaST can be run both in graphical mode and in text mode (generally known as ncurses interface).Although the functionality in either mode is identical.

YaST has always been the distinguishing feature of SUSE Linux, and it has grown organically with the SUSE distribution. In earlier versions, YaST was a monolithic program(working on a same block namely no modular working which has its own disadvantages ) with the release of YaST 2 it became modular. Traditionally the YaST license has been a controversial issue YaST was released under a license that, although it made the source available, restricted redistribution of the program by third parties. Due to which it is illegal to resell unofficial copies of SUSE CDs.
At the Novell event in March 2004, Novell announced that future versions of YaST will be released under the GPL. This change was first made in SUSE Personal and Professional version 9.1.

The best part of YaST from a user perspective is that we can do almost all of the system configuration using YaST only.
some of the features which i personally like are-
-we can change the bootloader entries directly from here without any headache of boot file editing or using  commands in terminal
-all the configuration of network devices and services( whether it is ISDN or modem or anything else) can be done from here itself
-software management ,addition of repositories ,package addition and searching is really easy
-hardware devices (printer,infrared devices ,tv card…) can be managed from YaST itself
-and other the other things like user profile management ,local security,firewall,languages etc.. can be altered and controlled using one thing only that is  YaST

TO CHANGE THE LOGIN SCREEN

THIS IS THE WAY IN WHICH YOU DONT HAVE TO RUN THE COMMAND FOR CHANGING THE LOCIN SCREEN WALLPAPERS AGAIN AND AGAIN….

 

For changing the login screen in open suse all you got to do is run a single line command which is as follows as root

#sudo -u gdm gconftool-2 –set –type string /desktop/gnome/background/picture_filename /filename/picturename.jpg

I will advice to keep the picture at such a place such that you dont delete it by mistake,
now you can see that the login screen wallpaper gets changed to the image you had selected.
Now if you wan to change the login screen wallpaper again all you got to do is to put the image you want
to set in the same folder where you had put the earlier login screen wallpaper with the same name
(in simple word you got ot overwrite the earlier image with the new one)
execute the command and its done..

TO CHANGE THE BOOT SCREEN WALLPAPER
TO change the boot screen wallpaper with amazing and happening animated penguins all you got to do is to login
as root in the terminal by
su-  password..
now you have to just execute the following terminal command

gfxboot --change-config penguin=100

thats it now when you boot you will see that boot screen gets changed.......

HAVE FUN...

HOW TO CHANGE THE LOGIN SCREEN IN UBUNTU

First of all press  alt+f2  to run the run application window and in that type gksu nautilus to open root file browser,now navigate to filesystem  then go to user then share and then look for the folder background now just copy the picture you want to set your login screen wallpaper.

After this restart your system ,now once you get upto the default login screen you have to press ctrl+alt+f1 now you got  to enter your credentials (username and password) in this command based  now once you logged in you got to type two following  commands to complete this process  that are

#export DISPLAY=:0.0(0-it is zero  ,press enter )

#sudo -u gdm gnome-control-center(press enter)

after this to return to graphical screen press ctrl+alt+f7  or cm+alt+f7 if you are using mac……

now what this will do is that it will open the control center from where you can change your default the background by navigating to appearance  and then background and then click add and select the wallpaper we had pasted earlier  just select that and click open close that and control center you can see that your default login screen wallpaper is changed.