Posts Tagged ‘Ubuntu’

Same Ubuntu themes for user and root

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

When you start using themes other than the default theme you might encounter ugly looking widgets when performing administrator tasks e.g. opening the Synaptic Package Manager.

An easy way to make sureĀ  root and user are always using the same theme without aligning them manually is to link the related directories from root to user or vice versa.

sudo ln -s /home/$USER/.themes /root
sudo ln -s /home/$USER/.icons /root
sudo ln -s /home/$USER/.fonts /root

Personally, I prefer a more slender theme like Clearlooks Compact.

MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Codec installieren

Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

Whenever I set up a new system I struggled to remember how to acivate additional audio and video codecs like H.264 as it is commenly used e.g. in flash videos (*.flv).

Last time I did it this way:

sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse

In addition to these gstreamer packages I used to install restricted-extras from the medibuntu sources

sudo wget http://www.medibuntu.org/sources.list.d/hardy.list -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install vlc libdvdc* ubuntu-restricted-extras w32codecs ffmpeg xine-ui

Make sure to substitude hardy by the your distributions code name e.g. jaunty.

Using the Windows-Keys in Ubuntu

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

Make use of the Windows keys in Ubuntu linux is fairly simple.

  1. Click on “System => Preferences => Keyboard”
  2. Choose tab “Layouts”
  3. Click on “Layout Options”
  4. Unfold “Alt/Win key behaviour”
  5. Select “Super is mapped to Win keys”

Following that you can use the Windows keys for keyboard short cuts.

  1. Click on “System => Preferences => Keyboard Shortcuts”
  2. Click e.g. on “Home folder” and assign “Windows key”+”e” to open the file manager like in Windows.