Change selection color in Ubuntu 12.04 themes (Linux)

The color of selection elements in themes used by Ubuntu 12.04 is determined by a single value and is therefore the same for all of them: highlightened buttons, files, menu items as well as the selection box that you get by holding and dragging your mouse. You can set this value in the settings.ini of ... Read more

How to enable hibernation in Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13

Hibernation is disabled on Ubuntu 12.04 and Mint 13 by default - you can only access it with the command line. To have it as an option in the shutdown menu again, open a terminal and enter the following: sudo gedit /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/50-local.d/com.ubuntu.enable-hibernate.pkla By that you create a new text file. Paste the following into it: ... Read more

Using document templates in Linux

The usual thing you find when you right-click your desktop to create a new document is the option to create an empty text document. This selection can be widened however by using the Templates folder in your home folder. Any document that is put in there will be selectable; this is also possible with pictures ... Read more

Useful apt commands (Ubuntu, Debian, Mint etc.)

Terminal commands for package management can be an essential thing if you come across an unexpected error or are just interested in how things work. Here are a few of the more important ones:   apt-cache search --names-only --installed Followed by a pattern, the above command searches every package in its cache for it (you ... Read more

Install Mate desktop on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin)

The Mate desktop was modeled after the discontinued Gnome 2 desktop because many people didn't like the direction the Gnome and Unity desktops headed towards. To install Mate on Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin), open a terminal and enter following commands one after another: sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://packages.mate-desktop.org/repo/ubuntu precise main" sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ... Read more

Install Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin

To install Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu 12.04 you have to add the appropriate ppa first. Open a terminal and enter following commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cinnamon To apply Cinnamon, log out of your current desktop session and set Cinnamon as desktop environment on the login screen. Remember ... Read more

Install Gimp 2.8 on Ubuntu 12.04 and Mint 13

Don't do this on prior releases of the operating systems. There are reports of severe crashes (for me, there were only dependency errors but you never know)! Gimp version 2.8 is now available as sourcecode and via ppa. It comes with an often requested single-window mode and a few other features. If you have any ... Read more

Install Opera on Ubuntu Linux

Opera is not present in the default Ubuntu repositories, however it is available by ppa. Open a terminal and run the following commands: wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add - sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.opera.com/opera/ stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list' sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install opera