Archive | August 2006

How to Add Folder Locations to the “Places” Menu

Want to add another location in your “Places” menu?Add folders to your Places menu

  1. Open Nautilus.
  2. Navigate to the folder you wish to add to the “Places” menu.
  3. You can either a) Bookmark the location (CTRL+Dor– Click on Bookmarks > Add Bookmark) or b) simply drag the folder to the left pane.

As a note, you cannot add Applications to the menu. The Places menu is for just that: places!

The example shown here has the “My Documents” folder added to the places menu:

Places Menu

Ubuntu Publishes Official Ubuntu book

The Official Ubuntu Book, featuring a DVD with the latest version, is now available to purchase from booksellers. Mind you, nothing compares to the help and information you receive from the Ubuntu Forums.

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Count Yourself as an Ubuntu user!

You may have noticed the little button on the right side of this blog with the number 5400. This means that I counted myself as a Ubuntu user and that is my “user” number!

Count Yourself In! | digg story

Troubleshooting and Fixing Sound Issues in (K)Ubuntu Linux

As always, the great community called Ubuntu Forums has a great guide to troubleshooting your sound problems in Linux, specifically Ubuntu and Kubuntu.

If you can’t hear sounds or they only work in some cases, or whatever the problem may be, check out the Comprehensive Sound Problem Solutions Guide.

Changing from Ubuntu to Kubuntu (Installing KDE to Ubuntu)

I decided to change from Gnome to KDE today. Why? The Gnome interface is too simple that it makes it very difficult to customize it the way I want. Many normal customization settings that I expect to find in a good environment – that I can easily access in KDE – are not accessible or don’t even exist (as far as I can tell) in Gnome. I find that the KDE environment is much more “geeky” and customizable than Gnome. I’m geeky that way…

Besides, I find that the Gnome GUI is “unsteady” or “unstable”. Not that it crashes all the time (cause it doesn’t), just that it seems weak in the way the windows are created. It’s just the “feel” of it, I guess. It’s kind of hard to explain. I find the KDE environment – although not as “pretty” as Gnome” – to be more robust, and that includes KDE software. I feel safer, more confident, with KDE.

I’ve used Gnome in different flavors in Linux over the years, and the Gnome environment is much better in Ubuntu than it was in previous versions, but I’m still not convinced that it is ready as the Desktop Environment to conquer Windows.

Now I just have to get used to KDE. I may have a different opinion after a few months in KDE. Who knows?

But if you are a user that only has Gnome (Ubuntu) and would like to have KDE available as a Desktop Environment option at logon, do the following command in Shell:
sudo aptitude install kubuntu-desktop
I ran into a few “issues” after. I ended up with an ugly KDE login screen. I had to do the following to get it back to normal:
sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm
Follow the steps and choose GDM when asked.

Now that you have KDE installed, you can login to it by hitting F10 at the login screen or using the Options menu at the login screen.

The boot-up and shutdown splash screens also get changed to the blue Kubuntu splash, which I find really ugly. I like the default boot splash and shutdown splash.

To restore the original splash screens, open a terminal window and do the following commands:
sudo ln -sf /usr/lib/usplash/ /usr/lib/usplash/
sudo dpkg-reconfigure linux-image-$(uname -r)


And now you are back to the normal Ubuntu splash theme, but with the option of loading the KDE Desktop Environment.

If your login screen’s resolution suddenly becomes too big to fit your screen, read this post.

Enjoy your new KDE!

Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS released

From the Official Ubuntu Announcement:

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the release of Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS, the first maintenance release of “Dapper Drake”. This release includes both installable Desktop CDs and alternate text-mode installation CDs for several architectures, for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu. Xubuntu is also included, although commercial support for it is not available from Canonical Ltd.

This is the first maintenance release of Ubuntu 6.06 LTS, which continues to Read More…

A Happy Ubuntu Laptop User

Jeremy Zawodny boasts our favorite Linux flavor on a Thinkpad T43p:

Panda Software Releases Panda DesktopSecure for Linux

A complete security suite solution for protecting Linux workstations released by Panda Software is available for Linux users at

The Press Release misleads you into thinking this is free software, when in fact, what you get for “free” is a trial. On top of it all, you have to fill out their form to download the trial, show in the image.

Thank you, but no thanks.

If you are interested, though, the key features of Panda DesktopSecure for Linux include:

  • Anti-malware protection, against both Windows and Linux threats, including dialers and spyware.
  • Mail protection. Resident mail protection that scans and disinfects mailboxes in the most widely used mail clients, such as Ximian or Mozilla.
  • Ease of use. Designed to maximize use of your time, allowing you to find out the status of the protection at a glance, using the system’s self-diagnosis feature.
  • Powerful firewall. From the X-Window interface you can scan network traffic, detect intruders and check which ports have been opened by different programs.
  • Flexible updates. The automatic update mechanism protects the user transparently.
  • Customized service. Get advice about installation and responses to your queries and incidents within 24 hours.

I’m not trying it out. But if you do, feel free to leave your impressions of it here.

How to Restore the Official Firefox and Thunderbird icons in (K)Ubuntu

One of the first things I didn’t like about (K)Ubuntu was that Firefox and Thunderbird didn’t sport their official icons. Thanks to the Ubuntu forums, a user named Sam posted a fix.