Archive | September 2006

Ubuntu Crashes on Start and Returns to the Login Screen

While customizing my Ubuntu Desktop, I installed Murrine by following this thread on Ubuntu Forums.

I spent quite some time customizing my desktop’s look and feel after this installation. Once all was said and done, it was late, so I logged out and went to bed.

The next day, I could no longer log into my Gnome Desktop. It would start loading, my gDesklets would load, the panels would start loading, and all of a sudden, Read More…

How to Add the Trash Can to Your Kubuntu Desktop

Do you use Kubuntu (or have KDE installed in Ubuntu) and want to add a Trash can to your KDE Desktop? If so, then follow these steps:

Create a text file on your Desktop by right-clicking on it and pointing to Create New > Text File. Open this file and paste the following in the file:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=Contains removed files

Save the file and close it.

You’re done!

Looking to add the Trash Applet to your Ubuntu (Gnome) desktop? Read this post.

How to Show the Trash Can (and others) on Your Desktop in Ubuntu

Ever tried dragging that darn Trash applet from your Panel to the Desktop in Ubuntu cause you wanted it there like the Recycle Bin in Windows?


You did?

Did it work?


Do you want me to show you how you can put the Trash on your Desktop, just like in Windows?


You want to see it like this?Trash Applet on Desktop in Ubuntu

If so, then send $20 by Paypal to… OK OK… I’m just kidding!

And just because I’m nice (I like ya) and I feel bad for playing that joke on ya (tee-hee!), I’ll show you how to add the Computer icon, and for a BONUS (Yah!), I’ll show you how to put your Home icon there too! All this just so that it feels a little more “comfy” after moving from Windows, Hell, USA.

1. Click on Applications > System Tools > Configuration Editor. (UPDATE: If it’s not there, you’ll need to enable it in the menu editor by right-clicking on the Menu Bar and selecting “Edit Menus” sinceUbuntu Configuration Editor it’s hidden by default.)

2. Now navigate to… wipe your hands of that sweat! This isn’t that hard! Navigate to /apps/nautilus/desktop and put a checkmark on whatever items you want on your Desktop!

3. There is no number 3.

You’re done.

Close your Editor.

No need to save… it’s instant! Maybe I should take this time to warn you to be extremely careful playing with the configurations in there cause it doesn’t warn you (like Windows), it doesn’t ask you first (like Windows), and it’s instant (unlike Windows). Think of it like the Windows Registry.

Looking to add the Trash to your KDE (Kubuntu) desktop? Read this post.

<<< Bell rings > >>

That’s it for today, class! See you… whenever!

Hey… wait! You dropped your mouse.

Ubuntu Panel Menu Bar Applet Loses Transparency / KDE affects Gnome

At one point or another during all of the customizing I’ve been doing since I installed Ubuntu, my panel’s Menu Bar applet lost its transparency:

Panel Menu Bar Applet Loses Transparency

Even the Notification Area’s grab handle lost its transparency. I figured there may be something wrong with the panel itself, so I created a brand new one, added the Menu Bar applet, set the transparency, and yet again it wasn’t working.

I decided to create a brand new user account and log in to that to see if the transparency worked. And it worked! Obviously, this was a user-specific issue. I didn’t want to just start from scratch with a new user; I wanted to solve this.

On another note, I also noticed that when I changed my theme, the colors of most controls wouldn’t change. For example, when going through menus, the menu selection color was still the same and I couldn’t change it no matter what. Also, Amarok’s color theme wouldn’t change either. It was the same color as the old theme.

Then it dawned on me… Amarok is a KDE application. I have the KDE environment installed and that was my main environment for a while and I had customized it a lot. Could this be a KDE-affecting-Gnome issue? Is it even possible? But what would explain the menus and other Gnome components not changing colors?

I did some more research online and checked through a lot of my settings and files.

I finally found the culprit:

Under KDE, I had set the option of using my KDE style in all GTK applications, which – unbeknownst to me at the time – meant in all environments. I found this out in this post.

KDE GTK Styles and Fonts Settings
To fix it, I had to sign out of my Gnome Desktop and sign back into a KDE session. Then I went to [ KDE Menu > System Settings > Appearance > GTK Styles and Fonts ] and changed the “Use my KDE style in GTK applications” to “Use another style” and chose “Human” as the style.

I logged off from my KDE desktop, logged back in to my Gnome desktop, and I noticed a difference right away. It seemed the desktop loaded much faster and my controls were in their correct color.

I set the transparency on my panel and I was back to normal!

Thank god for a little research, Google, and the Ubuntu Forums, I didn’t have to resort to re-installing Ubuntu… which I was planning to do. It was much more rewarding to me, less time-consuming, and a good learning process than having to start from scratch.

Fixing MSN Connection Problem: Can’t Connect in Gaim, aMSN, or Kopete

For the last couple of weeks or so (maybe it’s just been a week, I don’t know), I haven’t been able to connect to MSN with Kopete or Gaim. It has worked fine since initial installation of Ubuntu, and all of a sudden it just stopped and kept spitting out an “operation is not supported” error message. I didn’t really look into it during that time. But yesterday, it finally pissed me off enough to sit down and troubleshoot it.

After a bit of thinking, Googling, and reading forum posts, I remembered that MoBlock (PeerGuardian for Linux) had recently been updated.

Why would that cause any problems? Well, I remembered that when I initially installed it, I had to remove the Microsoft ranges that MoBlock blocked so that I can connect to MSN. I followed some steps in the Ubuntu Forum MoBlock thread to remove these ranges and it worked… until the update.

Thinking that the update re-added the Microsoft ranges, I figured I’d follow the same steps. When I looked at my MoBlock settings, sure enough, Microsoft was getting blocked again. Then I thought, no. I just want MSN to work and not block all of Microsoft.

So I followed some other steps in the MoBlock thread to tell it to allow the port number Gaim and Kopete use to connect to the MSN servers (UPDATE: A slight update with the latest version (Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and the current moblock).):

  1. sudo gedit /etc/moblock/
  2. gksu gedit /etc/blockcontrol/blockcontrol.conf
  3. Find the line: WHITE_TCP_OUT=”http https”
  4. Add 1863 (MSN Port #) to that line, like this: WHITE_TCP_OUT=”http https 1863″
  5. Save the file and close it.
  6. Do a sudo /etc/init.d/moblock-nfq restart sudo blockcontrol restart

That’s it! No more problems! Then, I got this satisfying feeling in my tummy! Book Review: Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks

Monday September 18, 2006 (08:01 PM GMT)

Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks , written by Rickford Grant, is geared toward Linux beginners, but is not written for the complete techno-newbie. You’ll probably want to be at a level where you feel comfortable taking control of your system before you take advantage of this book. But if you have been a Windows power user for years, Ubuntu Linux for Non-Geeks could transform you into a “penguinista” quicker than you can say GNU General Public License.

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Gnome 2.16 Released

The GNOME Desktop is released every six months with many new features, improvements, “bug” fixes and translations.

This release prepares for the eye candy age. Some of the improvements include advanced 3D effects and an improved icon theme that follows the Tango style guidelines. Among bug fixes, it also includes usability improvements and feature enhancements.

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Ubuntu Linux File Associations

After trying different Music/Media Players in Ubuntu Linux, I decided that my favorite one is Amarok. It has a lot of good functional features for music fanatics like me (over 7000 MP3s) that need good collection management. Its Collection/Library works similar to Winamp’s Media Library, although some improvements can be made to it (that’s another post).

My problem was that if I was browsing my MP3 files and decided to start playing a song from a Nautilus window by double-clicking the file, it would open in Xine. No thanks, that’s not what I want! The file association wasn’t what I wanted. Thinking that I could simply access File Association settings like in Windows, I set out to find these settings. Of course, there wasn’t anything similar to this.

This plagued me for a couple of weeks and in the back of my mind, I knew it would be the simplest stupid setting somewhere that I just couldn’t find. So I set out to find the answer…

Although, in this post, I’m specifically talking about MP3/OGG files, these steps should work with any file-type and any application that can open those file-types.

I knew that I could simply right-click on a file, point to Open With and select an application from the list.

Ubuntu Nautilus Open With Context Menu

Amarok wouldn’t show in that list! Once I selected “Open with Other Application…” and selected Amarok, it then showed in the list of Open with applications.

So every time I wanted to open an MP3/OGG file, I would have to right-click, point to Open with and select Amarok.

That’s still not good enough. I need to double-click only!

After reading a certain post on the Ubuntu Forums, the answer was so obvious, I literally slapped my forehead!

  1. Right-click on a file of the type you wish to set a default application to open it with
  2. Select Properties
  3. Select the Open With tab (all makes sense, now, doesn’t it??)
  4. Select the application you want associated with that file-type
  5. Click OK

Wow… that was easy! Double-click the file to see if it opens in your application. Funny thing is, I saw that tab before and used it for another file-type and for some reason, I thought that it would set the default for that file only! Doh! I didn’t notice the message at the top of that tab:

Ubuntu Nautilus File Properties Open With Tab

Who knew it was that easy??? Stupid @#$*$%&@#!!!