Howto: Backport the latest usplash to Dapper

September 26, 2006 at 7:29 pm | Posted in tips and tricks, xubuntu | 4 Comments

If you’re interested in putting the latest and greatest usplash on Xubuntu Dapper, you can. Here’s how:

1) Get the needed development packages:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get build-dep usplash xubuntu-artwork

2) Get Edgy’s source packages (not binary), and download them:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb-src edgy main restricted universe multiverse' >> /etc/apt/sources.list"
sudo apt-get update
apt-get source usplash xubuntu-artwork

3) Begin to build the packages for usplash:

cd usplash-0.4
dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot

4) Install them:

cd ..
sudo dpkg -i usplash*.deb

5) Begin to build the packages for Xubuntu’s usplash:

cd xubuntu-artwork-0.11
dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot

6) Install these too:

cd ..
sudo dpkg -i xubuntu-artwork-usplash*.deb

Enjoy! You’ll want to remove the line
deb-src edgy main restricted universe multiverse
from /etc/apt/sources.list, or you’ll have problems compiling packages.

(Credit goes to jamadagni at

Howto: Gimp 2.3.10 on Ubuntu Edgy

September 18, 2006 at 3:26 pm | Posted in tips and tricks, xubuntu | 2 Comments

Please note: it says Edgy. This won’t work on Dapper. At all. Unless you want to upgrade half your system. In that case, get Debian.

I know 2.3.11 is released, but there are no packages for it yet.

1) Download gimp, gimp-data, libgimp2.0 2.3.10, and libwmf0.2-7


2) Install them:

sudo dpkg -i gimp_2.3.10-1.1_i386.deb gimp-data_2.3.10-1.1_all.deb libgimp2.0_2.3.10-1.1_i386.deb libwmf0.2-7_0.2.8.4-2_i386.deb

3) Try it out:


*Note: Your shortcuts may still point to /usr/bin/gimp-remote-2.2. In that case:

sudo ln -s /usr/bin/gimp-2.3 /usr/bin/gimp-remote-2.2


The most comprehensive list of lightweight apps I’ve seen

September 13, 2006 at 5:19 pm | Posted in tips and tricks, xubuntu | 5 Comments

I’m suprised I’ve never mentioned this.

This site has a very nice list of apps that can help you lighten up your Xubuntu even more. Some programs may need more tweaking than others: you can use his guide to setting up Debian here: (it should work on Xubuntu too).

I’ve been using this for years, no problems. I hope it works for you too.

Xubuntu Edgy – Upgrade Success

September 6, 2006 at 8:23 pm | Posted in reviews, xubuntu | 41 Comments

Maybe “success” isn’t the right word. I had so much Xorg breakage I had to sudo dpkg -P --force-depends half my installation. But nevertheless, I got it up and running.

Here’s what to expect in Xubuntu Edgy:

1) Desktop icons. Icons for Home, File System and Trash are enabled by default. Right clicking on them gives you an icon properties setting, and a Gnome-like desktop setting submenu. Your custom actions in Thunar are also in the right-click menu.

2) New and Improved Xarchiver with a File Roller-like extract dialog, and better add file to archive dialogs.

3) Firefox. The search engine selector on the right-hand side is more noticable (and nicer looking), there’s a better looking default theme, a built-in spell checker, a history submenu, and more. You may lose your extensions.

4) Smooth fonts!

5) Nicer, glossier icons all around , especially the Ok button.

6) Tons of beta software bound to break. Fun!

7) A usplash specially made to look terrible. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

And finally, last but definiately not least:

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Typable file selector dialogs!! You still have to click Open afterwards, but man, is it worth it.

Enjoy, everybody!

Howto: Run Gimp in one window

September 5, 2006 at 7:30 pm | Posted in tips and tricks, xubuntu | 35 Comments

1) Go to the terminal (Xfce menu > System > Terminal), and install the needed programs:

sudo apt-get install xnest xfwm4 gimp

2) Run this command to try it out:

Xnest :1 -ac -name GIMP -geometry 1024x690 & xfwm4 --display :1 & gimp --display :1

Cool, huh? Here’s how to make it a shortcut:

1) Make a file called /usr/bin/gimp1window:

sudo touch /usr/bin/gimp1window
sudo mousepad /usr/bin/gimp1window

2) Paste the following into it:

Xnest :1 -ac -name GIMP -geometry 1024x690 & xfwm4 --display :1 & gimp --display :1

3) Run sudo chmod +x /usr/bin/gimp1window, and change your shortcuts from gimp to gimp1window.

Have fun!

Howto: Speed up shutdown/reboot

September 4, 2006 at 5:14 pm | Posted in scripts, tips and tricks, xubuntu | 5 Comments

This script will speed up your shutdown and reboot process anymore, by removing the programs listed on

You can download it here: Service_tune.tar.gz. Then run in the terminal (Xfce menu > System > Terminal):

tar -xvf Service_tune.tar.gz
sudo ./


New Thunar Release

September 3, 2006 at 9:32 pm | Posted in xubuntu | 6 Comments

Version 0.4.0RC1 was released today! Not much to say, except for the long-awaited Trash can.

A graphical installer is available at:

Choose, and follow the instructions below. You may have to run sudo apt-get build-dep thunar beforehand.

Xubuntu GUI to Add/Remove printers

September 2, 2006 at 1:35 pm | Posted in programs, xubuntu | 9 Comments

While it’s not as intuitive as Gnome’s printer manager, it’s still more useful than Xfce’s current one:

Download it from, and then run from the terminal (Xfce menu > System > Terminal):

unzip ./

The source code is also available:

More information is available at

Script: Auto-install add-ons for Xubuntu

September 1, 2006 at 3:59 pm | Posted in scripts, xubuntu | 10 Comments

Here you have it.

This script will install everything for you: Beep-Media-Player, a Beep-Media-Player skin, aMSN, an aMSN skin, fix the CD-ROM eject problem, auto-install autologin, install IceWM, remove the system beep, install codecs, install special settings, install prelink/preload, install Flash/Java, install Ivman, set up giFT, install fonts, install extra archive support, install search with Thunar, install Opera and set it up with Xubuntu, install dash, update Xarchiver….if it can be done, it’s done. Things I’m missing are original Firefox and Thunderbird icons, extra Beep-Media-Player plugins, and perhaps tweaking xorg.conf, adding Xarchiver thunar-archive-plugin support and stopping Thunar from loading twice.

It is strongly recommended to run this after a fresh installation, some things may not work as intended otherwise. You might want to remove some options (e.g. install OpenOffice or gnome-games) beforehand.

I have no guarantee that this will work on your system!!! USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!

*ahem* Let’s get to the fun stuff. Here’s how to install it:

chmod +x ./


Known limitations:
• You’ll have to manually add menu entries to IceWM with iceme. While a good selection of apps are listed there, I can’t include every program in the menu.
• If something goes wrong during installation, you may need to edit the code to repair it. (remove any line beginning with if, else, and fi.) You may also have to remove files in ~/.install-all/backup.
• I understand loading IceWM isn’t everybody’s cup of tea; just replace xinit with startxfce4 in ~/.bash_profile.

If you find any more bugs, please let me know!

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