Tags: actions, audio-convert, nautilus, scripts, thunar, xfce, xubuntu
One of the best scripts for GNOME’s file manager Nautilus is audio-convert. audio-convert is a program that lets you convert mp3s to oggs, wavs, and vice versa. For me, it’s one of the main reasons I use Nautilus. Now, though, I can also use it with Thunar too. Here’s how:
1) If you haven’t already, install audio-convert. To do so, open up a terminal (Xfce Menu > Accessories > Terminal) and run the following:
sudo apt-get install nautilus-script-audio-convert
2) Next, open up the Thunar file manager and go to Edit > Configure custom actions…. Click the Add (plus) sign and put in the following:
a) Under the Basic tab:
Command: /usr/share/nautilus-scripts/ConvertAudioFile %f
b) Under the Appearance Conditions tab:
Put a checkmark next to Audio files. Click Ok and exit out of the actions manager.
Now you can right click any audio file and go to audio-convert. audio-convert will do the work from there. Enjoy!
Tags: alpha, cimi, experimental, gtk, gtk themes, Murrine, programs, themes, theming, transparency, xubuntu
The Murrine engine is used by Xubuntu since 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon”, for the MurrinaStormCloud theme. This probably means that, in future versions, Xubuntu, too, can enjoy transparency. “But what if your computer does not support it?”, I hear you asking. Well, no worries there:
The translucency effects obviously require a compositing window manager, but the theme engine is designed so that the widgets will simply be rendered without transparency when no compositing window manager is present.
And if that wasn’t enough, in a last note, Cimi points out:
And yes, it is FAST!
I can’t wait 🙂
Tags: gvtray, mixer, plugin, system tray, volume, xfce, xfce4, xubuntu
this guide is no longer necessary IMO. I’ve solved my volume control problems by dragging the Volume Control plugin from the item list to the panel. Simple, but it works.
I have problems with the default Volume Control plugin in Xubuntu, so this is a useful solution. It displays the volume percent, and can be turned up or down using the mousewheel.
1) First, open up the terminal and get the necessary programs:
sudo apt-get install python-alsaaudio python-gnome2-extras
2) Extract gvtray-1.1.tar.gz and go into the newly created directory:
tar -xvf gvtray-1.1.tar.gz
3) Run all of the following commands:
sudo mkdir /usr/share/gvtray
sudo cp gvtray /usr/bin
sudo cp gvtray.py /usr/share/gvtray/
sudo cp -r gvtray_about/ /usr/share/gvtray/gvtray_about
4) Now test it out:
And there it is, a volume control in the system tray. You will get an error message in the terminal; just ignore it.
Hope this program is useful!
For a while now I’ve been recommending people not to use Automatix nor EasyUbuntu. This was mostly because I knew they could break a few things (especially when upgrading from one version of your Ubuntu derivative to another), but I never had any solid proof that they would break anything.
Well, Matthew Garrett solved that by checking the source of Automatix and wrote up a list of things wrong with Automatix. And, even though I already knew there were some things wrong with Automatix, I still found the list to be huge! In fact, it contains 26 points that need attention. I read through them all, and at least three quarters of those should, even on its own, be enough incentive not to use Automatix at all. Matthew summed it up nicely in his conclusion:
In its current form Automatix is unsupportable, and a mechanism for
flagging bugs from machines with Automatix installed may provide a
valuable aid for determining whether issues are due to supported
distribution packages or third party software installers.
So not only can Automatix break your system, it can do so without you noticing it was Automatix that did it, and when you file a bug report or ask a question without explicitly noting you used Automatix, being helped can be really troublesome.
Rather, you can either wait for Ubuntu to fix the problems Automatix works around, or find a solution yourself (they mostly turn out to be really easy) by searching the Ubuntu Wiki or the Ubuntu forums. If you still can’t find the solution, you can also use the latter to ask for help.
While it’s not as intuitive as Gnome’s printer manager, it’s still more useful than Xfce’s current one:
Download it from http://rapidshare.de/files/31500013/xprinterconf-bin.zip.html, and then run from the terminal (Xfce menu > System > Terminal):
The source code is also available:
More information is available at http://nongeeksight.blogspot.com/2006/08/configuring-printer-in-xubuntu.html.
If you’re still using Gaim 1.5.0, then you’ll want to upgrade to version 2.0.0beta3.1:
sudo dpkg -i gaim_2.0.0-1beta3.1_i386.deb gaim-data_2.0.0-1beta3.1_all.deb
Breezy users can upgrade to version 2.0.0beta3:
sudo dpkg -i gaim_2.0.0-1beta3_i386.deb gaim-data_2.0.0-1beta3_all.deb
If you’re missing a Bittorrent client, but you want one with low memory and CPU usage, then Transmission is the one for you:
It features…next to nothing. If you want something with more features, then you might prefer Azureus.
However, if you’re interested, you can install it by typing these commands into the Terminal (Xfce Menu > System > Terminal):
sudo dpkg -i transmission-0.7.0-806.deb
You can run it by going to Xfce menu > Network > Transmission, or run
From the Terminal.
You could also use the original Bittorrent; however, the one in the repositories is very outdated (Version 3.x). If you want something that’s still light and has more features, you can also try that too.
If you enjoy the desktop games of Gnome, but don’t want to take up too much disc space installing Gnome-games, you can try Gtkboard:
While some games are experimental, you can play games like Pacman, Tetris and mazes with it. Open up a terminal (Xfce menu > System > Terminal) and type:
sudo aptitude install gtkboard.
Xarchiver 0.3.9.2beta2 was recently released, and I’ve made an Ubuntu Dapper package.
Open up a terminal and run:
sudo dpkg -i xarchiver_0.3.9.2-0ubuntu1_i386.deb
It’s straight out of Edgy, so it should work well.