Prevent the clock from displaying the wrong time while dual booting.
There’s a glitch I recently came across where I noticed the time on my clock kept either jumping ahead or going back in time every time I booted between my Ubuntu and Windows 7 install.
Apparently it’s caused by the difference in time keeping technique used by both Ubuntu and Windows.
The system, our motherboards specifically, store the current time to be able to count it even if the system isn’t ON and no operating system is booted.
The operating system then retrieves this time later to display it.
Linux/Unix and Mac usually use UTC to store and retrieve the time from the motherboard, whereas Windows 7 notably saves the time as “local” time.
The difference here causes the time to be displayed incorrectly on either one or both installations.
Luckily, there’s a simple enough solution.
It’s easier make your Linux install switch to “local” as opposed to UTC, than it is to switch your Windows 7 over to UTC. I would also like to give Ubuntu more priority here since this is an Ubuntu blog after all.
Make Ubuntu use “local” time:
Edit the file /etc/default/rcS - You can do this using gedit, and using the following command:
gksudo gedit /etc/default/rcS
Scroll to (or search for) the following line, changing the “yes” to “no.” If it doesn’t already exist, you can also add the line yourself.
Note that the default (as well as recommended,) value for UTC is “yes”.
If you want to go the Windows route, and want to set your Windows 7 install to switch to UTC instead, follow the official Ubuntu help guide here.
You can also find the problem addressed here on AskUbuntu.com.
Your system should stop defying the laws of physics and jumping back and forth between time now.
I chose to use an edgy and risque name to attract attention when I decided to start this blog. I have to find a job soon, however, and can’t talk about the blog with a name like such with everyone. It would get pretty awkward pretty soon, don’t you think?
So now for the question of what I could rename it to, and I thought it would be a good idea to see if any of you had any suggestions or any other thoughts. Or whether you think I should even change it.
That’s all I’ve managed to find so far. If you know of any more, drop me a message and I’ll add it to the list.
To add, though, I’ve just learned that the Gnome team doesn’t really provide the end user with theme support. It’s a function developed and headed by the community.
This kinda turns me off regarding Gnome Shell. Especially since it’s a lot of work for theme makers to make updates to their themes every time a new Gnome Shell release rolls out, just to make it work. This makes theme support harder to maintain.
Too bad, I was starting to like Gnome Shell. I’m also fascinated by Pantheon in Elementary, though. XFCE still has stellar theme support, and so does KDE, so that’s good too, even though I’m not a big fan of the latter.
Enjoy the above mentioned themes however, and the future isn’t exactly that bleak. Some designers do like to update their themes to work with 3.8, it’s just a matter of when they get down to doing it, if they do want to.
The latest iteration of the popular GNOME desktop, version 3.8, sees release today - but what are notable changes and improvements should you be looking out for? Here’s a list of our 10 favourite changes - in no specific order - new to this release.
My favorite thing about this though? The new Gnome Classic! Can’t wait to install it and try it out.
Also check out the post right after this on how to install (and remove,) Gnome 3.8 on Ubuntu 13.04.
Here’s a pretty extensive list of Desktop Environments and Shells available for your Linux operating system via a question asked on AskUbuntu.com.
Almost all the big names are here, and even though it’s not a complete list, it’s a pretty good single location for info on some of the more popular DEs’ and shells out there and the list is pretty big.
This has been around for quite some time now, a “preview,” version of Spotify for Debian and Ubuntu.
The following are the instructions from Spotify’s own blog post:
# 1. Add this line to your list of repositories by
# editing your /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free
# 2. If you want to verify the downloaded packages,
# you will need to add our public key
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 94558F59
# 3. Run apt-get update
sudo apt-get update
# 4. Install spotify!
sudo apt-get install spotify-client
It works pretty well, in fact, better than I expected it to. Enjoy.
Whenever anyone plans on transiting from Windows to Linux, the first Linux distro that everyone recommends is the Ubuntu LTS and for a good reason, that it is very easy to use than most of the other distros out there. But most new Linux users come to Linux with an impression that Linux is highly customizable. Though it is true for Linux, but Ubuntu with it’s Unity Interface is beautiful but it is not that customizable out of the box. And you need to do some changes to customize it beyond just changing the wallpaper. So without further waiting lets skip right on to the steps.
The Bumblebee-Project [a Must Have for Nvidia Optimus]
If working with an Nvidia graphics card or chipset wasn’t difficult enough on Linux (thanks for the horrible support, Nvidia,) there is the issue of working with Nvidia Optimus.
If you’re one of the people with a laptop touting the merits of Nvidia Optimus with a shiny sticker to prove it on the armrest, and haven’t heard of the Bumble-bee Project, you don’t know what you’re missing!
Or maybe you DID hear about it, like I did a year or so ago. But then you tried to further look into it and the fact that it somewhere down the road the project got divided into another side project, and the documentation wasn’t so great, and the installation itself wasn’t exactly an easy thing, you just decided it wasn’t worth the time.
Well, it’s time to reconsider the Bumble-bee Project, because with their latest release (3.0) things have never been as easy.
Not only does Bumblebee give you the option of configuring and switching between your Intel and Nvidia chipset, it also installs the Nvidia drivers for you.
I’m not going to waste anymore time, let’s get our hands dirty, shall we?
Add the repository
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bumblebee/stable
sudo apt-get update
Install Bumblebee and Nvidia drivers
sudo apt-get install bumblebee bumblebee-nvidia
Restart your computer!
There we have it, yo. More information on their website, as always. Enjoy!
Window Managers, Desktop Environments, and how to install/uninstall them. [Awesome, Fluxbox, Cinnamon and Mate]
As most Linux users know, one of the most love-able features of using Linux is the fact that you can tweak and customize any aspect of it. This gives you lots of room to experiment and find the software you like the most, to mix and match things together until you have your ‘perfect’ desktop.
One of the things I have been experimenting with for a while now are Desktop Environments and Window Managers. A lot of people get confused between the two, and things do get a little tricky when trying to figure out what each specifically does or is.
A quick Google search later, I come up with the following useful information.
There are three main layers to the Linux desktop:
X Windows – This is the foundation that allows for graphic elements to be drawn on the display. X Windows builds the primitive framework that allows moving of windows, interactions with keyboard and mouse, and draws windows. This is required for any graphical desktop.
Window Manager – The Window Manager is the piece of the puzzle that controls the placement and appearance of windows. Window Managers include: Enlightenment, Afterstep, FVWM, Fluxbox, IceWM, etc. Requires X Windows but not a desktop environment.
Desktop Environment – This is where it begins to get a little fuzzy for some. A Desktop Environment includes a Window Manager but builds upon it. The Desktop Environment typically is a far more fully integrated system than a Window Manager. Requires both X Windows and a Window Manager. Examples of desktop environments are GNOME, KDE, Xfce among others).
Now that we’ve gotten the technicalities out of the way, let’s talk about some of the popular and slightly more unique Desktop Environments and Window Managers. I’ll be going through how to install each one, uninstall each one, and also bringing to the table their own specific advantages and features.
I’ll be highlighting Awesome, Fluxbox, Cinnamon, and Mate. These particularly, because my search for an alternative desktop stemmed from the fact that I still go through Gnome 2 withdrawal. These DEs’ and WMs’ are known for being lightweight, and some are even forks or try to emulate Gnome 2 in certain ways. Most of all, I wanted to put all the helpful commands on how to install and uninstall them in one place.
Note 1: After Installing each of these, just Reboot or Log out, and select the one you just installed or want to try out from the drop down menu at the login screen.
Note 2: I am going to assume you already know what most of the commands mean. For instance, I won’t tell you why you’re running (or why it’s important to run) apt-get update after adding a PPA using add-apt-repository.
Let’s get on with it!
Awesome is a Window Manager, and more specifically, a tiling window manager. Their website and wiki have all the information you need, and more, so I highly recommend you read it.
Window Manager, this one built upon Blackbox, and adds it’s own set of features to the table. Uses a Lua configuration file, just like Awesome. Great documentation on their website and wiki, which I recommend reading if you plan on using Fluxbox.
Cinnamon was introduced by the Linux Mint team and comes packaged with Mint, but of course, other Debian based Distros are also invited to the party. It’s another Desktop Environment trying to follow in the steps of Gnome 2 in providing a traditional way of operating your desktop
A fork of the popular Gnome 2 that’s developed in collaboration with the Linux Mint team as well. Follows almost the same philosophy as Cinnamon in that it tries to provide users with the traditional environment they were used to with Gnome 2.
That’s it, folks! Happy experimenting, and don’t forget to have fun.
UPDATE: Whoops! Made a huge booboo. See, Fluxbox took off from Blackbox, and not Openbox as I originally proclaimed (d’oh! Got my boxes all mixed up.) Thanks to Everything Linux (http://everything-linux.co.cc/) for pointing the error out in a very understanding and kind manner.
The high class web browser, Opera, has a new release . Opera has been supported on Linux for quite a while now, and if you use this particular web browser, go grab the latest release by clicking the title/link above.
I decided to try out Xfce in Linux Mint, on my journey to find a Desktop Environment that resembles classic Gnome.
MATE, the fork of Gnome 2, is pretty close to the classic desktop environment, but not without it’s glitches and missing functionality. That can be understood however, because the creators themselves as well as Mint acknowledge that, and have warned people on it’s use.
Xfce is surprisingly similar to Gnome 2!
It is highly customizable, very light-weight, and is aesthetically both simple and minimalistic. This design philosophy does the same kind of wonders for Xfce, that it did for Gnome 2.
Love it. Look at screenshot below! Would you be interested in finding out exactly how I got that look?
Might just end up switching to Xubuntu, or install Xfce on Ubuntu 11.10.
To install yourself, just use:
sudo apt-get install update
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
Restart your computer, just because. Then pick Xfce at the drop down menu on the Login Screen!
I’ve been missing out on all the action on Tumblr and haven’t updated the blog in the longest time!
I hope you’re all still bearing with me, I just got way turned off because:
a) The whole Unity/Gnome Shell BS is/was NOT working for me at all.
b) I got a new Laptop - with nVidia Optimus and what not. Some hardware is too new for Linux at this point, and some other issues here and there.
Mainly, however, it had everything to do with how much I dislike Unity and Gnome shell both. I just can’t stand the fact that they’ve completely removed Classic Gnome and don’t plan on going back to it.
Save for MATE though. It’s a Classic Gnome fork that Linux Mint 12 comes packaged with. Now, realize that I haven’t completely switched ships - because Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu itself.
Expect all the news, links and great software in the near future then. =]
Running Ubuntu 11.04, I quickly realized that Emerald was broken and it wouldn’t decorate my windows even after setting it to do so.
To switch window managers and window decorators on the fly, I use Compiz Fusion Icon,(sudo apt-get install fusion-icon) which places a small icon on the top panel next to the battery status etc. Right clicking it brings up the menu and lets you select your Window Manager and Window Decorator on the fly.
There’s a quick fix for Emerald, all you have to do is add a PPA and update/upgrade your system: