Tag Archives: gnome

Gnome 3.0 Fallback with Compiz

The Gnome 3.0 Fallback mode is one of the nicest Classic Gnome interfaces available. With compiz I think it may be one of the nicest gnome desktops bar none.

And it is easy to get compiz working with it. Really easy. One command easy.

# yum install compiz compiz-gnome compiz-manager compiz-plugins main

Now one you enter your username at GDM you will be presented with a pull-down from here you can select. “Classic GNOME with Compiz”.

Unwanted accessibility icon in the panel

The other day I used a dbus command from the terminal, next thing I have an accessability icon in the panel. I didn’t want it and I couldn’t remove it.

Turns out it is not an uncommon complaint: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1013344

There are a heap more threads like this online.

Basically the option is hidden away in the Keyboard preferences.

See: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/GNOME_2.28_Changes#Universal_Accessibility_Icon_Stuck_in_Panel

GDM Themes in Ubuntu 9.10

Like Fedora 11, Karmic includes a newer version of GDM that no longer allows theming.

But unlike Fedora, there is no preferences tool to change the background and gtk theme that GDM is going to use. So there appears no easy way of customizing the login screen without editing gconf, but there is a fairly simple way of doing this.

If you want to play with the look of GDM in Karmic, open a terminal and run this:

$ gksudo -u gdm dbus-launch gnome-appearance-properties

Changing the gnome appearance properties for user gdm, changes them at login.

Ubuntu 9.04/Epiphany/Webkit

As mentioned previously my posts will feature Debian and Ubuntu more prominantly now.

Epiphany is still the Gnome web browser, though I think Debian is the only major distro to make it the default. I like Epiphany, it’s smart bookmarks are tremendous, but the gecko backend is pretty crumby and the cause of a few major unresolved bugs. With Gnome 2.28 webkit has become the standard backend for epiphany making it a very cool option.

If you want some webkit goodness your current Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) release, it is pretty simple.

Edit the file “/etc/apt/sources.list” (use sudo to gain priveleges)

Add following lines:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webkit-team/epiphany/ubuntu jaunty main
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/webkit-team/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main

Import the correct GPG key:
$ sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 2D9A3C5B

Update the source list and install epiphany
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install epiphany-webkit

Trash support with NFS4

Wow déjà vu. So gnome-vfs is still brain dead. Of course NFS4 is going to be used at some point for home directories and need trash support. Why is the list of supported filesystems still hard-coded in a c file?

Follow the instructions from the previous post, modify them to say nfs4 instead of fuse.

Update: 13/11/2008

Patch file you can apply to the SRPM of gnome-vfs: gnome-vfs-2162-nfs4-trash.patch