Reclaim vertical space in Gnome!

Despite the slightly higher resolution (800 vs 768) vertical space is always a bit constrained on widescreens. This is even more noticeable with Gnome which has two panels, at the top and at the bottom, that use at minimum size 50 pixels both. Some other 20 px get wasted in the application titlebar, around 15 px in its statusbar, countless in horizonal scrollbars, menu bars, toolbars and whatsoever.

Gnome and Nautilus Keyboard Shortcut Keys

Some time ago I blogged about keyboard shortcuts for the Gnome Desktop.  I figure its time to revisit some of these.  If I’ve missed any that you find helpful as usual drop a comment.  I am unaware of any definitive list of Gnome shortcuts.  Could this be a start?

How to toggle desktop icons on and off

If you like me like to have icons on desktop but sometimes need to just hide everything to better concentrate on what you’re doing you may like this little bash script I came out with. (warning: this post applies only to gnome)


You need a folder where to store this script (along with other scripts maybe), so make one or just use your home folder. So, open this folder and create an empty file. Call it or something like that. Open it with gedit and paste..

Gestikk - mouse gesture recognition in Ubuntu

gestikk provides mouse gestures for you, supporting many linux window managers. With gestikk, you can easily control your PC by drawing gestures with the mouse: mouse gestures. Gestikk allows to define an infinite number of gestures, which start applications or simulate key presses. Versions >= 0.5 uses PyGTK for GUI and python-virtkey for keypresses.

Top 10 Best GTK Applications Not Included in GNOME

The article reviews 10 GTK applications which don't come with the GNOME desktop environment, and are third-party applications: GIMP, Banshee,, Firefox, XChat, VLC, Deluge, Geany, LinuxDC++ and Inkscape. Screenshots included.

Adding Custom Icons and Disabling Desktop Icons In Gnome

A few of us were discussing minimal desktop environments the other day and I was reminded of the olden days when I used XFCE.  I really liked the clean interface which did not display any desktop icons by default.  Looking back on that I was reminded that it is an option available in Gnome as well, so here is how to do it.

Notes on the Future of GNOME: Problems and Questions

Ok, now that I’ve already made my point about our great achievements, it’s time to talk about the big questions. I ended up writing too much, sorry :-P I won’t discuss about solutions or practical actions in this post because (obviously, I don’t have all the answers and) I prefer to separately talk about solutions and practical actions in another post.

Remove the suspend/hibernate entries from the system menu in the Gnome panel?

The suspend/hibernate menu entries in the "System" menu of the Gnome panel are linked to the Gnome Power Manager. If the Gnome Power Manager supports "suspend" or "hibernate", then the corresponding options will show in the menu.

GNOME file manager gets tabbed file browsing

Although Nautilus—the GNOME file manager—includes many useful features and offers an excellent implementation of the spatial paradigm, its browser mode is less impressive and is missing some must-have functionality. The Nautilus developers are about to deliver a big improvement, however, with the addition of full support for tabbed browsing.

Lock Down GNOME

Without viruses and other malware, Linux is typically much harder for the average user to mess up. But if you are setting up a GNOME desktop for someone who seems to do things like delete the window list, or for public use, then you should lock down the desktop.

QGtkStyle makes KDE apps fit in with GNOME

Trolltech developer Jens Bache-Wiig is working on a new style engine for Qt that can leverage the user's default GTK+ theme. This will make it possible for Qt applications to optionally share the GNOME look and feel when they are running in the GNOME desktop environment.

Stop GNOME from Asking to Import Photos from Your iPhone or iPod Touch

GNOME will detect an iPhone or iPod Touch as a camera, and ask you if you want to import pictures every time it’s plugged in.

Ubuntu equivalents to programs of Windows or Mac

I was searching for Ubuntu softwares from Community Ubuntu Documentation. I found this very helpful doc for all Ubuntu users. It list the best open-source applications available and supported for Ubuntu for new Linux users to explore. Programs are compared to corresponding Windows or Mac program. Other software list are need to be verified in the repositories.

Install Extra GNOME Themes

Looking for some Ubuntu themes? The GNOME themes extras package provides two excellent themes and some popular icon themes.

Tasque - a simple todo list application for GNOME

Keeping organised can be tough sometimes and there are lots of different applications and tools designed to help you get organised. Tasque is designed to be a very simple todo list application, designed specifically to link in with popular online todo service Remember The Milk.

Make Gnome menus Faster in Ubuntu

If you want to make Gnome menus Faster in Ubuntu follow this procedure. You need to Edit the file /home/your_user_name/.gtkrc-2.0 file:

Fix your Gnome themes with Gnome Color Chooser!

Are you as sick of broken dark themes as I am? Many of you probably know that a lot of the darker themes you get at places like gnome-look many times are unusable because of things like text input-boxes have fault coloring, so you might not be able to see what you’re writing.

Mayanna: A Unique Desktop Organizer for Gnome

Previously I’ve written about Gimmie, a desktop organizer and panel for GNOME designed to allow easy interaction with the things you use on your computer. Some of it’s developers have forked the project, and created Mayanna. It’s a young project, so I had to compile from source to try it out. Here’s a look at Mayanna revision 23, read on to the end of the post if you are interested in compiling it yourself.

A GNOME-based Desktop on Demand

Desktop on Demand (DOD) is the latest contender to give users a full-fledged remote desktop instead of Web-based applications to help users to stay productive when they are on the move. Similar to Ulteo (which we reviewed not long ago), DOD gives you a full-blown remote Linux-based desktop -- but that's where the similarity ends. Unlike Ulteo, which is based on the VNC protocol and runs entirely in the browser using a Java-based applet, DOD employs the NoMachine NX technology for accessing the remote desktop.

Ubuntu Linux Video Tutorial: Embedded Terminal into the Desktop

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