This article will explain how to add a script to Nautilus so that you can easly mount and unmount ISO files in most linux distros running Gnome (it needs Nautilus to show the desktop). After a ISO file has been mounted, a shortcut icon will appear on your desktop which you can right click to unmount.
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?
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 toggle_desktop.sh or something like that. Open it with gedit and paste..
Yesterday I wrote about PCMan File Manager, which among other things offers better control over file permissions. Commenter Gavintlgold pointed out that’s it’s possible to get a similar dialog in Nautilus by changing a hidden setting in GNOME.
Although the new Ubuntu Linux 8.04 LTS release is nice and polished, there are a few glitches in how the bundled GNOME environment allows the user to customize some behavior. Settings for how the desktop environment should handle removable media are important for me as I loathe the idea of having to deal with any autorun/auto play or popup nonsense every time I attach removable storage devices.
If you simply wish to right click and .iso and select mount follow this simple guide on how to use nautilus scripts to accomplish this. Firstly create two scripts with mount_iso and unmount_iso:
Nautilus, the default File Manager in most Gnome Desktops, is a very versatile and feature rich program that does its job pretty well. Did you know that you can instantly open special locations in Nautilus by typing in some special URIs?
Personally, Nautilus is my file manager of choice. It has plenty of built in features, and anything that isn’t included, I can add it myself with Nautilus Scripts. However, while not bloated by any means, it is a little heavier then a plain file manager needs to be. If you have decent hardware, it will be fine, but if you a lower-end setup, or want to squeeze out every drop of speed, you may want to consider an alternative. While their are plenty of choices out there, here are two of the most popular that I’ve had experiences with.
Linux is known for letting users configure settings to customize nearly every aspect of their desktops. In the past, this has largely been relegated to the more advanced crowd, since it often required editing text-based configuration files; but as Linux becomes more mature, many GUI programs are being written to allow easy customization of the user interface. The Nautilus Actions Configuration utility is one such program that lets you add custom commands to the right-click menu in Nautilus, the default file manager in Gnome.
There are literally dozens of plugins and extensions for Nautilus, the default file manager on the GNOME desktop environment, but there is just one that allows you to customize the Nautilus context menu items. The Nautilus-actions extension enables you to add customized entries to the context menu such that, when you right-click a file, the context menu will show options specific to that file.
I recently went looking for a way to rotate JPG images from within Nautilus, and found a nice way to do this and more. It’s not difficult to customize the right-click popup menu in Nautilus to perform custom actions on files. Here are some instructions and scripts to get you started.
If you’re like me, you like the option of being able to open certain applications on the fly, simply by selecting them from your right click menu. It is possible to add your most used, or any applications to the Ubuntu right click menu with a tool called Nautilus Actions.
Several distributions such as Fedora are shipping Gnome with Nautilus configured in spatial mode. This means that there’s no toolbar, no address bar and worst of all, each folder opens in a new window. A file manager in spatial mode is nothing more than a relic from the mid 90s that’s good only at cluttering people’s desktops with unnecessary windows. Nowadays, every major operating system provides browser-based file managers which opens folders in the same window, there are back and forward buttons and so on.
Nautilus, the official file manager for the GNOME desktop, can help you perform tasks from browsing the filesystem to accessing Samba shares on your local network or FTP sites on the Internet -- and more. Here are a couple of tips and tools that will allow you to open a terminal window from Nautilus and resize and rotate images without opening any other program.
Not too long ago I blogged about the ability to quickly open a terminal session from within nautilus and a handy right-click. If you missed it you might want to take a look back here. In today’s post there is a similar very easy way to quickly resize or rotate images with a simple right-click.