Replace Compiz Fusion with Metacity to Run AWN, Screenlets and Visual Effects

In today's Ubuntu Newbie Guide part I'm going to tell you about running the Metacity Compositing Manager instead of Compiz Fusion. Why you would want to do that? Because it uses less resources and it may run better for old or incompatible video cards (including Intel). You don’t even need accelerated graphics to run Metacity with compositing and it even works well inside VirtualBox.

Install VLC 1.0 RC in Ubuntu (from a PPA Repository)

VLC 1.0 release candidate was released about a week ago and it's not yet in the Ubuntu repositories, but if you want to use it in Ubuntu, you can add the following repository:

Guayadeque: A Lightweight Linux Audio Player

Guayadeque is a lightweight audio player for Linux that is still in beta but one of it's best features is that it works really well with a large music database. Among other features: it can fetch covers, lyrics and last.fm artist info from the internet, radio stations and others.

Some screenshots:

Ubuntu - Embed a Terminal into Your Desktop using Compiz [Howto]

I guess you could use a screenlet or something similar to embed a terminal into your desktop, but I want to have it transparent, with no titlebar or border and basically to look like my wallpaper has a terminal. For that, i used Compiz and this is what it looks like:

sK1 Pre-Build Packages for Ubuntu 9.04 and Mandriva Are Now Available

A few days ago I was telling you about sK1, an open-source vector graphics editor similar to CorelDRAW or Adobe Illustrator but at the time I wrote that post, there weren't any pre-build packages for the latest version and also there were some errors compiling it in Ubuntu 9.04.

GnoMenu Brings Eye Candy to the World of the Gnome Menu's

GnoMenu is a consolidated menu for gnome that brings eye candy to the world of the Gnome menu's. Fully functional menu, supports themes, for a composited or non composited desktop. It can emulate the look and feel of the most beautiful menus of most modern desktops, and it can also custom menus, due to its powerful theme XML engine.

Monitor System Resources and Processes in Ubuntu with Watsup

watsup is a simple application for Ubuntu that monitors system resources and the processes using those resources and you can also use it to kill a process.f

Facebook Notify Monitor for Linux

Facebook Notify is a small application which monitors your Facebook profile and notifies you when it changes.

It notifies you when any of the following events occur

* One of your friends changes their status, profile picture, or profile details
* You receive a friend request, event or group invitation

Linux SopCast Player

SopCast Player is designed to be an easy to use Linux GUI front-end for the p2p streaming technology developed by SopCast. SopCast Player features an integrated video player, a channel guide, and bookmarks. Once SopCast Player is installed it simply "just works" with no required configuration.

How to Change The Periodic Disk Check in Ubuntu (fsck)

In Ubuntu (and most Linux distributions), your disks are checked every certain number of times your computer starts (using "fsck", "file system consistency check") to detect errors and correct them. If you're in a hurry, you can press the ESC key to skip this checking process and it will scan the disks the next time you start your computer.

aTunes: Amazing Cross-Platform Audio Player and Manager

aTunes is a full-featured audio player and manager, developed in Java programming language, so it can be executed on different platforms: Windows, Linux and Unix-like systems.

Howto Linux / Ubuntu: Gyachi - Yahoo! Messenger with Webcam, Room Voice Chat, Photo Sharing

Gyachi is a Yahoo! client for Linux operating system that supports almost all of the features you would expect to find on the official Windows Yahoo! client: Voice chat, webcams, faders, 'nicknames', audibles, avatars, display images, and more.

Canonical Announces Ubuntu One: File Sync for Ubuntu

Canonical announced yesterday a new Synchronization service for Ubuntu machines. The new tool is called Ubuntu One and it will allow Ubuntu users to synchronize files between multiple computers via the internet and also share files using it's web interface or work remotely with those computers.

Cairo Dock 2.0.0 is Here (Linux Dock Menu)!

Not so long ago I was telling you about the new version 2 of Cairo Dock which was at the time still in beta/rc and that it doesn't look at all like the old 1 branch - this new version is by far the best dock menu application I've seen for any operating system.

MacOSX-like Dock Menu for KDE: Fancy Tasks [Linux]

- manages your tasks and launchers;
- tasks filtering, grouping (including manual) and sorting;
- launcher to task transition (icons of launchers with running tasks are hidden);

Automatically Change The Wallpaper Under Gnome with Desktop Drapes

Desktop Drapes is a simple wallpaper manager application for the GNOME desktop. It can automatically pick up any new wallpapers you have added to a directory and randomly change your wallpaper at regular interval, or whenever you fell like it.

Highly Ubuntu 9.04 integrated GMail Notifier

The Highly Ubuntu 9.04 integrated GMail Notifier is an e-mail notifier for Ubuntu. Surely some of you might say that there are already some, but there is no such application that does so well in Ubuntu. This is a perfect way of integrating Gmail with the new non-intrusive system notifications of Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Script to Automatically Install Launchpad PPA Keys for All Your Repositories

An user from the UbuntuForums (blackgr) has made a script that checks your current distribution version (so it works from Hardy to Jaunty and probably Karmic) and them it checks your system for all launchpad sources and will download and install the GPG keys for you.

You can download it from here.

Linux Wallpaper Application Based on the Weather, Moon Phase, Time of Day

Dynamic Wallpaper is a Linux application that displays a wallpaper in svg format on your desktop based on the weather, moon phase, time of day, etc. and it also supports themes.

For Ubuntu, you can find a .DEB package

Graphic (Video) Drivers Ubuntu Repository

You can now reduce the wait for the latest graphic card driver in Ubuntu, which will only be available in a few months. There is an Ubuntu repository periodically updated with the latest open source drivers included in the xorg project.

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