This is an idea straight out of those futuristic 80′s movies! However, it works and it’s not done on a Commodore 64. With this neat little customization, your splash screen will be happy to greet you any time you want to use your computer. Created by OMG!Ubuntu reader Shnatsel and assured to do nothing to hurt your computers, it’s ready to go!
“It also should be safe to install and use – it won’t break anything, the worst thing it can do is fall back to text mode (but the system will still boot to GUI).”
First thing to be aware of us is if Plymouth looks like a mess to you now it will continue to look a mess with this; you’ll need to fix that.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shnatsel/plymouth
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install plymouth-theme-smooth-greeting
To uninstall run:
sudo apt-get remove plymouth-theme-smooth-greeting
Want better flash performance in Ubuntu? OMG! Ubuntu reader Eduardo got in touch to share a nifty hack to get just that.
How? I’ll let Adobe’s Mike Melanson explain:
“…there is [an] option in mms.cfg that will be of use to Linux users: “OverrideGPUValidation”. Pursuant to the need to have such stringent rules for validating whether the Linux Flash Player can use the GPU. If you wish to force the Flash Player to bypass its GPU validity checks, add “OverrideGPUValidation=true” (without the quotes) to your mms.cfg.”
This allows you to boost Flash by bypassing GPU validation. Eduardo tested it and said ‘the difference is noticeable.’
Eduardo provides two ways to enable it:
Using the terminal enter:
sudo mkdir /etc/adobe && echo “OverrideGPUValidation=true”|sudo tee /etc/adobe/mms.cfg
He also notes that it may be possible to enable it via the hidden adobe folder inside the home folder, in which case use:
echo OverrideGPUValidation=true >> ~/.adobe/mms.cfg
If you’re fortunate enough to have a graphics card capable of displaying Plymouth boot splashes then ‘Plymouth Manager’ may just be of interest.
- Enable/disable Plymouth
- Set splash resolution
- Fixing errant errors
- Choosing/creating new themes
Find most recent download at launchpad.net/plymouth-manager/+download
If you’re up for the task, why not help translate it to your language? http://plymouthmanager.wordpress.com/about/
It’s a known and reported bug and while an easy front-end setting to choose the display name is still lacking, this can still be changed.
Responding to the bug report with a fix was a user called Ar. You can use either the Terminal to get the changes (easiest) or manually via the Gconf-Editor (ALT+F2 > gconf-editor)
To remove the name from the MeMenu altogether:
gconftool -s /system/indicator/me/display --type int 0
To show your real name/’about me’ name:
gconftool -s /system/indicator/me/display --type int 2
To display the default account username:
gconftool -s /system/indicator/me/display --type int 1
Note: The gconf-editor option will not be available until you attempt to change this option using the terminal first.
In the past I talked about how a Docky user can change their Docky icons by navigating to the appropriate folder in Nautilus. Well, now I can take that one step further.
I’m going to show you how to use your Docky Anchor icon to navigate directly to that lovely Nautilus folder all with one click. For those of you that are worried that doing this might not allow you to open your Docky Settings, don;t worry. You will still be able to right-click on the Anchor and click Settings.
Step 1: GConf-Editor
- Open your gconf-editor by navigating to Applications > System Tools > Configuration Editor (or
gconf-editor in your terminal)
- Navigate to /apps/docky-2/Docky/Items/DockyItem/
- Change DockyItemCommand to
gksu nautilus /usr/share/applications
- Close GConf-Editor
Step 2: Change your Icons
- Click on your Docky Anchor
- Type in your password
- Navigate to the program icon you would like to change
Install Stacks in Docky with one command
The script automatically fetches and installs the files needed to both install and successfully run Docky with Stacks.
Open a terminal and enter the following line carefully:
wget href="http://www.panticz.de/sites/default/files/Docky/compile.docky.stacks.sh.txt -O - | bash -
Click here to see the original article and the source code of the bash script.