Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Linux Mint 13 "Maya" Cinnamon / MATE Released

Linux Mint team has released their latest operating system Linux Mint 13 codenamed "Maya" that brings two brand new desktop environment: Cinnamon and MATE.

The Cinnamon and MATE are desktop environments aim to bring classic look and feel almost exactly like GNOME 2 with improvements. While Cinnamon is a fork of GNOME 3 Shell, The MATE desktop is a fork of GNOME 2.

Linux Mint 13 "Maya" Cinnamon Edition

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Install NVIDIA in Debian

Debian GNU/Linux OS comes with built-in open-source graphics driver to make use of your graphics device, which decent enough to display graphical appearance on your monitor. But, this driver is not suitable or has a poor quality if you want to see more than just basic graphics, such as for displaying 3D graphics and other effects.

Recently I wrote an article about how to install the NVIDIA driver in LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition), which is a distro based on Debian pre-configured with some additional proprietary applications sources. Basically, installing the NVIDIA driver in Debian is not too different from doing it in LMDE, except that you have to activate some non-free repository in Debian's software sources, because unlike LMDE, it is only pre-configured with purely open-source apps repository.

Here I want to show you how to activate non-free repo and then install the NVIDIA graphics driver in Debian.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

How to Auto-Unlock Keyring in Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10

One of the benefits of using Ubuntu OS is it comes with build-in security/safety/privacy feature. One of this feature is a keyring manager application that stores and manage your password for your credentials. This feature is really useful to keep your credentials safe and no one can unlock them, except you of course, even if your Ubuntu-powered machine (laptop, netbook, etc) got stolen.

It is highly recommended that you use this feature for storing your password, if an application you use support it. For example, everytime you open Google Chrome browser that save online password for your convenience, if you choose to use auto-login when using Ubuntu desktop, it will ask you to enter your password to unlock stored password managed by Ubuntu's build-in password manager.

Although it's good for safety, some people feel that it is anoying to enter password everytime they use certain applications. If you think so, here I will show you how to disable this feature so it will be automatically unlock keyring then it will never ask for your password again.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Install Latest WINE in Debian / Linux Mint (LMDE)

We love Linux and free/open source softwares. Unfortunately, we live in a world where most people are still using proprietary software in Windows OS, so that many applications are still only available for the Microsoft's OS. Fear not, the Linux community has a very useful application called WINE, short of Wine Is Not an Emulator, a software that can run a Windows application on Linux machine.

Most Linux distro (including Debian/Mint) have WINE in its official repository, all we have to do is running a single-line command like sudo apt-get install wine to install it. Unfortunately, at least in Debian system official repository (including Debian Squeeze (stable), Wheezy (testing), or LMDE which is based on Debian Testing, WINE package is a bit obsolate. WINE version in the repo is 1.0, while latest stable version of WINE is 1.4, let alone the beta version which currently has reached WINE 1.5. The latest version of WINE brings many features and improvements compared with previous one, supports more Windows apps/games, and also bug fixes.

According to WINE official page, we can install latest WINE on Debian system via this website. The page does not provide a repository that we can simply add it to the Debian source list, but we have to download all necessary packages of latest WINE and install them all manually.

Here I will show you how to install lates WINE in Debian.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

zClearlooksAdwaita: Clean, Simple Ubuntu Theme

As we know, Ubuntu 12.04 comes with default theme called Ambiance, along with its light version named Radiance, they both are part of and available in Ubuntu Light Themes package, themes with orang/brown/purple color dominance.

For some people, those theme are too strong and even too iritating in the eyes, thus they likely change the theme with a more smooth and soft theme. Besides the two themes, Ubuntu also comes with a theme called Adwaita, a default GNOME 3 theme, which is giving soft color theme.

The Adwaita theme contains Adwaita GTK 3 theme, and also Clearlooks as a fallback theme for GTK 2 applications (like Firefox, Chrome, LibreOffice, and most other apps that do not support GTK 3 yet). I for one like the theme but unfortunately (at least for me), the fallback theme that is Clearlooks is not looking consistent with the Adwaita, especially with its out-of-context blue scrollbars.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Install NVIDIA in Linux Mint Debian / LMDE 201204

Linux Mint is known as one of the most popular Linux distribution aims to provide easy-to-use, user-friendly operating system for new average Linux users coming from Windows OS.

The main edition of Linux Mint is based on and compatible with Ubuntu OS, the most popular Linux distro, that takes advantages from Ubuntu world such as huge software availibility, community support and other things, and in addition, it also provides some useful features on its own that makes Linux Mint even easier for beginner.

In addition to Ubuntu-based distro, Linux Mint is also availbale in a Debian-based OS, named LMDE, short of Linux Mint Debian Edition. This edition is arguably more stable and faster than the Ubuntu-based one, but, while keeping the goal to provide an as easy as possible to use OS for newbie, Linux Mint Debian Edition lacks some convenience feature found in the main edition (Ubuntu-based).

Unlike the main edition, there is no application like "Additional Drivers" (jockey) in LMDE, which is a very useful tool for automatically detecting proprietary hardware driver such as NVIDIA video graphics card driver. So, LMDE users have to manually install the correct packages.

This article will show you how to easily install the NVIDIA video driver in LMDE 201204.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Quit Session Button / Command for Linux

I recently installed the new, final version of Ubuntu 12.04 a.k.a Precise Pangolin, and found it a very good Ubuntu release. It is more stable, faster, and much more responsive than its previous version.

I think its shiny Unity interface is the best user interface mainly for new users. But for me, an Ubuntu user who like experimenting with operating system installation, Unity did not last very long on my PC. I'm not saying that I a Linux expert, no, I am still a noob in Linux world, but I just like to do some experiment to installed system. I like to change its interface, by installing some other desktop, thanks to availibility of desktop environments in Ubuntu/Linux. That is one of the reasons why I like Ubuntu over any other Linux distro. If a software is made available for Linux, then it is almost sure that there is an EASY installation or version for Ubuntu.

I tried installing some different desktop envioronments including its official derivates based on KDE (Kubuntu), XFCE (Xubuntu) and LXDE (Lubuntu), other desktop environment including MATE desktop, the fork of oldies but goodies GNOME 2, and also with combination including standalone session using Compiz.

Basically, there is no problem I found when using standalone Compiz session, except a little problem that I could not find an easy button or a way for logging out smoothly from the Compis session. So, I started searching some information on the internet for the solution. I didn't find many, but I did find enough working script.

So, by editing and combining command and script I found, I finally able to made a simple script that works. The screenshot below is the Quit Session window that I made, based on scripts I found on Arch Linux and Ubuntu forums.

And below is the code, a python script, I gave this tiny app a name: "Quit Now!", an agnostic Linux desktop session utility, for immediately quitting current session (Log out, Reboot and Shutdown):
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