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Tweaking Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron with Ubuntu Tweak

A few days back i discovered a really neat tool called Ubuntu-Tweak which allows one to tweak Ubuntu easily using wizard based approach and easy to use attractive interface, which otherwise might take a number of cryptic commands and modification to config file to do . The tool basically allows one to tweak a number of things in Gnome running on Ubuntu which is difficult to do otherwise.

Some of the features of Ubuntu-Tweak includes (taken from Ubuntu-Tweak website ):
Features of Ubuntu Tweak

* View of Basic System Information(Distribution, Kernel, CPU, Memory, etc.)
* GNOME Session Control
* Auto Start Program Control
* Show/Hide and Change Splash screen
* Show/Hide desktop icons or Mounted Volumes
* Show/Hide/Rename Computer, Home, Trash icon or Network icon
* Tweak Metacity Window Manager’s Style and Behavior
* Compiz Fusion settings, Screen Edge Settings, Window Effects Settings, Menu Effect Settins
* GNOME Panel Settings
* Nautilus Settings
* Advanced Power Management Settings
* System Security Settings

With Ubuntu-Tweak 0.3 there is additional feature of assigning applications/actions to short cut keys too :) .

So here are the instructions on how to install Ubuntu-Tweak on your Ubuntu 8.04 Installation :

Open up the terminal window(Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal ) and type in the following command :

First we add repository where Ubuntu-Tweak is located with the following commands

echo "
deb hardy main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list


echo "
deb-src hardy main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

After this we actually install Ubuntu-Tweak with the following commands

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

After issuing the above command Ubuntu-Tweak should be properly installed and you could launch it from (Applications -> System Tools -> Ubuntu Tweak )

Opening screen of Ubuntu-Tweak 0.3 on Hardy Heron

Some other screen shots of Ubuntu-Tweak

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  1. Anonymous8:31 PM

    wow nice find, must try this out. thanks.

  2. Anonymous5:48 PM

    awesome my desktop is much cleaner now thanks


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