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Old 06-08-2010, 08:08 PM   #1
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Smile Desktop tricks for a rookie


Hey, i started using Ubuntu over a month now and everything has been going great thanks to some help from users on here but I was wondering

What things I should install for my desktop?
Are there tricks to make it look cool with accessories and what not?
Different themes or tool bars, etc?

thanks in advance!
 
Old 06-08-2010, 08:45 PM   #2
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As far as the looks are concerned, you might find this useful (that is assuming that you use Gnome desktop environment)
It's really difficult to tell what you should install on your system as we don't know what you want to have on your system. It would be better if you asked more specific questions.

If you like eye-candy, you might want to google 'compiz'.
 
Old 06-08-2010, 08:58 PM   #3
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yeah sorry I was worried bout that.

one thing i want tho is something like the toolbar at the bottom of this.. mac looking.
http://gnome-look.org/content/previe...+color+chooser
 
Old 06-08-2010, 09:17 PM   #4
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If I'm not mistaken, this is cairo-dock.
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CairoDock
 
Old 06-09-2010, 06:23 AM   #5
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Neither docks nor Gnome are really my kind of thing but have a look here, particularly that first makeuseof link.
 
Old 06-09-2010, 05:39 PM   #6
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yeah sorry I was worried bout that.

one thing i want tho is something like the toolbar at the bottom of this.. mac looking.
http://gnome-look.org/content/previe...+color+chooser
Yeah, google 'ciarodock'. (I think I spelled it right) I know many people who use it on both Linux and Windows.
 
Old 06-10-2010, 06:01 PM   #7
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I use avant window manager over cairo dock, just a personal preference. You can get some themes and icon packs for it and make it look pretty awesome. You can get it in Ubuntu with

Code:
sudo apt-get install awn
Or just through Synaptic by searching 'awn' or 'avant'

Another thing you might want (which I dont use anymore) is conky. Conky allows you to display information right on your desktop, check it out you might find it useful.

Pretty sure its in the repo's for Ubuntu or just get it from http://conky.sourceforge.net/

Gnome-look.org is good for themes and what not though the way they are packaged doesnt seem very consistent to me and it usually turns into a hassle getting icons etc to work.

The main one if your system is decent would be Compiz. It give all the effects you mostly see on youtube etc Things like window effects, the rotating desktop cube, transitions etc. If you have a decent pc you will barely notice any performance hit and if its setup right you can 'wow' most windows users who havent seen linux before

It is basically installed on default, im not in front of a ubuntu box at the moment but you basically go to "System -> Appearance -> Desktop effects (I think) -> Advanced".

To get advanced options install

Code:
sudo apt-get install compiz-settings-manager
Good luck!

-Matt

Last edited by mhouston100; 06-10-2010 at 06:09 PM. Reason: Forgot to include any links etc, My bad
 
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Old 06-11-2010, 07:15 AM   #8
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Thanks guys,

One thing I dont get though is how to use the codes. Where do I enter that code?
 
Old 06-11-2010, 10:32 AM   #9
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Terminal.

See the LinuxCommand tutorial in my sig.
 
Old 06-11-2010, 02:22 PM   #10
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Thanks guys,

One thing I dont get though is how to use the codes. Where do I enter that code?
Go to Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal (if you're using gnome)

And I also believe it's

Code:
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
Then to use it type

Code:
ccsm
To clear up any confusion

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