Thursday, May 20, 2010

StumbleUpon Guide To Discovering New Sites

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

A Fresh New Look for Ubuntu

Ubuntu is making a switchover from its 'Human' theme which defined the looks of Ubuntu for the previous 6 years, starting from the time Ubuntu was born. The new style of Ubuntu will be driven by the theme 'Light'.
    A comprehensive set of guidelines has been devised so as to reflect this change at every place related to the Ubuntu project. The new theme takes effect from the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, which is slated for its release in April 2010. This new theme will define the looks of Ubuntu in all future releases.
    The new style of Ubuntu is inspired by idea of 'Light'. and Ubuntu aims to be 'Light' in all senses. It denotes warmth, clarity, efficiency, lightness on resources, etc..

A display of the changes-

1)New Logo- Aims at reflecting the precision & engineering, that sits at the heart of Ubuntu, but not at the expense of the immediately recognisable circle of friends.

2)Community Logos-New logos have been made for the community sites related to Ubuntu.

3)New GTK Themes- I think this is the most important and a timely change for Ubuntu, that will go a long way in enhancing its popularity among the masses.

The Dark Theme

The Light Theme

4)New Bootspash- The theme change is complete with a new Boot Splash, that is absolutely eye-pleasing.

5)New website design- You can see a major change to the looks of the Ubuntu website-

6)New CD cover- The cd cover of Ubuntu 10.04 (onwards) will sport a new look.

Source: and

NB:One thing which I disliked about this new theme is the placement of the Window control(Minimize, Maximize and Close buttons) at the left side of a Window's title-bar.

Monday, February 1, 2010

How to make Windows the default/first entry in your GRUB2 menu

I hadn't tried to understand the working of the GRUB2. One, day when my friend asked me how to make Windows the default entry in his GRUB menu, I didn't have an answer. I went to the Ubuntu wiki page on GRUB2. Its very comprehensive. Most of the general aspects of the working of GRUB2 is explained in it, including the changes, how to configure the grub.cfg file, etc..
Though not explicitly stated in it, the method to make Windows the default entry was pretty clear from it. Here is how you do it- /etc/grub.d

2.sudo mv 30_os-prober 10_0s-prober

3.sudo mv 10_linux 20_linux

4.sudo mv 20_memtest86+ 30_memtest86+

5.sudo update-grub

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Artha- The Best offline Dictionary for Ubuntu

I had done a lot of googling in the past to find out a dictionary that I could use in Ubuntu when I'm not connected to the internet. It yielded nothing, atleast not anything that is ready-packaged for Ubuntu.. Few days ago I was just going through the 'Ubuntu Software center' to find out any random software that may interest me. Well, I found something that interested me; 'Artha'.

Artha is a pretty decent dictionary which works with Wordnet 3.0 as its backend which is very comprehensive(atleast for common use, if not more). It has many features like 'relatives' of the word, which includes "Synonyms, Antonyms, Derivatives, Similar, Domains, Causes, Kinds(Hyponyms)". In my experience I found it very good and indeed comprehensive.

The best feature that I liked in it is its HotKey which is Ctrl+Alt+w. This is a very handy feature, you can just select a word in any software and press the Hotkey combination to invoke Artha, its notification/window will then come up with the meaning, as per your settings selection.(I like the Notifiaction feature)

The version of Artha found in Ubuntu 9.10(Karmic) repository is 0.8.0. But, Artha is available in version 1.0.1 for Ubuntu and many other Linux distributions. It has regular expression based search.You can find the download details for the new version for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, at the following link:
Download Artha 1.0.1

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

I'm using BloGTK Editor 2.0 for blogging

As the GNOME-blog applet was faulty in showing the blog post titles, I searched for an alternative tool.. And this search ended up in the BloGTK 2.0 editor.. The official Ubuntu repositories, still have the BloGTK version 1.2, which I couldn't setup for my account, i thensearched for its newer version. The 2.0 version can autodetect the settings for your blog once you enter the URL of your blog, and the service(blogger, livejournal,etc..) used. Hence, the account setup was a cakewalk...
Added to that BloGTK has the feature to show your old blog posts, edit it, re post it,etc... All this from your desktop itself... Isn't it cool?

You can get the BloGTK 2.0 in your Ubuntu OS, by adding its PPA from-
BloGTK PPA in Launchpad

Please make sure that you're choosing the correct version of your Ubuntu........

I'm now using the gnome-blog applet to post in this blog

I just found out the Gnome applet called "gnome-blog 0.9.1". Its the GNOME web-blogging applet.. It has a very simple interface... The drawback is that the only other options we get are "Bold", "Italic" text stylizing and adding links.... Anyways I feel that posting to your blog directly from the desktop is quite an useful feature, as we can avoid a hell lot many mouse-clicks, and page visits....

It can intearct with the popular blogging sites such as,,etc...

Adding the title feature does not seem to work.. The title is found along with the blog content.... We just have to put up the title manually... Still you may find this tool useful...