At Least it Doesn’t Look Horrible

May 7, 2010

I know I promised that I would try not to bash Lucid Lynx too much in this post, so I’ll get it out of the way at the beginning.  WAY TO JUMP ON THE RIDIN’ APPLE’S D*CK BANDWAGON!  Everything from the default login screen to the location of the Min/Max/Close buttons screams Mac OS X.

That being said, I must admit that it is a refreshing change from the old theme.  Though I did rather like that theme.  One of the biggest “flaws” in my opinion was moving the Min/Max/Close (mmc) buttons to the left.  You can either get used to this or move them back where they belong (on the right).  Moving them isn’t difficult at all, just run gconf-editor.  Then go to apps>metacity>general and from the list on the right choose button_layout; change its value to either
The former puts a simple menu button on the left side like you are used to from previous versions, while the latter has no such menu button. Either way the mmc buttons are now back on the right.

Next is the terminal, you would think it is impossible to mess this up.  Well they did and fortunately they provided the tools to easily fix their blunder.  Who thought that white text on a PURPLE background was a good idea? Well just open a terminal, select edit and then choose Profiles… (or Profile Preferences).  From here it is pretty self explanatory on how to get what you want.  Also a new feature that I like is that you can now choose the default size of the terminal from this location.  Before you would have to edit a file (who’s name I can’t recall at the moment). Other than that, it’s still the terminal we have all known and loved (you better love it or you’ll be severely limited in what you can do).

The notification applet/panel has changed some as well. I suppose it has its improvements but I can’t seem to find them.  However, I can’t find any real faults with it either, so the jury is still out.  I will say however, that it is a little annoying at times.

The set of default background are amazing.  For the first time I haven’t had to go to Google and do an image search to find one that I would like to use.  At least they got this part right I suppose.  Also the icon set didn’t get worse, I’m pretty impartial about this change as well.  The default theme is pretty good, but the only thing that bothered me about it is that when I made my top panel transparent it left behind regions that were still gray. To change this I just changed to the Dust theme, which more or less looks exactly the same.

The screensaver selection has been drastically reduced since 8.04. So either hope that the one you like is still there or you will be forced do download one that you do like.

Next post will be about the pre-installed applications and what I chose to add/remove.

The TOP of the Mountain

December 8, 2009

So back to looking up processes.  I’ve previously mentioned the ps command which lets you see all the processes that are running on your system, without having to leave the comfort of the terminal.  Well top is kind of similar to that.  Instead of showing a list of running processes top shows you the jobs that are currently the most demanding on your processor.

Lets say that all of a sudden your computer starts to slow down and you aren’t sure which application/process is causing it.  Well instead of going through everything in ps aux | less, you could just look at top and figure it out from there.  The display not only tells you how much of your CPU the job is using but it also gives you the process ID (PID), which user is running the job.  Some other information is also displayed but I haven’t looked at it in too much detail so I can’t comment too much.

The output is pretty straight forward and to even help each column has its title printed along the top.

Here is a sample of what my display looks like when I entered the command:


October 8, 2009

Sorry, I haven’t updated in a while. Sadly this won’t change anytime soon. I am extremely busy at the moment. Having to split time between classes, a job, graduate school applications, fellowship applications, and GRE preparation.

So until further notice (probably mid November) don’t expect to many, if any, updates. Thanks.

Recover Lost Data

July 31, 2009

Well this is a pretty interesting topic.  And thus I wouldn’t be able to do it much justice if I were to talk about it with my given aboumt of Linux knowledge.  However, not all is lost.  Here are links to a series of blog post that I think do a pretty darn good job of explaining the process.  Hope you enjoy.

The Back Story

Getting Your Files

Recovering Deleted Files


July 8, 2009

This is my first “theme” blog so please bear with me a little.  As you can guess it is about Linux (more specifically Ubuntu).

First I’ll explain the tabs at the top of the blog.  The “lsb_release -a” is just a fancy way of saying “About”. Basically it is a general overview of the blog (similar to this post).  In case you were wondering when you enter lsb_release -a into the terminal it tells you what version of Ubuntu you are running.

Now for the “man” tab.  It will act as a refernce to some useful (well in useful in some sense) terminal commands. It will contain links to post where the command is discussed. Also when in the terminal if you type man command, it will tell you how to use the command. And to quit this help page just hit the ‘Q‘ key.