Friday, March 4, 2016

Installing Google Chrome 64bit on Ubuntu Wily Werewolf

There is a PPA repository for Google Chrome. This will enable regular updates.

To install the repository key run the following:

% wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

To setup the repository run the following:

% sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'

Note the update above to add [arch=amd64] since if it is missing, you will get the error expected entry 'main/binary-i386/Packages'

Finally to install the chrome browser run the following:

% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable

Friday, August 1, 2014

Replacing Unity on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr with Cinnamon Desktop and Cairo Dock

As I said in an earlier post back in January 2013, I am not a fan of Unity which is the default desktop installed with Ubuntu Trusty Tahr.

I rather like the Cairo Dock to get a Mac-like menu, application, notification, icon list thingy at the bottom of the desktop and have used Cairo Dock way back to Lucid Lynx (which was 2010).

I also run Cinnamon Desktop as the default desktop and run Cairo Dock at start up. I auto-hide the Cinnamon panel at the top of the screen. The notification area for icons is much better with Gnome so I need the panel to be able to see some of the IBM specific notification icons. Auto-hide at the top so you do not see the panel and it takes up zero screen space, but is still available when needed.

To install Cairo Dock, I followed the steps:

% sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins


To install Cinnamon Desktop, I followed the steps:

% sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lestcape/cinnamon
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install cinnamon


To run Cinnamon, you select the desktop using the icon below the password on the Ubuntu login screen.

Installing Google Chrome 64bit on Ubuntu Trusty Tahr

There is a third party PPA repository for Google Chrome.

To install the repository key run the following:

% wget -q -O - https://dl-ssl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

To setup the repository run the following:

% sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/chrome/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google.list'

Finally to install the chrome browser run the following:

% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install google-chrome-stable

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Installing Electricsheep Screensaver on Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal Linux

Electricsheep is an outstanding screen saver for Ubuntu. It can be easily installed and configured using xscreensaver on Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal Linux.

First install the software:

% sudo apt-get install xscreensaver electricsheep

Edit your .xscreensaver options file and add electricsheep so xscreensaver can find it.

% egrep electricsheep .xscreensaver
GL: electricsheep --root 1 \n\


Add xscreensaver to your startup applications. Select the System Tools > Preferences > Startup Applications and add the application. The command is:

xscreensaver -nosplash

Update the screen saver and power settings settings. Select the System Tools > Preferences > Screensaver. Or you can run the command:

xscreensaver-demo

Log out and log back in to complete the installation.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Installing Ubuntu Tweak on Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal Linux

Ubuntu Tweak is an interesting application that lets you do a few things you cannot do with the base Ubuntu install.

To install and always be up to date, simply install the latest release.

% sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
% sudo apt-get update
% sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Installing missing Cisco compatible VPN on Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal Linux

The default Network Manager in Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal has a VPN client available. It includes Point-to-Point Tunnelling Protocol (PPTP) support that is compatible with Microsoft and other PPTP VPN servers.

It is not compatible with Cisco VPN servers.

To add support for IPSec and Cisco-compliant VPN connections, you need to install vpnc support.

% sudo apt-get install network-manager-vpnc

How to Disable Skinny Scrollbars on Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal Linux

The default theme with Ubuntu Quantal Quetzal has these silly skinny scrollbars. The technical name for these is overlay scrollbars, but I am used to the regular scrollbars used in earlier Ubuntu releases and other operating systems.

I found there is a simple one line command to disable these overlay scrollbars.

% gsettings set com.canonical.desktop.interface scrollbar-mode normal