Alternative desktops to Gnome 3 – Mate, Cinnamon

Linux users who find Gnome 3 clunky, now have a choice in desktop environments. You can install Cinnamon or go with Mate, which is fork of the Gnome 2 project. Funny that the Gnome developers did not realize that over time, their interface would introduce inefficiencies or wean away their users to other alternatives.

Personally, . . . → Read More: Alternative desktops to Gnome 3 – Mate, Cinnamon

Linux Mint and the Mate desktop

Today I test drove Linux Mint. Must say it is one of the best out there for newbies and experienced users alike. Most of all, it is a cool substitute for Ubuntu or Fedora, if you are not comfortable with the Ubuntu Unity desktop or if you are not comfortable with the Gnome 3 desktop . . . → Read More: Linux Mint and the Mate desktop

Improve Font Quality in Fedora 15 or 16

When you install Fedora 15, you are provided with the default font look that is too thin, and quite difficult to read after a long time. It is quite a strain on the eyes. To improve the quality of fonts, you should do:

# ln -s /etc/fonts/conf.avail/10-autohint.conf /etc/fonts/conf.d/ <enter>

You can optionally also install the . . . → Read More: Improve Font Quality in Fedora 15 or 16

Convert VCD to MPG using vcdimager

Use the vcdimager tool. To install type command as shown below after opening up a terminal window as described here. # yum install vcdimager <enter>

To convert to MPG file, type command as shown below: $ vcdxrip –track=7 –no-ext-psd –gui –progress –nofiles <enter>

To combine 2 MPG files into one: $ cat file1.mpg file2.mpg > . . . → Read More: Convert VCD to MPG using vcdimager

NVIDIA graphics drivers for Fedora 14

# yum install kmod-nvidia xorg-x11-drv-nvidia-libs.i686

The rest is all done for you. If the above driver is not installed, error about not being able to play games such as maniadrive, SuperTux, pops up, saying 3D graphics driver is proprietary or not installed.

Before doing this, make sure you add the rpmfusion-free and rpmfusion-nonfree repositories.

Bulk rename in Linux using the GUI in Linux

Linux has a rename command that you can use at the command line. You can now use the Thunar file manager to perform bulk renames. It makes it really convenient for folks not inclined towards the command line on Linux. You can install it in from your distribution’s repository.

Fedora 14 – Set back resolution to hi-res after install from DVD

When you install Fedora 14 from DVD, it installs in the low res display mode. To enhance that mode to high after installation, do following steps: # cd /etc/X11 # rm xorg.conf # cd /boot/grub # vi grub.conf and delete the nomodeset from the kernel boot lines. :wq

You will now find it boots into . . . → Read More: Fedora 14 – Set back resolution to hi-res after install from DVD

Home folders appear on desktop

This happens when you delete the /home/user/Desktop folder. To restore the normal desktop back, do following steps:

$ vi ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs

Change the line with XDG_DESKTOP_DIR = “$HOME” to XDG_DESKTOP_DIR = “$HOME/Desktop

:wq

After that, create the Desktop folder in your home directory using: $ mkdir Desktop

Restart your computer and you should be able to . . . → Read More: Home folders appear on desktop

Create a default xorg.conf in Feodra 11 for your hardware

By default Fedora 10/11 does not have /etc/X11/xorg.conf then you xorg can not configure monitor to the right Refresh rate. Under Gnome/KDE I can not find any configuration tools to change this. To do this you have to type several commands and edit something on xorg.conf

To generate the xorg.conf based on your hardware: su . . . → Read More: Create a default xorg.conf in Feodra 11 for your hardware

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