How to get back missing Dropbox icon in the Ubuntu panel

I noticed that my dropbox icon went missing due to a bug in Dropbox. To restore it, I came across this post, and at the command line, had to issue following commands after opening a terminal window:

First, install libappindicator1 once by: $ sudo apt-get install libappindicator1 <enter>

Now, each time, the below commands need . . . → Read More: How to get back missing Dropbox icon in the Ubuntu panel

How to install Dropbox on Linux desktop

Setup a free Dropbox account for yourself at https://www.dropbox.com/login

Download the deb file for your distribution from https://www.dropbox.com/install?os=lnx and install, if you use Ubuntu, using: $ sudo dpkg -i dropbox* <enter>

Start it from Applications Menu->Internet->Dropbox. Next up, will be a screen as follows.

Figure 1: Dropbox daemon Start

Click on the Start button . . . → Read More: How to install Dropbox on Linux desktop

Install Numix theme in Xubuntu 13.04

Follow below steps to install the Numix theme into Xubuntu 13.04. In Xubuntu 13.10, this theme appears by default. Open a terminal window and:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa <enter> $ sudo apt-get update <enter> $ sudo apt-get install numix-gtk-theme <enter>

Remove Cinnamon desktop from ubuntu

To remove Cinnamon desktop from Ubuntu after you have installed it, open a terminal window and enter following commands: $ sudo apt-get purge cinnamon <enter> $ sudo apt-get autoremove <enter>

Cinnamon desktop on Ubuntu

If you are not comfortable with the Ubuntu Unity desktop, you can try out Cinnamon desktop for a change. To do so, type the following commands in a terminal window:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable <enter> $ sudo apt-get update <enter> $ sudo apt-get install cinnamon <enter>

Bonus you also get gnome 2 classic with it.

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Install Gnome Shell as alternative to Unity on Ubuntu

If you do not want to use Unity, the default Ubuntu desktop, you can install Gnome Shell using the following command in a terminal window:

$ sudo apt-get install gnome-shell <enter>

Install MyUnity for finer control over Unity desktop

You can control the Unity desktop more finely, by installing the MyUnity package. MyUnity allows you to change more settings than the default allowed by Ubuntu. You can install MyUnity using the following command:

$ sudo apt-get install myunity <enter>

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

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

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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

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