How to stop gnome trackers

Stop trackers, tracker-filesystem-miner, tracker-store, zeitgeist-datahub  in Fedora by typing disabling them using and unchecking the items you want to disable on startup: $ gnome-session-properties <enter>

Uncheck the items: Tracker File System Miner Tracker Miner for Flickr Tracker Store At present, these are checked by default.

This way, you would not have the trackers enabled and . . . → Read More: How to stop gnome trackers

Use GUI to add a new user with encrypted home folder

By default, Ubuntu 12.04 user manager does not allow you to add new users with encrypted home folders. Refer http://www.askmeaboutlinux.com/?p=1898 to know how it is done from the command line.

To add a new user using GUI, you should install: $ sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools <enter>

This gives additional options that you can enter when adding . . . → Read More: Use GUI to add a new user with encrypted home folder

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>

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

Add Applications menu to Gnome 3 on Fedora almost like it was in Gnome 2

The Gnome 3 desktop User Interface lacks in certain Gnome 2 features like the Application menu, Shutdown button that many people were used to. This was a big gripe for all the loyal users for Fedora 16 or Fedora 15. Here is a solution to that problem:

Use the Frippery Applications Menu to get back . . . → Read More: Add Applications menu to Gnome 3 on Fedora almost like it was in Gnome 2

Connect Sony MW600 headset to Linux (only audio output)

Finally, got the MW600 headset connected to Fedora 16 Linux. To do this, you need Pulseaudio and also the Blueman Device Manager. This is a GTK+ manager. The present Gnome 3 bluetooth does not allow this device to be connected.

To do so, install the following packages, if not installed on your linux box: # . . . → Read More: Connect Sony MW600 headset to Linux (only audio output)

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

Enable power off / shudown in Gnome 3 on Fedora 15

Enable shutdown or Power Off… button in Fedora 15 Gnome 3 # yum install gnome-shell-extensions-alternative-status-menu <enter>

Modify font size, look and feel of the Gnome 3 desktop

# vi /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css <enter>

Replace all font-size with 10 pt or greater where font-size < 10pt. 10pt should be okay for most people.

This would apply till Gnome 3 comes with a GUI-based configuration editor to do this.

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