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Bliss Unity Lens – Menu Style

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The Bliss Lens takes things old-skool: organising applications into category folders reminicisnt of the old GNOME 2 menus.

This is for those who prefer the more traditional approach to application-menu structure. Each application category is a folder. Inside each folder lay the respective application icons.

Created by Mikkel Kamstrup Erlandsen, Maintainer of the Unity Application Lens.


Step by Step Package Creation and Install.

1) Install some development tools:

sudo apt-get install bzr gnome-common checkinstall

2) Create a folder



bzr branch lp:unity-lens-bliss

3) From /projects/bliss/unity-lens-bliss$


./ --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc && make

4) Create a package for it:


sudo checkinstall


This package will be built according to these values:

0 –  Maintainer: [ Silverwave ]
1 –  Summary: [ Bliss Lens Hack for Unity ]
2 –  Name:    [ bliss-unity-lens—menu-style ]
3 –  Version: [ 0.0.1 ]
4 –  Release: [ 1 ]
5 –  License: [ GPL ]
6 –  Group:   [ checkinstall ]
7 –  Architecture: [ amd64 ]
8 –  Source location: [ unity-lens-bliss ]
9 –  Alternate source location: [  ]
10 – Requires: [  ]
11 – Provides: [ unity-lens ]
12 – Conflicts: [  ]
13 – Replaces: [  ]

Enter a number to change any of them or press ENTER to continue:

Installing with make install…

Done. The new package has been installed and saved to


You can remove it from your system anytime using:

dpkg -r bliss-unity-lens---menu-style


5) Log-out, log-in. Test.

From Unity Bliss: An Alternative Application Lens for Ubuntu.

Optional: You can remove the old lens via the package manager.

Its called “unity-lens-applications” and after removal you will need to log-out, log-in, again.


Note: The best way to use the Bliss lens is to hit SUPER + A.

Keyboard Shortcuts
SUPER + A – application lens
SUPER + F – files lens
SUPER + M – music lens


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November 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm

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11.04 Oneiric – Firefox Beta 8.0~b4 – Sound problem with Movie Player caused by npviewer.bin

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I was experiencing issues when playing video with Movie Player and mplayer.

I initially thought it was caused by pulseaudio but traced it down to Firefox and npviewer.bin usage.

If I kill npviewer.bin the sound works.

Will look for a bug to report it under.


Written by SilverWav

October 23, 2011 at 10:06 am

Upgrading to Oneiric 11.10 Beta 1 – Dealing with Zeitgeist (zeitgeist kills kittens as well)

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Uninstalling Zeitgeist can cause issues as it is used by Unity and expected to be available. Removal could be a problem in the future as other programs may look for it being installed.

There are also privacy concerns, see zeitgeist kills kittens as well.

But there is a simple solution:

  1. Remove the old databases and use the “–replace” argument to generate new files.
  2. Then change permissions so no one can read or write to them. :-)


# Delete previous logging.
rm ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite
zeitgeist-daemon --replace


# Render Zeitgeist illiterate - cannot read or write
chmod -rw ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite*


Note: In place of the rm command I navigated to the folder and deleted everything manually.

Written by SilverWav

September 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

Upgrading to Oneiric 11.10 Beta 1 – Zeitgeist logs the user’s activities and events – files opened, websites visited, conversations held with other people, etc

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Zeitgeist is a service which logs the user’s activities and events (files
opened, websites visited, conversations held with other people, etc.) and
makes the relevant information available to other applications.

These guys look like OK ppl so why are they doing something like this without express user consent?

If you know what Zeitgeist is and you turn it on to monitor what you do then Zeitgeist is great.

But if you don’t know what it is and what it does, and you haven’t been asked to opt-in… is that not a breach of your right to privacy?


The more I look into this the more concerned I become.

I think the least we need is a pop up explaining the implications of Zeitgeist and allowing you to configure it.


This looks like it will do the job:

# Delete previous logging.
rm ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite
zeitgeist-daemon --replace


# Render Zeitgeist illiterate - cannot read or write
chmod -rw ~/.local/share/zeitgeist/activity.sqlite*


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September 4, 2011 at 10:59 am

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Upgrading to Oneiric 11.10 Beta 1 – zeitgeist-daemon 100 cpu on 1 core fix

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zeitgeist-extension-fts 0.0.7-0ubuntu2 (amd64 binary) in ubuntu oneiric

Then cd to the dl folder and do this:

sudo dpkg -i zeitgeist-extension-fts_0.0.7-0ubuntu2_all.deb

See here.

Note: to stop the 100% CPU thing while you install this do:
zeitgeist-daemon -r
And Ctrl+C a few times to get back to the cli

Written by SilverWav

September 4, 2011 at 10:28 am

Oneiric 11.10 – No detail view on the file manager Nautilus? Use Thunar.

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Use Alt + F2 and type in:

gksu nautilus

Then you get to use the adult version and use can select  a view “compact” and add extra columns etc..

But… it does not look as if these setting are saved, which is annoying.


Plan B

Use Thunar, install via the software Centre and it will ask if you want a launcher created.

Also install the thunar-archive-plugin (an Archive plugin for Thunar file manager).

Or PCManFM which is very nice and simple, and no bloody breadcrumbs!

Ooh it also has a root mode built-in nice :-)

Written by SilverWav

September 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Ubuntu 11.10 will Provide Post Release Updates for ATI and Nvidia Proprietory Drivers

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Interesting – searched for this after seeing as an option in Alternative drivers via Ubuntu control centre.

Tried it and it works for me ;-)

Updates to the proprietary AMD Catalyst and NVIDIA drivers post-release will finally be available! No longer will you be bound to the latest NVIDIA / AMD driver release at the time of the distribution’s release. Canonical is looking to provide optional packages via Jockey that user’s can opt-in to using that would enable using the latest monthly / stable blobs. This though isn’t for open-source driver users since those are harder to update in a sane manner, but there is also xorg-edgers for that as well.

here and here.

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September 2, 2011 at 9:47 pm

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