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Xubuntu To The Rescue: Swap Ubuntu (Quantal) to Xubuntu 12.10 Sweet :-)

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12.04 to 12.10: Well that was the simplest upgrade I have ever done :-)

After testing Unity for years I have decided that it degrades my Linux experience and that I need to move on.

I still love Ubuntu, its just that the Unity UI is physically painful to use.

Xubuntu to the rescue!


Install Xfce (Xubuntu) on Ubuntu Linux

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

To upgrade to 12.10

Switch Notify me of a new Ubuntu version.

Set to “For any new version.”

Software Updater > Settings > Software Sources:


Notes: Appearance

Style: Clearlooks (Title bar is blue not orange, tool tips yellow not black).

Icons: elementary Xfce dark

Notes: Firefox

Create blank rule in Stylish: nodropmarker

.bookmark-item[container] > .toolbarbutton-menu-dropmarker { display: none !important; }

Notes: Thunar File Manager

EM: Unable to find or create wastebasket directory

Fix: Use Shift+Delete :-)

Notes: Update Manager Delay

Fix: No fix yet but it does start after 20 seconds.

Notes: VirtualBox Guest Additions not installing

Fix: Install the newest deb (no repository yet).

Ubuntu 12.10 (“Quantal Quetzal”)  i386AMD64

sudo dpkg -i package.deb


Download VirtualBox for Linux Hosts

Install Xfce (Xubuntu) on Ubuntu Linux

[SOLVED] Xubuntu 11.10 – Unable to find or create wastebasket directory

How to remove icons from FF 4 Bookmarks Toolbar? Waste of space!

Remove drop down arrow from containers on bookmarks toolbar


Written by SilverWav

October 18, 2012 at 9:26 pm


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The day they killed RSS (Livemarks) on Firefox


Yeah that about sums up my feelings on the matter :-|

Mozilla and Firefox had a great idea with their original implementation of RSS, “Livemarks” but they didn’t build on that success or promote it to users, instead they tried to hide it, and now the latest blow… the emasculation of Livemarks.

Bug 613588 – (livemarksIO) Replace livemarks with asynchronous load-on-demand livemarks

Three major changes in Firefox: 1) Live Bookmarks are loaded “on demand,” instead of Firefox checking for new items in the background; 2) Live Bookmarks are handled asynchronously, which prevents Firefox from locking up whenever feed items are stored or accessed; and 3) Live Bookmark items are no longer considered “bookmarks,” speeding up the display of and searches for actual bookmarks. The basic rationale for these changes is presented here by the developer who eventually coded them. The reasons all make perfect sense


So… do the dev’s really hate RSS and are they trying to kill it off completely in the coming Firefox versions?

Well the signs don’t look great…

This Bug was posted on the 20th of June 2012 and still no sign of a fix…

It affects 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

So is even this watered down version of RSS going to wither on the vine?

Time will tell but things are not looking good for the future of RSS on Firefox, not good at all :-(

Note: A possible ray of hope:

Marco Bonardo [:mak] 2012-02-27 05:28:13 PST

(In reply to Girish Sharma from comment #105)
> Is there a way to disable this feature?, so as to load the livemarks
> automatically, without the need of going to each livemarks and waiting for
> it to load ?

Until bug 725964 is at least made better, updating livemarks is expensive. We don’t want our users to pay that cost they may not need (thus why the livemark load on access). That said, I’m evaluating making a really simple restartless add-on for users willing to pay that price.

Written by SilverWav

September 3, 2012 at 8:15 pm

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Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin beta 2 – Disable Sticky Edges & Display one launcher, at last :-)

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What’s new in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin beta 2 since beta 1

Unity (both 2D and 3D) gained an option to configure the launcher for multi-monitor setups: you can now select to display the launcher on the primary monitor or on all monitors. The Launcher behaviour for multi-monitor setups can be set from System Settings (Displays, under Launcher Placement). Under System Settings, you can now also enable/disable Sticky Edges:


Written by SilverWav

April 1, 2012 at 2:15 pm

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Firefox 12 Add-on Compatibility – a case in point: Tab Utilities 1.1.3

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An example: Tab Utilities 1.1.3.

Some of the compatibilities reports say it is OK….

But how do I test it if its marked non-compatible?

Add-on Compatibility Reporter no longer allows the user to force compatibility.

Oh. Dear. Me.

This sound just like the bad old days :-(

Here is the fix:
extensions.checkCompatibility.12.0 = false
extensions.checkCompatibility.12.0a = false
extensions.checkCompatibility = false

I had uninstalled it and previously the site would not allow me to reinstall.

After the addition of the preferences above I was allowed to install and all looks OK so far.

Written by SilverWav

March 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

What can go wrong? Hitting the: “update-manager -d” to PrecisePangolin 12.04

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Lets do it :-D

Terminal: sudo update-manager -d&

And… back up and running :-)

Downloading the files took 30-45mins, the configuration and updating about an hour.

Reboot was quick and then straight back in to 12.04 after login.

Next up was 20 seconds of scary white screen with black dots… then Tada!

Both screens clear to show my desktop.

Both monitor screens now have a launch bar, whereas before there was only one.

Sweet :-)


Mouse cursor traversal between displays is too “sticky”

Bug Description

With an un-mirrored dual display setup, the left side of the external display is “sticky” for the mouse cursor, which presents a problem when trying to traverse to internal display which is configured to the left of the external.

Saitek USB keyboard “Light Colour Key” forces a restart of X on 12.04 precise

Bug Description

What you expected to happen:
When the built in media key is hit the keyboard lights should cycle through the available colours.

What happened instead
A restart of X.
Could be a crash or “Ctrl-Alt-Backspace” key combination forcing a restart of X.

YouTube – How to file a bug on Launchpad

Upgrade Shots:


= Welcome to the Ubuntu ‘Precise Pangolin’ development release =

”This is still a BETA release.”
”Do not install it on production machines.”

Thanks for your interest in this development release of Ubuntu.
The Ubuntu developers are moving very quickly to bring you the
absolute latest and greatest software the Open Source Community has to
offer. This development release brings you a taste of the newest features
for the next version of Ubuntu.

== Testing ==

Please help to test this development snapshot and report problems back to the
developers.  For more information about testing Ubuntu, please read:

== Reporting Bugs ==

This development release of Ubuntu contains bugs. If you want to help
out with bugs, the Bug Squad is always looking for help. Please read the
following information about reporting bugs:

Then report bugs using apport in Ubuntu.  For example:

ubuntu-bug linux

will open a bug report in Launchpad regarding the linux package. Your
comments, bug reports, patches and suggestions will help fix bugs and improve
future releases.

== Participate in Ubuntu ==

If you would like to help shape Ubuntu, take a look at the list of
ways you can participate at

== More Information ==

You can find out more about Ubuntu on the Ubuntu website and Ubuntu

To sign up for Ubuntu development announcements, please
subscribe to Ubuntu’s development announcement list at:

Written by SilverWav

March 3, 2012 at 11:02 am

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Precise Pangolin Ubuntu 12.04 Release Notes

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Cant find the release notes?

I think they are now called “TechnicalOverview” :-)

Get Ubuntu 12.04

Upgrading from Ubuntu 11.10

To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘12.04’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.10 on a server system: install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed; launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade -d; and follow the on-screen instructions. Note that the server upgrade is now more robust and will utilize GNU screen and automatically re-attach in case of e.g. dropped connection problems.

Upgrading from Ubuntu 10.04

There are some known issues at this time, so only developers and testers should try doing this upgrade at the moment. (927993)



Written by SilverWav

March 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

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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

Written by SilverWav

November 5, 2011 at 11:50 pm

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