Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Gutsy (Ubuntu 7.10) Tweaks

Just upgraded to Gutsy from within Feisty, which took about an hour, and things look great, for the most part. But here's a few things just to make sure everything was in tip-top shape:
  • To enable Compiz Fusion, System->Preferences->Appearance->Visual Effects->Extra
  • Gutsy doesn't ship with the Compiz Fusion settings manager, and I wanted my old (Beryl) settings back... run sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager in a terminal to install it and ccsm in a terminal to launch it
    • Don't forget to create a new profile in Preferences or else you'll be screwing with the default settings
    • Personally, from the defaults I enable Rotate Cube, Paint fire, Water effect, Wobbly windows, Annotate, Splash, Cube Caps, Shift Switcher; I disable Expo; I tweak Desktop Cube (General->Multi Output Mode->One Big Cube) and Animations
  • Fonts on my system were oddly stretched out vertically. Here's a solution from this thread: edit the line in /etc/gdm/gdm.conf that says -command=/usr/bin/X -br -audit 0 to say -command=/usr/bin/X -br -audit 0 -dpi 96
  • The fonts still look a little screwy. I'm just going to bite the bullet and install the MS core fonts ... a HOWTO is here.
  • Download updates automatically in the background: System->Administration->Software Sources->Updates->Download all updates in the background
  • Synchronize your clock to NTP servers sudo apt-get install ntp
  • Autohide pannels: Right click on a panel->Properties->Autohide
    • Set how much of a panel can be seen when it is hidden: link

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