26 June 2014

Nodoka Theme MATE

Sweet Memory
Back in my old days, I had been using Fedora Linux 7 alongside Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. My personal reason why I used to be a Fedora user is because of its default theme. A blue, simple, gorgeous theme called Nodoka, one of the best theme ever made.

With the rebirth and the rise of MATE Desktop, I'm really curious to try Nodoka theme in MATE desktop, and amazingly, the theme works perfect. And so I present you a Ubuntu package port of Fedora's Nodoka theme here and I call it nodoka-theme-mate.

Download the tarball, extract it, and install the debs with command sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Download the tarball HERE.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS with MATE Desktop 1.8.0 and nodoka-theme-mate

21 June 2014

How To Make Ubuntu's Unity Runs Faster

Since Ubuntu 11.04, Unity has been the default desktop for Ubuntu. Many user don't like, but many others love it. At the first, I also didn't like Unity, but then I slowly realized that Unity brings perfect Desktop philosophy : beautiful, elegant, but also simple and looks professional. We could search and execute applications by searching in dash.

With all its pros, Unity also comes with its cons. One of most disturbing thing of Unity desktop is its desktop-3D-effects-bloated and makes Unity runs slowly in middle or low specs PCs. But we don't have to be sad, there are tricks to make Unity Desktop runs faster, and they are quite simple to do.

Install CCSM
The tool to tweak Unity is ccsm, so we need to install it first :
sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Disable Animations
1. Open Compiz Config Settings Manager

2. Go to category Effects, and select Animations.

3. Change all animations settings to None by double clicking the options in the box (Open Animations, Close Animations, Minimize Animations, Shade Animations, Focus Animations).

Disable Blur
1. Back to main CCSM menu and go to category Desktop. Select menu Ubuntu Unity Plugin.

2. In Ubuntu Unity Plugin menu, go to tab Experimental, and find the option Blur (below) and change it to No Blur.

3. Exit CCSM, and now your Unity desktop will run faster.

21 May 2014

How To Install GIMP 2.6.12 in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

GIMP 2.8 is not as good as I thought, and probably not only me who feel the same. So, is it possible to install GIMP 2.6.12 in the newer Ubuntu Linux versions (13.10/14.04) ? The answer is yes. It is possible, and quite easy. We just need to install the GIMP 2.6.12 from Ubuntu 12.04 repository. Here are the steps.

1. Backup the default sources.list
sudo mv /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.bak

2. Create precise's sources.list
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

put this address :

deb http://id.archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/ precise main restricted

The detailed address is different depends on where you are. I'm Indonesian, so the repo address is id.archive.ubuntu.com. If you are in US, the repo address is us.archive.ubuntu.com.

3. Update apt database
sudo apt-get update

4. Install GIMP
sudo apt-get install gimp

Now, we have the gold "old" GIMP 2.6.12 in our Ubuntu 14.04.

How To Reset GIMP 2.8 Layout

GIMP is a legendary image manipulation program in the open source world. As user, I have to thank to the developer who had developed an open source image manipulation program with rich and completely professional features. For years, I've been using this program and created many great graphic designs.

But since version 2.8, personally I didn't feel right with the direction which the GIMP developer has chosen. In simple word, I feel really sorry to say that I don't like the GIMP 2.8 layout.

There are two points of GIMP 2.8 layout that annoy me :

  1. Floating and dragable dock. Your Paint Tool pallet could be gone if you accidentally drag the pallet.
  2. The Export option to save the project, replacing the one way save / save as option. This option is very annoying. I know what the developer think about it, but this option is totally not efficient. 

But how if as I mentioned in above, we accidentally drag the paint tool pallet and the pallet gone forever ? That will be a nightmare right ? Don't be panic. All we need is to reset the layout of GIMP 2.8 into its default layout.

To reset the layout of GIMP 2.8, there are two easy options and it's up to you to choose which is the easier.

  1. Open nautilus, go to home folder, show hidden files (Ctrl+H) and delete the folder named .gimp-2.8
  2. Open terminal, and delete the GIMP folder by command : rm -rf .gimp-2.8

Reopen GIMP, and now, you will get the GIMP 2.8 default layout back.

How To Install / Activate / Using broadcomm WLAN Adapter Driver In Linux Ubuntu

As default, Ubuntu GNU / Linux doesn't support broadcomm WLAN (WiFi) adapter. And so, if you have laptop / netbook with broadcomm adapter, you won't be able to connect to the internet throughout WiFi / hotspot connection.

But luckily, Ubuntu makes it very easy to install broadcomm WLAN adapter. There are two easy options to install it :

1. By APT
Plug your laptop in to a wired (cable) internet connection and install the driver by following command :

sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

2. By Ubuntu Live CD / USB

In your Ubuntu Live CD / Live USB, find a folder named pool. Find these files : 
- pool/restricted/b/bcmwl/bcmwl-kernel-source.xxx.deb
- pool/main/d/dkms/dkms_xxx.deb
- pool/main/f/fakeroot/fakeroot_xxx.deb
- pool/main/f/fakeroot/libfakeroot_xxx.deb

Copy those files into your home, open terminal, and install them by following command :

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

And now, you will have your broadcomm WLAN / WiFi works.