Sunday, April 20, 2014

How To Easily Connect To SMB / Windows Share Server in Nautilus 3.6 and Above

Since Nautilus 3.6, the Connect To Server feature in Nautilus has been simplified and make it difficult to connect Linux desktop to an Windows share / FTP directories. But there are always another ways and choices in Linux world. All we need to easily connect our Linux desktop to a FTP / Windows share folders / directories is an app called Gigolo.

Gigolo is available in the Ubuntu / Debian official repo, just install it by apt :
sudo apt-get install gigolo

Step by Step
1. Click Connet

2. If you want to connect to a Samba network, select Windows share and enter the IP, the shared folder (or just leave it default), and the username.

3. Enter the password (if asked) and select the option Remember Forever so you don't have to enter the password again in the next time

4. The shared folder will appears, just click it

5. Go to the Nautilus file manager, and you will see the SMB / shared folder in the Nautilus :D

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Welcome WPS Office, An Identical Clone of Microsoft Office

WPS Office 9a10 / 2013 Running on Ubuntu 13.04

Since first release, (now rebranded as LibreOffice) has been the only one, professional, complex Office Suite application in Linux. It has the whole things we need in professional office task. Even, it well supports Microsoft Office's .doc and .docx. In a simple statement : / LibreOffice is uncomparable to other Office Suite applications in Linux (Abiword, Goffice, Caligra  Office etc).

But now it seems the LibreOffice domination in Linux will be challenged by a new, complete and very good looking Office Suite called WPS Office. It's a free, Linux version of Kingsoft Office. And so, what is the greatest thing in this Office Suite ? As long I've tried it, I could say this is a full featured, but the best part of this app is in its UI. It is very identical to Microsoft Office 2010/2013 UI and or even it is a clone app just like XMMS to Classic Winamp.

So, if we are going to be bored by the LibreOffice UI that until now never been improved, this app is a cute, gorgeous choice to use. Even though, we don't know about its future : will be free forever, or licensed. Just wait and see ^^

Download this app for free HERE (i386 DEB)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

How To Replace Nautilus With Nemo in Ubuntu

Nemo 1.8.2 on Ubuntu 13.04

Since 3.6, GNOME team decided to remove one of the most important feature in their default file manager Nautilus : Tree View. I have to say this is probably the most unwise decision ever made by GNOME team because we all know, Tree View is very useful to access our files easily.

But there are Linux developers who understand and hear the voice of the end user. Stands at the first, Linux Mint, which is now becoming the most used Linux distro based on Distrowatch database. And in the second place, there is SolusOS, a Debian based Linux distro, that focuses in the ease and usability.

Those Distros have decided to fork the GNOME's Nautilus File Manager version 3.4.x into their own name. The Linux Mint team has developed it since the release of Linux Mint 14, and named their own fork of Nautilus 3.4 as Nemo. And in other side, there isn't yet final news for SolusOS about their work to fork Nautilus 3.4.x.

Nemo, as I've mentioned above, is now the default File Manager for their default, custom Desktop Environment Cinnamon. It is totally a great, awesome rework of the Nautilus 3.4.x. There are very useful toolbars added, and also, of course : The Tree View.

And now the question is : Can we use Nemo as the default File Manager in our Ubuntu system replacing Nautilus 3.6? And the answer is yes, we can. Here are the very easy steps to install Nemo, and set it to be the default File Manager in Ubuntu, replacing Nautilus 3.6 :

1. Add the Cinnamon Stable repository
deb raring main

2. Install Nemo
sudo apt-get install nemo

3. Rename Nautilus
sudo mv /usr/bin/nautilus /usr/bin/nautilusbackup

4. Create a Link / shared object to make Nemo pretends to be Nautilus
sudo ln -s /usr/bin/nemo /usr/bin/nautilus

5. Logout and login back

To revert back the setting, just undo the steps :
1. Remove the shared link Nautilus (the fake nautilus)
sudo rm /usr/bin/nautilus

2. Rename back the real nautilus into nautilus
sudo mv /usr/bin/nautilusbackup /usr/bin/nautilus

We will unable to change the desktop wallpaper by using GNOME / Nautilus Wallpaper changer, and we'll be brought to the Cinnamon / Nemo wallpaper changer. Just don't be confused about this :D

Monday, May 27, 2013

Download Smartfren Connect Linux

Sejak tipe 176-2, Smartfren telah menyertakan driver dan aplikasi Modem Manager versi Linux. Semua modem Huawei CDMA bisa terdeteksi dengan aplikasi ini, dan jika menggunakan layanan Smartfren, akan otomatis bekerja tanpa perlu membuat profile koneksi.

Berikut ini link downloadnya :

Smartfren Connect Linux

Petunjuk instalasi ada di dalam archive. Telah di test dan bekerja sempurna di CentOS 6.3. Semua fitur OK minus fitur Telefon yang memang belum ada di Linux.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Editing XFCE Applications Menu

 Menu After Editing
Menu Before Editing

Since Gnome 3 has been messed up, many Linux folks finally switched into another Desktop Environments. One of the favorite destination is XFCE Desktop. It is very typical to the old Gnome 2 Desktop and still actively maintained by its developers, so people feel safe to use this Desktop.

Unfortunately, IMHO, XFCE folks didn't write enough manual about XFCE Tweaking. One of the missing part about XFCE manual is in Editing XFCE Applications Menu.

Why is editing XFCE Menu necessary? For me, as an ex-Gnome 2 user, it is necessary. IMHO, XFCE Menu arrangement is too bloated. There are many shortcut at the menu and too many separators and that is annoying my sight every accessing the menu. And I want to remove all the shortcuts and the separators at the menu, so how do I do this? Let's dive.

XFCE, just like another DEs in Linux, follow the FreeDesktop standard. The file configuration about the menu is put in /etc/xdg/menus and named as So, the file configuration for the XFCE Applications Menu is located in /etx/xdg/menus/ All we need to do is to edit this file.

Editing Menu
As I told above, to edit XFCE Applications menu is by editing file /etc/xdg/menus/ To do this, just simply use our favorite, available text editor (for now, some XFCE based distro has switched from mousepad to leafpad for the sake of speed).

First, backup the original file. As root, backup the file :
sudo mv /etc/xdg/menus/ /etc/xdg/menus/xfce-applications.old
Second, edit the file :
sudo leafpad (or mousepad or gedit or whatever) /etc/xdg/menus/

Find the line : Layout
started from this line Layout block all lines to the line /Layout and delete those lines. Last, Save. Now access the menu and see the change. Our XFCE Applications menu now becomes simpler.

Xubuntu Tweaking
Not like Fedore XFCE and or another XFCE based distro, Xubuntu doesn't put the file configuration in /etc/xdg/menus but put the file in the /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/ instead.

So, to edit Xubuntu Applications menu, the way is just same, but the file is different.

sudo mv /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/ /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/xfce-applications.old
sudo edit /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/
If we want to let one or some shortcut left, such as Ubuntu Software Center, don't delete all the lines from to
but leave the lines we want :

Filename ubuntu-software-center.desktop /Filename
Reverting Back The Menu
If we want to revert the XFCE menu to its default, just delete the edited one and rename the backup.

sudo rm /etc/xdg/menus/
sudo mv /etc/xdg/menus/xfce-applications.old /etx/xdg/menus/
In Xubuntu :
sudo rm /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/
sudo /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/xfce-applications.old /etc/xdg/xdg-xubuntu/

Menu Editor
As I know until I was writing this post, there is no an existed menu editor that compatible with XFCE Menu. I've heard about LXMenuEditor but seems for long ago has been abandoned by the developer.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Take A Look Into Thunar 1.6 ( Xubuntu 13.04 Daily )

The dynamics of the Linux Desktop is going to be very interesting. Fedora finally adopts MATE Desktop Environment in its official repo, Linux Mint forks Nautilus 3.4, SolusOS forks Gnome Fallback, Ubuntu decided to follow Gnome team and use Nautilus 3.6 in the next 13.04 release, and now, Thunar, the default file manager for XFCE, finally reached 1.6 version.

So, is there any change? Or improvement? Yes. For us who love Gnome 2, I probably can say, we will, we should be very impressed by this release version of Thunar File Manager. Last day I downloaded the daily release of Xubuntu 13.04 in the sake of curiosity. Lets dive into it !

1. Tabbed File Manager
This feature presented finally, I guess, because, almost all of file managers in current Linux Desktop have this feature and so, it will be a stupidity if Thunar doesn't present this very common feature. Actually not a big deal, but for those who use XFCE for long time, this is the awaited one.

2. Volume Management
Now, Thunar is able to show, to put the mounted our harddisk partition at the side pane, just like Nautilus, PCManFM, and or Dolphin. Even, the default view, at the side pane there are DEVICES, PLACES and NETWORK. Very modern. One step forward compared to PCManFM.

3. Tree View

Tree view is a very Microsoft Windows feature, but there are so many (include me) people who love this simple feature. I can't imagine, how hard our daily work will be, without this feature.

4. Send To Mounted Volumes
This is a long ago featured feature that exists in Microsoft Windows OSes, started at Windows ME version. But as long as I know, this feature still only presented in Thunar File Manager.

This is my short review about Thunar 1.6 and XFCE 4.10 in Xubuntu 13.04. Now it is really hard for me to decide, which Desktop to use. Every Linux Desktop seems growing into a mature, full-featured, and very modern, easy to use user interface.

For those who love, and or prefer to traditional UI, XFCE with Thunar 1.6 probably is the best replacement for Gnome 3, alongside, or instead of MATE Desktop. Cheers !