Ubuntu 13.10: System Tools And Settings

This part of my Ubuntu 13.10 installation series.  I took a few notes on the tools I installed and settings that I tweaked.

Suspend Setting

This may be a little out of place, but it had to go somewhere.  I close my laptop lid a lot just to move locations, and many times, I don’t want it to suspend.  So, I turn that off in the settings:

Power Settings

Unfortunately, it seems to be buggy.  It still suspends at times regardless.  The worst is if I power the machine off and close the lid before it turns if.  Then, I’ll open it up, and it will come back on long enough to finish shutting down.

Online Accounts

I added my Facebook account to the “Online Accounts” in the settings.  This allowed me to export pictures from Shotwell to Facebook.

Adding Facebook Online Account

Multiple Monitor Settings

One of the default settings that I don’t like is the way that it places the launcher on all of my screens.  Also, the mouse sticks between monitors.  I turn off both of those settings:

Multiple Monitor Settings


The past couple of installations, I haven’t used Synaptic.  Between the command-line apt-get and the Software Center, I have been able to manage everything.  Still, Synaptic is a nice general tool to have.  The one handy thing I have wanted to use it for is to force a particular version of a package.

Just to have it, I installed it from the Software Center:

Installing Synaptic

Y PPA Manager

The Y PPA Manager is a nice-to-have tool for managing the repositories.  I installed it with these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager

Compiz Settings Manager

The Compiz Settings Manager is a handy tool to tweak the compiz settings.  It installs easy from the Software Center:

Installing Compiz Config Manager

There are some extra plugins that I like, namely the Wobbly Windows.  Those require an extra package called compiz-plugins.  You have to show the 25 technical items to see it in the Software Center.

Now, the Wobbly Windows can be activated:

Compiz Settings -- Wobbly Windows

Tweak Tool

I wanted to get my number lock to be on by default when I boot up.  Unfortunately, that setting has been removed from the Keyboard settings screen.  I read that I could change that in the Gnome Tweak Tool.  I couldn’t find the setting.  I’ll have to keep looking for it.

So, I installed the gnome-tweak-tool package from the Software Center.

I also found the unity-tweak-tool.  This one was probably more appropriate.  I set the clock settings here to show the date by the clock (On Launcher > Panel):

Adding date to the clock

I turned off the online searches (It’s not so great if you search for BRAsero).  I unchecked Search online sources (on Launcher > Search):

Turning off online searches

I also enabled the legacy scrollbars.  They are much easier to work with (on System > Scrolling):

Changing Scrollbars

Fixing Number Lock

Everytime I reboot, the number lock is off.  My keyboard has a 10-key, so I want it on by default.

I installed the numlockx package from the software center.  Then, I ran this to edit the config script:

 sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-unity-greeter.conf

I added this line to the end of the file:

greeter-setup-script=/usr/bin/numlockx on

Editing lightdm.conf.d

Now, it’s on when I reboot.


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