This part of my Ubuntu 13.10 installation series. I took a few notes on the tools I installed and settings that I tweaked.
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:
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.
I added my Facebook account to the “Online Accounts” in the settings. This allowed me to export pictures from Shotwell to Facebook.
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:
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:
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:
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:
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):
I turned off the online searches (It’s not so great if you search for BRAsero). I unchecked Search online sources (on Launcher > Search):
I also enabled the legacy scrollbars. They are much easier to work with (on System > Scrolling):
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:
Now, it’s on when I reboot.
- WebUpd8: HOW TO LIST PACKAGES FROM A PPA / REPOSITORY IN UBUNTU
- Ubuntu Community Help Wiki: NumLock
- Ask Ubuntu: How to access the Keyboard Layout Options in 13.10+
- Ask Ubuntu: Num Lock function has changed after upgrading to UBUNTU 13.10 [duplicate]
- Ask Ubuntu: How to enable numlock at boot time for login screen?
- Ubuntu Sharing: Enable Number pad NumLock at startup in Ubuntu Login Window