Tux in ASCII


I tought that was cool to see Tux in ascii.. Bahhh.

To convert any image to ascii » text-image.com


Change your mouse cursor

Ubuntu comes by default with a 'classic' white cursor.
After a while it becomes boring. Let's change it!

Go to Gnome-Look and e.g. download the FedoraCore6 cursor.

Install mouse cursor:
  • Extract the zip/tar.gz content to the folder /home/'your username'/.icons
  • Then go to System » Preferences » Mouse
  • Go to Pointers tab (just like the picture) and select the new pointer/cursor.
If you know more cool cursors, please submit a comment.


The goodies of Firefox's Add-ons

Mozilla Firefox is a wonderful browser, and one of the most values are the Add-ons.
There are Add-ons that goes from radio to download manager.
So, I'm gonna introduce you to some of the best and needed Add-ons:

  1. Foxmarks - The Bookmark Synchronizer - Saves your bookmarks online and allow to synchronize them with another computers..
  2. Adblock Plus - Add and banner blocker - Blocks adds and banner by filter subscription or user request
  3. FlashGot - Download Manager - "Download one link, selected links or all the links of a page together at the maximum speed with a single click.."
  4. Download Statusbar - Download statusbar info - "View and manage downloads from a tidy statusbar.."
  5. NoScript - Script Enable/Disable - "It allows JavaScript, Java and other executable content to run only from trusted domains of your choice.."
  6. VideoDownloader - Saves *.vlc, etc videos - "Download videos from Youtube, Google, Metacafe, iFilm, Dailymotion, Pornotube..."
  7. Forecastfox - Weather report - "Get international weather forecasts from AccuWeather.com"
  8. PDF Download - PDF downloader helper - "Allows to choose if you want to view a PDF file inside the browser (as PDF or HTML)..."
  9. Fasterfox -Maximize you Firefox's speed - "Performance and network tweaks for Firefox."
  10. RefControl - HPPT referer controller - "Control what gets sent as the HTTP Referer on a per-site basis."
  11. You you have/know another great add-on please submit a comment..


Did you liked my fonts at the previously post?

My fonts are:

To install Lucinda Grande font (Mac font):
  1. Go here and download them;
  2. Extract the zip content;
  3. Open Terminal and go to the folder that you extracted the zip content and type:
$ sudo mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf
$ sudo cp *.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf
$ sudo cp *.TTF /usr/share/fonts/truetype/ttf
  1. Then go to System » Preferences » Font and select the fonts/font_rendereing/size just like my image, if you wish so.
That's all...

Improved subpixel font rendering for Feisty

First of all, you can the final results:

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So, if you like it, let's start:
  1. Open a Terminal
  2. WindowType the following

$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

  1. Add the following lines to the end of the file:
deb http://www.telemail.fi/mlind/ubuntu feisty fonts
deb-src http://www.telemail.fi/mlind/ubuntu feisty fonts

for amd64 binaries use RAOF's repository:
deb http://raof.dyndns.org/falcon feisty experimental

deb-src http://raof.dyndns.org/falcon feisty experimental

  1. Save and Exit Gedit
  2. Run from the terminal window
$ sudo aptitude update
$ sudo aptitude install libfreetype6 libcairo2 libxft2

  1. Config: (my settings: Native, Automatic, No bitmapped)
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig-config
$ sudo dpkg-reconfigure fontconfig

Source/Support: Ubuntuforums.org


Linux Distro Timeline

Do you know the Linux time line??
Check it out...
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Saving power with Linux on Intel hardware

"Power usage is a hot topic for computer users everywhere. For some, it's a matter of how long a laptop lasts without being plugged in. For others, it's controlling the temperature of hundreds of systems within a datacenter. For all of us, it's about keeping the electricity bill under control and being kind to the environment.

Getting your computer to use the least amount of power can be problematic. This site provides information on reducing power usage, tips, and tricks for Intel-based computers running Linux*.

As a first step, Intel is releasing PowerTOP, a tool that helps you find what software is using the most power. By fixing (or closing) these applications or processes, you can immediately see the power savings in the tool. You'll also see the estimated time left for battery power if you are running a laptop. The Tips&Tricks page has fixes for a lot of the issues that are already found. Join our mailing list to participate in this effort to get Linux to use less power."

Homepage: LinuxPowerTOP

Emesene messenger site

" Emesene is an OS independent MSN Messenger client written in python and GTK. The main idea is to make a client similar to the official MSN Messenger client but kepping it simple and with a nice GUI. "



GetDeb in a new project that has the purpose to make the latest versions of software available for the current *already released and supported* Ubuntu versions. The packages are available using FTP/HTTP download link.

Homepage: GetDeb

Gaim is now Pidgin

"We've got a new name, a new look, and a ton of new features, but we're still the same old instant messaging client you know and love. We've changed our name as part of a trademark settlement with AOL, and have finally released our long-awaited version 2.0.0. Read all about it on the News page."

Homepage: Pidgin

Remove Gaim and install Pidgin:
$ sudo apt-get remove gaim

Download the .deb of Pidgin here
Plugins : Guifications Or LibNotify
Source: § formatds



Some applications have the functionality of minimizing to "icon tray" directly. Others don't.

We present: ALLTRAY

to install:
$ sudo apt-get install alltray
to configure programs to minimize to icon tray, just add «alltray» before the text presented in command:

(right click » Properties - to show this windows)

to minimize to icon tray just double click on the icon in icon tray;
to minimize as usual just click on the minimize button in the respective window.

Glipper [clipboard manager]

The default clipboard manager of Microsoft Windows operating system enables pasting after closing host application of the copied data, but doesn't have the copy history feature. Users needing this functionality often run a more powerful clipboard manager in parallel with the default one.

The UNIX desktop environment KDE ships with Klipper. GNOME doesn't ship with a clipboard manager by default but
Glipper (text only) or Desktop Data Manager (text and images) can be used. Both enable pasting after closing the host application and both also have a copy history feature.

It is really annoying when you make [Ctrl]+[C] in any application and when you close that application that information is lost.. the solution is Glipper:

to install Glipper
$ sudo apt-get install glipper
Glipper can be found at: Applications » Acessories » Glipper