Gutsy: Tricks you may need

Gutsy was released while I was traveling with my girlfriend last week in France. (That also is a reason why it’s been a while since last time I updated this blog). As a matter of fact, I’ve been using Gutsy since late September. Generally speaking if you have been using Ubuntu for the last several releases, not so much you have to take care, just some tiny little things you may need to notice, such as listed as following, which I noted down when trying to get used to this new version.

Using Fcitx

Though Fcitx’s author seems to stop developing it, the fact that it is my favorite input method has never changed. No matter if this project is handed over to others, I will, at least before scim can fit my taste, keep using it.

Well in Gutsy, to install fctix under a non-Chinese locale is not the same as before. the file /etc/gtk-2.0/gtk.immodules no longer exists. Instead the modification should be applied to a new file libgtk2.0-0.immodules which is located at /usr/lib/gtk-2.0/2.10.0/immodule-files.d/. The bits we need to change is the same: adding “en:” before “ko:” in the line where xim is defined.

Bluetooth

I don’t know if it has already been easier to use bluetooth in Feisty, while I found in Gutsy, to connect the cell phone with my laptop is very straight forward. Just remember to install gnome-vfs-obexftp from Synaptic, which enables you to browse the content of the memory of your cell phone.

However for some advanced application, I guess it’s still unavoidable to install kbluetoothd or even to do some configuration manully. For instance, to use Bemused together with Amarok or to connect a bluetooth headset. Turns out there is no kbluetoothd anymore in the repo unfortunately, don’t know what to do for now, keep looking for a solution …

Magic Lamp in Compiz Fusion

As I’ve written before, if you use the compiz-fusion packages in the official repositories, the Magic Lamp effect cannot be adjusted to simulate the Genie effect like in Mac OS X due to the stupid patent. Therefore you have to re-compile the source code to achieve what you want. I don’t want bring myself any trouble by listing every single step to do the trick, nevertheless I can tell you to search for “max_” in the file metadata/animation.xml and src/animation/animation.c.

To avoid being notified to upgrade after installing your new package , it’s recommende to use “debchage -i” to increase to version number. After re-compiling and installing the new package, the file /usr/share/compiz/animation.xml may still need to take care.

Animation of Clearlooks’ progress bar

By default, the animation of the progress bar of Clearlooks is turned off. To enable it, you have to edit the file /usr/share/themes/Clearlooks/gtk-2.0/gtkrc (need root privilege). Around line 71, a section of code looks like:

engine "clearlooks"
{
   colorize_scrollbar = TRUE
   menubarstyle       = 2      # 0 = flat, 1 = sunken, 2 = flat
   toolbarstyle       = 1      # 0 = flat, 1 = enable effects
   animation          = FALSE
   style              = GUMMY
}

Change animation = FALSE to animation = TRUE.

Maybe customization like this should be put into a file like ~/.gtkrc or something similiar, rather than directly modifying the original file. I just don’t know how to do that yet.

Vertical scroll of touchpad

The vertical (and horizontal) scroll is not activated upon finishing the installation. You need to enable this feature at the Mouse Preferrence from the menu System > Preferrences.

Deluge

  • Installed from svn

    • sudo apt-get build-dep deluge
    • sudo apt-get install subversion
    • svn checkout http://deluge-torrent.org/svn/trunk deluge
    • cd deluge && python setup.py build
    • sudo python setup.py install

    When updating, just do a make clean before the last 2 steps.

  • Or install it from a repository:

    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/zachtib/ubuntu gutsy main universe
    
  • Get plugin from awn-extras, move it to /usr/share/deluge/plugins/ and rename it to “AwnDeluge”

Cisco VPN Client

Cisco VPN Client sucks again and new patch should be applied to the installation files. Instruction can be found at http://tuxx-home.at/archives/2007/05/29/T16_34_26/

New offical version has been released, with all the compiling flaws wiped out. You can download it here

Other small tricks

  • If you use Stardict, you can put those dictionary files under ~/.stardict/dic/, which I just realized recently. (I kept putting those files into /usr/share/stardict/dic/ before)

  • If the sound quality when playing mp3 is not good (especially when using Rhythmbox), just adjust the volume of Rhythmbox to around 80%.

  • If you like the new default gnome wallpaper like me, here is the place to find it: http://www.andreasn.se/blog/?p=58

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