Posted by & filed under compiz fusion vacuum effect hack replace how to fix hardy gutsy feisty ubuntu linux.

Due to legal issues with Apple, Compiz Fusion is not allowed to have the vacuum effect for minimizing windows. If you are determined to re-enable it, here’s how:

If compiz is running right now, you should close it by pressing alt+f2 and then typing metacity –replace

Then open a terminal and run the following, or install the ghex package with the synaptic package manager.

sudo apt-get install ghex

Then modify the following 3 files:

1. sudo ghex2 /usr/lib/compiz/libanimation.so

Press control + f, and in the righthand box type “magic_lamp_max”
Click find, and change the three in 3 to 0
Save the file, and close.

2.) sudo ghex2 /usr/lib/compiz/libanimation.a

Press control + f, and in the righthand box type “magic_lamp_max”
Click find, and change the three in 3 to 0
Save the file, and close.

3.) sudo gedit /usr/share/compiz/animation.xml
Press control + f, and in the righthand box type “magic_lamp_max”
Click find. Scroll down a bit past the languages and change the three in 3 to 0
Save the file, and close.

Then open comiz again by running compiz –replace in an alt+f2 window
Good luck!
For more help see this forum thread

Posted by & filed under 8.04, alsa, crash, firefox, fix, flash, hardy, linux, segfault, sound, ubuntu.

After all this time, there is finally a fix for the flash crash that works. Do the following:

first run the following just to refresh:

sudo apt-get update

add this line to your /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/thielmann/ubuntu hardy main


you can use the following command to do so easily

sudo echo “deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/thielmann/ubuntu hardy main” | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list


then run

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfreebeta && sudo apt-get remove libflashsupport

then, edit your /etc/asound.conf file

sudo gedit /etc/asound.conf

to contain the following contents:

pcm.pulse {
type pulse
}
ctl.pulse {
type pulse
}
pcm.!default {
type pulse
}
ctl.!default {
type pulse
}

save this file, then finally install one last package

sudo apt-get install libasound2-plugins

Posted by & filed under amarok nightly ubuntu kubuntu kde gnome mp3 player media music latest bleeding edge ipod.

I just picked up on Project Neon, a project by the wonderful amarok people promising to deliver regular bleeding edge amarok 2.0 builds. As it says on the site, simply add the following line to /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/project-neon/ubuntu hardy main

Or just paste this into the terminal:

echo ‘deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/project-neon/ubuntu hardy main’ >> /etc/apt/sources.list

Then install the packages amarok and amrok-nightly for the stable and unstable versions of amarok, respectively.

sudo apt-get install amarok amarok-nightly

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I bumped into a little package today called xpenguins. It generates a bunch of cartoons that could be anything from penguins to Bill Gates. Install it with

sudo apt-get install xpenguins

Then run this to generate 256 Bill Gates that will crawl across your screen with little computers.

xpenguins -t Bill -n 256 -s

Click on them or drag a window over them to kill them, and notice the blood. To make it go away, close the terminal window. To make less Bill Gates, change 256 to another number.

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Follow these instructions to install webilder, an app that downloads photos from flickr (no account necessary) and can set them as your wallpaper and rotate them at set intervals. Just download the .deb file from getdeb:

install: http://www.getdeb.net/app.php?name=webilder
right click on panel, select add to panel. add ‘webuilder desktop applet’