Xubuntu 13.10 Sound Indicator Fix

The Sound Indicator doesn’t work by default in Xubuntu 13.10 but there is a quick work-around you can apply to get it to work.To fix the Sound Indicator in Xubuntu 13.10, open the /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.service file as root with a text editor – I’ll use nano (command line text editor) below:sudo nano /usr/share/dbus-1/services/indicator-sound.serviceAnd in that file, […]

See What`s New In The 13.10 Release Of Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu And Ubuntu GNOME

Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu and Ubuntu GNOME reached version 13.10. Let’s take a quick look at what’s new!For 13.04, I’ve made separate posts for some flavours with videos, etc., but there aren’t so many changes in the latest 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) release, so I’ve made a quick summary instead.Kubuntu 13.10Muon DiscoverMuon DiscoverNew User ManagerKDE Connect (available […]

Xubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Not Switching To XMir By Default

In a Xubuntu team meeting, it was decided that Xubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander won’t ship with Mir & XMir by default.The reasons behind the decision is that XMir doesn’t bring improvements yet and there are some issues with XMir and Xubuntu for now.The first question, “Should we wait for improvements landing to XMir later (but […]

Xubuntu 13.10 XMir ISO Available For Testing

The Xubuntu team hasn’t decided yet if the Xfce Ubuntu flavor will switch to XMir or continue with X.org for 13.10. Before making the decision, this needs to be properly tested so an Xubuntu ISO running on Mir & XMir has been made available for download.According to a message posted on the Xubuntu-devel mailing list, [...]

Whisker Menu Update Brings Support For Opening The Menu Using A Keyboard Shortcut, Other Enhancements [Xfce]

Whisker Menu is an alternative to the Xfce application menu that features a search function so you can easily find the application you want to launch. The menu also supports browsing apps by category, you can add applications to favorites and more. The menu is used by default in Linux Mint 15 Xfce.The application was [...]

Light Locker: A New Session Locker For LightDM

Light Locker is a new session locker for LightDM forked from GNOME Screensaver (3.6.1). The tool doesn’t have any desktop-specific dependencies and it locks and unlocks the session via ConsoleKit / UPower or logind / systemd.The locker displays a message on a black background saying that the session has been locked and after a few [...]

Xfce4 Composite Editor: Easily Change Compositor Settings Not Available Via Window Manager Tweaks [Xfce]

Xfce4 Composite Editor is a tool that lets you easily tweak various Xfce window manager compositor settings that are not available in the Window Manager Tweaks settings panel.The tool has been created by Keith Hedger, the Xfce Theme Manager developer, and it allows changing the following composite settings:shadow opacity;Shadow delta X, Y, width and height;move [...]

Xfce Theme Manager: A Single GUI To Change Any Xfce Theme (With Previews)

Xfce uses multiple settings GUIs for setting the window border, controls, icons, mouse cursor theme and so on and it doesn’t include any thumbnails. However, if you customize your Xfce desktop frequently, you can use a tool called Xfce Theme Manager which allows you to change the themes from a single GUI and it also [...]

Possible Changes In Ubunu 13.10 Saucy Salamander [UDS]

Ubuntu Developer Summit is a meeting where software developers gather to discuss the next Ubuntu version changes and features.The Ubuntu Developer Summit (uds-1305) will start tomorrow, will last for 3 days and some major possible changes will be discussed, like “click packages”, Chromium replacing Firefox as the default web browser, Unity 8 with Mir being [...]

Xubuntu 13.04 Available For Download – Quick Overview [Screenshots, Video]

Xubuntu 13.04 has been released yesterday, along with the other Ubuntu flavors. Xubuntu uses Xfce as the default desktop environment and is a great alternative for those who prefer a traditional desktop layout with a panel on top, panel applets and so on.According to the Xubuntu developers, Xubuntu 13.04 is mostly a maintenance release so [...]

DockBarX Available As An Xfce Panel Plugin

DockBarX, an application launcher / switcher available for the MATE panel, Avant Window Navigator or as a stand-alone dock, is now available for Xfce, as a panel plugin.Thanks to TiZ, who has been working on the DockBarX Xfce panel support for some time, the application can now be used as an Xfce panel plugin and [...]

Xubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail ISO Size Raised To 1GB, GIMP And Gnumeric To Be Installed By Default

Xubuntu, the Xfce Ubuntu flavor, will ship with a 1GB ISO starting with Raring. Obviously, after this change, Xubuntu will no longer fit on a CD but this will allow some packages that were dropped in Xubuntu 12.10 to be added back by default.One of the main reasons for this change is the “amount of [...]

Parole Media Player 0.4.0 Released With New Features

Parole, the default Xfce / Xubuntu media player, has reached version 0.4.0, a development release which brings many new features and improvements.The latest Parole 0.4.0 features CD and DVD playlist support, DVD navigation support, custom subtitle management and other new features along with some important bug fixes for fullscreen controls, screensaver inhibition and others.Here’s the [...]

How To Install Ubuntu 12.10 On Non-PAE CPU

Ubuntu 12.10 and 12.04 use the PAE Linux Kernel by default for 32bit ISOs and while you could use the mini ISO to install Ubuntu 12.04 on computers that don’t support PAE, that’s not possible in Ubuntu 12.10.Further more, with 12.10, Xubuntu and Lubuntu no longer come with a non-PAE Linux Kernel, so by default, [...]

Install Thunar 1.5.1 With Tabs Support In Xubuntu 12.10 Or 12.04 [Xfce]

Thunar, the default Xfce file manager, has reached version 1.5.1, getting a much-requested feature: tabs.For now, using middle click to open a folder in a new tab doesn’t work so you must right click a folder and select  “Open in New Tab”. You can also open a new tab using the Ctrl + t keyboard [...]

How To Set Up Compiz In Xubuntu 12.10 Or 12.04

This article shows how to set up Compiz in Xubuntu (w/ Xfce) 12.10 or 12.04. I’ve tested the instructions below on Xubuntu 12.10, but they should work on Xubuntu 12.04 as well – there are some minor differences which I’ve explained below.Before proceeding, please note that to be able to use Compiz, you’ll obviously need [...]

Xfce: Sync To VBlank Support For The Xfwm Compositor [PPA For Ubuntu 12.10]

If you’re experiencing screen tearing in Xfce 4.10, you’ll be glad to know there’s a patch that fixes this, which you can install right away.The patch adds Sync to VBlank support to the Xfwm compositor and while it’s not perfect, it should fix most of the tearing on computers using Intel GPUs (might work with [...]

Xubuntu 12.10 Released With Xfce 4.10 [Screenshots, Video]

Xubuntu, the Xfce Ubuntu flavor, has been released today along with the other Ubuntu flavours. It’s a great alternative for those who do not want to use GNOME Shell or Unity and prefer a more traditional layout.The latest Xubuntu 12.10 brings updated artwork and default applications and the latest Xfce 4.10.Here’s a video I’ve recorded, [...]

Greybird, The Default Xubuntu Theme Gets A Complete Makeover For Xubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

Greybird, the default Xubuntu theme, has got a complete makeover for Xubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, thanks to the great work of Satya and Simon from the Shimmer project.The theme doesn’t use the Unico GTK3 engine anymore and the GTK3 port has been completely rewritten. Greybird includes:GTK2 themeGTK3 themeXfwm4 themes (normal and compact)xfce-notifyd themeEmerald themeMetacity themeMutter [...]

How To Install Dropbox In Xubuntu And Get Thunar Integration (Xfce)

The Ubuntu deb package available for download via the official Dropbox website requires Nautilus. But if you’re using Xubuntu (Xfce), you’ll probably want to use Dropbox with Thunar, the default file manager, instead of Nautilus.So here’s how to install Dropbox in Xubuntu/Xfce without Nautilus and get some basic Thunar integration (you won’t get file emblems, [...]