Fix Brightness Getting Reset (To A Very Low Value Or Maximum) On Reboot In Ubuntu

If your laptop’s brightness is not saved and is set to a very low value or to maximum, each time you reboot and / or when you log out, read on for a fix / workaround.In both Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10, my laptop’s brightness is not saved between sessions and is reset to a very […]

Partial Workaround For Black / Distorted Battle.net UI On Linux (Wine) With Intel Graphics

Blizzard’s Battle.net tool was updated recently, probably in preparation for the upcoming WoW expansion called Warlords of Draenor, resulting in either a black screen or distorted / scrambled graphics on Linux (with Wine) with Intel graphics.It looks like this is not a Wine or Battle.net bug but an Intel graphic drivers bug, at least that’s […]

Oracle Java Installer Conflicting With Apt Bug Fixed [Ubuntu 14.04]

Ubuntu 14.04: apt was updated recently and it broke the Oracle Java 6, 7 and 8 installers available in the WebUpd8 Java PPA. I updated the package this morning so the bug should be fixed.So if upgrading apt removed Oracle Java, you’ll now be able to install it back in Ubuntu 14.04. Make sure you […]

Fix “Cannot add PPA. Please check that the PPA name or format is correct” And Other CA-Certificates Related Issues In Ubuntu

Yesterday I encountered an issue in Ubuntu related to CA-certificates which resulted in errors when trying to add PPA repositories, cloning GIT repositories and more and I decided to make an article on how to fix these issues in Ubuntu, in case you run into the same issue.Here’s what happened. Firstly, I tried adding a […]

How To Fix A Non-Bootable Ubuntu System Due To Broken Updates Using A LiveCD And Chroot

If your Ubuntu system doesn’t boot because of some broken updates and the bug was fixed in the repositories, you can use an Ubuntu Live CD and chroot to update the system and fix it.1. Create a bootable Ubuntu CD/DVD or USB stick, boot from it and select “Try Ubuntu without installing”. Once you get […]

Fix: Dropbox Fails To Start With “VerificationError: importing pylinux…” Bug

Some Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian and Arch Linux (and probably other Linux distributions) users are experiencing problems with Dropbox. It seems that some recent Python update breaks Dropbox (it doesn’t affect new installations though), resulting in the following error:Starting Dropbox…Traceback (most recent call last):File “dropbox/client/main.py”, line 13, in File “autogen_explicit_imports.py”, line 13, in File “ui/common/selective_sync.py”, […]

How To Downgrade Proposed Repository Packages In Ubuntu

Enabling the proposed repository in Ubuntu is usually not a good idea because it’s a testing area for updates so things can break. If you’ve enabled the proposed repository and something broke, here’s how to revert the changes by downgrading the packages installed from the proposed repository.Revert package upgrades from the Ubuntu proposed repository1. Firstly, […]

Get The Ubuntu One Nautilus Integration Back In Ubuntu 13.10

In Ubuntu 13.10, there’s no Nautilus integration for Ubuntu One because the package containing the Nautilus extension was removed.Some of that functionality is integrated with the Sync Menu, but not all: currently, there is no way of knowing if a file is currently in sync with Ubuntu One. Also, some users might prefer to right […]

Get The Sound Working In Skype With Ubuntu 13.10

Ubuntu 13.10 (and derivatives) users: if you’re using Skype downloaded from its official website and not from the Ubuntu repositories, chances are the sound in Skype is either distorted or there’s no sound at all.This issue occurs because Ubuntu 13.10 ships with PulseAudio 4.0 and Skype doesn’t properly support it yet.This Skype issue can be […]

How To Disable Recursive Search In Nautilus 3.6 or 3.8 [Patch w/ PPA]

The type-ahead find feature was removed from Nautilus starting with version 3.6. Now when typing in a Nautilus (3.6+) window, it performs a search in the current directory and all subdirectories instead of selecting the file or folder that matches what you’ve typed. This feature is not that bad except for one thing: searching in […]

How To Get XCF Thumbnails In Nautilus 3.x [Quick Tip]

Quick tip: You can get XCF thumbnails in Nautilus by using GNOME XCF Thumbnailer. However, the tool needs a fix to work with the latest Nautilus 3.x.XCF (eXperimental Computing Facility) is the native image format used by GIMP image editor.To get XCF thumbnails in Nautilus, firstly install gnome-xcf-thumbnailer. In Ubuntu, use the following command:sudo apt-get [...]

Install OpenJDK Patched With Font Fixes [Ubuntu PPA]

While working on the Infinality article, I’ve noticed that “slow”, who is behind the Infinality PPA for Ubuntu, maintains another PPA for OpenJDK7 which comes with a patch that improves the font rendering for Java / Swing applications in Linux.Using this patched OpenJDK, the font rendering for Java / Swing applications should look almost native [...]

How To Get The Systray Whitelist Back In Ubuntu 13.04

As you probably know, the Unity notification area (systray) whitelist is no longer available in Ubuntu 13.04 so you can’t whitelist applications to be able to use the systray. If you can’t live without an application that still uses the old notification area, here’s how to get the Unity systray whitelist back in Ubuntu 13.04 [...]

7 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail)

Ubuntu 13.04 will be available for download in a few hours and since many of you will be installing it as soon as it’s released, here are 7 useful things you can do right after the installation.1. Tweak Unity.Unity Tweak Tool is a pretty new application that’s available in the Ubuntu 13.04 repositories, which you [...]

Fix: Google Chrome Can`t Be Installed In Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail Due To Missing libudev0 Dependency

Google Chrome can’t be installed in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail (fresh install) for now because of a missing dependency: libudev0. Until Google fixes this, here’s how to install the missing dependency so you can use Google Chrome (any version) in Ubuntu Raring. You can use Chromium instead of Google Chrome, but you won’t get the extra [...]

Fix Skype Not Working In Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail [For Users With Proprietary Nvidia Drivers]

Some Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail users are having issues with Skype not starting when using the proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers (it crashes / segfaults). So here’s a work-around you can use to get it to work until this is fixed in Ubuntu / Skype.Get Skype to work In Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail (with proprietary Nvidia [...]

Ubuntu/Mint Fixes and Tips: Custom theme, Software sources, dpkg, Ugly fonts, Brightness, Low graphics, and others.

Sometime we face common problems in Ubuntu, which can be easily fixed and you can save your Ubuntu from reinstall. So today NoobsLab decided to write about some fixes, which are common and many people face that problems on daily basis. 1) Fix: GTK custom theme(Metacity) in Ubuntu 12.10/13.04 for Gnome Shell I experienced the [...]

Upgrade To Gvfs With MTP Support In Ubuntu 12.10 Or 12.04 To Easily Connect Android 4.0+ Devices

Like I was telling you a while back, Gvfs has been updated in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, bringing a new MTP backend which allows users to access Android 4.0 devices which do not support the USB Mass Storage protocol, along with many other changes. Since it’s unlikely for the latest Gvfs (1.15.2) to be backported [...]

Fix Facebook Not Working With Gwibber In Ubuntu 12.10 Or 12.04

Facebook doesn’t currently work with Gwibber (the Facebook feeds aren’t updated – bug HERE) and this bug affects Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and probably older Ubuntu versions as well.There is, however, a work-around which I can confirm it works for Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal and 12.04 Precise Pangolin – so here’s how to apply it and [...]

How To Get Flash Player To Work With Steam For Linux On 64bit

If you’re using Steam for Linux beta on 64bit, chances are you can’t watch game trailers because Steam can’t find Flash Player and you get a message similar to the one below:”You need to have a specific Flash Player installed to view video content in Steam. Please follow these directions to get the right version [...]