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[one-liner]: Adding the Oracle/Sun Java Plugin to Firefox on Ubuntu 11.04

Background

If you’d like to add the Oracle/Sun Java plugin to Firefox under Ubuntu here’s a quick tip on how to do it.

NOTE: If you need help installing Java see my previous post, Howto Install/Setup Oracle/Sun Java 1.6.X on Ubuntu 10.10.

Solution

Simply run the following command, which creates a link to the Java plugin, thus “installing it” […] Continue reading

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Howto Install/Setup Oracle/Sun Java 1.6.X on Ubuntu 10.10

Background

Typically Most Linux Distros (RHEL, CentOS, Fedora, and Ubuntu) come with OpenJDK by default. NOTE: OpenJDK is also referred to as Iced Tea. However OpenJDK is NOT Oracle/Sun Java. It’s the open source edition of Java and for whatever reason a lot of Java applicaions simply don’t work correctly with it. To verify which […] Continue reading

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[one-liner]: How to Burn an m4v or mp4 File to a DVD under Linux (Fedora/CentOS/RHEL & Debian/Ubuntu)

Background

Occasionally I’ve needed to burn an mp4 or m4v file to a DVD. No need for any DVD menus, just a disc that would start playing immediately when inserted. Here’s a quick run down of how you can accomplish this via the command line.

Solution

Here’s how I do it for a single video DVD without […] Continue reading

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[one-liner]: Strange Characters on Google using Firefox on Ubuntu 10.04

Background

Recently upgraded a system to Ubuntu 10.04 and started noticing these strange characters when I’d hit Google.

google with strange characters

If you see something like this it usually has something to do with your computer’s locale (language) not being set correctly. That’s exactly what was wrong in my case […] Continue reading

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[one-liner]: Gnome’s VNC Server, Vino, prompts for the Gnome Keyring Password on Ubuntu 10.04

Background

Another day with Ubuntu and another nebulous error 8-). I recently setup my 2nd permanent Ubuntu system, which would be used exclusively by my wife. I used 10.04 and the install went fine. During the install one of the dialogs asked if I wanted to login automatically.

Ubuntu install dialog: who are you

Given this was […] Continue reading

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[one-liner]: Getting Remote Desktop Sharing & Compiz to play nice under Ubuntu 10.04 with GNOME

NOTE: This is an update to my original post on this problem when I 1st encountered it in Ubuntu 9.04.

Background

This one threw me for a bit but I finally realized that when I had Compiz enabled on an Ubuntu 10.04 system, I couldn’t use VNC to connect via Remote Desktop Sharing in GNOME (aka. Vino, […] Continue reading

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Reposition the Ubuntu Lucid Lynx Light theme buttons

By default, the new Light theme that comes with the latest version of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx are positioned on the left. If you want to reposition them to the old-fashioned right side, hit Alt+F2 and type gconf-editor. Click Apps > Metacity > General on the left sidebar and change the property of button_layout from
close,minimize,maximize:
to
:close,minimize,maximize

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Reposition the Ubuntu Lucid Lynx Light theme buttons

By default, the new Light theme that comes with the latest version of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx are positioned on the left. If you want to reposition them to the old-fashioned right side, hit Alt+F2 and type gconf-editor. Click Apps > Metacity > General on the left sidebar and change the property of button_layout from
close,minimize,maximize:
to
:close,minimize,maximize

Continue reading

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Reposition the Ubuntu Lucid Lynx Light theme buttons

By default, the new Light theme that comes with the latest version of Ubuntu Lucid Lynx are positioned on the left. If you want to reposition them to the old-fashioned right side, hit Alt+F2 and type gconf-editor. Click Apps > Metacity > General on the left sidebar and change the property of button_layout from
close,minimize,maximize:
to
:close,minimize,maximize Continue reading

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Toggle the Ubuntu System menu icons to Visible

By default, the Ubuntu System menu icons are rendered invisible. You can toggle them on with this simple command:
gconftool-2 –type Boolean –set /desktop/gnome/interface/menus_have_icons True

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