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Wed, 22 May 2013

Gnome terminal resize info on Ubuntu 13.04 - raring

Ubuntu disabled the resize info tooltip for Gnome Terminal once again, and has once again changed their convulted method to restore it.

In this iteration of Ubuntu:

1) "sudo aptitude install compiz-plugins"
(or "sudo apt-get install compiz-plugins" if you don't have any aptitude)

2) "sudo aptitude install ccsm"

The run "ccsm". In the filter search, search for "Resize Info". The box is unchecked with its default tooltip turned off. Check the box. Compiz will then freeze up a little for a few seconds and then go back to normal. You now have Gnome terminal resize info tooltip enabled.

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Wed, 03 Nov 2010

Ubuntu and user-focus
There's a lot of chatter about Canonical, and Unity and the Gnome shell and all of that. There's one thing I love about Ubuntu though and that's the user focus.

I am installing to a KVM Maverick Meerkat 10.10 from the ISO. It gives the option to allow network updating while it copies files from CD to disk - smart, save the user some time later, very thoughtful. It also pops up a slideshow (which is browsable) showing features of Ubuntu while it is copying from the CD to the disk - nice, if the user is in a situation where he doesn't have much to do while waiting for install to finish, show him or her the system features and educate them about it

There is a division of labor in all enterprises. I run the servers, sometimes I write the code, I investigate problems. I don't normally think about user desktop Linux experience much, except in an abstract way, such as that PDF backend library support could be better so that people could render their PDFs better. It's good there are people out there who do.

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