Showing posts from February, 2012

Overlay scrollbars in Xubuntu 11.10

Overlay scrollbars allow to save some screen space. Some say it's a usability issue because the target is smaller, so accordingly to Fitt's Law the time to complete the action will be longer. But I find no difficulty in using overlay scrollbars and I definitely enjoy the extra screen space (specially when using my Eee pc). Not all toolkits implement overlay scrollbars, so at the moment, it isn't possible to get a uniform look from all applications (some will display the classic toolbars). But I understand that efforts are being made into developing support for other toolkits (xul , qt, vcl, swing , nux). Clementine, Thunderbird and gVim are some applications that I use and don't display overlay scrollbars. Install Open a terminal window and run: sudo apt-get install overlay-scrollbar liboverlay-scrollbar-0.2-0 References Overlay Scrollbars - Update @Canonical Design Overlay Scrollbars on different toolkits @Blueprints for Ubuntu Full Circle Magazine

Install VLC 2.0 in Xubuntu 11.10

VLC 2.0 has been released. Faster decoding, support for more video formats, a reworked web interface, experimental BluRay Discs support are some the its highlights (click here to see a complete list of changes). Install Open a terminal window and run: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install vlc References WEB UPD8 VLC 2.0 Twoflower Changes between 1.1.13 and 2.0.0

Install tilda (pop-up terminal) on Xubuntu

Tilda is a terminal emulator that can be accessed using one keystroke, popping-up like a Quake terminal. Install Open a terminal window and run: sudo apt-get install tilda Run Hit Alt+F2 and type: tilda. Once tilda is running, hit F1 to open the terminal pop-up. Suggestions Add tilda to startup and type this as the command: tilda -h Open a new tab hitting Ctrl+Shift+T and change tabs using Ctrl+PageUp/Ctrl+PageDown If you like the wallpaper, check out: Wilson's Sketch Blog References Tilda Documentation Related Posts Add application to Xfce/Xubuntu session startup