Friday, September 16, 2011

[Solved] Fedora 15, 14 : Can't login using tty 1~6

From Fedora 14 , its not allowed to login  using tty.
Neither root nor other users can login using tty.
This problem is caused by a file in /etc/udev/rules.d/
So i deleted all the files in that folder.

Dont worry, it wont do any harm, I tested it in my F15
reboot the system

Now you can login using tty.
Some of the deleted files are automatically created after the reboot

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Ubuntu 11.10

It seems like Ubuntu dropped Gnome shell and replaced it with Unity. Oneiric Ocelot will be shipped with Unity as default. But they say it will be much more improved.
Also heard a rumor that Fedora 16 will be shipped with unity.
Oneiric Ocelot will be powered using Linux Kernel 3.0 final
Other changes are improved application switcher, smoother compiz grid plugin and software center also got some improvements.
Screen Shots

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Fedora 16 : Switching from ext3 to Btrfs

There is news that the upcoming Fedora 16 will be shipped with a brand new unstable file system called Btrfs as DEFAULT. The Btrfs is not yet stable according to wikipedia.
But surely it will be a star to the crown of F16 like Gnome 3 of F15. The new FS is rich in features.
No need to worry about the current data in ext3 or ext4 filesystem. They can be easily mounted as Btrfs with write support.
The Btrfs is revolutionary because most of the disk management operations can be done online ie you dont need to unmount a partition to perform a resize or creation of new partition.


Tuesday, July 05, 2011

UM Player : A Must Try Media Player

Umplayer is for those ho is not comfort with the default Mplayer or VLC.
The skins of um player is the best and it keeps it to a level higher
Another important feature are:

Can download subtitles form
Can search on youtube and download the video

Any way this is a media player a Linux User should try.

Fedora 14,15 (64bit)
Fedora 14,15 (32bit)
For Ubuntu, its available in its repository.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

NeoGeniX by *half-left | GNOME Shell Theme


This is a GNOME Shell theme based on the NeoGeniX XP theme by dobee.

NeoGeniX by dobee (thanks for the permission to port this theme).

iDrops wallpaper by nyolc8

NeoGeniX Icons Suite by kali2005


Backup your theme directory first. Extract the zip file and rename "gnome-shell" directory to "theme" and copy to /usr/share/gnome-shell/. This path is usually where GNOME Shell is installed.
Restart GNOME Shell by Alt, F2, then type r and press enter.

You can use the gnome-shell theme extension for easier installation of themes.


This theme is compatible with GNOME Shell 3.0.

This theme supports the gnome-tweak-tool/extension for easy theme switching. Just download the zip, load up the GNOME Tweak Tool, go to Shell> find the zipped theme from the box and select it.

License: GPL

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Animated mayur | Gnome 3 Shell Theme

Animated mayur.tar.gz


A variant of my own work Mayur

Animated search results
app-well dock also have animation

Improvement will be based on the comments.

Go to the terminal write \"sudo nautilus \"

Unzip the downloaded file, and everything in the theme folder to copy \"/usr/share/gnome-shell/theme\"

Press the \\\"ALT\\\" key and \\\"F2\\\" to write the dialogue, the letter \"r\" and press Enter ....

Animated mayur.tar.gz

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gnome 3 Theme | Mayur

Try this simple theme created by me.


To apply

Go to the terminal write "sudo nautilus "

Unzip the downloaded file, and everything in the theme folder to copy "/usr/share/gnome-shell/theme"

Press the "ALT" key and "F2" to write the dialogue, the letter "r" and press Enter ....

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Gnome 3 Theme| Vignesh Shell Theme


How to apply

Go to the terminal write "sudo nautilus "

Unzip the downloaded file, and everything in the theme folder to copy "/usr/share/gnome-shell/theme"

Better take a backup of that folder.

Press the "ALT" key and "F2" then hit letter "r" and press Enter ....

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Gnome3 Customization | Change Panel Colour n Transparency

The default opaque panel on top of gnome3 is like eating milk n chala curry.
The /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/panel-border.svg is the main file to be changed to change its appearance.

Now wake the gimp expert in you

open the file /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/panel-border.svg in gimp

must be root to do it

sudo gimp /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/panel-border.svg

modify the file as you wish

here i deleted the whole image

ctrl + a

then took the brush tool choose colour black (default)

set Opacity to 52

made the brush image large enough to cover the full image

painted once in the image

then choose orange colour,

set Opacity to 100

painted a line in the bottom, this will appear as the bottom border.

saved it as


because in gimp does not support saving a file in .svg format.
Also i don't know whether svg can handle alpha channel.

now the pic will look like as shown

Now open up the file /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css


goto the section

#panel {
    color: #ffffff;
    background-color: black;
    border-image: url("panel-border.png") 1;
    font-size: 8.5pt;
    height: 1.86em;

change the line border-image: url("panel-border.svg") 1;


border-image: url("panel-border.png") 1;

save the file

reload the gnome3 desktop by hitting


then enter


hit Enter

Happy Hacking

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Gnome3 Customization | Change Alt+Tab color

To change the color or transparency of Alt+tab App switcher in Gnome 3, you need to edit the file "/usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-sll.css"
You can do much if you know css basics.

Open the file

sudo gedit /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-sll.css

go to the section


use search to find it (ctrl + f)

the line

background: rgba(R,G,B,A);

The R,G,B for rgb values of the colour
Change it by referring here

A stands for alpha channel. use a value from  0.0 to 1.0
0 is transparent.

example :

.switcher-list {
    background: rgba(173,255,47,0.5);
    border: 1px solid brown;
    border-radius: 24px;
    padding: 20px;

    font-size: 9pt;
    color: brown;

In the example above i have changed the border colour to brown.

Happy hacking

Monday, June 06, 2011

Gnome3 Customization | Change Icon Size

To change the size of the icons in the activity Tab, you need to customize the file /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css.

open the file in gedit or any text editor you like

sudo gedit /usr/share/gnome-shell/theme/gnome-shell.css

the following section describes the icon size and table structure.

.icon-grid {
    spacing: 36px;
    -shell-grid-item-size: 118px;

.icon-grid .overview-icon {
    icon-size: 96px;

so to reduce the size of the table , you need to change the entries spacing and -shell-grid-item-size

to reduce the size change the values as follows

.icon-grid {
    spacing: 25px;
    -shell-grid-item-size: 50px;

.icon-grid .overview-icon {
    icon-size: 50px;

Choose values according to your displaY resolution.

Happy Hacking

Thursday, June 02, 2011

man FSCK

       fsck - check and repair a Linux file system


       fsck [-lsAVRTMNP] [-C [fd]] [-t fstype] [filesys...]  [--] [fs-specific-options]

       fsck  is  used to check and optionally repair one or more Linux file systems.  filesys can be a device name (e.g.  /dev/hdc1, /dev/sdb2), a
       mount point (e.g.  /, /usr, /home), or an ext2 label or UUID specifier  (e.g.   UUID=8868abf6-88c5-4a83-98b8-bfc24057f7bd  or  LABEL=root).
       Normally,  the fsck program will try to handle filesystems on different physical disk drives in parallel to reduce the total amount of time
       needed to check all of the filesystems.

       If no filesystems are specified on the command line, and the -A option is not specified, fsck  will  default  to  checking  filesystems  in
       /etc/fstab serially.  This is equivalent to the -As options.

       The exit code returned by fsck is the sum of the following conditions:
            0    - No errors
            1    - File system errors corrected
            2    - System should be rebooted
            4    - File system errors left uncorrected
            8    - Operational error
            16   - Usage or syntax error
            32   - Fsck canceled by user request
            128  - Shared library error
       The exit code returned when multiple file systems are checked is the bit-wise OR of the exit codes for each file system that is checked.

       In  actuality,  fsck  is simply a front-end for the various file system checkers (fsck.fstype) available under Linux.  The file system-spe‐
       cific checker is searched for in /sbin first, then in /etc/fs and /etc, and finally in the directories listed in the PATH environment vari‐
       able.  Please see the file system-specific checker manual pages for further details.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gnome3 Themes | Hope

Try this Hope theme by grvrulz

How to


Extract the contents to /usr/share/themes/

Open gnome-tweak-tool
Change Current Theme to Hope in Window Tab
Change Gtk+ Theme to Hope in Interface Tab

To install gnome-tweak-tool in Fedora !5

sudo yum install gnome-tweak-tool

Happy hacking

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Fedora 15: Switch to KDM

I still can't live avoiding KDE and its KDM.
In fedora 15 default Display Manager when installing both KDE and Gnome is GDM. Gnome3 is near sexy to KDE4 but GDM really sucks.

To switch from default GDM to KDM in fedora 15 do as follow

su -c 'echo "DISPLAYMANAGER=\"KDE\"" >> /etc/sysconfig/desktop'
su -c 'echo "DESKTOP=\"KDE\"" >> /etc/sysconfig/desktop'

You can also try an alternate method by opeing the file /etc/sysconfig/desktop

then add the following lines or make appropriate changes if they exist

Saturday, May 28, 2011

[Solved] Fedora 15 Wifi Problem

It seems that wifi adapter driver is missing in fedora 15 even in the DVD and the repository.
It can be installed from source. I learned compiling the source and realize that Compiling isn't Rocket Science.
Just follow the steps for

First you need to download Broadcom's IEEE 802.11 Driver from here

Check your architecture and download appropriate one.
Also download the patch file.

copy the downloaded files to home or any location u like.

Now comes compilation..

Open your favourite terminal and run the following commands

mkdir wifi
cd wifi
tar zxf ../hybrid-portsrc_x86_64-v5_100_82_38.tar.gz
patch -p0 <../5_100_82_38.patch
sudo make install
sudo depmod -a
su -c 'echo "modprobe wl" >> /etc/rc.d/rc.local'
sudo reboot

On any security issue, run all the above removing sudo after


Do every thing in the Geek way.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Plans for greater Unity app integration in Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.04 brought with it a shiny new Launcher with shiny new capabilities, such as the ability to display progress bars, count badges and quicklists on application Launcher icons.
Although Ubuntu 11.04 didn’t see the default application take advantage of these features to any great degree plans are afoot to provide Oneiric’s default apps with Unity integration from the get-go.

Default applications
  • Gwibber already has Quicklist support in Unity but will benefit from an unread tweet/message count in Ubuntu 11.10.
  • Update-Manager will receive an update count, progress bar and quicklists containing items such as ‘check for updates’, etc.
  • Banshee won’t gain player controls in its’ quicklist but ‘media sources’ – as currently found in the Banshee sidebar – will be entered. A progress bar for music and podcast download will also be looked into.
  • Dynamic quicklists – as seen in AWN and Docky – have been suggested for use with Nautilus, with its quicklist containing user shortcuts and favourites. Progress bars to relay something transfer/copy status are also being mooted.
    Other integration changes planned include control items in Transmission’s Quicklist and progress bars for Brasero – and the Ubuntu Software Centre.
Simple quicklists are also proposed for Gedit, the Terminal, new default backup ‘Deja Dup’ and movie player Totem.

Ubuntu adopts LightDM, login screens to get more exciting..

‘LightDM‘ will replace the standard ‘GDM’ login experience for Ubuntu 11.10, based on a decision taken today at the Ubuntu Developer Summit.

With Ubuntu 11.10 requiring a slick, ‘consumer orientated’ login experience that better matches the rest of Ubuntu, the decision to switch to ‘LightDM’ proved the ideal solution.
LightDM is promoted as fast, small, well documented, is easily themable and has ‘great accessibility’. A 3D-based interface will greet those with capable hardware, with a 2D version being used fallback where not supported.
Login screens are something that often get overlooked on a machine because at most we spend a few seconds every day staring at them. But they are important not only because of the security they offer, but because of the loading time they can add to a system boot.
Canonical has decided it is going to change the login manager it uses for Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) from the Gnome Display Manager (GDM) to the Light Display Manager (LightDM). This is a significant change for two reasons. The first is one of size, and as the name implies LightDM is much more lightweight than GDM. While GDM consists of around 50,000 lines of code, LightDM only has 5,000 for effectively doing the same job. LightDM is meant to be very fast meaning it could have a positive impact on boot times.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Gnome 3 Widgets | Kde Plasma widgets in Gnome3

How to Run KDE Plasma Widgets in Ubuntu Gnome3 

Add Plasma Widgets to Ubuntu 11.04

You don't need to Remove your gnome 3 desktop or your nautilus file browser.
Just install plasma-desktop and start it!!

How to install plasma Desktop 

sudo apt-get install plasma-desktop plasma-scriptengine-python

How to start plasma Desktop

You can start it by entering the following command
hit Alt + F2


When you start the plasma desktop for the first time, the default KDE panel will be on it you can remove it if you don't want it by right click, remove this panel

How to Add widgets

Right Click on your plasma Desktop -> Add widgets...