In Ubuntu, the boot order is controlled with GRUB. Do the following:
sudo cp /etc/default/grub /etc/default/grub.bak (backup of the conf file, only superuser can do it)
sudo gedit /etc/default/grub (edit the conf file, only superuser can do it)
- Save and close the file in gedit.
sudo grub-set-default xx, where
xx is the number of the boot menu item you want to start be default. The first item has number 0. After doing
update-grub, you’ll see a list of all OS’s that will be included in the menu, so you can count them (start with 0 and count all lines starting with
memtest, if you have it in the menu, takes two lines in the menu, while
update-grub shows only one. Windows is the last item. So add one to the number to start with Windows.
This solution is taken here.
Mercurial is provided (even if old) for Ubuntu, it can be installed with Ubuntu Software Center or using
sudo apt-get install mercurial. TortoiseHg, the graphical user interface or the front-end for Mercurial is not.
To install it
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mercurial-ppa/releases
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tortoisehg-ppa/releases
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mercurial
sudo apt-get install tortoisehg*
After this, commands
thg are available.
Note that in Ubuntu 10.04 (LTS) thg exits with segmentation error, see here.
I’ve recently had a problem covered here. Basically, the files put to Dropbox on my Mac wouldn’t appear in Linux. Without any warning from Dropbox. Without any visible reason. After many months of successful use of Dropbox on Mac, Windows and Linux. I was hopeless, but was helped by the Dropbox team. The thing was actually mentioned in FAQ, but under such a topic that I have never found it.
The solution was to turn on the extended attributes in Linux. For this, I’ve edited the
/etc/fstab file to add the
user_xattr attribute to the root partition options.
Of course, this was a Dropbox fault. If it cannot sync some files, it should issue a warning.
After changing the theme in Ubuntu, I’ve got the window control buttons (maximize, minimize, close) in the order different from the previous theme and also from the Mac OS I have to live with at home. This is inconvenient, but we’re in Linux, aren’t we? So:
gconf-editor (configuration editor).
- Go to
apps > metacity > general.
button_layout according to your needs.
(Tip found here.)
Cryptkeeper is a tray controller of EncFS mounts for Ubuntu. Works like charm. Allows mounting and unmounting previously EncFS-ed directories.
To autostart it, go to System > Preferences > Startup Applications, press Add and enter
/usr/bin/cryptkeeper as the command.
I’ve borrowed a Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet from a colleague. Connected it. And started searching for how to install the drivers. Took me quite some time to realise, that the tablet was already working! Just like a mouse. Both touch and pen. A few remarks:
- Multi-touch is not supported as of now.
- The program to control the device is called
xsetwacom, it was installed by default in my Ubuntu distribution.
xsetwacom --list devices lists all available devices’ names
- In my case,
xsetwacom --set "Wacom Bamboo 2FG 6x8 Finger pad" touch off switches touch off
xsetwacom --get "Wacom Bamboo 2FG 6x8 Finger pad" touch shows the touch status
Update 2011-08: Bought a Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch (CTH-460). Works without problems as well. I find its size more suitable for drawing small sketches.