Tweak Ubuntu the Easy Way

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Although Ubuntu comes with excellent packages that help you alter the default settings and customize the distro for yourself, tweaking a few settings however requires you to go deeper into the system. Plus if you do something wrong, you’re probably going to end up making a mess of your Ubuntu installation. That’s where a program called Ubuntu Tweak comes in handy. Ubuntu Tweak is a little GUI based tool and it lets you edit some hidden settings on your Ubuntu installation very easily. It’s similar to Tweak UI for Windows XP.

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Here’s how you can install it:

In the terminal, type:

    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

    In the file that opens, add the following lines to the end of the list:

    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/tualatrix/ubuntu gutsy main
    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/tualatrix/ubuntu gutsy main

    Save the file, go back to the terminal, and type:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Once installed, you should see a ‘System Tools’ sub menu in your Gnome Menu List from where you can access Ubuntu Tweak.

screenshot-ubuntu-tweak-1.jpg

Open the program, and you get access to instantly modify a lot of hidden settings. You can change the splash screen in one single click; remove items from Auto Start; hide Computer, Home, Network icons from the desktop; adjust active window opacity; and lots more.

screenshot-ubuntu-tweak.jpg

Besides that, Ubuntu Tweak also lets you disable some services for a higher level of security. For instance – you could disable user switching, printing, run application dialog, etc. – in just a few clicks.

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Comments (18)
  • Eamon

    Hi Nice article, unfortunately this app no longer works with 9.04 / 9.10.

  • Name (required)

    Why is this whole site; ubuntu this, ubuntu that. How about more LINUX things. Most of us that have been running linux since the late 90’s don’t use and never will use ubuntu.

  • Dave

    When I try to open Ubuntu Tweak under system tools, it does not open. What could be the problem?

  • Mike

    Wow, nice little tip. Thanks!

  • JC John SESE Cuneta

    @Tim: I don’t think telling the “virtues” of the newer versions will appease the fears of the non-Ubuntu users who are mostly people who never tried GNU/Linux or was discouraged to go back because of the how hard it is setup with the distro they tried before. (And they are not aware that there are many distros to begin with.)

    @Verdican: If I remember correctly, Compiz and Beryl are actually two independent group. Compiz is still alive, but some of its supporters and Beryl joined together and created Compiz-Beryl. Which was later renamed to Compiz-Fusion their current name (dropping the Beryl project). So there is “Compiz” and there is “Compiz-Fusion”. I use Compiz-Fusion because it is more featured and most updated than Compiz.

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