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Polishing Ubuntu 11.10's Edges

Ubuntu is my fast operating system.  When I don’t have time to wait for Microsoft Windows to load itself up and decide whether it is going to respond, I dual boot into Ubuntu.  I reloaded Ubuntu 11.10 recently and was fooling around with its configurations.  The latest version uses a new interface – Unity – that I am finally comfortable with, although it eliminates much of the customization that you can normally do on an Ubuntu system.

I was glad to find that someone had instructions on how to get the latest version of Ubuntu Tweak installed on Ocelot.  The new version has a streamlined interface but is just as easy to use. I don’t tweak very much but I like making minor window changes.

After downloading Google Chrome, I couldn’t get it to install.  The Ubuntu Software Centre intercepts any attempts to open a .deb file and it wouldn’t finish the process.  Fortunately, I could still get to the command line and run the dpkg -i command to install.

Firefox is the default browser so it took me a bit of hunting around to discover the System Info application that controls the default applications on the PC.  I was able to change it so that Web content will default to Chrome.

The Banshee music player works great in my environment and I use Gwibber for Twitter, although I prefer the Web site or using Hootsuite.  It’s great to have an operating systems that is fast and easy to use.  Relying more and more heavily on browser-based technology means that switching back and forth between operating systems requires little effort.

David Whelan

I improve information access and lead information teams. My books on finding information and managing it and practicing law using cloud computing reflect my interest in information management, technology, law practice, and legal research. I've been a library director in Canada and the US, as well as directing the American Bar Association's Legal Technology Resource Center. I speak and write frequently on information, technology, law library, and law practice issues.