Ubuntu Tweak Software to Change Hidden Desktop Settings

by on January 10, 2008 · 2 comments· LAST UPDATED January 10, 2008

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Generally, I recommend using gconf-editor ~ a tool used for editing the GConf configuration database (Gnome settings). You can always edit configuration files. Many new Linux users find it difficult to use both gconf-editor and text files.

To make your life easier and to save time try out new Ubuntu Tweak software. It is designed to configure Ubuntu easily using GUI tools. It provided many useful Ubuntu desktop and system tweaking options such as:
=> View Basic System Information
=> GNOME Session Control
=> Show/Hide and Change Splash screen
=> Show/Hide desktop icons or Mounted Volumes
=> Show/Hide/Rename Computer, Home, Trash icon or Network icon
=> Tweak Metacity Window Manager's Style and Behavior
=> Compiz Fusion settings, Screen Edge Settings, Window Effects Settings, Menu Effect Settins
=> GNOME Panel Settings
=> Nautilus Settings
=> Advanced Power Management Settings
=> System Security Settings and much more

Quick Installation

$ cd /tmp; wget http://ubuntu-tweak.googlecode.com/files/ubuntu-tweak_0.2.4-ubuntu2_all.deb
$ sudo dpkg -i ubuntu-tweak_0.2.4-ubuntu2_all.deb
$ ubuntu-tweak &

Ubuntu Tweak to Change Desktop Settings
(Fig. 01: Ubuntu Tweak in Action)

Bruce Byfield has published an interesting article on Linux.com:

For years, discerning Windows users have relied on Tweak UI, a semi-official Microsoft program for system settings not available on the default desktop. Now, in the same tradition and with something of the same name, Ubuntu Tweak (UT) offers the same advantage to Ubuntu users. Currently at version 0.2.4, for now UT is limited to features for GNOME and focuses mainly on changing default desktop and system behavior and how GNOME interacts with your hardware, but this small feature set is more than enough for proof of concept.

Download Ubuntu Tweak Software

=> Grab Ubuntu Tweak here (via Linux.com).

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1 Mike February 26, 2008 at 12:43 am


And thanks for this. Having a little trouble installing, though. When I ran the ‘Quick Installation’ code at http://www.cyberciti.biz/tips/download-ubuntu-tweaking-software.html,I got the following terminal output:

mn@ubuntu:~$ cd /tmp; wget http://ubuntu-tweak.googlecode.com/files/ubuntu-tweak _0.2.4-ubuntu2_all.deb
–16:36:59– http://ubuntu-tweak.googlecode.com/files/ubuntu-tweak_0.2.4-ubuntu 2_all.deb
=> `ubuntu-tweak_0.2.4-ubuntu2_all.deb.1′
Resolving ubuntu-tweak.googlecode.com…
Connecting to ubuntu-tweak.googlecode.com||:80… connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response… 200 OK
Length: 130,088 (127K) [application/x-archive application/x-debian-package]

100%[====================================>] 130,088 48.27K/s

16:37:02 (48.18 KB/s) – `ubuntu-tweak_0.2.4-ubuntu2_all.deb.1′ saved [130088/130 088]

mn@ubuntu:/tmp$ sudo dpkg -i ubuntu-tweak_0.2.4-ubuntu2_all.deb
Selecting previously deselected package ubuntu-tweak.
(Reading database … 114539 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking ubuntu-tweak (from ubuntu-tweak_0.2.4-ubuntu2_all.deb) …
Setting up ubuntu-tweak (0.2.4-ubuntu2) …
mn@ubuntu:/tmp$ ubuntu-tweak &
[1] 23865
mn@ubuntu:/tmp$ Traceback (most recent call last):
File “./ubuntu-tweak.py”, line 8, in ?
from Computer import DISTRIB
File “/usr/share/ubuntu-tweak/Computer.py”, line 8, in ?
from aptsources import distro
ImportError: No module named aptsources
mn@ubuntu:/tmp$ ~

My mistake, or…?

Thanks in Advance,



2 David Hamilton April 7, 2008 at 6:26 pm

This worked for me

dh@local:/tmp$ sudo ubuntu-tweak &


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