Ubuntu Tweak Software to Change Hidden Desktop Settings

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 &

(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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  • Mike Feb 26, 2008 @ 0:43


    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,


  • David Hamilton Apr 7, 2008 @ 18:26

    This worked for me

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

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