Here's some more setups I used on my laptop configuring Ubuntu 8.04
(aka "Hardy Heron") so it's just the way I like it.
The Extra Effects under System
Preferences / Appearances
/ Visual Effects
all well and good, but I want more! And I want to be able to choose my
own. (I particularly like the Desktop Cube!)
Under System /
Administration / Package Manger
I searched out Simple CCSM
("Simple CompizConfig Settings Manager" and compizconfig-settings-manager
After installation, you can either visit System /
Preferences / Simple CompizConfig
or Advanced Desktop Settings
to really mix'n'match your sexy graphics options.
The number of faces on the Desktop Cube is set
in Advanced Settings
under General Options /
Desktop Size / Horizontal Vertical Size.
I also like to be able to flip Compiz on and off because it doesn't
always work well with games -- and tends to take up a good
slice of system memory. Installing and running fusion-icon
gives you a choice of either Compiz or Metacity windows managers.
It normally lives under Applications / System Tools but I put mine on
my on toolbar by clicking System
Preferences / Sessions
and adding it to Startup Programs
Hang on, I've
shown you this before. (Including how to make your own!)
And finally, as promised last blog
here's how I got wireless working on my Dell Latitude D531 laptop.
The Dell's internal Broadcom BCM4328 wireless controller was the only
correctly set up by the standard Ubuntu installation. That in itself is
pretty amazing. It shows just how far Linux has come. If I were to
install Windows from scratch I reckon I'd've been rummaging around a
mound of driver disks or working my way through a ton of
driver downloads -- and reboots.
In fact the wireless card was
spotted. Doing an lspci |
showed the system knew about it...
0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation
BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 03)
...it just didn't have a (proprietary) driver.
Ubuntu uses NDISWrapper which allows you to use Windows
wireless drivers under Linux. In earlier Ubuntu versions I've got it
working by following a hard-core hack on Ubuntu Forums
, in fact.) That's no longer necessary. In fact as this
shows, it's blindingly easy. The only effort required
was finding the appropriate Windows driver -- which I did via Dell's driver website
After downloading the driver (named R174291.exe
my case), I unpacked it with the command:
(Tucked away in the /DRIVERS directory was the .inf
referred to in step 1.) Here, from the
, is the rest of the procedure...
- Obtain the Windows Driver for your system and locate the
file that ends with
- Install ndisgtk
( → → ).
- Open ndisgtk
( → → ).
- Select Install new driver.
- Choose the location of your Windows .inf file and click