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Thinkpad Trackpoint Scrolling in Ubuntu Karmic Koala

October 7th, 2009 6 comments

Scrolling using the Thinkpad Trackpoint (middle click/hold + mouse nub) is still not fixed by default in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala).  Here’s how I fixed it.

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Evince Document Viewer Menu Entry

September 23rd, 2009 4 comments

I has always bothered me that Gnome’s document viewer, evince, doesn’t show up in the Gnome menus or in Gnome-Do when I type evince.  I did a bit of searching and discovered that this is because the evince .desktop files have the property NoDisplay=true in them. Apparently this tells Gnome to ignore this application for display purposes (in menus, dialogs, gnome-do, etc.). I changed this property to false and am waiting for whatever .desktop cache there is to update. I’ll update this post if this actually worked for me. I hope it does, being able to launch evince with one command in Gnome-Do would be wonderful.

I found this bug and this discussion of why NoDisplay is set to true.

Update (2009-9-27 19:13): After waiting for a while to see if evince would ever show up in the menus/gnome-do, it appears that this ‘fix’ doesn’t work.  I’m not willing to put more time into this, so my current work-around is to open a directory with the pdf of interest and open the file that way.  Not my preferred workflow, but it gets the job done.

Update (2009-10-7 08:46): A commenter suggested removing the NoDisplay line altogether.  I’ve commented these lines out in the files /usr/share/applications/evince.desktop and /usr/share/app-install/desktop/evince.desktop. I’ll leave it like that and see if an entry for Evince shows up anwhere. I’ve actually gotten into the habbit of opening a directory in Nautilus and opening the document in question from there. If this works though, I’ll have multiple ways of doing what I want.

Update (2009-10-10 07:34): Removing the lines didn’t help. Looks like I’ll just continue using the ‘Open in Nautilus’ method.

Google Gears in Firefox 3.5 in Linux x64_64

July 19th, 2009 No comments

I recently posted about getting Firefox working in Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04 x86_64.  Updates to Firefox 3.5.1 were recently pushed to the repositories, and after updating, Gears stopped working again.  Use the Gears build here for Firefox 3.5.1 Linux x86_46, linked to from this Google Groups post.

It really would be nice if 64-bit Linux was supported by Google rather than having to find these work-around builds.  Clearly it works for us, what is the holdup?

Firefox 3.5 in Ubuntu Jaunty 9.04

July 13th, 2009 2 comments

I’ve finally moved permanently to Firefox 3.5 in Ubuntu Jaunty (9.04).  Initially I installed it by following the instructions found here and here.  However, I didn’t put the time in to update my extensions, so I ended up reverting back to the 3.0.* series.  I installed by adding the Security Team’s PPA to my package sources list, but that is apparently no longer necessary.

The two extensions I couldn’t live without were Tab Mix Plus and Google Gears.  After some digging, I found a TMP thread with a link (xpi) to a development build that works with Firefox 3.5.  Also, I found a Google groups thread and a blog post with a few links to Linux x86_64 builds of Gears.

Once I upgraded these two extensions I was happy enough to continue using 3.5 permanently rather than just playing with it for an hour or so.

Note: The builtin support for OGG video is amazing.  The problem is it’s only in Firefox right now, so I don’t really expect to see widespread adoption of it.  However, it is one great step towards getting rid of plugin-based video based on flash.

Installing nVidia driver 185.18.14 with real time linux kernel 2.6.28-3-rt

July 10th, 2009 5 comments

This article discusses how to get the NVidia Linux graphics driver working with the real time linux kernel version 2.6.28-rt under Ubuntu (Kubuntu) 9.04 on AMD 64.

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Ubuntu Jaunty Update Notifications

April 28th, 2009 No comments

I just noticed that Jaunty changed the way that it notifies the user about updates. Rather than a notification in the systray, it displays the update-manager window automatically. To revert to the systray notification, you need to change a Gnome settings value using either gconftool on the command line or gconf-editor. Change the value /apps/update-notifier/auto_launch to false using one of these tools:

gconftool -s --type bool /apps/update-notifier/auto_launch false