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Ubuntu Tricks

A collection of nice things you can do with Ubuntu.

Desktop = home

By default, Desktop is a folder that resides inside of your home directory. I always found that weird and confusing. Luckily, there is a way to set the Desktop to be the home directory.

  1. Start gconf-editor (press ALT+F2, then type in gconf-editor)
  2. Go to apps → nautilus → preferences
  3. Set desktop_is_home_dir to true

The change takes a bit of loading time, but after it's done your Desktop will show the content of your home. Your old Desktop content will still be in your old Desktop folder.

Rearrange Window Buttons

Moving your window buttons to the other side of the window is very easy:

  1. Start gconf-editor (press ALT+F2, then type in gconf-editor)
  2. Go to apps → metacity → general
  3. Edit “button_layout”. The colon marks the middle of the window

Puppy Linux

Mounting Save File in another Distribution

mount -o loop /path/to/pupsave.2fs /mnt/mountpoint