DesktopNova – Automatically Change Wallpapers On Ubuntu 11.04 (With Classic Gnome)

An application that automatically changes your desktop wallpaper after a preset period of time. It works with Gnome amd Xfce desktops. This tutorial shows how to use DesktopNova on an Ubuntu 11.04 desktop with the Classic Gnome interface.

1 Installing DesktopNova

Open a terminal
Applications > Accessories > Terminal

sudo apt-get install desktopnova desktopnova-tray desktopnova-module-gnome

2 Using DesktopNova

Go to Applications > Accessories > DesktopNova

On the Images tab, please add the wallpapers that you want to use in the rotation. You can add single wallpapers with the Add button, but also whole wallpaper directories and subdirectories with the Add Folder button. I want to add my folder /home/falko/wallpapers, so I click on the Add Folder button

select your wallpaper or wallpaper folder and click on Open

go to the Settings tab. Check Change wallpaper in intervals and specify how often (in minutes) you want DesktopNova to change the wallpaper (default value is five minutes). Also check Change wallpaper every launch and Launch daemon every session (Autorun) to make DesktopNova start when the system starts

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Introduction To The Ubuntu Unity Desktop

The reader through some new features of the Unity desktop, Ubuntu’s new desktop environment used since Ubuntu 11.04. The prime subject will be the launcher, which is something like a side-dock, and how to configure it the way it fits your likings most.

1 First Startup

it an older version of Ubuntu, another distribution of Linux, Mac or Windows, you will be surprised about what the Unity desktop looks like at first glance. The first thing to notice is the dock-like structure on the left side of the screen.

Having dealt with previous versions of Ubuntu or Microsoft Windows, after some browsing you will also notice that the multifunctional control button is missing, by which you normally could access everything there is on the computer, usually positioned in the bottom left corner of the screen. There is kind of a control button on the top left corner, however it does not open half the possibilities you had with its kind before. Some of the common options have been exported to the control panel.

2 The Launcher

The launcher propably is an easy-to-use execution dock for your most used applications. On first startup it contains some basic applications as Firefox, some LibreOffice Apps and links to the Files & Folders as well as the Applications section. To add items to the launcher, you can just drag and drop them there or, if you have the application to put there opened

One of the launcher’s main functions is its search bar that you can find in the main menu and in the Applications and Files & Folders sections. It is one of the quickest options to access a file if you do not have it fixed in your launcher. It behaves a bit strange however, compared to the search functions one is used to. It finds only those files that were opened at least one time and if you search for folders

way to access your files quickly is by right-clicking the application section for applications and browsing the home directory or every folders top bar for folders. Right-clicking on Applications will give you the classic option to browse through the different categories of applications, although they are not displayed as compact as before. Clicking on the monitor icon on the top bar of any folder window will direct you to the root directory of your system.

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Changing Desktop Appearance On Linux Mint 11

To show how to change the desktop’s appearance to people who are new to Linux.
1 Preliminary Note
I am using Linux Mint 11 with the Gnome desktop. This is the default desktop you have installed on your system. If you have not configured it otherwise already, everything should work for you.

2 Appearance Settings
desktop usually looks like if you haven’t changed anything on it
To access the desktop appearance settings, go to Menu > Preferences > Appearance or Menu > Control Center > Personal > Appearance
The theme is what your system generally looks like apart from your wallpaper, meaning the looks of the control panel, window panels, menus, icons and everything else. There are multiple themes already installed with Linux Mint 11, but with a connection to the Internet you can download more of them. The single parts of the theme can also be customized to your likings if a whole theme does not match your preferences. The Background section lets you choose the wallpaper which covers your desktop. There are also multiple background pictures preinstalled on your system, but you can download and install new ones easily

3 Themes

a new theme in the Themes tab, simply click on it and it will automatically be applied. To download another theme, click on the link on the bottom left corner and the gnome website will be opened where you can download new themes by choosing the one you like and clicking the download panel
Choose Apply New Theme if you want to use your downloaded theme.

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Burning An Audio CD On Linux Mint

how you can convert your mp3 audio files to a format accepted for burning audio CDs and burning them on a blank CD afterwards on Linux Mint 11.

This tutorial comes without warranty of any kind.
1 Preliminary Note

There are multiple ways and applications to convert and burn your audio files, however the ones I use happened to produce no problems that others did, e.g. inflating the size of the produced .wav file so greatly that a 13-track album would not fit on an ordinary blank CD. If other applications cause you no problems, you can also use those instead.

2 Converting Audio Files To Wav Format

to use for converting is a graphical user interface called WinFF. To install it, open a terminal and enter

sudo apt-get install winff

Enter your password


just drag and drop one or more audio files to the white input panel or add them by using the Add button. Select Audio in the Convert To… dropdown menu and Wav for CD in the Preset dropdown menu. You can also configure the directory the output files will be saved in. After you are done, press the Convert button. The files can then be found in the selected output directory.
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Converting Audio Files On Linux Mint

It covers the issue of converting audio files on Linux Mint. Converting audio files can be a hard thing to accomplish if one does not have the proper tools to do so, that is why I will also cover a few different applications capable of converting.
1 Preliminary Note

concentrate on those that are able to convert between the most used formats (mp3 for storing and listening, wav for creating audio disks and some others). Along with the output format, the bitrate might be the most important feature of an audio file. It determines the quality of the sound, so make sure that you do not choose one that is too low (320 kbps is quite a high bitrate and a good choice if you convert music).

2 WinFF
WinFF is a graphical user interface (GUI) for the command line converter ffmpeg, meaning it has the same functions but also is using a user-friendly graphical environment. It is able to convert audio as well as video files into numerous formats used on ordinary computers but also on all kinds of other hardware such as smartphones and multimedial mp3 players. It converts audio files into mp3, wma, wav, ogg and Ac3 format using all bitrates and samplerates


sudo apt-get install winff

After the installation is done, open WinFF by entering


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How To Let Your Wallpapers Rotate With Webilder

downloads new wallpapers from flickr and webshots every few hours. This is also the software used for rotating wallpapers in the Ubuntu derivative Pinguy OS

1 Preliminary Note
installed and tried Webilder on Linux Mint 11, however it should also work on all other Debian and Ubuntu based distributions

2 Install Webilder

open a terminal and install the needed dependencies

sudo apt-get install python-gtk2 python-glade2 python-imaging python-setuptools

sudo apt-get install python-gnome2 libglib2.0-0 python-appindicator gettext

They are in the webilder-0.7.1 folder, so in my case I

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Indicate Mail Accounts On Your Desktop

Popper is silently running in the background and gives you a notice when a new mail arrives at your mail account, containing the mail’s sender, subject and the time it arrived.This article is about how to get informed about new mails without actually opening your mail client using a handy indication tool called popper.

1 Preliminary Note

it only gives you the information mentioned above. I have tested it on Linux Mint 11, but it should work fine with all other Ubuntu derivatives.

2 Install Popper

Open a terminal and enter the following commands to install Popper

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