The only Total Commander Clone is Krusader

March 15, 2009

The best windows tool ever is Total Commander. If I see colleagues using their explorer I get crazy 😉 Total Commander is the ultimate productivity boost.

On my ubuntu I’m using gnome. Nautilus is as sick as the explorer. Next, I tried gnome-commander: nope. I wasted a couple of hours and tried mc, elmfm2, tuxcmd, .. No way to found s.th. that is good enough and integrates into gnome. Only way out: Krusader. This tool has nearly all I want. I have to accept the KDE dependencies.

sudo apt-get install krusader kompare xxdiff cfv md5deep p7zip kdebase krename

In order to let it look more like a gnome app I installed the systemsettings (former kcontrol)

sudo apt-get install systemsettings

Open it and go to General > Look&Feel > Appearence > Theme and select Human.

Finally, I started krusader and changed the default terminal and editor.

Done!

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Optimize Gnome Globalmenu

March 11, 2009

I installed globalmenu to get more vertical space. Today, I optimized the horizontal space. Therefore, I right clicked on the top panel and click add to panel. I have choosen Gnome Main Menu. This one only shows the ubuntu icon on the panel without the Application, Places and System menus. These old menus I removed with a right click remove. Done.

If you want to see how it finally looks like check this out.


Even More Space With Cairo Dock

March 11, 2009

Last time I talked about globalmenu. Today, I show you how you get even more space by replacing the bottom gnome panel with a dock like cairo-dock.

First you need to get the key of this unsigned package:

wget -q http://repository.cairo-dock.org/ubuntu/cairo-dock.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Next, add

deb http://repository.cairo-dock.org/ubuntu intrepid cairo-dock

to your sources.list

Install it:

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

Choose your desired theme (e.g. Clear) and you are almost done.

To start cairo-dock automatically opening System > Preferences > Sessions and at an entry with the command cairo-dock.

Log off and on and your cairo-dock should be available at the bottom of your screen. Now, the former bottom panel is of no value anymore so I removed it.

desktop


More Space On My Notebook With Gnome Globalmenu

March 9, 2009

Do you want to have more vertical space on your desktop, than take a look at globalmenu.

Add deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/globalmenu-team/ppa/ubuntu intrepid main to your package sources.

Next, add the pgp signature of this package: gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /tmp/awn.keyring --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv E97F4DB8F1F0EC20FF792CA37889D725DA6DEEAA && gpg --no-default-keyring --keyring /tmp/awn.keyring --export --armor E97F4DB8F1F0EC20FF792CA37889D725DA6DEEAA | sudo apt-key add - && rm /tmp/awn.keyring

Install it: sudo apt-get install gnome-globalmenu

Set it up: killall gnome-panel, then right click on the upper gnome panel and choose add to panel. Select Global Menu Applet. Next, right click on this one and choose Preferences. Next, click Enable Gnome Globalmenu and you are done.


Define Your Own Shortcuts

February 20, 2009

I like my keyboard and try to avoid using the mouse to much.
To open a command shell I used to press Alt+F2, type term, select gnome-terminal and press enter. Mouseless but a lot of steps. So I looked around and found that I can configure shortcuts on my own.

I need to launch gconf-editor and go to apps > metacity > global_keybindings:

gconf-editor

Now opening a command shell is as easy as pressing Super+S whereby Super is the Windows Key on my Asus.