Tweaking Hidden Settings With Ubuntu Tweak On Ubuntu 9.10

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Author: Falko Timme
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Ubuntu Tweak is a tool that lets you change hidden Ubuntu settings, for example: hide or change the splash screen, show or hide the Computer, Home, Trash, and Network icons, change Metacity, Nautilus, power management, and security settings, etc. Currently Ubuntu Tweak is available only for the Ubuntu GNOME desktop, i.e., it will not work on Kubuntu or Xubuntu. This short guide shows how to install and use Ubuntu Tweak.

I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Installing Ubuntu Tweak

Open a terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal):

Add the PPA repository that contains the Ubuntu Tweak package:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa

Import the key of the repository:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver FE85409EEAB40ECCB65740816AF0E1940624A220

Open /etc/apt/sources.list...

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

... and add the following two lines:

deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

Update the package database...

sudo aptitude update

... and install Ubuntu Tweak as follows:

sudo aptitude install ubuntu-tweak


2 Using Ubuntu Tweak

To start Ubuntu Tweak, go to Applications > System Tools > Ubuntu Tweak:

This is how Ubuntu Tweak looks. You can now browse all the menu entries and make your modifications. The options are more or less self-explaining:


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By: rawfan


I don't want to offend you, but your article is not a howto. It doesn't say anything about what you can do with UbuntuTweak. It is just a collection of screenshots. And the little text it contains is inaccurate.

What you do is this: First you use the new command add-apt-repository which automatically adds a PPA repository and imports the GPG key. So far so good.

But after that you manually import the GPG-key again. I've seen this done on other sites, too and it is absolutely unnecessary. What confuses me even more ist that in a third step you manually add the repository (again).

As a result you have two entries for the key and two entries for the repo. How does this help readers of this site?

By: Alexius Diakogiannis

Hey man, just dont read it, and if you are better than him right a right one yourself!

 You are not usefull yourself just mean mate

By: Vivek

I think, there's been an effort put in the article. Moreover screenshots are self explanatory for users to get an idea of what ubuntu tweak is about. 

By: nobodie

While i don't wish to be as harsh as the previous poster, it would make more sense to have someone who uses this program to do an article on it.

 I run it for the purpose of making multiple computer management easier, including kubuntu and xubuntu machines. Adding sources is the same for all debian based distros so this could be used for many different distros (and i have used it with varying degrees of success in others including knoppix.

It provides a GUI for a number of common tasks that relate to package management and I think of it often as a package manager together with a simplified control panel as opposed to a simplified package manager with a complete control panel. It provides an especially good tool when you want to set up a new distro quickly and get it in the users hands in the shortest possible time.