Archive for October 2007

Ubuntu Gutsy comes with Compiz-Fusion as the default window manager, so Ubuntu users have eyecandy enabled by default. If you like Kubuntu, does that mean you’re out of luck? Far from it! Because all the necessary packages are in the standard repositories, it’s pretty easy to get Compiz-Fusion on Kubuntu. Follow along!

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Darn, this new “feature” is super-annoying. Fortunately, my most frequently-used applications can restore sessions along with what I typed… but it’s still very annoying to have X die on me when I’m working. And it happens a lot. Too much.

Here’s my solution. First, make the following script and make it executable:

if xvinfo | grep -q Xgl ; then
xmodmap -e “keycode 22 = BackSpace BackSpace Terminate_Server”

If those quotes got messed up, turn them into regular quotes, please. Now make that autostart when you login. In KDE, it’s as simple as dropping/symlinking it into the directory ~/.kde/Autostart/

If you want to fix the current session without logging out and logging back in, run the following:

xmodmap -e “keycode 22 = BackSpace BackSpace Terminate_Server”

That’s it!

(You know, while writing this post, I hit that special key combo again… it’s good that it’s not killing XGL anymore…)

(This tutorial will work for any Debian-based system, including Ubuntu.)

If you’ve ever wanted to save a list of software installed on a Debian box so that you could reinstall them later or on a different machine, this is how you do it. I’ve recently had to reinstall my system from scratch, and the following may help you as well.

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