Posts Tagged 'Edgy Eft'

For a Good Cause

I’ve been a member of World Community Grid for a while. From the site:

World Community Grid’s mission is to create the world’s largest public computing grid to tackle projects that benefit humanity.

Basically, this means that, if you have the client installed and your computer fits the requirements, whenever you computer is idle (i.e. doing nothing) it’s processing power will be used for several projects. At the moment you can choose to work on projects like Help Defeat Cancer, Fight AIDS@Home, Human Proteome Folding and more.

Now, I know many Xubuntu users do not have state-of-the-art hardware, but we too can make a contribution. That’s why I’ve set up a Xubuntu Users team, so we can track how much we contribute.

And because I want everybody to join this wonderful project, I’ve posted some documentation on setting this up at



I never used to be interested in virtualization software. I mean: why would I want to run another operating system in a window? Or for that matter: why would I want to run another operating system?

That all changed a few days ago. I’ve been wanting to switch to Feisty for a while (would make for a few good blog posts too 😉 ), but unfortunately, burning the daily build onto a CD did not work out like it should, and it cost me quite a few CD’s too.

Then my dad mentioned VirtualBox, which he could install on his Windows XP to run the ISO image without needing to burn it onto a CD! That sounded cool, so I headed over to their website.


Not only did they have a Linux version (with Ubuntu packages!), but since January this year they have also made large parts open source! Well, I installed it (the proprietary version though, that was easiest. Sorry 😦 ) and clicked the “InnoTek VirtualBox” menu entry. Nothing happened.

Oh wait, I needed to be in the “vboxusersgroup”. OK, added myself, crossed my fingers, then launched VirtualBox again…

It was really unbelievable. I could run Xubuntu Herd 5 without problems! But of course, pictures say more than a gazillion words, so here you are:

First I created a virtual pc:
Selecting a VirtualBox machine
Then I selected the location of the ISO image:
Booting from an ISO image in VirtualBox
And there it is: a fully function desktop!
Xubuntu Feisty dektop in VirtualBox
And I can shut it down:
Shuttind down Xubuntu in VirtualBox
Xubuntu shutdown in VirtualBox

This is really cool, also if you do not need to dual-boot. It’s such a thrill to be able to run a LiveCD without burning it! In fact, I’m also downloading Ubuntu Feisty now, just to see what it has become by now.

But of course, you do not want to go through so much trouble as I went through to find out how to get it to work, that’s why I’ve posted this guide (for Edgy) on Enjoy!

MurrinaLooks – a faster Clearlooks

Note: I copied this post from my previous blog because I did not want it to get lost

If you like the default Clearlooks theme on Xubuntu, but find it a tad too slow, then this post will make your day 😀

Murrine is a relatively new theme engine that is quickly becoming popular for its speed. Plus, there are Ubuntu packages available (site is down at the moment, you can download the package for Edgy here).

However, Clearlooks was not made for this engine and thus cannot take advantage of its speed. That’s why I modified Clearlooks to use the Murrine engine. It’s not a perfect clone, but I think it gets close.

To use it, first install the Murrine Engine I mentioned, then download my MurrinaLooks theme, then place the MurrinaLooks folder in /usr/share/themes . You can now select it from Applications->Settings->User Interface Settings. Woohoo!