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Ubuntu 11.10 Nautilus: Parent arrow gone – unfamiliar look.

October 16, 2011 3 comments

Yes, another thing I don´t like aobut 11.10. Nautilus look+feel has changed too. I was quite familiar with the old Nautilus way and could work very fast the way it was. Maybe I am just too lazy to learn these new “features” and user experience simplicity as they might call it. Again, I am looking for a way back to revert these changes.

First of all, it´s not possible to copy all of the old Nautilus behavior – the Parent folder arrow is still missing on the main screen. You can press ALT+UP Key to go to the parent folder – but what the heck is the reason to always get your fingers off the mouse and finger around on your keyboard ?

So, what is it I don´t like ?
1) The Tree view
2) The missing UP ARROW
3) The missing Folder view in the adress bar

So, this is the way it is out of the box in 11.10:
Old Nautilus look

And this is the result after a few modifications:
New old Nautilus

And here are the changes:

gsettings set org.gnome.nautilus.preferences always-use-location-entry false

This will change to folder view instead of folder adress.

Then View –> Side Panel –> Location
(not sure if this is location, if have another locale – just other than tree)

If you still have a tree view in the main window, then change to “symbols” in the main view Menu.

Maybe take a look at pcmanfm (apt-get install pcmanfm) as an alternative to Nautilus as it looks very similiar to old Nautilus

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Classic Look on Ubuntu 11.10 – aka I want my Gnome classic back !

October 15, 2011 23 comments

I am not pleased at all with the new Unity and Gnome 3 look+feel Ubuntu has recently published when upgrading/installing Ubuntu 11.10. I find it uncomfortable, not intuitive and I generally don´t like the Look+Feel if you were used to Gnome2 without Unity. (which I disabled as soon as I got it running in 11.04)

Good news, there is a way back:

sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

Logout, and choose Gnome Classic in the Login Screen.

The most noticable change is when you try to change the panel contents. Right clicking on the panel isn´t working anymore – but don´t panic. Just use ALT+Right Mouse and you can add/remove panel or content to the panel you were used to.

If I wouldn´t have noticed the way back to classic gnome look, I would have really considered leaving Ubuntu at all, though I was a very early user of Ubuntu – since it was released. If I would want a Smartphone Look+Feel on my desktop, I would buy one of those giant XXXL+ Android phones or tablets.

Well, I finally took the decision to bust Ubuntu. The Gnome 3 thing wasn´t the only reason, but my installed version was always an update from release to release – so it was pretty slow already. I switched to Linux Mint 11 and I will stay with this version for now, because Mint 12 will have gnome 3 too.
For all of those who especially don´t like Nautilus (see my other post on this blog) I found pcmanfm as an alternative – no clue if it works in Gnome 11.10 too. But it looks pretty similiar to Nautilus of gnome 2.x

Z68 Chipsatz Lan Probleme unter Ubuntu Linux 11.04 und Fedora

September 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Kürzlich habe ich festgestellt, dass ich extrem viele Packet-Drops bei der LAN-Verbindung meines PCs ins Internet habe, selbst die direkte Verbindung zum Router war kaum mehr möglich. Da diese Probleme nicht unter Windows aufgetreten sind, war mir klar, dass es ein Linux Problem ist.

Das Problem scheint darin zu bestehen, dass der Kernel irrtümlich den r8169 Treiber (also den Realtek Netzwerktreiber) anstatt des r8168B Treibers verwendet.
Barry Mavin hat hier eine Lösung erarbeitet, um den richtigen (r8168B) Treiber zu verwenden:


  • Überprüfen, ob wirklich der falsche Treiber geladen wurde:

    lsmod | grep r8169
    sollte in etwa zu dem Ergebnis führen:
    r8169 182616 0
    Dann ist das Problem in der Tat der falsche Treiber !

  • Den R8168B Linux Treiber downloaden und entpacken:

    tar vjxf r8168-8.023.00.tar.bz2

  • Den Treiber unloaden:

    sudo rmmod r8169

  • Den Treiber selbst installieren:

    cd r8168-8.023.00
    sudo ./

  • Nun müßte ein:

    lsmod | grep r8168 so etwas darstellen:
    r8168 182616 0

  • Nun sollte man die Verbindung neu herstellen, falls dies manuell geschieht, aber OHNE den PC neuzustarten. Hat das Compilen des neuen Moduls funktioniert, das Surfen bzw. ping zeigt keine Packet-Losses mehr, dann, auch nur dann den übernächsten Schritt vollziehen, ansonsten den Treiber:

    cd /lib/modules/2.6.x-x-x/kernel/drivers/net/
    sudo mv r8169.bak r8169.ko

    wieder in den Originalzustand versetzen, um das anderweitige Problem festzustellen.

  • Abschließend noch den falschen Treiber daran hindern , wieder geladen zu werden:
    (wenn das Compilieren ohne Fehlermeldung funktioniert hat bzw. die Verbindung jetzt stabil ist – ansonsten SIEHE OBEN!!!!!)

    sudo su
    echo "blacklist r8169" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf

Die Verbindung ist jetzt absolut stabil und das Problem mit den Packet-Losses ist Gschichte !

Update: Seit dem Update auf kernel 3.x.x funktioniert der Treiber nicht mehr richtig. Um das zu berichtigen, die Datei src/Makefile im Editor öffnen und die Zeile:

KEXT := $(shell echo $(KVER) | sed -ne 's/^2\.[567]\..*/k/p')o

mittels # am Anfang auskommentieren, und darunter diese Zeile hinzufügen:

KEXT := $(shell echo $(KVER) | sed -ne 's/^[23]\.[0123456789]\..*/k/p')o

Somit sollte auch das Compilieren mit dem Kernel 3.x.x funkionieren!

Categories: Ubuntu

Ubuntu Taschenrechner – Komma funktioniert nicht

June 10, 2011 3 comments

Beim gcalculator (dem systemeigenen Taschenrechner von Gnome) in Ubuntu 11.04 habe ich kürzlich entdeckt, dass er keine Kommas über das Numpad akzeptiert, sondern nur umständlich über die “Punkt” Taste.

Dieser Bug ist nicht neu und laut bugreports hängt er mit der deutschen locale zusammen. Obwohl der Eintrag schon aus 2009 war und als gelöst markiert wurde, tritt er scheinbar wieder bzw. sporadisch auf.

Dazu ein einfacher Workaround:
Menü —> Einstellungen –> Tastatur

Im Belegungen-Reiter auf Optionen —> Belegungsauswahl des Nummernblocks —> Veraltet

Damit sollte das Komma wieder wie gewohnt funktionieren.

Categories: Good to know, Ubuntu

Solution: Mythtv somtimes doesn’t detect the tuner cards

March 9, 2009 1 comment

As described here I fought the problem for a long time, that mythtv sometimes just refuses to detect the TV cards, when two TV cards are installed.

I think I found the solution to the problem now finally – the problem appears when the loading order of the driver modules are mixed up, so that Card1, which normally is linked to /dev/video0 is linked to /dev/video1 and vice versa for Card2 – that seems to confuse mythtv.

So, the trick is to define in mythbuntu (or Ubuntu+mythtv), that it should load Card1 before Card2 so that the corresponding linking to the video-devs is done correctly.

As Ubuntu uses udev, which is not really easy, I just did the old dirty trick:
1) blacklist both TV card modules (in my case: ivtv and bttv):

sudo vi /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

and add :

blacklist ivtv
blacklist bttv

2) Load the modules in your desired order:

sudo vi /etc/modules

and add:


That’s it – I hope it finally really works and will test it in the next days.

UPDATED2: Quick tip: Asus A8V-VM SE and mythtv

March 2, 2009 1 comment

I am running Mythbuntu 8.10 on my Asus A8V-VM SE with a Athlon 64 3200+ and faced severe problems. The most annoying one was the problem, that mythtv periodically wasn’t able to detect the tuner cards, although they were detected by the kernel and were configured correctly.

I tried several tips like moving the daemon call of mythtv-backend in /etc/rc5.d to a later position, from S25mythtv-backend to S99mythtv-backend – this didn’t really help. Until I finally got a setup, which works now in most cases or let’s say, nearly with all bootups.

So to help you preventing one or another headache, this is my setup wich works now really well:

In the Asus BIOS, you have to disable:
ACPI 2.0 support

and in Ubuntu, you have to add


in /boot/grub/menu.lst, so that it looks like this:

kernel /boot/vmlinuz-2.6.27-11-generic root=UUID=xyz ro locale=de_DE quiet noapic

The next article I am planning will describe how to setup mythwelcome and acpi wakeup with Mythbuntu 8.10 on the crappy Asus A8V-VM SE – stay tuned.

I recently posted exactly here another socalled dirty tip, which should solve the problem – but as I have faced the same problem today again, that mythtv sometimes just refuses to detect the cards, I deleted it. But I think (and hope) I found the real deal today, the problem, why mythtv sometimes just doesn’t detect the cards, although the kernel detects it correctly.

The solution is posted in another post here:

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Generate strong WPA2 passwords with Ubuntu

October 30, 2008 Leave a comment

To secure wpa/wpa2 keys from brute-force or dictionary-attacks, it is evident to use strong, that means long and purely randomly generated keys, which are in addition generated with a strong algorithm.

WPA/WPA2 limits the length of passwords to 63 digits, including upper/lowercase and special characters – so that’s what we are trying to generate….

Read more…

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