It has been a long time since the last version of Ubuntu Tweak(0.5.3), however, its development has never been stopped.
Although the planned Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 is impossible to be released with Ubuntu 10.04 on the same day, Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.4 still provides you some exciting updates and let you enjoy your unforgettable journey of experiencing the brand new awesome Ubuntu 10.04.
Here it comes.
I think most of you have upgraded to Ubuntu 10.04 already, haven’t you?
For me, I’ve already upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04 since last week by using the official Update Manager. Everything was OK. But something is annoying: Update Manager disabled all the third-party sources. I have to enable them one by one.
Ubuntu Tweak has an easy-to-use Source Center for you to play with Third-party Sources. Why not integrate a smart feature into Ubuntu Tweak to let people re-enable the lucid-workable third-party sources?
So that’s what Ubuntu Tweak brings you.
Let’s see the overview changes:
- Add support for Linux Mint 9: Linux Mint is Ubuntu based, Ubuntu Tweak should support it.
- Singleton support for Ubuntu Tweak, you will never launch two Ubuntu Tweak instances.
- The Ubuntu Tweak Stable source will be enabled by default, so that you won’t miss the major release version.
- New Login Settings to let you control the appearance and behavior of your login screen
- New feature to upgrade the usable sources.
And some bugs fixes:
- LP: #546331 Empty places in the list while deleting sources file
- LP: #540215 Link failed with Permission denied
- LP: #568454 The feature on “change the main menu icon” does not work in mylucid
- LP: #564942 Default Folder Locations does not expose input method
Now start with some screenshots
Third-party Sources Upgrade
After a successful distribution upgrade, all third-party sources will be disabled by default. If you want to use them, you have to enable them again one by one, it will take you a lot of time.
Here’s what the disabled sources look like:
OK, from now on, with Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.4, it will be very simple to do the Source Upgrade task.
When you enter the “Source Center”, you will be notified like this:
Just press “Yes”, all the sources which marked as “disabled on upgrade to lucid” will be enabled again(only if the source supports Lucid).
After upgrade, it will look like this.
It’s so simple, right?
The Login Settings is a new feature of Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.4. Here you can control the appearance and behavior of the Login Screen(GDM).
I will show you how to use Login Settings to custom your login screen.
Before customization, the logo and background will look like this:
Now I’m changing the login screen logo to “Ubuntu Tweak”, and replacing the original background with a blue-green-black one.
After the customization, logout and check out your new login screen, it’s been changed and just suits your taste.
From now on, you can customize you own logo to login screen easily with Ubuntu Tweak. Of course, it is easy to “Revert” too.
Other small improvements
You know the PPA sources are slow in some countries. In some cases, you may want to upgrade your system with PPA sources temporarily disabled. So in the Ubuntu Tweak’s Update Manager, PPA sources can be disabled temporarily by simply checking the new option.
Some users reported the Default Folder Locations is inconvenient to use. Because some operation had to be done through the context menu.
I re-designed it and add buttons for it.
Just “Change” and “Restore”, no more “Refresh” now.
Due to the problem of Launchpad, the PPA source for Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.4 is not yet available.
If you can’t wait to try it out, just download the package below and install it. Here’s the link(It works both on Ubuntu 9.10 and Ubuntu 10.04):