I’m proud to announce the latest version of Ubuntu Tweak was released today, coming with a brand new feature: Desktop Recovery, which help you backup your desktop setting.
This is a milestone for the three years of Ubuntu Tweak release cycle. For the first time, Ubuntu Tweak starts to help you make the Ubuntu Desktop stronger.
Let’s check out how Desktop Recovery works to make Ubuntu life easier than ever.
As a Ubuntu user, you always get excited when you see something new in Ubuntu world. You install new applications, new themes, new applets…After tons of time spent on them, you may make lots of damages to the desktop, and you don’t even know how to recover to the original ones.
That’s what the Desktop Recovery helps you.
Desktop Recovery is a tool integrated into Ubuntu Tweak to help you guys tweak with desktop settings safely, and never feel worried that you can’t go back.
It has three basic functions:
- Backup: backup the current settings, as many as you want;
- Recover: recover to your backups;
- Reset: even if you don’t have any backups, you can also reset to the default settings;
Desktop Recovery can backup stuffs as follow:
- GNOME Desktop settings: Panel, Themes, Background;
- Application settings using GConf: gedit, Compiz, Empathy, Nautilus…You know, almost every desktop applications in GNOME;
- System components: Input method (ibus), network-manager, proxy…
That’s to say, Desktop Recovery covers almost everything of desktop/applications.
ONE THING YOU MUST KNOW: it will operate with the setting only, not the files related to the setting. E.G. It will backup the setting about the background names, but not the real background files.
Here are some screenshots I wanna show to you.
Desktop Recovery comes with an easy-to-use interface, it has three categories of settings to backup: Desktop, Applications and System.
When you select on category, you can backup all the sub-settings at once, of course you can also backup the individual setting by selecting it.
Desktop Recovery supports unlimited backup items and the backup history can be listed. You can rename, or delete it.
Let’s start from a real-world case.
My desktop panel is broken as below like this, how can it go back to recover it? It’s quick and easy!
Open Ubuntu Tweak, enter the Desktop Recovery, select the “Applications”->”panel”. Even I haven’t backed up before, I can still press “Reset” to go back.
After resetting, you should re-logout and login, finally, the original desktop has came back!
How do you like this feature?
Besides the Desktop Recovery, now almost all options in Ubuntu Tweak respectively are followed by a “Reset Button” to revert to the original default value.
Even if you don’t know how to use it, the tool-tip will tell you the default value, then all you just need to do is click it.
OK, that’s all. I hope you like it.
The package in the Ubuntu Tweak source is now available, and you can also download the package by using the link below:
All the backups will be saved under: ~/.config/ubuntu-tweak/desktoprecovery/
So you can do anything you want about easily to save these files, or sync them with Ubuntu One.