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Resetting the Gnome panel

May 1st, 2009. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Ubuntu LogoHad a heck of a time fighting with xorg.conf on Ubuntu 9.04 this week. When I finally got the resolution set correctly, the Gnome panels were messed up. The trash icon was in the middle of the bottom panel and the user/power section was in the middle of the top panel. After Googling for the answer, I came across this post that explained how to reset the Gnome panel. Here are the basic steps:

  • Press Ctrl+Alt+F1 to get a console
  • Log in from the console
  • Type “rm -rf .gnome”
  • Type “rm -rf .gconf”

I restarted after this and my panels were indeed reset when I logged in (including the theme, fonts, etc), and the panels were behaving normally again.

Dell’s new subnotebook product, the Inspiron 910, coming very soon

August 19th, 2008. Published under Hardware. No Comments.

Sounds like the Inspiron 910 is just around the corner, and it is coming loaded with a special mobile-optimized version of Ubuntu 8.04.  That should be expected for a $300 computer, as its competitors, like the Asus EEE PC, run a flavor of Linux.  This thing looks pretty nice.  Check out the article at ars technica.  Recently Gizmodo posted this article on the Inspiron 910, though at the time this was the very first reveal from Michael Dell and the name and OS was not yet released by Dell.

Google Desktop broken in Ubuntu Hardy Heron

July 7th, 2008. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

Here is a thread that helped me solve the issue I was having with Google Desktop not working in Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron).

The solution is to edit the erroneous path to the Firefox executable in Preferred Applications.  See the third post by BlackSir in this thread.

Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron update manager freezes issue

June 27th, 2008. Published under Uncategorized. No Comments.

I may be a Windows pro, but I am an amateur in every extent of the word when it comes to Ubuntu Linux. I’ve installed 7.10 twice and upgraded once to 8.04, which I run on one of the computers at my desk. I tinker with it much less than I intended to. However, I have searched posts and Googled some to solve (read: find solutions posted by others) a few Ubuntu problems here and there.

One such issue was with the Update Manager on Ubuntu 8.04, otherwise known as Hardy Heron.  After upgrading 7.10 to 8.04, the Update Manager failed to work.  It would appear to freeze up at the point where you would expect the password box to appear.

So digging into the forums, I found a thread that led me to the /etc/hosts file.  The beginning of my hosts file read as such:

127.0.0.1 localhost
127.0.1.1 PCNAME.NETWORKNAME

To fix the issue with the Update Manager, all I had to do was remove the “.NETWORKNAME” part.  It is also worth noting the third octet of the second IP address is a “1”, not a “0”.

The thread on the Ubuntu Forums where I detail this (user: brown705) is here.  In the thread, specifically post #6, is where I reference the original source of the solution.

UPDATE:  This is also the same fix for the sudo “unable to resolve host” error.