When upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 I noticed two annoyances (which actually are just a matter of personal taste):
- The OSX-like positioning of the close, minimize and maximize buttons on the left instead of the right of the window.
- The fade-out (invisibility) of other windows when using Alt-Tab for tabbing through the available windows on the current desktop.
As I tend to forget and need to Google every time I encounter a newly setup 10.04 system, I now jot down the settings to change.
For changing the window buttons:
- Change its value to
For changing the opacity of inactive windows during Alt+Tab window switching:
- Change it to any value you like, where 100 is fully visible and 0 is totally invisible.
udev renames you network interfaces
Sometimes udev renames your devices. This happened to me when upgrading a server, eth0 suddenly became eth1 and vice-versa. Of course, this broke nearly all firewall scripts on the server… There is a nice explanation how to get udev to name your devices the way you want.
Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 on Microsoft Windows Server 2003
When installing Visual Studio Service Pack 1 under Windows Server 2003, it might fail because it cannot verify the signature. You should take time and visit the link provided in the error message, because it will take you to a hotfix that will correct the problem.
(via Mark Caroll’s Blog)
VMWare Server on Ubuntu 8.04
A nice tutorial for getting free VMWare Server 1.0.5 running on Ubuntu 8.04.
I am using cryptsetup LUKS for storing encrypted office data on my USB memory stick (just in case I lose it). I recently installed Ubuntu 7.04 on one of my machines and wanted to open the encrypted partition using cryptsetup luksOpen, which failed with a rather strange
Unable to make device node for ‘temporary-cryptsetup-32733’
While searching around the net I found a lot of people asking the same question but hardly any answer, until I finally read this article
on the Ubuntu forum.
The solution to the whole problem is rather simple:
sudo mkdir /dev/.static/dev/mapper
With a little bit more verbose error message of cryptsetup I might have figured this out myself…