Openoffice without icons in Ubuntu

If you’re using an icon theme other than the default for Ubuntu causes OpenOffice to have no icons in the menus or on the toolbars, causing the toolbars actually have the tooltip text as the button’s text (example: Export to PDF, Print File Directly, Spellcheck, etc).

Install the “” package, which installs the “” package.
OR: Use the default Human theme for Ubuntu.

sudo apt-get install

Ubuntu forums

Tips & Tricks : Finding your monitor settings for your xserver config


This post is meant to share a small trick that I often use when installing linux on unknown systems. In my opinion, one of the biggest downsides in linux is setting up your monitor. Imagine starting out with linux, cause you hear it was great, installed it… and got an ugly looking desktop because the Xorg.conf is has the default properties.

Then you have a lot of evangelists saying you can perfectly calculate these values, but the thing that pops into my mind at this point is “user friendliness”.

A lot of things said to come down to the trick:

  • Download knoppix
  • Burn/mount it, so you can boot from it
  • Boot your desktop/laptop with the knoppix live-cd.
  • Backup the Xorg.conf file
  • Boot your main linux distro (cfr. Ubuntu, Suse, Fedora, RedHat, Debian, … whatever)
  • Backup your original Xorg.conf file
  • Restore the Xorg.conf file from the Knoppix generated one
  • Tweak it to your preferences

A additional & simple step that might ease up things for you… 😉

Apt-get fun

Need some cheering up, do the following commands on your ubuntu system:

  • apt-get moo
  • aptitude –help | grep Cow
    • aptitude moo
    • aptitude -v moo
    • aptitude -v -v moo
    • aptitude -v -v -v moo
    • aptitude -v -v -v -v moo
    • aptitude -v -v -v -v -v moo
    • aptitude -v -v -v -v -v -v moo

Linux moo

YAVUC – Yet Another Vista vs Ubuntu Comparison

Check out the following article : Ubuntu Linux vs Windows Vista: The Desktop Battle

Its Intro
Ubuntu Vista

It may be a brave opinion but I predict that Ubuntu Linux and Windows Vista are going to be the two operating systems that will take over the largest chunk of the desktop OS market during the next couple of years. This comparison is based on my experience with both systems during the last couple of weeks on two different computers. Borys Musielak

Its conclusion

As you can see both systems have their glitches but in the end both should work for you, as long you don’t try to “fix” too many things on your own. It’s always good to have a computer guru available as your first aid with the OS, especially at the beginning. Finally, in both cases make sure your hardware is supported. Both OSes are pretty new so not all the hardware (especially exotic WiFi adapters, TV cards and so) is supported, yet. If you don’t know how to check that, just buy a computer with operating system preinstalled. It’s easy these days to buy either a Vista or Ubuntu laptop or Desktop. Dell supports both of them, as one possible choice.

My view
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Finding out which packages are installed on your Ubuntu system

If you’d like to have a listing of all the packages installed on your ubuntu system, but you are unable to use the update manager. Then revert to the old-skool debian way:

dpkg --get-selections | grep -v deinstall


kvaes@ubuntu # dpkg –get-selections | grep -v deinstall
adduser install
alsa-base install
alsa-utils install
apache-common install
apache2 install
apache2-doc install
apache2-mpm-worker install
apache2-prefork-dev install
apache2-utils install
apache2.2-common install
apt install
apt-utils install

The popularity of Ubuntu

Here’s an interesting article for the those who’re interested in the popularity of Ubuntu:

Ubuntu: Just how popular is it?

There is no doubt that Ubuntu’s popularity has grown dramatically over the past few years, but just how popular is Ubuntu? How many people have ever heard of Ubuntu? How many people visit the Ubuntu site each month? How many people have tried Ubuntu, and more importantly, how many people are actually using it?

According to Canonical’s official press release for Gutsy Gibbon, Ubuntu has a “strong and growing user base of over 6 million people.” Where Canonical got this number is not clear, and they have provided no evidence to back up this claim. Nobody really knows how many people are using Ubuntu, but we found some interesting statistics online that show Ubuntu’s popularity is growing. From these statistics, it looks like Ubuntu has become far more popular than any other Linux distribution.

Note: this article is in no way a scientific study of Ubuntu’s popularity, it is just a collection of interesting stats from around the net. Have fun with it!

So, where can we look online to judge Ubuntu’s popularity?

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Vmmon Issues with ubuntu gutsy gibson

The Problem

kvaes@ubuntu:~$ sudo vmware
[sudo] password for kvaes:
vmware is installed, but it has not been (correctly) configured
for this system. To (re-)configure it, invoke the following command:

So yet again; new kernel version, new issues with vmware server. Here is the “HOWTO” to get your vmware server working again.

The Fix

  • Download the latest vmware-any-any update (currently: 114 )
  • Unpack it :
    tar xzf vmware-any-any-update???.tar.gz
  • Run the any-any update (press -enter- on all defaults) :
    sudo ./
  • Run the install update (press -enter- on all defaults) :
    sudo /usr/bin/
  • “Done!!!”
    sudo vmware

The Past
This was an update on the previous threads for Feisty:

Gutsy screensaver candy

At home I’m running “bleeding edge” when it comes to updates, but at work I stay behind a week or two when it comes down to new major (distribution) versions. So yesterday I updated my work system from Feisty to Gutsy Gibson.

Today I noticed a nice thingie when my screensaver was active; namely the “leave a message” button. Thumbs up to the ones at xscreensaver for this one cause this might be a nice eco saver (Read: “less yellow post-it notes when you return from a meeting”).

Setting up “auto-update” on your system thru command line

Below you can find a ‘howto’ on setting up an automated update system for your ubuntu system. In essence we’ll be setting up the whole aptitude mechanism thru cron.

WARNING : This may cause unexpected results due to unknown updates.

Open up the crontab as root

kvaes@ubuntu:~$ sudo crontab -e

Add the following line to your crontab

0 0 * * * aptitude -y update && aptitude -y upgrade && aptitude -y dist-upgrade && aptitude -y autoclean

Sidenote: If you prefer the gui, check the following article. It won’t do exactly the same, but it might give you a better feeling… 😉