Install Gnome 3 in Ubuntu 11.04

If you have Ubuntu 11.04, by now, you have messed around with Unity, the default desktop environment. Maybe, you like it or maybe you don’t. If you’re curious about how Gnome 3 looks like in Ubuntu 11.04, you can install it without much effort. All you need to do is fire up 4 quick commands in your Terminal to get you going.

Install Gnome 3

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

You need to log out of Unity, choose Gnome when logging back in, for the changes to take effect. By the way, Gnome 3 will break Unity. But, don’t fret. You can restore it easily. Just use the command below to get Unity back in your life.

Restore Unity

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

Open Gnome Nautilus As Root

Nautilus is the file manager for the Gnome desktop, the default desktop environment for Ubuntu and countless other distributions. I run a local web server on my desktop with the default webroot located in /var/www.

If I copy files to /var/www or any of its subdirectories, I will need root access. Ever wonder how to open the Nautilus file manager as root?

To open Nautilus as root, open the Terminal from Applications -> Accessories menu.

Type the following command:

gksudo nautilus

Using Nautilus can really speed up and make work easier. You can use common mouse movements such as drag and drop, as well as keyboard shortcuts such as cutting and pasting.

If you want to take another step further, you can add this superuser shortcut to your menubar.

Install Subversion Repository on Ubuntu Desktop

This is a tutorial how to install a Subversion on your desktop. Subversion is an open-source revision control system. A repository is usually installed on servers so developers and programmers can have easy access to code. Subversion uses a check-in an check-out process for submitting changes to the repository. The repository can also be installed on desktop systems. Access is gained through many means by way of direct file access, ftp, http, svn and svn+ssh. See chart below.

Installing Subversion will install both Subversion administration tools and the client. In Ubuntu or Debian-based systems, you can install Subversion by performing the following commands. By the way, I added an Apache and Subversion WebDav module so both can be installed with just a single command.

Install Subversion

sudo apt-get install subversion libapache2-svn

Reboot the Apache Web Server

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

Create a Subversion Repository

svnadmin create /home/yourname/repository/

I’m placing the repository in my home directory. You can place it anywhere in your system. You may need to use sudo if you install it outside of your home directory. Remember the repository location, we will use it a few times below to configure the Apache Subversion WebDav module, etc.

Import your Repository

svn import /path/to/import/directory file:///home/yourname/repository

If you have a repository ready, now is a good time to import it. If you are just starting out, you can initialize the Repository here.

Access to Subversion

file:// Direct access on local disk
http:// Browser using http WebDav protocol
https:// Browser using https secure and WebDav
svn:// Subversion protocol
svn+ssh:// Subversion protocol and SSH tunnel

Configure WebDav protocol

sudo vi /etc/apache2/apache2.conf


<Location /svn>
DAV svn
SVNPath /home/yourname/repository
AuthType Basic
AuthName "Repository"
AuthUserFile /etc/subversion/passwd
Require valid-user

Change Ownership to HTTP-User

sudo chown -R www-data:www-data /home/yourname/repository

Password Protect the Repository

sudo htpasswd -c /etc/subversion/passwd username

You will be asked to provide a password. Enter the password twice.

Reboot Apache Server

sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart

It’s probably a good idea to restart the Apache server one more time.

Browser Access
Next, open up your browser and access http://localhost/svn from the address bar. You will be asked for the username and password. You should see the repository and any content or directory underneath it. That’s it. Happy coding.

KDE 4.3

KDE just released version 4.3 which includes over 2000 new enhancements to the K Desktop Environment. The latest version showcases the latest theme called “Air.” Improvements in performance, memory usage and a stack of new widgets are just few available in the latest release. If you haven’t tried KDE in a while, give it a spin. You can install it via Synaptic Package Manager or just type:

#sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop