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Customise and maintain the system with Ubuntu-Tweak

There are lots of great tweaking utilities for Windows and quite a few for OS X too, but what about Linux? Are there any tweaking tools for Ubuntu Linux and others? In fact, there are and here we take a look at one called Ubuntu-Tweak. It's name says it all and it is a great tool that has lots of useful features. You can get it from the obviously named ubuntu-tweak.com.

Like a lot of Linux software, it is free of charge and the version looked at here is 0.5.7, but there may be a newer release by the time you read this. Download the .deb file and open it with the package manager if you're prompted to do so, or save it and then double click it afterwards to open it. It's then easy to install it and you just click the button. So what't it like?

A panel on the left side of the window acts as a menu and it lists all the various categories of tweak. They are grouped into Applications, Startup, Desktop, Personal, and System. Selecting an item in a category displays the settings and tweaks in the main part of the window.

There isn't anything here that you can not do by other means, but you couldn't do it as easily. An example of this is in the Window Manager Settings section where you can simply click the mouse on the option to have the maximise/minimise/close buttons on the left of window title bars or the right. You can also choose the action when you right click, middle click or double click the title bar, and you can enable or disable window transparency.

Ubuntu-Tweak

In the Login Settings section you can choose the background for the login screen and change the logo. You can change file associations so that double clicking a file like a JPG, MP3 or txt opens in the application you want and not some other. You can show various folders on the desktop, such as Computer, Home Folder and Deleted Items.

Some features just seem to duplicate those already in Ubuntu though, such as the Application Centre. It would be really good there wasn't already an Ubuntu Software Centre. The two apps don't have exactly the same software lists, but they are very similar. The Source Centre is more useful and you can find more up-to-date software in it, such as Firefox daily builds, and software that is not available in the official repositories. However, they may not be as stable as the standard releases. There is some good software that is well worth installing.

Overall, Ubuntu-Tweak is a great utility that is recommended.

Price: Free
URL: ubuntu-tweak.com
Rating: 4/5


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