Sunday, October 18, 2009

Ubuntu Karmic rocks on Thinkpad X61

Yes, I installed Karmic beta two days ago, after Xorg Edgers bleeding edge package made X completely unusable on Jaunty, and it was worth it, in every sense.

The experience is flawless, and the package is great for Desktop experience. Video works flawless for Intel i945, so no problems with Compiz. On the lighter side, there are very good Desktop themes, and wallpapers included.

The Wacom tablet support in Gimp has gotten better, compared to Jaunty, and both mouse and the pen can be enabled at the same time.

Xorg does not leak memory, and VMware works great too. The fingerprint reader works well, expect in Gnome screen lock.

I forgot to mention all the latest packages, which is great, except some are experimental like Inkscape 0.47, which is very slow, and made me doubt the system performance.

Inkscape 0.47 seems to promise a lot, and I am sure it would be great once the bugs are out.

Rest, I am very satisfied with Karmic Beta.

How to fix Gnome applications menu entries

I have tried Google, and all so many discussions, and almost none helped. After deleting an entry from the Applications menu, which can be done from the menu editor opened by right clicking the Ubuntu Icon, and selecting 'Edit Menus.'

I deleted a few entries which were visible even after the application had been uninstalled. After reinstalling the applications, I failed to see them reappear.

From my experience, the entries are never deleted, but merely removed from the menu, and are blacklisted. So even after installing the application, they fail to appear in the menu.

After a little search, I was able to find the links in ~/.local/share/applications where ~ represents the user's home directory. I could find all the application links that I had deleted.

The simplest way to get them back is to drag them to the menu editor.

I will investigate and post once I have more info.