My solution to IPCError in Ubuntuone cloud sync

IPC Error in Ubuntu one

IPC Error Message in substance means inability to contact IPC Server. In actual practice it can be anything which includes inability to find sync data for some reason.
One hard disk broke down. Well almost. It was an old disk and was often suspected to be slow hence I had backed up entire home folder to a different drive about a week back. This old disk had Linux Mint installed on it. On new disk I had Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04 installed with the same /home partition (old backed up from broken drive to new drive). Now as usual we installed cinnamon and removed Unity. Thereafter when I tried to sync with Ubuntu Cloud, it would start but crash with smallest possible message:

     "IPCError"

Now searching the net offered many solutions. Continue reading

Nautilus Image Converter: resize image from browser itself.

To install image converter in Nautilus, the native file browser for Ubuntu Precise Pangolin 12.04; Open Terminal (Control+Alt+T) and type:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-image-converter

Enter password and choose ‘Yes’. It is done.
Above shall install an image size converter in Nautilus. Now clicking the context menu shall display an option to re-size an image, clicking upon which shall call an application widow with options for re-sizing the image and to save the new image separately.
BTW the above command works for the Linux Mint 13 as well; even though its browser is Caja. No need to change ‘nautilus’ to ‘caja’ in above command. It works fine as it is.

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Ubuntu without Unity

The Gnome 3.0 desktop

The Gnome 3.0 desktop (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After much reluctance I installed Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin on my office Desktop. It was rather an upgrade as I was using 11.10 the last release. Now upgrading to Precise from Natty is really easy but not so easy therefore I shall cover that in another post. Here I intend to share my experience with Unity, which was not happy. The problem I faced was that it was not easy to reach to the running apps. The unity icons simply did not respond. On several occasions, when I triad to run apt-get from the terminal, it refused with lock error ‘another version is running’. It was too much annoyance. I use Ubuntu only to avoid such silly ‘window type’ error messages. Hence I decided to switch to Gnome 3.4. It is fairly simple. Open terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install gnome-shell

Say yes to next question and it is done. Log out. Next time before logging click on that icon of gear next to your name and select “Gnome’. You would be logged on to Gnome3.

BTW, to shut down press alt key and suspend option shall change to shut down.

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Installing Cinnamon as alternative of Unity in Precise Pangolin 12.04

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