Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Get Ubuntu tips with fortune

In order to install the Ubuntu Tips Applet, you will first have to install the application fortunes-ubuntu-server.  To do that, follow these steps:
  1. Open up a terminal window.
  2. Issue the command sudo apt-get install fortunes-ubuntu-server.
  3. Type your sudo password and hit Enter.
  4. Accept any dependencies.
  5. Allow the installation to complete.
Now download the .deb file from the GTK-Apps web site.
  1. Change directory to where the .deb fle is downloaded. ex: cd ~/Downloads.
  2. Type the command sudo dpkg -i "downloaded file name .deb "  ofcourse without quotes.
  3. Type your sudo password and hit Enter if asked so.
  4. Allow the installation to complete.

After the installation start the app from Applications > Accessories > Ubuntu Tips Applet. What you will notice immediately is a small icon in your notification area.  The icon is the swirling line between the network applet and the sound applet. If you left-click that icon you can do the following:
  • Set the interval for tips (by default the interval is one minute).
  • Show a single tip.
  • Disable auto refreshuit the applet.
Thats it! You're done.

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