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Unity is the default desktop environment since Ubuntu 11.04 Natty.

This quick tutorial is going to show you how to add a folder to Nautilus file browser ‘Places’ sidebar in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, Ubuntu 13.10 Quantal.

add folder to nautilus sidebar

Actually this will add your folders to a new column called Bookmarks. You can add a user folder, system folder, mounted folder to sidebar by going into the directory in Nautilus and then click the “gear” button and click Bookmark this Location

nautilus add bookmarks

If you’re on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise with Nautilus 3.4.x, use menu Bookmarks -> Add Bookmark instead.

Gdebi is a lightweight deb packages installer which was the default in Ubuntu Desktop. Now Ubuntu uses Ubuntu Software Center which is slow and frequently gives me ‘The package is of bad quality’ error.

You can easily install Gdebi package installer (default in Linux Mint) and set it as default deb installer by this tutorial.

Go to Ubuntu Software Center, search for and install GDebi Package Installer (gdebi) package:

install gdebi package installer

Then, open your file manager and go to Properties window of one deb package by right-clicking on it. Under open with tab, highlight Gdebi package installer and click Set as default button.

set default package installer

That’s it. Enjoy!

unity webapps in chromiumThis quick tutorial is going to show you how to use Unity Webapps with Google Chromium browser in Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 13.10.

As the default is Mozilla Firefox, you can manage to get unity webapps working in Chromium by installing a plugin.

To install this plugin, go to Ubuntu Software Center. Search for and install the unity-chromium-extension package.

NOTE: The default version in Software Center is 2.4.6 for Ubuntu 13.04. I recommend you install the latest version (2.4.7 so far) which is available for downloading from below link. This version fixes no gmail icon on Unity Launcher for Chromium 27 & 28.


Unfortunately, new mail counts and indicator integration is still not working. Probably best to wait some more days for a fix.

This simple tutorial shows you how to install TrueCrypt as well as its indicator applet in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail.

There’s a PPA which contains the TrueCrypt package with the tray icon replaced by a application indicator, so that you can get back the TrueCrypt indicator applet in Ubuntu 13.04 panel since the tray icons is no longer supported. The PPA also supports Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal.

truecrypt ubuntu 13.04

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run below command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stefansundin/truecrypt

Then update package lists and install TrueCrypt.

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install truecrypt

truecrypt ubuntu 13.04 unity

The indicator applet exits when the main window is closed if there’s no mounted volumes. To keep the indicator, go to TrueCrypt preferences -> Background Task tab, uncheck the box where it says “Exit when there are no mounted volumes”.

If for some reason this ppa does not work properly for you, run below commands one by one to remove the ppa as well as the installed TrueCrypt.

sudo apt-get remove truecrypt
sudo apt-add-repository --remove ppa:stefansundin/truecrypt
sudo apt-get update

reset unity desktopThis tutorial shows you how to reset your Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Unity and Compiz to the default settings if you messed up your desktop. All you need to do is run two commands in terminal.

Don’t be scared if you’re not comfortable with terminal commands. Just copy the code via Ctrl+C, then paste into terminal via Ctrl+Shift+V and finally hit Enter to run.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open a terminal window. When it opens, run below command to reset Unity and Compiz settings:

dconf reset -f /org/compiz/

After running previous command, you need to run blow command to restart Unity.

setsid unity

reset unity

To get back the default set of Unity Launcher icons, run below command and then log out and back in.

unity --reset-icons

If you want to restore default icon theme, use Unity Tweak Tool which is available in Ubuntu Software Center.