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Below are some of the items that we've come across that others may find useful.

Migrate Owncloud Client to NextCloud

posted 27 Jun 2017, 14:59 by Ian Gilliam

cp ~/.local/share/data/ownCloud/owncloud.cfg ~/.local/share/data/Nextcloud/nextcloud.cfg

Startup client

Restore Missing default user bookmarks in Gnome Nautilus/Mate Caja

posted 27 Jun 2017, 13:48 by Ian Gilliam



Notes on using Google Hangouts

posted 26 Apr 2014, 08:49 by Ian Gilliam   [ updated 26 Apr 2014, 08:51 ]

Document with notes on using Google Hangouts.

Ubuntu Mousepad Edge Scrolling

posted 21 May 2013, 02:57 by Ian Gilliam   [ updated 26 Apr 2014, 08:39 ]

To disable the edge scrolling on a synaptic mouse pad you need to run:

synclient VertEdgeScroll=0

needs to be added to a start up job.

Enable WebGL in Google Chrome under Linux

posted 21 Oct 2012, 06:39 by Ian Gilliam

You have to run chrome with two command line parameters.  Quickest way to do this is to use ALT F2 key combination to enter the following:

google-chrome --enable-webgl --ignore-gpu-blacklist

Once in chrome you can then check if it's working using:


in the omnibar.  Firefox has webgl switched on so you can use Firefox to visit sites that want it rather than messing with chrome.

Trust Spacecam 120 Ubuntu 12.04

posted 11 Sept 2012, 03:58 by Ian Gilliam   [ updated 28 Sept 2012, 06:33 ]

This version of the Trust's video camera can be used on Ubuntu by enabling the gspca module.  Issuing:

sudo modprobe gspca_main

after plugging in the camera will enable it temporarily.  If you wish to make the change available permanently then the module can be made to load automatically by adding it to /etc/modules :

sudo echo gspca_main >> /etc/modules

Enable hibernate in Ubuntu 12.04

posted 19 Aug 2012, 03:17 by Ian Gilliam   [ updated 26 Apr 2014, 08:43 ]

Full article http://askubuntu.com/questions/94754/how-to-enable-hibernation-in-12-04

First, try sudo pm-hibernate to check whether it works.

If it really works, add the file with path:

Add the following to the file and save:

[Re-enable hibernate by default]

Tray Icons for Ubuntu Unity

posted 23 Jul 2012, 04:25 by Ian Gilliam

To enable the panel icons such as the Chrome one while running unity you must replace Unity's panel whitelist.  To do this.

1. Install and run dconf-editor if you don't have it.
2. Open Desktop, Unit, Panel.
3. Edit the systray-whitelist replacing it's contents with simple 'all'
4. Relogin.

Xfce Thunar Slow Start

posted 29 May 2012, 16:54 by Ian Gilliam

Thunar the Xfce file manager can take 30 seconds or more to initialise while starting the network services in the back ground (Samba via gvfs-smb.)

To overcome this:

edit /usr/share/gvfs/mounts/network.mount as root
change AutoMount=true to false
save the file

Thunar will now open instantly, but the "Network" icon in the side pane will be shown incorrectly.  Upon clicking on the network icon in the side pane,  you will once again have to wait 30+ seconds for Thunar to incorporate the gvfs-smb.

Installing a Samba/Windows Server for your network will eliminate the need for the above changes. 

Ubuntu (11.10) setting a proxy for apt and Update Manager

posted 13 Apr 2012, 16:35 by Ian Gilliam   [ updated 26 Apr 2014, 08:44 ]

To set up a poxy for the use of apt and the Update Manager you must create a file in:


called apt.conf

with details the proxy to be used:

See this page for full details.

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