Ubuntu Tweak is Slowly Evolving Into One Among The Must Have Installation Candidates For Ubuntu


To be frank, though we had posts about Ubuntu Tweak and similar app like Ailurus before, I never liked the idea of 'application to control other applications'(over simplification may be). This time I decided to give a good neat try at Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.5. And I have to say, I was quite literally blown away.


Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.5
The all new Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.5 came with a lot of feature updates and bug fixes. One of the striking new feature addition is the inclusion of PPA Purge functionality.


PPA Purge alone is a good enough reason to install Ubuntu Tweak in my opinion. If you are an avid Ubuntu user, you must have been obviously playing around different software PPAs available out there. And some PPAs can mess up your software badly. I had a really bad Banshee mess up once. With PPA Purge, users can easily revert to the previous version of package if they don’t like the one they’ve just installed from the PPA.


The clean up functionality available in Ubuntu Tweak is another important feature worth mentioning. After cleaning up my cache, config files and some other stuff, more than 1.2GB of disk space was freed. That was a huge WTF moment for me. In an 80 GB HDD, every 'inch' is precious. 1.2 GB was way beyond my expectations.


I am a huge compiz fan and I thought I knew everything about compiz and its plugins. Any of you guys remember the compiz functionality shown in the screenshot? Yes, it was there for years, something I loved to use for long but somehow lost in the memory lane. It is included in the very small yet useful list of compiz configurations available Ubuntu Tweak. Loved it.


File Type Manager is another important feature worth mentioning. Imagine that you’ve installed a new video player and you want it to be the default application for all your video files. Thats where File Type Manager comes in. Select the File Type you want to change(hold Shift key to select multiple file types), press edit and choose the player you want, as simple as that. The latest Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.5 is a must have for beginners as well as long time users alike.

How to Install Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.5 in Ubuntu 10.04 'Lucid Lynx'?
  • Do the following in Terminal.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
  • Done. Goto Applications - System Tools - Ubuntu Tweak. 
  • Any issues, do let me know.

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