Linux is getting more and more popular. So Computers are sold with Ubuntu, or other Linux OS already installed. Thats the good thing. The bad thing is that those computers lack of configuration and updates. The best hardware isnt good when the system is not configured right.

So today i got a brand-new Computer with Ubuntu already installed on it.

Booted, the Screen Resolution was 800×600 (what looks quite bad on a 1280×1240 screen) and couldnt be set higher. The issue is that the drivers of your graphics card arent installed yet. Thats a thing the vendor could do before he sells it because many people dont have a clue about this.

The first thing you have to do when you get a new Ubuntu Machine is, connecting it to the internet and running

sudo apt-get update

in a terminal. Shortly after this is finished a notification will appear, that new updates are avalaible. It is important to install them because Kernel Updates come with them and that would be more or less required to manage the new hardware.

Then, to finally set the screen resolution higher, head to the main menu > system > System Administration and select hardware drivers. There, you should be able to check a box, to activate “restricted drivers”. Do this, let the system download and install them, reboot your computer and youre there! Youre now able to use the screen resolution you want and plus add 3D Desktop effects!

Cairo-dock and avant-window-navigator

Cairo-dock and avant-window-navigator

Well, this is quite easy. This effect consists of two packages, cairo-dock and avant-window-navigator. To install simply run
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins avant-window-navigator
in a terminal. This will install the packages.
Then, execute both with

Edit: When the packages arent in your repositories yet, you first have to add the repositories to your list. This can be done with opening your sources.list in gedit with root rights:

sudo /etc/apt/sources.list

then, add the following lines to the document:

#repositories for cairo-dock
deb gutsy cairo-dock
#repositories for avant-window-navigator
deb hardy main
deb-src hardy main

Now, make them look the way you want. You can adjust position etc with running
awn-manager or doing a right-click on the dock. Cairo-Dock’s preferences manager can also be started with a right-click on the dock.

To make the applications start on computer boot, navigate in the main menu to System > Preferences > Sessions, Press Add and enter avant-window-navigator and cairo-dock

Well, thats all, have fun!