Edit Oct 14th, 2015
Apparently this issue is fixed in Google Chrome v46. If you are still experiencing it, try upgrading Chrome.
To fix this issue, you can follow the steps outlined in this post:
Make a copy of the .desktop file of Google Chrome to your user's local applications folder:
cp /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop ~/.local/share/...
This is a known bug: Emacs-24 crashes at startup. Although this bug isn't strictly speaking specific to elementary OS, it is an incompatibility between the graphical toolkit used in the Emacs package on elementary OS and certain themes including the elementary theme, so it is far more likely to happen on elementary OS than elsewhere.
Dominic on the ...
I installed gnome-search-tool:
sudo apt-get install gnome-search-tool
Create find.contract in /usr/share/contractor and add to the entry:
Exec=gnome-search-tool --path=%f %U
After these steps, I can use advanced search in any folder.
This solution will work on elementary OS 0.3 (Freya) and 0.4 (Loki), Luna users should follow PNG's answer
To change the skype icon (and many other) you have to install the elementary+ icon theme.
This theme is a community maintained addition to elementary OS's default icon theme. It contains icons for several third party applications that resemble ...
The official stance currently that they don't really need a full suite themselves, nor do they want to ship an office suite that isn't theirs. Until then, there are several third party options (see below). For my personal opinions, taking the near-ubiquitous Microsoft Office as an example, it comes with:
There are two ways:
Copy the theme to the system wide theme folder
sudo cp -R [theme-folder] /usr/share/themes
Copy the theme to your users local theme folder
cp -R [theme-folder] ~/.themes
If your local theme folder doesn't exist yet, you will have to create it first:
mkdir -p ~/.themes
It's not recommended to use elementary-tweaks as it has been ...
This is an issue with Google Chrome that affects multiple OSes and has been confirmed in Google's issue tracker. That said, you can work around it in elementary OS.
1. Copy the app launcher
Open the Files app, click in the top location bar, and type /usr/share/applications/.
Find the Google Chrome launcher and copy it (secondary/right-click > ...
You can set the default terminal by changing the alternative for x-terminal-emulator. Installing gnome-terminal creates an alternative symlink so all you have to do is set it.
sudo update-alternatives --set x-terminal-emulator /usr/bin/gnome-terminal.wrapper
Edit: It seems like the shortcut implementation is not using the alternative, but rather a ...
To add the Dropbox icon to the Panel I used the script "Dropbox for elementary OS", available here.
This script, designed for elementary OS, installs the latest version of Dropbox and integrates it with WingPanel.
Before you install
You need to install git with:
sudo apt-get install git
and uninstall any previous version of Dropbox on your ...
Open the Terminal by holding Super and pressing T
Run this command:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu "['Super_L', 'Super_R']"
Either revel in the glory of your newfound shortcut, or change back by running:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.keybindings panel-main-menu "['<Super>space', '<Alt>F2']"
The elementary OS daily PPA contains a Dropbox plugin for Pantheon, which seems a little bit outdated but still works fine.
Please don't add elementary-daily-PPA to your sources, it is for testing purposes only and may break your system!
Instead download the plugin and install it manually:
Scratch + Terminal + Developer Libraries
Yep that's the set of software which are the official elementary SDK, as you can find out here.
Scratch is better than notepad (that's included with Windows), but is still a newcomer. You can later give these text editors a try:
All run in elementary. All are Open Source except ...
Option 1: Upgrade to Freya
The recommended way would be to upgrade to Freya, sooner rather than later. That will get you a whole host of updates on various things, including updating GIMP to 2.8.10.
Option 2: Add the Repository
With a little command-line magic, you can indeed upgrade GIMP, and only GIMP, in a way that will keep you up to date in the ...
A path set in .bashrc will only be set in a bash interactive non-login shell, it won't be set in applications launched directly from the GUI nor (if you log in remotely) when you log in over SSH. If you put your path in .profile or /etc/profile.d it will be available to your complete desktop session.
Please, change /path/to/your/gradle in my examples with ...
I highly suggest you to try Synapse launcher.
It's basically an alternative application launcher that can search for files as well as applications. It just sits there in wingpanel and gets activated once you press the keyboard shortcut : Ctrl+Space (which you can modify to be anything you want to). You can add and remove extensions so it searches for ...
There's no point of running that script (that downloads Dropbox again, plus another time for the executable).
Just unset the dropbox application from the startup applications (Parameters=> Applications => Startup)
And then create a new startup application with these instructions
env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity QT_STYLE_OVERRIDE='' dropbox start
You will ...
You need to install samba server and make some edits in its config file:
sudo apt-get install samba samba-common
After that you have to edit the file /etc/samba/smb.conf
Just add the following (of course for requirements) to the end of the file:
comment = My shared folder
read only = yes
path = /home/user/samba/shared_folder1
Guide for Luna:
After installing Skype, add this PPA which provides a patched sni-qt, and install it:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rpeshkov/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install sni-qt
Then download and install the skype-wrapper icon pack:
(cd skype-wrapper-master/ &...
Here's a one-liner to fix the issue as described in Gabriel's answer:
cp /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop ~/.local/share/applications && sed --in-place --regexp-extended 's/^(\[[A-Za-z ]+\])$/\1\nStartupWMClass=Google-chrome-stable/g' ~/.local/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop
To unpack and explain this command line a bit: first ...
elementary's policy is to ship default apps that comply with their design guidelines, which integrate with the desktop environment in the smoothest possible way.
None of the office suites out there - and certainly not Libre Office - do that, so it only makes sense not to include any office application by default and let the users free to install the one ...
A good suggestion is probably the IRC client Relay currently in development by agronick and specifically aimed at elementary OS.
You can install it with:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:agronick/relay
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install relay
The default one is gnome-screenshot and as far as I can tell it respects the HIG guidelines (see window decorations).
Looking through 3rd-party solutions specifically developed for elementary OS, there's a similar tool which makes use of a dark theme.
There is also a request to pull it in as the new default screenshot tool in the next release of ...
Enable it everywhere
As cipricus said, the dialog is already implemented in the system. If you want to enable it now, you need to have your system up-to-date and execute this command in terminal:
gsettings set org.gnome.settings-daemon.plugins.xsettings enabled-gtk-modules "['pantheon-filechooser-module']"
After that, be sure to reboot your system and the ...
GLiv is an outdated piece of software (last update was back in 2011), which doesn't follow standards of modern Linux desktops. Therefore it lacks proper desktop integration in elementary OS.
Even Guillaume Chazarain, the creator of GLiv, suggest at the official GLiv homepage to switch to another picture viewer:
Note that gliv-1.9.7 is probably the last ...
GIMP, Krita, Darktable, and Inkscape are not made specifically for elementary OS or created with the HIG of elementary OS in mind, but they will get the job done and are available in AppCenter.
elementary OS has it's own photo manager called Photos which also allows for very basic picture manipulation tasks.