Download Ambiance Theme For Spotify

Michael Tunnell has created a nice Ambiance theme for Spotify which makes the Spotify Linux client integrate better with the Ubuntu desktop.
For those not familiar with Spotify, this is a music streaming service with comes with desktop applications for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X as well as iOS, Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone. The service is available in a limited number of countries. More @ Wikipedia.

The Ambiance Spotify theme comes with Ambiance-like toolbar and colors, a better Spotify tray icon especially designed to look like the Ubuntu Mono Dark icon set (the default icons used in Ubuntu), along with other tweaks that try to give Spotify a more native feel.
Here’s a screenshot in which I’m using the Ambiance Spotify theme in Ubuntu:

Spotify Ambiance theme Ubuntu
And below you can see the original Spotify for Linux theme:

Spotify default Linux theme

How to install Ambiance theme for Spotify
1. To use the Ambiance Spotify theme, firstly make sure you’ve installed the native Spotify Linux client. Then, download Ambiance for Spotify from HERE (see the bottom of the post for a download button) and place the downloaded archive in your home folder.
2. Then, close Spotify and run the following commands to install the Ambiance Spotify theme:tar -xvf ubuntu-ambiance-spotify-theme*.tar.gz
sudo cp resources.zip /opt/spotify/spotify-client/Data/
After this, you can remove the downloaded archive as well as the “resources.zip” file from your home directory.
If you want to revert the changes and go back to the default Spotify for Linux look, close Spotify and then simply reinstall it:sudo apt-get install –reinstall spotify-client

Thanks to / via +Michael Tunnell

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Ubuntu Tweak Gets Full Ubuntu 12.10 Support With Version 0.8.2

ubuntu tweakUbuntu Tweak, a popular tweak tool, was updated yesterday to version 0.8.2, which brings full support for Ubuntu 12.10, so the features that weren’t working in the previous version, like changing the window titlebar theme, broken quicklist editor or the option to change the window button order, should all work now.
Besides getting the already existing features to work with Ubuntu 12.10, the latest Ubuntu tweak also adds support for some new features in the latest Ubuntu, like an option to turn off the Web Apps integration.

ubuntu tweak
The new version brings an improved Apps section as well, in which a green icon is displayed for installed applications, a feature which many of you have requested back when the “Apps” feature was introduced.
And finally, Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.2 comes with a feature that was released by mistake in 0.8.1 (without it being 100% ready): Love Wallpaper HD, located under Tweaks > Desktop, which allows you to get beautiful, fresh wallpapers with a double click.

If you want to save the wallpaper downloaded through Ubuntu Tweak, you’ll find it ~/.config/ubuntu-tweak/lovewallpaper.jpg (this file gets overwritten each time you set a new wallpaper through this Ubuntu Tweak option).
Install Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.2
Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and 11.10 users can install the latest Ubuntu Tweak by using its official PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
Ubuntu Tweak debs can also be downloaded via Launchpad.

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Tweak Unity With Unsettings 0.08, Now With Ubuntu 12.10 Support

unsettingsUnsettings, a tool that lets you tweak Unity, has reached version 0.08, getting support for Unity 6 and thus Ubuntu 12.10.
Unsettings 0.08 brings some new features as well:
option to force fast minimize animationoption to force low graphics modeshow real name on paneloption to disable online search results in DashUnity WebApps supportUI tweaksmore
Unsettings can be used to tweak most Unity settings, like disabling the global menu or overlay scrollbars, change the GTK or icon theme and many others. Here’s a list of Unsettings features:Launcher look: change size, opacity, background colourLauncher behaviour: change visibility, reveal trigger, edge responsiveness, reveal pressure, autohide animation, urgent animation, launch animation, backlight modeDash: change size, blur, enable or disable apps available for download, recently used apps, search all files, online search resultsPanel: change opacity, opaque if maximized, show real name on the panel, show/hide battery status and an option to whitelist application to show up in the systrayIndicators: show/hide bluetooth and sound indicators, set which media players are ignored by the Ubuntu sound indicatorFonts: change the font (for the desktop, window title, monospaced, etc.), hinting and antialiasingWindows: set minimize animation, overlay scrollbars behaviour (including an option to disable it), enable/disable global menu, HUD, click to focus, auto raise, set the automaximize valueDesktop: change the number of workspaces, enable/disable icons on the desktop, shortcut overlay, alt-tab behaviour, set the next monitor pressureWeb Apps: enable/disable webapps, set pre-authorized web apps, enable or disable specified web appsThemes: options to change the theme: GTK, window, icon or cursor theme. There’s also an option to force low graphics modeGTK: show mnemonics, display icons in buttons or menus, cursor blink.
A few more Unsettings screenshots:

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unsettings
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unsettings

Install Unsettings
Unsettings 0.08 supports Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and 11.10, but obviously the options available in Unsettings depend on the Unity version you’re using. To add the PPA and install the latest Unsettings, use the commands below:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unsettings
You can also download Unsettings without adding the PPA, from HERE.

If you encounter bugs, report them @ Launchpad.

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    Tweak Unity With Unsettings 0.08, Now With Ubuntu 12.10 Support

    unsettingsUnsettings, a tool that lets you tweak Unity, has reached version 0.08, getting support for Unity 6 and thus Ubuntu 12.10.
    Unsettings 0.08 brings some new features as well:
    option to force fast minimize animationoption to force low graphics modeshow real name on paneloption to disable online search results in DashUnity WebApps supportUI tweaksmore
    Unsettings can be used to tweak most Unity settings, like disabling the global menu or overlay scrollbars, change the GTK or icon theme and many others. Here’s a list of Unsettings features:Launcher look: change size, opacity, background colourLauncher behaviour: change visibility, reveal trigger, edge responsiveness, reveal pressure, autohide animation, urgent animation, launch animation, backlight modeDash: change size, blur, enable or disable apps available for download, recently used apps, search all files, online search resultsPanel: change opacity, opaque if maximized, show real name on the panel, show/hide battery status and an option to whitelist application to show up in the systrayIndicators: show/hide bluetooth and sound indicators, set which media players are ignored by the Ubuntu sound indicatorFonts: change the font (for the desktop, window title, monospaced, etc.), hinting and antialiasingWindows: set minimize animation, overlay scrollbars behaviour (including an option to disable it), enable/disable global menu, HUD, click to focus, auto raise, set the automaximize valueDesktop: change the number of workspaces, enable/disable icons on the desktop, shortcut overlay, alt-tab behaviour, set the next monitor pressureWeb Apps: enable/disable webapps, set pre-authorized web apps, enable or disable specified web appsThemes: options to change the theme: GTK, window, icon or cursor theme. There’s also an option to force low graphics modeGTK: show mnemonics, display icons in buttons or menus, cursor blink.
    A few more Unsettings screenshots:

    unsettings
    unsettings
    unsettings
    unsettings

    Install Unsettings
    Unsettings 0.08 supports Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and 11.10, but obviously the options available in Unsettings depend on the Unity version you’re using. To add the PPA and install the latest Unsettings, use the commands below:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install unsettings
    You can also download Unsettings without adding the PPA, from HERE.

    If you encounter bugs, report them @ Launchpad.

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      Things You Do After Installing Ubuntu 12.10

      ubuntu 12.10If you’ve been following WebUpd8 for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we used to make a post with things to tweak after each Ubuntu release (here are the 12.04 and 11.10 posts). This time, let’s do things differently!
      I’ll start by sharing with you the first things I did after installing the latest Ubuntu 12.10 and you, the readers, can post comments, telling us what you’ve installed / customized / tweaked after installing 12.10, no matter what Ubuntu flavour you’re using.

      What I did after installing Ubuntu 12.10
      The first thing I did after installing Ubuntu 12.10 was to restore my PPAs backup from Ubuntu 12.04. That’s right, I’m addicted to PPAs. That’s because, even though Ubuntu 12.10 has the latest version of most packages, there are some apps which aren’t available in the official repositories that I can’t live without. For this I’ve used Y PPA Manager which imports the GPG keys automatically and can also update the PPAs that work with the latest Ubuntu release.

      Firefox extensions and webapps.

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        Ubuntu Multi-Monitor Tweaks (Full Screen Flash Fixes, Span Wallpaper Across Monitors, More)

        If you are using a multi-monitor setup in Ubuntu, here are a few tips which should help you fix some annoyances, like:
        get full screen flash videos to be displayed on any monitorget flash videos to remain full screen while working in the other desktopa tweak to move windows to a different display using keyboard shortcutshow to extend the wallpaper across monitors or use a different wallpaper for each monitor

        Move window to a specific display using a keyboard shortcut
        Ubuntu (with Compiz/Unity) lets you move a window to a specific virtual desktop using keyboard shortcuts, but by default, this doesn’t work if you want to move a window to a specific monitor.
        There is, however, an easy way of easily moving windows to a specific display using keyboard shortcuts so here’s what you must do.
        Firstly, install CCSM if it’s not already installed:sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
        Then open CompizConfig Settings Manager, search for the “Put” plugin (it’s under Window Management) and enable it. Then, click the plugin so we can change some of its settings.
        ccsm put plugin
        On the “Bindings” tab, click on “Disabled” next to the “Put to Next Output” keyboard shortcut, check the “Enabled” box and then assign it a key combination that’s not already in use. I’ve used Ctrl + Tab (click on “Grab key combination” to set a keyboard shortcut). Then click ok and you’re done.
        Now, focus a window and press the keyboard combination you’ve used above: the window should move to the other workspace. If you only have to monitors, this should be enough, as it moves any window from one monitor to the other. If you have more than 2 monitors, you can assign keyboard shortcuts for “Viewport Left” and “Viewport Right” and so on, under “Put to adjacent viewport”.

        Get full screen flash videos to work on any monitor
        In some cases (or maybe always?), full screen Flash videos show up on the primary monitor, even if you’ve clicked the full screen button while using some other monitor. The above solution works with these full screen Adobe Flash videos too: click a video, then press the key combination you’ve set up and the video should move to the other display.
        So there you have it, now you can move the full screen flash videos on any monitor you want.

        Get Flash videos to remain full screen when working (clicking) in the other desktop
        The above solution fixes full screen Flash video showing up on the wrong display, but there’s another annoying issue with Flash: if you’re watching a full screen video on one monitor and want to work on another monitor, the flash video exists full screen. Basically, unless the full-screen flash video is focused, it exists full-screen.
        There are some fixes and workarounds for this full screen Flash exiting when it’s unfocused too:
        1. The first one is using an extension which resizes Flash videos to fill the whole browser window and you can then set the browser to full screen by pressing F11 or selecting View > Full screen:for Google Chrome / Chromium: MaximizeFlashfor Firefox: Flash Game Maximizer (the button to resize video to fit the whole browser window is on the addon bar so to show it, select View > Toolbars > Addon Bar). This extension doesn’t work properly with YouTube though but you can set YouTube to use HTML5 by going to http://youtube.com/html5firefox flash full windowAfter getting the video to fill the whole browser window, hit F11 or select View > Full screen

        2. Below is another solution for this issue, that fixes Adobe Flash for any browser, except Google Chrome.
        The reason flash videos exit full screen when clicking anywhere on the other monitor is because that’s the behaviour wanted by Adobe. Adobe Flash is not open source, but we can still modify its code using a tools such as GHex.
        To install GHex in Ubuntu, use the following command:sudo apt-get install ghex
        Now, find out where your Flash plugin is installed using the following commands:sudo updatedb
        locate libflashplayer.so
        The “locate” command above should return the full path to libflashplayer.so. Copy it because you’ll need it for the next command:gksu ghex /path/to/libflashplayer.so
        Where “/path/to/” is the path to libflashplayer.so you’ve copied above (usually it should be /usr/lib/flashplugin-installer/libflashplayer.so or /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin/libflashplayer.so)

        Now, editing a binary with GHex is tricky, so read everything carefully.

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        Y PPA Manager 0.0.9.2 Released With New Features

        y-ppa-managerY PPA Manager, like the name says, is a tool to manage PPAs: add, remove, purge PPAs, search for packages in Launchpad PPAs, list packages in a PPA and lots more, all from a single user interface. For a complete feature list, see the Y PPA Manager Launchpad page.
        Today I’m releasing Y PPA Manager 0.0.9.2, which comes with new features and many under the hood changes:Transient notifications for GNOME ShellInitial support for Launchpad PPAs (only Launchpad!) added to /etc/apt/sources.list instead of /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ (experimental). Note: the duplicate PPAs removal, “Re-enable working PPAs after Ubuntu upgrade” and “Update release name in working PPAs” features don’t yet support this.Some features like Remove PPA, Purge PPA or List Packages in PPAs have been merged into a single “Manage PPAs” dialog. Also, in this dialog, the PPA name is now displayed (e.g.: ppa:webupd8team/gthumb) instead of the PPA .list file nameManage PPAs: new option to view/edit the .list source fileManage PPAs: new option to update a single PPA. This was already implemented in Y PPA Manager and was used when adding a PPA, but there wasn’t a GUI implementation to manually update single PPAs.Many “update-ppa” improvements (this is the command line tool used to update single PPAs; use “update-ppa –help for more info), including a fix for Linux Mint or support for more repository formats, e.g. “update-ppa http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu quantal main”.Also, Policykit (pkexec) is now used instead of gksu / kdesu for Ubuntu versions newer than 11.04. This brings consistency between desktop environments and for example, you get a native password dialog in GNOME Shell. With this change, you only have to enter the root password when you start Y PPA Manager and you won’t be prompted each time you want to perform an action.
        A complete list of changes can be found at Launchpad.

        y ppa manager
        I have to thank Satya for his help with this release: he’s the one who has implemented “update-ppa” to update single PPAs and he’s also implemented most of the gksu to pkexec transition, along with bug fixes, testing and more.

        Install Y PPA Manager
        Ubuntu / Linux Mint users can install Y PPA Manager using the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager
        Because of the many changes in this release, you may find more bugs than usual – remember to report them @ Launchpad!

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        Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.0 Gets New `Apps` Feature

        ubuntu tweak appsUbuntu Tweak, the most popular tool to tweak various Ubuntu settings as well as add third-party sources (PPAs), has reached version 0.8.0, introducing a new feature called “Apps”, a combination between the already existing App Center and Source Center features.
        The new Apps feature displays applications which are either not available in the Ubuntu Software Center, or the version in USC is too old, which you can install or update with a click. You could already do this using the Source and App Center, but it’s was a long and complicated process: you had to enable the PPA, update the cache and then install the application, and now, this process can be done with just one click.

        ubuntu tweak apps
        When clicking an application on the new Ubuntu Tweak “Apps” tab, you can see the available sources (PPAs) – for instance, in the screenshot above you’ll notice that you can enable either the Pinta daily builds or the stable builds PPA -, along with an install / update button.
        The App and Source Center will continue to exist in Ubuntu Tweak untill all their features are implemented into the new “Apps” feature.
        Besides this feature, the latest Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.0 also comes with bug fixes, such as a bug that caused Ubuntu Tweak to crash when Janitor was preparing to remove kernel results.

        Install Ubuntu Tweak
        To install the latest Ubuntu Tweak, use the following commands:
        sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
        For now, Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.0 is only available for Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04. Alternatively, you can download the deb from its Launchpad page.
        Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.0 doesn’t fully support Ubuntu 12.10. You can install it, but various features may not work!

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        Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.0 Gets New `Apps` Feature

        ubuntu tweak appsUbuntu Tweak, the most popular tool to tweak various Ubuntu settings as well as add third-party sources (PPAs), has reached version 0.8.0, introducing a new feature called “Apps”, a combination between the already existing App Center and Source Center features.
        The new Apps feature displays applications which are either not available in the Ubuntu Software Center, or the version in USC is too old, which you can install or update with a click. You could already do this using the Source and App Center, but it’s was a long and complicated process: you had to enable the PPA, update the cache and then install the application, and now, this process can be done with just one click.

        ubuntu tweak apps
        When clicking an application on the new Ubuntu Tweak “Apps” tab, you can see the available sources (PPAs) – for instance, in the screenshot above you’ll notice that you can enable either the Pinta daily builds or the stable builds PPA -, along with an install / update button.
        The App and Source Center will continue to exist in Ubuntu Tweak untill all their features are implemented into the new “Apps” feature.
        Besides this feature, the latest Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.0 also comes with bug fixes, such as a bug that caused Ubuntu Tweak to crash when Janitor was preparing to remove kernel results.

        Install Ubuntu Tweak
        To install the latest Ubuntu Tweak, use the following commands:
        sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
        sudo apt-get update
        sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak
        For now, Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.0 is only available for Ubuntu 11.10 and 12.04. Alternatively, you can download the deb from its Launchpad page.
        Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.0 doesn’t fully support Ubuntu 12.10. You can install it, but various features may not work!

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