HowTo: Using Drop Box in Xubuntu

November 24, 2009

[IN PROGRESS…I haven’t been able to get this to work yet]

Started working with a new Dell Vostro 1220 laptop, so I decided to install Xubuntu. Keeping my work files in sync is a high priority. Dropbox is designed to work along with Nautilus which is the default file manager in GNOME…and the default window manager in Ubuntu. But not Xubuntu which uses Thunar as it’s file manager.

By following the instructions below you can get Dropbox to work side-by-side with Xfce and Thunar. We will basically just be starting a no-frills instance of Nautilus which causes Dropbox to start. The explanation will mostly be relevant to Ubuntu/Xubuntu users, but can simply be modified to other distros.

Nautilus file manager
Dropbox for Linux
Xfce (4.4+ works best)

Install dropbox from source, or using the packages provided on the Dropbox site.
Type the following into the terminal:

nautilus --no-desktop --browser

This will start Dropbox, and the icon should appear in your system tray.
Log in, or sign up with a new account.
Now, in order to have Dropbox running every time you use Xfce, you need it to autostart. Just go to:
Menu -> Settings -> Settings Manager -> Autostarted apps -> Add
and add the following


And that’s it! Dropbox should work normally now, synching your files perfectly.


HowTo: Install drop in Xubuntu (unedited)

November 24, 2009

[IN PROGRESS….I haven’t been able to get this to work yet with Xubuntu Karmic x64]

This is written for Slackware with Xfce, so I still need to edit it for Xubuntu:

This guide will show you how to install Droxbox on a system that doesn’t have Nautilus installed. This is especially useful to people who use Slackware, because GNOME is not installed by default. You still need a file manager though, so in this example, we’ll use Thunar.
In order to get Dropbox to work, we have to trick Dropbox into thinking that Nautilus is already installed. The easiest way to accomplish this, is by creating a script in /usr/bin called nautilus, which basically is a link to thunar. To get started, download a precompiled binary from I used a binary compiled for Fedora 10 called nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.rpm.
What we now are going to do is to run rpm2tgz on this package so that we can explode the package using explodepkg. We do so because we want to create a slackware-package, where we also include our little workaround. First, log in as root.
su –
mkdir /tmp/dropbox
mv nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.rpm /tmp/dropbox
rpm2tgz nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.rpm
explodepkg nautilus-dropbox-0.6.1-1.fc10.i386.tgz
Now, go to /tmp/dropbox/usr/bin, fire up your favorite text-editor and write the following:
thunar $@
exit 0
When you’re done, save the file as “nautilus”. Now, go back to /tmp/dropbox, create a folder called install, touch a file called “slack-desc” and run makepkg to create a slackware-package.
mkdir install
touch install/slack-desc
makepkg dropbox-0.6.1-i386-1vh.tgz
The only thing that has to be done now, is to install the package.
installpkg dropbox-0.6.1-i386-1vh.tgz

Xubuntu 9.10 x64…Screenshot with Gnome Do’s “Docky”

November 20, 2009

Docky is a great doc, and my favorite at this time..tricked out on the right with blue wallpaper:

ZevenOS: A twist on Xubuntu

November 15, 2009

I got bored, downloaded and ran the ZevenOS 2.0 live CD. this was the first time in long time I thought a distro was pretty ‘cool’.

Some highlights: an Xubuntu 9.10 knockoff, however,

uses sawfish window manager in place of xfwm
BeOS’d throughout themewise
comes with Wbar preconfigured and ready to edit. (my fav bar)
seems to have their own settings panel, and a link to standard Xfce settings panel.
Once anitialiasing is turned on…not OTB, the desktop looks good.
my vostro volume keys MM keys worked OTB…Xubuntu 9.04 didn’t, but……

what I didn’t like about it:
only comes in 32 bit…I think, couldn’t find an x64 torrent. this wouldn’t stop me from installing it on this Vostro. A couple of right click items where still in german, but I don’t know how a HD install does. Everything else incl all menus were in English.

Anyway….kinda cool…I kept the DVD this time and didn’t add it to my drink coaster pile.

Karmic x64 Screenie

November 15, 2009

on my new Vostro 1220…

Xorg-Edgers Repository

November 14, 2009

I added this ppa repo to my sources.list, upgraded and my glx gears went from ~2870 to ~4880. This repo was recommended on the Ubuntu Forums for possible performance improvements. It’s Xorg, so beware. (I’ve used it before with 9.04 and never had problems, Nvidia Quadro that time)

## Bleeding Edge Xorg
deb karmic main
deb-src karmic main

the key:

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver 8844C542

I’m using Karmic 9.10 x64 on this Dell Vostro 1220 with an Intel x4500HD graphics card.