Friday, October 19, 2007

Gutsy Gibbon

I installed Gusty on my Dell D620 today. Few changes I made:

  • NVIDIA driver
  • With the default installation, it did not install the nvidia driver(though it configured the driver for intel 3945 wireless card). But after the first restart, the restricted drivers manager showed the restricted components in use/not in use. Enabling the nvidia driver completeed the download and installation of the driver. This driver installation was essential for compizfusion to work properly.
  • Fonts Rendering
  • I changed the fonts rendering (system>preferences>appearance>fonts tab) to subpixel smoothing (LCDs) and in the details selected medium hinting. Also changed all the fonts to BitStream Vera Sans with size 9.
  • Monaco Font install
  • Monaco font can be found here. After downloading that, I ran the following commands:

    sudo mkdir /usr/share/fonts/truetype/custom
    sudo mv Monaco_Linux.ttf /usr/share/fonts/truetype/custom/
    sudo fc-cache -f -v

  • Compiz settings manager
  • Searching for ccsm on Applications>Add/remove programs provided Advanced Desktop Effects Settings option. After installing that, I could use a lot of desktop effects.