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Linux pros use tweak tools to customize their OS, and so can you

Katherine Noyes | May 12, 2014
Where Windows has utilities, Linux has tweak tools. And whether you're a Linux pro or a recent refugee from Windows XP, they can help you make Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr" (the latest and greatest offering from Linux distro pioneer Canonical) really start to feel like home.

Though the latest version of Tweak Tool dates back to late March — before Trusty Tahr was released — it still covers GNOME 3.10, and that's the version included in Ubuntu GNOME 14.04 LTS. (The very latest GNOME — version 3.12 — was released after the feature freeze for Ubuntu GNOME 14.04, the developers note, but it can still be downloaded from the personal package archive PPA software repository.)

In any case, other capabilities that come with Tweak Tool include resetting to default settings, startup application management, extension management, and the creation of dynamic or static workspaces.

Ubuntu Tweak

The Ubuntu Tweak project announced a 14.04-ready update just days after the release of Trusty Tahr, and it's yet another tool to help you customize your Ubuntu Linux experience. Installation instructions are available on the Ubuntu Tweak blog.

Version 0.8.7 of Ubuntu Tweak can be used to modify 14.04-specific settings as well as more perennial ones. In the Nautilus file manager, for example, users can now enable Recursive Search. Within the Unity desktop, meanwhile, you can now enable a "click to minimize app" feature.

Most Linux desktop environments are highly customizable — as is the core of Ubuntu Linux itself. Third-party tweak tools pick up where the distros leave off, however, making them an important addition to any Linux setup. 


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