Saturday, February 26, 2011

Ubuntu Tweak, Installation and Overview

Ubuntu Tweak is a configuration tool that provides an easy to use, GUI interface for configuration of many important tasks in Ubuntu that otherwise need to be configured by editing some configuration files etc. Most importantly, it provides a centralized location for managing your system.

Ubuntu Tweak


You can download the .deb package here. (Not recommended method)

However the recommended method of installation is by adding the PPA. The advantage is that you'll be getting automatic updates via Update Manager then.

Since Ubuntu 9.04 and onwards, there is an easy way of adding PPA repositories. Go to Applications > Accessories > Terminal and follow the commands below:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Once installed, Ubuntu Tweak will appear under Applications > System Tools sub-menu.


Ubuntu Tweak provides configuration tools for managing Application related tasks, Startup Settings, Desktop and Personal settings and System Management tasks.

Under Applications, you can install, remove, purge software, clean packages, install updates and even edit your sources.list.

Under Startup Settings, you can configure Login and Session settings.

Desktop tools contain the most commonly needed tools such as Compiz Configuration, Desktop Icon Management, GNOME settings, Window Manager Settings.

You can change Computer Name, tweak Nautilus, manager Power and Security settings and file types etc under Personal and System tools.

Most Notable Features
  • Ubuntu tweak makes it as easy as a click to remove your older Kernels. You can find it under Applications > Package Cleaner > Clean Kernels. Remember, it is recommended that you keep at least one older Kernel so you have got an option if your current one breaks due to any reason.
  • You can change default applications for all the file types at one central location under System > File Type Manager.

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