Simple way to execute a command on startup in Ubuntu

I would like to share with you a simple way to execute commands on startup in Ubuntu. This tip is very useful for example I have an issue on the Netatalk service that do not run properly so every time I have to run the command to restart the service after I login to Ubuntu.

All commands that you need to be executed must be stored in etc/rc.local setting. Open terminal then execute this command:

sudo nano /etc/rc.local

Add the following command to restart Netatalk service, right before “exit 0":

sudo service netatalk restart
exit 0

That’s it! It’s so simple. I have solved the Netatalk service problem for now. So I have more time to take a look what is the problem with the Netatalk service.

Macbuntu Precise Pangolin Wallpaper

I just completed the upgrade to Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin. I get to like the new look of Unity and the HUD simplicity design.

Macbuntu Precise Pangolin on Wood 1280×1024


So I created a new natural, simple and clean wallpaper, to make it look nicer. I took the idea of this nice text design from Oneiric Ocelot wallpaper by Tux-planet. The text is blended to the wood skin from, and give a burned-pressed effect on the wood.

The logo is from the two OS that I use, my favorite systems, Mac and Ubuntu, that work together for my daily work.

Yes, it says Macbuntu, actually it is my work-in-progress to find the best Macbuntu theme for Pangolin. Tell me if you like it.

Back to the old time of Mac Classic

Remembering the good and the bad things in the old time always make me smile. This is exactly what I feel when trying an old style theme of Mac. I found an old Mac OS 8 “Classic” theme. You see the above screenshot: the window borders, tabs, fonts. The Mac OS 8 was firstly introduced by Apple in July 26, 1997.

It’s 14 years ago, wow! What did you look like 14 years ago?

I setup the “Classic” Mac OS theme on Ubuntu 11.04 with classic desktop (of course). I activate the global menu applet, adjust the panel, set the right font, and of course the wallpaper.

To make it feel more real, I also use the old Netscape theme on the Firefox internet browser. I am still looking for the icons, could not find one yet. But I already really feel the old time when using it.

Mac OS Classic Platinum 1.0 theme
Wikipedia, Mac OS 8

OSX Lion Theme for Natty Narwhal

Mac OSX Lion Theme for Ubuntu

There is a new version of Elementary Lion Theme 1.1 by Dolsilwa. It is pretty close to what you see in real Mac OSX on the window — the red-yellow-green buttons. Unlike Leopard, in OSX Lion has smaller buttons more elegant buttons. The rest of OSX Lion are similar to Leopard. Another difference is the scroll bar which has a grey solid color rather than shiny blue in the older version.

I’d like to have combination of the two version. Download the theme provided above. Extract the file. You will see two versions one is for Classic Ubuntu, and the other is for Unity. Select the theme you like for Natty. I choose to use The Classic Ubuntu version.

To get as the picture above, I apply the theme and I change icon using Macbuntu theme. Read my previous post if you’d like to activate the Dock and Launcher. What do you think? Let me know if you like.

Better way to setup Macbuntu in Natty Narwhal

In my previous post, we can setup Macbuntu in Ubuntu 11.04 with little adjustment in installation script. But this approach have few problems. The script provided by Macbuntu offers things that actually we don’t need and more importantly causing many problems.

In general actually we can (read: should) skip few lines to avoid problems when installing in Natty.  So let’s do it in conventional way. Below are few steps to get what we need.

Bear in mind that I use classic desktop when I login. I have not tried install this using Unity Desktop but I think shouldn’t have any problem. Read more of this post

Install Macbuntu in Ubuntu 11.04

After installing Natty, I want Macbuntu theme as well. Unfortunately the installation package is only available for Ubuntu 10.10. The package cannot not be installed on Natty. I read that many fans asking for 11.04 version on the Macbuntu site. While waiting for the official release of Macbuntu 11.04 let’s use the available version. It works with a bit tweaks.

I have completed the installation successfully without any problem. Here is how to do it. Read more of this post

Install Macbuntu on my old PC

Although I personally really love standard Ubuntu themes, I decided to install Macbuntu on my old PC. I know it is not a real Mac. But I have to admit the design of Mac OSX is really simple, clean, easy to use. Thanks to the developers of Macbuntu to make this availableto users. We don’t need to buy an expensive real Mac, but just want to taste its simplicity.

Now it is even make our life much more easier. Someone have prepared an ISO version of Macbuntu!

You don’t have to type any command. Download the suitable file with your PC: 32 or 64bit, Intel or AMD processor, burn it to a CD, restart your PC then wait for few minutes. Your Macbuntu is ready. What I like with this ISO installation is the Macbuntu theme is available to all (local) users. Unlike the Macbuntu do-it-yourself-install version, the theme only available to the admin user.

I like to thanks to Steve Jobs and his team too, and I will ask him (if he read this article), to allow and let Macbuntu growth. Hope he like the idea to share his Mac OSX great design theme available to users for free.

Macbuntu on Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

For those who just want to play around with this theme can try with non-ISO version. The installation procedure is pretty simple. But you have to be admin user to have this theme.

If you’re using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx:
wget -O /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz
tar xzvf /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04.tar.gz -C /tmp
cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.04/

If you’re using the new Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat:

wget -O /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz
tar xzvf /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10.tar.gz -C /tmp
cd /tmp/Macbuntu-10.10/

If you wish to uninstall:

Good luck!