Friday, March 11, 2011

Install Komodo Edit 6 on Natty

Just wanted to give a quick update on how to install the latest Komodo Edit on the latest Ubuntu. Its been a while since I posted the last article about Komodo Edit and it needed a quick refresh.

  • The packages for Linux can be found here. Download the appropriate package for whether you have 32-bit or 64-bit.
  • Use either the GUI to extract the contents or
tar -xvzf Komodo-version-platform.tar.gz
  • In your terminal, or open a terminal if you haven't already, change to the new directory
cd Komodo-version-platform
  • Run the install script. I had to use sudo before the script to get it to install.
sudo ./
  • Go through and answer all of the installer prompts
  • Once the installer finishes you will need to add Komodo Edit to your PATH. Personally I like the symlink method, but it does require root/sudo access.
ln -s /bin/komodo /usr/bin/komodo
Two caveats that I have found is that you probably should not install to the default because it will only work for root or if you sudo. I went ahead and installed to /opt/komodo, but you could install wherever you like to install your non-package maintained software. Second, the installer actually tells you to make the symbolic link in /usr/local/bin but I have found that is not in the default PATH of the users (though it could be added). Other than that it is pretty straight forward. Let me know if you all find any other pain points.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Replace Unity Interface

I know I am not alone when I say that I don't like the new unity interface. I am using the Ubuntu Netbook Edition on my Asus EEEpc and my biggest complaint is that it is too slow. I like the idea of a better interface, but they have a long way to go to make it usable. Until then I will be sticking with the standard GNOME interface which is still included to use. I am going to show you how to change the default session to be the regular desktop session.
  • Open the Login Screen Settings dialog box.
  • Change the bottom dropdown box to be Ubuntu Desktop Edition as the default session (you can see I already have mine changed). You may need to press the Unlock button and supply your password to be able to change this setting.
  •  You should just be able to log out and back in and then you will get the familiar GNOME desktop.
This will not actually remove Unity from your installation so at what time you think you might want to use it again you could. I've read a few posts that take you through the steps to remove it, but I don't see it necessary since it can be easily disabled through the login screen.