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UbuntuGNOME Remix Released

UbuntuGNOME Remix 12.10 has been released! There are torrents and mirrors if you want a fresh install, and upgrade instructions if you just want to install the ubuntu-gnome-desktop alongside Unity and whatever else you have installed. Of course, you need Ubuntu 12.10 first.

If you dare install 12.10 so close after it's release, give it a try. I will be waiting for the major show-stopping bugs to be ironed out. In the meantime, check out these reviews:

World of Gnome - UbuntuGNOME Remix Review
WebUpd8 - UGR Review


How To: Use External Monitor connected to Laptop with Closed Lid

This article assumes you are running Ubuntu 9.10 - 10.10 and gnome. It may apply to other similar setups.

Problem: You want to "dock" your laptop, attach it to an external monitor, and close the lid. When you do so, the screen turns off. So you go to System>Preferences>Power Management, but you find there is no "Do Nothing" option for On Lid Close. I am pretty sure there used to be such an option, but some bonehead removed it.

Solution: The option wasn't really removed, just "hidden" by our well-meaning bonehead. Fire up our good friend the terminal, and type:

gconftool-2 --type string --set /apps/gnome-power-manager/buttons/lid_ac "nothing"