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24Jul/120

Right click on Desktop Slow in Xubuntu

When experimenting with the other flavors of Ubuntu, I noticed that the desktop right-click menu in Xubuntu appears after a considerable delay. Here's what I did to fix it:

This seems to be related to application icons.

In Settings -> Desktop, go to the Menus tab, and unselect 'Show application icons in menu' under Desktop Menu.

This should instantly speed it up - you can toggle the setting back and forth and it changes in realtime to compare. I used to have this issue but after unticking it the menu appears instantly if you can live without the icons. They could do with cacheing them or something I guess.

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9Jul/120

Change Boot Screen in Ubuntu/Mint

plymouth screenshot

Plymouth is the application which provides the graphical "splash" screen when booting and shutting down an Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based system. I never really gave it much thought until I installed xbuntu-desktop and noticed that my boot screen had changed to the xubuntu logo.

If you find yourself in the same situation or just want to customize your installation, first find a new plymouth theme, which can be accomplished by searching for "plymouth-theme" in the package manager (or don't, if you are just reverting to your original theme if you installed a different desktop environment). Then, in terminal:

sudo update-alternatives --config default.plymouth

Select the theme you want, and then:

sudo update-initramfs -u

That's it!

Now, if you go searching for a way to switch themes using a GUI, you may come across Mario Guerriero's plymouth-manager. However, if you add the ppa and try to install plymouth-manager, you might find there is no version for Ubuntu 12.04.