Friday, January 25, 2008

Skype fonts too big after KDE4 install?

On Ubuntu Gutsy, if you have installed KDE 4.0, as per this page on, you might notice that in Gnome , your Skype font is much too large.

The solution is to

sudo apt-get qt4-qtconfig

then, from the terminal , type


You will notice that the QT window has fonts about the same size as the big Skype ones. Change them using the QT Config interface, select File -> Save.

Your Skype fonts will then be back to something more normal in Gnome.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Ubuntu Gutsy - installing Compiz Snow effect

UPDATE: this post is out of date. Please look elsewhere on installing the Snow plugin

Create a compiz subdirectory in your home folder

mkdir ~/compiz

Install the packages required for compiling compiz plugins
sudo apt-get install compiz-bcop compiz-dev build-essential libxcomposite-dev libpng12-dev libsm-dev libxrandr-dev libxdamage-dev libxinerama-dev libstartup-notification0-dev libgconf2-dev librsvg2-dev libdbus-1-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libgnome-desktop-dev x11proto-scrnsaver-dev libxss-dev libxslt1-dev libtool

Download Snow
wget -O ~/compiz/snow.tar.gz ';

Extract , make , and install

cd ~/compiz/
tar -xvzf snow.tar.gz
cd snow
make install

Restart XOrg (logout/login).

Source:13 Compiz plugins for Ubuntu Gutsy