Ubuntu has grown to be one of the easiest distros to use which propelled it to be the most popular Linux flavor currently available. But guess what? Tweaking Ubuntu has can get a lot easier! The aptly named Ubuntu Tweak is designed to give you direct access to some of the hidden settings. Think of it as TweakUI on Windows.

Screenshot-Ubuntu Tweak

Ubuntu Tweak Feature List

  • View of Basic System Information(Distribution, Kernel, CPU, Memory, etc.)

  • GNOME Session Control

  • Auto Start Program Control

  • Qucik install common usded applications

  • A lot of third-party sources to keep application up-to-date

  • Clean unneeded packages or cache to free the disk space

  • Show/Hide and Change Splash screen

  • Show/Hide desktop icons or Mounted Volumes

  • Show/Hide/Rename Computer, Home, Trash icon or Network icon

  • Tweak Metacity Window Manager’s Style and Behavior

  • Compiz Fusion settings, Screen Edge Settings, Window Effects Settings, Menu Effect Settings

  • Set the Shortcuts to let qucikly access your favourite applications

  • GNOME Panel Settings

  • Nautilus Settings

  • Advanced Power Management Settings

  • System Security Settings

How Does It Measure?

Well, it depends. Most of the hacks and tweaks in Ubuntu Tweak come as second nature for seasoned Linux/Ubuntu users. For example, without Ubuntu Tweak, I would have to launch gconf-editor and browse through trees of mysterious options to remove (or add) /home to my desktop. With Ubuntu Tweak, its just a click of a button. So if you are a new Linux user playing around with Ubuntu, or just want the luxury and the efficiency of quick tweaks, then Ubuntu Tweak is for you.

Download and Install

Head to Ubuntu Tweak’s download page and follow the instructions. Its your basic adding a repo, key, update, install. You know the drill !