Sabily 11.10 Uhud - Install KDE Plasma Desktop

After convert from Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot to Sabily 11.10 Uhud, I try to add KDE Plasma Workspace onto Sabily. Alhamdulillah it work on my system. So now I have three option of desktop environment which is Gnome, Ubuntu Unity and KDE Plasma. This trial I think good for who interested in KDE environment and at the same time interested to Sabily too. You still able to use KDE in Sabily. For your information, some of Gnome application are not compatible with KDE Desktop but you can get and install the application that you need for KDE Desktop from Ubuntu Software Center.
I shared how to install KDE Plasma Desktop to Sabily distro.

01. Open Ubuntu Software Center then search for kde-standard.
02. Click on Install.
03. Installation completed.
04. Restart your system and choose KDE Plasma Workspace to log in.
05. To get Sabily wallpaper locate it at Root/usr/share/sabily-wallpaper/
06. To change icon theme to Sabily default go to System Settings.
07. Select on Application Appearance.
08. On Icon, select HumanME-Green.
09. Screenshot of Islamic Software shortcut.
There some other setting that you can browse inside it for example Mouse Cursor and etc on the System Settings.


Converting Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot to Sabily 11.10 Uhud

Is it possible to convert Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot to Sabily 11.10 Uhud in Unity environment? Maybe the question that always in our mind is Ubuntu had default to Unity but Sabily is default to Gnome3. So, is it possible for us to install Sabily while Ubuntu in Unity environment? I tried it and the result is yes, we can convert it. It totally change to Sabily in Gnome3. Unity also available to select if we prefer it. Here is the step that I do, followed the instruction on the Sabily Wiki page.

Run your terminal.

01. First of all we need to add Sabily repository like previous version.
02. Then install Sabily.
03. Choose 'y' and enter when asked.
04. Configuring gdm. Hit enter.
05. I select gdm(gnome) default manager.
06. I just enter 'y'.
07. Finished. Close the terminal.
08. Restart the system to see the result.
09. Go to System Settings then select Appearance. Change theme to Adwaita.
10. Open terminal then reset all the setting one by one. Then run gnome-tweak-tool to open Advanced Settings.
11. On Advanced Settings follow Theme setting as the screenshot.
12. Islamic Software installed(no need to reinstall).
13. Log out then log in Ubuntu to get Unity environment.
If you are not sure to do it before, now I proved that it can be done successfully. So what are you waiting for? Let try it.


Sabily in Gnome3 - Review

Let see a little review about Sabily in new Gnome3 desktop environment. As my installation of it in my USB 8GB flash drive, it default to Gnome desktop environment. The new appearance I think more nice than Unity. But I still need more time to get more experience on this new shell. Anyway if we feel uncomfortable with this environment, there still have Gnome classic to log in and you will get something like Gnome2 desktop. It looks old for me. Here some screenshot that I take on Sabily in Gnome3 desktop with a comment on it.

01. Monajat will start different from Gnome2. It will start like a shell from bottom of the desktop.
 02. All applications view. About same like Unity, but different.
 03. Islamic Software had one group. Included Alfanous - Quran search engine.
 04. User info and some setting.
 05. Universal Access Settings.
 06. Calendar and Schedule.
 07. Authentication.
 08. Screen keyboard. Like touch screen interface.
In this review shows login to Sabily Gnome3 desktop environment will not facing any problem. Hopefully some issue will be improved and more applications that compatible with Gnome3 will be developed and added to Sabily.


Sabily 11.10 Uhud Released


Alhamdulillah, finally Sabily 11.10 Uhud was released. Announced by Mr. Mehdi on Sabily homepage. You can see full information about it here.


Nanny Parental Control Software - Simple Setup on Unity

Here some simple setup for your Nanny Parental Control Software inside new interface of Sabily or Ubuntu start from version 11.04. There some question about it in social network and blog. I found some people looking for Nanny blacklist for Unity but they can't found it. Even on Nanny website, there some problem to get or install it. Maybe they will fix it soon. Anyway what I want to share here how set the site that you want to block. Mean that you already know address of the site. For example I show here is Facebook and previously I had block Youtube. Lets try.

01. Click on Unity shell and search for Nanny. It already installed to Sabily. I'm not sure for other distro. Anyway if not yet installed, you can get and install it from Ubuntu Software Center.
02. Enter your login password here. No way to make different password.
03. Click on the Key button to make all the setting available.
04. This is PC time use that you can set. Just click or drag on it to change. Each block divided for half an hour. Red mean blocked time and green mean permitted time.
05. To add require block site, click on the Web Browser menu the click on the Configure button.
06. On the Forbidden menu, click on the Add button. You can see here I already blocked Youtube.
07. Add the name, description and URL of the site that you want to block. Name and description is up to you. The most important is URL of the site. For example here I add Facebook URL.
08. Facebook already added. Close the window then click on Apply button. Close Nanny setting window.
09. Open your web browser than try the URL that you added before. For example here, Facebook already block by Nanny Parental Control.

Hopefully you can control usage of computer or Internet for your kids without you need to monitor them all the time by using Nanny Parental Control software. So you can do other work while they use computer.


Unity Advanced Settings - Customize Font, Theme, Cursor etc

Maybe you try to adjust font size on Unity by right clicking your mouse and select 'Change Desktop Background' but the utility is not there. Its look like Unity had disable it. But there are tools created to control all of the utilities that remove from Unity.
It named 'Advanced Settings'. You can search it on the dash. Install it if it not yet install on your system.
Run it and you will get all the feature that you need there.
Here is some screenshots of the Advanced Settings utility.

01. Search for Advanced Settings on the dash.
02. Advanced Settings start.
03. Desktop utilities.
04. Fonts utilities.
05. Shell utilities.
06. Theme utilities.
07. Windows utilities.