Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Upgrading to Ubuntu 9.10: Karmic Koala

This weekend the new version of Ubuntu hit the street and even Flash is working nicely. I most say that I like it. However, I had to do two small tweaks.

Disable the login sound
When the new gdm login window appears, you get a drum sound. There is no real way of disable the sound (see Though, there is a simpel workaround. Just rename the file '/usr/share/sounds/ubuntu/stereo/dialog-question.ogg', say dialog-question.ogg.bak.

Update: A better way of doing this, is to open a terminal and run the command

sudo gconf-editor

Now unmark 'desktop -> gnome -> sound -> event_sounds'.

Update: Seems that an update from Ubuntu just made the last method obsolete.

Disable the blutooth device at startup
I rarely use the bluetooth device on my laptop, so why have it use up the battery. I solved this by adding the line 'echo disable > /proc/acpi/ibm/bluetooth' to the file '/etc/init.d/rc.local'. The bluetooth-applet will still load, and you can enable the device via it.

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