A compact Eclipse IDE on Linux

Eclipse on Linux seems to take up a lot more space than it does on Windows/Mac. To fix this, save the following text in file (~/.gtkrc-2.0) and restart Eclipse. It should have a much more compact look than before:

style "gtkcompact" {
font_name="Sans 8"
GtkButton::default_border={0,0,0,0}
GtkButton::default_outside_border={0,0,0,0}
GtkButtonBox::child_min_width=0
GtkButtonBox::child_min_heigth=0
GtkButtonBox::child_internal_pad_x=0
GtkButtonBox::child_internal_pad_y=0
GtkMenu::vertical-padding=1
GtkMenuBar::internal_padding=0
GtkMenuItem::horizontal_padding=4
GtkToolbar::internal-padding=0
GtkToolbar::space-size=0
GtkOptionMenu::indicator_size=0
GtkOptionMenu::indicator_spacing=0
GtkPaned::handle_size=4
GtkRange::trough_border=0
GtkRange::stepper_spacing=0
GtkScale::value_spacing=0
GtkScrolledWindow::scrollbar_spacing=0
GtkExpander::expander_size=10
GtkExpander::expander_spacing=0
GtkTreeView::vertical-separator=0
GtkTreeView::horizontal-separator=0
GtkTreeView::expander-size=8
GtkTreeView::fixed-height-mode=TRUE
GtkWidget::focus_padding=0
}
class "GtkWidget" style "gtkcompact"

style "gtkcompactextra" {
xthickness=0
ythickness=0
}
class "GtkButton" style "gtkcompactextra"
class "GtkToolbar" style "gtkcompactextra"
class "GtkPaned" style "gtkcompactextra"

Ubuntu file manager with root privileges

Many a times, you need to move/copy files into folders for which you need root access in Linux. Normally, you have to go through the terminal to accomplish this (using sudo). However, you can install the ‘nautilus-gksu’ package which adds a “Open as Administrator” option to the right click menu in Nautilus (the file manager in Ubuntu). To do this, enter the following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-gksu

 

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