Ubuntu Tweak (UT) set the benchmark but is quietly fading from neglect. Could it be UT is running out of Tweak? Enter Ailurus, originally called “Ubun-student“, and “Ubuntu easy setuper“ and now renamed after a strange Chinese creature. While not as slick in presentation as UT, Ailurus has some pretty amazing hacks up its sleeve. Tweaks, adjustments, and information which seriously outperform its older brother in terms of ingenuity. If you want to live on the wild side, and don’t mind risking it. Ailurus is for you. In fact in many respects, Ailurus has exceeded UT by releasing often and maintaining enthusiasm in the community when it comes to tricking out your Ubuntu code. So much for the Enhancement category. Is Ailurus seriously headed in the right direction, or just lucky? Will it avoid the pitfall of attempting to compete with Ubuntu Software Center, or replace UT by performing simple tasks that are a hassle to perform in the terminal? If it brings us all innovative and new ppas, granting adjustments like wishes while saving our favourite Ubuntu hacks then great, but who needs to install Virtualbox OSE?
I hope the poor Ailurus instead of becoming a household pet, also finds a better name. Then again, the creature has a remarkable similarity to the firefox. Time to tweak the animal kingdom by conjouring up a fire-urus? Red Panda Tweak would also do.
Install Ailurus from PPA repository https://launchpad.net/~ailurus/+archive/ppa
Open a terminal window (Applications->Accessories->Terminal). Then copy and pasting the following into your terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install ailurus
If “add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus” command cannot be executed, you can install Ailurus as follows:
sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 9A6FE242
Then edit apt source by:
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Please add these lines if you are using Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy). If you are using Ubuntu 8.10, 9.04 or 9.10, please replace “hardy” with “intrepid”, “jaunty” or “karmic”.
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ailurus/ppa/ubuntu hardy main deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ailurus/ppa/ubuntu hardy main
UPDATE: Within days of making this posting, Ubuntu Tweak announced a complete overhaul. Support for older distributions would also be dropped enabling faster development. Perhaps UT should be forked to allow older technology in the developing world to survive? Just thought. Well done UT.