Ubuntu Tips Applet is an application developed by Alexandr Gudulin. The application regularly displays useful Ubuntu tips on your Ubuntu desktop. The tips displayed are fetched using fortunes-ubuntu-server and are displayed using Notify-OSD (the notification you see when you receive new IM, track change in music players etc.). These tips are actually for Ubuntu server, but it can also be a great way for new Ubuntu users to discover new features and tips in Ubuntu.
Ubuntu Tips Applet is available as a .deb file, so installation is very simple. There is no PPA available yet. Follow the steps below to install:
Command line way:
$ wget http://bitbucket.org/sagod/ubuntu-tips-applet/downloads/ubuntu-tips-applet_0.1.2.deb $ sudo dpkg -i ubuntu-tips-applet_0.1.2.deb
If, you prefer to install it from the GUI, follow these steps:
1. Download the .deb package by clicking here.
2. Go to the location where you have saved the file and double-click on the downloaded file.
3. If you are in Ubuntu 10.10 and above, the Ubuntu Software Center will open. Otherwise, gdebi will open. In both the cases, you will be asked for the password. Enter the password and the installation will start.
After installing, you can launch the application from Applications > Accessories > Ubuntu Tips Applet.
The application does not auto-start when you start a new session. To make it auto-start, go to System > Startup Applications. In Startup Programs, click on Add and in the dialog box, enter “Ubuntu Tips Applet” (without quote) in the Name field and /usr/share/ubuntu-tips-applet/ubuntu-tips-applet.py in the Command field. Finally click on Add.
After starting the application, you can click on the icon in the System Tray to make it show a tip, disable the auto display, quit the application etc.
By default the application is set to display a new tip every minute. That can be a bit irritating and you can set the time you desire from Preferences.