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13 Ways To Customize Ubuntu Netbook Remix For Better Usability

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Ubuntu Netbook Remix (UNR) is a modified version of Ubuntu specially for the netbooks. While I like the interface, I find that there are still many places that can be improved for better usability and performance.

1. Complement Maximus with Namebar

Maximus is a desktop daemon used in UNR to automatically maximise the windows when they are opened and also hide the title bar to save space. While this is a good feature, it doesn’t give you any option to minimize/unmaximize the window. NameBar is an applet that puts the name list of the top-most maximized or the focused window in the gnome-panel so that it doesn’t take up precious space elsewhere. It also adds the minimize/unmaximize option to the namelist.

2. Replace the window picker applet with DockbarX

The window picker applet is the default window management app that allows you to switch between windows. One bad thing about this applet is that it doesn’t group similar windows together and can take up a lot of space as you open more windows.

DockbarX is a better replacement for the window picker applet.

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