1) Grub bootloader
To modify the grub bootloader to self preference, either we can use third party application or edit the grub config file. I prefer later.

$sudo gedit /boot/grub/grub.cfg


Open the grub config file in text editor.
Where we can make couple of changes like :

set default="2"
set gfxmode=1024x768
set timeout=20


“set default” – Menu highlighted by default. It’s value can’t be greater than number of available bootloader menu. Default value is 0.
“set gfxmode” – Loads boot loader menu in given resolution spec. Setting value higher than maximum supported resolution will lead to boot loader being loaded in default resolution.
“set timeout” – Maximum seconds the boot loader should wait before loading default choice.

Also, we can edit bootloader menu text, so that it’s simple & clear. Look for the syntax “menuentry” in file and make changes of content inside starting & ending within quote (‘)

menuentry 'Linux Mint 12' --class linuxmint --class gnu-linux --class gnu --class os {..}

2) Auto Mount
We can make hard drive partitions to auto mount on the start of session. First step is to create directory, which will act as mount point.

$sudo mkdir mydrive


It’ll create a directory named mydrive, which will act as mount point.

$sudo gedit /etc/fstab


Open’s fstab in text editor and add line similar to below.

/dev/sda6 /media/mydrive ntfs 0 0


The first parameter(‘/dev/sda6’) is drive’s name (which can be viewed by mount command), the second parameter(‘/media/mydrive’) is mount point and third is drive format.

3) Desktop Application Launcher
Application launcher is the script that creates a application launcher file in desktop.
Create a file named ‘myapp_launcher’ then copy & paste below code in file.

gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new


Copy the ‘myapp_launcher’ file to directory ‘nautilus-scripts’

$sudo mv launcher ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts/


4) Icon View
By default the desktop icons are big consuming huge desktop space. Having smaller icons are sometime more efficent to manage and good looking. To reduce the icon size, Open home folder, goto Edit > Preferences , under Views tab ‘Icon View Defaults’ set the zoom level to 66%.
Now you’ll have smaller icons in desktop, windows.

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