Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I want to have a smoother experience. With xubuntu-desktop I have just about 6 brightnessteps with my laptop. But in Gnome when the desktop darkens, it happens without steps like in mac. Is it possible to do that aways, so the screen goes continously lighter or darker?

share|improve this question
Just as a nitpick, the Mac (and Gnome) have brightness steps. They just have more of them by default. – fluffy Jul 13 '12 at 13:48
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Have you tried adjusting the LCD brightness using the LCD Brightness plugin in the xfce4-Panel. The LCD Brightness plugin is included in xfce-power-manager.

Or you can look into using xbacklight.

share|improve this answer
When i type xfce-power-mananger in the console nothing happens. And in the Panel I cant find sth to modify the brightness. – Paul Woitaschek Feb 28 '12 at 7:34
Also when i type xbacklight -20 or +20 nothing changes. – Paul Woitaschek Feb 28 '12 at 8:13
Now it works. Thanks :) – Paul Woitaschek Jul 15 '12 at 15:56

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.