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The warning "What are some of the issues with ccsm and why should I not use it?" is referenced in a lot of answers. But no alternative to it is proposed anywhere.

What are the alternatives ?

In 12.10, thinks seems to span between gconf and dconf (and maybe elsewhere ?). I was not able to find the real place to set focus follow mouse for example (metacity gconf option seems to do nothing).

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Most of the settings in CCSM can be altered/changed using gsettings command. dconf-editor is a graphical alternative to it also. But both of them requires some knowledge about the backend system.

MyUnity and Ubuntu tweak was great (limited), but I heard they get removed from 12.10.

  • Here is the manual page for gsettings

    For example, to change the font from Ubuntu 11 size to Ubuntu 10 size, you would execute this command:

    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface font-name 'Ubuntu 10'
    
  • You can install dconf-editor with the command sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

Update: Ubuntu tweak is back now!! That is a great news actually. So happy tweaking !

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Ubuntu-Tweak is back. –  Lasher Oct 23 '12 at 15:22

There are actually a handful of alternatives to CCSM. Here's a quick rundown:

Current:

Past:

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