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I just installed the Ubuntu desktop (apt-get install ubuntu-desktop) for the first time. I guess this is Unity.

I wonder where I can find the settings. There was the "System Settings" tool right in the launcher but it only has some very basic settings - I am missing basically everything. I was searching:

  • how I can change my default mouse cursor
  • how can I setup the background so that it fades through a predefined set (or just a directory) of pictures
  • how I can change the default font and other font settings
  • where can I tweak the graphics settings (this was Compiz earlier, not sure if it still is)

Etc...

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Please split this up into individual questions, most of these are answered on the site already and the system only really works with one question per post, thanks! –  Jorge Castro Oct 23 '12 at 15:05
    
@JorgeCastro: Are these really separate questions? I was expecting a single answer with a single tool which just provides all standard system settings (like the ones I listed). –  Albert Oct 23 '12 at 15:13
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Yep, each one has a post on the site already. There isn't really a single tool that does all that. –  Jorge Castro Oct 23 '12 at 15:14
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Yes, it is true that the "System settings" is too basic now. But, this will soon be fixed. For now, you can have Ubuntu tweak to do the tricks.

how I can change my default mouse cursor

how can I setup the background so that it fades through a predefined set (or just a directory) of pictures

There is one wallpaper setting which will rotates/changes the wallpaper after specified amount of time. Right click on desktop → Change desktop background and select the wallpaper which has a clock icon in it.

You can also look at this question:

how I can change the default font and other font settings

Ubuntu tweak will help there. Install it. Open it and go to Tweak tab and then Fonts settings

where can I tweak the graphics settings (this was Compiz earlier, not sure if it still is)

Ubuntu tweak has some options. You can also try compizconfig-settings-manager. But be warned, it is too advanced tool

  sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager
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try installing gnome-tweak-tool via terminal and search for advanced options in dash to launch it.: `

  • sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool`

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Also use ubuntutweak app to manage theme too.

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

You can easily manage themes ans cursor settings with this two.

Variety is nice app released for quantal to change wallpapers.

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install variety

    Also try myunity programm for configuring unity in software center.

  • sudo apt-get install myunity

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