This page was an howto for avoiding all that asking for passwords into the Ubuntu Desktop Edition. People is TIRED to write the same DAMN PASSWORD into their ubuntu box. Now it contain useful stuff to do, for having a working and simple Ubuntu instead of the crap they install by default.

Note: I definitively QUIT using UBUNTU because the time I have to spend to correct all this CRAP is now GREATER THAN the time necessary to tune a Debian system. So, now I prefer Debian, because it doesnt install any of this CRAP on a fresh new system. Hope you try Debian too! :)

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Threads about stupid things added in Ubuntu

Ubuntu 10.04 horrible windows layout

The default windows appearence in Ubuntu 10.04 is a SHAME. The golden rule "Never change the terrain under user's feets" is now totally wiped out from developer's mind.

Tons of problems to fix, and those developers chose to change the system appearence?!? O_o

To revert back to the default Ubuntu layout: System -> Preferences -> Appearence and select the Clearlooks Theme.

No icons on desktop in 10.04 !

Where are the Home, System and the Trashcan icons? Is Nautilus broken? Is this a bug?

No. They choosed to disable them by default. They are GREAT ASSHOLES.

It's really incredible how those developers are happy to change the terrain under user's feets. This is the DUMBEST thing to do while administrating a system.

Just open gconf-editor, go to Apps -> Nautilus -> Desktop and check every xxxx_icon_visible you need.

Automatic login without password

It's MY computer, in MY house, so why the FUCK i have to type my password to log in X-Windows?!?

System - Administration - Login and select the damn user

You can select this while installing the Ubuntu.

IDIOT keyring password

It will be asked again and again. Every time the same FUCKING password. Just to open a thing that contain THE SAME PASSWORD ITSELF.


Delete the folder $home/.gnome2/keyrings which holds the keyring info. Once you do that it wont ask again.

Disable the damn Gnome Keyring Manager Password

Same SHIT as before.

Applications - Accessories - Passwords and encryption keys

Edit that.

All other passwords asked again and again

First, do an apt-get install libpam-gnome-keyring (Normally this is not required on latest ubuntu releases)

Create a file named /etc/pam.d/common-pamkeyring containing:

auth optional pam_keyring.so try_first_pass
session optional pam_keyring.so

Edit /etc/pam.d/gdm adding this line at the bottom of the file:

@include common-pamkeyring

and please COMMENT OUT those lines:

# auth optional pam_gnome_keyring.so
# session optional pam_gnome_keyring.so auto_start

Create, if doesn't exist, the wheel group, editing /etc/group, and add your user to it

vi /etc/group

Edit /etc/sudoers, using visudo

visudo /etc/sudoers

adding a line containing:

yourusername ALL = NOPASSWD: ALL

Edit /etc/pam.d/sudo adding those lines:

auth sufficient pam_rootok.so
auth required pam_wheel.so
auth sufficient pam_wheel.so trust

Edit /etc/pam.d/su enabling this line (just uncomment it):

# Uncomment this if you want wheel members to be able to
# su without a password.
auth sufficient pam_wheel.so trust

The Incredible Idiocy: PolicyKit

As I stated in ubuntuforums time ago:

I'm used to work on MY computer, with MY login, and no other logins; it's in MY home, and it don't run away to search for malicious users. It's MY PC in MY HOUSE. For this I log in automagically with no password asking. I have automagic "su" and "sudo" without password (that is STUPID because I'm root on MY machine, and there are NO other users).

But now I have some very annoying issues about this damn thing called "System Policy", for which I can't, just to say, do a shutdown of my machine under Gnome because "System policy prevents stopping the system when other users are logged". And this just because I have some root terminals left open.

This is very, very stupid.

And so on, this damn sys policy crap keep asking me the same damn password for everything: wifi connections, login/ssh to other machines, mounting of devices, and so on.

Please, PLEASE. Does someone know HOW TO KILL this stupid thing? How to get rid of all those unuseful, boring, recursive and idiot password requests?

please somebody help me, I'm going nuts for this.

I got an official warning and the thread was closed by administrator. The PolicyKit was a so stupid PIECE OF CRAP that now is no more used. But for the unfortunate users that have this stinking corpse running: as stated in the man page, just edit /etc/PolicyKit/PolicyKit.conf as here:

<config version="0.1">
        <match user="root|YOUR_USER_HERE">
               <return result="yes"/>
        <define_admin_auth group="admin|wheel"/>

and restart the whole X damn thing


Other stupid things in Ubuntu

Command not found handler

I hate it. It slow the responsivness of my shell. so

apt-get remove command-not-found command-not-found-data


Totem is installed by default. But it's UNABLE to open ANYTHING. WHY?



Close this terminal?

Terminal asking "Close this terminal? There is still a process running in this terminal. Closing the terminal will kill it". This is STUPID, STUPID, STUPID..

Launch gconf-editor -> Apps -> gnome-terminal -> global -> untick confirm_window_close

60 seconds delay on shutdown

Another STUPID thing.

It depends on version of Gnome/Ubuntu SHIT. so:

Launch gconf-editor

Go to apps> indicator-session and check the box next to suppress_logout_restart_shutdown. Or if you wish to do it entirely from terminal:

gconftool-2 -s '/apps/indicator-session/suppress_logout_restart_shutdown' --type bool true

or apps -> gnome-session -> options and check out logout_prompt.

Maybe you've to restart X.

Sticky Windows at edges

The most annoying thing in the entire world. The great stupid thing is that you have compiz installed without the tool for configuring it!

so, apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager and check out the snapping windows option in the window management section of the compiz config editor, that is under system - preferences menu.

Logout - Are you sure you want to logout?


* Right click on your username (the "Fast User Switch Applet") and select Preferences. * Uncheck "Show confirm dialogs for logout, restart and shutdown"

USEFUL programs that are not installed by default

  • traceroute - incredible. traceroute is not installed by default. O_O
  • compizconfig-settings-manager (compiz INSTALLED and NOT CONFIGURABLE? STUPID!)
  • openssh-server (this is SO FUGKING STUPID!)
  • mc
  • gimp
  • joe

SHIT to be removed

  • f-spot
  • totem (totally unuseful!)
  • conduit (Who give a FUCK to sync ?!?)