How to make 'Ailurus' work on Mint 11 Katya

  9 years ago

This tutorial is based on what I posted as an Answer for a Question at Mint Forums on 09 Jun 2011.

My own post on Linux Mint forums:


Ailurus is simple application installer and GNOME tweaker, which aims at making Linux easier to use.


* Help users learn some Linux skills
* Install some nice applications
* Enable some third party repositories
* Display basic hardware information
* Clean APT cache
* Backup and recover APT status
* Change GNOME settings


# Ailurus does not work as it is on Mint 11 Katya.

# I will show you the workaround to make Ailurus work on Mint 11.


1. Open the Terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal).

2. Copy/Paste or type the following line of code into Terminal and then press enter:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/pyshared/ailurus/

3. System will then ask you for your password, type it and then press enter.

4. gedit will open a file called

5. Open [ Find ] Dialog (Search > Find...).

6. Enter a string 'maverick' into [ Search for: ] Text box and then press enter ( or click on [ Find ] Button).

7. You will find two places like below.



def get_all_Ubuntu_versions(cls):

        return ['hardy', 'intrepid', 'jaunty', 'karmic', 'lucid', 'maverick']


elif MINT:

    DISTRIBUTION = 'ubuntu'


    VERSION = Config.get_Mint_version() # VERSION is in ['5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10']

    VERSION = ['hardy', 'intrepid', 'jaunty', 'karmic', 'lucid', 'maverick'][int(VERSION)-5]


    installation_command_backend = debian_installation_command


8. Insert a string , 'natty' behind 'maverick' (both of two), and insert a string , '11' behind '10', like this:


        return ['hardy', 'intrepid', 'jaunty', 'karmic', 'lucid', 'maverick', 'natty']


    VERSION = Config.get_Mint_version() # VERSION is in ['5', '6', '7', '8', '9', '10', '11']

    VERSION = ['hardy', 'intrepid', 'jaunty', 'karmic', 'lucid', 'maverick', 'natty'][int(VERSION)-5]


9. Save the file called, then close the window (both gedit and Terminal), Done!


# In my case, it was not necessary to Log out or Reboot.

Click on Ailurus Icon in mintMenu (Applications > System tools > Ailurus), Ailurus works!



I was able to write this tutorial by the grace of @Alexio.

If there had not been the exchange of comments between @Alexio and I on my idea "Improve 'Software Sources'", I would have not found this workaround for making Ailurus work on Katya.

I appreciate @Alexio though belately.


History of Modification

 - Corrected some words and phrases

 - Added 'a screenshot of Ailurus'

 - Added 'Acknowledgement'

(on 06 Aug 2011 11:40 AM UTC)

kazztan0325 9 years ago

You are welcome!
Thank you for your comments.
By the way...,
Does LMDE have Version Number or Something like Code name?

carlosjimy 9 years ago

Thanks @kazztan0325.
I wonder if something like that would work on LMDE.

kazztan0325 9 years ago

You are welcome!
Thank you for your comments.

ivy_s 9 years ago

Very good tutorial.
Thank you.

kazztan0325 9 years ago

You are welcome!
Thank you for your praise.

kazztan0325 9 years ago

You are welcome!
I'm glad this article has been helpful to you.

Tonya 9 years ago

Many thanks for this tutorial!

kazztan0325 9 years ago

You are welcome!

By the way, I hope 'Ailurus' would be updated to newer version, but it seems there is no scent of being updated...

blueXrider 9 years ago

Worked for me, thanks

blueXrider 9 years ago

Floating-Gate Analog Implementation of the Additive Soft-Input Soft-Output Decoding Algorithm

kazztan0325 9 years ago

Actually the version which I hacked is "ailurus_10.10.5-0maverick1_all.deb".
And there is "ailurus_10.10.3-0maverick1_all.deb" too.

I guess the way which I wrote can apply to all of them (10.10.5 / 10.10.3 / 10.10.1).

blueXrider 9 years ago

Hey, Kazz! Question? What version did you hack. Assuming you are referring to this one = "ailurus_10.10.1-0maverick1_all.deb"

kazztan0325 9 years ago

Sorry, I noticed that I should go to Mint Forums and ask at Forums for the KDE Edition.

kazztan0325 9 years ago

@mikefreeman, Thank you for your comment.
I use both Ailurus and Ubuntu Tweak.

By the way, Do you know any good tweaking tool for KDE?
I use Mint 10 KDE (Virtual Machine) too, but have not found good tool yet...

mikefreeman 9 years ago

Good tool to have. Used to use this all the time, although now I generally use Ubuntu Tweak instead.