How to make 'Ailurus' work on Mint 11 Katya

  11 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 11 years ago

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

carlosjimy 11 years ago

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

kazztan0325 11 years ago

You are welcome!
Thank you for your comments.

ivy_s 11 years ago

Very good tutorial.
Thank you.

kazztan0325 11 years ago

You are welcome!
Thank you for your praise.

kazztan0325 11 years ago

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

Tonya 11 years ago

Many thanks for this tutorial!

kazztan0325 11 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 11 years ago

Worked for me, thanks

blueXrider 11 years ago

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

kazztan0325 11 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 11 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 11 years ago

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

kazztan0325 11 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 11 years ago

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