Installing Google Desktop in Ubuntu

Last night, I was listening to Loaded on Cnet. Google Desktop is now working on linux. Google Gadgets is now working on Linux while Google Desktop has been on Linux for years. Google Desktop has never been my favorite gadget, but I still want to check it out. The installation process is super easy, there aren’t much to put here. But below is the tutorial anyway. There is a new tutorial on how to uninstall Google Desktop and I added that new section below too.

Install Google Desktop

  1. Download your Google Desktop package here. For Ubuntu users, download the .deb package.
  2. Double click on the .deb package, there will be an install button if you haven’t installed Google Desktop yet.
  3. Click install. Then wait
  4. Close the Package Installer window.
  5. Your Google Desktop launcher is located at Applications -> Others -> Google Desktop.
  6. And if you log out and log back in, the Google Desktop option will be right in your Applications.

Have fun, you must download the gadgets separately. Google Desktop only allow search index. I will post a tutorial on how to install Google Gadget; the steps are more troublesome than I expected.

Update: installing Google Gadgets is a pain in the a**. After 9 hours of trying, I finally gave up. For those of you who wanted to try, visit this page for an easy compilation or this page for detail installation. This is still in beta and there are numerous bugs, so it’s not for the faint of heart (is that even a right phrase in American English? oh well.)


To access preferences, right click on the Google Desktop Icon. Your browser will open up to the Preferences page.

Problem: I just encountered a problem while trying to access Google Desktop Preferences. The Preferences windows will not appear. So to edit preferences for google desktop, you are going to do it manually with your web browser.

  1. Open your internet browser, navigate to
  2. Chose more -> Desktop
  3. Select Desktop Preferences
  4. There you go, select your options.

Now, this is a way to work around this problem, it is not a good solution, if you know any other (better) way, please let me know.

Uninstall Google Desktop

To unistall Google Desktop:

  1. Open Terminal: Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  2. Enter:
  3. sudo dpkg -r google-desktop-linux

  4. Type in your password and enter. You have uninstalled Google Desktop.

Restoring Grub.

Just a few minutes ago, I got a HFS+ Partition Error while trying to boot into my OS X. So, I decided to mess with it a little bit. Actually, I reinstalled OS X and messed around some more (the whole process took 3 hours). Somehow, my Grub was gone after the reinstallation. There went my beloved boot manager, who had saved me so many times. I went right to the first stage of grief, denial. I put my Ubuntu live CD in, loaded Firefox on and search for the solution. Folks at had found the solution years ago. So I just summed everything up, it’s all their credits. (If you are not a member of join now! it’s awesome.)

Restoring Grub with a Ubuntu Live CD.

You are going to need the Ubuntu Live CD.

  1. Insert the Live CD and boot into Graphic Mode.
  2. Open Terminal: Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal
  3. Enter the Grub Shell.

    sudo grub

  4. Look for your grub files location.

    find /boot/grub/stage1

  5. The returned value from the command above is used for the command below. Scan the partition.

    root (hd?,?)

  6. Substitute the returned value into (hd?,?) above. For instance, if my returned value is (hd0,2), I will enter:

    root (hd0,2)

  7. Now, we reinstall Grub.

    setup (hd0)

  8. Quit Grub.


  9. Close Terminal and Restart. Grub will starts back again.

I took a snap shot of this whole process. Take a look.

Mounting And Unmounting ISO Images In Ubuntu.

I just found a very simple way to mount ISO images in Ubuntu without having to install any complicated software. A throughout tutorial is provided at In fact the tutorial is so good that I felt guilty to copy it over. Sorry. Follow the instructions, you will get it. Below is a brief instruction on how to mount ISO images using scripts. Again, this is totally from, so make sure you give them some credits. (and yes, I felt guilty for doing this, but I just didn’t want you to stop by for nothing.)

Using Nautilus Scripts

  1. Download 2 scripts: Mount ISO images and Unmount ISO images.
  2. Save the files to your Home directory because my codes below will prefer to that directory.
  3. Open Terminal: Application -> Accessories -> Terminal
  4. We need to change the permission to use the scripts downloaded above.
    Note: substitute your username into “username.”
  5. sudo chmod +x /home/username/

    sudo chmod +x /home/username/

  6. Now we need to move them to nautilus scripts
  7. sudo mv /home/username/ ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts/

    sudo mv /home/username/ ~/.gnome2/nautilus-scripts/

    Now, every time you right-click, there will be an option named Scripts. You can mount and unmount ISO images by selecting the options.