Today, I was upgrading the Ubuntu Virtual machines we’re using as development environments for our web activies when something came up. I had just cloned a VM and wanted to change the computer name when I couldn’t find the GUI tool I had always used.
Of course, I could have used the command line to achieve the same but I was determined to “fix” the GUI – apparently it’s a common thing for people with AS to focus on one solution, “their” solution, before using alternatives. After finding the same solutions over and over again in Google’s search results – the command line version, and a “gui version” which didn’t work because the option wasn’t there (I wouldn’t have been looking for a solution if it was) – I found the fix.
A user, named glass.dimly replied to another user commenting on a post on ubuntumanual.org (Did I loose you with that sentence? I bet I did), pointed out that the option had been removed in Ubuntu 8.0.10 and all it’s successors, but he was kind enough to provide the fix, which is the following:
[update on 10/07/2009: I’d like to apologize for posting the wrong command. This is the right one]
sudo apt-get install gnome-network-admin
Why yes, that’s a command line command. How clever of you…
This installed the missing part and fixed the problem, allowing me to rename the VM. Oh, Ubuntu, you old rascal!