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Add Brightness Control to Ubuntu Desktop With This Handy App

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Indicator Brightness

Indicator Brightness

I dual-boot Ubuntu with ChromeOS on one of my Chromebooks but, annoyingly, the brightness controls don’t work out of the box.

Now, with a bit of hackery kung-foo, I could probably get them to work. But as I don’t tend to adjust my brightness often it seems like a lot of hassle. Especially when there is a simpler solution available.

Indicator Brightness

Indicator-Brightness is a panel-based applet for Ubuntu that – no surprise here, folks – lets you adjust the brightness of your computer’s screen.

It’s not revolutionary, but it sure is handy. There are three ways to use the application to control brightness:

  • Click on the indicator icon and select an increment
  • Scrollwheel over the indicator icon (scroll up to increase brightness, etc)
  • Assign keyboard shortcuts to increase/reduce brightness

This latter one will appeal to most. With a few clicks you can readily assign brightness up and brightness down to your respective brightness keys. No editing configuration files, or installing patches from forums.

You can find instructions on setting those up on the project homepage @ this link.

Install Indicator Brightness in Ubuntu

Installing the applet in Ubuntu 11.10 and up is easy. Just runn the following commands in a Terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-brightness/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install indicator-brightness

If a PPA is a bit too much for you, you can grab a .Deb installer from the project launchpad page @