Tiling window managers have a great feature, they can automatically time windows to provide you the best experience. However, the minimal tiling window managers may not be the choice of everyone. x-tile is a GTK utility to try out for arranging windows. Continue reading x-tile: arrange open windows
IRC (Internet Relay Chat) is a highly popular medium of communication among open source devs. There are numerous IRC clients available and my personal favourite is Pidgin IRC plugin. Gnome has its own IRC client, Polari (aka “It’s Yoghurt. It’s French”), for a while now. Polari got an important update in Gnome 3.18.1, the ability to paste directly into Gnome’s home grown pastebin service. Continue reading Polari IRC client integrates Gnome Pastebin
LXQt is a desktop environment that combines the venerable LXDE with Qt. It is under development for sometime and seems to have reached a stable state. The screenshot above was shared by an LXQt dev minutes back on Reddit and looks nothing like the good old LXDE desktop Continue reading Try latest LXQt on Manjaro
It seems operating systems are on the spree of developing new browsers: Ubuntu, Microsoft are already on it. However, for KDE it is about time that they expire the dated Konqueror (for web-browsing at least) and build something new with support for the latest internet standards. Continue reading Fiber: new browser for KDE
If the work Shashlik sounds similar to Dalvik (Android’s port of JVM) it’s not mere coincidence. The KDE team is actually working on something that will excite Android users: run Andoid apps natively on the Linux desktop environment. Continue reading Shashlik: run Android apps on KDE
$ sudo apt-get install libgconf2-dev libpolkit-gobject-1-dev
$ git clone https://github.com/elementary-tweaks/elementary-tweaks
$ cd elementary-tweaks
$ mkdir build
$ cd build
$ cmake -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Debug -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ../
$ sudo make install
Note: The following procedure (the original one published) might be outdated by now. Results may be unexpected. You may also need to create a conf file for pantheon manually under /etc/lightdm to find the entry in lightdm login prompt.
Pantheon is the flagship desktop environment os Elementary OS, one of the most beautiful Linux distros. If you are a stock Ubuntu desktop user, you do not need to install Elementary OS afresh to check out Pantheon.
The beauty of Linux is, almost any desktop environment can be installed on any distro like additional software packages. Elementary being an Ubuntu derivative, the process becomes simpler.
To install Pantheon desktop on Ubuntu from the official Elementary OS PPA, run:
Unity has come a long way and still there are users who prefer the vintage Gnome experience without many bells and whistles. While the earlier Ubuntu versions came with gnome-session-fallback package, Vivid Vervet gets a change in the name of the classic desktop. To install, run:
Ubuntu MATE just announced that it has received official Ubuntu flavour status. Talks were ongoing to include the distro in the pack of official Ubuntu derivatives and it seems that the positive reception of the distro made it easier to take a decision. Alongside the inclusion, the distro has also published it 15.04 Beta1 version.
If you are not aware of it, Ubuntu MATE builds on the MATE desktop environment, which is a continuation of Gnome 2. It is under active development and is an intuitive and attractive desktop environment. The last stable release of Ubuntu MATE is 14.04. It is also one of the major distros to support PowerPC.
In our tests Ubuntu MATE 15.04 proved quite stable. Grab the ISO to get a taste of it!
If you want to try out MATE on stock Ubuntu Trusty Tahr, run the following commands:
The dash or dashboard is the modern version of the run dialogue showing matching shortcuts or paths when a user types in a pattern. Users of Gnome Shell or Unity are accustomed to the dash or dashboard for quick search results. Unity even extends the functionality to the next level (like websearch, weather, gmail etc.) using lenses and scopes. However, desktop environments like Xfce or LXDE didn’t have anything of that sort integrated into the framework.
Seems like the wait is over for Xfce users. Developer Stephan Haller is working on a Gnome Shell like dashboard which is in a fairly stable state now – xfdashboard.
Set keyboard shortcut for xfdashboard
Supports several views and switching between them
The windows view (default) shows an overview of currently running apps and allows switching between them
Applications view shows all installed applications like a menu
Search view to search and start applications
Includes widgets like View selector, Search text box, Quicklaunch, Workspace selector
Move windows between workspaces
Add an application to favourites, organize favourites, remove from favourites
Type in xfdashboard or assign a shortcut to launch the application. For quicker start-up run xfdashboard in daemon mode which keeps it running in background. You can start xfdashboard in daemon mode by executing the command
$ xfdashboard --daemonize
$ xfdashboard -d
or by enabling auto-start at Settings ▸ Session and Startup ▸ Application Autostart in Xfce.