April 13, 2014

Xubuntu 13.10


I was looking for an Ubuntu variant that I could just install and be up and running quickly. Xubuntu seemed to do the trick. I tried tried the latest version 13.10. Once I added all my familiar programs that I was used to, it was a fun distro. I added the Nemo File Manager to replace PCMan which looks smilar to the Nautilus File Manager from Gnome.  Also added Docky, Deluge, and Screenlets. Below are my screenshots.



























You can download Xububuntu 13.10 here: http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/

April 5, 2014

GNOME 3.12 is Released : Come with New Look and Performance Improvements

The development team of the popular open graphical environment, GNOME, has announced the release of the final versionGNOME 3.12 bringing many new changes, performance improvements and updates.
With a total of 34236 changes and approximately 1140 employees, the GNOME development team has announced the release of the final version of this popular open graphic environment, used a lot of Linux distributions.
These are the new features and enhancements that are part of GNOME 3.12:
New features and enhancements in the software application (equivalent to Ubuntu software center) as are the screenshots of applications, automatic assessment of applications, the possibility to install software packages individually as well as their own repositories improvements in reviewing and installing programs and more..
Gnome 3.12 Software GNOME 3.12 is Released : Come with New Look and Performance Improvements
New re-design of the video player which will among other things: Explore both local and network videos, ability to add channels own videos in a simple way, Integration with Pocket service which allows you to watch the videos that are saved for later viewing, concealment of floating controls when they are not used and more..
gnome 3.12 videos GNOME 3.12 is Released : Come with New Look and Performance Improvements
Gedit text editor brings a more compact interface, offering a larger workspace. The use of pop-up to select the format of the document and the width of the flanges replaces the use of dialogs and menus, and controls in the sidebar also give more room for the content keeping the original functionality.
We have new keyboard shortcuts to open the last closed tab using Ctrl + Shift + T to switch between upper and lower case.
Gnome 3.12 gedit GNOME 3.12 is Released : Come with New Look and Performance Improvements
Information about the status of the wired network in the area of ​​system status and the ability of the user to create own sections within the board to group application launchers as you want added.
The dialogues are shown in the view of activities. Visual theme and icons are small changes, were redesigned to give a more consistent look and beautiful. Developers also claim there performance improvements, including faster boot and less memory consumption.
rounding things out GNOME 3.12 is Released : Come with New Look and Performance Improvements
Gnome 3.12 includes 3 new applications Polari, Sound Recorder, and Records
  • Polari is a new client of IR.
  • Sound Recorder is a tool for recording computer sound.
  • Records is a new application to inspect the records of your computer software, is designed to allow users and developers to easily locate the source of problems.
If you want to know all the details, You must refer you to the official release announcement, worth remembering that the next major update of GNOME (GNOME 3.14) arrive during the month of September.

April 2, 2014

Ubuntu 12.10 - Still my favorite linux distro


I have lately been exploring XFCE distros for their simplicity as Ubuntu pursues Unity and Gnome pursues its desktop, which I find similar. But I keep coming back to Ubuntu 12.10. With the support for Windows XP waning, Xubuntu and others are bringing back the Cinnemon start panel (below). And this is a nice compromise. For now, I'll keep on using Ubuntu 12.10 using the classic Gnome Shell. I've reposted my 01-2013 My Desktop posting below...updated with my current build today. The theme is Greybird with Lion Metacity icons.

Installed Ubuntu 12.10 on my Dell Core2-Duo 6750 test machine and it is running fine. Installed Gnome Shell classic desktop, Synaptic Package Manager, Chromium, Pidgin, Deluge, Screenlets, Docky, Picasa, Gmusicbrowser, Audacious Player, VLC video player, Advanced Settings Tweak Tool, Restricted Extras, and Wine. It is only using 260 mb of memory. The wallpaper is from OSX Lion and the theme is the wonderful Grey Bird theme available in the Shimmer Themes pack in Synaptic. Most of the tweaks are from my prior December post below. Removed overlay scroll bars. Below are links to where you can dress up the distro to look like mine. Happy Holidays....




















































Other suggested themes  - Get the Gnome Cupertino theme here:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-cupertino-gtk-theme

or here:
http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Gnome+Cupertino?content=147061 

Below are some of my favorite theme libraries:

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/noobslab/themes/ubuntu quantal main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/noobslab/themes/ubuntu quantal main

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The GrayDay theme and can be downloaded here:

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/GrayDay?content=149310

The Elements-GS Gnome 3.x theme:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install elements-gs-theme

Source: http://www.webupd8.org/2011/10/4-beautiful-gnome-32-compatible-gtk.html

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You can add the Elementary and Evolve PPA repositories below:

Then just search for Evolve theme from the Synaptic package manager.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/themes

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install evolve-gtk-theme

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To get the updated Ambiance and Radiance light themes

type the following on a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:victored/light-themes-evolved

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

You can also go into Synaptic and search for "light themes" to avoid upgrading everything.

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The MAC OSX Lion "Mt.Fuji" wallpaper can be found here:
http://osxdaily.com/2011/02/24/mac-os-x-10-7-lion-fuji-mountain-wallpaper/

February 21, 2014

10 snazzy music production tools for Ubuntu/Linux



Like many other niches, music production was not really a Linux forte. But that's changing now and like what happened to the video editing scene, popular music production tools are finding its way into Linux. Though I love listening to all kinds of music, I'm no music production expert. And hence I can't pass informative judgments on any of the applications you're going to read about in the article below. Consider this blogpost as a brief introduction to different music production tools available for Ubuntu and Linux, and not as a review per se. So here we go again. 10 useful music production tools for Ubuntu and Linux.

Bitwig Studio DAW for Linux

Bitwig Studio Digital Audio Workstation
  • Bitwig Studio is a multi-platform (supports Windows, Mac and Linux) music-creation tool for production, performance and DJing.
  • Bitwig Studio is made by developers that used to work on Ableton Live, a Windows only Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). And like Lightworks for video editing, Bitwig Studio will be a professional grade music production tool with support for Linux platform. 
  • Expected release date: March 26, 2014. Know more.
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Ardour audio mixing software linux

Ardour: Audio mixing software for Linux
  • Record, edit and mix audio using Ardour. Supports Linux and Mac. 
  • Ardour is open source and is released under GPLv2/GPLv3 license.
  • Ardour is a great example of commercial free-libre software. Users who download from ardour.org are asked to pay at least $1 for downloading prebuilt binaries of Ardour; those users then have the right to obtain minor updates until the next major release. 
  • Another option is to subscribe by paying $1, $4 or $10 per month. Subscribers can download prebuilt binaries of all updates during the subscription period.
  • Without paying anything, users can download the full source code for all platforms.
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Renoise DAW for linux

Renoise Digital Audio Workstation
  • Renoise is a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) with a unique top-down approach to music composition known as a tracker interface.
  • Features include full MIDI and MIDI sync support, VST 2.0 plugin support, ASIO multi I/O cards support, integrated sampler and sample editor, internal real-time DSP effects with unlimited number of effects per track, master and send tracks, full automation of all commands, hi-fi .WAV rendering (up to 32 bit 96 kHz), Rewire support, etc.
  • A full version of Renoise cost USD 78.00, which is noticeably cheaper than competing digital audio workstations (DAWs) such as Ableton Live and even the upcoming Bitwig Studio which costs around USD 749 and USD 400 (rumored) respectively. 
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Tracktion Music Production Software for Linux
  • Tracktion is yet another high-profile entrant into the Linux music production scene.
  • Tracktion is a digital audio workstation for recording and editing audio and MIDI. The project was started with the intention of creating the most easy-to-use music production tool out there. Tracktion is proprietary though.
  • Support for a wide range of audio formats including  WAV, AIFF and Ogg-Vorbis.
  • Tracktion beta version for Linux is free now. Get it here
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top music production tools on Linux

Rosegarden Digital Audio Workstation (Linux exclusive)
  • Rosegarden is an open source digital audio workstation for Linux, based around a MIDI sequencer that features a rich understanding of music notation and includes basic support for digital audio.
  • Ideal for composers, musicians, and students working from a small studio or home recording environments. Quite easy to learn and runs exclusively on Linux.
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Hydrogen: Advanced drum machine for Linux
  • Hydrogen is an advanced drum machine for Linux, an electronic musical instrument designed to imitate the sound of drums or similar percussion instruments.  
  • Hydrogen's interface uses Qt library and the entire code-base is released to the public under the GNU General Public License. 
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MIXXX professional DJing software for Linux

Mixxx: Linux's very own professional DJing software
  • Mixxx is a free and open source digital DJing software that allows mixing music in your Linux system with ease. 
  • Mixxx started off as a humble project for a doctoral thesis way back in 2001. Today it is a full-fledged application that is downloaded over one million times annually.
  • It is licensed under the GPL (v2.0 or later) and runs on all major desktop operating systems.
  • More download options here.
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edit mp3 in ubuntu using audacity

Audacity: Record and edit music in Linux with ease
  • Audacity is the most well-known application here, and perhaps the most basic too.
  • Audacity is a free and open source, cross-platform software for recording and editing all kinds of music and audio. It is one of the most downloaded software in SourceForge, with nearly 100 million downloads. 
  • More download options for Audacity can be found here
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LMMS: Linux MultiMedia Studio
  • LMMS is yet another free and open-source, cross-platform software that allows you to produce music with your computer. This include creating of melodies and beats, synthesizing and mixing of sounds and arranging samples.
  • LMMS is available for Linux and Windows. Download here
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top 10 music production tools on linux and Ubuntu

JACK: Jack Audio Connection Kit
  • Jack Audio Connection Kit (JACK) is perhaps the most important tool as far as music production on Linux is concerned. It is a professional sound server daemon that provides real-time, low latency connections for both audio and MIDI data between applications that implement its API.
  • It can connect a number of different applications to an audio device, as well as allowing them to share audio between themselves.
  • Most of the open-source applications listed above and plenty more out there does use its API. See this exhaustive list for yourself. 
  • The server is free software, licensed under the GNU GPL, while the library is licensed under the more permissive GNU LGPL.
  • Download options here.

Source: http://www.techdrivein.com/2014/02/10-music-production-tools-for-ubuntu-linux.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+techdrivein+%28Tech+Drive-in%29

January 22, 2014

Conky Harmattan Is A Stylish Desktop Companion For Linux

Conky Harmatten


To butcher a well-worn phrase, ‘With great power comes great frustration’ – at least that’s the case when wrestling with Conky, the versatile system monitoring tool for Linux.

On the one hand it’s super featured and highly versatile, on the other it’s a pain in the rump to configure.


harmatten conky mini


Several themes and modes are included


Conky Harmattan,
a new collection of themes from deviantArt user Zagortenay333, is no exception to this rule. Whilst the screenshots show off a stylish desktop widget that’s sure to impress most who see it, the effort needed to get it running will scare many of those people away.
To help, its creator has included a thorough step-by-step guide to installing it and, for when things don’t quite appear as planned, a helpful “troubleshooting” file lists fixes for some of the most commonly encountered issues.
Harmatten includes:
  • 12 themes, including Ubuntu Touch, Numix and Elementary designs
  • 4 display modes, including ‘mini’ and ‘compact’
  • 2 weather modes
  • Metric and Imperial weather unit options
By default Harmattan is “fixed”; this means that you can’t move it around using your mouse. Instead you’ll need to adjust the ‘x’ and ‘y’ gap values in the conky-config file during setup – another tick in the “faff” column!
Unlike most Conky Themes Harmattan doesn’t require you to jump through
lua ringshoops to replicate on your screen what you see on others’.

Getting Harmattan Conky

To use this theme you’ll first need to install conky-all and curl from the Ubuntu Software Centre. Without these some features may not work.
Next, to download the theme head on over to the author’s deviantArt page.
After extracting the Harmattan package archive, press Ctrl+H in the Nautilus file browser to view ‘hidden’ files.

January 19, 2014

List of 137 Best Software for Linux Free Download 2014


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Making a list of best Linux software is very tough task. And if you start writing about best software for Linux we’re sure that you can fill an entire book by listing various software’s in different categories. So to make the work easier, we decided to gather all the best Linux application under the same hood.

Best Software for Linux Free Download


We  visited lots of web forums, some online sources and took a help of lots of users and Linux expert to complete this list. We’re damn sure without their help we will not be able to make this list. We have categorized the best Linux Software Applications based on the performance, ease of use and quality. So without further ado, let us have a look at the best Linux software
Best Antivirus Software for Linux
1. avast!
Its an amazing antivirus software for Linux which offering all scanning feature of Avast Antivirus.
Its an open source virus scanner and its tool-kit able to detect many types of malicious software, including viruses.
3. AVG
Its a Linux version of AVG which is well know as antivirus and anti-spyware security software.
Get the best real-time security for your Linux PC with this advanced software.
 Best Firewall Software for Linux
1. GUFW
 Gufw is a firewall powered by UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall).
Shorewall is a gateway/firewall configuration tool for GNU/Linux. Using this you can make managing iptables easier.
Its an amazing graphical interfaced Open Source firewall for Linux.
Best File Recovery Software for Linux
It’s free disaster recovery software. It supports Linux (i386, x86-64, IA-64) and FreeBSD (i386).
Its an free and open source data recovery utility which you can use to recover lost partition.
Data recovery tool which tries to extract data from the damage area of floppy drives, hard disk partitions, CDs, tape device.
Data file recovery software which helps you to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from hard disks.
One of the simple and easy to use data recovery utility.
Best Backup Software for Linux
One of the best backup program for Linux, which you can use to back up and store personal, business and enterprise data securely.
 Free Disk-to-disk backup software suite with a web-based front-end.
It’s a simple and powerful backup tool for Linux.
Powerful, fast and reliable free backup application.
5. rsync
 Fast and extraordinarily versatile file copying tool.
Its a feature-rich user backup program that allows you to backup your documents anytime, anywhere.
Best System Maintenance Software for Linux
An application designed to config Ubuntu easier for everyone. Its featuring control panel to manage lots of features of Ubuntu.
It’s a GNOME process viewer and system monitor with a nice easy-to-use interface.
Best Browsers for Linux
Its one of the best web browsers from Google.
It’s another top most open source web browser.
3. Midori
 Its a lightweight and fast web browser.
4. Opera
Its one of the most advances and fastest browser.
Epiphany is a simple yet powerful GNOME webbrowser targeted at non-technical users.
6. Links
Open source text and graphic web browser with a pull-down menu system.
7. reKonq
Its a web browser for KDE based on WebKit.
Best Email Clients for Linux
Its an open source email client.
An email client (and news reader) with plugin mechanism.
It provides integrated mail, addressbook and calendaring functionality to users of the GNOME desktop.
4. KMail
KMail is a simple and safe way for kids and teens to email friends and family.
Best Communitcation Software for Linux
1. Kopete
 Its a flexible and extendable multiple protocol instant messenger.
2. Pidgin
 Free Pidgin universal chat client for Linux.
3. XChat
XChat is an IRC chat program for Linux.
4. Empathy
A messaging program that supports all the modern features just like Pidgin.
Its an multi-platform voice chat program.
6. Gwibber
Open source microblogging client for Linux..
7. Liferea
Free desktop news aggregator with support for Google Reader and Tiny Tiny RSS.
8. Emesene
Chat program using which you can  connect to different networks like MSN, Gtalk, Facebook chat, Jabber and others.
9. Skype
Most popular VoIP desktop client for Linux.
Best Photo/Images Software for Linux
One of the best editor for editing SVG files.
Its simple and easy to use photo editor for GNOME.
3. F-Spot
Its another photo manager just liked Shotwell but with more features.
With the help of this software you can take pictures with different cool effects.
5. GIMP
One of the most popular open source image editor.
6. Scribus
One of the popular desktop publishing program with lots of  features.
7. digiKam
 Advanced digital photo management application, which makes importing and organizing digital photos a “snap”.
Open-source photography workflow application and raw developer.
Best Audio Software for Linux
1. Banshee
Its one of the best music manager like iTunes.
Its an integrated music management application, originally inspired by Apple’s iTune.
3. MPlayer
Best movie player for Linux.
Open source utility for converting audio and video files.
 Software helps you to extract audio from compact discs and convert it into audio files.
6. Amarok
Music player and manager with support for cover art, last.fm integration, and QtScript plugins.
Audacious is a free and advanced audio player based on GTK+
Using this you can play music for many different offline and online sources.
Audio editor for recording, slicing, and mixing audio.
Multiplatform music player which inspired by Amarok 1.4 with easy to use user interface.
11. Mixxx
Its an amazing audio mixing software for perfect DJ enviornment.
Best Video Software for Linux
Open-source cross-platform multimedia player using which. You can also stream audio and video in different formats.
 Free open-source video editor for GNU/Linux and FreeBSD
Another Free open-source video editor for Linux, but it’s very simple and powerful which focuses on usability, flexibility, and style.
4. Pitivi
 Open source, non-linear video editor
5. Totem
One of the simple and easy to use media player for common formats.
6. Blender
Open source, cross platform suite of tools for 3D creation.
7. Xvidcap
Amazing software to capture activities that occur on your desk.
8. XBMC
Complete media center solution for Linux.
Best Files and Drives Software for Linux
Free partition editor for graphically managing your disk partitions.
Its a default file navigator for GNOME.
3. Dolphin
It’s a file navigator software for KDE with lots of social media features.
4. Thunar
New modern file manager for the Xfce Desktop Environment.
Advanced twin panel (commander style) file manager for KDE
Its an graphical disk usage analyzer for GNOME
Its best file manager for free operating systems.
Its a cross-platform file manager.
Best Document Software for Linux
Free power-packed open source personal productivity suite.
Its another open-source office productivity software suite.
3. Abiword
An open source (freeware) word processing program.
 A spreadsheet program that is part of the GNOME.
5. Xournal
Its notetaking application written for Linux and other GTK+ platforms.
6. PyRoom
 Full-screen writing program for Linux.
7. Kate
Professional text editor by KDE.
Calligra Suite is a graphic art and office suite.
Best Productivity Software for Linux
1. Tomboy
Desktop note-taking application
2. Gnote
 Gnote is a port of Tomboy to C++
Use this software to track the time which you spend on projects.
4. Docky
One of the best docks, software for Linux
Its cool alternative to  Docky
6. Cairo
Software library used to provide a vector graphics-based. It’s also an alternative to Docky and Avant Window Navigator.
7. Shutter
Open-source screenshot program for Linux
8. Dropbox
File hosting and synchronization software for Linux
Application that allows the user to share his mouse and keyboard between two or more computers.
An application for changing the advanced settings of GNOME 3
11. Zim
 Graphical text editor designed to maintain a collection of locally stored wiki-pages
12. Kupfer
Summoner/launcher in the style of Quicksilver or GNOME
Manage tasks, to-do lists, and to get things done
14. Ubuntu
Store, sync and share information in Canonical cloud.
Best Desktop Enviornment for Linux
1. GNOME
Desktop environment and graphical user interface
2. KDE
Powerful graphical desktop environment for Unix workstations
3. LXDE
Extremely fast-performing and every-saving desktop environment
Whole suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces
5. Xmonad
Tiling window manager for X.
Highly configurable, next generation window manager with extensive standards support
Provides advanced innovative features and a traditional user experience.
8. Xfce
Desktop Environment aim to to be fast and low on system resources
9. Mate
Aims to preserve the classic desktop metaphor
Best Archive Software for Linux
Archive manager for the GNOME desktop environment
2. Ark
Program for managing various archive formats within the KDE
3. Tar
Software to create tar archives. Introduction, download, and manual
Best CD and DVD Software for Linux
Application to burn CD/DVD for the Gnome Desktop.
Small tool allows you to easily mount your cd images.
3. K3b
Comfortable CD/DVD writing suite for Linux/KDE
Best Download Software for Windows
Bittorrent client runs natively on multiple operating systems
2. Deluge
Open source, cross-platform BitTorrent client
3. Miro
Tool to download torrent video online
4. Uget
Help you in downloading and converting clips from youtube, metacafe and many other websites
5. Wget
Computer program that retrieves content from web servers
Best Editor Software for Linux
1. Emacs
Extensible, customizable, self-documenting real-time display editor.
2. Vim
Complex editor for terminal with lots of features
3. Nano
Simple and easy to use editor for terminal
GTK+ based simple text editor.
5. Gedit
Lightweight editing tool for the GNOME desktop found in many distributions of Linux
Powerful editor targeted towards programmers and web-designers.
Other Best Software for Linux [Uncategorized]
One of the best online password manager
Open source password manager, with password generator.
Open-source disk encryption software
Personal and small-business financial-accounting software
5. Wine
Allows Linux users to run Windows programs
Changes the color temperature of your screen to prevent tired eyes.
Compositing window manager for the X Window System
Provide a universal toolset for development.
9. Geany
Lightweight cross-platform GTK+ text editor
Fast, secure and Free Open Source finance manager
11. Kwin
Reliable and flexible window manager for KDE Plasma Desktops, now with effects!
Freeware 2D computer-aided design (CAD) software
Quickly frees disk space and tirelessly guards your privacy.
14. Gramps
Open source genealogy to keep track of family member and there history
If you like to see your software name in our list, get in touch with us using the Contact form.
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December 29, 2013

Install Nemo With Unity Patches (And Without Cinnamon Dependencies) In Ubuntu

As the default Gnome Nautilus file manager gets slimed down for tablets, the need for a traditional file manager is becoming more important. This is why Nemo was forked and developed.


Nemo, the default Cinnamon file manager, needs Cinnamon to be installed, even if you want to use it in some other desktop environment such as GNOME/Unity. That's not the only issue that makes using the latest Nemo under Unity difficult - Cinnamon 2.0 breaks Unity in Ubuntu 13.10, Nemo no longer draws the desktop icons and so on.

nemo file manager ubuntu unity

I wanted to use the latest Nemo under Unity, but without Cinnamon dependencies so I used the Nautilus Unity patches modified for Nemo by Jacob Zimmermann, which I updated to work with the latest Nemo 2.0.3, and I also added some extra patches to remove the Cinnamon dependencies (except for cinnamon-translations but that shouldn't be an issue), re-enable Nemo to handle the desktop icons and allow Nemo to use GNOME Control Center to change the desktop background or set a picture as wallpaper via context menu.

Since some of you might want to use this modified Nemo in Unity, I uploaded  it along with its extensions to a PPA, so you can easily install and use it under Unity (Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10, 13.04, 12.10 and 12.04).

With these changes, you can completely replace Nautilus with Nemo in Unity, without having to install Cinnamon. Why use Nemo? Well, Nemo comes with a huge number of features that no longer exist in Nautilus as well as some new ones:
  • Extra Pane feature (can be enabled via View menu or using the F3 key) as well as an option to always start in split-pane mode;
  • Unified, configurable toolbar: you can add/remove the following: up icon, refresh icon, toggle button for the location bar / path bar, home icon, computer icon and search icon;
  • Treeview sidebar option;
  • Detachable tabs;
  • Re-worked statusbar with zoom controls as well as options to toggle displaying the places sidebar, treeview or completely hide the sidebar;
  • The  main toolbar, menubar and statusbar can be hidden;
  • Option to show the full path in the titlebar and tab bars;
  • Displays an "elevated privileges" banner when running as root;
  • Built in "Open as root" context menu item which uses pkexec instead of gksu;
  • Built in "Open in terminal" context menu item;
  • Added GTK bookmarks to the MoveTo/CopyTo context menus;
  • Added "Set as Wallpaper" to the context menu;
  • Switch view buttons on the toolbar (Grid, List and Compact views);
  • Drag and drop support for the bookmarks in the sidebar;
  • Sidebar: indicators under each drive, displaying the free/used space;
  • Type-ahead find feature similar to the one removed from Nautilus starting with version 3.6;
  • Collapsable sidebar categories;
  • List view:
    • columns are now re-orderable by drag and drop;
    • you can now right-click a column heading to add or remove visible columns quickly;
  • Improved the Open With dialog - you can now add custom mime-type handlers on the fly;
  • Much more!

nemo file manager ubuntu unity
Nemo dual pane and an "elevated privileges" banner displayed when running Nemo as root
nemo file manager ubuntu unity
Toolbar options

Thanks to the changes mentioned above, you'll also get Unity integration similar to Nautilus: quicklists, Unity Launcher progress bar when copying files, etc.:

nemo file manager ubuntu unity
Nemo Unity integration

Nemo comes with quite a few extensions ported from Nautilus, such as: Fileroller (File Roller integration), Compare (context menu comparison extension), Dropbox (Dropbox integration for Nemo), Media Columns (displays PDF and audio - mp3, WAV and FLAC - tags as well as EXIF metadata to the Nemo list view), Pastebin (extension to send files to pastebin), RabbitVCS (extension for RabbitVCS integration, a tool that provides access to version control systems such as SVN), Seahorse (extension for Seahorse encryption in GNOME) and Share (extension to share folders using Samba).

nemo file manager ubuntu unity
Nemo Media Columns extension adds new audio and image tags to the List View

All these extensions are available in the Nemo WebUpd8 PPA. One extension is missing though: Sushi (a port of the GNOME Sushi extension to Nemo), because I didn't have time to remove its Cinnamon dependencies.


Install Nemo file manager in Ubuntu (Unity)


Warning: do not use this PPA if you're using Linux Mint or you've installed Cinnamon from the stable or nightly PPAs! Also, if you've added one of these two PPAs, remove it before using the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA even if you didn't install Cinnamon, or else the Nemo version in the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA might be overwritten.

1. Install Nemo

The WebUpd8 Nemo PPA is available for Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10, 13.04, 12.10 and 12.04. Add the PPA and install the latest Nemo (version 2.0.3 at the time I'm writing this post) with Unity tweaks/fixes by using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nemo nemo-fileroller
To launch Nemo, search for "Nemo" in Dash - no application called "Nemo" will show up but instead an application called files should be displayed - that's the app you need to launch. Don't search for "Files" because that will also find Nautilus (which is also called "Files").

2. Optional: install Nemo extensions

To install all the Nemo extensions (remove the extensions you don't want to use from the command below!) use the following command:
sudo apt-get install nemo-compare nemo-dropbox nemo-media-columns nemo-pastebin nemo-seahorse nemo-share
If you're having a problem installing nemo-dropbox, see THIS fix.

For RabbitVCS Nemo integration, install the following package (requires the RabbitVCS PPA):
sudo apt-get install nemo-rabbitvcs

nemo file manager ubuntu unity
Nemo Terminal extension

You can also install Nemo Terminal, an extension new, unreleased extension ported from Nautilus-Terminal that embeds a terminal into the Nautilus window:
sudo apt-get install nemo-terminal
Tip: the embedded Nemo terminal can be hidden using F4. You can disable it on Nemo startup and change various settings via Dconf Editor ("sudo apt-get install dconf-tools"), under org > nemo > extensions > nemo-terminal.

If you want an embedded terminal for Nautilus, see: Nautilus Terminal 1.0 Released With Support For Nautilus 3.x

After installing the extensions, I suggest restarting Nemo using the commands below (instead of "nemo -q" which prevented Nemo-Dropbox from working properly in my test for instance):
killall nemo
nemo

3. Fix issue with python-nemo (required by some extensions such as Nemo Terminal, Nemo Media Columns, Nemo RabbitVCS, etc.)

There's an issue in Ubuntu (Raring and newer only I believe) that prevents python-nemo from working. Fix it by using the following command:
- 32bit:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/libpython2.7.so.1 /usr/lib/libpython2.7.so.1
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/libpython2.7.so.1 /usr/lib/libpython2.7.so.1.0
- 64bit:
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/libpython2.7.so.1 /usr/lib/libpython2.7.so.1
sudo ln -s /usr/lib/libpython2.7.so.1 /usr/lib/libpython2.7.so.1.0



Optional: Set Nemo as the default file manager


1. To prevent Nautilus from handling the desktop icons (and use Nemo instead), use the commands below:

- install dconf-tools:
sudo apt-get install dconf-tools
- disable Nautilus from drawing the desktop icons:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
(Nemo is enabled by default to draw the desktop icons so there's no need to change anything else)
Then, start Nemo and it should draw the desktop icons instead of Nautilus.

If you change your mind and want to use Nautilus for drawing the desktop icons instead of Nemo, use the commands below:
gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons false
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true
(the first command disables Nemo from showing desktop icons and the second re-enables Nautilus)

2. Set Nemo as the default file manager (replacing Nautilus) by running the following command:
xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search


Revert the changes


If you want to revert the changes and set Nautilus back as the default file manager, firstly let Nautilus draw the desktop icons:
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons true

Then, set Nautilus as the default file manager:
xdg-mime default nautilus.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search

Next, remove Nemo (including all the installed Nemo extensions) and the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA:
sudo apt-get remove nemo nemo-*
sudo rm /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-nemo-*.list

Source: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/10/install-nemo-with-unity-patches-and.html