January 17, 2015

Ambiance & Radiance Flat Themes

Many of the new themes are heavily influenced by Android & Apple phone & tablets. Minimal flat themes are increasingly being developed for Windows 8 and Linux. Below is the Ambiance Flat theme along with the Vibrancy series icons. There are several color options in the theme. They both give my linux desktop a fashionable look these days. Below are links to get the theme and wallpaper. Enjoy.

The Ambiance Flat Theme can be found here:


The Vibrancy Icons set can be found here:


The Ubuntu red squares wallpaper can be found here:


January 10, 2015

Windows 10 Theme for Linux (GTK & XFCE)

One of the great things about Linux is the ability to customize your system any way you want. I had some fun with this one. I used the Orion Theme with the Windows 8 metacity title bars and windows icons. Below are links where you can get theme. Enjoy.

You can get the GTK3 metacity Win8 theme here:

You get the Orion GTK3 theme here:

You can get the Win8 icons here:

You can get the wallpapers here:


You can do the same for your XFCE desktop as well....and see the links below...

You can get the XFCE theme, XFCEight here:


January 9, 2015

How To Install The Official Spotify App in Ubuntu


Spotify is the king of music streaming. Every day tens of millions of users listen to thousands of tracks using it through a variety of different ways.
There are mobile apps for Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry; a beta web-based player for browser-bound users; and dedicated desktop apps for Windows, Mac and Linux.
It’s the latter of these choices that this guide will show you how to install.

How to Install Spotify in Ubuntu

Spotify for Linux Preview can be installed on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 14.04 LTS straight from the Spotify repository. This method is the recommended way to install the player as it allows you to get automatic upgrades to new releases of Spotify through Ubuntu’s Software Updater/Update Manager tool.
To add it you first need to open the Software Sources app via the Unity Dash:

software sources unity

Select the ‘Other Software’ tab in Software Sources [1]


Click ‘Add’ [2] and paste the following the entry field of the box that appears:
deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free
Click ‘Add Source’ [3] to confirm the change, then close Software Sources.

Add The Spotify Repository Key

The next step is to add the repository key. This allows Ubuntu to verify that packages installed from the repository are made by who they say they are.
Open a new Terminal window, paste the following command, and then hit return/enter:
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 94558F59

That’s that! You can now install Spotify through the Ubuntu Software Center (after checking for new software updates first) or by running the following command in the Terminal window:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install spotify-client
Once installed you can launch Spotify from the Unity Dash.

From Spotify:


# 1. Add this line to your list of repositories by
#    editing your /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://repository.spotify.com stable non-free

# 2. If you want to verify the downloaded packages,
#    you will need to add our public key
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver hkp://keyserver.ubuntu.com:80 --recv-keys 94558F59

# 3. Run apt-get update
sudo apt-get update

# 4. Install spotify!
sudo apt-get install spotify-client

Another way to run Spotify is through your web browser. Chrome has a Spotify extension here:

Source: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2013/01/how-to-install-spotify-in-ubuntu-12-04-12-10

January 8, 2015

Can You Run It On Linux? 10 Vital Apps You’ll Want When You Switch

Now has never been a better time to switch to Linux, but you may still be hesitant about it because you’re not sure whether your favorite applications from Windows will work on it. To help answer your questions, we’ll take a look at 10 popular Windows applications and whether you have options for them in Linux or online.
With this list, you should have more confidence when trying to make the switch.



Except for Internet Explorer, all of the major browsers (Firefox, Chrome, and Opera) are all available on Linux. There are even several lesser-known browsers that are available on Linux such as Midori. These browsers give you plenty of choice and loads of features, so you should be able to access any content that you wish with no problems whatsoever. Native Official App: Yes
Best Linux Alternative App: Chrome or Firefox
Best Online Alternative App: N/A



To take care of your email needs, you have plenty of options on Linux as well — although Outlook isn’t one of them. Thunderbird, one of the most popular email clients, is also available there. If you need an email client that has great support for Microsoft Exchange accounts like Outlook has, then Evolution may be better for you. Otherwise, you can also easily use any web-based email interface with your preferred browser, including Gmail and much more. Native Official App: No
Best Linux Alternative App: Thunderbird or Evolution
Best Online Alternative App: Gmail

Microsoft Office


The world’s most popular office suite doesn’t have an offering on Linux, and people who try installing it with the Wine compatibility layer for Windows software tend to have mixed results at best. Instead, the best alternative for the Linux desktop is LibreOffice, which is still full of features and offers surprisingly good compatibility with Microsoft Office formats. In fact, you’ll only really come across issues if you tend to use very high-level Office features such as Macros; LibreOffice has macros as well, but they aren’t compatible with Office’s macros. Native Official App: No
Best Linux Alternative App: LibreOffice
Best Online Alternative App: Google Drive



Photoshop also isn’t natively available on Linux, and although people seem to have relatively decent success at installing it via Wine, and that process usually involves installing an older version. If you want up-to-date versions of Photoshop, you’re out of luck. However, you can easily install GIMP, which is an extremely capable image manipulation tool. Although some of the workflows may be different (and sometimes longer) than in Photoshop, you can achieve virtually the same tasks. And if GIMP doesn’t provide a feature you’re looking for by default, there’s a good chance that there’s a plugin to help you out. Native Official App: No
Best Linux Alternative App: GIMP
Best Online Alternative App: Pixlr

Windows Movie Maker


As you might expect, Windows Movie Maker and iMovie are both meant only for their respective platforms and therefore not available on Linux. However, there are a couple of Linux alternatives that you can choose from. If you’re looking to create very simple home videos, then look no further than PiTiVi. There’s also OpenShot and Kdenlive for slightly more advanced projects, but they haven’t been in active development for a while. Finally, as a professional-grade video editor there’s Lightworks, but it also asks for a professional-grade price. Native Official App: No
Best Linux Alternative App: PiTiVi
Best Online Alternative App: WeVideo



Developers need to have a trusty IDE (Interactive Development Environment) by their side to help with all of their programming projects. Eclipse is a popular one for a lot of developers, especially those building Android apps. Thankfully, it is also available on Linux and easily installable. If you use a different IDE such as Visual Studio, which isn’t available on Linux, then you may need to switch to Eclipse. Additionally, if you’re looking for a lightweight IDE/code editor, then I’d suggest Geany. If I’m working on simpler projects (such as for school assignments), then I prefer to use Geany as it doesn’t have excessive functions that I don’t need. Native Official App: Yes
Best Linux Alternative App: Geany
Best Online Alternative App: N/A



Arguably the most popular indie game available, Minecraft, is a must for a lot of people, and thanks to its Java roots, it can run on Linux as well. In fact, there’s pretty much no difference between the Windows and Linux versions whatsoever. The only difference would be that some add-ons or mods come packaged in .exe installers that won’t work on Linux, but they also tend to provide the files in a .zip file, so you shouldn’t have to miss out on anything. Native Official App: Yes
Best Linux Alternative App: Minetest
Best Online Alternative App: N/A



A common complaint about Linux is that there isn’t good software for some more specific tasks, including CAD sofware. While you can’t get AutoCAD onto your Linux system, there’s a great free alternative called FreeCAD which can take care of your CAD needs. It’s also made to be modular, so you can add in extra functionality if you need it. If need be, you can also try out FreeCAD on Windows or Mac OS X before you make the switch to Linux so you’ll already feel comfortable with it. Native Official App: No
Best Linux Alternative App: FreeCAD
Best Online Alternative App: Tinkercad



Steam is a popular platform for finding, getting, and managing/updating games. Since early 2013, Valve has been pushing to turn Linux into a viable gaming operating system, and after approximately two years you’ll find quite a few games on Steam that work on Linux as well. You’ll still have to skip out on huge titles like Battlefield and Call of Duty (although Battlefield expressed interest in Linux), but there are other AAA titles already available on Linux such as Civilization V. The list of Linux-compatible games is only going to grow, so you should check out Steam’s listing of games and see which ones you want run on Linux. Alternatively, you can always try to get a game by itself (not via Steam) and use Wine to get it to run. Your success will vary widely from game to game. Native Official App: Yes
Best Linux Alternative App: Wine
Best Online Alternative App: N/A



The most popular music streaming service has spread itself rapidly with easy access on mobile devices and desktops via a web player and a desktop client. If you run a Linux distribution which uses .deb packages (such as Debian, Ubuntu, or derivatives of either), then you can install the beta Spotify client for Linux. Alternatively, you can also just access Spotify from their web player via your browser. Native Official App: Yes
Best Linux Alternative App: Atraci
Best Online Alternative App: Spotify Web Player, Google Play Music

Time to Switch!

With these 10 vital apps, you should be ready to tackle Linux without breaking a sweat. With all of the benefits that an open source operating system provides, and knowing that you have apps available to get work done, there’s no excuse for you to not try it out.
Don’t forget to also check out our Best Linux Software list for other great Linux apps to try out!
What’s still an issue that’s keeping you from Linux? Let us know in the comments!

Source: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/can-run-linux-10-vital-apps-youll-want-switch/

December 29, 2014

Set Nemo as Default File Manager in Ubuntu

Nemo is a file manager application developed by Linux Mint team. It is a fork of Nautilus, the GNOME's file manager. In the beginning, Nemo was just Nautilus 3.4 (Nautilus version which is forked to become Nemo) with different name.

With rapid development and improvement, Nemo now become a full-featured file manager with lots of features, more customizable, and looks beter (in my opinion) than its original (Nautilus).

Nemo is the default file manager in Linux Mint, to handle folder and also handle the desktop. You can also easily install Nemo in Ubuntu if you want which is just apt-get away using a PPA (read more: How to install Nemo in Ubuntu),

When you install Nemo in Ubuntu, it doesn't set itself as the default file manager, Nautilus remains as the default one. If you want to integrate Nemo into Ubuntu system (as the default folder handler), you have to do it manually.

Here I want to share simple command to set Nemo as the default file manager in Ubuntu.

We will invoke the xdg-mime command from freedesktop.org, which is standard command and installed by default in most Linux distribution including Ubuntu. It can be use to set an application (*.desktop file) as the default file opening a certain file type(s) (mime-type). You can also use it to find out what application on your system to handle type(s) of file.

You can run this command in Terminal to show the default app for folder:
xdg-mime query default inode/directory
By default, the output of the command in Ubuntu should be nautilus.desktop.

Set Nemo As Default File Manager

If you have Nemo installed on your system and want to set Nemo as the default file manager, run this command in Terminal:
xdg-mime default nemo.desktop inode/directory application/x-gnome-saved-search

Now Nemo (nemo.desktop app launcher to be exact) should be the default file manager (folder handler). To test the result, run this command:
xdg-open $HOME

That command should launch Nemo showing your home directory.

The xdg-mime command should be available and can be used in most Linux distribution, not only in Ubuntu. If you want to know more about the xdg-mime command, simply run this command in Terminal: xdg-mime --help or man xdg-mime.


Set Nemo To Handle Desktop

In Ubuntu, Nautilus is set to handle desktop by default (to manage desktop icons, menu, etc), and if you have Nemo installed, there will be a conflict, both will be automatically loaded every time you logging in, to take control of the desktop.

If you want to stop Nautilus from handling the desktop and want to set Nemo instead, you can do the followings:

  1. Disable desktop handling by Nautilus
    Run this command in Terminal:
    gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background show-desktop-icons false
  2. Make sure Nemo is set to handle desktop
    Run this command:
    gsettings set org.nemo.desktop show-desktop-icons true

Thanks to Cursor (see comment below) for pointing this out.

Source: http://www.fandigital.com/2013/01/set-nemo-default-file-manager-ubuntu.html#more

December 15, 2014

Create a live system ISO for your Ubuntu-based Linux machines using Systemback

Jack Wallen introduces you to an easy way to create live ISO images of your currently running Linux system with Systemback.
You have that Linux desktop or server precisely how you want it and are interested in either creating a spot-on backup or a live ISO that you can then install on other (similar) hardware. How do you do it? You could go through the process of learning a number of commands to take care of the process, or you could install and use a handy tool called Systemback.
The Systemback tool allows you to create restore points, backups, and live images of a running system. Currently, it only works for Ubuntu derivatives based on 14.04, 14.10, and 15.04. It does, however, work like a champ (and does so quite easily).
I want to show you how to install and quickly make a live image of your current Linux system.


You won't find Systemback in the standard repositories, so you must first add the repo with the command:
sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:nemh/systemback
Now, update apt with the command:
sudo apt-get update
Finally, install Systemback with the command:
sudo apt-get install systemback
You'll have to okay the dependencies before the install will begin. The dependencies will vary, based on what you have installed.
At this point, you should be able to start Systemback from the Unity Dash or your desktop start menu. You can also start Systemback from the command line with:
sudo systemback
You are now ready to create a live ISO.


Using Systemback is quite easy. From the main window (Figure A), select the location to house the ISO image (by clicking the ... button under Storage Location).
Figure A
Figure A
The Systemback main window.
Click the Live system create button and, in the new window (Figure B), give the live system a name, change the storage location (this location will need to have more than 4 GB of available space), and click Create new. You can optionally include user data files by checking the associated box.
Figure B
Figure B
Creating the live ISO image.
Note: If your .sblive file is larger than 4 GB, the conversion to a ISO is not possible. This is a file system limitation.
Depending on the size of your installation, the process will take some time to complete, so grab a cup of coffee or administer a server or two. After it's installed, you should find an .sblive image in the defined storage location ready to convert to ISO. This image can either be written to a USB device or used to create a live ISO image. From the Created Live images window, select the image you want to convert, and then click Convert to ISO. When this process is completed, you'll find the .iso file in the storage location ready to be written to disk. With that disk, you can then install the live image on other machines.
The best time to use Systemback is on a close-to-newly installed system. This is simply because of the file system size limitation. If you've installed too many applications on the system, the size will reach beyond 4 GB, and you won't be able to convert it. You can, however, still create restore points for a system. To create a restore point, first make sure you've selected a Storage directory, and then click the Create New button.
Once you've created a restore point, you can then go back to that restore point by simply selecting it from the left side of the window (Figure C) and then clicking System Restore on the right side.
Figure C
Figure C
Restoring from a restore point.
In the resulting window (Figure D), select the type of restore you want to do, if you want to include user configuration files, and click Next. This will begin the restore process.
Figure D
Figure D
Restore point options.
Systemback is a great way to create live images based on a pre-existing system and restore points in case you need to roll a Linux machine backward.
Do you administer or use Linux machines? If so, what do you use for your Linux backup/restore systems? Share your experience in the discussion thread below.

Source: http://www.techrepublic.com/article/create-a-live-system-iso-for-your-ubuntu-based-linux-machines-using-systemback/