Mailnag: Gnome 3 Based Email Notifier For Ubuntu

Mailnag is a Gnome 3-based application for receiving email notifications. While it might appear to be similar in functionality to other applications of it’s kind, such as gm-notify, however, it has many distinct features. These include support for opening emails in default email client, mail notification pop-up, execution of specified script when mail notifications are received, as well as support for both IMAP and POP3. Read More

How To Install Gnome Themes In Ubuntu 11.10 [Tip]

The complexity of GTK3 themes in Gnome 3 makes it a bit confusing to add desktop themes in Ubuntu 11.10.  This is because, there is no default tool to change Ubuntu 11.10 themes. However, you can change and manage Gnome themes in Ubuntu 11.10 with the help of a third-party application, known as the Gnome Tweak Tool. In this post, we will tell you how to install and manage Gnome 3 themes in Oneiric Ocelot. Read More

Scratch Is A Programmers’ Text Editor For Linux [By Elementary]

Scratch is a Linux text editor for programmers, written in Vala and Gtk+ 3. This elementary-based text editor has been designed for the Pantheon desktop, and comes with support for a number of programming languages such as C, C#, C++, HTML, Java, PHP and many more. Scratch provides syntax highlighting with GTK source view-3, integration with Granite framework, as well as tab support. More after the break. Read More

Integrate Skype To Ubuntu Messaging Menu With Skype Wrapper

Ubuntu 11.10 uses an app-indicator applet for displaying Skype, but doesn't provide native integration with messaging menu. Some users find it inconvenient as anything from Gwibber to Mozilla Thunderbird comes integrated with the Ubuntu 11.10 messaging menu. Nonetheless, Skype integration with the Oneiric messaging menu can be achieved with the help of a few third-party packages and an application known as the Skype Wrapper. This wrapper not only provides messaging menu integration, but also enables group chats and provides unread message lists. Read More

Preview Any Kind Of File In Ubuntu Linux With Globus Preview

Gloobus-Preview is a Nautilus extension to get preview of audio, video, images, documents, code and text files. It is based on Apple’s Quicklook feature that provides instant access to a variety of file types without having to open them with associated applications. This enables sorting out junk files within numerous directories and opening different kinds of file types (such as pictures, music, video, code files etc), without requiring multiple applications to be installed on your computer. Gloobus-Preview is part of the Globus project that also includes two extra applications, namely CoverGloobus (to preview and toggle audio files) and Coverflow which is still under development and is being designed to visually browse the files. Read More

How To Add Templates In Ubuntu Context Menu [Tip]

Each Ubuntu user has a Templates folder located in their Home directory. This folder is empty by default, and anything you put inside this folder is displayed in your right-click context menu (via Create New Document menu). This feature, hence, enables users to create custom templates for quickly creating new documents. For example, you can create and place a Libre Office template that may come in handy every now and then. This may be a company letterhead, a frequently used expense calculation sheet, and others of the like. Read More

Tweak Ubuntu Gnome Settings And Shell With Gnome Tweak Tool

Gnome Tweak Tool is an Ubuntu application to tweak Gnome settings. It has been developed particularly to help users tweak elements of the Gnome 3 shell, which requires being separately installed from Ubuntu repositories in Oneiric. Gnome Tweak Tool provides options to install and switch gnome-shell, GTK, icon/cursor themes, and to change title bar fonts/ icons in menu buttons. You can also change the default font size of the Gnome shell, desktop icons of file manager, title bar click action, shell clock settings and antialiasing. Read More

Take An Ubuntu 11.10 Test Drive Before Downloading It

Many Ubuntu users have been quite confused regarding upgrading to version 11.10. This seems to be a dilemma that is often experienced by Ubuntu users, due to the time it takes for the new version to become more stable. For example, many Ubuntu 10.10 users did not upgrade to Natty until Oneiric was released, mainly because it took Natty quite a while to stabilize before it could be trusted by users. Also, its not just the kernel and back-end issues that users are concerned about. With each upcoming version, Ubuntu is experiencing radical user interface changes, which can be difficult to predict. For this reason, Canonical has provided an official Ubuntu Tour via a simulator that you can access within a web browser. This tour provides automatic and manual simulations to help you test drive Ubuntu 11.10 before downloading it. Read More

Access Common Folders From Gnome Panel In Unity With Indicator Places

One of the biggest grievance of Ubuntu users with Canonical has recently been the emphasis on scrapping the classic Start menu. While one can acquire the classic start menu by installing Gnome Shell or ClassicMenu Indicator, some may prefer the classic menu to simply access common folders from the Gnome Panel. Indicator Places is an app-indicator menu applet that provides access to Ubuntu “Places”, including the Home Folder, “Computer”, "Network", Documents, Pictures, Videos and Downloads Directories. Read More

How To Auto Login To Gnome In Ubuntu 11.10 [Tip]

Ubuntu 11.10 came with Unity as the default login session (including both 2D and 3D), while users are given the option to install Gnome 3 from official Ubuntu repositories. Many Gnome 3 users are finding it hard to make Gnome the default login session. This is because, normally, one can disable auto login from Unity, and then enable it after logging into the Gnome session (to make Gnome the default login session). However, this method is not working for many Ubuntu users. In this post, we will provide you with a simple alternative for making Gnome 3 or Classic Gnome desktop environment as your default login session. Read More

Nautilus Terminal: Embed Linux Terminal To Nautilus File Browser

The Terminal is perhaps one of the most integral parts of any Linux OS, even if a non-GUI-based, Slackware-style operating system seems a thing of the past. This is because, despite the introduction of Ubuntu-based operating system with Software Centers, one often requires using the Terminal for executing system-related commands, adding/removing repositories and downloading application packages. While opening the Terminal can be a bit irritating, particularly if you're using the classic start menu, it might be quite handy to embed Terminal to the Nautilus file browser. Nautilus Terminal is an extension that adds Terminal to the file browser, following navigation with automatic execution of the "cd" command when you move between folders. Read More

Re Text: Edit & Save Markdown Files in HTML, PDF and ODT Format

Markdown is a text-to-HTML filter that translates structured text into HTML. Markdown editors allow users to customize text documents and convert them into various formats such as HTML and XHTML. Re Text is an open source, multi-tab markdown editor for Linux, allowing editing of files in markdown and HTML format. The application includes a list of pre-defined Symbols (Deg, Divide, Laquo, Larr, nbps, etc.) and Tags (<center>, <span>, <td>, <tr>, <u>) that you can insert in markdown documents. It also provides Preview Pane alongside the editor, which shows output of your markdown document in real-time. The edited files can be saved in ODT, RST, HTML or PDF formats. Re text is written in Python, and comes with a pre-compiled package. Read More

Gnome Pie Is A Hotkey Based Application Launcher For Ubuntu

Gnome Pie is a unique application launcher for Ubuntu Linux that uses keyboard hotkeys for displaying application launching menus. It has been inspired from the Opie Radial add-on for World of Warcraft game, and provides a number of skins for displaying shortcuts. The numerous hotkeys display different kind of shortcuts; control media playback, access favorite folders, launch applications and log out, shutdown or restart the computer. Read More

Monitor Network Bandwidth Usage In Ubuntu Linux With NTM

NTM (Network Traffic Monitor) is an open source network traffic monitoring application for Linux-based operating systems, which displays network bandwidth usage by integrating with the default Network Monitor. It does not require root privileges to function, and can be configured to disconnect when a user-defined threshold is reached. NTM is useful for users who may have an internet connection with bandwidth limit imposed by their ISP. Read More

How To Disable Global Menu In Ubuntu 11.10 [Tip]

Global Menu featured among many of the new changes that Ubuntu users found annoying with the advent of Unity. Not only did it change the way application menu was displayed, it also shifted the menu from the main interface of the application to Gnome Panel. Accessing applications and Nautilus options from Gnome Panel is quite inconvenient as compared to an integrated menu within the application's interface. In this post we will provide you with a simple tip to disable the Global Menu in Ubuntu 11.10. Read More

How To Synchronize Applications Between Multiple Ubuntu Computers

Ubuntu 11.10 comes with a number of new features and GUI enhancements, which we discussed in an earlier post. While most Oneiric features are quite easily identifiable, there are also some features which one might not notice immediately. One such feature is the application synchronization capability of Ubuntu 11.10. This functionality allows you to synchronize, identify and install your applications across multiple computers, for example, if you have installed some applications on an office computer, you can sync them with your home computer as well. In this post, we will tell you how to use this synchronization feature to keep your favorite applications updated across multiple Ubuntu computers. Read More

How To Install Ubuntu 12.04 Scroll Bar In Ubuntu 11.10

A few days back, Andrea Cimitan provided a demo for some initial improvements to the Ubuntu’s overlay scroll bar that will be included in Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin. The new scroll bar comes with a number of changes, including subtle animations and timeouts, animated jump scrolling feature, a retracting tail when the thumb is hidden, and smart timeout to reduce visual clutter. Recently a PPA (Private Package Repository) was released for this new overlay scroll bar to install it on Ubuntu 11.10, Oneiric Ocelot. Read More

Force Quit: Forcefully Exit Ubuntu Applications From Unity Launcher

There are numerous ways of forcefully quitting an application in Ubuntu, including using the system monitor. Back in the day, we had an app-indicator applet which allowed performing this task with ease. With the advent of Ubuntu 11.10, this applet no longer works. Furthermore, Gnome 3 has modified the way applications are forcefully exited. Recently, a third-party developer has released a script to integrate Force Quit functionality to the Unity Launcher. Read More

Easily Find Firefox Bookmarks In Ubuntu With Unity Bookmarks Lens

We have covered a number of handy Ubuntu Unity lens including, Ask Ubuntu, Google Books, Gwibber and Unity Place File Search. Recently, we came across Unity Bookmarks Lens, which simplifies the process of searching Firefox bookmarks from Unity Launcher Dash. Currently, it only supports Firefox and is compatible with the latest Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot. With Unity Bookmarks Lensyou can easily search bookmarks and open bookmarked web links from Dash. To search the bookmark, you simply have to open the Dash and type in the bookmark title. Read More

Ubuntu One Indicator Displays Synchronization Stats From System Tray

Ubuntu One, despite being the premium synchronization service for Ubuntu, does not have an app indicator. That's the reason why one requires resorting to third-party programs, such as Magicicada, to view synchronization updates in real time. Ubuntu One Indicator is an app-indicator menu applet which displays Ubuntu One synchronization stats, providing a Dropbox-like synchronization overview. Read More