Are you looking for the best calendar experience on Linux? Look no further than MineTime. It’s an advanced calendar application for Linux, Mac, and Windows that offers up robust features, such as time analytics, a built-in assistant, and even the ability to sync multiple calendar services such as Outlook, Google Calendar, NextCloud, and more.
MineTime is available for all Linux distributions thanks to the developer’s outstanding commitment to the Linux platform. Specifically, they support Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux (unofficially), Fedora, OpenSUSE, and AppImage.
To install the MineTime application on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, follow the command-line instructions that correspond with your distribution of choice.
To install the MineTime Calendar on Ubuntu Linux, you’ll need to download a standalone DEB package file. The reason that a downloadable DEB package is required is that the developer of the application doesn’t have direct support for Ubuntu via the official software repositories.
Getting the DEB package can be done with the wget command through the terminal. Using the command-below, start the download process.
With the package done downloading, use the dpkg command to load up the package on your Ubuntu PC.
sudo dpkg -i MineTime_1.5.1_amd64.deb
To finish up, run the apt install command. This will ensure that the dependencies are taken care of.
sudo apt install -f
The developers of MineTime do not have a dedicated Debian software repository available for easy installation. Instead, if you’d like to use the application on Debian, you’ll need to use the wget tool to download a standalone DEB package.
cd /tmp wget https://github.com/marcoancona/MineTime/releases/download/v1.5.1/MineTime_1.5.1_amd64.deb
After the package is done downloading, use the dpkg command to load it up on Debian.
sudo dpkg -i MineTime_1.5.1_amd64.deb
During the installation, you may notice some errors occur in the terminal, causing the package not to install fully. To fix this on Debian, you can run the apt-get install command.
sudo apt-get install -f
Assuming the errors get resolved, MineTime is ready to go on Debian!
On Arch Linux, MineTime is available for installation in the Arch Linux User Repository. To get started, use the Pacman command to install both the Base-devel and Git packages.
sudo pacman -S base-devel git
With the Git and Base-devel packages are taken care of, it’s time to use the git clone command to download the Trizen AUR helper application. Trizen is essential to install, as it makes installing AUR packages much quicker. It also takes care of dependencies automatically, which is nice.
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git
Move into the Trizen folder and compile the app using makepkg.
cd trizen makepkg -sri
Finally, after installing Trizen, install MineTime on Arch Linux.
trizen -S minetime
The developers of MineTime have an RPM package on their website which is perfect for Fedora Linux. To get your hands on it, you won’t need to use the wget download tool, as the Fedora Linux package manager can install packages directly from the internet. Instead, enter the command below, and it’ll be ready to go.
sudo dnf install https://github.com/marcoancona/MineTime/releases/download/v1.5.1/MineTime-1.5.1.x86_64.rpm -y
OpenSUSE users can install MineTime via the RPM package available on the developer’s website. To start the installation, open up a terminal window and download the RPM file to your “/tmp” directory.
Using the Zypper package manager, install the MineTime RPM package file.
sudo zypper install MineTime-1.5.1.x86_64.rpm
Don’t have a mainstream Linux distribution? Download the MineTime AppImage here. Then, once downloaded, double-click on it to instantly use it!
Set up MineTime
Setting up MineTime is quite easy, thanks to its easy to understand interface. To get the calendar working on your Linux PC, open up the app by searching for “minetime” in the app menu, or by writing “minetime” in your quick launcher.
Once the app opens, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get the MineTime calendar set up.
Step 1: Read the MineTime welcome screen, and check the box next to the EULA, to show that you accept the agreement.
Step 2: Look through the list of calendar services and choose the one you’d like to add to MineTime. Choices are: Exchange, Outlook, MS Office, Google, iCloud, and CalDAV.
Step 3: Go through the authorization process for MineTime to allow your calendar account to connect.
Step 4: Check your email and validate your account with MineTime.
When your account is validated with MineTime, the app will start loading in your agenda. From here, you’ll be able to use it to plan your day or week.
How to use the assistant
The coolest feature with MineTime is the assistant. To use it, launch the app and find the “What can I do for you” box.
Start typing in the box to start using it. For example, to create an event for 8:30 PM tomorrow, you’d write:
“Create an event at 8:30 PM tomorrow”
The MineTime assistant responds to human language, so talk to it like a real person and it’ll respond quite well. For more information on the assistant, click here.