andless - FLAC Player for Android

FLAC/ALAC Player (Free) for your Android Phone

FLAC stands for Free Lossless Audio Codec, it’s a free software, dedicated for lossless audio compression.

ALAC is a proprietary codec for lossless compression – called as Apple Lossless Audio Codec. So, if you’re looking for a FLAC or ALAC player for android devices such as your Samsung or Google Android phone (or tablet, whatever you’re using, it doesn’t matter) then you can stop searching now.

AndLess : Lossless Audio Player for Android

andless - FLAC Player for Android

AndLess is a free and open source audio player for android platform that can play all the popular lossless audio formats such as FLAC, APE, APC, and WV files. Now, it also supports ALAC in m4a container (music files with the extension .m4a). The applications has very simple and easy to use GUI but it does provide some cool useful features such as playlists. Since, it’s available there in Google Play (newer version of Android Market), so you can install it from there.

Download (and Install) AndLess from Google Play

Have Fun! :)

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Top 10 Gnome Themes for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) uses Unity as the default desktop, developed on the top Gnome 3. So if you’re using Unity or Gnome Shell interface with Ubuntu 12.04, you can try these cool GTK 3 themes – to have more fun in desktop experience with Ubuntu or any other GNU/Linux distributions that uses Gnome 3 (e.g Linux Mint, Fedora etc).

Most of these themes are based on the users ratings and popularity (no_of_downloads) at gnome-look.org or deviantART, download link (to theme page) is there – below each theme.

#1. Zukitwo

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Download Zukitwo Theme

#2. MediterraneanNight

mediterraneanNight Theme

Download it

#3. Gray Day

grayday-theme

Download Gray Day Theme

#4. Adwaita Cupertino

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Download Adwaita Cupertino

#5. Elegant Brit

elegant-brit Theme

Download

#6. Orion

orion-theme

Download This Theme

#7. OMG Suite

omg-suite-theme

Download it

#8. Malys

malys-theme

Download it

#9. Hope

hope-theme

Download

#10. A new Start

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Download this theme

Enjoy :)

Thanks to the theme developers for their awesome themes and screenshots.

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Reduce Application’s Startup Time in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

If you’re using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and of-course it’s very fast But you can still optimize the applications by reducing the time it takes to start.

Although, this post explains only about start-up time for applications not the boot time or the overall speed of your computer (although there’s some advice you can follow to enjoy better performance in Ubuntu 12.04, not now, checkout upcoming posts :) ).

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Reducing Startup Time using Preload utility

What is preload ?

it’s a utility application that does some pre-processing tasks such as linking, loading and other dependencies issues (it’s not easy because of the centralized dependency management). So before you start your favorite application, it might have already done some pre-processing task and finally – it would appear faster to you.

Install Preload in Ubuntu

To install preload module, execute the command –

sudo apt-get install preload

That’s All, now it will start running in background and it will try to decrease the load time for most commonly used appl

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Most Powerful text editors for Ubuntu (12.04 LTS)

Ubuntu is the most popular GNU/Linux distribution among the desktop users – including the common users as well as developers. If you’re a programmer who prefer light weight and efficient text editor over the bloated and heavy IDEs then you may want to try some of these text editors (if you haven’t really tried). Text editors are great!, specially if you’re programming in a cool language like Ruby or Python.

So, if you’re new to Ubuntu and looking for some great text editors that will boost your long-term productivity and happiness, then you should certainly checkout Emacs or Vim.

Free and Open Source Text Editors for Ubuntu and other GNU/Linux distributions

#1. Emacs

Emacs is the most sophisticated text editor on this planet – it’s powerful and extensible enough to work with any language or environment. Core program was written by Richard Stallman, in Lisp programming language. Since – it’s a free and open source software – you are free to use it as you want. Emacs is a real time text editor, although the learning curve is very steep in beginning but it’s worth learning due to the long term productivity gain. Programmers and Authors often prefer command line interface for distraction free environment and Emacs is really good for that.

Key Features 

  • very extensible
  • very powerful
  • highly productive (as it maximizes the use of keyboard)
  • light weight, fast and efficient

#2. Vim

Vim is another great – text editor which is very powerful and extensible (by means of plugins/scripts – you can easily find on github). A lot of derived distributions of Vim is available for different domains. Vim is the most favorite text editor among Ruby on Rails developers and authors who prefer terminal or GUI, Although GUI version of Vim i.e gVim is also available. Vim also maximize the use of keystrokes and keyboard shortcuts – so it’s really fast and productive as compare to IDEs or other text editors, but certainly the learning curve is steep.

If you are new to Vim, then you can learn some basics of editing by running the vimtutor program (installed along with the vim programs). Open the terminal and type –

vimtutor

key features

  • highly productive
  • light weight, fast and efficient
  • cool plugins to extend its features
  • wide community to help you

#3. gedit

gedit the default text editor for Gnome based GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora and so on. gedit is well known for its simplicity – although windows users can think it like the notepad for Linux but infact it’s far more powerful than the Damn notepad.

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Key features

  • simplicity
  • easy to learn (anyone can start using it in seconds)
  • supports a lot of file types
  • syntax highlighting for a number of programming language
  • cool plugins to add extra features

gedit is very popular among beginner ubuntu users because it’s very easy to get started. gedit is suitable for simple text files as well as for writing programs. it has a lot of cool features which makes it a great text editor.

#4. kate

Kate is a gedit like text editor for KDE desktop. it has almost similar features like gedit. Kate is very popular among KDE users. A wide active community is there to help you in learning new things and increasing productivity in long term.

#5. nano

nano is a simplae, lightweight and easy to use – command line text editor. It’s installed by default in most of the GNU/Linux distributions. nano emphasizes on simplicity and ease of use. So if you want a text editor on shell (local or remote) then nano may be a great choice for you (specially if you don’t know Vim or Emacs).

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Things To Do after installing Linux Mint 13 (Maya)

Linux Mint 13 (a.k.a Maya) is out and it’s rocking the GNU/Linux desktop world with a lot of innovative features and cool stuffs. If you haven’t tried it yet – then you must check it out. Anyway, this post is aimed to help beginners who have just installed a fresh copy of Linux Mint 13Cinnamon or Mate Edition (most of the things seems to be same but MATE edition is more stable and mature while Cinnamon is cool, new and exciting).

Since Linux Mint is one of the most beginner friendly GNU/Linux distribution so I assume that you don’t have any previous experience with any GNU/Linux distro, on the other hand if you’re familier with Ubuntu or Debian or other GNU/Linux distribution then most of the things would be straight-forward and easy in Linux Mint 13 so you wouldn’t even need this getting started tips (but it might be helpful in some case).

Anyway, if you’ve installed Linux Mint 13 successfully then it’s the time to start using it with its unlimited potential (and of course the fun).

6 things to do after installing Linux mint 13

#1. Update

To update your system, simply open update manager or just execute these two commands in a terminal (hit Ctrl+alt+t) –

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

Sometimes, you may have to restart your computer to complete the update process.

#2. Install Some necessary programs

After a fresh installation, you may need to install some necessary audio/video codecs or libraries (some proprietary programs, if a good open source equivalent program is not available) or flash player or libraries for archiving or extracting various file types such as zip, rar, tar etc. To install most of those above utilities simply execute the command –

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Other programs, those are absolutely necessary, includes – drivers for

  • graphics/video card
  • printer/scanner
  • sound card
  • wireless card
  • webcam etc.

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Depending on the devices you use – install the appropriate driver/program. e.g for Webcam, install cheese –

sudo apt-get install cheese

#3. Install your favorite Applications/Softwares

Default applications in Linux Mint are good but it’s not necessary that it will include your most favorite apps. If that’s the case then Open Software Manager or Synaptic Package Manager to search and install your favorite applications or you can install from terminal.

  • Google Chrome – for web browsing
  • Evolution – as a mail client
  • AbiWord – for document processing
  • Dropbox – for backup and … so on.

Download Google Chrome and install it using GDebi package installer.

To install Abi Word, execute –

sudo apt-get install abiword

#4. Try some new applications

Are you getting bored with the applications you’ve been using from years, want to try something new, Software Manager is full of great, new and exciting applications. Music players, utilities, programming tools, image editors, games and a lot of new apps are there. Give it a try – most of them are free and it won’t hurt much if it doesn’t work.

Clementine Media Player

Checkout this old post – 10 Apps you must try on Ubuntu

#5. Explore new features and Customize it as you want!

Linux Mint is a free software, you are free to explore, learn, modify and share. The only limit is your imagination.

Try Cinnamon Settings

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If you’re using the Cinnamon edition then use ‘Cinnamon Settings’ to customize the various settings such as Themes, Fonts, Icons, Applets, Effects, Panel, Desktop etc. It’s a simple utility, installed by default in Linux Mint 13 Maya (Cinnamon Edition). Although, it looks little similar to Gnome Tweak Tool but it’s much simple to use.

Changing/Installing Themes In Cinnamon Settings

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Change Desktop Settings using Cinnamon Settings

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If you love experiments then you would automatically lot a new stuffs everyday, additionally these posts might help a bit –

Getting Started Tips for Ubuntu (since, Mint 13 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS)

#6. RLE (Relax, Learn and Enjoy)

There are lot of features, lot of apps and a lot of things that you want to tweak but don’t get lost in them, after all, there is some reason, some purpose that brings you to the computer. Linux Mint or any GNU/Linux distribution requires little patience and time – to get things done as you want. So just Relax, Learn and Enjoy, with a lot of fun :)

Update 1 : Regarding Cinnamon Settings (check #5 point)