Gnome 3.12 is released with lots of new features, improvements and bug fixes. It’s a great news for those who’re stuck with the default desktop environment : Unity. Gnome experience is becoming better with every major release (with 3.*). The default text editor gedit, got lots of design changes; Now, the UI is more clean and minimal.
This video quickly explains all the exciting stuffs in Gnome 3.12.
What’s new in Gnome 3.12 ?
Now, it’s much easier to find/install applications
gedit is the default and one of the most popular text/code editor in GNOME based distro such as Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Linux Mint etc. It has a lot of cool plugins to add some extra features, some are installed by default while some are available there in package repository, to activate just go to the preferences section and enable it; You don’t even need to restart the gedit application.
gedit is a simple, efficient, easy to use and powerful text editor, it has lot of advanced features that makes it really good for programming (if you’re more hungry for features, then you should try Emacs, although Emacs is little hard to learn but the extra productivity you will gain is incomparable, good for long run). But these features are not enough for a rails developers, so there is a PPA dedicated for rails developers (although it’s for Ubuntu but works well with any debian based distro).
GMate – The missing Gedit Plugins for Rails Developers
GMate is a set of cool plugins that will add some nice features to gedit text editor – in order to increase the fun with Rails Development (e.g by default gedit can’t highlight the ruby code in .erb.html files but gmate will do it for you!). Since gmate is a PPA for Ubuntu 11.10/12.04/older_versions so it will not work only on Ubuntu but also on other Debian derivatives. If you’re using Fedora or Archlinux then it won’t work, you may have to install it individually, see top 10 gedit plugins for the list of cool plugins.
The users who are using Ubuntu 11.10 or any other Linux based operating systems such as Linux Mint, Fedora etc which uses Gnome 3 /shell interface and are quite interested in a cool looking funky desktop – may want to try these Gnome Shell Themes. Now a days – Linux based desktops are preferred, not just by cool geeks (who may love to work with Terminal/Shell) but also by beginners (probably – they’ve just migrated from Windows) who want to work in cool looking GUI. The gnome shell themes described in this post will work not only with Ubuntu 11.10 but also with other Linux distributions which is based on Gnome 3/shell interface, e.g Linux Mint 12, Fedora, OpenSuse etc.
Use Gnome Tweak Tool to change or install themes although you can do it manually but it will make the task a lot easier. If you don’t know how to install these Gnome shell themes then first read this – installing Gnome Shell Themes (although the article explains using Linux Mint 12 but it works well with other Distro too) and come back to the super cool collection of fantastic themes.
Comix – A free Comic Reader for Ubuntu and Linux based operating systems. It is very easy to use and in short, I can say – it’s the best comic reader for Ubuntu! (11.10 or 12.04 or whatever version you are using). The application is based on PyGTK (Python and GTK+). The latest version of the application is Comix vs 4.04 (Released in 2009, it seems like the application has not been updated for a long time)
Features of Comix at a Glance
Easy to use
You can easily customize it
it can read zip, rar or tar archives
Full screen and Double page mode
Easy to read with different settings/mode
Rotation and Mirroring
Library of your favorite collection
it supports 20+ language
How to Install Comix in Ubuntu
Open a terminal and execute (or you could search in Ubuntu Software Center) –
Macbuntu was my most favorite theme in Ubuntu 10.04/10.10 but the project (hosted at sourceforge.net) doesn’t seemed to be active because there has been no release after 10.10, may be because of some major changes in the desktop environment of Ubuntu (started with 11.04 and now it’s completely different – Gnome 3 based distribution). If there will be any macbuntu or similar transformation pack available for Ubuntu 11.10 or Gnome 3 desktop, then I’ll update this post accordingly.
Mac OS X or other products of Apple has one thing in common – Great Design! I do like the look/interface of Mac OS X – it’s pretty damn cool. (although I don’t want to get trapped in App Store) so I was looking for a mac like theme for Ubuntu 11.10 (aka – Oneiric Ocelot). This post is about a GTK 3 theme inspired by the look of Mac OS X.
Adwaita Cupertino Theme
It’s a Mac OS X like theme for Ubuntu 11.10 users (you may try in Linux Mint 12, it should work). The theme is based on Adwaita, and the theme is designed by the user trastes.
After Downloading the theme package, you must download some dependent packages/themes/icons.
Then open a terminal and execute the command to open nautilus in root mode –
Then extract the theme file (archive) and copy all the themes directory to usr/share/themes and for icons – usr/share/icons. Then open Gnome Tweak Tool (if you haven’t installed it then first install it from Ubuntu Software Center or hit sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool at terminal) and change the themes, icons etc to get the Mac OS X type Look.
Thanks to @trastes for the great theme (and the snapshots).