Category Archives: Linux

terminator : Ubuntu

Manage multiple terminals using Terminator

Terminator is a cool application (oh! the movie is cool too) for managing multiple terminals in efficient way. If you’re dealing with a lot of terminal windows then you may want to try a Terminal Emulator such as Terminator, Yakuake, GNU Screen, Tmux etc.

I want 3+ terminals during rails development, and Terminator seems perfect for that – top left grid for running local server, top right for local or remote system, and the bottom one as the primary one (git, migrations, deployment etc), all in one window spitted as grids. It’s simply more efficient and fun.

terminator : Ubuntu

Key features of Terminator

  • arrange terminals in grids or tabs
  • save profiles and layouts
  • lots of keyboard shortcuts
  • easy to use and customize
  • drag ‘n’ drop for re-arranging terminals and more!

Install Terminator in Ubuntu 12.10/12.04 / Linux Mint

Terminator is available in default package repository, so you just need to type :

sudo apt-get install terminator

Recommended links : 

download-monitor

Monitor your bandwidth usage in Ubuntu/Linux Mint : Download Monitor

Download Monitor is a bandwidth meter. You can easily monitor your network usages/downloads on hourly/daily/monthly basis. If you often run out of bandwidth then you should try it, it may help you in staying within the usage caps.

download-monitor

It’s a simple app with minimal features, it has no fancy graphs, but it works fine (although app icons look little odd) and very easy to use.

Install Download Monitor in Ubuntu (12.10/12.04)/Linux Mint

It’s available in default package repository, so you can install it from Ubuntu Software Center or just execute the command –

sudo apt-get install download-monitor

Recommended Link(s)

Download Monitor at Launchpad

hotot twitter client

Hotot – A cool twitter client for Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Hotot : A lightweight twitter client

Hotot is a free and open source twitter client, available for all common platforms including GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint. It a cool looking nice micro-blogging app, it has lot of features and you can customize it, but it’s in early stage of development – so it may not be very stable.

hotot twitter client

Features at a glance

  • extensions
  • easy to manege various accounts
  • threaded conversations
  • cool themes
  • preview images/videos
  • real time update
  • notification system
  • firewall for blocking unwanted contents and more!

Installing Hotot Twitter Client in Ubuntu [12.10/12.04] / Linux Mint

In Ubuntu 12.04/12.10, it’s already included in default repository (an stable release). So you can install it from Software Center or just type the command –

sudo apt-get install hotot
Google Chrome : Ubuntu 12.10

Google Chrome for Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal”

Ubuntu 12.10 comes with Mozilla Firefox by default, it’s a great browser! but if you want a secondary web browser (or you like Google Chrome) then can also try Chromium (the open source project upon which Google chrome is based on) – it’s available there in Ubuntu Software Center, but you won’t get some chrome specific features such as in built flash player etc. (but you can install that separately if you want, by installing ubuntu-restricted-extras package, refer few things to do after installing ubuntu 12.10)

Google Chrome : Ubuntu 12.10

Installing Gdebi Package Installer (Optional)

sudo apt-get install gdebi

Installing Google Chrome

  • Download Google Chrome
  • Open the downloaded file with Gdebi Package Installer or ubuntu software center (but it may cause some dependency errors, in that case you will have to manually install the missing dependencies or execute sudo apt-get install -f), in case if you haven’t already installed the Gdebi package installer (which is a lightweight program for managing *.deb packages)
kde-plasma-desktop

How to Install KDE Desktop Environment in Ubuntu 12.10

Ubuntu 12.10 comes with Unity Desktop environment/shell (based on GNOME 3). A lot of users love unity, they like the cools features of unity (Unity dash, lens, launcher etc) , but there are lots of haters too. Fortunately, there are many options available – Gnome shell, KDE, XFCE, MATE, Cinnamon, etc.

KDE – Desktop Environment

KDE is one of the most popular and a classic desktop environment. It’s easy to use and it has lot of cools apps (somewhat like Gnome), specially for newbies (moving from Windows XP/7/8).

kde-plasma-desktop

In Ubuntu 12.10, it’s there in package repository, by default. KDE plasma desktop and apps are bundled together in various ways. Choose something that suits you well, or just go with second one (kde-plasma-desktop, with minimal set of applications).

KDE standard

it contains KDE plasma desktop and standard set of applications such as Kate (default editor, like gedit), Konqueror (default web browser), Kget (Download Manager), KMail (email client), Dolphin (File Manager), Konsole (terminal) etc. To install standard package of kde, open a terminal and execute the command –

sudo apt-get install kde-standard

KDE Desktop Minimal

If you just want to give it a try or may be you don’t want the applications to be installed by default (you can always install later), then prefer this minimal package – that installs KDE plasma desktop with minimal set of apps.

sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-desktop

KDE Netbook Minimal

As the name suggest, it’s more suitable for netbook users.

sudo apt-get install kde-plasma-netbook

KDE Full

If you want the complete package of apps, along with the core desktop environment (KDE Plasma), then it’s the best option for you (but it may take more time to install depending on your internet speed).

sudo apt-get install kde-full

That’s All, enjoy the cool charming look of KDE.