Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) is rocking! It has gaining tremendous popularity among the common desktop users (specially developers). If you’ve been using Ubuntu for a while, then might be aware about some critical changes in last few versions. Unity is the default desktop environment – Gnome Shell is another popular desktop (the default interface for Gnome 3).
So, in Ubuntu 12.04, some users – specially Gnome lovers prefer Gnome Shell while some prefer Unity. Both seems to great and matured enough to use for common purpose as well as for production environment or heavy development purpose (despite of some bugs in initial release).
Task Management Applications or TODO Apps helps a lot in organizing all the key activities or task in an easy and efficient way. So it’s really good for your productivity.
In Ubuntu, there are some apps out there such as Getting Things GNOME!, it’s really a cool – wiki style organizer, but this post is all about a newly launched app named – Nitro.
Nitro Task, “Get Stuffs Done” : Best Task Management App
Nitro Tasks is a simple and easy to use task managements app. It has all the good features such as Creating new tasks, deleting completing tasks, tagging, deadlines or due dates, priority level for tasks, search, panel notifications etc. The GUI is very cool (looks like a Mac App), additionally – a lot of themes are available to customize the look, you can even choose your own pics for background for the app.
Setup Nitro Sync for synchronize the Tasks
Nitro Sync Option for Dropbox and Ubuntu One is very cool, as it syncs the task continuously so your tasks are always backed up and safe, and of course it’s required if you use it on multiple computer. You can checkout the settings and customize a lot of other things such as languages, theme and general settings.
Install Nitro Tasks in Ubuntu 12.04
Although, it’s not available in Ubuntu Software Center but you can add a PPA and install in a couple of minutes. Open a terminal and execute these commands –
Ubuntu is very simple and fun to use but absolute beginners or newbies (or Windows/Mac users) often feel difficulties, even in switching a single application; In case of operating system ? it is like – moving to an alien planet.
Thanks to Ubuntu Community for writing a getting started guide for beginners. It’s a free Ubuntu manual for everyone, and of course it’s very helpful for beginners who are totally strange to Ubuntu. It explains from basic concepts to setting up printers and also includes troubleshooting, with full of sccreenshots. Even if you’re not an absolute beginner, you can still find it useful sometimes.
The New version of manual has been released, so you can download it 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.
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 ).
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