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ubuntu-11-10 with Unity

Gnome Shell or Unity ? What’s your favorite Desktop in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS ?

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).

So, what’s your favorite Desktop ? and Why ?

Share your views and experience!

Linux Mint 13 (Maya) - Cinnamon

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or Linux Mint 13 (Cinnamon) : which one do you prefer most ?

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) has got improved unity desktop with a lot of cool new stuffs, and it’s pretty stable! (unlike the previous versions). On the other hand, Linux Mint 13 – which has been released in parallel with 12.04, but with a new desktop based on Gnome 3/shell – called as Cinnamon (which seems to be better because of the Gnome 2 look and feel). Although, fallback mode is there in Ubuntu 12.04 but that’s too crappy but Cinnamon may be a good one for Gnome 2 lovers who feel uncomfortable in the Gnome 3 based desktops (Unity, Gnome Shell etc).

So if you’ve used the Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13 with Cinnamon desktop then share your experience through comments and vote your favorite one!

gedit with gmate plugin

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 –


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.

gedit with gmate plugin

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).


Mac OS X Theme for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) got Ambiance Theme is default – and for any reason if you’re not satisfied and want to try some thing new then this post will certainly help you in that.

There are lot of popular Windows/GTK themes and icon themes for Ubuntu 12.04 – you can also checkout this – Top 10 collection of Gnome 3 themes but this post is all about a free Gnome 3 theme – that mimics the look and layout of Mac OS X.

appearance_of_mac + performance_of_ubuntu => great_experience! :)

So, the look of mac, on Ubuntu seems to be a good deal. In early version of Ubuntu, macbuntu was great (but it has not been updated for a while) but it doesn’t support the ubuntu greater than 10.10. It was a a complete transformation pack, not just some icons and themes. Adwaita Cupertino – is a great theme, that will give you a Mac like look on Ubuntu 12.04. It has two versions – one for Mac Leopard while other one for Lion. You can use it on Gnome Shell or Unity.

Adwaita Cupertino Theme – Mac OS X Theme for Ubuntu 12.04


Thanks to trastes for the great work!

Eclipse IDE

Programming IDEs for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin)

IDE or Integrated Development Environment provides a sophisticated development environment with lot of features and automation of various boring tasks (although I’m not sure about that – IDE itself is very boring). Although, in most of the cases a powerful text editor like Vim or Emacs would be better option but sometimes it’s good to have IDE specially if you’re dealing with very complicated stuffs. e.g Android Development without Eclipse would be much painful.

So, here is the list of some popular and powerful IDE that may be useful for you. Some of them are heavy while some are lightweight IDE (and provides all features without compromising with the speed and simplicity).

IDEs for Java/Android Programmers

Eclipse IDE


Eclipse is a great IDE, with a lot of features and provides a versatile platform. So if you’re a Java programmer or want to develop native applications for Android (using Java, because there are other ways to develop applications for Android Platform) – Eclipse is the best option.

Setting up Eclipse on Ubuntu 12.04


Netbeans IDE

Netbeans is another great IDE with lot of features, and it’s a good IDE for Java/C/C++/PHP developers. It supports a variety of languages and a lot of free plugins are available to extend the default features. It’s fast, simple and good for beginner Java programmers, learning curve is not so steep like Eclipse.

Install Netbeans (version 7)

sudo apt-get install netbeans

IDEs for C/C++ programmers


Although, Eclipse is also good fr C/C++ but Kdevelop is much better for C/C++. It’s lightweight (as compared to Eclipse), fast and it does provide a lot of cool features for C/C++ developers. it has wide variety of powerful tools and it’s highly customizable.
Install KDevelop IDE in Ubuntu 12.04

sudo apt-get install kdevelop

Netbeans and Eclipse, is also good for C/C++, you just need to install the required plugins (only in eclipse).

IDEs for Web Developers

If you are a web developer then you might consider using Geany – a light weight IDE that just works.


Install Geany

sudo apt-get install geany


Eclipse also has plugins for web programming, but if you want a full featured dedicated IDE for HTML/CSS/JS then try Bluefish Editor.


Install Bluefish Editor

sudo apt-get install bluefish


Use Kdevelop or Netbeans, they good support for PHP. In KDevelop, if you want to use PHP then install the php plugin –

sudo apt-get install kdevelop-php

For Ruby on Rails

Try Aptana Studio – it is also available as a plugin for Eclipse – so if you’ve already installed eclipse then go for that (for installation instruction, checkout the above link for setting up eclipse).

For Python –

IDLE – is a good IDE for python developers.
Install IDLE using Python 2.7

sudo apt-get install idle-python2.7

If you want to use Python 3.2 then

sudo apt-get install idle-python3.2