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cool Ubuntu themes

Ubuntu(for all versions – 10.04(Lucid Lynx)/10.10(Maverick Meerkat) or the upcoming version 11.04(Natty Narwhal) with classic desktop selected at login menu,because Ubuntu 11.04 uses Unity desktop, by default) uses GNOME Desktop as the default Window Manager.

GNOME is the most popular(of course it’s free and open source) desktop for Linux Distributions, probably due to its(GNOME) flexibility and the desktop components (Themes, Icons, GDM, Window Managers provided by Compiz, Emerald, Metacity etc.) available freely on the Internet (so you can customize the desktop as you want, the Only limit is your Imagination Power).

There are lot of free, Awesome and cool GNOME themes available on the Web, so lets(I change/rotate my theme at least once a week) try something new,something different, because we are Humans, and of course – Linux users, so picky (because we have always a lot of options available for a single task). Since I am listing the themes for gnome desktop so most of the themes will not only work on Ubuntu but also on other Linux Distros,which uses GNOME as their default desktop e.g Linux Mint, Fedora, Debian etc. Finally here is my all time favorite(and great) collection of 10 cool Ubuntu Themes(I assume you are using GNOME Desktop) –

Great collection of 10 Cool Ubuntu Themes

#1 : Macbuntu

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Installing Macbuntu is easy but(may be not) if are you an absolute beginner, in that case – the given link may help you in installing macbuntu on Ubuntu 10.10.

#2 : Orta

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#3 : Victory(Strikes Again)

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#4 : myDesk

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#5 : Wolfe

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#6 : Equinox Evolution

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#7 : HalfLook

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#8 : Wildcat

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#9 : Simply Basic II

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#10 : Mint-X DarkPanel

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How to install those cool and great looking themes on Ubuntu

#1 : Download the theme packages, that you want to install(link is given above,below each theme)

#2 : get the *.tar.gz package,if it is compressed in any other format.

#3 : Now move on to –  System->Preferences->Appearance  then Drag the theme package(*.tar.gz) and drop it to theme tab in the Appearance window. That’s All ..

The Themes, I have described above, implies my choice ..what is your favorite Ubuntu Theme ? We would be thankful if you share your experience/choice through Comments.
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10 best KDE themes

KDE(K Desktop Environment) is one of the most popular desktop among Linux users. KDE(Dually Licensed under – QPL and Proprietary) has been developed using Qt Framework, therefore some KDE application also runs on non-Linux platforms i.e Windows,Mac etc..

KDE looks very good due to cool beautiful icons and windows borders(layout,designed effects). by default some cool themes are installed with KDE packages e.g Plasma,Oxygen etc, but it’s not sufficient! If a lot of free KDE themes are available then why would you stick with few default themes.

I have tried a lot of KDE themes on my desktop, I’ve come up with Top 10 KDE themes, that I consider the best themes(including old and latest) for kde desktop or kubuntu(10.04/10.10). All the kde themes listed below will be compatible with the KDE desktop version 4.x(usually x will be zero).

Best KDE Themes

#1 : Soft Plastic

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#2 : Maybe Mintish

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#3 : Green Leaf

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#4 : Shape of Zom

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#5 : Metalized Studio

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#6 : Greenay

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#7 : Syl

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#8 : G Theme Pack

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#9 : Elegant Bespin

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#10 : Classy Office

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Top 10 Ubuntu Apps

Ubuntu(Latest Version : 10.10(Maverick Meerkat)), the most popular Linux desktop, has become the great choice for students,developers and common users; probably due to its stickiness with free and open source software(FOSS). A lot of good open source applications(Apps) are available for Linux based Operating System – like Ubuntu,Linux Mint,Open Suse,Debian etc and most of them are free to use.

I’ve been using Ubuntu from last two years(started with Windows Vista,later, switched completely to Ubuntu within a year). Initially when I migrated to Linux platform, I was wondering – how will I do the common tasks like playing music/movies, creating/editing documents/photos, editing movies, etc. on Ubuntu 9.04(it was the latest stable release,code named as ‘Jaunty Jackalope’) ? Is there any equivalent(to windows) apps available on this new platform(Ubuntu) ? …. and the answer to all these questions are very simple – Yes! perhaps better than those of windows; the other advantage is that you will never spend a penny!(On the other hand, MS Office,Adobe Photoshop….and a lot of other similar apps, charge a lot of $$$) , plus source code of the apps is openly available to play!(it may be very important from developers point of view)

I have installed and used a number of open source apps on Ubuntu 9.04/9.10/10.04/10.10; based on my past few years of experience, I’ve prepared a long list of my favorite applications but it’s difficult to select 10 out of them. Anyway, here is my top 10 – best apps , that I use on Ubuntu 10.10; if you have any suggestion or idea then reply through comment.

Top 10 – ‘open source and free’  Ubuntu Applications

#1 : GIMP

GIMP(GNU Image Manipulation Program) is a powerful image editor application, equivalent to the Adobe Photoshop. It has a lot of advanced features with a simple and easy to use GUI(Graphical User Interface). GIMP is available for all major operating system. It is the most popular image processing program on Linux platform. The default features can be extended easily using plugins e.g ‘save for web’ plugin on gimp is used to optimize the image files.

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you can install GIMP on Ubuntu by one simple command -(More details on – installing gimp on Ubuntu)

$ sudo apt-get install gimp

#2 : VLC

VLC is the best media player because it can play all the common formats seamlessly. On Ubuntu it is not installed by default, due to the dependencies of vlc on  libdvdcss2 libraries(a proprietary library).

vlc-player-ubuntu-snapshotTo install vlc on Ubuntu, type the command given below(More details : installing vlc on Ubuntu)

sudo apt-get install vlc vlc-plugin-pulse mozilla-plugin-vlc

#3 : Google Chrome

Google Chrome is the fastest web browser on this planet(it may not be true for all platforms but I’m sure about Linux). By name itself, it implies that – it has been developed and maintained by Google Inc . it is free and open source, developed on the top of Chromium project.

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For Ubuntu — download Google Chrome and open it with Gdebi package installer(in older versions) or ubuntu software center(in Ubuntu 10.10) to install. For more help go here –  installing google chrome on Ubuntu.

#4 : LibreOffice

LibreOffice is developed by forking the OpenOffice(Probably due to the fact that Oracle had bought the Sun MicroSystems,therefore the future of OpenOffice wasn’t good in the hand of Oracle). It is free,open source and cross-platform(Linux,Windows and Mac). LibreOffice is the best substitute for Microsoft Office. LibreOffice is very useful for creating and editing Text Documents,Drawing,Spreadsheet,Presentation etc.

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Ubuntu ships OpenOffice by default so, if you want to install Libre Office then first remove the OpenOffice package(use Synaptic Package Manager). Then install the LibreOffice by typing the commands written below –

First Add the PPA Repository –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

Then Update the Repository –

sudo apt-get update

Now install gnome version of LibreOffice –

sudo apt-get install libreoffice && sudo apt-get install libreoffice-gnome

#5 : Audacity

Audacity is a free and open source audio Editor/Recorder for Linux/Windows/Mac. it has a lot of features – Record Live Audio, Edit Audio Files(odd,mp3,wav etc), cut/mix audio files, control the pitch/speed of recording etc. it is very simple to use , with nice GUI.

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On Ubuntu 10.10 you can install Audacity either from Ubuntu Software Center/ Synaptic Package Manager or from Command Line –

$ sudo apt-get install audacity

#6 : Compiz

Compiz is a compositing manager i.e it is used to add some cool effects to the windows. In the snapshot(given below) is an example of the cool effects – it is basically the 3D cube. it is available for GNOME as well as KDE desktops.
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You need to install CCSM using the command –

sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager

I’ve already discussed a lot about enabling 3D Effects in Ubuntu and Installing Compiz for cool Desktop Effects (Refer them for More details ).

#7 : Clementine

Clementine is my favorite music player on Ubuntu 10.10(The Ubuntu version, I’ve installed on my desktop). Clementine has developed on the Top of another popular music player – Amarok. Clementine is free and open source media player with a lot of advanced features like smart playlist, Fetching Lyrics from world wide web(www) etc. it is available for all major platforms ; the project is hosted on ‘code.google.com’.

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If you want to try Clementine then first Download Clementine the debian package and then install it by opening with Ubuntu Software Center or Gdebi package manager or from command line —

$ cd directory_where_you_have_saved_the_clementine_*.deb_package
$ sudo dpkg -i file_name.deb

More help on installing Clementine Media Player in Ubuntu.

#8 : Arista Transcoder

Arista is a simple and powerful multimedia transcoder. it is a free and open source application for Linux based operating systems. The main purposes of this apps is to generate/convert multimedia files for all common music devices like iPod, PlayStation 3, PSP, DVD Player. You can see the live preview of the output(target file).

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To install Arista on Ubuntu –  Open Ubuntu Software and search for ‘arista’ ; then click on install button to begin. You can also use terminal to do the same thing –

 $ sudo apt-get install arista

#9 : Blender

Blender is a free and open source 3D creation suite. it has very sophisticated GUI with a lot of amazing features. Blender is specifically used in – modelling, Rendering, Animation, Shading, Realtime 3D/Game creation etc. it is one of the most popular tool, used in 3D creation. it is available for all common platforms.

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On Ubuntu, if you want to use Blender then the most simple way is to install it from Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic package Manager. More details on installing 3D Modelling tool blender on Ubuntu .

#10 : Getting Things GNOME(GTG)

GTG(Getting Things Gnome) is a very useful tool for managing/scheduling your daily life tasks. It is a good personal organizer for GNOME desktop. The main objective of this apps is to provide a simple to use apps with nice GUI and functionality.

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On Ubuntu, you can find it in Ubuntu Software Center. Just Open USC and search for ‘gtg’; then click on install button! That’s All you are Done! Your Life Organizer is Ready! You can access it from Applications->Office->Getting Things GNOME!

Top 10 Ubuntu Games

Ubuntu 10.10/11.04 or any other Linux Based systems(such as – Open Suse, Linux Mint, Fedora etc.) has been lagging behind the windows when it comes to Games support. There are mainly two reasons that Linux based os isn’t the favorite platform of Gamers- First,Most of the commercial games are released just for Windows Platform; second the graphics card performance(probably due to the fact that Graphics Card Manufacturers do not release the appropriate drivers for Linux Platform,by the way if they releases proprietary(Closed Source) drivers then there is much possibility of compatibility issues with Linux based operating system).

If you’re building a Gaming Rig, checkout this tool for building a Gaming PC or this for best performing gaming laptops.

The time has changed now,Linux based OS like Ubuntu is now becoming the favorite choice for gaming; mostly,due to availability of a large collection of open source and free games. Some commercial games developers has also concentrated on Ubuntu as their target platform. Nvidia Graphics card provides good performance on Ubuntu.

So, in the end of this post, you will get an overview of some of the best/popular games(open source and commercial).it is not an easy task to select top 10 games from a list, so if you don’t see your favorite game listed here don’t be panic, I’ve prepared the list based on my personal experience(2+ years) in gaming; submit your opinion/idea/recommendation through comments or contact.

Top 10 Ubuntu Games – at a Glance

# 0 : Open Arena

Open Arena is an open source (and free) multiplayer FPS (First Person Shooter) game based on ioquake3 fork of the id tech 3 engine. it is the free version of quake III arena and it can stand alone so Quake III Arena is not required to play this game.

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If you are using Ubuntu 10.04/10.10 then download open arena deb and open with ‘Ubuntu Software Center’ (or open with ‘gdebi Package Manager’ in older versions of Ubuntu)to install. Visit the official wiki  page of Open Arena- Installation Details for other Linux Distributions.

# 1 : Torcs

Torcs is a 3D Racing Car Simulation Game based on OpenGL. it is available free for all platforms e.g Linux based OS(e.g Ubuntu 10.04/10.10/11.04),Windows,Mac OS X,BSD; available as an open source software.it has more than 50 cars,20 tracks and 50 opponents available for racing with lot of other features that brings reality during simulation.

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Install Torcs on Ubuntu 10.04/10.10/11.04

>> Download the debian package – download torcs debian package

>> Open the *.deb with Ubuntu Software Center ; then click  on install.

# 2 : Urban Terror

Urban Terror is a free multiplayer and multi-platform FPS(First Person Shooter) game similar to Quake III Arena.The motto of the game is ‘Fun Over Realism’ , so the game is very funky,enjoyable and unique.

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Download Urban Terror

# 3 : Tux Racer

Tux Racer is fun and easy to learn  – a 3D racing game(Licensed under GPL and available free to use) suitable for all ages.In this game you need to race through mountains; you will play the role of tux – Linux Mascot.it is available for all common platforms. The primary goal of the game is to slide-down a snow and ice-covered mountain as quickly as possible.

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Download Tux Racer

On Ubuntu you can install Extreme Tux Racer(very similar to Tux Racer ) with one simple command(or from Synaptic Package Manager) – Open terminal and enter the command :

$ sudo apt-get install etuxracer

# 4 : Armagetron Advanced

Armagetron Advanced is a 3D game(open source,free and multi-platform), a clone of the movie Tron.This game is based on the light cycle racing which can take only 90 degrees turn(and leaves a solid wall behind the path) and the winner will be the one who will survive till last; without colliding with the walls.The other rule is that the it can’t stopped during the race.

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Installing Armagetron on Ubuntu 10.04/10.10/11.04

Open Synaptic Package Manager and search for ‘armagetron advanced’ ; mark the boxes to select the package for installation; Finally click on Apply button to begin installation procedure.Wait for the installation to complete,then you are ready to play the game from Applications->Game menu.

# 5 :  Vega Strike

Vega Strike is is a 3D space simulator game.it is free and open source; available for Linux/Mac/Windows.In vega strike,you can trade,fight and explore the vast universe with a lot of fun.it is developed on the top of OpenGL.

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Download Vega Strike

# 6 : Battle of Wesnoth

it is a free turn based tactical strategy game with high fantasy theme.it is a multi platform game.

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Download Battle of Wesnoth

# 7 : Nexuiz

Nexuiz is a 3D deathmatch game with very complex and high end graphics effects.it is open source and available free.You can play it using local network or Internet.

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On Ubuntu you can install it in one click from the ‘Ubuntu Software Center’.

# 8 : Alien Arena

it is a 3D standalone online Deathmatch- FPS game based on Quake II/III Arena.it is open source and free.

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it is also available in Ubuntu Software Center,so ubuntu users can install it from there.

# 9 : Vdrift

Vdrift is an open source and free game which simulates driving with vdrift features.The game is new and all the development goal haven’t been completed but it is still playable.

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Ubuntu users can download the debian pckage of vdrift and install it by Right Click ->Open with Ubuntu Software Center and click on Install button.

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# 10 : SuperTuxKart – 3D Kart Racing Game!

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It’s my all time favorite game! I love it. Recently, they have launched the new version with lots of new tracks, graphics effect are also lot better now. It’s available there in official repository. So, you can install it from Software center or type the command –

sudo apt-get install supertuxkart

That’s All..If you have any suggestion or opinion then let us know through comments.

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top 10 ubuntu themes

Ubuntu 10.10 has already a lot of charming themes installed by default but it’s not sufficient for everybody specifically for those who(of course I ϵ ‘that set of enthusiastic Ubuntu users’) always want the desktop to ‘Look Different’.So in this post I’ll give you some snapshot(as well as download link) of some of the best ubuntu themes for GNOME desktop users.Due to the open source nature of ubuntu,it isn’t that much easy to come up with top 10 themes.Some of the best default themes are Radiance,Ambiance,Clearlooks(classic theme of gnome desktop),NewWave,Dustsand.Ubuntu uses GNOME as default desktop and it is fully customizable;you can try different combination of borders,colors and icons to create your own themes. Continue reading