Gnome Classic desktop environment on Ubuntu

Aug 23, 2015

Introduction # I was tired of non-minimal and quite slow Unity desktop environment. Of course, I performed a few tricks to make Unity faster, but still I wasn’t satisfied enough. I checked out different desktop environments. I wanted to have clean, minimal and productive environment. I like top panel from Unity as well as HUD and many workspaces. The last thing is quite common among different desktop environments. New desktop environment # I decided to choose Gnome classic. ...

Geary - neat e-mail client for Linux

Aug 1, 2015
linux, ubuntu

Overview # I was using web interfaces for e-mail for a long time, but I wanted to give a try a desktop clients for Linux. I was searching for a quite simple solution with almost zero configuration, which I can use for my private and work e-mail accounts. Geary seems to be quite good choice. It is clean, easy to use and pretty neat e-mail client for Linux. It integrates with Unity on Ubuntu and display system notifications informing about new message. ...

Routing internet via SSH tunnel on Raspberry Pi

Jul 25, 2015

Problem overview # Recently I had the following problem. I wanted to connect to my Raspberry Pi from my laptop. For some reason WiFi dongle on the Raspberry Pi was not working properly. Moreover, I had only one slot available for the LAN connection via cable to the router, so I could connect only one device this way. I wanted to have reliable and fast internet connection on my laptop, but via WiFi it’s quite slow. ...

Mutate - yet another Spotlight for Ubuntu

Apr 6, 2015
ubuntu, linux

Overview # Some time ago, I published post about Synapse indicator, which is an alternative to MAC’s Spotlight for Ubuntu. Recently, I’ve found another software, which is in my opinion even better than Synapse. It’s called Mutate. I like it, because it works quite smooth, looks simple and clean. In addition, it’s open-source. Installation # We can install it with the following commands: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mutate/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install mutate Configuration # After installation, we can run Mutate from Ubuntu dashboard or via default hot-key CTRL+D and type preference. ...

Making Ubuntu faster

Mar 28, 2015
ubuntu, linux

Unity desktop environment consumes lot of computer’s memory. I’ve recently found good article about 4 simple tweaks to improve Unity performance on Ubuntu. Here is the short summary of that tweaks: Remove Unwanted Lenses # It will speed up loading data under “Super” button. sudo apt-get autoremove unity-lens-music unity-lens-photos unity-lens-gwibber unity-lens-shopping unity-lens-video Install Compiz Config Settings Manager # sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager In Compiz Config Settings Manager perform the following operations: ...

Synapse Indicator - Spotlight for Ubuntu

Dec 25, 2014
ubuntu, linux

Introduction # If you were using Ubuntu for some time, you might have noticed that Ubuntu Dash from Unity is working quite slow. We can disable on-line search or a few other elements, but it’s still very slow. If we want to have fast search, we can use external software like synapse. Synapse # Synapse is searching really fast and we don’t have to wait a few seconds like in Ubuntu Dash or disable some search options. ...

How to switch java version on Linux

Nov 2, 2014
java, linux

Sometimes we need to run specific program with a concrete version of JVM. We can also work with Java 7, but we want to try Java 8. In such cases, we can have installed both Java 7 and 8 on our system and easily switch between them. In order to show current java version, we can simply type: java -version in terminal. On my computer I received the following response: ...

Indicators for Ubuntu

Sep 7, 2014
ubuntu, linux

I recently found an article about Best Useful Indicators Collection for Ubuntu. Indicators are very useful feature of the Ubuntu and Unity. Ubuntu has some default indicators, but we can add new indicators if we want to. Mentioned article contains list of many indicators, but personally I prefer and use only a few of them. Here are my favorites: Multi Load indicator # Nice thing. This indicator monitors system resources. ...

Software for common users on Ubuntu

Aug 18, 2014
ubuntu, linux

In this article, I’ll describe Ubuntu software for common users, which I personally use and which could be helpful on daily basis. Ubuntu software dedicated to programmers AKA developers will be described in separate article. Chrome # In my opinion, it’s currently the best web browser. We can download, unpack and install it, with the following commands: sudo apt-get install libxss1 libappindicator1 libindicator7 wget\_current\_amd64.deb sudo dpkg -i google-chrome*.deb Skype # Maybe it’s not the best, but one of the most known messengers and lot of people use it. ...

Ubuntu system boot problem

Aug 17, 2014
ubuntu, linux

Description of the problem # Recently, after installing Linux Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my computer, I encountered strange problem during the system boot. Before system launched, I received the following message: After that, I typed: exit and system started normally, but this error occurred every time after reboot, so I decided to fix it. Fixing the problem # Attempt #1 # First, I tried to change rootdelay as error message said. ...