Papirus suite is specifically designed for KDE desktop but now the icon theme is available for other desktops as well which includes: Unity, Gnome, Mate, Cinnamon and others. Previously we had a ported version of Papirus KDE icons in the PPA but now it is directly supported and maintained by creator. There are two variants in this icon pack with light and dark panel icons, it has more than 1000 icons for different applications and still counting, if you find any missing icon then directly report it creator via Github page. There was an official PPA but discontinued back in November 2016 and now these icons can be installed via wget method. You can use Unity Tweak ToolGnome-tweak-tool to change themes/icons.

PyCharm is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) specially used for Python programming language. It is cross-platform available for Linux, Mac and Windows, and developed by JetBrains and offers two versions community edition and professional edition. It provides code analysis, a graphical debugger, an integrated unit tester, integration with version control systems (VCSes), and supports web development with Django.
The Community Edition is released under the Apache License, and the Professional Edition released under a proprietary license - this has extra features. Both editions let you write neat and maintainable code while the IDE helps you keep quality under control with PEP8 checks, testing assistance, smart refactorings, and a host of inspections. PyCharm is designed by programmers, for programmers, to provide all the tools you need for productive Python development.


  • Coding Assistance and Analysis, with code completion, syntax and error highlighting, linter integration, and quick fixes
  • Project and Code Navigation: specialized project views, file structure views and quick jumping between files, classes, methods and usages
  • Python Refactoring: including rename, extract method, introduce variable, introduce constant, pull up, push down and others
  • Support for web frameworks: Django, web2py and Flask
  • Integrated Python Debugger
  • Integrated Unit Testing, with line-by-line code coverage
  • Google App Engine Python Development
  • Version Control Integration: unified user interface for Mercurial, Git, Subversion, Perforce and CVS with changelists and merge
  • PyCharm 50+ IDE plugins of different nature, including support for additional VCS

For Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty/16.10 Yakkety/other related Ubuntu derivatives
To install PyCharm Community and Professional edition in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the terminal:

For Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 18/17/other related Ubuntu derivatives
To install Gnome Pomodoro in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the terminal:

That's it

Cool-retro-term is a free terminal emulator developed by Filippo Scognamiglio, it mimics the look and feel of the old cathode tube screens. If you are tired of your current terminal than it comes in hand as eye-candy, it is customizable and reasonably lightweight terminal emulator. It uses the Konsole engine which is powerful and mature, it requires Qt 5.2 or higher to run terminal emulator.
It has pre-configured templates so you can use them with just one click, profiles includes: Amber, Green, Scanlines, Pixelated, Apple ][, Vintage, IBM Dos, IBM 3287, and Transparent Green. Further more you can create your own profile and use it.
It's preferences offers a lot of customization: you can adjust brightness, contrast, and opacity; font; font scaling and width; cool effects for terminal; and you can control FPS, texture quality, scanlines quality, and bloom quality. Further more you can dive into settings to change colors, shadows etc.

cool retro terminal

Calibre is an eBook management software that is almost without equal, on any platform that runs it. A few years ago nobody could anticipate that eBooks will take our lives completely, but the rise of eBook readers and the fact that most books are cheaper in digital form, proves that it was inevitable for someone to take matters in his own hands and develop something that can actually manage an entire library.

Install QMMP Media Player in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty/16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 18/17/13
Qmmp media player is an audio player which gives feel like winamp or xmms. This program is written with help of Qt library. There are plenty of skins available for Qmmp player.
Qmmp is using MPEG v1/2 layer 1/2/3 decoder. FFap which is enhanced Monkey's Audio (APE) decoder. This program is simple user interface which are based on standard widgets set.

If you are using Linux on your Laptop then you have been using builtin brightness functionality which doesn't offer much but to increase and decrease brightness. Brightness Controller offers more functionality than builtin one, it is written in Python programming language and Pyside, it works with Pyton2 version.
It lets you control the brightness, Color temperature of the display and RGB as well. You can control all these values from 1% to 100%, apart from hardware brightness control which lets you control the brightness like 10% 20% 40% and so on. It should be mentioned that it changes the present brightness value set via hardware control of your monitor. For example, if you set your Monitor's brightness to 50% using hardware buttons, then that will be the 100% value in Brightness controller. It also supports arbitrary number of displays, further more you can save current configuration profile and load them as you need.

How To Install?

Available for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty/16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 18/17 and other related Ubuntu derivatives
To install Brightness Controller in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
If you want to install it in other distribution then download source from here.
That's it

Darktable is an open source photography workflow application and RAW developer. A virtual lighttable and darkroom for photographers. It manages your digital negatives in a database, lets you view them through a zoomable lighttable and enables you to develop raw images and enhance them.

Nowadays, more and more laptops replace personal computers in everyday life. A laptop is that kind of a gadget, which fully replaces PC, but the one you can easily take with you on vacation, in the park, or to the office. Laptops are small, functional, high-powered, and low cost. The strong sides only. The market of technologies confirms the statement that laptops definitely win in this long-term battle with desktop computers. So, the winner is obvious. Now it is time to make a right choice only. So, if you want to avoid a sorry choice in 2017, pay attention to the new generation of Linux laptops.

Many years ago Linux was considered to be an outcast on the market of operating systems. Time passed, and Linux-based gadgets have become the largest competitor for others. Now they offer modern technologies, applications, and programs (notebooks, video calls, torrents, popular games, online pokies for real money, photo editing, music streaming, etc.). So, what are the most worthy Linux gadgets for 2017?

Top 3 Linux Laptops
The Linux product range is quite diverse and interesting. This short list of 3 laptops is only the tip of the iceberg. But it is definitely the best part of it.
  • Alpha Litebook: It is a nicely designed and aesthetic laptop. Very stylish. Very lightweight. The laptop consists of the standard proprietary power connector, Ethernet jack, and USB ports. Alpha Litebook version has new elements additionally to the standard ones. There are several unique changes in the OS under the hood and comes with useful programs. The battery life is also improved (up to 8 hours). The only problem occurs when typing a document. The cursor is not stable, which makes typing experience irritable. Generally, it is a perfect combination of elementary OS and simple technologies.

  • The next Linux gadget is Purism Librem 13: It is a privacy-oriented laptop. The laptop has a slim minimalist design and extra secure system. What makes it different from the others is an idea of developers that only a customer should be able to control his entire device, but nobody else. Purism Librem 13 was created to become the most secure and privacy laptop on the market. The only thing that may stop you from buying it is a higher price range than other laptops have. But many customers are ready to pay those prices for respecting the customers’ freedoms and complete privacy.

  • System76 Galago Pro: It is a brand new and fresh product of Linux from System76. A combination of qualitative configuration and hardware. System76 Galago Pro is very thin, modern, and well thought-out. It has a high DPI screen and large storage capacity. The biggest disadvantage of this model is tiny print and tiny panel. However, this problem can be easily improved in the settings window. This laptop is a great option for those who are looking for extremely qualitative, but lightweight notebooks at the same time.

We are not trying to say that other products are not competitive in any way.
This is not sponsored post by any of these brands.

Despite the fact that Windows is immensely more popular than Linux, that doesn’t necessarily make it ‘better’ – at least not in every sense. There are some ways in which Linux is actually far better than Windows, and has a significant advantage over it.

In particular the advantages of opting to use Linux as opposed to Windows are its:
  • Nonexistent cost
  • As you probably know you need to purchase an original copy of Windows or a license in order to install it, and that can be fairly pricey. On the other hand as Linux is open source it is completely free and for some versions (i.e. Ubuntu) you can even have a copy mailed to you for a small fee to cover postage.

  • Full customization
  • Although Windows allows for some customization, it is often skin deep and only covers certain areas. With Linux however anything and everything can be customized, including the desktop, windows, network settings, and so on.

  • Diverse distributions
  • It is important to note that there are several distributions of Linux, each of which caters to a different set of needs. Depending on your needs and how you intend to use your computer, you can pick one that suits it best and benefit from its specialized nature.

  • Security
  • Unlike Windows, Linux tends to be less vulnerable to viruses. In part this is due to the fact that it is less popular and therefore doesn’t attract the attention that Windows does. However in addition to that Linux is more secure at its core, and because it is open source if and when there is ever a threat or vulnerability its community can respond and fix it almost immediately. In most cases it isn’t even necessary to use an antivirus on Linux – that’s how secure it is.

  • Hardware requirements
  • Newer versions of Windows typically have hefty hardware requirements that older machines struggle to cope with. In comparison Linux has far lower requirements, and can run on dated machines with little or no issues whatsoever and will never have to worry about how to speed up a Mac or PC. Some distributions of Linux may have slightly higher requirements, but even these are a far cry from what Windows needs.

Odds are you may have noticed that the open source nature of Linux is behind many of its advantages, and that is something that Windows simply can’t match. Make no mistake Windows does have several areas where it is stronger than Linux as well, but in some cases Linux is definitely the far superior option. At very least you should now be aware of the reasons why you may want to experiment with Linux or even use it as your primary operating system.

MacBuntu (Macbuntu Sierra/El Capitan/Yosemite) transformation pack took a little bit while to get ready for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty but finally it's ready for your desktop. In this pack we are offering many GTK themes targeting multiple desktops specifically Unity and Gnome but others are also supported like Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce. First of all we would like to thank Jared for helping us with this pack, our main themes Macbuntu which is for Gnome and other desktops, Macbuntu-Unity is for Unity desktop. We also included dark theme version for those who like to use Mac dark version, also featuring great themes Gnome-OSX and Gnome-OSX-T for Gnome desktop. Now we are providing two cursors themes one is featured from here, and some plank themes are from KenHarkey and erikdubois. Additionally there are two themes for Gnome Shell, two for Cinnamon, and two icon packs.

The Enlightenment desktop shell provides an efficient yet breathtaking window manager based on the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries along with other essential desktop components like a file manager, desktop icons and widgets. It boasts an unprecedented level of theme-ability while still being capable of performing on older hardware or embedded devices.

Install Wine 2.9/2.8 in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty/16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 18/17

Wine lets you run Windows software on other operating systems. With Wine, you can install and run these applications just like you would in Windows. Wine enables Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, and Solaris users to run Windows applications without a copy of Microsoft Windows. Wine is free software under constant development. Other platforms may benefit as well.

  • Support for tesselation shaders in Direct3D.
  • Binary mode support in WebServices.
  • Clipboard changes detected through Xfixes.
  • User interface improvements in RegEdit.
  • Direct3D command stream runs asynchronously.
  • Better serial and parallel ports autodetection.
  • Still more fixes for high DPI settings.
  • TCP and UDP connection support in WebServices.
  • Various shader improvements for Direct3D 11.
  • Improved support for high DPI settings.
  • Partial reimplementation of the GLU library.
  • Support for recent versions of OSMesa.
  • Various bug fixes.

Install Winehq 2.9/2.8 via Official Repository in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty/16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 18/17 open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

That's it

Tech innovation remains one of the greatest achievements of man to date. If you look around, almost everything is tech based, and it would be an entirely different world without technology. While this achievement continues to influence the way people live and conduct themselves, another challenge is threatening to wipe out the benefits of technology and that is - cyber-crime.

This is where tech savvy individuals try to manipulate technology to suit their selfish purposes. This is a very dangerous activity because it leads to data breaches, loss of money, denial of access to your own data and loss of valuable information among other negative effects.

The damage caused by cyber-crime is expected to hit $6 trillion by the year 2021 since it is one of the fastest growing forms of crime today globally. Those who suffer the most are businesses and institutions because they are the ones that are usually targeted by cyber criminals.

Common types of cyber attacks

When it comes to cybercrime, no operating system, application or hardware is immune. However, the security vulnerability is high among the applications followed by the operating systems and to smaller extent - the hardware. This is attributed to the increased development and use of applications compared to the others.

Cyber-attacks come in the form of malware which is malicious software that gets into your computer when you open an attachment or click on a link to download a file that contains such software. Another way is through phishing or pretending to be someone or something else to trick you into responding to something like an email that you wouldn’t do in normal circumstances.

Others include Denial of Service (DOS), SSL attacks, brute force attacks, DNS attacks, port scans and backdoor attacks among many others.

Cyber security vulnerabilities

  • Security misconfiguration
  • Misconfigured web servers and applications are the common ways of vulnerabilities that give entry to cyber-attacks. This is usually through the use of outdated software, using debugging modules, using default accounts, passwords and keys and running unnecessary programs on your system. All these actions can be very catastrophic because cyber criminals will easily take charge of your system.
  • Poor authentication and session management
  • Lack of proper authentication measures will expose the users’ passwords, session IDs, and even accounts. Cyber criminals will then use that information to impersonate other users or steal sensitive information that users have access to.
  • Encryption flaws
  • Lack of encryption of sensitive data, weak algorithm usage and poor key generation and management can be a paradise for cyber attackers as all this will expose your sensitive data whether it is at rest, in transit or backup. This can also happen to the user browsing data, and so you should encrypt your sensitive data with strong encryption algorithms to minimize the chances of attacker’s success.
  • Buffer overflows
  • Buffer overflow vulnerability occurs when your application puts more data in the buffer than it can handle. This will mean writing outside the buffer space where attackers will easily overwrite the content and cause program crashes, data corruption or execution of malicious code.
  • Injection flaws
  • This happens when an application sends untrusted data to the interpreter. When attackers carry out an injection attack, they can get access to sensitive data which might further lead to data loss or denial of service.

According to one of the cyber security firm Michigan based experts, cyber criminals always target systems that happen to have a particular tech flaw because it is easy for them to break in.

These are things that may be hard to detect on your own, and this is why businesses are investing in cyber security providers to shield their businesses from cyber-attacks.

There are many BitTorrent clients available for Linux and you may have your favorite one installed on your system. Deluge is an open-source BitTorrent client written in Python programming language and its software library written in C++ language which provides the application's networking logic, is connected to one of various front ends (including a text console, a Web interface, and a graphical desktop interface using GTK+) through the project's own Python bindings. It is free licensed under the GNU GPL-v3 and cross-platform available for Linux, FreeBSD, Mac and Windows.
Deluge contains the common features to BitTorrent clients such as Protocol Encryption, DHT, Local Peer Discovery (LSD), Peer Exchange (PEX), UPnP, NAT-PMP, Proxy support, Web seeds, global and per-torrent speed limits. As Deluge heavily utilizes the ​libtorrent library it has a comprehensive list of the ​features provided. Deluge has been designed to run as both a normal standalone desktop application and as a ​client-server. In Thinclient mode a Deluge daemon handles all the BitTorrent activity and is able to run on headless machines with the user-interfaces connecting remotely from any other platform. A rich collection of Plugins are available to get the most out Deluge and extend it's functionality, written by various members of the Deluge community.