Did you ever use Windows XP but moved to Linux or can't use it anymore because support is ended? These theme is going to hit the nostalgia, if you grew up with Windows XP or used it anyway. Redmond theme pack gives your Ubuntu/Linux Mint a flavor of Windows XP/2000 and still you keep awesome Linux behind this eyecandy. This pack offers you 7 variants: XP embedded, XP homestead, XP Luna, XP Royale, XP Royale Dark, XP Zune and another theme kind of look like Windows 2000 called Windows Whistle.
Many people are going say like 'Why you are so obsessed by other operating systems and so, Linux is great OS', yeah I do agree with that last part of the statement and many geeks consider Linux 'A great great operating system' and I do too. The superiority of the Linux shows that you can do with Linux whatever you wants to, change look/design/develop and so, that's called freedom. We should appreciate new comers to Linux instead of letting them down, and people leave Linux because they think it is quite difficult to survive with this OS.
There are Windows XP icons available here but we can't put them in our PPA for copyright reasons, since this theme is for GTK and designed by individual under license GPL-v2, so there is no copyright issue. We recommend you to use Victory Icons with this theme. This pack is compatible with following desktop environments: Cinnamon, Unity, XFCE 4, OpenBox 3, Gnome Shell, Lxde, Mate, and GTK. Victory icons used in the following screenshots. You can use Unity Tweak ToolGnome-tweak-tool.

windows xp

Cinnamon is a GTK+-based desktop environment. It originally started as a fork of the GNOME Shell, which is a user interface and was initially developed by (and for) Linux Mint. Cinnamon provides many features, including: Desktop effects, including animations, Applets, Desklets, and transition effects; A movable panel equipped with a main menu, launchers, a window list and the system tray; Various extensions; Applets that appear on the panel; Overview with functions similar to that in GNOME Shell; and Settings editor for easy customization. It can customize: The panel, The calendar, Themes, Desktop effects, Applets, Extensions.
Mint team released new version 3.2 of Cinnamon with new features and bugs fixes, rich settings to enhance desktop using Cinnamon Control Center. In version 3.2, and similar to MATE or Xfce, Cinnamon is an entire desktop environment built on GNOME technologies. It still uses tool-kits and libraries such as GTK or Clutter and it is still compatible with all GNOME applications, but it no longer requires GNOME itself to be installed. It now communicates directly with its own backend services, libraries and daemons: cinnamon-desktop, cinnamon-session and cinnamon-settings-daemon.
cinnamon

Green Recorder is a simple, open source desktop recorder developed for Linux systems built using Python, GTK and FFmpeg. It supports most of the Linux desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce and so on. Recently it has been updated to work with Wayland too in Gnome session.
It uses FFmpeg libraries and currently supported formats are: MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, NUT and WebM (it only available for Wayland in Gnome session). You can choose the area to record, or use handy option ' Select a Window' to record a specific window, if you don't use any of these option and simply hit 'Record' button then it will record full-screen of the desktop. You can stop the recording process easily by right-clicking the icon and choosing 'Stop Record'. Or middle-clicking the recording icon in the notifications area (but doesn't work on all interfaces). Show Mouse and Follow Mouse are great options to have, you can adjust them as per your needs.
It uses default audio device on your system, you can record audio using Microphone or completely disable mic using its option, you can also change audio input source. Advanced options allows you to set Frames, delay to record the screen, Audio input source, as well as lets you run the command after recording is stopped.
By default, On Wayland only, Green Recorder uses the V8 encoder instead of the default V9 encoder in GNOME Shell because of the CPU & RAM consumption issue with V9. Which - now - should also give you better performance. On Xorg, each format uses its own default encoder.

green recorder

Features:

  • Formats supported: MKV, MP4, AVI, WMV, NUT and WebM
  • Select specific area to record
  • Select window to record
  • Full-screen record
  • Record from Microphone or from system
  • Show/hide mouse in the recording
  • Ability to follow the mouse while recording
  • Frames adjustment and delay in start recording
  • Run command after recording is stopped

How to install?

Available for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety/17.04 Zesty/16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18/and other Ubuntu based distributions
To install Green Recorder in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:


Available for Fedora 26/25/24
To install Green Recorder in Fedora and copy the following commands in the Terminal:


Available for Arch Linux using AUR Helper
To install Green Recorder in Fedora and copy the following command in the Terminal:


For other Linux distributions install it using source
Download the source code. Install these dependencies on your distribution (gir1.2-appindicator3, gawk, python-gobject, python-urllib3, x11-utils, ffmpeg, pydbus). And then run following command:


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There are multiple ways to optimize your Linux, the most geeky way is using Terminal, there are also applications available that performs such actions like Bleachbit, Ubuntu cleaner and so on. Stacer is simple, open-source, quick and new application designed to offer you all-in-one optimizer for your Ubuntu/Linux Mint (It's alternative to CCleaner but only for Linux).

The main 'Dashboard' section displays you information about your system, real-time CPU/RAM and Disk usage, as well as Network download and Upload speed.
Stacer

In past there were applications that allowed us to run videos/Gif as wallpaper on the desktop and make desktop look much cooler but than all of sudden the development of such Apps stopped and I can't name any App that exist for this purpose. Komorebi is fairly new application designed to make your desktop experience much better and make desktop cool as well, we can say it is kind of 'live wallpaper' situation here or 3D wallpaper. It is developed by Abe Masri and available under GPL license for free.

Komorebi

There isn't much theme development going on now a days for latest Ubuntu version like it used to in past, we had so many themes to choose from for our beloved desktop but it is quite unfortunate. Hopefully creators will jump in eyecandy pool once again and give us those great themes taste we used to have for our Linux desktops. But there are still some people who are giving their free time to Linux eyecandy and we must appreciate them.
Chrome OS theme is basically material designed GTK theme with flat and elegant colors, it has two variants Chrome OS variant and Android OS variant but looks great on Ubuntu 16.10 and 16.04, it can also work on Linux Mint 18 desktop. It offers theme for Unity, Gnome Shell, Cinnamon, Xfce that means all major desktops are covered. If you find any kind of bug or issue within this theme then report it to creator via linked page. Obsidian-1 icons used in the following screenshots. You can use Unity Tweak ToolGnome-tweak-tool.

chrome os theme

A while back I wrote Skype Alpha released for Linux which was great news among Skype users, here is next big release New Skype enters in Beta. New Skype `Alpha` version didn't had all features but with passage of time it is getting everything it needs and now it support video calls one-to-one with Skype for Mac, Windows, Android and iOS. Also it now support calling to mobiles and landline phone using Skype credit. The latest client of Skype for Linux utilizes WebRTC to handle voice calls. Skype team planning to release Skype for Ubuntu Phones and in snap package as well.
Skype allows people to communicate with each other by messaging, voice calling and video calling over internet. Skype also provides services for phone calls on the telephone networks. Everybody can call on Skype network free of charge there is no limit of call, on the other side Skype charge users for calling to land-line and mobile phones. Skype becomes popular among users for its additional features, like file sharing, screen sharing, video conferencing.

skype beta

Changes in this Release:

  • Calls to mobiles and landlines with Skype credit
  • One-to-one video calls can be made from Linux to Skype users the latest versions of Skype for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.
  • Linux users can now view shared screens from other Skype desktop clients.
  • Unity launcher now shows the number of unread conversations
  • Online contacts in contact list now include Away and Do Not Disturb statuses.
  • Many bugs fixes and performance improvements.

How To Install?

There are two ways to install Latest Skype: one download and install deb or add official repo so you can get update via software updater/command line.

Download Deb 64bit

To install Latest Skype (64bit) via repo in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

That's it

Simple Weather Indicator is simple and elegant indicator designed to get weather information right on the panel. It is developed using Python languages and uses an in-house open source weather API called Eris to get the current weather condition of the user's location.
It only can display weather of one location at a time but with very detailed information; like Rain, Humidity, Wind speed, Cloudiness, Weather pressure and Visibility. You can either let it detect your location automatically or you can set location manually by entering Latitude and Longitude of the location you want get weather information. As I tested the automatic location detection isn't very accurate, for better results manual method which I will show you how easy it is to get longitude and latitude.

simple weather indicator

Features:

  • Simple & elegant
  • Fairly easy to Configure
  • Automatic location detection or manual location
  • Show/hide location from panel/indicator
  • Enable/disable indicator startup
  • Temperature scale support (Celsius, Fahrenheit)
  • Rounding weather temperature
  • Overall weather condition
  • Humidity level
  • Wind speed
  • Weather cloudiness
  • Weather pressure
  • Weather visibility

simple weather indicator
To setup manual location for simple weather indicator, use Google Maps as shown in the following screenshot to get the longitude and latitude.

How to Install?

Available for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety/17.04/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 18/17/and other related Ubuntu derivatives
To install Simple Weather Indicator in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:


It is also available via AUR for ArchLinux, for other Linux distributions checkout this page.
What weather application do you use in the OS?

Screenlets is basically a widgets engine which run small applications on the desktop called widgets, it is written in Python and licensed under GPL. It was designed to run on Unix-like operating systems by 'Rico Pfaus', 'Helder Fraga' and 'Natan Yellin', targeting specifically to run on X11-based compositing windows manager like compiz.
The goal of the Screenlets base-classes is to simplify the creation of fully themeable mini-apps that each solve basic desktop-work-related needs and generally improve the usability and eye-candy of the modern composited Linux-desktop.
Actually these mini widgets are virtual representation of things lying/standing around on your desktop; such as clock, sticky notes, calculator, calendar, and many more possibilities. You can add widgets on your desktop without any hassle, choose widget on the screenlet you want to add to the desktop and click "Launch/Add" button on the left pane, you can also set 'Auto start on login' so next time your computer start it will load automatically.

screenlets

Features:

  • Real applications, no HTML-"widgets"
  • Easy to use, easy to develop
  • Wide variety of screenlets/widgets to choose from.
  • Full compositing support
  • Works with any composited X desktop (compiz, xfce4, ...)
  • Works also on non-composited desktop
  • Included ability to apply themes (SVG, PNG or mixed)
  • Fully scalable when using SVGs
  • Embedded drag and drop support
  • Automated storing of options (using ini or GConf)
  • Controllable through customizable D-Bus service
  • Can be used together with compiz' widget-plugin to create a
  • Option to save it automatically.
  • Supports themes for screenlets.

How to Install Screenlets:

Available for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 18/17/13other related Ubuntu derivatives
To install Screenlets in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:


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SafeEyes is a useful application designed to give your eyes a little break from your computer screen (this is the way how not to get eye strain, 'asthenopia'), while also asking you to do some eyes exercise which can be useful. It is free and open source developed by Gobinath, it is an alternative to EyeLeo which is only available for Windows.
It stays in the Panel/Tray, and you can manage it from its panel icon, enable/disable or change its functionality or settings. Before hitting the break time the application sends a notification that break is coming, by default notification is displayed 10 seconds before break but you can change this time and break time as well from its settings.
You can skip break by clicking on the icon when break started but this button can be removed from break screen, which strictly allows you to take a break. You can manage long and short breaks, each with configurable duration, adjust interval between breaks.

safeeyes

safeeyes

Features:

  • Short breaks with eye exercises
  • Long breaks to change physical position and to warm up
  • Disable the keyboard during break
  • Notifications before every break
  • Do not disturb when working with fullscreen applications( Eg: Watching movies)
  • Smart pause and resume based on system idle time
  • Multi-monitor support
  • Elegant and customizable design
  • Multi-language support
  • Highly customizable
  • Strict break for those who are addicted to computer
  • Skip or take break based on active windows (Regardless of fullscreen-mode)
  • Customize individual break time
  • Audible alert at the end of break
  • Turn on/off audible alert for individual breaks
  • Customize disable time period

How to Install SafeEyes:

Available for Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety/17.04/16.04 Xenial/14.04 Trusty/12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 18/17/13other related Ubuntu derivatives
To install SafeEyes in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:


Arch Linux: Install via AUR
For Other Linux distributions follow instructions from their Github page.

Kodi media center, formerly known as XBMC Media Center, is an award-winning free and open source cross-platform media player feels very natural to use from the couch and is the ideal solution for your home theater. Currently Kodi can be used to play almost all popular audio and video formats around. It was designed for network playback, so you can stream your multimedia from anywhere in the house or directly from the internet using practically any protocol available. Use your media as-is: Kodi can play CDs and DVDs directly from the disk or image file, almost all popular archive formats from your hard drive, and even files inside ZIP and RAR archives. It will even scan all of your media and automatically create a personalized library complete with box covers, descriptions, and fanart. There are playlist and slideshow functions, a weather forecast feature and many audio visualizations.
Once installed, your computer will become a fully functional multimedia jukebox. More than 50 software developers have contributed to Kodi, and 100-plus translators have worked to expand its reach, making it available in more than 30 languages. It uses a 10-foot user interface designed to be a media player for the living-room, using a remote control as the primary input device. Its graphical user interface (GUI) allows the user to easily browse and view videos, photos, podcasts, and music from a harddrive, optical disc, local network, and the internet using only a few buttons. Kodi is fully Open-Source and released under the GPLv2.0+ license. It includes many third-party libraries which use compatible licenses. Due to the inclusion of some GPLv3.0 libraries the entire application becomes GPLv3.0 as binary.
kodi

Linux is always a better option than other operating systems in terms of security, and it is an ideal OS for the privacy and security conscious user, but the best way to secure your online activity and increase your privacy is to use a good Linux VPN, a Virtual Private Network that encrypts all your internet traffic and prevents monitoring of your online communications. VPNs are useful tools to access business or home networks when you are traveling, and region-restricted websites, hide your browsing activity when you use a public Wi-Fi connection, avoid internet censorship, and download files.


Finding the best VPN Provider for your specific needs can be tricky because all VPN services are unique: they use different encryption methods, have unique software clients, vary in speed, and support different platforms.

How to Start Using a Linux VPN?
To get familiar with the technology, check reviews and recommendations on the web, and only then try a specific provider. Many reputable VPN providers usually offer a free trial of their service, and one of the best options to get started with a Linux VPN is to choose VyprVPN free trial.

VyprVPN is a reliable service with a great balance of innovative features and affordable prices that meet the highest VPN selection criteria. Linux platform is also supported, so this VPN provider can be a good option for Linux users who are usually of low priority for most software developers and VPN providers.VyprVPN works well on Ubuntu and Linux Mint and you can find downloadable Command Line Interface for these Linux distributions on the company’s website. It may also work on some other Debian-based distributions, but they are not supported at this time. You can easily install VyprVPN using detailed instructions in the support sections on the provider’s website. There are set-up guides for OpenVPN and PPTP protocols. If you have some difficulties with installation, you may contact technical support by completing a support form.

Here are the main features that make VyprVPN a perfect choice for any Linux user.
  • It is one of the fastest VPNs as the company has 700+ servers across 5 continents and more than 200,000 IP addresses. The number of servers is constantly increasing. The company guarantees unlimited speed, bandwidth, and server changing.
  • The service allows up to 5 simultaneous VyprVPN connections.
  • The service uses the safest security protocols such as PPTP, OpenVPN, Chameleon, and L2TP and combines them for the best safe connection (for pro and premium members).
  • This is a private encrypted network and no third parties are involved in the operation process.
  • The pricing policy is flexible and there are 3 packages: basic, pro, and premier plans. All the packages have 3-day trial versions. If you subscribe for longer periods, you can save up to 50%. You can pay using your credit card or PayPal.
  • You can find answers to the most common questions in Helper Center Section or contact customer support via email, online chat or by filling the special contact form. The service offers 24 hour emergency support for all time zones.

CloudStats is an effective tool for Linux server monitoring and network monitoring. With CloudStats you get whole visibility into key performance criteria of your Linux Server. You can proactively track different server metrics like CPU, disk and memory usage, services, apps, processes and more. The best thing is that you don’t need to have any special technical skills – this tool for server monitoring is very easy to install and run from any device.
Server Monitoring

It takes only one SSH command to run the CloudStats server monitoring tool on your server to get all your server statistics in one place. After synchronization with your Linux server you’ll keep under control your entire virtual infrastructure. You’ll get information about your servers and networks, including CPU, Disk, RAM, Network usage, etc. You can also monitor Apache, MySQL, Mail, FTP, DNS and other services. System alerts and notifications will help you to timely detect and fix any failures in the server functionality and prevent downtime.

How it works?
  • Sign in and install the server monitoring agent in the server.
  • The agent will collect critical metrics about your servers and networks.
  • Get reports about your system status and receive notifications via Email, Skype or Slack.
  • Manage services from your home or office PC or a mobile device.
  • Back up your data on a regular basis.
With CloudStats it is possible to perform server monitoring from anywhere in the world, no matter where you are. It operates from Microsoft Azure cloud technology making sure its monitoring results are always correct and up-to-date.


Here is a list of features of CloudStats:
  • Linux Server Monitoring;
  • Data backup tool;
  • Network traffic monitoring;
  • Services monitoring;
  • Process monitoring;
  • External checks;
  • Website monitoring and PingMap;
  • Email, Skype and Slack Alerts;
  • Free account available


CloudStats Server Monitoring service is a one-stop-shop solution to monitor, backup and manage your whole IT infrastructure, no matter how many websites, servers and cloud instances you have and where they are located. This Software-as-a-Service tool is suitable both for business and personal use.

KDE is an international technology team that creates free and open source software for desktop and portable computing. Among KDE's products are a modern desktop system for Linux and UNIX platforms, comprehensive office productivity and groupware suites and hundreds of software titles in many categories including Internet and web applications, multimedia, entertainment, educational, graphics and software development. KDE software is translated into more than 60 languages and is built with ease of use and modern accessibility principles in mind. KDE's full-featured applications run natively on Linux, BSD, Solaris, Windows and Mac OS X.