Vamox icons were designed as a university thesis project by Emiliano Luciani and Darío Badagnani in 2008. The objective was to design a interface of a distro that the university could use for learning about design thin free software, From start these icons were developed for Ubuntu. Now these icons has three variants blue, orange and red, which are compatible with most of the Linux desktop environments such as: Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce and so on. We have added these icons to our PPA for Ubuntu/Linux Mint and other related distributions, If you are using distribution other than Ubuntu/Linux Mint/its derivatives then download icons and install it in one of these "~/.icons" or "/usr/share/icons/" location. If you find any missing icons or problem with this icon set then report it to creator via linked page and hopefully it will get fixed soon.

Ashes theme is based on Adapta and Flat-Plat theme but it includes the mixture of blue and pink color scheme with gray search entity. Usually derived themes always try to make better and enhanced version by the person who forked it, to make desktop much perfect and elegant, same thing goes for this theme, it looks and feels great on almost every desktop. Mainly it is designed to work in Unity and Gnome desktop but it can also work in other desktops such as Cinnamon, Mate, and so on. For the Gnome desktop creator have added the dark title-bar/header-bar support, so you can enable Global-Dark-Theme using Gnome-Tweak-Tool, if you prefer dark title-bars. If you are using distribution other than Ubuntu/Linux Mint/its derivatives then download theme from here and install it "~/.themes" or "/usr/share/themes/" location. If you find any kind of bug or issue within this theme then report it to creator and since this theme is in active development hopefully it will be fixed soon.

Ashes theme

If you have been searching for Windows icons for your Linux desktop then you are at the right place. The DamaDamas icons are from Pisi GNU/Linux and available for every Linux distribution, these icons give Windows look and feel to your desktop. There isn't much information available for these icons but the icons are SVG format and there are almost 4000+ icons packed in very fairly sized archive. We have added these icons to our PPA and these icons are compatible with almost every desktop environment such as: Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon, Xfce, Mate, KDE Plasma and so on. If you find any missing icons or problem with this icon set then report it to creator via linked page and hopefully it will get fixed soon.

There are many flat themes available for Linux desktops, you may have favorite one also. Plano another flat theme specially designed for Gnome and Xfce desktops. It is compatible with Gtk 3.24/3.22/3.20 versions, if you are using distribution other than Ubuntu/Linux Mint then download zip file directly from theme page and install it in this location "~/.themes" or "/usr/share/themes". There is also theme for Gnome Shell which can go along with its Gtk version. If you find any kind of bug or issue within this theme then report it to creator and hopefully he will fix it soon.

There isn't much theme development going on for latest Ubuntu release since it requires theme creator to build their theme from scratch for new GTK versions, it seems development almost went away but there are still people who are giving their free time just to make your desktop elegant, make sure to support them as well. Vimix GTK themes available in dark and light version and for GTK 3.20/3.22 there are more variants which means you get more themes on latest 16.10 desktop. It is a flat Material Design theme designed for GTK 3, GTK 2 and Gnome Shell based on Flat-Plat theme, and these themes are compatible with most of the desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Mate, Cinnamon, Xfce, Budgie and so on. If you find any kind of bug or issue within this theme then report it to creator via linked page. Shadow and Papirus icons used in the following screenshots. You can use Unity Tweak ToolGnome-tweak-tool.

Since its launch in 2008, Google Chrome has now become the most popular web browser, leaving the competition way behind. Google Chrome is available for various operating systems such as Windows, Mac OS, and Linux. Linux is the most popular open source operating system, used by millions worldwide. Aside from being open source software, Linux is also customizable, which means users can fit it for specific purposes.

Installing Chrome on Linux is not a direct process, but it is worth it. For one thing, Chrome is a very fast browser as compare to other browsers. It is also easy to access. Unlike in other operating systems, a straightforward installation of Google Chrome is not possible in Linux because it is not available via Software Manager in any Linux distribution, in order to install it you must download it from its official website. For example, if you wish to install Google Chrome in Ubuntu/Linux Mint, which are both most popular Linux distributions, you would have to open the terminal and run some specific commands one by one, or alternatively you can download deb file and double click to open it via installer.

Also Chromium is similar to Google Chrome but it is maintained by community, it is available in the Ubuntu respositories. Another advantage of Google Chrome/chromium is that they offer thousands of extensions. These cool and useful extensions can be installed on Chrome/Chromium.

Some of the most useful Chrome add-ons or extensions that can be added on Chrome/Chromium are the following:

Proxy Switchy Sharp!

This is an advanced proxy manager for Chrome. It is able to alter the configuration of Chrome as well as modify LAN and VPN/Dial-Up proxy settings. Proxy Switchy! is a Chrome extension that also supports Linux. It is an ideal add on for Linux users because many of them need the use of proxies. With Proxy Switchy!, you don’t need to manually change the configuration, all you need to do is to set up a list of proxies and select the proxy needed for a particular location. Another great thing for Proxy Switchy! users is that they are able to backup and restore their options.

Network and Internet Tools

Network and Internet Tools for Linux users is a very useful add-on, particularly because many Linux users are known to be avid network users. Hard-core network users usually do a lot of information gathering from websites. With only one click, the Network and Internet Tools extension for Linux allows the user to gather the following information:
  • Geo Location
  • DNS Lookup
  • DNS Blackhole List
  • Whois
  • IP Address
  • TCP Ping
  • Ping
  • Traceroute
  • Domain neighbors

Pop up blocker

Pop up blockers are essential and useful Chrome add-ons because they are able to block irritating pop ups, pop-unders, and overlays. In choosing a pop-up blocker, choose one that is available as a Google Chrome extension. Not all blockers are available as a Chrome extension. Choose a pop-up blocker that does not drain CPU memory, has unobtrusive notifications that inform you when a pop-up has been blocked and a block counter that shows blocked content history.


LastPass is an essential Chrome extension that acts as a password manager. A password manager essentially saves your password and gives secure access from a computer or mobile device. It is a popular Chrome add-on because it is easy to use and provides utmost security.

Zoho Writer

Zoho Writer is a useful Chrome extension that allows the user to create, edit, and share documents. It is a free word processing app that has complete features and allows the user to write simple notes or do more complex work. Another great thing about Zoho Writer is that it also works even in offline mode.

Permanent Readability

Readability is a Chrome Add On that allows the user to read web pages or articles right in the browser, with useful features such as Read Now, Read Later, tag list, etc. It also syncs across computers and mobile preferences and can be configured to the user’s reading preferences.

Alkasir is an free, open-source and cross-platform (Linux, Windows and Mac) tool that lets you access the blocked websites, it is developed by Walid al-saqaf. With its split-tunneling feature, Alkasir can optimize bandwidth consumption to provide better speed compared to many other circumvention tools.
The initial release of this tool was back in May 2009 only for Windows and it was closed-source back then, and later on it got to point where source was available and made available for Linux and Mac, now it is getting updates from time-to-time. As a way to metaphorically signal its main task of breaking through digital firewalls and allowing users access to blocked websites.

Victory Gtk theme is not new and the initial release was way back in April, 2010. The development was stopped then creator started working again on this theme a while ago. The entire theme is recreated as a vibrant, elegant, bright and flat using minimalistic approach. From day one this theme is targeting Xfce and Lxde desktops but now it does work in Gnome and Cinnamon desktops as well without any issue, and Openbox desktop also supported by this theme. It is available for Gtk 3.18/3.22/2.24 that means you can install it in Ubuntu 17.10/17.04/16.04 and Linux Mint 18, as well as other related Ubuntu derivatives. There is also Victory icon theme available by the same creator which we did share in past and below you can find the commands to install those icons as well. If you find any kind of bug or problem with the theme then report it creator and hopefully it will get fixed in the next update.

PPSSPP is a PSP emulator (PPSSPP an acronym for "PlayStation Portable Simulator Suitable for Playing Portably"), PPSSPP is an open source project and cross platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac (The source code also unofficially supports a wide variety of operating systems and platforms, including Raspberry Pi, Loongson, Maemo, Meego Harmattan and Pandora). it is licensed under the GNU GPL-v2 and written in C++ language, it translates PSP CPU instructions directly into optimized x86, x64 and ARM machine code, using JIT recompilers (dynarecs). It lets you run PSP games on PC in full HD resolution but you may not get perfect results. It can even upscale textures that would otherwise be too blurry as they were made for the small screen of the original PSP.
It can run on low specification hardware, including ARM processors as long as there's support for OpenGL ES 2.0. It can run PSP ISO file from your PC, and also from PSP disk but you need to specify location of Game within PPSSPP.
It can save and restore game state anywhere, anytime; Continue where you left off by transferring saves from your real PSP; Crank up the anisotropic filtering and texture scaling.

Nuvola Player runs a web-based interface of cloud music services in its own window and provides integration with a Linux desktop (multimedia keys, system tray, media player applets, dock menu, notifications and more) offers more native user experience and integration with Linux desktop environments than usual web browsers can offer. .Nuvola Player is an open-source project licensed under GNU GPL 3 and written mainly in Vala (the core) and JavaScript (service integrations). It tries to feel and look like a native application as possible. However, it cannot overcome common drawbacks of web-based music streaming: some music streaming services require Flash plugin and web apps usually have higher memory usage than native apps.
Nuvola Player 3 doesn't need any hacks to support Flash plugin, because it is built on top of WebKit2Gtk+, the second generation of this web rendering library. The major diference is that plugins are run in a separate GTK+ 2 compatible process, so there is no need to use nspluginwrapper and install 32bit libraries on 64bit system. There is also one extra benefit: If Flash plugin crashes, it doesn't take down whole Nuvola Player application.

You may have favorite video editor to edit your videos but there is no harm to try something new, its initial release was not that long, with time it made some great improvements. It can be bit hard to master this video editor but if you are not new in this field you can make it easily and will be total worth of time.
Flowblade is a multitrack non-linear video editor released under GPL3 license. It supports all the media that is available in the Linux system when the FFMPEG library is working as the backend. Typical startup message on terminal tells that 146 formats, 78 video codecs and 58 audio codecs are available to be used.

Vivaldi is the new web browser compare to other famous browsers, the initial release of Vivaldi was in January, 2015. It has improved a lot and evolved since the first release. Basically it is based on the open-source frameworks of Chromium, Blink and Google's V8 JavaScript engine and has a lot of great feature which I will table later. It is known to be the most customizable browser for power users, debuts features that make browsing more personal than ever before.
Do we really need another browser? Since we already have a lot of them such as mostly used Firefox, Chrome, Opera and so on. The former CEO of Opera Software Jon Von Tetzchner didn't liked the direction of Opera Web Browser and said "Sadly, it is no longer serving its community of users and contributors - who helped build the browser in the first place." Then created a web browser which has to be fast, rich feature, highly flexible and puts the user first, so Vivaldi was born.

Ultimate Blue is designed to make desktop better, it's dark theme which is easy on eyes and looks great at the same time. It is compatible with Gtk 3.20/3.22/3.24 and available for Gnome, Unity, Cinnamon, Xfce, Mate and so on, it also has Gnome Shell theme. Obsidian icons used in the following screenshots. If you find any issues with this theme then report it to developer and hopefully it will get fixed in the next update. If you are using other distribution you can directly download theme from its page and install it manually in ~/.themes folder or /usr/share/themes/. You can use Gnome-tweak-tool to change themes.

ultimate blue

ultimate blue

Available for Ubuntu 17.10 Artful/17.04 Zesty/16.04 Xenial/Linux Mint 18/other Ubuntu derivatives
To install Ultimate Blue Theme in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

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You may know handful of applications that can lead you to be more productive, Sandman is one of them, it is free, open-source and cross-platform application available for Linux, Windows and Mac. It notifies you about your sleep timings that you need to get 7-8 hour of sleep everyday and keep yourself energized and refreshed. First you need to tell the Sandman at that time you need to wake up the next day, and then it tell you when you should go to bed. Now a days like everybody uses their cellphones as an alarm clock, which just wake you up not tell you to sleep.
It works in a way that tells you two things when to give you bed time alerts; your working hours and when you need to wake up. The app learns what times a user works and tells them when enough is enough and they should go to bed. This application is in active development that means if you find any kind of bug or missing feature then report to developer.

Sleep Notification: Notifies you when optimal rest times occur that are generated by the algorithm and recommends a shutdown.
Out of sight, out of mind: lives in the task bar the beauty of Sandman is its ability to run in the background.
Avoid Overworking: notifies you if your computer's up-time extends beyond 12 hours, to help you stay productive and efficient.

How to install?

To install Sandman in Ubuntu/Linux Mint download the deb file and replace download file name in the first command:

Download Sandman

That's it