You may have heard of the news about the Unity 8 development has stopped and Ubuntu is switching back to Gnome. If you have switched back to Gnome on your current desktop or planning to then here is good news for you. United Gnome can make your desktop feel like Unity but not exactly same. The idea behind this theme is a while back there was a concept what Ubuntu would look like in the future but that never happened. Then Aaron stepped in and tried to give concept a real look on the desktop using Gnome Shell desktop.
United Gnome theme uses Flat-plat theme as a base, it is intended to use on Gnome 3.24 but it is also compatible with Gnome 3.22 and 3.20 versions. This theme offers three GTK variants United(white version), United Dark(complete dark) and United Darker(White with dark titles); and five gnome shell variants allows you to choose what fits your needs.
Beside theme you can install these extensions to make desktop look more like Unity. Dash to dock: Enable panel mode and position it on the left; Dynamic Panel Transparency: The non-dark variant comes with a semi-transparent panel. Square icons used in the following screenshots.

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As you may have tried many icons and you may know we host large number of icons which are available through our PPA to make installation simple and hassle free. Numix White icon theme is based on Numix circle icons but white version. It can work with any kind of theme but as tested it fits best with dark themes because with light/white color themes you may find it irritating to your eyes.
This icon theme is compatible with most of the desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Xfce, Cinnamon, Mate and so but it is not compatible with KDE, it contains more than 4000 icons. It is in active development which means if you find any missing icon or problem with this icon set then you can report it via linked page and hopefully it will be fixed in the next update. United Gnome theme used in the following screenshots and you can use Unity Tweak ToolGnome-tweak-tool to change icons.

It is glad to see that theme development is much faster now than past. Albatross theme is forked from Shimmer project team, they stopped the development long ago. If you want to keep your desktop simple, clean and elegant then for sure this theme is for you, it is specially targeting Gnome desktop and may work with Xfce. Currently this theme is compatible with Gtk 3.24+/3.22/3.20. If you intend to use this theme in the Xfce desktop then you must use xfwm4 from "Greybird/Adwaita" since that is not packed with this theme. Since this theme is in active development, if you encounter any bug or problem with this theme then report it to get it fixed. Obsidian-1 icons used in the following screenshot.

Albatross

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


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There are many text editors available for Linux such as command line editors (vi, vim, nano and so) and GUI editors (Gedit, Pluma, Kate and so on). Linux always has space for new stuff but Xed isn't new and around from quite sometime.
Xed text editor offers most of the standard editor features, extending this basic functionality with other features not usually found in simple text editors. It supports editing of multiple text files in a window (using Tabs) just like any other famous text editor. Support to encode UTF-8 files, compare files among others, syntax highlighting of source code, auto indentation and manual indentation, printing, print preview support, and many other standard features.
Plugins can extend the functionality of the Xed editor, some plugins are packed with it by default to help end-user to be more productive, which currently includes support for spell checking, comparing files, viewing CVS ChangeLogs, and adjusting indentation levels. If you don't like the new interface of Gedit then it will remind you of old Gedit, also it is forked from Pluma, the main difference between Pluma and Xed is that the latter is an X-app. Since this editor is in the active development by Linux Mint project, you should expect new features in the future releases.

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If you are struggling with focus on something, it could be your work or study then try Pomodoro technique, this method developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. The technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length, separated by short breaks. You can read more about Pomodoro here.
Gnome Pomodoro is an application which helps managing time according to the Pomodoro technique. It tells you to focus on the task by taking short intervals and intends to improve the productivity. This application is completely integrated with Gnome desktop environment and uses Gnome Technologies, that doesn't mean it can't be installed on other desktops. This workflow can improve focus, physical health and mental agility depending on how you spend your breaks and how strictly you follow the routine.
Principles of Pomodoro Technique: Focusing on work for limited time, about half an hour, and Clearing your mind during breaks.

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As you may already know that Ubuntu is switching back to Gnome, this is the transition time for Ubuntu to switch back. Some creators are motivated and creating themes for Gnome desktop, which is a good thing and hopefully we shall see plenty of Gnome themes and icons around soon. As its name shows "Minwaita" it is minimal/compact version of Adwaita theme, the theme is available after some enhancements to make Gnome more sleek and more vanilla Gnome experience without moving to away from Adwaita's design. This theme is compatible with Gnome 3.20 and up versions. This theme was released back in November, 2016 and still in continuous development that means if you find any problem or bug in the theme then report it to get it fixed in the next update. Obsidian-1 icons used in the following screenshots.


On 26th April, 2012 the most beloved version of Ubuntu was released "Ubuntu 12.04 Precise" Long-Term support version, I still remember and miss that day when it was released. I personally used it a lot after "10.04 LTS" and still I use it for productivity because it is stable has a lot of stuff available developed by community such as applications, themes, icons, 3rd-party scripts for it and so on.


Here we are in the last week when Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is going to reach End-of-Life for community (28th April 2017). So everybody is encouraged to upgrade to supported version of Ubuntu, if you are in the enterprise industry and 12.04 is doing some main operations and you can't upgrade then Canonical has got your back.
You can buy Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) from Ubuntu website and get support from Canonical which includes several features such as important security updates for kernel and user base packages (these updates will be delivered in a secure, private archive exclusively available for people who buy Ubuntu), 24/7 telephone and online portal support, Canonical Livepatch service, Access to knowledge base, IP legal assurance, a dedicated Canonical support engineer (these all features vary for prices - you can check further information at Ubuntu advantage).

What if you are running the Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and want to upgrade to 16.04 Xenial, well there is no way to upgrade to 16.04 Xenial directly from 12.04 Precise, you must upgrade to the Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty in the first place to get to the Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial. In case if you don't upgrade your OS then it means you are exposed to potential threats which may found later in the Kernel and OS, so there won't be any chance to get it patched unless you are super intelligent engineer and know what to do in such situation.

Benefits of upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 is that you get two more years of upgrades, since 14.04 Trusty will reach end-of-life in April 2019. Later you can upgrade to 16.04 LTS which is supported until year 2021. That's means you are not stuck in the box with your 12.04, I strongly recommend you upgrade as soon as possible for you and let it go.

In case you don't know or looking for instructions, here is the guide available to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty LTS.
Happy upgrading.

Panel Indicators always comes in handy when you have to do some productive work on your desktop computer, to access quick functions of different applications these indicators saves you a lot of time, some indicator give you information you want to receive, it all depends on your needs. Today presenting you some useful indicators which may help you and makes your desktop experience much better. Following all the indicators are developed by just one guy and available through his PPA.

Ayatana Indicator:

This indicator displays detailed information about opened applications and windows on your desktop, when you open the indicator hovering over any app/window it displays information: XID, PID, Viewport, Monitor, Geometry (window size), Active or not. Other two options in the indicator are 'recent apps' and 'statistics'.

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In previous releases of Ubuntu there was dependency issue with Google Earth, which we resolved and made easy for you to install it via script, if you are running 16.10/16.04 and below then checkout this post to install Google Earth.
Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program that was originally called EarthViewer 3D created by Keyhole, Inc. It is a free application that allows users to fly from space to your neighborhood, search for schools, restaurants, parks and hotels, get driving directions, and much more. It allows you explore distant lands or reacquaint yourself with your childhood home. Browse layers including roads, borders, places, photos and more. See the world at street level with integrated Street View.

It also has "tour guide" which allows user to easily discover new exciting places. With 3D imagery, you can now fly through complete 3D recreations of select cities, 3D buildings, 3D trees, terrain, Street View, planets and much more. With every building modeled in 3D, you truly get a sense of flying above the city. Google Earth puts a planet's worth of imagery and other geographic information right on your desktop. With Google Earth Explore, search and discover the planet.

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.

You may be fed up with traditional way of searching/opening applications on your system. Cerebro is an amazing utility built using Electron and available for Linux, Windows, and Mac. It is open-source and released under MIT license.
It allows you to search everything in few clicks on your machine or from the Internet. It can interact with everything: open file in default program, copy contact details to clipboard, see google suggestions or translate words to other language, it uses yandex translator to perform translations.
After installation use default shortcut Ctrl+Space to show an app window. You can customize this shortcut clicking on icon in menu bar → preferences.

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Most users like to open files/folders as root directly from nautilus to do perform some actions using super powers, or simply want to edit system files directly from nautilus instead of command line interface. Nautilus offers ways to do that via extension or script, so we made it available for almost every supported version of Ubuntu 17.04/16.10/16.04/14.04/12.04 and other relevant Ubuntu based distributions, it is compatible with almost every Nautilus 3.4/3.6/3.8/3.10/3.12/3.14/3.16/3.18/3.20 versions. It is pretty easy to add this entry in the context menu, so you can make your Ubuntu experience better where you can easily access it with just a click.

A new theme suite called "Arc Theme" offers flat themes with transparent elements for Gtk 3/2 and Gnome. It is compatible with Gnome 3.22/3.20/3.18/3.16 and GTK 3.22/3.20/3.18/3.16, it works under most of the desktops environments which uses GTK engines to render the theme, such as Unity, Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, and so on. This pack offers three versions 'Arc' which is combination of much Light and less dark colors, second is 'Arc Dark' which offers full dark color, and 3rd 'Arc Darker' also had combination of light & dark theme, you can choose theme whatever meet your requirements. This theme is not compatible with Linux Mint 17 because the version of Linux Mint 17 is based on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty which uses old GTK version which is not compatible with this theme. There is also arc theme available for Firefox. Arc icons looks great with Arc theme and both makes desktop pretty amazing. You can use Unity Tweak ToolGnome-tweak-tool.

Arc theme

Boostnote is an open-source note-taking application especially made for programmers and developers, it is build up with Electron framework and cross-platform available for Linux, Windows and Mac. Being programmers, we take lots of notes which includes commands, code snippets, bug information and so on. It all comes in handy when you have organized them all in one place, Boostnote does this job very well. It lets you organize your notes in folders with tags, so you can find anything you are looking for very quickly.
There are builds available on the site for Ubuntu, Arch Linux but if you are running distribution other than these then download source and compile it.
It takes notes in markdown with live previewer and saved instantly, while it make sure your source is highlighted correctly as it has over 100 languages syntax. You can choose storage location from menu section, and menu allows you to define hotkeys, and tweak the interface (choose light or dark theme).

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