Category Archives: Linux

How to set time from the Internet (NTP) in Linux Mint 17

How to set time from the Internet (NTP) in Linux Mint 17

If you want to be sure that the time on your Linux Mint PC is accurate, you might want to set it to update automatically from special time servers on the Internet. To do this, you need to configure the Linux Mint operating system properly. Here is how it can be done.

Make panel and app icons bigger in Cinnamon

Make panel and app icons bigger in Cinnamon

If you are running Linux Mint with Cinnamon, or any other Linux distro with the Cinnamon desktop environment, you might not be happy with its tiny panel (taskbar) and small icons for running apps. Here is a simple trick which will allow you to increase the size of the panel and make its icons bigger.

Linux Mint 18 drops bundled codecs, includes new apps

Linux Mint 18 drops bundled codecs, includes new apps

Linux Mint 18, the upcoming release of the most popular Linux distro according to Distrowatch, will come with interesting changes. Besides a new look, the operating system will include new apps and changes to the codec redistribution policy.

Get horizontal clock orientation in vertical panel in XFCE4

Get horizontal clock orientation in vertical panel in XFCE4

XFCE4 is my desktop environment of choice in every Linux distro I use these days. However my display resolution of 1366 x 768 on the laptop is quite low by today's standards, so I set the panel (the taskbar) to the left edge of the screen. It looks similar to Unity's bar in Ubuntu. But now I faced a strange issue: while the panel was vertical, the clock was also displayed with a vertical text orientation. Here is a way to make it horizontal.

Cinnamon 3.0 is out with panel app actions

Cinnamon 3.0 is out with panel app actions

A new version of Linux Mint's flagship Desktop Environment "Cinnamon" is out. Cinnamon 3.0 features a number of interesting changes you might like. For example, the panel now includes application actions, which makes it similar to Windows 7's taskbar. Let's see what else is new in Cinnamon 3.0.

XFCE 4.14 will be GTK+3 based

XFCE 4.14 will be GTK+3 based

XFCE4 is a Linux desktop environment, which is positioned as lightweight and fast. It provides a look and feel familiar to Gnome 2 users, with classic Desktop elements like the panel/taskbar, Desktop with icons, system tray and a wide range of panel applets which can extend its functionality. XFCE4 includes a number of apps like the Thunar file manager, App Finder, the Mousepad text editor, Orage - a calendar app and a number of other utilities and tools to manage the appearance and behavior of your PC. The stable version of XFCE4 is currently 4.12 and it is based on the GTK+ 2.x toolkit. Its developers have released a roadmap which shows their migration plan to GTK+ 3.x.

Here is how Linux Mint 18 will look (icons and themes)

Here is how Linux Mint 18 will look (icons and themes)

A new GTK+ theme and icons for the upcoming Linux Mint 18 "Sarah" became available few days ago. Earlier, developers had made the announcement that Linux Mint 18 will feature a new look and feel. I was able to get the new appearance in action in my test system. Here are a few screenshots for those who are interested in seeing how Mint 18 will look.

MATE 1.14 is out

MATE 1.14 is out

A new version of the popular MATE desktop environment for Linux is out. Let's see which features to expect from version 1.14.

How to enter file location manually in GTK 3 open/save dialog

How to enter file location manually in GTK 3 open/save dialog

Many apps use the GTK 3 toolkit on both Windows and Linux. Once your favorite software gets updated to a version that uses GTK 3, you might find it confusing to enter a file or folder path manually. Unlike the GTK 2 dialogs, where there is a special button to enter the location text box, GTK 3 dialogs have no option to do this. Here is what you can do.

Disable dimming of minimized app icons in XFCE4 taskbar

Disable dimming of minimized app icons in XFCE4 taskbar

I use the XFCE4 desktop environment in my Linux distro. By default, when you minimize an application in XFCE4, its icon becomes dimmed on the taskbar. This is to indicate which windows are minimized with a quick glance at the taskbar. However, not everyone likes this behavior. Some users prefer to see minimized app icons in full color. While XFCE4 does not come with an option to disable the dimming of icons, there is a quick hack which will allow you to change the appearance of the minimized window icons.