Category Archives: Linux

The popular Arc GTK theme got its own icon set

The popular Arc GTK theme got its own icon set

Arc is a very popular GTK theme for Linux. It supports many desktop environments. It has the most beautiful look under GTK+3 DEs like Gnome 3 or Cinnamon. Recently, this theme got its own icon set.

Linux Mint 18 beta is out

Linux Mint 18 beta is out

Following up on the earlier announcement, Linux Mint 18 beta ISO images have been released to the public. The user can download Cinnamon and MATE editions to try out Mint 18 "Sarah". Let's see what it offers to the end user.

Linux Mint 18 beta ISO images will be released this month

Linux Mint 18 beta ISO images will be released this month

According to a new announcement on the Linux Mint blog, ISO images of the beta version of the upcoming Linux Mint 18 operating system will be released in June 2016. Interested users will be able to try all the new features and changes which Linux Mint 18 is expected to bring.

How to reset editor for crontab in Linux Mint

How to reset editor for crontab in Linux Mint

Cron is a task scheduling daemon used in Linux Mint. As of this writing, Linux Mint 17.3 has it pre-installed. When the user needs to schedule a task, he must execute the following command:

sudo crontab -e

If you do this for the first time, you will be offered to select the default editor. If you made a wrong choice, here is how you can reset the editor app for crontab in Linux Mint.

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.