Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ubuntu 16.04 - Unity 7 - Eye Candy

1.Numix Circle icon theme & Numix GTK theme

To install numix icons and gtk theme type in the following commands into a terminal :

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:numix/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install numix-icon-theme numix-icon-theme-circle numix-gtk-theme

2.Moka icon theme

To install Moka icons use the following commands :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:moka/stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install moka-icon-theme

3.Arc GTK w/Numix Circle icon theme

Arc theme can be easily installed by grabbing the .deb file located here . Open a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) and install gdebi :

sudo apt install gdebi

Once gdebi is installed located the .deb and install it by right clicking it -> Open With -> Gdebi Package Installer .

4.Flat-plat GTK theme w/Moka icon theme 

To install Flat-plat theme open a terminal and type in the following commands : 

cd /tmp
curl -sL | tar xz
cd Flat-Plat-20170323 && sudo ./

Icons and themes can also be changed through different tools depending on the environment you are using.
In Ubuntu we will be changin the gtk themes along with icon themes using Unity Tweak Tool (if you dont have Unity Tweak Tool installed run sudo apt install unity-tweak-tool in a terminal) :  

Sunday, April 2, 2017

How to install Wireshark on Ubuntu 16.04

Wireshark is a free and open source packet analyzer. It is used for network troubleshooting, analysis, software and communications protocol development, and education. Originally named Ethereal, the project was renamed Wireshark in May 2006 due to trademark issues.

On Ubuntu 16.04 Wireshark can be installed via ppa : 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:wireshark-dev/stable

sudo apt update 

sudo apt install wireshark 

sudo chgrp myusername /usr/bin/dumpcap

sudo chmod 750 /usr/bin/dumpcap

sudo setcap cap_net_raw,cap_net_admin+eip /usr/bin/dumpcap

Optional : CLI > GUI 

sudo apt install tshark 

After completing the setup Wireshark can be launched via Dash for those who like to use GUI or via terminal for those who prefer the command line

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Network scanning tools for Ubuntu 16.04

LinSSID is a graphical and functional wifi scanner for Ubuntu Linux, which is similar to iwscanner and Inssider.  It is written from scratch entirely in C++ using Linux wireless tools and Qt4. You can grab the .deb file from Sourceforge . 

Before proceeding with the installation make sure you have gdebi installed on your system ; it can be easily installed via terminal (ctrl+alt+t) by using the command  : 

sudo apt install gdebi

Navigate to the location of the .deb and install it by right click > Open With > Gdebi Package Installer .

After installation LinSSID can be opened from Unity Dash .

Angry IP Scanner (or simply ipscan) is an open-source and cross-platform network scanner designed to be fast and simple to use. It scans IP addresses and ports . In order to install Angry IP Scanner we need to download the .deb file from here. Locate the downloaded .deb and install it by right click > Open With > Gdebi Package Installer. 

Once installed the tool can be launched from Dash. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

"screenFetch is a Bash Screenshot Information Tool. This handy Bash script can be used to generate one of those nifty terminal theme information + ASCII distribution logos you see in everyone's screenshots nowadays. It will auto-detect your distribution and display an ASCII version of that distribution's logo and some valuable information to the right. There are options to specify no ASCII art, colors, taking a screenshot upon displaying info, and even customizing the screenshot command! This script is very easy to add to and can easily be extended."

screenFetch can be installed on Ubuntu via terminal (ctrl+alt+t) :

sudo apt install screenfetch

After the installation is complete you can run screenFetch by opening a terminal and type in the command screenfetch . This will generate an ASCII logo with the information printed to the side of the logo.  There are some options that may be specified on the command line, and those are shown below or by executing screenfetch -h :
  -v                 Verbose output.
  -o 'OPTIONS'       Allows for setting script variables on the
                     command line. Must be in the following format...
  -n                 Do not display ASCII distribution logo.
  -N                 Strip all color from output.
  -t                 Truncate output based on terminal width (Experimental!).
  -p                 Output in portrait mode, with logo above info.
  -s(m)              Using this flag tells the script that you want it
                     to take a screenshot. Use the -m flag if you would like
                     to move it to a new location afterwards.
  -c string          You may change the outputted colors with -c. The format is
                     as follows: [0-9][0-9],[0-9][0-9]. The first argument controls the
                     ASCII logo colors and the label colors. The second argument
                     controls the colors of the information found. One argument may be
                     used without the other.
  -a 'PATH'          You can specify a custom ASCII art by passing the path
                     to a Bash script, defining `startline` and `fulloutput`
                     variables, and optionally `labelcolor` and `textcolor`.
                     See the `asciiText` function in the source code for more
                     informations on the variables format.
  -S 'COMMAND'       Here you can specify a custom screenshot command for
                     the script to execute. Surrounding quotes are required.
  -D 'DISTRO'        Here you can specify your distribution for the script
                     to use. Surrounding quotes are required.
  -A 'DISTRO'        Here you can specify the distribution art that you want
                     displayed. This is for when you want your distro
                     detected but want to display a different logo.
  -E                 Suppress output of errors.
  -V, --version      Display current script version.
  -h, --help         Display this help.

Friday, March 17, 2017

How to improve font rendering in Ubuntu with Infinality

Ubuntu font rendering is pretty good already . However , using Freetype with the Infinality patches can improve font rendering even more . 
The easiest way to install the patches is by using the OpenSUSE build service and downloading the Ubuntu 16.04 .deb file .



    After the download is complete navigate to the location of the .deb file right click it -> Open with -> Gdebi Package Installer .

In order for the new settings to take effect reboot your computer !

Note : if you do not have gdebi installed on your system you can install it by opening a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) and using the following command : sudo apt install gdebi 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

How to install Dropbox on Ubuntu 16.04

Dropbox is a file hosting service operated by Dropbox, Inc., headquartered in San Francisco,California, that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on their computers, which Dropbox then synchronizes so that it appears to be the same folder regardless of which computer is used to view it. Files placed in this folder are also accessible via the Dropbox website and mobile apps.

Dropbox can be installed via the .deb file located here  :

Navigate to the folder where Dropbox has been downloaded , right click it > Open with > Gdebi Package Installer > Install (if you don't have gdebi installed open a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) and type in the following command sudo apt install gdebi) .

                           After the download is complete you will be prompted to enter your login information :

Once the installation is complete you will have to sign in into your account . A new folder will be created called "Dropbox".

   If you already have files uploaded to your account , Dropbox will automatically synchronize them to the newly created folder . 

Telegram - Instant Messaging Chat on Ubuntu 16.04

Telegram is an instant messaging system focusing on privacy and multi-platform availability. 
The messages which are sent using telegram are highly encrypted and self-destructive. 
Telegram clients exist for both mobile (Android, iOS, Windows Phone) and desktop systems (Windows, OS X, Linux).
Users can exchange messages encrypted end-to-end, self-destructing messages, along with photos, videos and files of any type up to 1.5GB in size.

Telegram claims it is more secure than some other messengers such as WhatsApp . Conversations are encrypted with AES-256 using the MTProto protocol developed by Telegram. Only two devices may use the secret chat simultaneously.
(An active phone number is required in order for Telgegram to work on your PC)
On Ubuntu 16.04 Telegram can be installed via ppa . To begin open a terminal (ctrl+alt+t) and type in the following commands :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram
sudo apt update 

sudo apt install telegram

After the installation is complete Telegram can be launched from Unity Dash .
It is recommended to enable the two step verification (located in the settings option) when configuring Telegram on your smartphone .

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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How to install qTox on Ubuntu 16.04

Tox is a peer-to-peer instant messaging and video calling protocol that offers end-to-end encryption. The stated goal of the project is to provide secure yet easily accessible communication for everyone

The Tox Project

"Tox began a few years ago, in the wake of Edward Snowden's leaks regarding NSA spying activity. The idea was to create an instant messaging application that ran without any kind of central servers. The system would be distributed, peer-to-peer, and end-to-end encrypted, with no way to disable any of the encryption features; at the same time, the application would be easily usable by the layperson with no practical knowledge of cryptography or distributed systems. During the Summer of 2013 a small group of developers from all around the globe was formed and began working on a library implementing the Tox protocol. The library provides all of the messaging and encryption facilities, and is completely decoupled from any user-interface; for an end-user to make use of Tox, they need a Tox client. Fast-forward a few years to today, and there exist several independent Tox client projects, and the original Tox core library implementation is continues improving. Tox (both core library and clients) has thousands of users, hundreds of contributors, and the project shows no sign of slowing down.
Tox is a FOSS (Free and Open Source) project. All Tox code is open source and all development occurs in the open. Tox is developed by volunteer developers who spend their after work hours on it, believing in the idea of the project. Tox is not a company or any other legal organization. Currently we don't accept donations as a project, but you are welcome to reach out to developers individually."
"With the rise of government monitoring programs, qTox provides an easy to use application that allows you to connect with friends and family without anyone else listening in. While other big-name services require you to pay for features, qTox is totally free, and comes without advertising."
qTox can be installed via repository or .deb file . In this tutorial we will be installing it by downloading the binary package and running it with gdebi . 

Locate the .deb file right click it > Open With > Gdebi Package Installer (if you do not have gdebi installed open a terminal and type sudo apt install gdebi) . This is one of the easiest way to install .deb files hence the package installer pulling all the required dependencies .   

Once installed qTox can be accessed from the Dash :

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Unity Indicators for a better Ubuntu 16.04 experience

1.Install Cpufreq-utils and Indicator-cpufreq:

For better power management we will be installing a cpu frequency scaling indicator by using

these commands in terminal :

sudo apt-get install cpufrequtils

sudo apt-get install indicator-cpufreq

A logout after the installation is required . 

2.Install Indicator-Multiload:

Indicator Multiload is an apple to monitor system resources such as the use of the processor, memory, internet, memory, swap, etc. By default only one graph of the processor is displayed. If you are using a multi-core CPU, note that it graphically depicts the use on a "general" instead of each core. Clicking on this chart displays a menu with more detailed data on other aspects of your system, such as memory swapping, network usage.

Indicator-Multiload can be installed via terminal (ctrl+alt+t) with the following command :

sudo apt install indicator-multiload

Once installed the system monitor can be launched from Unity Dash : 

To configure the indicator right click > Preferences 

3.Install Caffeine Indicator:

Caffeine indicator allows user to temporary disable screensaver/sleep mode. It is available in the Ubuntu repositories and can be easily installed via terminal : 

sudo apt install caffeine 

Similar to the Multiload indicator Caffeine can be launched from Dash : 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Clipboard Manager - CopyQ on Ubuntu 16.04

CopyQ is advanced clipboard manager with searchable and editable history with support for image formats, command line control and more.

  • Supports Windows, OS X and Linux.
  • Store text, HTML, images and any other custom format.
  • Customize tray menu.
  • Save items in new tabs (and groups).
  • Quickly browse through items 
  • Sort items, create new, remove, copy/paste to different tab.
  • Variety of system-wide shortcuts 
  • Immediately paste to focused window from tray or main       window.
  • Fully customizable appearance (colors, fonts, transparency).
  • Add notes to items.
  • Advanced command-line interface and scripting.
  • Ignore clipboard copied from some windows or containing some text.

The lastest versions is  2.9.1 and it can be downloaded from here

To install it simply download the .deb file , navigate to the folder where it is located right click > Open with > Gdebi Package Installer > Install (if you do not have gdebi installed you can install it with the following command - sudo apt install gdebi) . Once installed you can launch copy from Dash :