Saturday, August 1, 2015

Unity indicators for a better Ubuntu 14.04 experience

Before proceeding with the installation of unity indicators a few things need to be installed first.
copy and paste the following information into your terminal :

sudo apt-get install lm-sensors
sudo apt-get install hddtemp

afterwards run :

sudo sensors-detect              

continue installation using y (yes) and enter

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

After rebooting the indicator will be in active in the unity panel . If you have a multi-core cpu in your laptop setting a lower frequency can conserve battery life !

2.Install Sensor-Indicator:

Sensors Indicators display your PC sensors information. In order to use this indicator, your PC must have sensors. Hardware sensors indicator for Unity to display and monitor the readings  from various hardware sensors (temperature, fan speeds, voltages etc).

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexmurray/indicator-sensors-daily

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-sensors

3.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.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-multiload/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload

4.Install Sound Switcher Indicator:

Sound Switcher Indicator  is a sound input/output selector Ubuntu AppIndicator. It allows switching the current sound input and output (source and sink) as well as the specific output port with just two clicks.
Sound Switcher Indicator is currently available in a PPA for Ubuntu users:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:yktooo/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-sound-switcher

5.Install Caffeine Indicator:

Caffeine indicator allows user to temporary disable screensaver/sleep mode.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:caffeine-developers/caffeine-dev
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install caffeine

6.Install Windows-list Indicator:

Window-list is an application indicator to display a list of all current open windows via indicator. Each window can be activated by selecting from the list.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:noobslab/indicators
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install window-list

7.Install Brightness Indicator:

Brightness indicator allows you to control your laptop display brightness with indicator.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-brightness/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-brightness

8.Install Sticky Notes Indicator:

Indicator Sticky Notes is use to note important tasks, to-do things for remember to do in time. Sticky Notes just stick to desktop with user convenience. 

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:umang/indicator-stickynotes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-stickynotes