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 ./

Bonus Eye Candy Screenshot :

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