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