I’ve recently made the switch over to Ubuntu MATE and am really enjoying the level of customizability it offers without being too complicated or too much of a resource-hog. Out of the box the OS offers some great layouts through the MATE-tweak tool but I’ve created my own which is compact but still usable.
I find that xubuntu leaves me wanting for very little feature-wise. The only thing I’ve ever felt disappointed by is its lack of a readily available Heads-Up Display (HUD) for searching through app menus with. It now looks like this one issue has been resolved with the hud-menu script.
Previously I posted a script for use on Linux systems which stops xscreensaver from kicking in when a full-screen window has focus. While useful for some setups this script isn’t well suited to multiple monitor configurations where the likelihood of a full-screen window not having focus is greater. This post details a script which remedies this problem.
An updated version of the Elegant Bird theme is now available. Built for Xubuntu 14.04, this updated version still uses the best elements of Elegant Cold Blue (based on Elegant Brit) while providing a more consistent colour scheme and lighter background colours to provide better contrast.
One of the reasons that Xubuntu is great is that it comes with xscreensaver enabled by default. However, there’s a problem; xscreensaver will kick in when you’ve been idle long enough no matter what – even if you’re watching a video. This post details a script which stops xscreensaver starting when a full-screen window has focus.
Those of you on recent versions of Ubuntu may find the default screensaver slightly lacking. Gnome-screensaver’s blank screen can be a bit of a bore, luckily there are alternatives such as xscreensaver. However, the alternatives may be overkill if you just want a simple slideshow screensaver, so here’s bash script that does just that.
A few months ago I posted a theme called Milieu Bird which was intended for Ubuntu. I’ve recently made the switch to Elementary OS: Luna on my netbook and wanted to carry over a similar desktop look and feel. After a few small tweaks I’ve now been able to update Milieu Bird to be elementary-friendly.
This posts details a theme intended for use on Ubuntu 13.04. The theme uses many elements of the Elegant Bird, a theme previously intended for xfce built on Elegant Brit and Greybird. The result is a clear theme with square windows and tidy title buttons for a simple yet stylish appearance.
One of my favourite GTK themes of all time was Elegant Cold Blue, a spin-off of Elegant Brit. I’ve decided to have a crack at porting it to Xubuntu 12.10. Along the way I’ve been able to make a few tweaks to the theme to make it more usable in xfce by utilising elements of Xubuntu’s default theme: Greybird. For a similar theme on Ubuntu checkout Elegant-Ambiance or Milieu Bird.