Howto add separators to Plank

This guide shows you how to add separators to plank.

Open the terminal and copy/paste the following;

sudo apt install git
git clone git://github.com/bipolarizm/PlankZer.git ~/PlankZer
cd ~/PlankZer
chmod +x plankzer.sh && ./plankzer.sh

If you want more than one separator, run the plankzer.sh script once more.

Enjoy! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.6

Change dark app to light with elementary OS default theme.

As may you aware some applications comes in a dark theme version that break with the light elementary OS theme. If you are looking for how to make the dark apps light to match the rest of the themes this is the place.
You can actually set different apps with different themes.

First you need a menu editor for this, type in terminal:

sudo apt-get install com.github.donadigo.appeditor

You will now find the Appeditor in System Tools. Open it.

Find eg. Screencast and in command box of it you will add

env GTK_THEME=elementary

So it will say 

env GTK_THEME=elementary com.github.artemanufrij.screencast %U

Save it.

Find the rest of the dark theme apps and do the exact same thing with them.

Tilda on elementary OS

Tilda is a drop down terminal that are available through AppCenter. It comes with many different options to customize the terminal.

To get it simple open the terminal and copy/paste;

sudo apt install tilda

Remember to add tilda to your startup applications. Go to settings —> Applications and click the Startup tab.

Enjoy! ^_^

TESTED ON: elementary OS 5.1.6

Live Wallpaper on elementary OS

This guide will show you how to install run live wallpapers on elementary OS. NOTE: If you are low on RAM it’s no good idea with live wallpaper and if you’re a gamer make sure you have “gamemode” installed which you can find here.

Where to get live wallpapers? Here!

Open the terminal and type for download and installation;

cd && cd Downloads
wget https://github.com/kyokusa/komorebi/releases/download/v2.1a/Komorebi_2.8-2.1a_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i Komorebi_2.8-2.1a_amd64.deb

Reboot the computer.

Now opening the app to create your live wallpaper;

/System/Applications/komorebi-wallpaper-creator
  1. Give a name
    2) Change “My Wallpaper is” to video.
    3) Locate the video you want to use.
    4) Give a picture for your video.

press next

Hide the clock

press next

IMPORTANT: Copy the commando it suggested.

Now starting the Live Wallpaper on your computer;

/System/Applications/komorebi

You can always change your Live wallpaper by right clicking on the Desktop.

Enjoy ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.5 – 5.1.6

Howto add zoom effect on Plank

This guide will show you how to enable zoom effect on plank in elementary OS. It require some compiling and some editing, so read carefully.

First you need is to download the libs to build plank with, open the terminal copy/paste;

sudo apt install libglib2.0-dev valac libgnome-menu-3-dev libxml2-dev libxml2-utils libx11-dev libwnck-3-dev libgee-0.8-dev libbamf3-dev libdbusmenu-gtk3-dev

Next is to download and unpack Plank;

cd && cd Downloads
wget https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+sourcefiles/plank/0.11.89-1/plank_0.11.89.orig.tar.xz
tar xf plank_0.11.89.orig.tar.xz
cd plank-0.11.89

Now for compiling and installing Plank;

./configure
make
sudo make install

Now you have what is needed to zoom in Plank and can therefore reinstall the Plank libs.

sudo apt install --reinstall plank libplank*

Two files need to be edited before you can get the zoom effect, copy/paste;

sudo nano /usr/local/share/plank/themes/Default/dock.theme

Add the following in the end of the file;

ZoomEnabled=true

ZoomPercent=150

Save: [ctrl]+[o] and Exit: [ctrl]+[x]

The last file to edit i s the schemas of Plank;

sudo nano /usr/share/glib-2.0/schemas/net.launchpad.plank.gschema.xml

Look for (near the end of the file);

<key name="zoom-enabled" type="b">
                        <default>false</default>

Change false to true

Save: [ctrl]+[o] and Exit: [ctrl]+[x]

Last thing;

killall plank&& plank&
plank --preferences

Now enable Zoom effect in preference.

Enjoy! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.5 – 5.1.6

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/elementaryos/comments/fd6fgd/zoom_effect_reveal_removed_from_the_plank/

Howto set Wingpanel and Slingshot to be translucent

Do you like translucent/transparent theme? If so this guide is for you. Note: It have only been tested with elementary OS default elementary theme. Open the terminal and copy/paste;

io.elementary.code '~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css'

Add the following to the file;

.panel {

    background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.5);

    transition: all 1s ease-in-out;
}


.panel.maximized {

    background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.5);
    
    }

    
@define-color base_color #ffffff;
@define-color bg_color alpha (shade (@base_color, 0.96), 0.6);
@define-color bg_highlight_color shade (@bg_color, 1.4);
@define-color border_color alpha (#000, 0.25);
@define-color fg_color #969f9d;

You can adjust the transparency of the Wingpanel by change the 0.5 to 0.0 (transpancy) – 1.0 (Solid)

The Slingshots transparency you can adjust 0.6 likewise.

Logout and login to take affect.

Enjoy ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4

Howto use Mac Mojave changing wallpaper in elementary OS

This guide will show you have to install and run Mac Mojave wallpaper that changes after what time on the day it is. Every hour it will change.

First download the wallpaper and script from here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/8rps3p49mg3fkbc/mojave-background.tar.gz?dl=0

Next open the terminal and copy/paste;

cd && cd Downloads
mkdir -p ~/Pictures/Wallpapers
tar -xf mojave-background.tar.gz 
mv mojave-background ~/Pictures/Wallpapers
io.elementary.code ~/Pictures/Wallpapers/mojave-background/mojave.xml

Now to the more tedious thing. In the script you’ll see the paths pointing to the wallpapers, but under my username: storm. Change all of them to your username. There’s quite a lot of editing to do.

When done go to System Settings and click on Desktop. Under Wallpaper click Import Photo… Go to ~/Pictures/Wallpapers/mojave-background and pick mojave.xml

Enjoy! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4

Source: https://gist.github.com/trongthanh/7d632e90687e1bc219e1f3262d337702

Antivirus Application for elementary OS

Do you really need an anti-virus application for elementary OS. The short answer is no. The long answer is yes. If you exchange files with Windows machines and want to protect your friends and family from harm. There also have been cases lately of linux machines get infected of careless users.

This guide will show you how to install NOD32 Antivirus.

First download the application here: https://www.eset.com/ Go to download page and choose “ESET NOD32 Antivirus for Linux Desktop”. Remember to pick 64-bit.

When done downloading right click on the file and click Properties. Under Permissions set user to Execute.

Click on the downloaded file to start installation and follow the Setup Wizard.

You can also use this command in the terminal to launch NOD32 Antivirus;

/opt/eset/esets/lib/esets_scan.sh %f

Enjoy! And stay safe! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4 – 5.1.6

Howto change the color/transparency of wingpanel

This guide shows you howto change the color of the wingpanel. If you wish to have different color than shown in this guide I suggest installing Gimp from the App Center to easily get the RBG numbers.

Open the terminal and copy/paste;

nano ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css

Insert the following;

/*********************

* wingpanel support *

********************/

.panel {

    background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.5);

    transition: all 1s ease-in-out;
}


.panel.maximized {

    background-color: rgba(255,255,255,0.5);
    
    }

This will make your wingpanel white transparent. The 3 first number in RGBA is the color numbers. Use Gimp to find the color you want. If you want a black wingpanel, change all 255 with 0. The last number is how transparent the panel is going to be. It range from 0.0 (complete transparent) to 1.0 (Solid).

Save: [ctrl]+[o]

Exit: [ctrl]+[x]

When done type;

killall wingpanel

Enjoy! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4 – 5.1.6

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/elementaryos/comments/cru778/how_to_make_the_wingpanel_always_transparent/

Howto change the login screen with blur effect in elementary OS

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This guide show you how to give you login screen a background taken from your wallpaper of your user with blur effect.

WARNING: It’s on experimental level and can be unstable, so use it at your own risk!

Preparation

First you need to install proper packages/libs -dev to use for building a new greeter. Open the terminal and copy/paste;

sudo apt install git libgdk-pixbuf2.0-dev libgranite-dev libgtk-3-dev liblightdm-gobject-1-dev libwingpanel-2.0-dev libx11-dev meson valac libmutter-2-dev

A lot of packages will now be install for compiling and building.

Downloading

This will download the source of the greeter;

cd && cd Downloads
git clone https://github.com/elementary/greeter.git

Compiling and Installation

Now to the compiling the source of the greeter and installation of it;

cd greeter
meson build --prefix=/usr
cd build
ninja
sudo ninja install

Now logout and see your new greeter.

Enjoy! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4