Howto enable system tray on elementary OS

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Many applications still uses the old system tray implantation. This guide will show you how to enable it on elementary OS.

Open the terminal and copy/paste the following;

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yunnxx/elementary
sudo apt update
sudo apt install indicator-application wingpanel-indicator-ayatana

The next thing is to add Pantheon to your autostart/indicator-application.desktop

sudo nano /etc/xdg/autostart/indicator-application.desktop

You’ll find a line called OnlyShowIn=Unity;GNOME; add Pantheon; to it. It should now look like;

OnlyShowIn=Unity;GNOME;Pantheon;

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

There’s a bug that will show you two network indicators in your system tray.. To correct it, copy/paste;

cd /etc/xdg/autostart
sudo rm nm-applet.desktop

Reboot

Enjoy! ^_^

TESTED on: elementary OS 5.1.4

Howto use live wallpaper on elementary OS

It’s possible to have Live Wallpaper on elementary OS. This guide shows you have to install it. If you want a peak I have made a video on Youtube.

INSTALLATION

Open the terminal and copy/paste;

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fyrmir/livewallpaper-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt install livewallpaper livewallpaper-config livewallpaper-indicator

You should now have to launcher in Slingshot. Press the LiveWallpaper Preference to set up your wallpaper and style/color etc.

launchLivePaper

Enjoy! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4

Howto get rid of the text “Applications” in Slingshot (Application Menu)

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If you are looking for a way to get rid of the “Applications” text in Slingshot here’s a guide to do so. This guide uses the default elementary theme as an example. Adjust the guide to the theme you use.

Open the terminal and copy/paste;

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

Add the following;

.panel.maximized > .horizontal:first-child > :first-child, 
.panel.color-dark > .horizontal:first-child > :first-child {
    font-size:0px;
}

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

Logout and login and the changes should take affect.

If you want to change Slingshot magnifier glass with a custom one, please look at this guide: Howto change the magnifier glass in Slingshot (Application Menu)

Enjoy! ^_^

Source: Reddit

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4

Howto change the magnifier glass in Slingshot (Application Menu).

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This guide shows you how to change the magnifier glass in Slingshot. This example uses (e)papirus icon theme as demostration and it uses the good old elementary logo for the purpose. If you are skilled with inkscape you can make your own.
If you’re using a different icon theme, you need to adjust this guide.

First download the “e” from here: Download

Extract it. When it’s done copy it to ~/.icons/ePapirus/symbolic/actions

Enjoy! ^_^

Source: https://elementaryos.stackexchange.com
Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4

Bashtop: Resource monitor for CLI

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A handy little CLI application Bashtop that monitoring processor, memory, disks, network and processes. It’s easy to use and comes with many different skins. This gem is a MUST HAVE if you have to keep an eye on what’s going on on your system.

Installation is pretty simple. Open the terminal and copy/paste;

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bashtop-monitor/bashtop
sudo apt update
sudo apt install bashtop 

To simple start bashtop type; bashtop in the terminal.

Enjoy ^_^

 

Tested: elementary OS 5.1.4

Optimize elementary OS for gaming setup

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This guide show you how to tweak your elementary OS into a smoothly gaming experience with the thanks to Feral Game Mode.

What it actually do is optimize the elementary settings including:

  • CPU governor
  • I/O priority
  • Process niceness
  • Kernel scheduler (SCHED_ISO)
  • Screensaver inhibiting
  • GPU performance mode (NVIDIA and AMD)
  • GPU overclocking (NVIDIA)
  • Custom scripts

This guide also shows you how to setup screen recording ingame, like you have with windows10.

INSTALLATION

Fire up for the terminal and copy/paste these commands which will add Feral Game Mode to your system;

sudo apt install software-properties-common
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:samoilov-lex/gamemode
sudo apt install gamemode

Reboot your system.

SETUP

Now your system is ready for running your games better. To tell a game to run in gamemode you need to use the command gamemoderun.

Example running a steam game in gamemode;

gamemoderun steam steam://rungameid/200710

A simple way is to edit Slingshot (Application Menu) gaming entries. You do it by following:

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

GAME RECORDING

You may want to record what you are playing like you can easily do in Windows10. You can do that also in elementary OS.

Open the terminal and type;

sudo apt install com.github.artemanufrij.screencast
com.github.artemanufrij.screencast %U

Now adjust screencast to record computer sounds and set it to delay from 3 to 5 seconds. If you have a microphone you may want to enable that also.

The next thing is to setup shortcuts for screencast. Go to System Settings, click Keyboard. Select Shortcuts and pick Custom.

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Add following entry:

com.github.artemanufrij.screencast --toggle

Give it shortcut [ALT]+[Z]
This will start the screen recording.

Next entry is to stop the recording;

com.github.artemanufrij.screencast --finish

Give it shortcut [ALT]+[X]

You are now set up for the ultimate Linux gaming experience and hopefully make some great gaming videos.

Enjoy! ^_^

 

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4

Game launcher for elementary OS

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There’s a hidden gem for linux gamers in the appCenter called Gnome Games. It’s a game launcher that gather all of your games under one roof. The support stretches from Dreamcast games to Steam.

To install it via the terminal, copy/past:

sudo apt install gnome-games-app

Game platform support:

  • Dreamcast
  • Game Cube
  • MAME
  • Nintendo DS
  • Playstation
  • Sega CD
  • Sega Saturn
  • Steam
  • Wii

Howto stop app running in the background in elementary OS

By default elementary OS is pretty slim, but there may be some applications you don’t use and in no need of running in the background. Example I don’t need orca or onboard to startup as I’m using a stationary computer.

WARNING: If you disable something vital you’ll end up with a broken system. Use with caution!

Open the terminal and copy/paste;

sudo sed -i 's/NoDisplay=true/NoDisplay=false/g' /etc/xdg/autostart/*.desktop
gnome-session-properties

Now you can see what’s is set to running when starting elementary OS. Now be careful what you disable.

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Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4

Howto run multiply planks in elementary OS

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This guide will show you how to run multiply planks on elementary OS. It can be rather useful if you have more than one monitor.

Open the terminal and copy/paste:

plank -n panel-two --preferences

In this example I use the word panel-two, but you can call it whatever you want. You can call them panel-one, panel-two, panel-three etc.
Now setup your new panel.

When done, go to System Settings. Click Applications and pick Startup.

Add the following command;

plank -n panel-two
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Now log out and log in. You’ll now have an extra plank.
Enjoy! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.4