Howto have terminal as background/wallpaper on elementary OS

You want to have some nice CLI wallpaper instead of the traditional wallpaper? This guide will show you how. To have Bashop running (in the screenshot) check: Bashtop: Resource monitor for CLI.

You may also want to change the color of the panel to fit your terminal theme: Howto change the color/transparency of wingpanel.

Now to setting up elementary OS with terminal background/wallpaper. Copy/paste this command;

sudo apt install guake

You can now launch Guake from Applications —> System Tools —> Guake Terminal.

[F12] shows the Guake on/off so you can always come back to your normal Desktop. Right click on Guake and choose Preferences. Max out Height and Width. Don’t choose Fullscreen as it will cover the upper panel. You may want to play around with Appearance as well.

When you are done setting it up. Go to elementary OS System Settings —> Applications —> Startup. Add

guake --show 

to the startup. If you want bashtop to start automatically use this command instead:

guake --show -e bashtop

Enjoy!!!

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.7

Howto enable Desktop on elementary OS

This guide will show you how to enable your Desktop on elementary OS (and right click). Also how you can set up panels on your Desktop.

The application you need for this is called Desktop Folder and can be found in the AppCenter or you can copy/paste this command;

sudo apt install com.github.spheras.desktopfolder

You’ll find Desktop Folder in Applications —> Accessories. When you start Desktop Folder it will immediately enable your Desktop, so any links in your Desktop folder will be visible on your Desktop.

If you want add a panel or two, simple right click on your Desktop and choose New —> Panel or Link to Panel which give an option to choose and existing directory eg. your Documents folder. It’s possible to change the color and transparency of your Panels if you like. Or change size of the Panel(s).

Enjoy!!! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.7

Howto monitoring your system in wingpanel

This guide will show you how to have CPU/Ram usage and temperature displayed in wingpanel. Open the terminal and copy/paste;

 sudo apt install com.github.stsdc.monitor
 com.github.stsdc.monitor

Now click on the “Settings” (right top) of Monitor and enable Show an indicator. If you want it to start in the background enable that as well. You may want to add com.github.stsdc.monitor to Startup if you want it displayed automatically when starting the computer on (settings —> Applications —> Startup).

That’s it! Enjoy!!! ^_^

Tested on: elementary OS 5.1.7

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

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 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 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

Howto enable system tray on elementary OS

systemtray

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