How to make your Xubuntu 16.04 Desktop look and behave like Ubuntu-MATE

Xubuntu is one of the most popular among the “lighter” distros as it hardly consumes 200MB when idle and even older machines are able to run with acceptable performance. Ubuntu-MATE which is based on MATE Desktop (a GNOME-2 fork) is also a similar competing distro though its debatable whether its as light as Xubuntu in terms of resource consumption. (more…)


Microsoft’s Github Acquisition – An Unbiased Perspective

As someone who has worked on Microsoft tooling since the days of Foxpro 2.6 to Visual Studio 2010 in IT career, and yet ditched them all for PHP, Python and open source years later, I think I am qualified to offer a somewhat neutral or objective perspective on this acquisition. (more…)


How to use Bash+rsync to automate your periodical backups on Linux

Linux is all about simplicity. Simple and time-tested tools like iptables, netstat and rsync can be called for help for basic tasks instead of untrusted third-party tools as happens in case of Windows. If you are a desktop user, then taking frequent backups of your data to a pen-drive or external disk is a typical problem to solve. (more…)


Its high time we find alternatives to centralized platforms like Youtube, Patreon and Twitter

The other day, I was listening to this Linux Unplugged podcast when I realized to what extent we have been locked in by the so-called “platforms” already.

Only few days ago, Google started blocking some of Amazon’s videos on Youtube only because Amazon refused to sell Nest Cams and Chromecasts on their website among other things. (more…)


Tux Drive – A Command Line Tool to Access Google Drive from Linux

One of the most boring things we need to perform in life is using the Google Drive. On one hand, so useful is this tool provided by Google (so many cloud GBs for free, yay!). But on the other hand, the web interface to access those files is not quite as intuitive, especially so for power users, and certainly so for linux users! (more…)


Some tips to lighten your Ubuntu Desktop and make it Faster

The usual advice you get when seeking a more resource conserving distro is to use a lighter spin-off such as Xubuntu, Lubuntu, or a Debian with Openbox, etc. However, not many people know that even a “heavy” distro such as Ubuntu 16.04 LTS with the default Unity Desktop could be made much lighter by uninstalling some stuff and removing others from the startup. Lets see how it can be achieved: (more…)


Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) – An Objective Review

Today, I installed the Daily Build of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 in VirtualBox and gave it a try. This was supposed to be the first one that replaced Unity Desktop with GNOME. After having used 16.04 LTS for a long time, I felt that this version is quite stable but still lacking in some respects from what I consider to be a proper Ubuntu OS. Below are my observations: (more…)


How to create a screencast in Xubuntu using ffmpeg

In this article, I’m going to describe how to create a desktop screencast recording with or without audio in Xubuntu 16.04. With little changes, however, it should work on other distros too. (more…)


How to deal with frequent disconnects of 3G USB Dongle on Linux Desktop

One of the major issues on linux desktop these days has to do with 3G USB dongles/modems. In many countries like India, a USB dongle still remains a major way to access the Internet. The latest versions of network-manager has solved most of the issues relating to the basic recognition of these modems, but one major irritant still remains on Ubuntu 16.04 and a few other distros. (more…)


Ten useful LibreOffice Macro Recipes

Macros are a great way to automate tasks in Spreadsheet applications, be it the good old Microsoft Excel or the equally efficient FOSS alternative, LibreOffice Calc. The best thing about macros is that they are written in a very easy language called Basic. (more…)