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…)


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…)


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…)