XFCE panel indicator plugin background fix

The indicator plugin in XFCE panel has been a very useful but also a very controversial plugin! The reason is that its the only plugin on the XFCE panel developed in GTK3 (whereas rest of the panel is developed in GTK2) and this causes some theming issues. (more…)

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…)

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…)

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…)