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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Linux Deepin 12.12 Review

I had some time today so I decided to check out Linux Deepin 12.12. Linux Deepin is a Chinese distribution based on Ubuntu 13.04. It comes with its own desktop environment called Deepin Desktop Environment (DDE) and its own set of default applications.

The look & feel of Deepin is very similar to the Window 7 desktop with transparency, shadows and glass effects. While the Windows 7 theme may not appeal to all Linux users, the desktop is extremely well-polished, and one of the prettiest desktops that I have seen since I came across the elementary desktop a few years ago. If you are someone who enjoys trying out new Linux distros then Deepin is something that you don't want to miss.

The Desktop

The DDE desktop is based on Compiz. There's a compiz-based dock at the bottom of the screen which acts as the taskbar. Moving the mouse over an aplication icon shows a preview window similar to the Windows 7 taskbar. The desktop supports icon grouping. Dragging one icon over another will create an icon group.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Conky Manager v1.2

What's New

Selecting a widget from the dropdown in the Edit tab will automatically start the selected widget. Your current selection of widgets will be saved and automatically restored when you leave the Edit tab.

There's a new "Show Desktop" button to minimize other windows. This will make it easier to see the changes to the selected widget.

New options were added for changing the time format (12hr/24hr) and the network interface (WiFi/LAN). These options will replace the arguments for variables in the conky config file. This works for most widgets which display time and network stats but won't work for widgets that use lua scripts.

Themes will be sorted alphabetically in the theme list and widget list. A new application icon has been added.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Deluxe Conky Theme Pack

A new Conky theme pack has been released by Jesse Avalos. This is an updated version of the Super Conky Theme Pack with more Conky themes and configs.

Themes

Here's a preview of some of the new themes:

Sunday, 7 July 2013

Super Conky Package

There's a new conky theme pack by Jesse Avalos. Jesse has put together some of the best Conky themes into one package. Download link and screenshots are given below.

Themes

Here a preview of some of the included themes: