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I decided to make a series of review about Budgie Desktop, the original GUI from Solus OS, now featured on Ubuntu Budgie. Thanks to Ikey Doherty the father of both Budgie and Solus, we can enjoy such free desktop environment that is innovative and customizable. This first part article covers in brief the top panel, the adaptive-transparent one, and introducing its menu and tray, how they look with and without customization. Enjoy!


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This is a quick setup guide to develop C++ desktop application with Gtkmm toolkit library using Geany IDE on Ubuntu. In other words, you can start learning how to create cross-platform GUI application. You know, Gtkmm is a C++ binding to the C-based GTK+ library, and this library has been used to create great desktop apps such as Inkscape and MySQL Workbench (also GParted and GNOME System Monitor!). This tutorial is a continuation to Quick Setup of C, C++, and Java on Ubuntu. This works on other Debian-based distros as well such as Mint, Trisquel, and elementary OS (however, I used this last one to write this tutorial). Follow instructions below and happy coding!

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This is a continuation to Setup C Tools tutorial I wrote in 2017 and Setup Java Tools in 2018. This one will show you briefly how to use Geany I.D.E. with GNU C++ Compiler. This includes an example so you will be able to try it and have it working first. Like the previous article, I dedicate this tutorial for purely beginners in both programming and in GNU/Linux. Note: screenshots below are taken from elementary OS 5.0 which is based on Ubuntu 18.04 (so, don't worry). Now, enjoy learning!

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After using it for a week, here's intro to 5 of my favorite apps from AppCenter on elementary OS 5.0 I've tried. So far it's Torrential (BitTorrent client), Spice-Up (presentation editor), DesktopFolder (icons on desktop), Notes-Up (document editor & notetaking program), and Screencast (desktop recorder). Four of them are paid apps, while still free/libre open source software, as I humbly support this approach of selling free software. I hope this article encourages more developers to join this elementary LLC's software publishing platform and encourages more users to appreciate paid free software and support them. Enjoy them, try them, and please share with your friend!


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I like StartPage.com as my search engine but I don't find it as option on elementary OS 5.0 web browser. The options available there are only Bing, DuckDuckGo, and Google. Not to mention StartPage.com itself currently doesn't support Epiphany with addon. So I add it manually and hey, apparently it's very easy! Here's how to do it:


  • 1) Run the web browser (Epiphany)
  • 2) Open the gear menu button > Preferences
  • 3) Click manage search engine > click + button >
  • 4) Paste this URL there https://startpage.com/do/search?language=english&cat=web&query=%s
  • 5) Name it StartPage and close
  • 6) Test searching with it. It should now uses StartPage.com as your default search engine. 


About StartPage

See their official intro here. It's pretty. Learn more about StartPage on PrivacyTools.io, PRISM BreakHackerNoon, RestorePrivacy.com, MyShadow.org, and BestVPN. It's recommended as a privacy-protecting search engine!


This article is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

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This short tutorial explains in brief to customize elementary OS 5.0 with Capitaine icons + Elementary-X theme combo. You see, this will make your OS looks like Apple macOS smoother. This combo is really beautiful, thanks to Keefer Rourke and Suraj Mandal, the talented developers of the respective artworks. I also mention here a one-liner command so you can test this in instant (i.e. one tap on LiveCD session). Okay, enjoy this customization!

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This is (again) the traditional article containing suggestions once a beginner finished installing Ubuntu and this time it's for 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish". In this article you'll not only find some usual things like enabling normal touchpad scrolling & privacy addons, but also some new things like Snappy intro, Hide Top Bar, and Android integration (with GS Connect)! Have nice days with Ubuntu Cosmic an GNOME 3.30!

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On GNOME 3.30, especially on Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish", we can share our internet connection to our friends or phones by making a WLAN hotspot on laptop while we already have the access from another WLAN hotspot. Please remember this method requires you to have two wifi adapters (for example, one built-in and one USB dongle); one as receiver and one as transmitter. This short guide illustrates how to do it in very, very simple way. Enjoy!

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