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Xsnow, let it snow on your desktop, now is working on Gnome, KDE, FVWM desktop in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

Xsnow is a handy command tool that brings Christmas to your desktop. However, it does not work properly in Ubuntu since Ubuntu 12.04 Precise.

Now a brand new Xsnow based on the original xsnow-1.42 is available to work on many desktop environments, and a simple graphical interface is available for those who are not familiar with command line.

Finally, a working xsnow for Gnome, KDE, etc. Based on the original xsnow-1.42 created by Rick Jansen, after the xsnow-2019 conference in Antas (Spain) we now have available a xsnow that works on many desktop environments, even Raspian. By request of many beta-testers, a graphical front end has been created as well.

For Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04, and higher, download the package from the link below:

Download Xsnow (.deb)

Select download i386.deb for 32-bit OS, amd64.deb for 64-bit OS, or armhf.deb for Raspberry pi.

Then double-click to install via Ubuntu Software, or run command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/xsnow_*.deb

Once installed, launch the tool from your application menu and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove the tool, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove xsnow

Foliate is an open-source GTK eBook viewer built with GJS and Epub.js. It offers a simple and modern user interface, and features:

  • View EPUB files in two-page view or scrolled view
  • Customize font, line-spacing, margins, and brightness
  • Light, sepia, dark, and invert mode, or add your own custom themes
  • Reading progress slider with chapter marks
  • Bookmarks and annotations
  • Quick dictionary lookup with Wiktionary, Wikipedia, and dictd, or translate text with Google Translate
  • Touchpad gestures—use two-finger swipe to turn the page
  • Basic text-to-speech support with eSpeak NG and Festival

To install foliate ebook reader in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher:

The software offers Ubuntu .deb package, com.github.johnfactotum.foliate_1.4.0_all.deb at the moment, which is available to download at the release page:

Foliate releases (.deb)

Grab the package, then either double-click to install it, or open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/com.github.johnfactotum.foliate_*.deb

Once installed, launch the software from your system application menu and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove the software, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove foliate

For those who prefer the Flatpak package, Foliate is also available in Flathub repository.

ubuntu 17.04

Xinput-gui is a simple graphical application for Xorg’s Xinput tool, utility to configure and test X input devices.

Xinput-gui is written with Python 3 and GTK+3. It’s in early stage with basic features. For bugs, feature requests, reports to project issues page.

To install xinput-gui utility in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher:

1. Download the source tarball from the link below:

Download xinput-gui (tar.gz)

2. Then extract and select “open in terminal” from source folder context menu:

3. When terminal opens, run commands:

sudo python3 setup.py install

If everything goes OK, an executable file xinput-gui should be created in the source folder.

To launch xinput-gui utility:

To launch the tool, either run command xinput-gui when you’re in the source folder:

xinput-gui

Or run the executable file from its context menu:

Stacer is an open-source, CCleaner like system optimizer and application monitor utility for Linux desktop.

Stacer features:

  • Monitoring system resource usage.
  • System cleaner for package caches, application logs.
  • Manage system services, processes, packages, startup applications, apt repositories.
  • Window manager and desktop appearance settings.

How to Install Stacer in Ubuntu:

The software offers .Appimage (non-install executable file) and .deb packages in the project release page:

Stacer Releases

Stacer also has an stable PPA with .deb packages and future updates for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut or from application menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:oguzhaninan/stacer

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue adding PPA.

2. Then check updates and install the utility via following 2 commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install stacer

Uninstall Stacer:

To remove the utility, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove stacer

And remove the PPA repository from Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

Slimbook battery is a battery optimization tool that works on Gnome, KDE, Unity, Cinnamon, and MATE desktop.

The software offers a system tray application indicator with three energy modes: Energy Saving, Balanced, and Maximum Performance. Also an ‘Off‘ menu option is available to turn off the optimization.

Each energy mode comes with default values. User is allowed to change the most important values via the Preferences (Advanced mode).

How to Install Slimbook battery in Ubuntu:

Slimbook’s official PPA contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or from application menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:slimbook/slimbook

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue adding PPA.

2. Then refresh system package cache and install the tool:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install slimbookbattery

Once installed, launch it from application menu and enjoy!

Uninstall:

To remove the tool, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove slimbookbattery

And remove the PPA either via Software & Updates-> Other Software, or by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:slimbook/slimbook