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Linux Mint is a Linux distribution forked from Ubuntu since Classic Gnome Desktop was dropped.

Numix is a modern flat theme with a combination of light and dark elements. It supports Gnome, Unity, XFCE and Openbox.

This simple tutorials shows how to install Numix GTK as well as Numix icons on Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint.

First take a look at screenshots:

numix gtk Ubuntu 13.10 Unity

numix gtk Ubuntu 13.10 Unity

numix icons ubuntu 13.10 unity

numix gtk & icons linux mint

numix gtk & icons linux mint

numix icons & gtk xfce4

numix icons & gtk xfce4

numix gtk & icons gnome shell

numix gtk & icons gnome shell

numix gtk & icons gnome shell

numix gtk & icons gnome shell

Install Numix GTK & Icons via PPA:

Numix project gets a launchpad PPA to make it easy to install Numix GTK, icons, wallpaper in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and their derivatives.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:numix/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install numix-gtk-theme numix-icon-theme numix-wallpaper-saucy

Once installed, use Gnome Tweak Tool, Unity Tweak Tool or other system tools to apply Numix theme and icons.

Cinnamon 2.0

Cinnamon Desktop 2.0 has been announced today. It will be featured in Linux Mint 16 “Petra” planned for the end of November and will then be backported to LMDE and Linux Mint 13 LTS.

What’s New in Cinnamon 2.0:

Cinnamon features a lot of bug fixes but also brand new features and many improvements:

  • Windows can now be tiled to corners and resized:
    • tiled windows no longer need to occupy half of the screen, they do so by default when tiled but you can now resize them.
    • in addition to the Left, Right, Top and Bottom edge of the screen, you can now also tile into the 4 corners of the screen.
    • when you drag a window near a tiling zone Cinnamon shows that zone to you. This is called the HUD
  • Edge-Snapping:

    Inspired by the Snap functionality of Xbox One, it is similar to Edge-Tiling but with one key difference: Maximized windows do not cover snapped windows.

    To snap a window in Cinnamon 2.0, drag it with the mouse towards an edge or a corner while pressing the “Control” key.

  • Cinnamon is now able to play sounds when you perform common events such as closing windows, switching workspaces etc…
  • Added ‘Users & Groups’ utility for system administrators
  • improved MIME handling in Nemo
  • System tray support for file operations
  • Nemo looks better and acts faster than before.
  • Better compatibility and portability in Linux Mint 13/15, Fedora 19.

See the official annoucement for more details.

Install / Upgrade Cinnamon 2.0 in Ubuntu & Linux Mint:

IMPORTANT NOTE: Cinnamon 2.0 Corrupts Unity on Ubuntu 13.10. Don’t install it if you want to keep Unity Desktop.

As the developer said, the unofficial Mint backports for Cinnamon 2.0 is ready (Cinnamon stable PPA) in coming days for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal and Linux Mint 13, 14, 15.

When it’s ready, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. Run below commands one by one to upgrade:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Or run sudo apt-get install cinnamon to install the DE.

As you may know, RabbitVCS is a graphical front-end for version control systems which supports Nautilus and Thunar. Here’s how to install Nemo extension for RabbitVCS in Linux Mint Cinnamon.

rabbitvcs for nemo

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below command to add the ppa, which supports Linux Mint 13 Maya, 14 Nadia, 15 Olivia, 16 Petra and also Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, 12.04 Precise.

NOTE: This PPA contains nightly builds (unstable) for the Cinnamon desktop environment. Use it at your own risk!

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly

After that, you can install this extension by below commands:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install nemo-rabbitvcs

Once installed, you may need to log out and back in to get it work.

This simple and brief tutorial is going to show you how to install Jupiter from JoliCloud PPA in Linux Mint 15 Olivia.

jupiter linux mint 15

As you may know, Jupiter is a powerful and lightweight power and hardware control applet. It has been retired and last supported release is up to Linux Mint 14 Nadia. However, Jupiter is available for Olivia from JoliCloud Desktop Environment PPA.

The webupd8team add the packages to the ppa and it’ll be used as a background program for JoliCloud session. I’ve installed it on my laptop and it’s working well.

Install Jupiter on Linux Mint 15:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below command to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jolicloud-team/ppa

Then update package lists and install:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install jupiter

To install Jupiter support package for Eee PCs:

sudo apt-get install jupiter-support-eee

Xfce4 Composite Editor is a simple GUI tool that allows to configure the various Xfce4 Window Manager compositor settings that are not available via the Window Manager Tweaks control panel.

xfce4-composite-editor

The developer of Xfce Theme Manager wrote this simple tool, and it has the ability to control below settings:

  • Shadow opacity.
  • Shadow delta X, Y, width and height.
  • move window opacity.
  • inactive window opacity.
  • frame opacity.
  • resize window opacity.
  • popup opacity.

Also it provides options to swich on / off composite, dock shadow, frame shadow, pop-up shadow and Restart VM to apply changes.

xfce4 composite window

Below is what the developer said in GTK-Apps, “These settings are available via the xconf settings editor but that is one of the most awkward GUI’s I have ever used as you have to select the xfwm4 channel, expand the tree, scroll to the option you want, select it, click edit, change the setting and click save, then the tree gets collapsed and you have to start again! So this nice simple GUI to control the composite manager, the settings are self explanatory.”

Install Xfce4 Composite Editor

The PPA repository has been created to make it easy to install for (X)Ubuntu users. So far, it supports 13.04 Raring, 12.10 Quantal, and 12.04 Precise.

To add the PPA and install this app, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rebuntu16/other-stuff
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xfce4-composite-editor

Once it is installed, open it from the Xfce Settings Manager.