For those don’t like to have the ‘date and time’ menu in the center of top panel, here’s how to move it to either left or right in Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

Ubuntu, definitely the GNOME desktop, does not have option to configure the clock menu position. But, there are a few extensions can do the job. And, here I’m going to show you how to install and use them.

Tip: Extensions introduced in this tutorial should work on all Linux uses GNOME 42, e.g, Fedora 36, Arch Linux, Manjaro.

Step 1: Enable ability to install Gnome Extensions

Usually, we install Gnome shell extensions by visiting extensions.gnome.org and use the ON/OFF switch to install or remove an extension. Since Ubuntu 22.04, there’s also an “Extension Manager” app is available in system repository to make life easy.

Option 1: Prepare for installing extension through web browser

NOTE: the pre-installed Firefox in Ubuntu 22.04 is a snap package, which so far does not support this thing. You may either use another browser and go “Option 2”.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command to install the agent to enable the ability to install Gnome Extension via browser, and the app for managing them.

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell gnome-shell-extension-prefs

For the first time, you need to go to exensions.gnome.org and follow the “Click here to install browser extension” link to install the browser extension.

Option 2: Install Extension Manager

The Extension Manager app allows to search for, install, and manage extensions all in one. To install it in Ubuntu 22.04, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run command:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-manager

After that, click on top left “Activities”, then search for and open the app to get start.

Step 2: Select install Extension to move Clock

There are a few extensions can do the trick in GNOME. Choose one from the options below that you prefer!

Option 1: Just Perfection

This is a tweak tool to customize GNOME Shell, change the behavior and disable UI elements. They provides many useful toggle options, including moving the clock menu position.

To install the extension, either search for and click install it via “Extension Manager”:

Or, use the ON/OFF switch by visiting the web page below in your browser:

After installed it, open its ‘settings’ dialog either via “Extension Manager” under Installed tab or use “Gnome Extensions” app. Scroll down, and you’ll find the option to move clock position via “Customize” tab.

Option 2: Left Clock or Sur Clock

Just Perfection is a bit heavy if you don’t need the other options. There are a few other extensions that designed specially for moving clock position:

  • “Clock Left” or “Left Clock” – Move clock to left and replace “Activities”.
  • Sur Clock – Move clock to left or right via preference option.

To install one of the extension, simply search for and click install in “Extension Manager”:

Or, use the ON/OFF switch in the link page to install: sur clock, left clock, and clock left.

Option 3: Top Bar Organizer

NONE of the previous extensions will move clock to far right corner. If you insist, try “Top Bar Organizer”.

This extension is designed to organize all items on top-bar. It was created for GNOME 40, but no longer updated!! However, it works on current GNOME 42 desktop with few tweak.

1.) First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. And, run command to disable version validation, since it does not support Ubuntu 22.04:

gsettings set org.gnome.shell disable-extension-version-validation true

2.) Then, either search for and install it in “Extension Manager”:

Or, turn on the slider icon in the link page below to install it from web browser:

3.) The Extension preference does not work for GNOME 42. However, the dconf editor options do work.
First, run command to install dconf editor:

sudo apt install dconf-editor

Then, search for and launch “Dconf Editor” from the overview screen. And, navigate to org/gnome/shell/extensions/top-bar-organizer.

To make clock menu show in right corner, write ‘dateMenu‘ as value of right-box-order. And, put it to the end for far right.

NOTE: The change will persist even after removed the extension. To restore, erase the keys in Dconf Editor and restart GNOME Shell (log out and back in)

For those prefer the classic .deb package, the Krita digital painting software finally available to install / update through PPA for Ubuntu 22.04 LTS.

Krita has reached version 5.0.8 and being in development of the next 5.1 release (in beta now). For those do not like the Flatpak and AppImage that run in sandbox, the .deb package has now been made into the official Krita Lime PPA.

While Ubuntu 22.04 has version 5.0.2 in its universe repository. There has been Krita 5.0.5, 5.0.6, and 5.0.8 releases with lots of bug-fixes and improvements, including touch pressure and rotation support, photoshop compatible shortcuts, rendering SVG file layers, and more.

1. Add Krita lime PPA:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

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

2. Install / Update Krita

After adding the PPA and refreshing package cache (should be done automatically), you can now run command to install this free and open-source raster graphics editor:

sudo apt install krita

Or, if you’ve already installed the previous 5.0.2 version either from Ubuntu Software or via apt command, launch “Software Updater” will allow you to update the package:

Remove Krita and the PPA:

To remove the Ubuntu PPA, either run command in terminal:

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

Or, search for and open “Software & Updates” from Activities overview screen. Then, remove the source line under ‘Other Software’ tab:

To remove the graphics editor, simply run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove krita

Would like to display digital clock and date in your desktop? Desktop Clock is a new extension to do the job in GNOME 42.

It’s an extension that so far works on Ubuntu 22.04, Fedora 36, Arch and Manjaro Linux. With it, you have the date and time display on desktop with customisable appearance.

It supports border and background with user selected color, border width and corner radius. Allows to change time and data color and font size, as well as shadow color and offset. All colors can set to has an alpha channel (RGBA), which specifies the opacity.

And, the date is customisable with format codes, to display as whatever style as you want. See the all code here.

How to Install Desktop Clock in Ubuntu 22.04 / other Linux

Ubuntu 22.04 user may first press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When terminal opens, run command to install extension manager app:

sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-manager

Then, click top-left ‘Activities’ and search for and open the tool from overview screen:

Finally, navigate to ‘Browse’ tab in extension manager, search for and install “Desktop Clock”:

NOTE: It support drag moving clock position, however you need to disable “Desktop Icons NG” extension temporarily for the action, then re-enable it. The developer is working to fix the conflict.

For Fedora and other Linux, the extension is available to install via the toggle icon in the web page below:

There are quite a few audio tag editing applications for Linux. Tagger is a new one with modern GTK4 user interface.

Kid3, puddletag, and easytag editors are really good. But for GNOME (the default desktop environment for Ubuntu, Fedora Workstation), Tagger looks more native due to GTK4 and libadwaita.

Tagger light mode

The app provides a simple and easy to use interface that follow system light and dark color scheme. With it, you can:

  • Edit metadata and audio tag including Filename, Title, Artist, Album, Year, Track, Album Artist, Genre, and comment.
  • Insert album cover art from file.
  • Remove tag.
  • Convert filenames to tags and tags to filenames with ease
  • And download tag data from internet via MusicBrainz.

filename to tag conversion

It support multiple music file types, such as mp3, ogg, flac, wma, and wav. And, it can edit tags and album art of multiple files, even across subfolders, all at once.

Tagger Dark Mode

How to Install this Tag Editor in Ubuntu & Other Linux:

The app provides official binary package through the universal Flatpak, which works on most Linux distributions.

1. For Ubuntu, firstly press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When terminal opens, run the command to install the Flatpak daemon:

sudo apt install flatpak

Type user password for sudo authentication, though there’s no asterisk feedback.

Fedora, Linux Mint, Pop! OS, etc have flatpak support out-of-the-box. Other Linux may follow this setup guide to get it.

2. After setup the daemon, run the single command below will install the app in your Linux:

flatpak install https://dl.flathub.org/repo/appstream/org.nickvision.tagger.flatpakref

NOTE: First time installing flatpak app will also install the Gnome run-time libraries which take more MB disk space.

Once installed, press Super (‘Windows’) key on keyboard to get into overview screen. Then search for and open the audio tagger and enjoy!

How to Remove the Audio Tag Editor:

To remove the flatpak package, open a terminal window and run command:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data org.nickvision.tagger

Also clear useless run-times if any by running flatpak uninstall --unused command.

Has a webcam connected in your Linux PC or laptop? Here’s a graphical tool to configure the camera exposure, white balance, brightness, contrast, power line frequency, gamma, etc.

It’s cameractrls, a new open-source tool that provides Python CLI and GUI (GTK, TK) to set the Camera controls in Linux. It can set the V4L2 controls and it is extendable with the non standard controls.

Currently, it has a Logitech extension (Led mode, led frequency), Kiyo Pro extension (HDR, HDR mode, FoV, AF mode, Save), Systemd extension (Save and restore controls with Systemd path+service).

Cheese and Cameractrls

As the picture shows, it has the slider bars to adjust the brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, and hue, which also configurable via the default Cheese app.

Basic settings page

There are as well options to switch between Aperture Priority Mode and Manual Mode to adjust camera exposure, backlight compensation, toggle HDR. White Balance temperature is also configurable in both auto and manual mode.

Advanced settings page lets you select power line frequency, toggle focus, AF mode, and adjust Pan, Tilt, Zoom, FoV if your web camera support them.

Cameractrls Advanced

How to Install the Camera Control App in Ubuntu & Other Linux:

This is a Python app that should work on all recent Linux distributions. To install it, open terminal from start menu (Ubuntu user may just press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard) and run the command below one by one:

1. Firstly, run command to install git in case you don’t have it:

sudo apt install git

The command is only for Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint based systems. Fedora user replace apt with dnf.

2. Grab the source by running command:

git clone https://github.com/soyersoyer/cameractrls.git

After downloaded the tool, run command to verify if it works for you!

./cameractrls/cameractrlsgtk.py

3. If the app launches and works, you may then run command in the same terminal window (close the app to continue) to install the app shortcut icon.

  • First, create local bin folder if not exist, and move the app folder into that directory:
    mkdir -p ~/.local/bin/ && mv cameractrls/ ~/.local/bin/
  • Navigate to the local bin:
    cd ~/.local/bin/
  • Finally, install the app shortcut (this is a single command, just copy & paste into terminal and hit run):
    cd cameractrls desktop-file-install --dir="$HOME/.local/share/applications" \ --set-icon="$PWD/images/icon_256.png" \ --set-key=Exec --set-value="$PWD/cameractrlsgtk.py" \ --set-key=Path --set-value="$PWD" \ cameractrls.desktop
Finally, you can search for and open the app from start menu ('Activities' overview):

How to Remove this Camera Control App:

To remove it, first open terminal and run command to remove the shortcut icon file:
rm ~/.local/share/applications/cameractrls.desktop

And remove the source folder via command:

rm -rf ~/.local/bin/cameractrls