17 January 2017

How To Easily Install Google Chrome on Solus OS

Google Chrome running on Solus OS

Solus OS is a brand new, independent Linux distribution that comes with its own package management called eopkg. Unfortunately, there is no Chromium Browser yet in Solus' default repository. Also, Google Chrome only supports RPM dan DEB package. And so, how to install Chromium/Google Chrome web browser on Solus OS? There are two choices you can pick. (Personally, I prefer to "install" Google Chrome).

1. Chromium .Appimage
You could use Appimage version of Chromium Browser that can be download from THIS REPOSITORY. After you downloaded the appimage file, make it executable by command chmod +x file_name. Last, install the dependecy : sudo eopkg install gconf

2. Google Chrome
Chromium's .Appimage lacks Google account login so you can't access your synchronized bookmarks and histories from your another PC. Alternatively, you can use Google Chrome by a simple tricks as follows :

- Download Google Chrome stable Debian version.
- Extract the file google-chrome-stable_current_amd64.deb
- Go to extracted folder, and you will find two folders. Extract the data.tar.gz file.
- Next, you will find some folders from extracted data.tar.gz
- Move to the opt folder
- Move Google folder to the /opt directory : sudo mv Google /opt
- Make the shortcut :
  -> sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/google-chrome.desktop
  -> Put these lines in the file :

       Name=Google Chrome

- Voila, now you have Google Chrome on your Solus OS.

Solus OS is a great distro. It's fast and beautiful. I hope Solus developer would like to package Chromium browser into Solus' repository.

05 January 2017

BlankOn X Tambora Review : Fast and Gorgeous

BlankOn is an Indonesian, Debian based Linux distribution. In January 2017, BlankOn development team has released its newest version BlankOn Linux X (10) codenamed “Tambora” (which is a name of a volcano in Indonesia).

1. Overview
BlankOn Linux X Tambora uses Linux kernel 4.6.0-1. Not like other recent Linux distributions today, BlankOn X Tambora supports both 32bit and 64bit architecture. It is really a very good decision to keep the 32bit support, because there are many Linux users who still use an old computer with slow CPU and small amount of memory.
BlankOn Linux X Tambora with Manokwari Desktop

2. Manokwari Desktop
BlankOn has a custom desktop shell called Manokwari, built on the top of GNOME. It’s a gorgeous, simple and really fast desktop. BlankOn X Tambora uses GNOME component version 3.20.1.

Manokwari has 5 important elements : 

Left Panel
When you click the left top corner at the distribution logo, an elegenat drop-down traditional menu will appear. There is a search bar in the menu so you could find an app shortcut by typing. Personally, I love this elegant & fast traditional menu.

Task Bar
Beside distribution logo, there is a simple task bar with tiny icons of the applications running. If the pointer hovered at the task bar, a preview will appear similar to GNOME shell task bar.

At the right top corner, there are Indicator applets : network indicator, sound indicator, input indicator, application indicator, and virtual desktop indicator.

Right Panel
If you hover at the right top corner, a complete, elegant setting shortcuts will appear. The menu will remind you to the very similar menu of Deepin Linux. In fact, no doubt it is the exact same menu which Deepin Linux has. 

Applications Dock
At the bottom you will find a very nice and very simple dock. If you right click an app shortcut from the left panel drop-down menu, and you click ‘Add to desktop’, the app shortcut will be put in the dock.

3. Resource Utilization
BlankOn Linux X Tambora utilizes about 700-800 MB of memory in the idle time. Ran in my Intel dual core 1,6 Ghz with 4 GB of memory, BlankOn Linux runs very well and the desktop overall runs fast.

4. Installation
BlankOn Linux has a live installer with very simple option. You’ll only find a choice to install the system into a specific partition. There is an advanced option, but still, the option doesn’t provide advanced partitioning like in Ubuntu’s or Debian’s Installer.

If you don’t have a specific partition yet, you have to make it first by using partition manager like gparted.

5. Themes
BlankOn X Tambora uses a modified version of Arc GTK theme which looks gorgeous. Paired with a nice icon theme called Tebu, I love the overall BlankOn X’s artwork. Very nice job for the BlankOn’s artwork team. BlankOn X Tambora also has an elegant shutdown dialog.
Tebu Icon Theme
A good looking Shutdown dialog
6. Conclusion
BlankOn X Tambora provides you a good and fast desktop called Manokwari. It’s very easy to understand and very easy to use. If you are looking for a fast and beautiful, alternative Linux distribution, BlankOn X Tambora is perhaps your perfect Linux distribution you've been searching. 

These are my personal scores to BlankOn X Tambora :
- Build Quality : 8/10
- Desktop : 9/10
- Artwork : 9/10
- Resource Utilization : 7,5/10
- Installation : 5/10
- Overall score : 8/10

16 September 2016

4 Top Most Lightweight Linux Distributions (That Still Easy To Use)

There are Linux distributions in the world with their own purpose. Some distros are built as a modern, beautiful Linux desktop --which needs better hardware requirements. The others distributions, in the contrary, built for speed. 

If you have an older computer with older hardwares, or if you just need a fast operating system to complete your jobs, you have to look for these 4 top fastest / most lightweight Linux distributions, but still easy to use as a productive, daily operating system.

1. Bodhi Linux 
Bodhi Linux is a community based linux distribution based on Ubuntu. It uses a new desktop environment called Moksha (which is actually a fork of Enlightenment desktop environment). It is extremely, super fast Linux distribution that will make your computer fly like a jet. If you are a speed hunter, this distro is perfect for you.
2. Lubuntu
Lubuntu is an official Ubuntu flavor distro. It uses the mature LXDE desktop. It's simple as old cars, but fast as Ferrari. Also, its blueish artwork is very comforting to our eyes. I use this distro for years, as my primary operating system.

3. Ubuntu MATE
Ubuntu MATE is the youngest family member of Ubuntu. It is officially recognized as the member of Ubuntu flavor in Ubuntu MATE 15.04 vivid vervet. Ubuntu MATE uses MATE desktop, a briliant fork of legendary GNOME 2 desktop environment. You would not regret use this distro as your primary OS.

4. Xubuntu
Xubuntu is another Ubuntu family that uses XFCE desktop environment. It is considered fast as a distribution, but sometimes considered slower than the other distro, like Lubuntu. Personally I like this distro because of its Whisker menu that looks like Windows 7 menu. Compared to Ubuntu, and or other GNOME based distributions, Xubuntu is faster. It will run great in moderate hardwares, like low end Intel processors with 2 GB of RAM.

14 September 2016

Top 5 Linux Distributions That Looks Like Windows 7

Microsoft Windows 7 is considered by many users around the world as the operating system with best user interface, after Windows XP. It is extremely simple, super easy to use, yet looks elegant. For this reason, there are plenty of users that refuse to adapt newer Microsoft Windows, like Windows 8/8.1 and or Windows 10. 

If you are a Windows user who love Windows 7 user interface, and currently planning to adapt GNU/Linux desktop, you should look for these GNU/Linux distributions that look very close to Microsoft Windows 7 user interface.

1. Zorin GNU/Linux
Zorin/GNU Linux is a Linux distribution that mimics Microsoft Windows 7 user interface. Zorin uses GnoMenu, an advanced application menu that looks very close to Windows 7 start menu. Combined with avant-window-navigator, a dock application, that is arranged to be looks similar to Windows 7 taskbar. Without doubt, this is the perfect, excelent Linux distro for every Windows 7 lover. Website : http://zorinos.com/

2. ChaletOS
ChaletOS is an another Linux distribution that mimics Microsoft Windows 7 user interface with more modern theme resembles Windows 8 theme. ChaletOS is based on Xubuntu, a great Linux distribution with XFCE desktop environment. Website : https://sites.google.com/site/chaletoslinux/home

3. Kubuntu
Kubuntu is an official Ubuntu Linux flavor distribution that uses KDE desktop environment. This distribution is very beatiful, yet simple and easy to use. You would not regret give this beauty a try. Website : http://www.kubuntu.org/

4. Lubuntu
Lubuntu is an another official Ubuntu Linux flavor that uses LXDE desktop environment. It is super fast, simple, very easy to use and has a modern, eye catchy look. If you have an old computer, or want a Linux distro that runs as fast as a roadrunner, Lubuntu is perfect for you. Also, this distribution have a desktop arrangement that similar to Windows user interface, with a bottom panel, and a menu in the left. Website : http://lubuntu.net/

5. Xubuntu
Xubuntu is the distro which ChaletOS is built. It uses XFCE and whisker menu that looks very similar to the Windows 7 start menu. The default Xubuntu arrangement put the panel and menu at the top, but you could move it freely to the bottom, so you will get the Windows 7 experience. Website : https://xubuntu.org/

08 September 2016

How To Speed Up Your KDE Plasma Desktop (KDE4)

KDE is one of the oldest desktop environment in Linux. While GNOME (the other desktop that as old as KDE) is trying to built its own style of user interface, KDE from the beginning seems to mimics the Microsoft Windows' "classic" user interface. Thus, KDE has its own user base, especially for them who still in love with the Windows' philosophy : a simple desktop, with a single taskbar in the bottom, and a start menu in the left.

Personally, I love KDE. It's gorgeous and eyecandy. But sometimes, I feel KDE is little bit slow in my older hardwares. So, after some experiences, I've found some tweak how to make KDE Plasma Desktop Runs Faster.

1. Change The Compositing Engine 
Go to System Settings>Desktop Effect>Advanced, and change the Compositing type from OpenGL 2.0 to XRender.

2. Remove All Bloatware Apps
There are some uneeded apps installed in Kubuntu (my favorite KDE distro) and you could safely remove them. Here are my list :

sudo apt-get remove kwalletmanager akregator telepathy-gabble telepathy-haze telepathy-logger telepathy-mission-control-5 telepathy-salut kde-telepathy kde-telepathy-approver kde-telepathy-auth-handler kde-telepathy-contact-list kde-telepathy-data kde-telepathy-declarative kde-telepathy-desktop-applets kde-telepathy-filetransfer-handler kde-telepathy-integration-module kde-telepathy-minimal kde-telepathy-send-file kde-telepathy-text-ui

3. Remove All Bloatware Services
Remove all uneeded services in directory /usr/share/kde4/services. Here are my list :
- baloo_calendarsearchstore.desktop
- baloo_emailsearchstore.desktop
- baloo_notesearchstore.desktop
- baloo_contactsearchstore.desktop
- baloo_filesearchstore.desktop
- baloosearch.protocol
- kwalletd.desktop
- /usr/bin/kwalletd

4. Disable All Animations
Go to System Settings>Desktop Effect>All Efect, uncheck all.

5. Disable The Compositor (If You Want)
Desktop compositing is needed by KDE Desktop to make the panel looks transparent and better. But if you need an extremely fast desktop, you could disable this. Go to System Settings>Desktop Effect>General, uncheck "Enable desktop effects at startup".

6. Considering The 32bit System 
If you use older or slower processor (like: Intel Atom, Older Pentium, Older Celeron), you should use 32bit system instead. Even though, your processor supports 64bit system. Based on my own experience, 32bit system runs faster in older processors. Don't worry, modern 32bit Linux kernel have had PAE extension, that supports 4 GB RAM or more.

7. Instant Messenger App
If you need an instant messenger app, you could use Kopete. An older, mature KDE instant messaging app that runs much faster and supports most popular protocols.