7 Recommended Applets for Linux Mint Cinnamon

This article is a simple list for interesting Cinnamon applets. You see here how to install applet, and then CPU Temperature Indicator, Pomodoro, Internet Search Engine, Net speed indicator, Record Desktop (screencaster, like Kazam), Sticky Notes, and Stopwatch. I hope this list helps you find your needs and ease your daily life.

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How To Install Applets

To install any applet, right-click on panel > Add applets to panel > go to tab Available applets (online) > select applet > press Install or update selected items > go to tab Installed applets > select the installed applet > Add to panel. Note that applet installation this way needs internet access.

1. CPU Temperature Indicator

This applet shows a real-time CPU temperature on your panel. So, you can always know where you should give your computer some extra cooling.

2. Pomodoro

Pomodoro is a timing technique to enhance concentration, to help finish tasks efficiently. Now you can get Pomodoro Timer on your Cinnamon desktop.

3. Search Engine

You can place Google Search, Yahoo!, or DuckDuckGo applet right on your panel. With this, you can search anything anytime and when you press Enter it runs web browser with the result you want. You can find its name Internet Search Box on applets installer.

4. Download & upload speed

Do you remember Netspeed on GNOME? This applet is the same thing for Cinnamon. It shows real-time upload & download speed with total transfer per day via tooltip. Personally, this applet is always the first to install for me every time I installed Mint Cinnamon.

5. Sticky Notes

If you want colorful sticky notes, with task list feature, or simply Sticky Notes widget replacement for KDE, Sticky Notes on Cinnamon is the solution.

6. Record Desktop

Again, do you remember EasyScreencast on GNOME? This ScreenShot+Record Desktop is the replacement on Cinnamon. You can take screenshot to image, you can also record screen activities as video (MKV format) with or without sound input.

7. Stopwatch

If you need a stopwatch on desktop, use Stopwatch for Cinnamon 1.8+ applet. You’ll have a simple time counter on panel you can stop at anytime.

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Ambient Noise (ANoise) Player Fixed For Ubuntu 16.04 And Newer

Ambient Noise, or ANoise is a simple, lightweight application for playing ambient noises, such as waves, rain, fire, and so on, useful to help you stay focused and boost productivity, or fall asleep.
The application didn’t work in Ubuntu 16.04 and newer until recently, when it was updated to GStreamer 1.0 and Python 3, along with some bug fixes.

Ambient Noise Ubuntu

ANoise runs directly in the Ubuntu Sound Menu, without a GUI. From there you can easily play various relaxing sounds such as rain, wind, forest, storm, fire, night, coffee shop, or sea.

Besides the Ubuntu Sound Menu, ANoise also supports the Media Player Indicator extension for GNOME Shell, as well as the Linux Mint (Cinnamon) Sound applet. Although for Linux Mint, note that the ambient noise icon is larger than it should be.
Here’s ANoise running in GNOME Shell (with Media Player Indicator extension):

Ambient Noise GNOME Shell

ANoise can also be used on desktop environments without Ubuntu Sound Menu / Media Player Indicator. In such cases, you can install the ANoise GUI:

Ambient Noise GUI

Other ANoise features include:

  • default sounds: rain, wind, storm, fire, forest, night, coffee shop and sea;
  • it remembers your last played ambient noise between reboots;
  • includes a sleep timer as well as an option to start automatically on system startup;
  • unlike some websites that offer the same functionality, ANoise works without an Internet connection;
  • supports custom sounds. You can copy extra ambient noises (ogg, mp3 or wav) into the ~/ANoise or ~/.ANoise folder and the application should be able to use them (you can also add a .png with the same name as the audio file to be used in the Ubuntu Sound Menu);
  • extra ambient noise packs are available in its PPA.

Note: if the ANoise GUI package is not installed, to open the ANoise preferences you’ll need to click on the ANoise entry in the Ubuntu Sound Menu.

Install ANoise in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

To add the Ambient Noise PPA and install the application in Ubuntu or Linux Mint, use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costales/anoise
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install anoise gir1.2-webkit-3.0

Note that the default ANoise sounds package is about 100 MiB in size!

Once installed, simply launch “Ambient Noise” from Dash / the menu, and control it from the Ubuntu Sound Menu / Media Player Indicator Extension / Cinnamon Sound applet.
For other desktop environments, you can install the ANoise GUI using the following command:
sudo apt install anoise-gui

For extra sounds, you install the ANoise community extensions, by using the following command:
sudo apt install anoise-community-extension1 anoise-community-extension2 anoise-community-extension3 anoise-community-extension4

Here’s what they contain:

  • anoise-community-extension1: river sound;
  • anoise-community-extension2: old air conditioner, large boat, house fan, fountain, forest rain, fishing boat, dump truck idling and diesel motor sounds;
  • anoise-community-extension3: white, pink, brown OSSL and brown noises;
  • anoise-community-extension4: pinery wind, old dam waterfall, thunderstorm, stoney creek, rideau river, lake superior, lake huron, frogs, dinosaur drain and coon creek sounds.

For more about Ambient Noise, see its web page.

via Marcos Costales @ G+

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Cinnamon 3.4 Released, Here’s How To Install it on Ubuntu

Minty Cinnamon ThemeLinux Mint’s Clement Lefebvre has announced the release of Cinnamon 3.4, the latest stable update to the rather popular Linux desktop environment.  Better yet you can already upgrade to or install Cinnamon 3.4 on Ubuntu using a PPA — no waiting required! Announcing the release on his blog Clement Lefebvre writes: “I’d like to thank all the developers […]

This post, Cinnamon 3.4 Released, Here’s How To Install it on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Revamped Cinnamon Desktop Add-ons Website Is Now Live

cinnamon spices redesignA revamped version of the Cinnamon Spices website is now live, showcasing the latest and most popular add-ons for the Linux Mint desktop.

This post, Revamped Cinnamon Desktop Add-ons Website Is Now Live, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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How To Install Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” Cinnamon Edition

This article guides you step by step to install Linux Mint 18.1 Cinnamon Edition. This 18.1 is a Long Term Support version (will be supported until 2021) and codenamed “Serena”. I based this guide on my laptop Acer Aspire One, Intel Celeron 64 bit, 4GB RAM, 120GB SSD. I hope this simple guide helps more beginners into GNU/Linux.

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a. Prepare The Installation Media

First obtain the ISO image file of Linux Mint 18.1. Then write the ISO file to a USB drive. Such USB bootable drive is the easiest media for any GNU/Linux installation. You can obtain the ISO from the official source:

b. Prepare The Partitions

Preparing the partitions before installing is the quickest method for installing any GNU/Linux. So you need to create or provide one partition for the main system and one partition for the swap. In my system, I prepared /dev/sda6 20GB for the main partition, and /dev/sda7 2GB for swap.

WARNING: DISK PARTITIONING IS DANGEROUS! Make sure you understand and read your screen carefully in every single step while doing Linux Mint installation. Don’t be sleepy, don’t make any mistake, always be careful while you doing anything with disk partitioning and system installation. Don’t continue the installation if you are not sure or you can ask someone nearby capable to help you directly. You do it on your own risk.

c. Boot To Live Session

Now boot your computer into your USB drive so you see the live session. It appears as a normal desktop OS you can try. What you need to do is running the Install Linux Mint program on desktop. This system installer program is called Ubiquity.

1. Select Language

At first page of Ubiquity, select your language. This will affect the rest of partitioning language.

2. Select On-Installation Connection

The quickest choice here is ‘I don’t want to connect”. This makes the installation does not download anything while installing.

3. Selecting Third-Party Programs Installation

The quickest choice here is leave the choice unchecked. By leaving it unchecked, it won’t download any third-party program while installing.

4. Select Partitioning Option

Select “Something else” so you enter the manual partitioner. Always believe yourself in partitioning, don’t believe automatic choices.

5. Creating System Partition

In creating main system partition, as you have prepared a blank partition before, now you can just select the partition and edit it. In this example, I select /dev/sda6 20GB —> press Change button —> (1) determine partition size as 20GB —> (2) determine Ext4 as the file system type —> (3) choose to format the partition —> (4) determine slash (/) as the mount point —> OK. See picture below.

6. Creating Swap Partition

Just the same as creating main system partition (slash), create one partition as swap from the blank partition you have prepared. In this example, I choose /dev/sda7 2GB as my swap.

7. Selecting Bootloader

Select your hard disk where the main partition belongs. In this example, my hard disk in only one: /dev/sda. This is the place where your bootloader being installed. Bootloader is a program that allows you to choose one among the operating systems installed to boot.

8. Select Time Region

Select your time region by either clicking on the map of typing on the bottom text box. For example here, I choose Jakarta. This choice of region affects your time and date settings.

9. Select Keyboard Layout

Select a keyboard layout available as you wish. For most users, the default choice is OK.

10. Select Username & Password

You need to determine the username and password of your Linux Mint.

11. Waiting The Progress

Now the Ubiquity takes the rest jobs for you. You may need to wait for 5-10 minutes. In my system, this installation progress takes about 6 minutes.

12. Installation Finished

While you see a notification sating Installation Complete, it means the installation progress has finished. Now you can reboot to your just installed Linux Mint 18.1 Serena.

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What To Do After Installing Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” Cinnamon Edition

Few days ago Linux Mint 18.1 “Serena” Cinnamon Edition has been released. Now after installing, you may need a short suggestion in having somethings for this Serena Cinnamon. As usual, I mentioned here some familiar and also educational software suggestions. This article is for everyone, especially every new user into GNU/Linux and Linux Mint.

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1. Reload

You need to download the Linux Mint repository “maps” so your system knows exactly where to download every software package. This action has many names, but I prefer to call it “reload”. This action does not download any software, nor install any, it just downloads “the maps” of your repository. Open your Terminal and do this command line:

$ sudo apt-get update

By finishing this command line process, you enables Synaptic Package Manager, Software Manager, and apt-get to install any software package from Linux Mint official software repository. Synaptic and Software Manager are GUI applications similar to “Google Play Store” in Android, it helps the user search and choose application to install.

2. Install Codecs

Patents in software field are horrible obstacles for software developments. Starting in version 18, Linux Mint does not include free software to play MP3/MP4/another patent-covered formats anymore because of that. In other words, Linux Mint 18.1 does not include complete GStreamer software anymore (and some other free software for playing some formats). So now you should install them yourself. Open your Terminal and run this command line:

$ sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-libav gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly-amr gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly libgstreamer-plugins-bad1.0-0 gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad-videoparsers gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad-faad gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad libdvdnav4 libdvdread4

This long command line (consists of many packages) is my reduced version of a single package mint-meta-codecs. I removed from this command line all nonfree packages I know (such as adobe-flashplugin) so please tell me if I made mistake here. And yes, I removed vlc package too (it’s free software) because I mentioned VLC sepearately below.

3. Show Detailed Date on Panel

It’s better to always see the date and time right on your desktop panel. You avoid forgetting schedules by that. By default, the date information is hidden on Serena Cinnamon. You can show it by

  • right-click clock on panel > Configure
  • enable “Use a custom date format”
  • close the Configuration dialog

To show the second, change the date code %A %B %e, %H:%M into %A %B %e, %H:%M:%S. The only difference is the `:%S` code that represents the second. But I prefer to use this code %e %A %B %Y, %H:%M:%S to show the year because I love informative screenshots. You are free to choose one.

4. Add Download/Upload Indicator Applet

For some desktop users nowadays, it is important to know how much download/upload speed being used in real-time. For that purpose, while in GNOME we have Netpeed Indicator extension, in Cinnamon we have “Download and upload speed” extension (or, applet). This applet shows network download and upload speed every 1 second on the panel. It’s good to have it.

To add Download and upload speed applet, you still need to install it first. To do it, right-click on panel > Add applets to panel > click Available Applets (Online) > search for “download and upload speed” > select the applet name > click “Install” button (on the bottom of dialog screen) > see it on your panel.

5. Install Daily Desktop Applications

Different user has different needs. But there are some popular free software applications for desktop you may want to install. Here are some applications already available from official Linux Mint repository, you can install them using GUI Software Manager or command line.

Inkscape (vector editor, similar to CorelDRAW)

$ sudo apt-get install inkscape

Scribus (desktop publishing, similar to Adobe PageMaker)

$ sudo apt-get install scribus

VLC (popular video player)

$ sudo apt-get install vlc

Shutter (screenshot tool)

$ sudo apt-get install shutter

Flowblade (advanced non-linear video editor)

$ sudo apt-get install flowblade

6. Check Your System sources.list

You should know where your repository setting saved. In Ubuntu, it is located at /etc/apt/sources.list file. But in Linux Mint, it is different, it is located at /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list file. To see the content, do this command line:

$ cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/official-package-repositories.list

And in Linux Mint 18.1 the content of this file are 6 lines of configuration:

7. Install Development Applications

Linux Mint provides huge numbers software engineering tools, just like another GNU/Linux distributions. For example, you get compilers, interpreters, text editors, reusable libraries, and IDEs for almost all programming languages. Linux Mint supports C & C++, BASIC, Ada, Python, Perl, Pascal, PHP, Java, Ruby, and many others language through the tools available.

GNU Emacs (powerful text editor from GNU)

$ sudo apt-get install emacs

Vim (powerful popular console text editor)

$ sudo apt-get install vim

Geany (lightweight and user-friendly IDE)

$ sudo apt-get install geany

Eclipse (popular IDE for Java and Android)

$ sudo apt-get install eclipse

Netbeans (popular IDE for Java)

$ sudo apt-get install netbeans

Java Runtime Environment (JRE)

$ sudo apt-get install default-jre

OpenJDK (Java Development Kit, The Free Implementation)

$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-8-jdk
$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-9-jdk

Codeblocks (a C/C++ IDE, lightweight)

$ sudo apt-get install codeblocks

Codelite (a C/C++ IDE, lightweight)

$ sudo apt-get install codelite

GNU G++ (C++ compiler from GNU)

$ sudo apt-get install g++

Qt Creator (official IDE for Qt Framework)

$ sudo apt-get instal qtcreator

8. Install Education Applications

Linux Mint as a GNU/Linux distribution provides many educational software packages ready to use. For you installing Linux Mint for schools, you can introduce the use of these free software examples.

KAlgebra (program to learn algebra, mathematics)

$ sudo apt-get install kalgebra

Kig (program to learn geometry, mathematics)

$ sudo apt-get install kig

Marble (offline 3D globe, similar with Google Earth)

$ sudo apt-get install marble

GCompris (educational games for preschool children)

$ sudo apt-get install GCompris

TuxType (rapid typing trainer game)

$ sudo apt-get install tuxtype

TuxMath (basic math game for kids)

$ sudo apt-get install tuxmath

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