Shift GTK-3/ Geary Buttons to the right on linux mint

This works on the latest Geary

Manually :

Install dconf-editor

 sudo apt install dconf-editor 

open it up by typing dconf-editor.

Go to : org / cinnamon / desktop / interface / gtk-decoration-layout

and on the right find the button layout key setting.

the current string set there is expected to be : menu:minimize,maximize,close

change that to : close,minimize,maximize:menu

That’s it, you’re done.


Shift Google Chrome buttons to the left

Google chrome still uses the old gconf file for it’s configuration.
If you like me use linux mint, but prefer the mac like configuration of buttons on the left, this is something that you would be interested in.

Manually :

Install gconf-editor

 sudo apt install gconf-editor 

open it up by typing gconf-editor.

Go to :  / apps / metacity / general /

and on the right find the button layout key setting.

the current string set there is expected to be : menu:minimize,maximize,close

change that to : close,minimize,maximize:menu

That’s it, you’re done.

3 finger gestures in ubuntu 16.04

Easy Peasy.

Install touchegg.

sudo apt install touchegg

To enable 3 finger and above touch in Ubuntu 16.04 (of course be sure your touchpad driver supports multitouch, or else upgrade your kernel)

Go to your home directory and create a .xprofile with the following content.

synclient ClickFinger3=0
synclient TapButton3=0
touchegg &

Now when you boot your laptop, you’ll be able to use gestures.

To configure the gestures, you can go to

sudo vi .config/touchegg/touchegg.conf

It’s a pretty self explanatory config file. But here’s some references.

touchegg actions

touchegg gestures

touchegg FAQ

Invert Fn Function Key Behaviour in Linux

Hey all,

Here’s a small tip that I thought should be documented.

If your fn key is behaving opposite to the way you want it to, there are likely 2 causes:

  1. Either your bios setting is the opposite of what you want
  2. Or your linux is interpreting differently.

Here are a few solutions :

  1. Try pressing fn + NumLock key
  2. Try pressing fn + ~ key (it’s the one before a 1 on most US keyboards)
  3. Press fn + Esc Key (Or look for a key with a lock sign on it)
  4. Go to the bios and look for the function key option to change it.

2 worked for me on linux!


Linux : Access Mounted Drive from Media Servers

So for the longest time, I had been annoyed, because I could just not get plex media server to access all the songs, or videos on my partitioned hard drive, which I had configured to mount at boot time.

I went deep with it, trying to figure out if there was any way to change the default umask for mounting drives so that I could give any system process the permission to read contents from the drive.

And finally the solution:

Mount your drive at /mnt instead of /media. The instructions on how to mount your drive are here.The only difference will be to use this line in the fstab entry.

 UUID=<previously-copied-uuid> /mnt/<mydiskname> ntfs defaults 0 0 

doing this allowed my drive to be accessed by the plex media server, since the system treated it not as an external removable drive with limited permissions.

Linux Mint Cinnamon 2.0 – Review ( They’re doing it right )

I’ve been using linux – mainly Ubuntu for almost 2-3 years now.
I started with Ubuntu 11.04. And as the updates from Canonical rolled in, I hated every new design decision that they were taking.

1. Removal of custom command in open with dialog box – I mean, when you can offer both the options why remove one?
2. Removal of option to create custom launcher – WHYYY?
3. Growing number of problems with the Nautilus file manager – like how they removed being able to go to root drive, or the extra efforts to add a folder to the bookmarks bar.
4. The pre-installed movie player – needed a billion codecs before any file could actually be played
5. The pre-installed music player was no good.
6. Empathy – the messenger couldn’t do basic things such as work behind a proxy
7. Badly integrated social networking menus that weren’t useful.

The power of linux lies in it’s stability and customizability. With every new update, I would cringe as they made things that could be done in a few simple clicks worth much more effort.

Welcome Linux Mint.

I downloaded the Maya 13 Cinnamon version. The interface was clean. It was built for people familiar with windows, with a bar at the bottom including the start-like menu button for applications, and the closing buttons on the right. It came pre-installed with VLC as the media player. For music, I prefer Clementine ( another brilliant design and execution).

Soon after that, Cinnamon 2.0 was released. I decided to install it ( even though it’s not yet available in the official repositories for Maya).

Behold Brilliance. Customizability + Design at a new level.

1. Applets:  title bar

CPU Cycle control.
CPU  Temperature Multicore
CPU usage %age (can select graphs as well)
RAM usage %age(can select graphs as well)
Network usage graph

And many more…! All with a single click from the applets panel.Applets_003

2. Desklets

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For improving your productivity.( here using an accuweather desklet)

All with a few clicks.

3. Hot Corners


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4. Custom Commands in file manager are back.

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5. Creating Custom Launcher is back + useful right click menu options, like open as root.


6. Extensions


7. Alt-Tab cover flow/ Timeline options.

(Cover Flow)

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8. Natural Scrolling ( Improved Mouse options)

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9. Ubuntu based apps.
Being a fork of Ubuntu, all precise-pangolin apps work for Linux Mint 13.

Definitely an IDE to look out for.