GoldenDict

GoldenDict is a very useful dictionary look program, I have yet to find something similar in Linux with all the features that GoldenDict provides.

You can install it Mint by.

sudo apt-get install goldendict goldendict-wordnet

Noticeably ,the very useful of its features is Scan Popup. In fact, I accidentally found this app by searching for this functionality. What it does is it pop-ups with the word meaning when you select a word. This can be a little more customised, like you can specify it to only open when selected keys are pressed. By default Scan Popup functionality is disabled in GoldenDict. You can change it in preferences and make it always start with Scan Popup turned on.

There are many other features in it which you can enable from the preferences. Don’t forget to install goldendict-wordnet package it will aid as offline dictionary which I found very useful.  Ofcourse you can install many other supported dictionaries, by default it comes with Wikipedia enabled.  You might find it very useful.

Some Screenshots.

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Enlightenment e17 on Arch

From Arch wiki

E17 is the development release 17 (DR17) of the Enlightenment Desktop Environment. It comprises both the Enlightenment window manager and Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL), which provide additional desktop environment features such as a toolkit, object canvas, and abstracted objects.  Enlightenment the window manager is still in the beta stages, but is already quite usable. Many people currently use E17 as a day-to-day desktop environment without problems.

Installation

clyde -S e-svn
clyde -S e-modules-extra-svn

There are two other ways of installing it which are mentioned in Arch wiki.

On starting up for the first time it will ask for your confirmation on how things should look. This is an interesting feature which keeps it stand out from other modern counterparts. I prefer this way by which you can configure beforehand.

Enlightenment is something which is both lightweight and pretty. I made the following tweaks to it and it feels fantastic.

Taskbar

The default bottom panel  contained something called iBox which behaved similar to systray but not fully. It didn’t show maximised apps.  So I installed engage. ( which was called iTask-ng  before)  The one available from AUR seems to have wrong URL and it isn’t engage.

svn checkout http://svn.enlightenment.org/svn/e/trunk/E-MODULES-EXTRA/engage
cd engage
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr
make
sudo make install

Next I totally removed the bottom panel and replaced it with engage.  To do that..

1)Right click and select remove panel option. Or change the position where it is shown. Anyway you can add it later if you want. From Menu->Settings->Shelves

2)Left click on the desktop ( Menu ) -> Settings   Modules -> Engage

and press load. Now you can right click on it and configure it. Also you can drag and drop your favourite applications from Menu to the dock ( Engage ). If you need more engages you add it from

Menu -> Settings -> Settings Panel  -> Extensions  -> Engage ( Double clicking will open a configuration dialog with the option of adding more )

Keyboard Shortcuts

Setting of keyboard shortcuts is a bit strange. It can be configured from..

Menu -> Settings -> Settings Panel -> Input -> Keys

for eg to assign Win + j to invoke Lxterminal

1) Press Add keybinding.

2)Press the key sequence ( Win + j )

3)Select Command under Launch ( from the right panel ) and enter lxterminal into the Action Params box.

Done.

Edge Bindings

This isn’t useful to me and was a real annoyance. To remove this

Menu->Settings->Settings Panel->Input->Edge Bindings.

Delete the binding for right edge and left edge.

Done. Peace.

Composite

Be default e17 weirdest effects for focusing windows. Disabling this has to be done first, really.

Menu->Settings->Settings Panel->Look->Composite

Under that there is an apps tab. Selecting anything other than default will help. A live preview of each effect is shown as a thumbnail.

Winlist NG

This is a better window listing utility than the default one (winlist). By default Alt Tab uses winlist. You can change that, but first, install winlist ng module.

svn checkout http://svn.enlightenment.org/svn/e/trunk/E-MODULES-EXTRA/winlist-ng
cd winlist-ng/
./autogen.sh --prefix=/usr
make
sudo make install

Now, navigate to  Menu -> Settings -> Settings Panel -> Input -> Keys

Assign Alt + Tab to Switch to Next Window under NG Winlist on right pane.

A Screenshot

A neat Gnome Shell setup

Default gnome shell  is a dumbed down version of  what gnome shell is capable of.  There are many themes out there  which I like to recommend especially the likes of  Atolm and Zukitwo.  Here is a neat setup of Gnome Shell in Arch.

1.Install Gnome tweak tool.

2. Download and install Atolm transparent theme.  Instructions are available from the page. Once installed you can select it from gnome tweak tool.

3. Install some useful extensions.

3.1)Remove the accessibility. I don’t find it of any use. I hope it is the case with you too. 😀

Name:gnome-shell-extension-noa11y

Description:A gnome-shell extension to remove the Accessibility icon from the panel

3.2)Move the clock to the status area.

Name:gnome-shell-extension-move-clock

Description: A gnome-shell extension to move the clock/calendar to the status area.

3.3)Install Window list extension

Name:gnome-shell-extension-window-list

Description: This Gnome Shell extension tries to transform the Application Menu to a window list.

3.4)Application menu button extension. This gives a drop down list of application menu. This is more elegant than the old static drop down list. I didn’t find this in AUR. ( I could be wrong )

Name:applicationsbutton-1.1.tar.gz
Get it  from http://www.fpmurphy.com/gnome-shell-extensions/applicationsbutton-1.1.tar.gz

Extract it to ~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions/

3.5)Atlernate status menu  to  enable Power Off option. This is like a must have.

Name: gnome-shell-extension-alternative-status-menu-git

Description:For those who want a power off item visible at all the time, replaces GNOME Shell status menu with one featuring separate Suspend and Power Off. Adds the ability to   hibernate as well.

Unless explicitly mentioned all the above extensions are available from AUR.

Gnome shell with Transparent Atolm Theme

Applications Menu Button

Using window list to close all open terminals

Visit http://www.fpmurphy.com/gnome-shell-extensions/ . There are plenty of extensions there too.

Gnome Shell Shortcuts

To be really good at Gnome shell you need to know about it keyboard shortcuts. These are viewable under System settings -> Keyboard -> Shortcuts. From there you can create new ones or alter the already existing ones. So here is a sheet I’ve created for easy viewing (only a few commonly used).