Sunday, January 18, 2015

Playing with plymouth themes

In the quest for beautification of the few second boot up of the system, I wanted to play with some of the readily available plymouth themes.

 To see the list of available themes,

# plymouth-set-default-theme -l | sort

To change the current theme,

# plymouth-set-default-theme -R {theme-name} && dracut --force

Here are some screenshots -



hot dog



xfdashboard settings

In one of my previous posts, I had included instructions for using different themes with xfdashboard. With update to version 0.3.7, xfdashboard has a graphical settings manager.

Here are some screenshots - I believe they are fairly self explanatory.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thanks systemd folks!

I have a small computer setup at home. I have three laptops one of which is my "server". Nothing fancy - just runs owncloud and mediawiki for my use around the house. The "server" runs RHEL-7 while my other two laptops run Fedora 21 Xfce

The reason for this post is - ever since I setup my little server, my appreciation for systemd has gone up significantly. It has been incredibly easy to setup everything I wanted, as I wanted. I have no idea about large enterprise level networks - for my setup - it's hands down amazing!

One thing I have done ever since I started using Linux (not very long ago) was look at system logs. With journalctl, I feel, monitoring logs is much easier. The man page is easy to read, fairly clear and very easy to filter the logs!

Long story short - Thanks folks for a quality product! Kudos!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Wallpapers for workspaces

I stumbled upon this yesterday when I was fiddling around with Xfce - I can set different wallpapers for different workspaces! Small feature, yes - but made me very happy! :)

My three workspaces/wallpapers are below -

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Fedora 21 Release Candidate 1

I have been running Fedora 21 for a while now on my main laptop. I have also been testing some of the TCs and RCs as time permits.With release candidate 1, I think lots of things are fairly ironed out. I think Fedora 21 is going to be a fantastic release!

The remain "major" bugs (officially, blocker bugs) are listed here -

These could use some testing with the RC images.

Go Fedora! :D

Friday, November 28, 2014

Owncloud is awesome!!

I have finally setup owncloud and mediawiki on my "home server" (well, I actually set it up about a month ago) - I have to say - It's awesome!

My "server" is actually one of my older laptops running EL-7. Setting up owncloud was a breeze - thanks to excellent documentation!

Xfdashboard with new themes

I updated the xfdashboard package this morning to version 0.3.4. The big arrival with this update is that there are multiple themes that can be installed.

The themes available are

  • xfdashboard (default theme)
  • xfdashboard-dark
  • xfdashboard-mint
  • xfdashboard-moranga
  •  xfdashboard-auber
  • xfdashboard-wine

The themes are available in a sub-package called xfdashboard-themes.


Xfdashboard (default theme)


Changing Themes

To change the theme, either use xfce4-settings-editior or in a terminal type,

xfconf-query -c xfdashboard -p /theme -n -t string -s {theme-name}


Detailed documentation can be found here -