My linux setup

May 27, 2018 Written By Marco Monteiro

A few weeks ago I reported that I made the change from Mac to Linux. Since then I tested loads of stuff in Linux to the point where I choose my stuff. Later Ubuntu 18.04 came out and I decided to do a clean install with just the software I wanted.

Here’s the result.

Linux Distro: Ubuntu 18.04

First thing I did was change the layout and to do that I started with Gnome Tweak Tool.

sudo apt install gnome-tweak-tool

Here’s my appearance settings:


On my desktop tab I have everything on (show icons, home, network servers, trash and mounted volumes).

Then some extensions were installed:

  • Audio output switcher (I can change the output from headset to speakers)
  • Clipboard indicator (have a clipboard history)
  • Coverflow Alt-Tab (a fancy alt+tab menu)
  • Custom corner (custom corner shortcuts)
  • Dropdown Terminal (terminal opening on top of everything with shortcut)
  • Flippery Move Clock (move the clock to the right)
  • OpenWeather (weather in the top menu)
  • Panel OSD (custom notifications)
  • Places Status Indicator (places menu)
  • Remove Dropdown Arrows (remove the dropdown arrows to have extra space)
  • Status area horizontal spacing (reduce horizontal space)
  • Ubuntu AppIndicators (always how indicators of the app you’re using)
  • Ubuntu Dock (already came with the system)
  • Dash to Panel (save them pixels and use just one bar)
  • Suspend button (adds the suspend button to the gnome menu)

On my Top Bar I left only the applications Menu and Date. Everything else was removed. Layout wise was only a few more changes to do, those were made with the system wide settings menu.

Settings Dock

Here’s the final look.


Now, on to the apps I installed to help with my day to day use.

  • Mailspring (email client)
  • Sublime Text 3
  • Atom
  • Discord
  • Terminator
  • Quassel IRC
  • VLC media player
  • Caffeine
  • GitKraken
  • FreeOffice

Only thing I’m still testing is a database managing software like Sequel Pro. I really loved that app on Mac.

Anything else I’m missing? Let me know!


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