Distrohopper Anonymous

Cinnamon is - for me - the best available Linux desktop both on terms of productivity and tweaking. It is also pretty lightweight, 400mb or RAM idling and the boot time is under 15".

I said… and then came GNOME 3.18 and KDE Plasma 5! Now I’m torn between sticking to Antergos Cinnamon or switching to GNOME Shell or KDE Plasma… even moving to another distribution which better integrates with these two DEs (like KAOS, Kubuntu or Manjaro for KDE and Antergos, Fedora or Ubuntu GNOME edition for GNOME Shell).

The reason behind my thoughts is that GNOME and KDE are the primary environments for GTK+ and QT, which makes them the most developed DEs, with vibrant communities to interact and full of new tools and new applications – which look “in place” when used with their respective DE (example: gnome-disks in GNOME).

Living with Antergos

It has been almost 3 weeks now using Antergos Cinnamon and I have to admit, so far it has been smooth sailing. All updates have installed without a glitch, the desktop and applications have performed optimal.

The only thing worth mentioning is the application changes I have made. Since installation, I have added/removed some software – not many changes though – and have tweaked Cinnamon to be more to my liking.

Applications Removed :

Chromium
GNOME-Music
Pidgin
GNOME-Photos

Applications Installed :

Firefox
TLP (laptop power management tool)
Plank
Thunderbird
Rhythmbox
HexChat
GIMP

Cinnamon is – for me – the best available Linux desktop both on terms of productivity and tweaking. It is also pretty lightweight, 400mb or RAM idling and the boot time is under 15″.

As for tweaking, I have changed my theme to Loki Transparent Dark and my GTK theme to Numix Dark Red. I have been using the default Numix Square icons provided with Antergos. The Plank dock is placed on the left side of the desktop with the Numix theme installed. I have also removed the windows list applet from the panel – which now resides on the top of the desktop – and have placed the clock in the middle, pretty much like GNOME’s default setup. Finally the Application’s Menu icon has been replaced with Arch’s logo in Red.

The only missing component for my desktop is Conky… when I come around to installing and configuring it!

So my desktop actually looks like this :

Desktop_17.9.15

Playing with Bashrc

Yesterday I decided to slightly alter the default prompt of GNOME terminal from plain white to something more consistent with the overall theme of my desktop.

To achieve that, I had to change the .bashrc files on both my home folder, as well as the root home folder. It is required to change both files independently – either with the same attributes, or totally different – for the prompt to apply changes for the user and the root user.

For my user, I modified the .bashrc file by changing the PS1 line to :

PS1='\u @ \e[0;31m\h\e[m > '

This output shows the user followed by @ the hostname of my PC coloured red.

For the root user, I modified the .bashrc file by changing the respective PS1 to :

PS1='\e[0;31m\h\e[m > '

Which is mostly the same configuration, just the hostname coloured red. The final result is :

terminal

There are a tons of different setups anyone can create, from minimal prompts, to eye candy – news feeds – terminal prompts. The best resource was (once again) Arch’s Wiki page.

The whole procedure took me under 5′ (excluding the hundreds of styling changes I applied), but I never would have thought of changing the terminal prompt if it weren’t for CodeAcademy‘s “Learn the Command Line” course.