Use Terminator: Terminator is a nice way to free your valuable screen space from multiple terminal windows. Instead of using one terminal window for each task, divide an existing window horizontally or vertically each time you need a new terminal window. So if you find yourself using 8 terminal windows, you can use Terminator and pack your terminals into 2 windows.
Set Terminal as Desktop Background: Some time ago, I showed you how to setup your terminal as a desktop background. This is a great way to assign certain portion of your desktop background for terminal window which can be seamless and be part of your desktop wallpaper. Two popular way to achieve this is with the use of Tilda or Devilspie. It would be even better if we could setup Terminator with Devilspie; I will have to find out and get back to you on that.
Use Conky: Conky can be used to have system stats, live, right on the desktop. Apart from giving you OS stats, conky can be setup as a music player and can alert you when you receive e-mail with IMAP and POP3 support. Conky has similarities with devilspie in the sense that it also integrates itself with the desktop background, without having a separate window for itself.
Use Pidgin: I am still surprised to see people using separate IM clients for chatting. Pidgin is a multi-protocol Instant Messaging client, which is a great way to stay connected with your friends regardless of the IM service they use. If you are a console junkie you can use the console version of pidgin, known as Finch.
“GNOME Do (Do) is an intelligent launcher tool that makes performing common tasks on your computer simple and efficient. Do not only allows you to search for items in your desktop environment (e.g. applications, contacts, bookmarks, files, music), it also allows you to specify actions to perform on search results (e.g. run, open, email, chat, play). Want to send an email to mom? Simply type “email mom.” Want to listen to some music? Simply type “play beatles.” Do provides instantaneous, action-oriented desktop search results that adapt to reflect your habits and preferences. For example, if you use Firefox web browser often, typing “f” in Do will launch it. Or, if you visit The New York Times webpage often, Do will open it if you simply type “nyt.” Unlike other search tools that present search results as flat, homogeneous lists, Do provides familiar graphical depictions of search results that assure you that your intent is being realized correctly; searching for “mom” will show a picture of mom, and searching for “beatles” will show a Beatles album cover. Do has many more powerful and exciting capabilities that must be seen to be appreciated.”
Do you know any other linux application that will help you be a more productive linux user? Do share them on comments.
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