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Linux Mint 17

Originally based on a Kubuntu release over 7 years ago, Linux mint has evolved and soared past countless other distributions of Linux to find the top spot on the famous “Linux Distro Watch” list. The countless articles that highlight the various desktops and their customizations to this operating system show many marked improvements season after season. The result of an incredible team of programmers who work hand in hand with their community.

Clement Lefebvre, Jamie Boo Birse, Kendall Weaver and the countless users who make gradual improvements to the system have in many cases outdone themselves as the soaring ratings of the operating system seem to remain constant.

It is currently understood to be the 4th most popular operating system in the world, which is no small task considering it doesn’t generally come installed on the computer someone is buying. This is like saying “In spite of the difficulty in putting this operating system on a computer, it sits near the top.”

Some computer companies have gotten wise and started offering Linux operating system options alongside the traditional Windows and there are in fact many users who switch over from Mac, for countless reasons.

Many users spend considerable time seeking ways to customize their operating system even further. In the spirit of that, we will feature new tweaks and tips as we find and test them.

If you are a windows user and want to install Linux mint with dual boot you can read this article on how to install step by step: Dual Booting Linux Mint & Windows 7

Linux Mint: Adding the Conky Manager, to add a customized Conky to your desktop.

What is Conky?

Conky is a system utility readout that shows resource usage, and other relevant information on the desktop. It has as many possible display options as your coding skill allows which makes it extremely popular among Linux and Unix users. The Conky Manager takes out the need to configure Conky manually, thus adding many options that might otherwise be difficult to code for newcomers.

Installing Conky Manager is simple,  open a terminal and type:

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa (then press enter) sudo apt-get update (then press enter) sudo apt-get install conky-manager (then press enter) Then of course install by typing:

sudo apt-get install conky-manager

You will now find the Conky Manager in the start menu area,
there are theme packs available online to extend the options in the Conky Manager.

This fun little tool can actually help you monitor your system nicely.

It might be worth noting that in addition to Conky, there are other system monitoring tools that can be integrated with Conky or used instead. A great example would be “Screenlets” which is available in the Software center on many Linux distributions. Screenlets offers add on packs containing numerous system monitoring tools that do the job adequately, if perhaps without as much style.

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