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Get began with Tint2, an open supply taskbar

There appears to be a mad rush initially of yearly to search out methods to be extra productive. New Year’s resolutions, the itch to start out the 12 months off proper, and naturally, an “out with the old, in with the new” angle all contribute to this. And the same old spherical of suggestions is closely biased in the direction of closed supply and proprietary software program. It would not must be that method.

Here’s the 14th of my picks for 19 new (or new-to-you) open supply instruments that will help you be extra productive in 2019.


One of the most effective methods for me to be extra productive is to make use of a clear interface with as little distraction as potential. As a Linux person, this implies utilizing a minimal window supervisor like Openbox, i3, or Awesome. Each has customization choices that make me extra environment friendly. The one factor that slows me down is that none has a constant configuration, so I’ve to tweak and re-tune my window supervisor continuously.

Tint2 is a light-weight panel and taskbar that gives a constant expertise with any window supervisor. It is included with most distributions, so it’s as simple to put in as another package deal.

It consists of two applications, Tint2 and Tint2conf. At first launch, Tint2 begins with its default structure and theme. The default configuration consists of a number of internet browsers, the tint2conf program, a taskbar, and a system tray.

Launching the configuration instrument permits you to choose from the included themes and customise the highest, backside, and sides of the display screen. I like to recommend beginning with the theme that’s closest to what you need and customizing from there.

Within the themes, you possibly can customise the place panel gadgets are positioned in addition to background and font choices for each merchandise on the panel. You also can add and take away gadgets from the launcher.

Tint2 is a light-weight taskbar that helps you get to the instruments you want rapidly and effectively. It is very customizable, unobtrusive (until the person desires it to not be), and appropriate with virtually any window supervisor on a Linux desktop.

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