Numix Artwork Themes for Linux and Android

Numix (Not Just Yet Another Theme Suit) is  a theme project that has a collection of beautiful themes and artwork for Linux and Android OS. It looked really beautiful and so I decided to try it out on my Ubuntu 14.04 LTS . Numix has a variety of GTK themes, icon themes, fabulous wallpapers and additional artwork. Some of them are free while the others can be purchased. In the end, it all comes down to making your desktop look illustrious and prominent.  I have tried  various themes and wallpaper combination.

Here is a picture of my desktop screen before Numix.

Before Numix

Its the same stock Theme which is pretty alright, and  below is the screen shots of desktop and file explorer with Numix circle theme and Name of the Doctor wallpaper.

after Numix


numix stuff2

numix stuff


This kind of reminds you of Android Lollipop doesn’t it? Well that is how it feels to me. Having a change once in a while has a refreshing effect on the system user.

There are two other themes on Numix the touch theme and the shine theme but unfortunately they aren’t supported on 14.04.  If you have gotten it to work then share the method in the comments below!


Android : connecting to AVD using TELNET

TELNET is a A terminal emulation program for TCP/IP networks such as the Internet. Telnet               provided access to a command-line interface on a remote host. Most network equipment and operating systems with a TCP/IP stack support a Telnet service for remote configuration. The Telnet program runs on your computer and connects your PC to a server on the network. You can then entercommands through the Telnet program and they will be executed as if you were entering them directly on the server console. This enables you to control the server and communicate with other servers on the network.

So we can use telnet to connect to the Android Virtual Device (AVD) or the android emulator and perform certain operations that deal with certain environmental values and settings. Here the AVD is running as a localhost. So before connecting, note down the port at which it is running. Generally the top of the AVD gives the port number. Eg. my AVD runs on 5554.

to connect to the  in the terminal use the command:

telnet localhost 5554

if connected successfully  an OK message should be displayed.he various operations that can be performed are-

1. To toggle between the speed of the Internet connection use:
                 network speed edge
    the result is that the network connection is now slow and can be seen on the avd with e marked     with the data pack symbol.
To get the full connection speed type
                network speed full

2.Sending SMS message . you can send to the avd messages :
the syntax is
“sms send <sender’s phone number> <message>”
Eg.   sms send 1234000000  this is good.
This will cause a message to appear in the avd from the phone 123400000 with the message “this     is good”.

3.The charging indicator can be changed to show the amount of charging done including  o for          full. All the input taken is in terms of percentages.

Eg.   power 50  will make the charging to 50%
power 73  will make the charging to 73%

4.  the   help  command will provide a list of  all the operations that can be performed along with        their  option if any. The others include operations like fixing the location(GPS COORDINATE) of        the AVD by using the  geo fix  command, or kill   command to terminate the instance of the            emulator

Here is a summary of the commands and its use:

 help|h|?         print a list of commands
    event            simulate hardware events
    geo              Geo-location commands
    gsm              GSM related commands
    kill             kill the emulator instance
    network          manage network settings
    power            power related commands
    quit|exit        quit control session
    redir            manage port redirections
    sms              SMS related commands
    avd              manager virtual device state
    window           manage emulator window



SOURCE : Webopedia , coursera

Give people what they want : Windows meets Android

The two most used operating system in the world are the windows and the android. And how would it be if there is a release to have them both together on a PC simultaneously  and one could use them at the same time without switching??
This year at CES , many people got just the thing they were looking for. The company BlueStacks in collaboration with AMD have created the android for windows 8. It runs on top of windows and they have taken care of the very last details while creating it.

I have tried emulators, tried running android on VMs but it was still painfully slow. But with this release its become awesome. Imagine the apps that are only on android can be played in full resolution. You don’t need your phone/tab while you are home and because the apps will be synced straight into the android running on your PC. And for the best part it even allows you to sync multiple android devices.

So this has the potential to bridge the gap between multiple operating systems and multiple devices. This does not involve Dual booting, as it becomes very messy and is very resource intensive. The bluestack-AMD approach  is a virtual environment created to run android natively. This is as of now optimized under AMD and thus makes use of the AMD’s  APUs, beginning with the 4th generation AMD APU codenamed “Kaveri” .


For the user, the workflow advantages are enormous. BlueStacks provides a full Android User Interface (UI). The customization, settings and personalization capabilities you expect from your Android phone or tablet are right there in the virtual Android environment.

And that Android UI? It is a fully functional window on your Windows desktop. So, you can have Photoshop open on one side of your desktop and your favorite Android app on the other.  About to unlock a Booster? Blow your Android window up to full screen and fill your desktop. BlueStacks takes full advantage of the AMD platform.

check out the live demo:

For those of you having Intel, I think it should be a short wait before something alike comes for Intel as well, because BlueStacks has made it clear why this is very necessary.

You can read the full press release here.


First Update for Ubuntu Dual Boot Installer from Canonical

On 7th jan 2014 the first update to the Ubuntu dual boot installer for touch devices was released. The mail sent by the Canoical team says that this is the first update since Ubuntu and Android dual boot developer preview was announced in Dec 23rd 2013.  Ubuntu Dual Boot Installer is provided as a tech preview for developers who want to run Ubuntu and Android on a single device.Canonical also  has still kept the warning that it is not for regular users as its not a fully stable version. You have to remember that the Ubuntu Dual Boot Installer is still in development and you might experience problems.


Here is a complete download and tutorial from the ubuntu wiki :

This version however was extensively tested on the Nexux 4 and yet to be tested on Nexux 10. According to the changelog, a warning for unsupported devices is now shown, Ubuntudualboot app is now installed in Ubuntu, and the Install/Download progress bar now fits the screen size in Nexus 10.
Also, Ubuntuinstaller now supports resume for downloading images, and the Ubuntu Installer Application now displays channel chooser on CM 10.2.

this release comes with  6 major bug fixes that can be found here.
And the list of known bugs is listed over here.


“Traditional Android”- not the only one anymore

Android versions released by Google has been dominating the mobile market since quite some time. Though mobile manufacturers tweak it a little bit, its mostly like the original release which we can call  “the traditional android”.But now we can see that the windows OS for phones has become quite popular impacting the dominance of android by a tiny little bit. But now, a user gets a whole lot of choices on the OS (other than windows or IOS or traditional android) that we could have had on our mobile phones. Here are a few that I came across :-

Sailfish OS

Jolla recently  their phones running the Sailfish OS. The main motive of using sailfish was simplifying the users work by providing effortless, gesture-based controls, live multitasking and many other features. And being open source, it can be highly customized.





Sailfish OS is based on the Mer project and QT5 The UI is built using QML and QtQuick2 and wayland.Sailfish OS is claimed to run most of the android apps, though google play doesnaot come by default with the phone there are ways to get the apps and run them on the phone. The Jolla phones are only released in Europe as of now and hopefully will be released elsewhere. For any one who hasnt seen it yet here is Sailfish OS at work:

Jolla – A new beginning (Official)

Ubuntu Touch (Ubuntu for phones)

Ubuntu for phone is a fast and an amazing OS. It provides some features like edge swipes for navigation, Like the Ubuntu dash for PCs it has a favorites screen where the frequently used apps will be stored and also a powerful search to search any kind of content on the phone as well as on the web simultaneously. The user can also reply to Facebook, twitter , text or picture messages right from the notification screen. it has all the native and useful apps pre-installed and many more can be found from the Ubuntu software center (app store).





Firefox OS

The Firefox OS for phones is the Mozilla’s Linux based opensource OS programmed using HTML5 and other web standards. being a community based project , it provides some very good features like the adaptive app search which is not present in the other OS.





Firefox debuted in the ZTE phones but s also available on alcatel one touch devices. All the usual standards apps like facebook, twitter,sporTV, SoundCloud, etc are preinstalled but lots of different apps can be downloaded from the marketplace.


Oppo released the CyanogenMod phones and got a go ahead from Google. So the end of 2013 saw the release of Oppo N1 with cyanogenMod in it which is a custom Android version.

This version is much more faster and provides features not present in the traditional Android. Those extra features included are native theme support or support for FLAC format. This Custom MOD has been installed more than 10 million times on android devices and now its officially released. The Oppo Phones also come with a legal version of the android market (google play).