How to install the LightningBug GTK theme on Linux

LightningBug is a beautiful, Yellowish GTK theme for Linux. It comes in two variants: dark and light. The design is reminiscent of Mac OS but with a unique yellow tinge. Here’s how to install it on Linux!

LightningBug GTK theme on Linux

Downloading LightningBug

The LightningBug GTK theme is available to all Linux users via the Gnome-look.org theme website. To get your hands on this theme, start by heading over to the LightningBug Gnome-look.org page.

Once on the LightningBug page, find the “Files” button. The “Files” area has a wide variety of LightningBug theme package files to download. The choices include LightningBug Dark, LightningBug Light, LightningBug Light Solid, and LightningBug Dark Solid.

Inside the “Files” area, look to the “DL” column. Once in this column, click on the blue “DL” button next to the theme you wish to download to grab your LightningBug theme package.

Extracting LightningBug

The LightningBug theme is distributed on the internet through Tar XZ archives. These archives are handy and allow Linux creators to distribute theme files efficiently. However, you cannot use theme files that are packed in the Tar XZ format. They must be extracted first.

To start the extraction process on your computer, you must launch a terminal window. To launch a terminal window on the Linux desktop, press the Ctrl + Alt + T keyboard combination. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and launch it that way.

When the terminal window is open and ready to use, make use of the CD command to enter the “Downloads” directory where the LightningBug theme package was downloaded. 

cd ~/Downloads

Inside the “Downloads” directory, the extraction can begin. Using the tar command to decompress the LightningBug theme pack you downloaded from Gnome-look.org.

To extract the LightningBug Dark GTK theme package, make use of the command below.

tar xvf Lightningbug-Dark.tar.xz

To extract the LightningBug Light GTK theme package on your computer, execute the following terminal command.

tar xvf Lightningbug-Light.tar.xz

To extract the LightningBug Light Solid theme package on your computer, you’ll need to run the command below.

tar xvf Lightningbug-Light-Solid.tar.xz

Want to extract the LightningBug Dark Solid GTK theme on your computer? Execute the command below.

tar xvf Lightningbug-Dark-Solid.tar.xz

Installing LightningBug

Now that the LightningBug GTK theme is fully extracted in your “Downloads” folder, the installation of the theme can begin. There are two ways of installing the LightningBug GTK theme on Linux. These two methods of installation are known as “single-user” and “system-wide.”

The single-user installation method is ideal for Linux users who do not share a PC and do not want other users to access the LightningBug GTK theme. The system-wide installation method is best for users who have multiple accounts on their Linux system and want every user to access the LightningBug theme.

In this guide, we’ll cover both methods. To start the installation process, open up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. You can open up a terminal window on the desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or searching for “Terminal” in the app menu.

Single-user

The first step in installing LightningBug in single-user mode is to create a new folder with the name “.themes” in your home directory. This folder will allow Linux desktop environments to load themes just for your user account.

To create the new folder, make use of the mkdir command below.

mkdir -p ~/.themes/

After creating the new theme folder, use the CD command to move the terminal window into the “Downloads” directory where the LightningBug GTK theme was previously extracted.

cd ~/Downloads/

Once inside of the “Downloads” directory, use the mv command to install the LightningBug GTK theme to the “.themes” folder. 

mv Lightningbug*/ ~/.themes/

When the command completes, the installation is finished. Confirm the installation was successful by executing the ls command below.

ls ~/.themes

System-wide

To install the LightningBug GTK theme in system-wide mode, start by accessing the “Downloads” directory in your home folder, where the theme package was previously extracted.

cd ~/Downloads

Once in the “Downloads” folder, you must log in to the root user account, as installing in system-wide mode requires modifying some system folders. 

sudo -s 

Now that the terminal has root access install the LightningBug GTK theme into the /usr/share/themes/ folder by making use of the mv command below.

mv Lightningbug*/ /usr/share/themes/

After the command completes, the LightningBug GTK theme is installed. From here, use the ls command to confirm it was successful.

ls /usr/share/themes/ 

Activating LightningBug

The LightningBug GTK theme is now installed onto your Linux PC, but it isn’t the default GTK theme. The reason for this is that simply installing a GTK theme doesn’t make it the default look on your Linux desktop. These things must be changed manually. 

If you’re unsure about how to change your default GTK theme on Linux to LightningBug, we can help! Follow along with one of the guides linked below to learn about changing the default GTK theme on Linux!

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How to install the Equilibrium GTK theme on Linux

The Equilibrium GTK theme is based on LinMOS. It presents a mid-2000’s Mac OS skeuomorphism style. If you’d like to try out this theme on your Linux PC, it’s easier than you think! Here’s how to get it going!

Equilibrium GTK theme on Linux

Downloading Equilibrium

The Equilibrium GTK theme is available to all Linux users via the Gnome-look.org theme website. On the Gnome-look.org page, there are four download options, each a different variation of the theme.

To start the download on your Linux PC, head over to the Equilibrium Gnome-look.org page. Once on the page, find the “Files” tab, and click on it with the mouse. 

Look through the “Files” tab for the theme pack you wish to download. Once you’ve found the theme file you want to download, go to the “DL” tab and click on the blue download button next to the theme pack you wish to download.

Extracting Equilibrium

The Equilibrium theme pack is distributed to Linux users in the form of Tar XZ archives. These archives cannot be used as themes, as GTK themes must be fully extracted before using them on Linux.

To extract the Equilibrium Tar XZ archive on your computer, you must open up a terminal window. To open up a terminal window, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and launch it that way.

Once the terminal window is open, you must move into the “Downloads” directory. To access the “Downloads” directory, use the CD command to move into the folder where the Equilibrium theme pack is.

cd ~/Downloads

Now that you’re inside the “Downloads” directory, use the tar command to extract the Equilibrium theme pack on your computer. To start the extraction, use the commands below.

Did you download the Equilibrium Blue theme pack? Extract it on your computer with the following command.

Equilibrium-Blue-1.0.tar.xz

Need to extract the Equilibrium Blue Dark theme? You can do that with the command below.

Equilibrium-Blue-Dark-1.0.tar.xz

To extract the Equilibrium Blue Solid theme pack, make use of the following command.

Equilibrium-Blue-Solid-1.0.tar.xz

To get your hands on the Equilibrium Blue Dark Solid GTK theme pack, you’ll need to enter the following command in a terminal window.

Equilibrium-Blue-Dark-Solid-1.0.tar.xz

Installing Equilibrium

Now that Equilibrium has been extracted, the next step in the setup process is to install the theme files to the system. There are two ways to install the Equilibrium theme on Linux. 

The first way of installing the Equilibrium GTK theme on Linux is through single-user mode. This mode allows only the user that installs the theme onto the operating system to have access to it on their desktop.

The second way of installing the Equilibrium GTK theme is known as system-wide mode. This type of installation is much more involved than the single-user method as it requires the modification of system folders, but it allows all users on the system to enjoy the theme.

Single-user

To start the installation of Equilibrium in single-user mode, you’ll need to create a new folder in your home directory with the name “.themes.” This folder will enable your Linux desktop to access theme files installed as a single-user. Using the mkdir command below, create the new folder.

mkdir -p ~/.themes

After creating the new folder, you must move the terminal session into the “Downloads” directory where the Equilibrium theme package was extracted previously. To access this folder, make use of the CD command.

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside the “Downloads” directory, the installation can begin. Using the mv command, move the Equilibrium theme package files from the “Downloads” directory to the newly created “.themes” folder in your home directory.

mv Equilibrium*/ ~/.themes/

When the mv command is complete, the installation of Equilibrium on Linux in single-user mode is complete. To verify that the installation was successful, execute the ls command below.

ls ~/.themes/

System-wide

To start the installation of Equilibrium in system-wide mode, you must first access the “Downloads” directory in which the Equilibrium theme package was extracted previously. Using the CD command, move into “Downloads.”

cd ~/Downloads

Once inside the “Downloads” directory, you must elevate the terminal session to the root user, as installing Equilibrium requires modifying system-level files. 

sudo -s

Now that the terminal has root access use the mv command to install the Equilibrium GTK theme in system-wide mode on your Linux PC.

mv Equilibrium*/ /usr/share/themes/

When the installation is complete, Equilibrium is installed. To confirm it was successfully installed, run the command below.

ls /usr/share/themes/

Activating Equilibrium

The Equilibrium theme is now installed on your computer, but that’s not the end of the guide. You can’t start using the Equilibrium theme without first making it your default GTK theme. 

To make Equilibrium your default GTK theme on Linux, take a look at the list of links below. Each of the links points to an in-depth guide on how to change the default GTK theme on your Linux desktop.

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How to install Gnome 40 on Linux early

The next generation of the Gnome Shell desktop is here, and it is called Gnome 40 (AKA Gnome 4.0). It comes with a completely redesigned desktop that Linux geeks are sure to love. In this guide, we’ll show you how to try it out early, before it’s released into the wild.

Gnome 40 on Linux

Method 1 – Install Fedora 34 Beta

The easiest way to get up and going with the new Gnome 40 desktop environment is to install the Fedora 34 Beta. The beta has a pre-configured Gnome Shell 40 desktop, and users don’t need to do any special setup to use it.

To get started with Fedora 34 Beta, head over the official Fedora website. Once on the website, find the “Download Now” button under the “Fedora Workstation section of the website and click on it.

After selecting the “Download Now” button with the mouse, you’ll be taken to the Fedora Workstation download page. Look for the “Download” button next to “Fedora 34: x86_64 DVD ISO” and select it to start the download.

Once the Fedora 34: x86_64 DVD ISO file is done downloading, you will need to create a bootable install USB. To do this, please follow our guide on how to create a Linux install USB.

When you’ve created your Fedora 34 Beta install USB, plug it into the PC you plan to use Fedora 34 Beta on, and reboot it into the BIOS. From there, configure it to boot from the Fedora 34 Beta USB.

Once your PC boots up the Fedora 34 Beta USB, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Gnome 40 working!

Step 1: Locate the “Install” to Hard Drive button and click on it with the mouse to start up the installation process for Fedora 34 Beta.

Step 2: Upon clicking on the install button, the Fedora Anaconda installer will appear. Using your mouse, select the language you speak in the menu. Then, click “Continue.”

Step 3: Find the “Installation Destination” button, and click on it with the mouse. Then, select the hard drive you wish to install Fedora 34 to and click on “Automatic.”

Only select “Custom” or “Advanced” if you are a Fedora veteran and know what you’re doing!  Click on the “Done” button when you’re done.

Step 4: After clicking on “Done,” the installer will show a window with the name “Installation” options. Select the “Reclaim” space button, then select “Delete all” to remove all existing partitions on the hard drive you are installing Fedora 34 Beta.

Click on “Reclaim space” when done.

Step 5: Find the “Begin Installation” and click on it to install Fedora 34 Beta to the hard drive. Keep in mind that this installation may take a bit of time to complete.

When the installation of Fedora 34 Beta is complete, reboot your PC. Upon rebooting, your new Fedora 34 Beta system will be up and running using the latest Gnome 40 desktop environment!

Method 2 – Arch Linux 

If you’re on Arch Linux, you’ll be able to test drive Gnome Shell 40 right now. All that is required is enabling the “gnome unstable” software repository. To start, open up a terminal window. 

Once a terminal window is open on the Arch Linux desktop, launch the /etc/pacman.conf file in the Nano text editor.

Note: in this guide, we’re using the Nano text editor, as it is the easiest to use. Feel free to use another editor if you so choose.

sudo nano -w /etc/pacman.conf

In the Nano text editor, make your way to the [multilib] section of the file. Once there, find Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist directly below [multilib] and press the Enter key to create a new line.

On the new line directly below Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist, write out the following code. 

[gnome-unstable]
Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

After writing out the new code into the /etc/pacman.conf file, press the Ctrl + O button to save your edits in Nano. Then, press the Ctrl + X button to close the editor entirely.

Once the editor is closed, you must re-sync Pacman. To resync, enter the following command.

sudo pacman -Syy

Now that Pacman is resynced, the installation of Gnome 40 on Arch Linux can begin. To start, install the “gnome” package group.

sudo pacman -S gnome-unstable/gnome

Next, install the gdm package, which is used for logging into Gnome 40. Using the Pacman command below, install it.

sudo pacman -S gnome-unstable/gdm

Following the gdm package, you’ll need to install the “gnome-extra” package group. To do that, enter the command below.

sudo pacman -S gnome-unstable/gnome-extra

Once all packages are installed, re-open the Nano text editor with the command below.

sudo nano -w /etc/pacman.conf

Inside of Nano, find IgnorePkg=” remove the “#” from in front of it. Then, paste the code below after IgnorePkg = .

evolution evolution-data-server gdm gnome-calendar gnome-clocks gnome-contacts gnome-control-center gnome-session gnome-settings-daemon gnome-shell gnome-shell-extensions gnome-todo gnome-weather mutter

Save the edits by pressing Ctrl + O, and exit Nano with Ctrl + X. To re-enable upgrading, place a # symbol in front of IgnorePkg= in /etc/pacman.conf and save.

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How to install DBeaver MySQL client on Ubuntu

DBeaver is a sophisticated SQL client software management tool and database administration tool. It is open source and works on all platforms, including Linux. In this guide, we’ll show you how to install the DBeaver program on Ubuntu.

DBeaver MySQL client on Ubuntu

How to install DBeaver MySQL client on Ubuntu – Terminal (Apt)

The DBeaver application is installable on Ubuntu via the Apt package manager, which is a terminal application. To get the DBeaver MySQL client working on your Ubuntu system, do the following.

First, open up a terminal window on the Ubuntu desktop. You can open up a terminal window on the Ubuntu desktop by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Once it is open, use the wget downloader command to grab the latest Ubuntu DEB package of DBeaver.

wget https://dbeaver.io/files/dbeaver-ce_latest_amd64.deb

After downloading the latest DBeaver, you must set up Java on your Ubuntu PC. The DEB package release of DBeaver doesn’t come bundled with Java, so you will need to install it yourself. Using the Apt install command below, get OpenJDK 11 working.

sudo apt install openjdk-11-jre openjdk-11-jdk -y

Once Java is set up, use the CD command to move the terminal window into the “Downloads” directory where the DBeaver DEB package is on your computer. 

cd ~/Downloads

Inside of the “Downloads” folder, make use of the Apt install command to install the DEB package of DBeaver onto your Ubuntu Linux system. 

sudo apt install ./dbeaver-ce_21.0.0_amd64.deb

Upon entering the apt install command above, Ubuntu will collect all related dependencies for DBeaver required for the program to install correctly and list them out. It’ll then ask for you to press Y to continue. Do so.

Once you’ve pressed the Y button, Ubuntu will begin installing DBeaver on your Ubuntu Linux PC. It should be quick. When the installation is complete, you’ll see “DBeaver” in your app menu!

How to install DBeaver MySQL client on Ubuntu – Terminal (Snap Package)

The DBeaver application is available to Ubuntu users via a DEB package. That’s great, as that means it works on most Ubuntu Linux operating systems and even ones based on Ubuntu. However, the installation for it isn’t always seamless.

If you’d prefer to install the DBeaver app on your Ubuntu PC via a Snap package, you’ll be happy to know that the app developers have submitted it to the Snap store. 

To start installing DBeaver on your Ubuntu PC via a Snap package, you must open up a terminal window on the Ubuntu desktop. To open up the terminal, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Alternatively, search for “Terminal” in the app menu.

Once the terminal window is open and ready to use, enter the snap install command below.

sudo snap install dbeaver-ce

Upon typing out snap install, the Ubuntu Snap Store will install DBeaver to your system. When the process is complete, search for “DBeaver” in your app menu to use the app!

How to install DBeaver MySQL client on Ubuntu – Terminal (Flatpak)

The DBeaver MySQL client is available as a Flatpak package, in addition to a Snap package. So, if you want to install the DBeaver app on your Ubuntu PC but don’t want to deal with the DEB installation method or Snap, here’s what to do.

First, open up a terminal window on the Ubuntu desktop. To open up a terminal window, press the Ctrl + Alt + T button on the keyboard. Alternatively, launch a terminal window by searching for “Terminal” in the app menu.

With the terminal window open and ready to go, follow our guide on setting up the Flatpak runtime. This runtime is required to install Flatpak packages, and without it, the Flatpak release of DBeaver will not work.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime, you must configure the Flathub app store. Flathub is where 90% of all Flatpak packages are distributed, including the DBeaver app. To enable the Flathub app store, use the following flatpak remote-add command.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Once the Flathub app store is enabled on your Linux PC, you can install the DBeaver application on your Ubuntu PC. To install it, make use of the following flatpak install command below.

flatpak install flathub io.dbeaver.DBeaverCommunity

Flatpak DBeaver addons

In addition to the DBeaver application, Flathub also distributes PostgreSQL and MariaDB addons. If you would like to install these add-ons in addition to the DBeaver application on Ubuntu through Flatpak, you can.

To install the PostgreSQL add-on to DBeaver via Flatpak, use the following flatpak install command below.

sudo flatpak install io.dbeaver.DBeaverCommunity.Client.pgsql 

To install the MariaDB addon to DBeaver via Flatpak, enter the following flatpak install command.

sudo flatpak install io.dbeaver.DBeaverCommunity.Client.mariadb

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How to play Valheim on Linux

Valheim is an early access survival and sandbox video game by Swedish developer Iron Gate Studio. In the game, players are Vikings and have to craft tools and survive. The game works on Linux reasonably well. Here’s how to set it up on your system.

Valheim on Linux

Valheim on Linux

Valheim is native to Linux, but it only works with the help of Steam for Linux. So, we must go over how to install the Linux version of Steam on your computer. 

Install Steam

To start installing Steam on your Linux PC, open up a terminal window on the desktop. To open up a terminal window on your Linux desktop, press the Ctrl + Alt + T keyboard combination. Or, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and open it that way.

Once the terminal window is open, follow along with the installation instructions outlined below that correspond with the Linux OS you currently use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, the Steam application can be installed via the apt install command. To get the app working on your system, enter the command below.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

On Debian Linux, the Steam application is supported via their “Non-free” software repository. However, it’s easier to get the app working on your computer by manually downloading the Steam DEB package.

To download the Steam DEB package, make use of the following wget command.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

After downloading the Steam DEB package to your computer, the installation of Steam can begin. Using the dpkg command below, install Steam.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Once the Steam DEB package is installed onto your computer, you’ll need to correct any dependency issues that may have arisen during the installation. To fix this issue, execute the following Apt-get install -f command.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, the Steam app is available to all users, provided they have the “multilib” software repository enabled. To enable it on your computer, open up the Pacman configuration file, enable “Multilib,” resync pacman with pacman -Syyu, and install Steam with the command below.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

On Fedora and OpenSUSE, it is possible to get the Steam app working through included software repositories. However, these versions of the app don’t work very well. For this reason, we suggest installing the Flatpak release instead.

Flatpak

Steam is available as a Flatpak package on Flathub. To get it working on your computer, you must first install the Flatpak runtime. To install the runtime on your computer, follow along with this guide on the subject.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your computer, you’ll need to set up the Flathub app store. To set up the app store, enter the command below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now that the Flathub app store is set up on your computer, the installation of Steam can begin using the command below.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Native setup

Playing Valheim natively on Linux is relatively easy. To set up the game on your system, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Launch Steam on your computer by searching for “Steam” in the app menu. Once the app is open, enter your user credentials and log in. When you’ve logged in, find the “STORE” button at the top of Steam. 

By selecting the “STORE” button, you’ll be brought to the Steam Storefront page. 

Step 2: On the Steam Storefront page, locate the search button and click on it with the mouse to access the search function. From there, type in “Valheim” and press the enter key to view the results.

The results click on the item that says “Valheim” to navigate to the Steam page for Valheim. Once on the Valheim Steam page, locate the green “Add to cart” button and click on it to purchase the game.

Be warned that Valheim, although very fun, is an early-access game. Early-access means that there are bugs that may occur while playing. 

Step 3: Find the “LIBRARY” button at the top of Steam and click it to head over to your Steam library. Once in the Steam library area, find “Valheim” and click on it. Then, select the blue “INSTALL” button to download and install the game on your computer.

Step 4: When Valheim is downloaded and installed, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Click on it to play the game!

Proton setup

Valheim is native to Linux, so there is no need to play it with Valve’s Steam Play and Proton. If you have issues playing the game with the native release, this is an alternative option. 

To set up Valheim via Proton, please check out our in-depth guide on Steam Play.

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