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Advanced tuning for my daily Elementary OS usage

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I'm a happy Elementary OS user and use it as my default desktop OS (~95%) several month. There are some useful tweakings that help me live with the Linux desktop.

1. Package installer

Elementary OS does not provide deb installer by default, need install manually:

sudo apt install gdebi
sudo apt install software-properties-common

And you can download ubuntu software center as well(optional).

2. Setup Fonts

List system supported fonts

fc-list | cut -f2 -d: | sort -u

Setup fonts

gsettings set org.pantheon.terminal.settings font 'Roboto Mono'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface font-name 'Open Sans 9'
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface document-font-name 'Open Sans 10'

If you like Fira code for coding font, you can follow to install it.

3. Pairing Bluetooth Mouse

I can't use GUI Bluetooth manager to pair with bluetooth device, but these commandline works well for me.

$ bluetoothctl
$ agent on
$ default-agent
$ pairable on
$ scan on
$ devices (to see the devices and macs that you want to pair)
$ pair <dev mac>
$ trust <dev mac>
$ connect <dev mac>

4. Saving Power

tlp is a good tool for auto power management

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install tlp
sudo tlp start

5. Auto adjust color temperature

redshift is by far the great f.lux like app for linux.

$ sudo apt-get install redshift redshift-gtk
$ redshift-gtk

Then configue it as auto start in task bar.

6. Touchpad indicator

Sometimes you may found the cursor is moving to the wrong place. Install Touchpad indicator solved this issue.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator

and Toggle Disable Touchpad on typing.

7. Dropbox icon

Install Dropbox from its website, then configue to fix the missing icon.

8. Backup

Install Timeshift for system backup. Its pretty easy to use via GUI.

sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install timeshift