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5 Linux Apps We All Used to Use (But No Longer Do)

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5 Linux Apps We All Used to Use (But No Longer Do)
Let’s rewind ourminds back tothe year 2008.

It was days when a dual-core processor was still something of a luxury,1GB RAM was standard, and you were only ever a singlereboot away from seeing the dreaded error: The systemis running in low graphics mode’!

Simplertimes perhaps, back when our app windows wobbled, our wi-fi rarely worked, and the tribal boot-up sound of Ubuntuwould blareout of tinny speakers at the mostinappropriate of times.

Part of my daily writing ritual is tolookback into this sitesarchives to see what I was blogging abouton this day {x} years ago.

Sometimes when I do this, and I come across something notable or that makes me a little misty eyed through nostalgia, I’ll tweet it with the ‘On this day’ hashtag:

#OTD 8 years ago we blogged about an update to dock app Avant Window Navigator! Hands up if you used to use it :raising_hand:♂:raising_hand: https://t.co/iFhNiO80LO

― OMG! UBUNTU! (@omgubuntu) February 8, 2017

One of our followers replied to such a tweet yesterday, reminiscing about his own old school set-up of yore:

AWN, screenlets, desktop cube, fire animations on closing windows, Conky I had the lot. https://t.co/4ybxE3bJ47

― Paul from Fintona :snowflake: (@LibertyPaulM) February 8, 2017

Paul’s tweet led me to think about all the other apps and utilities thatused to seem so central to our linux experience but that we now no longer use ― progress, tsk! ―on our desktops.

And after thinking about it for a while I figured I’d tap it out into a post because I reckon a few of the names that follow will bring back a memory or two for some of you too.

BURG
5 Linux Apps We All Used to Use (But No Longer Do)

GRUB is an intrinsic part of the Linux boot process andhasalways, quite rightly, favoured function over form. Most of us familiar with itsboring black background and monospace font of the stock GRUB loading screen.

It is(and indeed always has been)possible to theme GRUB but it’s not the easiest (or risk-free) of tasks. In fact, it takes more effort than the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it results are generally worth.

‘BURG made boot-loaderscreens look sexy!’

That’s where BURG (yup, that’s GRUB spelt backwards) came in.

BURG isbased on GRUB but offers greatergraphical prowess. Or, to be more plain about it, it made boot-loaderscreens look sexy!.

Remember that, around this time, many of us were stillregularly dual-booting, not only withWindows and/orMac OS X, but also withvarious other Linux distributions, development releases, and so on. This was the pre-“use a VM for everything” era.

Wecovered BURG and BURG themes a fair bitback in the day. Our last specific post on it was in mid2011 .

My main memoryof it was a) how great it could be made to lookand b) how easy it was to use. There was no manual editing of files needed (if you didn’t want to) and themes could be added, switched and tweaked through a desktop app.

Surprisingly BURG is still going, at least going by activity in its official PPA , which includessupports Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. Sadly I can’t quite pluck up enough courage to try it out myself, but if you’re still rocking a graphically impressive boot-loader using it, pics or it didn’t happen! ;)

AWN
5 Linux Apps We All Used to Use (But No Longer Do)

Avant Window Navigator isknown to most as AWN and was/is ― it’s hard to pick a tense in this post ― a blingy desktop dock application for Linux.

Back when Ubuntu shipped with GNOME 2, AWN was on every other desktop screenshot you’d see in the Ubuntu Forum’s “desktop screenshot thread” (as well as in our short-lived/quickly forgotten OMG! Flickr group).


5 Linux Apps We All Used to Use (But No Longer Do)

AWN in “panel mode”

I never liked AWN as much as its biggest rival, GNOME Do’s Docky mode. But, before Docky, I did use it, and, for while itwas the desktop Linux desktop dock.

Aside from being somewhere to launch apps and manage open windows, the AWN dockwas incredibly customisable. You could change the theme, the style, the animations, each individual app icon, and a whole heap more.

It hada some impressive ‘modes’, from standard of-the-day 3D dock with pirouettingmouse-over effects,to screen-spanning Windows-wannabe panel mode, and (initially a fork, later absorbed into the app) the popular “lucido” mode.

The app seems to be somewhat alive. There’s a AWN Github repo , but the last commit was back in2015.

Screenlets
5 Linux Apps We All Used to Use (But No Longer Do)

Microsoft’s Windows Vista had its desktop gadgets , Apple’s OS X had its Dashboard widgets, and Linux had Screenlets .

Screenlets were little, floating single purpose applets written in python, or web technologies that sat on the desktop.Theywere designed to be used with a compositing window manager (i.e. Compiz , mainly).


5 Linux Apps We All Used to Use (But No Longer Do)

A Dropbox Screenlet relayingusage data

A crop ofwidgets were included with the app out of the box, includinga weather applet and clock, RSS reader and picture frame.

Additional Screenlets could be downloaded from the web and loaded in to the app.

One of the earliest posts made on this site was about screenlets.

The screenshot of my desktop from April 2009, above, is plastered with screenlets. They sit on a (then awesome, now cringe) wallpaper I designed solely forthese wibbly little desktop widgets.

Screenlets was recently revived , and madeits first release in nearly5 years earlier this month!

Emerald
5 Linux Apps We All Used to Use (But No Longer Do)
The Emerald window decorator was typically used with Compiz t

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