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Cumulus – A Real Time Weather App for Linux Desktops

Cumulus &-8211; A Real Time Weather App for Linux Desktops &-8211; this Article or News was published on this date:2019-05-28 17:22:12 kindly share it with friends if you find it helpful

Cumulus is a Yahoo! Weather Powered Desktop Weather App for Linux. It has a friendly user interface and is easy to setup. Cumulus is a small and light weight app that does not take up much space on your desktop window or system. No real Linux Experience required to install or configure Cumulus. Cumulus is written in Python so it can run on any Linux distribution.

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Cumulus Weather App for Linux Desktops

Cumulus Features

  1. Cumulus main feature is being powered by Yahoo! Weather. Cumulus shows real time weather, 5 day future forecast, chance of rain and wind speeds.
  2. Cumulus supports the main units of temperature, Celsius, Fahrenheit and Kelvin. You can also change wind speeds to Miles per hour, Kilometers per hour and Metre per second. You can also change the program’s background color and opacity.
  3. Unity integration support is also included.
  4. The “Show Launcher Count” displays the current temperature on Cumulus Unity Icon. You do not have to switch back and forth checking the temperature outside.

After years of being in beta, Cumulus just released version 1.0.0. This is the latest version that supports “.deb” package or “testing package distribution” with Ubuntu/Mint.

How to Install Cumulus Desktop Weather in Linux

Cumulus cannot be found in the Ubuntu or Mint repository. You will have to download it from the Cumulus website.

  1. https://github.com/kd8bny/cumulus/releases

There are two ways to install Cumulus on Linux. Installing with Ubuntu/Mint there is a “.deb” package. For other Linux Distributions you can install with python. I am going to show you how to install Cumulus with the “.deb” package.

First, we will download Cumulus package from the website using wget command from the terminal.

$ wget https://github.com/kd8bny/cumulus/releases/download/v1.0.0/cumulus_1.0.0_amd64.deb

To install Cumulus, we are going to use dpkg Package Manager. The “dpkg” is installed on both Ubuntu and Linux Mint by default.

$ sudo dpkg -i cumulus_1.0.0_amd64.deb

When the installer is done you will see Cumulus in Unity or Mints Start Menu. If you do not see Cumulus on the Unity dock just search within Unit and it will be there. Your done installing Cumulus, now its time to set it up.

How to Use Cumulus Desktop Weather App

Once you open Cumulus for the first it will ask you for your location.

You can enter your:

  1. City and State
  2. City and Country
  3. Country
  4. Zip Code
  5. Coordinates or Longitude and Latitude

Cumulus uses Yahoo! Weather so, it works with any country all around the world.

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Cumulus Setup

After, you input your location, you have to click the check mark button of the text box. Thats it, your done setting up Cumulus.

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Cumulus Real Time Weather Forecast

To make changes to cumulus you need to click the settings button or the “gear” on the top right. From there you can change the Location, Temperature, wind speed, background color and Opacity. If you decide to change your location you must again click the check mark box.

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Cumulus Settings

Some Bugs Found in Cumulus

  1. The support button or link does not work. When you click support you will be redirect you to a broken website. In the settings page the “how to” button also does not work.
  2. When changing or adding your location, then pressing Enter to confirm does not work. You have to click the check mark box on the bottom. This also applies when your inputing your location the first time you install it.
  3. Using longitude and latitude for your location does not seem to be very accurate. This seems like an issue with Yahoo! Weather.
  4. Cumulus only seems to support the English Language.

Conclusion

In Conclusion, Cumulus is an amazing weather app. It is easy to use, setup and configure. No real Linux experience required. This app is great for anyone new to Linux.

Cumulus work great with Ubuntu or Linux Mint. The “.deb” made it easy to install and run. I had no issues installing Cumulus with Ubuntu Software Center or “dpkg”.

I love how Cumulus uses Yahoo! Weather to get its update date weather. With a trusted service like Yahoo! Weather behind it you can not go wrong.

The setting for Cumulus has everything a simple or minimalist app needs. No extra settings that you will never use or want. The main settings anyone is going to change or use is the unit of temperature, wind speed and background color.

Geary – A Good Looking Modern Email Client for Linux

Geary &-8211; A Good Looking Modern Email Client for Linux &-8211; this Article or News was published on this date:2019-05-28 17:22:08 kindly share it with friends if you find it helpful

Want to try out a new Email Client? Want a simple, easy to use client for Ubuntu/Mint?

Geary is a free and open source email client. It’s simple to setup and install, in a few minutes your done. No need to add extra features or add ons to install, it just works. The user interface is the easiest and simplest to use.

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Geary Email Client for Linux Desktop

Features of Geary

  1. Geary supports all popular email providers such as, Gmail, Yahoo and Outlook. Geary also works with any IMAP configuration. To setup Geary is quick and easy. Just select your email provider and type in your email address and password and thats it.
  2. Geary supports Desktop Notifications so you will never miss an email. Geary also gives you an easy way to search and organize your emails.
  3. The User Interface of Geary is “Modern and straightforward”. It is easy to navigate because the buttons on top have everything you’ll ever need. You do not even need to configure the User Interface it has everything.

The latest version of Geary is 0.11.1 add new features like new User Interface updates and new translations to many other languages. Geary adds better support for folder and search. The new version also does a lot of bug fixing from previous versions.

How to Install Geary Email Client in Linux

Geary can be found in the Ubuntu or Mint Repository or you can install from source. The best method is to use Ubuntu Software Center or Mint’s Software Manager.

To get started, open Ubuntu Software Center or Software Manger from the Unity or Mint start menu. Once it is open, do a quick search for “Geary” in the search bar, then click install.

To install Geary from command line in Ubuntu or Mint type:

$ sudo apt install Geary 

Once Geary is installed from either of the above methods, you will see is in Unity or Mint start menu. Open Geary, and select your Service provider, email address and password. Thats it your done installing Geary.

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Geary Add Email Service

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Geary Email View

If your using Other and do not know your server information, contact your service provider. After you input your Service provider, Name, Email Address and Password you’re done.

Remove or Uninstall Geary Email Client

To remove Geary, open and select Geary from Software Center then click Remove. To remove Geary from the command line just run:

$ sudo apt purge geary

Conclusion

Geary is easy to use and install email client. Geary only has only the basic features you’ll ever need. Any non-tech or tech savvy person can configure and install it with ease. The straight forward user interface makes it easy to send, read and organize your email.

Don’t Miss: 6 Best Email Clients for Linux Desktop

Debugging Tips

Google and Yahoo Users: When setting up Geary with Gmail or Yahoo, it will ask you to turn on “less secure app”. Please follow the link below, to enable this feature:

  1. Gmail: https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureapps
  2. Yahoo: https://login.yahoo.com/account/security

There is also a known bug with google 2-step authentication. If you disable 2-step authentication you will not have any issues.

Issues with removing Email Account: If you can not remove your email address from geary just type:

$ rm -rvf ~./local/share/geary/email address>>

Geary Web Site: https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Geary