The creator and maintainer of the once popular Ubuntu Tweak utility, Tualatrix Chou, recently announced that the Ubuntu Tweak utility project is no longer under maintenance starting from May 2, 2016. For those that may not know, Ubuntu Tweak was one of the most downloaded applications that makes configuring Ubuntu OS easier for everyone. It allows tweaking of many useful desktop and system configuration options which are unavailable via native system tools.
Unsettings 0.09 recently released, is a graphical configuration program for the Unity desktop environment that lets you change some oft the Unity settings. Unsettings can only change your users’s settings, you can’t use it to change global settings or do anything else that needs root privileges. You can use Unsettings to change the themes for GTK, window manager, icons and cursors. But it doesn’t support the installation of new themes. With Unsettings you can switch off the global menu and the overlay scrollbars used in Unity.
Overheating of laptops is a common issue, not only in Ubuntu but in any operating systems and it also affects the battery life span. Until Ubuntu 12.10, Jupiter was the best tool to reduce overheating, but since its development has stopped, the next available alternatives are TLP & CPUFREQ. TLP is a power management tool for Linux that allows your laptop save battery life with the appropriate settings. TLP comes with a default configuration already optimized for battery life Install TLP in Ubuntu, Linux Mint sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp