Logitech Unifying Software for Ubuntu

Logitech does not have an official Unifying software for Linux. However, a simple Google search will take you to Solaar.

Solaar is a Linux device manager for Logitech’s Unifying peripherals and as I have learned since switching to Ubuntu, installation could not get any easier.

To install Solaar in Ubuntu, launch terminal and run the following command: sudo apt-get solaar-gnome3

Once installed, launch the application. It will prompt you if the Unifying receiver is plugged in when the software was being installed and will ask you to unplug it and plug it back in for the application to work properly.

Solaar automatically detects if there are any devices already paired with the receiver. If you need to pair a new device, highlight Unifying Receiver and click the Pair new device button. After a second or two, the device will appear in the list on the left and you are all set.

The user interface of the official Unifying software for Windows becomes convoluted compared to Solaar’s. Logitech can definitely learn something from this software.

Update Ubuntu 16.04 from Terminal

In Windows, most users go to Windows Update from Control Panel to check for updates and install new patches from Microsoft. There is a command-line option which is: wuauclt.exe /detectnow /updatenow but I personally only use it when testing WSUS.

In Ubuntu 16.04, there are 2 easy ways that I am aware of to run and install updates (and as a reminder, I am a Linux newbie, so there could be a lot more ways).

1: sudo apt-get update

2: sudo apt update

The difference being is the apt tool. “apt-get” is an old command, apt is the new one released in 16.04. There is an in-depth explanation of the difference between these commands over at maketecheasier.com.

Screenshot in Ubuntu

I recently started using Ubuntu as my primary operating system at home and this afternoon, I needed to take a screenshot of something on my screen. Thankfully, I don’t need to download an application to be able to do so.

To take a screenshot of the whole screen, press the Print key.

To take a screenshot of the active window, press Alt + Print keys.

To take a screenshot of an area, press Shift + Print keys.

Take note that I am using Ubuntu 16.04. I have not tried this on other versions.