I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

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I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

Post by T_Characht3r » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:00 pm

If you are wanting to change your screen brightness, you can move your cursor over the battery icon in the panel/taskbar and use the scroll wheel to adjust your brightness.
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Re: I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

Post by xenopeek » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:26 pm

That may depend on the edition you're using (e.g., Cinnamon, MATE, Xfce or KDE). Don't have it on battery here so can't check :)

However did you find it though. Cue everybody trying their scrollwheel on random desktop elements :lol:
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Re: I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

Post by JerryF » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:13 pm

Hey, it worked on my 19 Xfce!

I have a laptop that when you use two fingers, it mimics the scroll wheel and it adjusted the brightness.

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Post by gm10 » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:24 pm

It's probably a Xfce thing. Nothing in MATE. Kinda weird placement for that feature, I guess in the widest sense the screen brightness is tied to battery consumption... I should think most if not all laptops have Fn+combos for that though.

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Post by Pippin » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:28 pm

Is it a easter egg?
I use that (and volume) since the first time I use Mint Cinnamon.
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Post by xenopeek » Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:53 pm

Now that you say it, for Cinnamon it may have been covered in blog posts from the development team.
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Post by redlined » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:05 pm

very cool! didn't know about these (brightness and volume, and as xenopeek anticipated I'm all over testing for other scroll points now! :lol:
and I'm happy to announce that both battery icon for brightness and speaker icon for loudness works here! (finally got a plugin mouse with scrollwheel for this laptop, touchpad is not my friend:D)

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~$ inxi -S
System:    Host: f023 Kernel: 4.15.0-39-generic x86_64 bits: 64
           Desktop: Cinnamon 3.8.9  Distro: Linux Mint 19 Tara

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Re: I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

Post by Pippin » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:09 pm

My touchpad has a scroll area that also works.
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Re: I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

Post by JerryF » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:11 pm

gm10 wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 1:24 pm
It's probably a Xfce thing. Nothing in MATE. Kinda weird placement for that feature, I guess in the widest sense the screen brightness is tied to battery consumption... I should think most if not all laptops have Fn+combos for that though.
Yes, you're correct. Most do and mine does. On my HP, it's Fn+F6/F7
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Post by JerryF » Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:14 pm

Pippin wrote:
Thu Nov 29, 2018 2:09 pm
My touchpad has a scroll area that also works.
Yeah, the scroll area also adjusts the brightness when hovering the battery icon in panel. :)
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Re: I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

Post by lsemmens » Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:09 am

Thank you for that useful hint. I was aware of scrolling on the volume icon, but did not consider the battery. Useful tool. Running Cinnamon here.
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Re: I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

Post by thx-1138 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:35 am

...i also found an 'easter egg' on a fresh 18.3 installation while examining the running processes...
Was wondering why the following doesn't exit & thereby wastes memory after it's task has completed :wink:

which mintupdate-launcher && cat $(which mintupdate-launcher)

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/usr/bin/mintupdate-launcher
#!/usr/bin/python3

import os
import xapp.os

if ((not xapp.os.is_live_session()) and (not xapp.os.is_guest_session())):
	os.system("/usr/lib/linuxmint/mintUpdate/mintUpdate.py")
...aka, the case of the missing ampersand... :wink:

PS: ...a bit of digging revealed that the...complex fix was supplied for 19, but not for previous versions though.
Not familiar myself with git / github though to make the appropriate pull requests...
Edit: raised an issue...

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Re: I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

Post by AndyMH » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:28 am

I use that (and volume) since
Thanks, just learnt something, I play around with the volume a lot.
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Re: I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

Post by Inundated » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:39 am

Don't have a battery here on the desktop with 19 Xfce, but the scroll wheel works on volume. Thanks for the tip!
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Re: I found a cool 'easter egg' in linux mint 18.3!

Post by vonMos » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:32 pm

works on Linux Mint Debian Edition 3

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