How to multi-boot like a BOSS with BURG bootloader


If you are running multiple OSs in your machine, this would probably be the first screen you would be staring at when you turn ON your system. This is called GRUB, stands for GRand Unified Bootloader.

GRUB is a part of the GNU project. It is the default bootloader that comes with all UNIX-like OSs. GRUB provides a pretty basic menu to choose from a list of the installed OSs and the entries that come with it, such as recovery modes and memtests. Quite sadly, GRUB has remained pretty much the same over the years, it still offers the bash-like, command line interface from the stone age !

In other words, GRUB is plain boring 😀

This is where BURG comes in, the BRand-new Universal loadeR from GRUB, BURG is  a cool replacement to GRUB, it can turn your bootloader into this.



First you need to add a new repository, enter the following command in the terminal

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/burg
sudo apt-get update

Now you need to install BURG and some themes. For that type-in

sudo apt-get install burg burg-themes


When the installation proceeds, dialog boxes pop-up for configuration. Please follow these steps carefully.




So now that we have successfully setup BURG, let’s clean up the BURG entries.


Read here if you are not sure what memtest is. To disable the memtest option, type in this command.

sudo chmod –x /etc/grub.d/20_memtest86+

Now let’s see how BURG looks like. We can emulate the BURG boot screen using this command.

sudo burg-emu


  • F1 Help
  • F2 Change Theme
  • F3 Change Resolution
  • Arrow-keys to move

For now, just choose your theme, do not change the resolution. This is because, if your monitor doesn’t support that particular resolution you changed to, the next time you boot, you would get a blank screen and you would obviously freak out !

So press F3 during your next boot and choose the resolution by pressing enter, if you get a blank screen while doing so, move up/down and choose another resolution.


In this machine, I have 3 OSs installed ( Ubuntu, Windows 8 and Linux Mint ). But you’d notice that there are 2 options each for Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Those are the recovery modes which I had mentioned at the beginning, it can be disabled easily. For that we need to edit the BURG configuration file. Open up the terminal and type- in the following command.

( Use text-editors of your choice )

sudo nano /etc/default/burg


In this file we need to edit this line


You need to un-comment the line, by removing the ‘#’ character.

This file also contains the time-out period for the boot screen, if you want to change it. Locate this line and change the R-value which is in seconds .


To save the changes made in nano editor

  • press ctrl-x
  • press y
  • press enter

Now we need to configure those changes into BURG and view the modified boot screen. For that type-in

sudo update-burg
sudo burg-emu


Now the 2 extra recovery entries would be gone. That’s it. Enjoy booting with BURG !

To get more themes, visit deviantart

This article featured in the 2014 December issue of the Open Source For You magazine. View here


How to customize your Windows like a BOSS ( 8 / 8.1 )

Tired of looking at your same old boring Windows desktop ?


Want to turn your desktop into this ?


or this ?


It’s an obvious Yes 😀 so let’s begin.


Before theming your Windows, you need to disable Windows-ribbon. It’s that extra command bar below your menu in File explorer.


To disable Ribbon, Download Ribbon-disabler here ( 64-bit , 32-bit , Not-sure )

By default, Windows won’t not let you use 3rd-party themes. For that you need a patcher called UxStyle. What it does is, it disables the Windows theme signature requirements to enable 3rd-party customizations.

Download here


You just need to install it.

Now that you’ve patched your windows, you need custom themes and deviantART is the best place to find custom themes, rainmeter skins, iconpacks and much more. I have tagged “Windows 8.1” in this link, if you are on Windows 8, download the appropriate theme.

Download Base for windows 8.1 , a simple elegant theme.

After you’ve downloaded the theme, unzip the file (almost all themes are zipped). Within the unzipped folder, there will be a folder named “Theme”.

Copy the contents of this folder and paste it into

C > Windows > Resources > Themes


After you’ve pasted it, Right-click on Desktop > Personalize . You’ll see the new theme in the “Installed Themes” group.



To change the Start button in Windows, Download this

To change the system icons of windows, you need a tool called IconPackager. Download here



Rainmeter skins are like widgets in Android. There are thousands of rainmeter skins for download and they are highly customizable. First download rainmeter here


All the UI elements that you see in this screenshot are nothing but rainmeter skins. But loading such heavy skins takes a toll on your performance and battery ( if you’re on a laptop ), so it’s up to you. I prefer minimal rainmeter skins. You could also create simple rainmeter skins on your own easily, like the one I’ve made ! Read here. I’ll show you how to load a rainmeter skin.

After you’ve installed rainmeter, goto deviantART and download a skin. Open the .rmskin file and choose install.

Now open rainmeter, Right click on the rainmeter icon in the taskbar > Manage > Choose your installed skin and click load.




Jealous of seeing fancy window effects in Linux desktops like KDE ? Well now you can get all those effects in Windows using Windows FX5. Install the application and try out different effects ! Download here.


Alienware Invader 1

The Alienware UI is actually a Custom skin for Windows Media Player, you can choose from a range of cool skins here.

After you’ve downloaded the skin, you need to choose the skin. For that, Right-click on the Now-Playing bar > View > Skin Chooser.




The dock I’m using is called Rocketdock. You can download it here and install it. You can customize the dock icons and effects in it. To open the folder as a stack, you need an additional plugin called Stack docklet, you can download it here.



You can change the look of your taskbar clock using this application called Atomic Alarm Clock. You can download it here. Simply run the application and choose your theme.



  1. Remove all your Anti-Viruses and Spy-wares, use Advanced System Care Ultimate. Download here.


2.  Disable all animations in windows,(If you are using windows FX, this is not for you).

Press Windows key + R, then type in sysdm.cpl In the pop-up window, go to Advanced tab, Choose settings under performance, select custom and then un-check the following boxes

  • Animate controls and elements inside windows
  • Animate windows when minimizing and maximizing
  • Animations in the taskbar
  • Fade or slide menus into view
  • Fade or slide ToolTips into view
  • Fade out menu items after clicking
  • Save taskbar thumbnail previews
  • Show shadows under mouse pointer
  • Show shadows under windows
  • Show translucent selection rectangle
  • Slide open combo boxes
  • Smooth-scroll list boxes1



Ever wondered what that strange key between your Right-Alt and Right-Ctrl was ? Well, it’s called the Menu button and it functions as the Right-click mouse button. If you are like me and you never use it, you could change the key to do something useful. I find it extremely annoying to stretch my fingers to reach ALT and F4 all the time, so i changed the Menu key to F4, so that closing applications will be a breeze 😀

To remap the keyboard keys in Windows, you need an application called SharpKeys. Download here


Install the application, Add key > then type the Old key ( Menu Key ) and New key ( F4 ) you want to map. Then Write to registry. The changes will be active from reboot.

Enjoy !

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