Open Source Musings


When I test drove Zorin OS Core in 2022, something that mildly vexed me was that I couldn't change the background of the desktop from an image to a solid colour.

But, as always with Linux, there's a workaround. Like the one I discovered in this post in the Zorin OS forum. Here's what to do:

Crack open a terminal window, copy and paste the command below, and press Enter:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background picture-uri ""

That removes the wallpaper. To change the desktop background to a more pleasing colour, find a colour picker app (whether online or on the desktop), and get the hex code for the colour you prefer — for example, #3a79bc.

Then, copy and paste this command into a terminal window:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background primary-color 'your-hex-code'

Replace your-hex-code with the code from the colour picker app. Here's an example:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.background primary-color '#3a79bc'

Scott Nesbitt

#linux #desktop #cli

(Note: This post was first published at and appears here via a CC-BY-SA 4.0 International License.)

Correct spelling doesn’t seem to be very important to many people these days. There are, however, those of us for whom it is. Yes, I am one of those people.

While I’m not a spelling cop, misspelled words stick out when I encounter them. They hurt my eyes. They hurt my brain.

Any good text editor and, of course, any word processor packs a spelling checker. If you're working in plain text, you can go another route to check the spelling of your document: at the command line. How? With the help of a nifty utility called GNU Aspell (which I’ll be calling Aspell from here on in).

Aspell is fast, easy to use (yes, even for a command line tool!), and flexible. Let’s take a look at how to use it.