Just Get Flux
A friend of mine recommended I try out Flux and I’m ever glad I did. The basic premise is that Flux monitors the time of day and adjusts your screen temperature (or hue) to match ambient light levels. The result is a much more enjoyable session at night. I’m sitting in my living room with only a single lamp on and the glow of the light bulb on the keyboard is a near identical match to the color setting suggested by Flux.
To get it working on my Ubuntu laptop I had to do some magic. First install FluxGUI per the instructions and PPA here. Next, copy the 64 bit binary (a 32 bit is available as well) and extract. Copy the resulting xflux binary to /usr/bin/xflux (yes, overwrite what is there.)
Now sit back and enjoy the pleasant experience!
About the author
Brooks Garrett is a dedicated technologist who specializes in information security. Brooks has spent over 10 years implementing security programs for both the public and private sector including some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500. When he's not managing risk in the corporate environment you can find him at the local firestation where he is a volunteer firefighter.