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How to reduce background noises on Linux with Blanket

Are you having trouble concentrating on work on your Linux PC? Are you trying to get away from distracting sounds that keep taking your mind off of the task at hand? If so, you need to check out Blanket! It’s an excellent little app for Linux that you can install to play white noise in the background, which aids in keeping you from being distracted!

In this guide, we’ll show you how to set up Blanket on Linux and how to use it too! To start the process, ensure you are using a Linux OS that supports Flatpak and follow along!

Installing Blanket on Linux

The Blanket application is available on a wide variety of Linux operating systems. The primary way the program is distributed is via Flatpak, and the developers strongly suggest that Linux users get their hands on the app in this way, rather than providing a downloadable DEB or RPM package. Additionally, Blanket is available to Arch Linux and Manjaro Linux users via the Arch Linux AUR, and the source code is also downloadable too.

In this section of the guide, we will go over how to install Blanket following these methods. To start the installation process, launch a terminal window on the Linux desktop. You can launch a terminal window by pressing Ctrl + Alt + T or Ctrl + Shift + T on the keyboard. Then, from there, follow the command-line installation instructions outlined below that correspond with the Linux OS you currently are using.

Flatpak

As stated before, Flatpak is the preferred method of installation for Blanket via the developers, and it’s the only official way they distribute their application. To get the Flatpak release of Blanket up and running on your computer, you will first need to set up the Flatpak runtime. Setting up the Flatpak runtime is simple. All you need to do is install the “flatpak” package on your computer. To do that, open up a terminal and install “flatpak” the way you typically install apps. Or, if you need help setting up Flatpak, follow this in-depth guide on the subject.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your computer, it is time to add the Flathub app store. Flathub is where the majority of application developers submit the Flatpak releases of their programs. You will need Flathub to use Blanket on Linux. Using the flatpak remote-add command, add the Flathub app store.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now that Flathub is added as a software source to your PC, you can install the Blanket program easily by running the flatpak install command down below.

flatpak install flathub com.rafaelmardojai.Blanket

Once the app is set up on your computer, you can run it by clicking on “Blanket” in the app menu.

Arch Linux AUR

There’s an unofficial AUR package of Blanket in the Arch Linux AUR. If you want to install it, start by setting up the Trizen AUR helper tool. It is a useful program that makes setting up AUR programs incredibly easy. To set up Trizen, enter the commands below.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/trizen.git cd trizen makepkg -sri

Once the Trizen application is set up on your computer, you can easily install the program using the trizen -S command below.

trizen -S blanket

Source code

While it is not recommended, it is possible to compile the Blanket application on Linux via the source code. We will not be covering how to set up the source code in this guide. However, if you do not like Flatpak or the Arch Linux AUR and you need Blanket, head over to the Blanket GitHub project page. Then, enter the commands outlined to build the app.

Using Blanket to reduce background noise

Blanket is a pretty straightforward app. There’s no strange configuration files or settings that need to be tweaked to use it. To learn how to use Blanket to improve your productivity, follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Open up your app menu on the Linux desktop. Once inside of the app menu, search for “Blanket” and launch it. Can’t find the app? Look for the blanket icon.

Step 2: Once the app is open, you will see several different icons, with sliders next to them. Using the mouse wheel, scroll through to find the sound(s) you would like to listen to. There is Nature (rain, storm, wind, summer night)  Interior (coffee shop, fireplace), and Noise (pink noise and white noise).

Step 3: After you’ve figured out what sounds you wish to listen to, take the mouse and drag the slider to the right. These are volume sliders and will instantly start playing sounds as you move the slider. Move the slider(s) left or right to make them louder or quieter.

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