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Ubuntu 15.10 Codename Announced (And a Whole Heap More)

Po, 05/04/2015 - 16:29

The codename of Ubuntu 15.10 has been revealed as news of a powerful new Ubuntu Phone that turns into a PC when connected to a monitor is revealed.

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How to Install Visual Studio Code in Ubuntu

Pá, 05/01/2015 - 18:10

A fair chunk of you will know that Microsoft — no hissing at the back — has released a cross-platform code editor that runs on Linux (as well as Mac OS X and Windows). Announced at the Build 2015 event, Microsoft has launched a desktop code editing application on Linux called Visual Studio Code. (If you didn’t know then I […]

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Facebook Chat Will Stop Working in Empathy, Pidgin from Today

Čt, 04/30/2015 - 13:30

Hope you're not feeling talkative: Facebook Chat will stop working in Empathy and other third-party desktop instant messaging clients from today, April 30.

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Synfig Studio 1.0 — Open Source Animation Gets Serious

Út, 04/28/2015 - 19:48

A new version of free animation software Synfig Studio is available for download, and features a new bones system and a single-window mode.

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KDE Plasma 5.3 Released, Here’s How To Upgrade in Kubuntu 15.04

Út, 04/28/2015 - 15:44

KDE Plasma 5.3 has been released. We show you how you can upgrade to Plasma 5.3 in Kubuntu 15.04 using the official backports PPA.

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Indicator SysMonitor Now Available for Ubuntu 15.04

Ne, 04/26/2015 - 17:29

A new version of the handy system resource monitor ‘Indicator SysMonitor‘ has been released. The utility makes keeping an eye on CPU load, RAM usage and battery capacity a snap. Although similar to Indicator MultiLoad, a tool we featured in our list of 11 must-have Ubuntu power-ups, SysMonitor eschews fancier graphical touches, like usage graphs and theming options. Instead, the […]

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Ubuntu 15.04 Flavors Now Available for Download

Pá, 04/24/2015 - 20:33

Arriving with the final stable release of Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet are downloads for a colorful array of official community flavors. And this year there’s an extra spin in motion. Ubuntu MATE (pronounced Maah-tay) was formally welcomed into the official Ubuntu flavors club earlier this year. Ubuntu MATE ships with a fork of the older GNOME […]

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Will You Upgrade to Ubuntu 15.04? [Poll]

Pá, 04/24/2015 - 16:01

Ubuntu 15.05 Vivid Vervet has now been released — but are you planing to upgrade your laptop or PC with it? That's what we're asking in this poll.

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9 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 15.04

Čt, 04/23/2015 - 16:00

While you wait for your freshly minted ISO download to complete, check out our bi-annual rundown of things to do to after installing Ubuntu 15.04.

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Ubuntu 15.04 Released, This Is What’s New

Čt, 04/23/2015 - 15:44

Well, here we are. After six busy months, one beta and a bunch of minor changes, the final stable release of Ubuntu 15.04 is now ready for you to download.

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Official Ubuntu 15.04 ‘Vivid Vervet’ T-Shirt Now Available to Buy

Čt, 04/23/2015 - 13:54

It’s here — the official Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet mascot t-shirt is now available to buy from the Canonical store. The long-time fan-favorite merch item has been a staple part of the Ubuntu release cycle since 2008 and its arrival typically coincides with the final stable release of the OS. It’s available in a dusky blue color and comes emblazoned with a vivid orange […]

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SuperTuxKart 0.9 Released

St, 04/22/2015 - 17:29

A brand new version of the hugely popular racing game SuperTuxKart has zipped past the release line to land on download servers.  SuperTuxKart 0.9 is a huge update over earlier versions, running a hot new engine (awesomely named ‘Antarctica’) under the hood that aims to deliver richer graphical environments , shading and depth of field plus better kart […]

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How to Change The Default Web Browser and Email Client in Ubuntu

Út, 04/21/2015 - 17:30

Ubuntu ships with a slate of default apps handily pre-installed, including Mozilla’s hugely popular Firefox web browser and Thunderbird e-mail client. While both of these have their fans neither app is — shock — to everyone’s tastes or needs. We often get e-mails or tweets from people asking us how they can change the default browser in […]

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GNOME Pie App Launcher Gets a Tasty New Update

Po, 04/20/2015 - 20:34

A new version of circular app launcher Gnome Pie is now available, baked with bug fixes and seasoned with some new sweet new features.

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Tomahawk 0.8.4 Released, Plugin for Tidal On The Way

Čt, 04/16/2015 - 19:15

Tomahawk supports Ubuntu’s Sound Menu

A new update to the meta-streaming desktop music player Tomahawk has washed ashore, with a bunch of bug fixes firmly in tow.

News of the update, the fourth since the first 0.8.x series release last year, also reveals that a new plugin is in the works for musician-owned streaming service TIDAL.

Not that anyone already ponying up the $19.99 subscription fee will be awash in hi-def audio just yet. Tomahawk devs say the TIDAL plugin is not yet ready for prime-time use, and is not included in the compiled builds of the player for desktop users.

It is being made available to those compiling the music player from source, though. Let us know how well it works if you’re a Tidal subscriber and a source assembling ninja.

Bug Fixes in Tomahawk 0.8.4

The bulk of Tomahawk 0.8.4 is made up of bug fixes. Always welcome, these help give a boost to performance, improve memory usage and speed up the browsing of collections.

“Mostly it fixes some annoying bugs and continues to improve performance,” project developer ‘mueslix‘ notes.

A crash in the network code has been fixed, as have inconsistencies with the repeat one/all icons.

Drag and drop of files in the sidebar now works as you might expect, and alternative content sources continue to be sought when a perfect match for the track you want isn’t found.

Among the ‘hawk’s minor feature tweaks is a reordering of cloud collections in the sidebar and what is described as ‘more lenient’ handling of JSPF and M3U playlists.

Windows and OS X specific fixes also feature. For users of the latter this will be the final release to be based on Qt4.

So what’s on the road-map for Tomahawk’s next major release? Compilation support and collection management will see some major improvements. You will finally be able to pick which release or version of an album you want to browse and play.

Tomahawk 0.9 Will Switch to libVLC

Tomahawk developers hope these fixes will tide fans over until the next major release, version 0.9, tentatively set for release next month.

And it should be an update worth singing about.

Tomahawk 0.9 will feature a change to it audio-engine department. The app, like a lot of Qt-based players, currently relies on Phonon. Its next release will switch to libvlc. In doing so the app will offer better handling of content across multiple platforms and support even more audio and stream formats.

Download / Install Tomahawk 0.8.4

Google Music integration in Tomahawk

Tomahawk 0.8.4 is not yet available to install in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS an up using the official Tomahawk PPA. Which sucks for a lazy dude like me.

In the mean time you can add the PPA to grab v0.8.2.

To do this open a new Terminal window and punch the following letters on your keyboard in sequence, pulled any broken keys out of your fingers with pliers as needed:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tomahawk/ppa  sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install tomahawk

Arch Linux users can install version 0.8.3 from the AUR. SUSE-based users

Standalone installers for other platforms, source downloads and — shock — more information can be had at the official project website.

Visit the Official Tomahawk Website

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Cirrus7 Nimbini — The Most Stylish Ubuntu PC Ever?

St, 04/15/2015 - 19:47

In the market for a new Ubuntu PC? You don’t have to look too hard these days to find a company, both big and small, offering a Tux-friendly product.

While many retailers offer run of the mill plastic boxes or off-the-shelf rebrands of ‘white box’ products from Taiwanese giants, the same can’t be said of German hardware company Cirrus7. Their bespoke Ubuntu-powered Cirrus7 Nimbus won a prestigious Red Dot design award last year.

Today the company is back with its latest offering, the new Cirrus7 Nimbini. 

The new NUC measures a mere 150x150x87mm in size, which is veritable Chromebox territory.

The Cirrus7 Nimbini

Like its bigger sibling the Nimbi is completely fanless for silent running and is assembled from laser-cut  aluminum layers that are stacked to form a passive cooling system.

The Nimbini is available as a complete assembled system or in cheaper “kit” form.

The kit (which comes in 90 parts) will allow tinkerers and DIY enthusiasts to assemble the devices themselves to not only save on costs but also tweak the design to suit them, e.g. reducing the height if a mechanical drive slot isn’t required.

The Nimbini is features an Intel NUC board and will offer buyers a choice of fifth-generation Intel Broadwell processor, from an i3 to an i7. An M.2 SSD will ship as standard and there will be space for an additional 2.5-inch drive, so storage for multi-boots, movies and cat photos won’t be an issue.

Connectors include:

  • 2 x USB 3.0 (Front)
  • Audio jack (Front)
  • 2 x USB 3.0 (Back)
  • 2x  Mini Displayport (Back)
  • Ethernet (Back)

But the best part: the Cirrus7 Nimbini will be available to buy with either Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or Ubuntu 15.04 pre-installed. 

When Can I Buy It?

The bespoke, custom design does mean that this device is not going to be cheap as a mass produced Intel NUC offered by other retailers. Pricing for the complete system and kit version will be announced near the end of April, with pre-orders going live at the start of May.

Those of interested in buying can expect to have have the cold, silent box sat on their desk before the start of June.

H/t Fanless Tech

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KDE Plasma 5.3 Beta Arrives With Improved Power Management Features

Út, 04/14/2015 - 18:39

Kubuntu 15.04, due later this month, will be the first stable release of the distro to ship with the new KDE Plasma 5 desktop environment as default. 

Exciting stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.

More exciting than that, at least for a KDE newbie like me, is the announcement of Plasma 5.3 Beta, the next major version of the shiny new desktop environment.

The Sad Face Preface

Before we go any further I need to preface this article with an apology. If I go on to use the wrong naming conventions for KDE and its software stack, I’m sorry. KDE fans seem to be a passionate brood, but they should understand that there’s nothing intentional about any mis-labelling of KDE, the KDE Software Compilation, the Plasma desktop stack or its components, etc on my part. I am simply not hugely dialled-in (what with having tentacles in so many other pies) to the KDE community.

Therefore I politely ask any KDE fans who plan on commenting to think twice (and logically) if the thrust of that comment is to shout about illogically perceived conspiracies or bias. Instead, try to offer up some civil and constructive pointers. These kind of comments help us learn and will make us feel more comfortable/less scared about covering KDE developments, apps, etc in the future.

That (sadly necessary) ‘fess up out of the way, let’s chew over the meat in this beta flavoured kSandwich.

Plasma 5.3 Beta — New Features

The big news of the Plasma 5.3 beta is not that it’s out – development milestones are dropping all the time – it’s that it is out with an absolutely jam-packed roster of features and fixes.

Plasma 5.2, as found in the latest Kubuntu 15.04 Beta, offers a great end-user experience, with welcome updates to core KDE apps, under-the-hood refactoring delivering some much-needed cohesion, and a fresh new theme making things feel light and breezy.

Plasma 5.3 Beta… Well, it looks like it doesn’t just build on those foundations so much as erect an entire freaking house that’s also fully furnished.

Better Power Management

Energy Consumption Stats in Plasma 5.3

I work primarily from a laptop which means battery life and anything that so much as pretends to extend it catches my attention fully.

Which is precisely what this milestone has done.

Some notable new power management features are set to ship in Plasma 5.3 Beta, as highlighted by KDE developer Jonathan Riddell in a blog post, including the following changes:

  • Ability to set different power management plans for specific activities
  • View energy usage stats in KInfoCenter
  • Battery monitor applet now shows which apps can inhibit power management features
  • ‘Cinema mode’ (closing laptop lid with monitor connected) is now enabled by default
  • Animated screen brightness changes (not all hardware)
  • Keyboard button brightness controls now work on lock screen

Power savings are not the only significant change showing up in this release. The return of popular system stats plasmoids will appease power users and resource tracking fans, while the hugely improved bluetooth functionality will make connecting the ever-swelling crop of smartphones, speakers and the like a snap.

Other changes arriving in Plasma 5.3:
  • A new touchpad configuration module
  • Contact integration with the Application Menu
  • Improved bluetooth functionality, including new applet, ObexFTP listing in Places panel
  • Return of system stat Plasmoids (e.g. CPU load)
  • KDE Activities powers Recent Docs, Recent Apps in Apps Menu
  • Plasma Media Center tech preview
  • Work towards running on Wayland
Trying Plasma 5.3 Beta

For more detail on this beta release you should check out this blog post or the following change-log, which details pretty much everything that has changed, in one giant list.

Plasma 5.3 Beta Changelog

If you’re Interested to get a hands-on then you’ll want to try the live Kubuntu images let’s you take the entire (potentially unstable) software stack for a spin without needing to wipe your current set-up.

Head over to the KDE Snapshots page below to grab an .iso.

Download KDE Development Snapshots

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Linux Kernel 4.0 Features Live Kernel Patching, PS3 Support

Po, 04/13/2015 - 01:55

A new stable release of the Linux Kernel has been announced by Linus Torvalds on the Linux kernel mailing list. 

Linux 4.0, codenamed ‘Hurr durr I’m a sheep’ — no, really — brings with it a small set of new hardware support, driver improvements, performance tweaks, bug fixes and the like.

But remarking on the minor-ness of the update, Torvalds’ writes;

“Feature-wise, 4.0 doesn’t have all that much special. Much have been
made of the new kernel patching infrastructure, but realistically […] we’ve
had much bigger changes in other versions.  So this is very much a “solid code progress” release.”

Linus adds that Linux 4.1 is likely to be a ‘bigger release’.

New Linux Kernel 4.0 Features Install Kernel Updates Without Rebooting

If you’ve ever been put out by the need to reboot your Linux box to finish installing a kernel update you won’t be alone. It’s a minor inconvenience on the desktop, and a major one for servers.

Reboot-free Kernel Updates

The ability to install/apply security patches to the Linux kernel “live”, without the need to reboot, has been a long-held want of many Linux enthusiasts for years.

A slew of third-party projects, like Oracle’s KSplice and Red Hat’s Kpatch, have sought to offer live patching functionality for certain distributions.

For servers, enterprise and mission-critical use cases where uptime is priority live kernel patching is a pretty big deal.

The good news is that Linux 4.0 makes having to reboot to complete a kernel update a thing of the past.

Well, almost.

The initial groundwork to support reboot-free patching arrives in this latest release, ready for experienced sysadmins to take advantage of in Linux 4.0.

Desktop Linux distributions should also be able to take advantage of the feature too (though given the complexity involved in configuring the reboot-less functionality on the end-user side it may be a little way off).

This infrastructure will continue to be refined and improved on over the course of the 4.x series. As it does so I expect we’ll all start to hear more about it.

Other Changes

Although it is considered a small release the latest Linux kernel manages to squeeze in a welcome set of hardware improvements, new drivers and performance tweaks. These include:

  • Improvements to Intel ‘Skylake’ platform
  • Intel Quark SoC support
  • Various patches to improve Linux running on a  Playstation 3
  • TOpen-source AMD Radeon driver supports DisplayPort Audio
  • Various misc HID driver tweaks, including Lenovo compact keyboards, Wacom Cintiq 27QHD
  • Toshiba power settings driver adds USB sleep/charge functionality, rapid charge, sleep w/ music, etc
  • File System tweaks, including F2FS, BtrfFS, etc
Install Linux Kernel 4.0 on Ubuntu

Although classed as stable there is, at present, no need for desktop users or new-comers to go upgrade. 

The impatient and adept can take a crack at installing Linux 4.0 in Ubuntu 15.04 Beta by grabbing the appropriate set of packages from Canonical’s mainline kernel archive or by risking a third-party PPA hosted on Launchpad.

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is due later this month and will ship with Ubuntu Kernel 3.19 (the Ubuntu kernel is the Linux Kernel plus Ubuntu-specific patches that have not been accepted upstream).

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Ubuntu MATE Inks First Hardware Deal

Pá, 04/10/2015 - 19:21

The ‘Orion’ laptop ships will offer Ubuntu MATE

Despite a plethora of fantastic desktop Linux distributions only a select few are available to buy pre-installed on laptops, desktops and other computing devices.

Ubuntu MATE, the most recent member of the Ubuntu family, joins this esteemed club. It has announced a partnership with UK-based computer reseller Entroware.

The deal will see Tux enthusiasts able to purchase Entroware laptops and desktop PCS with Ubuntu MATE pre-installed — and with full support from the company, to boot.

Entroware currently ship a choice of Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10, or no OS at all. From April Ubuntu MATE 15.04 will join the list of operating system options.

It’s not clear if Ubuntu MATE receive any percentage from the sale of devices pre-loaded with the OS, as is the case with similar deals in place for other distributions such as Linux Mint.

Kickback or not, the announcement is yet more positive news for Ubuntu MATE. The community spin has been picking up momentum ever since its first release and was last month formally badged as an official Ubuntu flavor.

Hardware on Offer

Founded in 2014,  Entroware aim to ‘fulfil the demand for a range of quality Linux computers’. Like other Linux computer companies Entroware rebrand and sell so-called ‘white box’ devices made by a third-party ODMs such as Clevo.

Entroware laptops start from £379.99. This bags an ‘Orion’ laptop powered by an Intel Pentium 3550M (Haswell) processor running at 2.3GHz, 4GB DRR3 RAM, a 500GB 5400RPM HDD and integrated Intel graphics. Desktops begin at £299.

Both Entroware and the team behind Ubuntu MATE say they are “excited” by the partnership.

For more details on Entroware and the devices they offer zip on over to the official website, linked below.

Entroware Website

Thanks to Martin Wimpress

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