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The Adapta GTK Theme Sorely Needs a New Maintainer…

Sunday 23rd of February 2020 05:34:25 PM

Adapta is one of the best GTK themes available for Linux desktops — so popular that Google forked it for use in Chrome OS. Making a GTK theme isn’t easy. Keeping it up to date? […]

This post, The Adapta GTK Theme Sorely Needs a New Maintainer…, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

New GTK Website Design Goes Live to Help Boost Linux App Development

Friday 21st of February 2020 01:43:54 PM

A major redesign of the GTK project website is now live. The homepage serves as a central port of call for developers who are interested in using GTK.

This post, New GTK Website Design Goes Live to Help Boost Linux App Development, was written by Scott Bouvier and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Komikku is a GTK Manga App for Linux

Tuesday 18th of February 2020 11:39:32 PM

If you read a lot of manga and you use the Ubuntu desktop check out Komikku, a relatively new Manga reader app for Linux written in Python and GTK. Now, usually when I highlight a […]

This post, Komikku is a GTK Manga App for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME 3.36: The Best New Features

Tuesday 18th of February 2020 09:16:00 PM

The upcoming GNOME 3.36 release will sit at the heart of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS when it arrives this spring — but what are the new feature it’ll bring? Well, in this post I round up […]

This post, GNOME 3.36: The Best New Features, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

BingWall is a Bing Wallpaper App for Ubuntu

Tuesday 18th of February 2020 04:45:11 PM

A lot of folks love using Bing’s image of the day as their desktop wallpaper — a task that the app featured below makes very easy on Ubuntu. Now, this idea isn’t new; I think […]

This post, BingWall is a Bing Wallpaper App for Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Change Theme on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS & Above

Monday 17th of February 2020 08:56:39 PM

Learn how to change theme in Ubuntu quickly and easily, without terminal commands or odd apps. In fact, you already have everything you need to do it.

This post, How to Change Theme on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS & Above, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Open Source Graphics App MyPaint 2.0 Released

Sunday 16th of February 2020 03:01:58 PM

Open source artists should check out the latest release of MyPaint, as it scored a substantial update this weekend. The new MyPaint 2.0.0 release succeeds MyPaint 1.2, released back in 2017, and brings a stack […]

This post, Open Source Graphics App MyPaint 2.0 Released, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Shares Designs for a Native Camera App

Friday 14th of February 2020 12:42:14 PM

GNOME design team member Tobias Bernard shares mockups of a possible new GNOME Camera app for use on the Librem 5 Linux phone and beyond.

This post, GNOME Shares Designs for a Native Camera App, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Rhythmbox 3.4.4 Adds ListenBrainz Plugin, New App Icon

Thursday 13th of February 2020 07:45:19 PM

A new version of Rhythmbox, Ubuntu’s default music player app, is available. Rhythmbox 3.4.4 is a small update to this venerable player and was released back in January (but I’ve only just heard about it). […]

This post, Rhythmbox 3.4.4 Adds ListenBrainz Plugin, New App Icon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS Released with Linux Kernel 5.3

Wednesday 12th of February 2020 08:03:00 PM

The latest Ubuntu 18.04 LTS point release is now available to download. Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS, which arrives a week later than planned due to a few last minute issue, serves as the penultimate point release […]

This post, Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS Released with Linux Kernel 5.3, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Vivaldi 2.11 Released with Improved Pop-out Video Player, Other Tweaks

Wednesday 12th of February 2020 05:18:52 PM

A new version of the Vivaldi web browser is now available for download with an improved pop-out video player and improve keyboard shortcut navigation.

This post, Vivaldi 2.11 Released with Improved Pop-out Video Player, Other Tweaks, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

MATE Desktop 1.24 Release Arrives with a Slew of Improvements

Tuesday 11th of February 2020 07:33:00 PM

A new version of the MATE desktop has been released and in this post —yes the one you’re reading right now— I recap some of the changes being offered in the MATE 1.24 release. Not […]

This post, MATE Desktop 1.24 Release Arrives with a Slew of Improvements, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 73 Released with Accessibility Improvements, And Um… That’s It

Tuesday 11th of February 2020 04:14:28 PM

The new Firefox 73 release is here with some accessibility improvements, including a new global page zoom level option. Read on to learn more on Firefox 73.

This post, Firefox 73 Released with Accessibility Improvements, And Um… That’s It, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

OpenShot Video Editor Just Got a Massive Update

Monday 10th of February 2020 05:50:18 PM

OpenShot video editor has a new version available to download. We look at the new OpenShot 2.5 features and changes, of which it features a tonne.

This post, OpenShot Video Editor Just Got a Massive Update, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Habits’ App Measures Mouse Distance & How Many Keys You Press a Day

Monday 10th of February 2020 02:50:21 PM

Do you know how many keys you press a day, or how far your mouse has travelled recently? Habits is a free app for Linux that tells you this and more.

This post, ‘Habits’ App Measures Mouse Distance & How Many Keys You Press a Day, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME 3.36’s New Default Background is Seriously Cool

Monday 10th of February 2020 02:00:00 AM

Check out the GNOME 3.36 wallpaper in all its ice-cool glory. Three new versions of the Adwaita background will ship in GNOME 3.36 and we preview them here.

This post, GNOME 3.36’s New Default Background is Seriously Cool, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Want to Preview Fonts using a Terminal? Now You Can!

Sunday 9th of February 2020 05:17:37 PM

Fontpreview is a command line font preview tool for Linux systems. It uses fuzzy search to locate installed fonts and imagemagik to display font previews.

This post, Want to Preview Fonts using a Terminal? Now You Can!, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Flatseal Makes it Easy to Manage Flatpak Permissions

Sunday 9th of February 2020 04:39:45 PM

Flatseal is a GUI app that makes it easy to manage Flatpak app permissions on a per-app basis. Free software, Flatseal is available to install from Flathub.

This post, Flatseal Makes it Easy to Manage Flatpak Permissions, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Arc Menu Update Brings Dash to Dock Integration, New Unity Dash Layout

Sunday 9th of February 2020 04:07:35 PM

A new version of the Arc Menu GNOME extension has been released. Arc Menu v41 includes 3 new layouts, widget integration, and 'desktop' shortcut creation.

This post, Arc Menu Update Brings Dash to Dock Integration, New Unity Dash Layout, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Devs Push for Unicode 13 Support in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS

Friday 7th of February 2020 01:20:24 PM

Developers are hoping to get ICU 66 packaged up in Ubuntu 20.04. The update adds support for Unicode 13, due for release in March.

This post, Devs Push for Unicode 13 Support in Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Devices: PicoCore, u‑blox and ESP32

  • PicoCore MX8MN is a Tiny NXP i.MX 8M Nano Computer-on-Module

    The PicoCore MX8MN Nano carries the NXP i.MX 8M Nano F&S Elektronik Systeme has announced the development of the smallest i.MX 8M based CoM yet: the PicoCore MX8MN Nano.

  • u-Blox Launches JODY-W3 WiFi 6 & Bluetooth 5.1 Module for Automotive Applications

    u‑blox has just launched JODY-W3 wireless module which the company claims to be the first automotive-grade WiFi 6 module. Apart from supporting 802.11ax WiFi with 2×2 MIMO, the module also comes with dual-mode Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. WiFi 6 will be used for applications demanding higher bitrates such as ultra‑HD video infotainment streaming and screen mirroring, wireless back‑up cameras and cloud connectivity as well as vehicle systems maintenance and diagnostics. Bluetooth 5.1 will be used for keyless entry systems and other applications leveraging direction-finding and the longer range offered by the latest version of Bluetooth.

  • Barracuda App Server for ESP32 Let You Easily Develop Lua Apps via Your Web Browser

    We covered Real Time Logic’s open-source lightweight Minnow Server for microcontrollers last year, and now the company has released another project: Barracuda App Server for ESP32. This project is more complex and requires an ESP32 board with PSRAM to run such as boards based on ESP32-WROVER module with 4 to 8MB PSRAM. The Barracuda App server (BAS) comes with a Lua VM, and in complement with the LSP App Manager that facilitates active development on the ESP32 by providing a web interface. The Barracuda App Server runs on top of FreeRTOS real-time operating system part of Espressif free ESP-IDF development environment.

3-D Printing and Open Hardware: MakerBot, AAScan and RISC-V

  • MakerBot Targets Schools With Rebranded Printers

    MakerBot was poised to be one of the greatest success stories of the open source hardware movement. Founded on the shared knowledge of the RepRap community, they created the first practical desktop 3D printer aimed at consumers over a decade ago. But today, after being bought out by Stratasys and abandoning their open source roots, the company is all but completely absent in the market they helped to create. Cheaper and better printers, some of which built on that same RepRap lineage, have completely taken over in the consumer space; forcing MakerBot to refocus their efforts on professional and educational customers.

  • 3D-Printed 3D Scanner made to work with your phone

    An Arduino-based 3D scanner was created by an industrious 3D printing enthusiast and released open source this week for all to enjoy. This open source project was made to take out the most time-consuming component of the 3D scan process, giving said process instead to an Android phone combined with 3D-printed parts, a cheap motor, and an Arduino. This is not the first time such a system has been attempted, but it does appear to be the most complete and ready-to-roll system to date.

  • AAScan open source Arduino 3D scanner utilizes the power of your smartphone

    Using the power of Arduino and utilising the camera and powerful performance of a smartphone QLRO has created a fantastic 3D scanner aptly named the AAScan. Check out the video below to learn more about the Android 3D scanner which is open source and fully automated.

  • Video: RISC-V momentum around the world, from edge to HPC

    In this keynote talk from the 2020 HiPEAC conference, RISC-V Foundation Chief Executive Calista Redmond explains how the RISC-V open-source instruction set architecture is gathering momentum around the world, finding applications across the compute continuum from edge to high-performance computing.

  • Weekend Discussion: How Concerned Are You If Your CPU Is Completely Open?

    For some interesting Sunday debates in the forums, how important to you is having a completely open CPU design? Additionally, is POWER dead? This comes following interesting remarks by an industry leader this weekend. Stemming from discussions on Twitter about Raptor's new OpenBMC firmware with a web GUI in tow, one of the discussions ended up shifting to that of open CPU designs and the belief that secretive CPU startup NUVIA could be having an open-source firmware stack.