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CLI System Tool ‘Neofetch’ Gets a Big Update

10 hours 29 min ago

Neofetch 2.0 has been released, and is available to install on Ubuntu. The CLI system info tool adds bug fixes, cleaner code, and improved ASCII handling.

This post, CLI System Tool ‘Neofetch’ Gets a Big Update, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Trisquel GNU/Linux 8 Alpha Is Now Available to Download

Thursday 1st of December 2016 07:05:18 PM

Trisquel GNU/Linux 8.0 alpha is now available for download and testing. Based on Ubuntu 16.04, Trisquel 8.0 also ships with the MATE 1.12 desktop.

This post, Trisquel GNU/Linux 8 Alpha Is Now Available to Download, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Christmas Gift Ideas For Linux Fans

Thursday 1st of December 2016 04:50:50 PM

Crikey, folks: it’s December, and that means Christmas is shortly to be thrust upon us, whether we’re ready or not! It can be tricky to come up with gift ideas for Linux users in your life. And since you’ve probably got more than enough turkey on your plate this holiday season — ho, ho, ho — we thought we’d […]

This post, Christmas Gift Ideas For Linux Fans, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Christmas Gift Ideas For Linux Fans

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 06:49:00 PM

Crikey, folks: it’s December. Already. You probably don’t need yet another reminder that Christmas is nearly up on us. ‘Tis the season of compulsory cheer and merriment, and all that. If you’re struggling to come up with Linux gift ideas this Christmas, we’ve got you covered. Below is a short but sweet concise guide to Linux-y gift ideas for Linux loving user in your life. […]

This post, Christmas Gift Ideas For Linux Fans, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Arc theme for Harmony music player

Wednesday 30th of November 2016 12:47:20 AM

You can re-theme Harmony's built-in dark mode to better match up with the colour palette and styling of the Arc GTK theme.

This post, Arc theme for Harmony music player, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GOG Tease a December Reveal (Spoiler: It’s a Winter Sale)

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 08:31:53 PM

I love a good tease, me. A proper slow reveal, ramping up the hype and puffing up expectations — and Good old Games (better known to most as GOG.com) is duly indulging me. As picked up by our buddies over at Gaming On Linux, the venerable games distribution company is trailing a reveal date of December […]

This post, GOG Tease a December Reveal (Spoiler: It’s a Winter Sale), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Is The Release Date for Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 05:59:44 PM

If you've been wondering when Canonical will release the 'Zesty Zapus', wonder no more: the release date for Ubuntu 17.04 is set for April 13, 2017.

This post, This Is The Release Date for Ubuntu 17.04 ‘Zesty Zapus’, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

4 Snap Apps You Can Install on Ubuntu Right Now

Tuesday 29th of November 2016 04:57:40 PM

In the mood to read a quick round-up of a some popular desktop Linux apps that are now available to install as Snappy apps?  Me too, so I wrote one. For the purposes of this post (read: cos i’m lazy) you won’t find apps that are not intended to be distributed widely listed (i.e. apps which require an argument to […]

This post, 4 Snap Apps You Can Install on Ubuntu Right Now, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Gluqlo is a Flip Clock Screensaver for Linux

Monday 28th of November 2016 02:20:28 PM

Looking for a nifty screensaver for Ubuntu? Check out Gluqlo, a Linux version of the popular Fliqlo screensaver for Windows and OS X. Ubuntu no longer bundles a screensavers with the default build. Instead, when you leave your computer idle for a set period Ubuntu blanks the display to conserve power. I personally like having a screensaver running […]

This post, Gluqlo is a Flip Clock Screensaver for Linux, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Alduin is an Open-Source Desktop RSS Reader for Linux

Sunday 27th of November 2016 03:08:01 PM

On the look out for a clean, modern and open-source desktop RSS reader app for Linux? I know I am, so I was excited to come across Alduin. Alduin is a simple RSS (and Atom) feed aggregator that’s billed as having an “ergonomic, complete and easy to use interface, which will be suitable for all types of user.” It […]

This post, Alduin is an Open-Source Desktop RSS Reader for Linux, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Distrowatch Rankings Compared: 2006 vs 2016

Sunday 27th of November 2016 02:28:07 PM

A redditor has compared Distrowatch popularity rankings from 2006 to 2016 (or, more accurately, the last twelve months).  And it makes for an interesting comparison, touching on some general trends in Linux, though is, I guess, apropos of nothing. Seeing names like Mepis, Mandriva and Puppy Linux whisks me back to when I made my own formative foray in to […]

This post, Distrowatch Rankings Compared: 2006 vs 2016, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Shotwell, Anatine & Vivaldi See New Releases

Friday 25th of November 2016 06:39:25 PM

Not really meriting a post in their own right, but certainly deserving of mention, is a round of recent updates to 3 apps we regularly write about. Among them… Shotwell 0.25.1. Shotwell 0.25.1 is the latest “unstable” snapshot of the image organiser-come-photo viewer. Among the changes/fixes saying cheese for the camera is working Tumblr upload, improved Piwigo support, updated dialogs and various low-level API and […]

This post, Shotwell, Anatine & Vivaldi See New Releases, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Meet the Pinebook, a $89 ARM Laptop That Runs Ubuntu

Friday 25th of November 2016 01:00:43 PM

The Pine64 Pinebook is an ARM laptop priced from $89. It can run Android, ChromiumOS and various flavours of Linux, including Ubuntu.

This post, Meet the Pinebook, a $89 ARM Laptop That Runs Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Intel Graphics Installer 2.0.3 Out, Supports Ubuntu 16.10

Friday 25th of November 2016 12:44:47 AM

The Intel Linux graphics driver tool has been updated to support Ubuntu 16.10 and Fedora 24.  The Intel Graphics Update Tool for Linux v2.0.3 offers up the latest Intel 2016Q3 graphics stack. You’re not misreading things. The tool does have a new-name (it was renamed for its v2.0.2 release ‘in order to more accurately reflect the purpose of […]

This post, Intel Graphics Installer 2.0.3 Out, Supports Ubuntu 16.10, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Mcomix Is An Ace Desktop Comic Book Reader for Ubuntu

Thursday 24th of November 2016 08:24:02 PM

I very recently stumbled across a blog post that shared something I’ve been looking for for years: the little-known run of 35p ‘choose your own adventure’ comics. These A6-sized delights left an indelible impression on me as a kid. Long, long out of print and barely meriting the most fleeting of mention online, I have spent many, […]

This post, Mcomix Is An Ace Desktop Comic Book Reader for Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

NeoFetch — See System Information from the Command Line on Linux

Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 03:59:19 AM

Terminal-based system information tools are unashamedly geeky — and yet undoubtedly useful, too.

This post, NeoFetch — See System Information from the Command Line on Linux, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Station Dock’ To Help Drive Convergence on Ubuntu

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016 10:50:54 PM

You're looking at a proposed new 3D dock that, its creator hopes, will help bring the dream of Ubuntu convergence to more people.

This post, ‘Station Dock’ To Help Drive Convergence on Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

2 Handy ‘Places’ Indicators for the Ubuntu Unity Desktop

Sunday 20th of November 2016 07:54:15 PM

If you miss the old Places menu that Ubuntu used to shipped with here are 2 indicator applets that bring it back to the Ubuntu desktop.

This post, 2 Handy ‘Places’ Indicators for the Ubuntu Unity Desktop, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Install Cinnamon 3.2 on Ubuntu from a Stable PPA

Sunday 20th of November 2016 07:04:34 PM

Cinnamon 3.2 was released today — and no doubt many of  you are itching to try it out on Ubuntu. To sample the latest tasty changes offered up in the latest Cinnamon desktop release early you could use a testing PPA — but you no longer need to. The Embrosyn PPA is the quasi-official way to install Cinnamon on Ubuntu and other *buntu-based distributions. […]

This post, How To Install Cinnamon 3.2 on Ubuntu from a Stable PPA, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Tool Lets You Use Fedora and Other Distros with Windows Subsystem for Linux

Sunday 20th of November 2016 03:08:48 PM

Add you likely know, Windows 10 Anniversary Update offers a hidden developer-orientated feature called  Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and also known as ‘Bash on Ubuntu on Windows’. The feature allows fans of popular open-source and Linux-based command line tools to use them seamlessly on their Windows desktop, no need to dual-boot into a Linux distro or open […]

This post, This Tool Lets You Use Fedora and Other Distros with Windows Subsystem for Linux, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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