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Ataribox Pre-Order Plan “Officially Paused”

8 hours 48 min ago

Pre-orders for the Linux-powered Ataribox were meant to go live on December 14, but the team now says those are plans are "officially paused".

This post, Ataribox Pre-Order Plan “Officially Paused”, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Best Linux Apps & Distros of 2017

9 hours 29 min ago

We look at the best Linux distros and apps of 2017 and celebrate the Linux releases that defined the year, like Ubuntu 17.10, Solus 3 and Firefox 57.

This post, The Best Linux Apps & Distros of 2017, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GIMP 2.9.8 Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Better PSD Support

Tuesday 12th of December 2017 11:40:11 PM

GIMP 2.9.8 has been released with on-canvas gradient editing, better handling of Adobe Photoshop PSD files, and support for those using GIMP on Wayland.

This post, GIMP 2.9.8 Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Better PSD Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ataribox Pre-Orders Begin on December 14

Monday 11th of December 2017 03:11:43 PM

Gamers will be able to pre-order the Ataribox from December 14 — though there’s still no firm word on price or hardware specs. The company behind the new games machine revealed the pre-order date in a (now deleted) Facebook post. It later uploaded an image teasing the date ‘14.12.17’ (pictured above). Users will be able to “pre-order” […]

This post, Ataribox Pre-Orders Begin on December 14, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: VLC, Mesa, Audacity + More

Sunday 10th of December 2017 02:57:24 PM

Another week has flown by, making it time for another round-up of pertinent Linux app releases that didn’t manage to wangle a full post’s worth of waffle on this site. This week’s crop of curios includes updates to the world’s most popular open-source video player, the world’s most popular open-source audio editor, and the world’s […]

This post, Linux Release Roundup: VLC, Mesa, Audacity + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Is Liferea Feed Reader Still the Best RSS App on Ubuntu?

Friday 8th of December 2017 02:37:03 PM

We take a look at the Liferea feed reader for Linux, show you how to install it on Ubuntu from a PPA, and ask if it's the best RSS reader available for Linux.

This post, Is Liferea Feed Reader Still the Best RSS App on Ubuntu?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

CrossOver 17 Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2016 on Linux

Wednesday 6th of December 2017 04:36:29 PM

CrossOver 17 is now available. It brings support for Microsoft Office 2016 on Linux, WINE performance improvements, and a slate of bug fixes and features.

This post, CrossOver 17 Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2016 on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Make Firefox Look like the GNOME Web Browser (Because Why Not, Right?)

Wednesday 6th of December 2017 03:52:24 PM

If you’re using a vanilla GNOME session on Ubuntu with the Adwaita theme, and want to make Firefox look a little more at home, you can. In fact, with a bit of custom CSS you can make Firefox look like Epiphany (aka GNOME Web), the core browser that ships with the GNOME desktop environment. Firefox […]

This post, Make Firefox Look like the GNOME Web Browser (Because Why Not, Right?), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Vivaldi Web Browser Comes to the Raspberry Pi

Tuesday 5th of December 2017 11:04:00 AM

Raspberry Pi users can now use the Vivaldi web browser, with Vivaldi releasing an experimental ARM build of its browser through its website.

This post, Vivaldi Web Browser Comes to the Raspberry Pi, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Boxes Makes It Easier to Test Drive Linux Distros

Monday 4th of December 2017 03:22:26 PM

GNOME Boxes 3.28 lets you download Linux distributions and BSD images from within the app, making it easy to set up virtual machines for testing or fun.

This post, GNOME Boxes Makes It Easier to Test Drive Linux Distros, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: Etcher, Mailspring, PulseEffects + More

Sunday 3rd of December 2017 03:08:49 PM

We're now officially in Christmas season, but even the overuse of xmas music in public spaces isn't enough to stymie the flow of Linux releases.

This post, Linux Release Roundup: Etcher, Mailspring, PulseEffects + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Big Unity Desktop Update Coming to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Friday 1st of December 2017 02:27:31 PM

A big update to the Unity desktop stack is heading to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, including a security fix that allowed the lock screen to be bypassed on some systems.

This post, Big Unity Desktop Update Coming to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Search DuckDuckGo from the Command Line

Wednesday 29th of November 2017 06:01:15 PM

When we showed you how to search Google from the command line a lot of you to say you use Duck Duck Go, the awesome privacy-focused search engine. Well, now there’s a tool to search DuckDuckGo from the command line. It’s called ddgr (pronounced, in my head, as dodger) and it’s pretty neat. Like Googler, ddgr […]

This post, Search DuckDuckGo from the Command Line, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Joplin is an Open-Source Evernote Alternative

Wednesday 29th of November 2017 01:54:04 PM

Joplin is an open-source Evernote alternative with apps for Linux, Windows, Mac, Android & iOS. There's also a CLI client, and sync support using OneDrive.

This post, Joplin is an Open-Source Evernote Alternative, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LibreOffice Is Now Available on Flathub, the Flatpak App Store

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 03:48:43 PM

LibreOffice is now available to install from Flathub, the centralised Flatpak app store. Its arrival allows anyone running a modern Linux distribution to install the latest stable release of LibreOffice in a click or two, without having to hunt down a PPA, tussle with tarballs or wait for a distro provider to package it up. A […]

This post, LibreOffice Is Now Available on Flathub, the Flatpak App Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Atari’s Linux Games Console Now Has a Controller

Monday 27th of November 2017 02:51:06 PM

Back in September we wrote about the Ataribox, a new Linux-powered console from Atari — today we get a look at its new joystick. Over on Facebook Atari shows off the new Ataribox Joystick that will (presumably) come bundled with the video games (and home entertainment) machine when it goes on sale next year If you’ve been […]

This post, Atari’s Linux Games Console Now Has a Controller, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: gThumb, Peek Gif Recorder + More

Sunday 26th of November 2017 06:31:02 PM

With the Thanksgiving celebrations in the US the past week was never going to be chock-full of new Linux releases. That said, a couple of juicy app updates did manage to squeak out during the past 7 days, including new releases of a Linux Winamp alternative, a free software stalwart, and one of my absolute favourite […]

This post, Linux Release Roundup: gThumb, Peek Gif Recorder + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox Nightly Adds CSD Option

Friday 24th of November 2017 06:32:55 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Firefox 57 is awesome — so awesome that I’m finally using it as my default browser again. But there is one thing it the Linux version of Firefox sorely needs: client-side decoration. If you follow this site on Twitter, you might have seen me whine my […]

This post, Firefox Nightly Adds CSD Option, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install Android File Transfer for Linux

Friday 24th of November 2017 12:52:59 PM

If you’re struggling to mount your Android phone on Ubuntu you might want to give Android File Transfer for Linux a try. Effectively it’s a clone of Google’s Android File Transfer app for macOS. It’s built with Qt, and has a super simple UI that makes it easy to transfer files and folders to and from your Android […]

This post, How to Install Android File Transfer for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Humble Is Giving Away Space Shooter ‘Sanctum 2’ for FREE

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 11:48:16 PM

Sanctum 2, the acclaimed FPS/tower defense mash-up, is currently available for free on the Humble Store — but only until November 26, 2017.

This post, Humble Is Giving Away Space Shooter ‘Sanctum 2’ for FREE, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Huawei Mate9

Generally this is a decent phone. As a replacement for a failed Nexus 6P it’s pretty good. But at this time I tend to recommend not buying it as the first generation of Pixel phones are now cheap enough to compete. If the Pixel XL is out of your price range then instead of saving $130 for a less secure phone it would be better to save $400 and choose one of the many cheaper phones on offer. Read more

Today in Techrights

today's leftover

  • DXVK Is Making Some Steadfast Progress In Running Direct3D 11 Over Vulkan
    Last month on Phoronix I featured the DXVK project that's working to implement Direct3D 11 over Vulkan (not to be confused with VK9 as the separate effort to get D3D9 over Vulkan). This project is making a surprising amount of progress in its early stages.
  • How to Search PDF Files from the Terminal with pdfgrep
  • Librsvg moves to Gitlab
    Librsvg now lives in GNOME's Gitlab instance. You can access it here. Gitlab allows workflows similar to Github: you can create an account there, fork the librsvg repository, file bug reports, create merge requests... Hopefully this will make it nicer for contributors.
  • Debsources now in sources.debian.org
    Debsources is a web application for publishing, browsing and searching an unpacked Debian source mirror on the Web. With Debsources, all the source code of every Debian release is available in https://sources.debian.org, both via an HTML user interface and a JSON API. This service was first offered in 2013 with the sources.debian.net instance, which was kindly hosted by IRILL, and is now becoming official under sources.debian.org, hosted on the Debian infrastructure.
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  • Ubucon Europe 2018 Ubuntu Conference Announced for 27-29 April in Xixón, Spain
    The organizers of the Ubucon Europe conference for Ubuntu Linux users, contributors and developers announced the official dates next year's Ubucon Europe 2018 event. Don't pack your bags just yet for the next Ubuntu conference, but at least you should mark your calendars for April 27, 28, and 29 of 2018, when the Ubucon Europe 2018 conference will take place. Where? The event will be held in Spain this time, in the city of Xixón, at the municipal facilities of Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto. "Ubucon Europe 2018 will be held this year in Xixón, Spain on 27, 28 and 29 April 2018 in the Spanish city of Xixón at the municipal facilities of the Antiguo Instituto. For further information please write to ubuconeurope2018 AT gmail.com," wrote the organizers in a tweet earlier this morning.
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Ataribox and Chromebooks

  • Ataribox preorders and crowdfunding campaign open on December 14
    Atari will start taking preorders for its Ataribox game console starting December 14. The New York company will also start its crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo at that time. In an email blast, Atari said, “We at Atari are thrilled to introduce you to our first new gaming hardware in over 20 years. Welcome to Ataribox. Preorders will officially open on December 14, 2017. Our community is the absolute backbone of Atari, and we’d like to offer our earliest supporters a chance to grab Ataribox at an exclusive discount. Keep an eye on that inbox for your chance to order yours.”
  • Chromebooks and Office 365 together will challenge Windows laptops
    It's no secret that I'm not a Windows fan. I'm beginning to wonder if Microsoft isn't either. Hear me out. On Nov. 27, Chromebook users discovered that Office 365 would run on some of their laptops. To be exact, we now know you can download and run Office 365 on Samsung Chromebook Pro, Pixelbook, Acer Chromebook 15, and the Acer C771.