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Do You Like Linux Apps That Use Client Side Decorations? [Poll]

7 hours 5 min ago

For this week's poll we want to know your thoughts on client side decorations on Linux. Do you appreciate apps that use them or actively avoid them?

This post, Do You Like Linux Apps That Use Client Side Decorations? [Poll], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 17.04 Will Ship with GNOME 3.24

10 hours 58 sec ago

For first time in a long time, Ubuntu will ship with the latest GNOME release.

This post, Ubuntu 17.04 Will Ship with GNOME 3.24, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GPD Pocket Crowdfunder Passes $1 Million Mark

Sunday 19th of February 2017 01:18:27 PM

GPD Pocket, a 7-inch ultra-mobile PC available pre-loaded with Ubuntu, has received over $1,000,000 in user contributions in under a week.

This post, GPD Pocket Crowdfunder Passes $1 Million Mark, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

A Minimal Chrome OS Theme for Tint2

Sunday 19th of February 2017 01:10:25 PM

I used to (and sort-of-still-do, I guess) run a sister site focused on Google Chrome, Chromecast and Chromebooks, i.e. the Chrome ecosystem. As such I am a fan of Chromebooks and Chrome OS, a Linux-based distribution based on Gentoo. The appearance of Chrome OS has waxed and waned in sync with Google’s ambitions and positioning for […]

This post, A Minimal Chrome OS Theme for Tint2, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Use the Hidden GNOME Shell Extensions Prefs App

Sunday 19th of February 2017 12:50:11 PM

Did you know that GNOME Shell hides a really useful GNOME Extensions configuration app? The gnome-shell-extension-prefs utility lets you configure and tweak preferences of your favourite GNOME extensions without needing to go to the ‘Installed Extensions’ page of the official GNOME Extensions website in a compatible web browser. Covering the recent Dash to Dock update we learned that not everyone knew that GNOME extension preferences […]

This post, How To Use the Hidden GNOME Shell Extensions Prefs App, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ulauncher is a Lightweight App Launcher for Linux Desktops

Saturday 18th of February 2017 02:57:45 PM

Launcher is a lightweight python-based application launcher for Linux that is also able to find files and folders and conduct Google searches.

This post, Ulauncher is a Lightweight App Launcher for Linux Desktops, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Radiotray-NG: A Simple Radio Player for Ubuntu

Friday 17th of February 2017 03:19:20 PM

Radiotray-NG is a simple radio player for Ubuntu that runs from the system tray. You can add stations, view track metadata, and more.

This post, Radiotray-NG: A Simple Radio Player for Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Over 3,000 Linux Games Are Now Available on Steam

Friday 17th of February 2017 02:29:00 PM

More than 3,000 Linux games are available on Steam according to numbers listed by the Steam ‘Linux’ Store page, and things show no sign of slowing down.

This post, Over 3,000 Linux Games Are Now Available on Steam, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Released, Available to Download Now

Friday 17th of February 2017 11:35:26 AM

Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS is now available to download. Among the changes is a new hardware enablement stack with Linux kernel 4.8.

This post, Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS Released, Available to Download Now, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Snap URL Support Is Coming to Ubuntu Software

Thursday 16th of February 2017 09:24:02 PM

The little screenshot nestled to the left of this text contains something that makes us very happy. It’s a change-log for GNOME Software that mentions handler support for opening Snappy URLs is on the way. Why do we find that exciting? Allow me to explain. You may have noticed that when we write about a new Snap app […]

This post, Snap URL Support Is Coming to Ubuntu Software, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

HITMAN ‘The Complete First Season’ Out Now for Linux

Thursday 16th of February 2017 06:09:27 PM

HITMAN, the latest entry the popular Hitman franchise, is available to buy and play on Linux from today. Surprised? You should be! This HITMAN Linux release is the first game in this popular 16 year-old series to be released on the platform. “Become the Master Assassin in this intense spy-thriller story. As Agent 47 you perform contract hits […]

This post, HITMAN ‘The Complete First Season’ Out Now for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GPD Pocket, the 7-Inch Ubuntu Laptop, Has Raised $700k in 24 Hours

Thursday 16th of February 2017 03:08:23 PM

The GPD Pocket has only been live on IndieGoGo for 24 hours, but it's has already amassed a staggering $700,000 — $500,000 more than it was seeking!

This post, GPD Pocket, the 7-Inch Ubuntu Laptop, Has Raised $700k in 24 Hours, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Transit Route Planning Is Coming to GNOME Maps

Thursday 16th of February 2017 01:23:33 PM

Transit routing features are headed to GNOME Maps, the open-source desktop map app for Linux. GNOME developer Marcus Lundblad detailed the upcoming changes, which will include the ability to reverse routes, in a blog post. The feature is expected to debut as part of the app with the release of GNOME 3.24, which is due for release […]

This post, Transit Route Planning Is Coming to GNOME Maps, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install Firefox Nightly as a Flatpak App on Ubuntu

Wednesday 15th of February 2017 05:51:10 PM

We show you how to set-up Flatpak on Ubuntu to install the latest Firefox Nightly build. If you've been keen to try Flatpak out, here's how!

This post, How to Install Firefox Nightly as a Flatpak App on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Whatever is an Unofficial Evernote App for Linux

Wednesday 15th of February 2017 02:05:35 PM

Evernote is practically a by-word for being well organised and super productive — and not just in the minds of its 100 million users but among those who, like me, aspire to be. But with no official Evernote Linux app available it’s been left to the community to plug the productivity gap with unofficial alternatives, like NixNote, EverPad, NeverNote, and the Ubuntu Touch notes […]

This post, Whatever is an Unofficial Evernote App for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Flatpak Update Enhances OpenGL Driver Support

Wednesday 15th of February 2017 12:18:14 PM

The latest stable update to Flatpak, the distro-agnostic, decentralised, and open-source application packaging and distribution format  Flatpak 0.8.3 provides OpenGL support that will allow Flatpak apps to work with so-called “out-of-tree” OpenGL drivers, like Nvidia’s, out of the box. “In addition to the regular list of bugfixes, this stable release include backports of the updated OpenGL […]

This post, Flatpak Update Enhances OpenGL Driver Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GPD Pocket, The 7-Inch Ubuntu Laptop is Now Live on IndieGoGo

Wednesday 15th of February 2017 11:15:38 AM

Crowdfunding for the GPD Pocket is underway on IndieGoGo, and the good news is that it has already smashed through its $200,000 goal.

This post, GPD Pocket, The 7-Inch Ubuntu Laptop is Now Live on IndieGoGo, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ukuu Makes it Easy to Install Mainline Linux Kernels on Ubuntu

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 05:02:09 PM

Ever wondered how to install new kernel releases on Ubuntu? Using Ukuu (which stands for ‘Ubuntu Kernel Update Utility’) is one way to do it. This straightforward desktop app help you install a new kernel in Ubuntu, Linux Mint, and other Ubuntu-based distributions, using the “mainline” kernels published by Canonical. But before you jump ahead in pursuit of shiny […]

This post, Ukuu Makes it Easy to Install Mainline Linux Kernels on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

6 Reasons Why I Love Using KDE Connect on Ubuntu

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 02:27:00 PM

I love using KDE Connect on Ubuntu with the app's indicator applet. It's the easiest way to connect my Android phone to my Linux desktop.

This post, 6 Reasons Why I Love Using KDE Connect on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Skype Say Linux App Will Work Past March 1 (For Now)

Tuesday 14th of February 2017 11:14:51 AM

Skype has apologised for telling Linux users it was about to retire support for its Skype Qt client, assuring users the VoIP will continue to work for the near future.

This post, Skype Say Linux App Will Work Past March 1 (For Now), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Software

Linux and FOSS Events

  • Debian SunCamp 2017 Is Taking Place May 18-21 in the Province of Girona, Spain
    It looks like last year's Debian SunCamp event for Debian developers was a total success and Martín Ferrari is back with a new proposal that should take place later this spring during four days full of hacking, socializing, and fun. That's right, we're talking about Debian SunCamp 2017, an event any Debian developer, contributor, or user can attend to meet his or hers Debian buddies, hack together on new projects or improve existing ones by sharing their knowledge, plan upcoming features and discuss ideas for the Debian GNU/Linux operating system.
  • Pieter Hintjens In Memoriam
    Pieter Hintjens was a writer, programmer and thinker who has spent decades building large software systems and on-line communities, which he describes as "Living Systems". He was an expert in distributed computing, having written over 30 protocols and distributed software systems. He designed AMQP in 2004, and founded the ZeroMQ free software project in 2007. He was the author of the O'Reilly ZeroMQ book, "Culture and Empire", "The Psychopath Code", "Social Architecture", and "Confessions of a Necromancer". He was the president of the Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), and fought the software patent directive and the standardisation of the Microsoft OOXML Office format. He also organized the Internet of Things (IOT) Devroom here at FOSDEM for the last 3 years. In April 2016 he was diagnosed with terminal metastasis of a previous cancer.
  • foss-gbg on Wednesday
    The topics are Yocto Linux on FPGA-based hardware, risk and license management in open source projects and a product release by the local start-up Zifra (an encryptable SD-card). More information and free tickets are available at the foss-gbg site.

Leftovers: OSS

  • When Open Source Meets the Enterprise
    Open source solutions have long been an option for the enterprise, but lately it seems they are becoming more of a necessity for advanced data operations than merely a luxury for IT techs who like to play with code. While it’s true that open platforms tend to provide a broader feature set compared to their proprietary brethren, due to their larger and more diverse development communities, this often comes at the cost of increased operational complexity. At a time when most enterprises are looking to shed their responsibilities for infrastructure and architecture to focus instead on core money-making services, open source requires a fairly high level of in-house technical skill. But as data environments become more distributed and reliant upon increasingly complex compilations of third-party systems, open source can provide at least a base layer of commonality for resources that support a given distribution.
  • EngineerBetter CTO: the logical truth about software 'packaging'
    Technologies such as Docker have blended these responsibilities, causing developers to need to care about what operating system and native libraries are available to their applications – after years of the industry striving for more abstraction and increased decoupling!
  • What will we do when everything is automated?
    Just translate the term "productivity of American factories" into the word "automation" and you get the picture. Other workers are not taking jobs away from the gainfully employed, machines are. This is not a new trend. It's been going on since before Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin. Industry creates machines that do the work of humans faster, cheaper, with more accuracy and with less failure. That's the nature of industry—nothing new here. However, what is new is the rate by which the displacement of human beings from the workforce in happening.
  • Want OpenStack benefits? Put your private cloud plan in place first
    The open source software promises hard-to-come-by cloud standards and no vendor lock-in, says Forrester's Lauren Nelson. But there's more to consider -- including containers.
  • Set the Agenda at OpenStack Summit Boston
    The next OpenStack Summit is just three months away now, and as is their custom, the organizers have once again invited you–the OpenStack Community–to vote on which presentations will and will not be featured at the event.
  • What’s new in the world of OpenStack Ambassadors
    Ambassadors act as liaisons between multiple User Groups, the Foundation and the community in their regions. Launched in 2013, the OpenStack Ambassador program aims to create a framework of community leaders to sustainably expand the reach of OpenStack around the world.
  • Boston summit preview, Ambassador program updates, and more OpenStack news

Proprietary Traps and Openwashing

  • Integrate ONLYOFFICE Online Editors with ownCloud [Ed: Proprietary software latches onto FOSS]
    ONLYOFFICE editors and ownCloud is the match made in heaven, wrote once one of our users. Inspired by this idea, we developed an integration app for you to use our online editors in ownCloud web interface.
  • Microsoft India projects itself as open source champion, says AI is the next step [Ed: Microsoft bribes to sabotage FOSS and blackmails it with patents; calls itself "open source"]
  • Open Source WSO2 IoT Server Advances Integration and Analytic Capabilities
    WSO2 has announced a new, fully-open-source WSO2 Internet of Things Server edition that "lowers the barriers to delivering enterprise-grad IoT and mobile solutions."
  • SAP license fees are due even for indirect users, court says
    SAP's named-user licensing fees apply even to related applications that only offer users indirect visibility of SAP data, a U.K. judge ruled Thursday in a case pitting SAP against Diageo, the alcoholic beverage giant behind Smirnoff vodka and Guinness beer. The consequences could be far-reaching for businesses that have integrated their customer-facing systems with an SAP database, potentially leaving them liable for license fees for every customer that accesses their online store. "If any SAP systems are being indirectly triggered, even if incidentally, and from anywhere in the world, then there are uncategorized and unpriced costs stacking up in the background," warned Robin Fry, a director at software licensing consultancy Cerno Professional Services, who has been following the case.
  • “Active Hours” in Windows 10 emphasizes how you are not in control of your own devices
    No edition of Windows 10, except Professional and Enterprise, is expected to function for more than 12 hours of the day. Microsoft most generously lets you set a block of 12 hours where you’re in control of the system, and will reserve the remaining 12 hours for it’s own purposes. How come we’re all fine with this? Windows 10 introduced the concept of “Active Hours”, a period of up to 12 hours when you expect to use the device, meant to reflect your work hours. The settings for changing the device’s active hours is hidden away among Windows Update settings, and it poorly fits with today’s lifestyles. Say you use your PC in the afternoon and into the late evening during the work week, but use it from morning to early afternoon in the weekends. You can’t fit all those hours nor accommodate home office hours in a period of just 12 hours. We’re always connected, and expect our devices to always be there for us when we need them.
  • Chrome 57 Will Permanently Enable DRM
    The next stable version of Chrome (Chrome 57) will not allow users to disable the Widevine DRM plugin anymore, therefore making it an always-on, permanent feature of Chrome. The new version of Chrome will also eliminate the “chrome://plugins” internal URL, which means if you want to disable Flash, you’ll have to do it from the Settings page.