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Skype for Linux Alpha 1.3 Released With Small Bug Fixes

4 hours 18 min ago

A small bug fix update to Skype for Linux alpha is now available, and fixes, among many changes, errant close to tray behaviour on the Cinnamon desktop.

This post, Skype for Linux Alpha 1.3 Released With Small Bug Fixes, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This is Lubuntu 16.10’s New Default Wallpaper

7 hours 26 min ago

The default wallpaper of Lubuntu 16.10 — yes, that's Lubuntu, with an 'l' — has been unveiled — but will fans of the lightweight Ubuntu spin like it?

This post, This is Lubuntu 16.10’s New Default Wallpaper, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

New Version of Linux Pandora Client ‘Pithos’ Released

9 hours 20 min ago

A new release of open-source Linux Pandora client Pithos is now available for download.

This post, New Version of Linux Pandora Client ‘Pithos’ Released, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2 Is Available to Download Now

10 hours 29 min ago

The second alpha release of the Ubuntu 16.10 development cycle is now available for download, with Lubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin and Ubuntu MATE taking part.

This post, Ubuntu 16.10 Alpha 2 Is Available to Download Now, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Anatine’ Is a Simple Desktop Twitter App for Linux

11 hours 5 min ago

Anatine describes itself as a 'pristine Twitter app for Linux', but is it anything more than a wrapper around the mobile website?

This post, ‘Anatine’ Is a Simple Desktop Twitter App for Linux, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

PSA: Ubuntu 15.10 Hits End of Life Today

Thursday 28th of July 2016 12:08:09 AM

It's time to wave a weary goodbye to the Wily Werewolf, as Ubuntu 15.10 support ends today.

This post, PSA: Ubuntu 15.10 Hits End of Life Today, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Gradio Lets You Listen to Radio Stations on the Linux Desktop

Wednesday 27th of July 2016 01:59:00 PM

Gradio is a simple radio player app for Linux. It lets you browse, search and listen to radio stations without needing to use a browser or enter a stream URL.

This post, Gradio Lets You Listen to Radio Stations on the Linux Desktop, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Linux Deepin File Manager Is a Thing of Beauty

Wednesday 27th of July 2016 11:46:26 AM

China-based Linux distro Deepin has shown off its all-new desktop file manager. And to say it's pretty is an understatement.

This post, The Linux Deepin File Manager Is a Thing of Beauty, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu OTA 12, Latest Update to Ubuntu Phone, Rolling Out Now

Wednesday 27th of July 2016 10:41:04 AM

Ubuntu OTA-12, the latest update for Ubuntu Phone and Tablet, has begun roll out. We show you what's new.

This post, Ubuntu OTA 12, Latest Update to Ubuntu Phone, Rolling Out Now, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Canonical Takes a Seat On The Document Foundation’s Advisory Board

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 05:01:13 PM

Canonical has joined the project advisory board for The Document Foundation, the non-profit organization who shepherd development of LibreOffice.

This post, Canonical Takes a Seat On The Document Foundation’s Advisory Board, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Set a Real Time Photo of Earth as Your Linux Desktop Wallpaper

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 01:05:33 PM

Bored of looking at the same desktop background? Why not try this.

This post, Set a Real Time Photo of Earth as Your Linux Desktop Wallpaper, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Check Pokémon Go Server Status on Ubuntu

Tuesday 26th of July 2016 11:34:47 AM

Playing Pokemon Go? This indicator applet for Ubuntu tells you when the game's servers are up and running so you can head out and catch ’em all.

This post, How To Check Pokémon Go Server Status on Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Messaging Service ‘Wire’ Goes Open-Source, Invites Devs to Build Clients

Monday 25th of July 2016 05:10:45 PM

Encrypted text, voice and audio calling service Wire has gone open-source, releasing the code for everything devs need to build their own apps that interface with the service.

This post, Messaging Service ‘Wire’ Goes Open-Source, Invites Devs to Build Clients, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

WMail Is a Desktop App For Gmail (And Yes, It Supports Linux)

Monday 25th of July 2016 12:55:57 PM

Wmail is a free, open-source desktop app for Gmail that offers notifications, unread badges and multiple account support.

This post, WMail Is a Desktop App For Gmail (And Yes, It Supports Linux), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Battery Monitor Offers Ubuntu Notifications for Battery Events

Monday 25th of July 2016 11:01:34 AM

It doesn’t matter what sort of portable device you use, from laptop, to tablet, to phone: you know how crucial it is to monitor battery life. Ubuntu ships with a battery applet, Indicator-Power, that is visible in the system tray area. It gives you a simple, easy way to gauge your current battery level, check charge information, […]

This post, Battery Monitor Offers Ubuntu Notifications for Battery Events, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

What Apps Do You Wish Linux Had, Or Can’t Find a Replacement For?

Sunday 24th of July 2016 08:49:08 PM

If you could magically, instantly, create any sort of app for the Linux desktop right now, what would it be?

This post, What Apps Do You Wish Linux Had, Or Can’t Find a Replacement For?, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Skype For Linux Alpha Adds ‘Close to Tray’, Call Settings, More

Sunday 24th of July 2016 03:49:10 PM

A new version of Skype for Linux (alpha) is available to download. The update brings a number of much-needed fixes, and some new features.

This post, Skype For Linux Alpha Adds ‘Close to Tray’, Call Settings, More, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Minimalist Web Browser ‘Min’ Sees New Release

Sunday 24th of July 2016 11:27:40 AM

The Min browser project has picked up a new update. Version 1.4 of the open-source, cross-platform web browser adds browser actions and full-text search.

This post, Minimalist Web Browser ‘Min’ Sees New Release, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Three Years Ago Today Ubuntu Made Its Biggest Gamble

Friday 22nd of July 2016 04:59:26 PM

It's three years to the day since Canonical launched the most audacious crowdfunding campaign in history.

This post, Three Years Ago Today Ubuntu Made Its Biggest Gamble, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Adobe Style Icons For 10 Open-Source Creative Apps

Friday 22nd of July 2016 03:30:04 PM

Back in April I spotlighted a pair of Adobe style icons for GIMP and Inkscape — and a bunch of you really liked them. Well, hold on to your wobbly bits because the maker of those icons is back, and the icon pack has expanded to cover 10 of the most popular open-source creative apps: GIMP Inkscape Krita Darktable Ardour Audacity OpenShot Kdenlive […]

This post, Adobe Style Icons For 10 Open-Source Creative Apps, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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