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OpenShot Adds Animated Video Masking, New Video Presets

Sunday 23rd of September 2018 01:30:57 PM

A new version of the open source video editor OpenShot is now available for download — the first update to the app since July.  Among plenty of other changes OpenShot 2.4.3 adds support for creating animated masks and transitions using images and videos. This adds a real creative flexibility to the editor, allowing creative types to construct more imaginative […]

This post, OpenShot Adds Animated Video Masking, New Video Presets, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LibreOffice Getting Started Guide Available to Download

Saturday 22nd of September 2018 02:09:11 PM

Want to learn to use free office software LibreOffice? A new downloadable guide is on hand to help. The LibreOffice documentation team has announced a new version of the ‘Getting Started Guide’, which offers “concise and pointed introductory text for LibreOffice applications”, including Writer and Presentation. The suite ‘introduces’ the core modules of the suite, including […]

This post, LibreOffice Getting Started Guide Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Elementary OS Juno Beta 2 Released

Friday 21st of September 2018 11:17:24 PM

Elementary OS June beta 2 is now available to download. This second beta build of the Ubuntu-based Linux distribution touts a number of changes over the elementary OS june beta released back in July. Due to the shifting sands on which Juno is built the elementary team advise those planning on testing the release to do so […]

This post, Elementary OS Juno Beta 2 Released, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 14.04 Snags Extended Security Maintenance Support

Thursday 20th of September 2018 01:23:15 PM

Canonical has confirmed that Ubuntu 14.04 Extended Security Maintenance (ESM) support will be available from next year. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ‘Trusty Tahr’ will reach end of life (EOL) in April 2019, but Canonical is aware that not everyone running or relying on the release is in a position to upgrade right away. Which is where […]

This post, Ubuntu 14.04 Snags Extended Security Maintenance Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Microsoft Announce Enhanced Version of Ubuntu 18.04 for Hyper-V

Tuesday 18th of September 2018 01:40:33 PM

A New Hyper-V Quick Create Gallery Ubuntu 18.04 image has been released. It allows users to run Ubuntu on Windows 10 as a virtual machine.

This post, Microsoft Announce Enhanced Version of Ubuntu 18.04 for Hyper-V, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

SMPlayer Makes It Easy to Stream Videos from Your PC to Android Phone

Monday 17th of September 2018 05:22:57 PM

The latest version of open source media player SMPlayer lets you stream video from your PC to Android phone or tablet — all with a single click! The handy feature means you can watch video on your computer from your phone with minimal effort as no uploading, no downloading, and no subscriptions are required. All you need […]

This post, SMPlayer Makes It Easy to Stream Videos from Your PC to Android Phone, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Slimbook Kymera Aqua is a Powerful Water-Cooled Linux PC

Friday 14th of September 2018 01:11:23 PM

A pair of powerful new Linux PCs have gone on sale from Spanish company Slimbook, including a high-end liquid-cooled illuminated rig. Best known for its range of Linux laptops, like the KDE-branded KDE Slimbook, the new The Slimbook Kymera is the first proper desktop Linux PC line the company has offered – assuming we discount its […]

This post, Slimbook Kymera Aqua is a Powerful Water-Cooled Linux PC, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Wobbly Windows Are Making a Comeback

Thursday 13th of September 2018 02:20:05 PM

Wobbly windows and other animated desktop effects could return to Ubuntu thanks to the 'libanimation' project created by a former Compiz developer.

This post, Wobbly Windows Are Making a Comeback, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

WPS Office Update Now Available to Download for Ubuntu

Tuesday 11th of September 2018 02:46:26 PM

An updated version of WPS Office for Linux is available to download for Ubuntu and other Linux distributions. The popular China-based office suite (formerly known as Kingsoft Office) is not open source but it is free to download and to use. A handful of features (including cloud backup) are only available to users with a […]

This post, WPS Office Update Now Available to Download for Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: Firefox, Nextcloud, Nano + More

Sunday 9th of September 2018 11:23:42 PM

The Linux landscape exists in a state of constant flux, with new distro releases, kernels, apps and other updates appearing all the time. In our Linux Release Roundup series we collate the latest app, software and distro releases (as well as other relevant software updates) released over the past 7 days in to an easily parseable […]

This post, Linux Release Roundup: Firefox, Nextcloud, Nano + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Life Is Strange: Before the Storm’ Linux Release Date Set

Thursday 6th of September 2018 01:27:37 PM

Episodic adventure game ‘Life is Strange: Before the Storm’ has a Linux release date. Games porting company Feral Interactive has revealed that the award-winning title will be released on Linux and macOS on September 13. Developed by Deck Nine, the game was released by Square Enix for Xbox One, PS4 and Windows in 2017 in three episodes. […]

This post, ‘Life Is Strange: Before the Storm’ Linux Release Date Set, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The GNOME 3.32 Release Date is Set

Wednesday 5th of September 2018 11:32:49 PM

The GNOME 3.32 release date has been set, with the full release schedule for the next development also finalised.  Yes, I know: the GNOME 3.30 release literally only just arrived, but development doesn’t stop. So to save you asking “when is GNOME 3.32 released” — read on. GNOME 3.32 Release Schedule The release schedule for the GNOME […]

This post, The GNOME 3.32 Release Date is Set, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Best New Features in GNOME 3.30

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 11:48:18 PM

With GNOME 3.30 released, we roundup the best new features the GNOME 3.30 upgrade has to offer. The 35th stable release of the free, open-source GNOME desktop environment to date, GNOME 3.30 arrives six months after GNOME 3.28 was released. And with an approximate 24,845 changes in all, GNOME 3.30 offers both major new features and smaller improvements. GNOME 3.30 will ship […]

This post, The Best New Features in GNOME 3.30, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

See Canonical’s Mockups for a Major ‘Software Center’ Revamp

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 03:57:47 PM

A major redesign of the Ubuntu Software app has been proposed by Canonical. The planned overhaul, hammered out at a design sprint hosted by the company back in June, wants to make it easier for you, me, and everyone else to “discover” more new apps, more often than we currently do. A series of mockups […]

This post, See Canonical’s Mockups for a Major ‘Software Center’ Revamp, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dash to Dock v64 Released with Support for GNOME 3.30

Tuesday 4th of September 2018 12:46:11 PM

A new version of the popular Dash to Dock GNOME Shell extension has been released — but don’t get too excited. Dash to Dock v64 is the first update to the icon-based task bar since April, but only sports a modest set of changes. It includes compatibility with the brand new GNOME 3.30 release, as well […]

This post, Dash to Dock v64 Released with Support for GNOME 3.30, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Tracktion 7 Digital Audio Workstation is Now a Free Download

Monday 3rd of September 2018 01:59:03 PM

T7 DAW is FREE to download for Windows, Mac and Linux. If you're on hunt for free DAW software you should definitely check this professional-grade app out.

This post, Tracktion 7 Digital Audio Workstation is Now a Free Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: VLC, Wireshark, Geary + More

Sunday 2nd of September 2018 02:51:28 PM

The Linux landscape exists in a state of constant flux, with new distro releases, kernels, apps and other updates appearing all the time. In our Linux Release Roundup series we try to collate the notable new app, software and distro releases and other key software updates released during the past 7 days. This week’s highlights include […]

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

Ubuntu 18.10 Won’t Include Android Integration After All

Thursday 30th of August 2018 11:06:51 PM

Always possibility, and now sadly confirmed: Ubuntu 18.10 won’t ship with Android phone integration out of the box. The feature, provided by the GSconnect GNOME Shell extension, a Qt-free implementation of the KDE Connect service, was proposed for inclusion in Ubuntu 18.10 early on in the development cycle by Ubuntu desktop manager Will Cooke. Like many, we […]

This post, Ubuntu 18.10 Won’t Include Android Integration After All, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dell Unveils its Cheapest XPS 13 Yet

Wednesday 29th of August 2018 01:28:07 PM

The Dell XPS 9370 is now available with an 8th-en Intel Core i3 processor, making the laptop more affordable without shirking on decent performance.

This post, Dell Unveils its Cheapest XPS 13 Yet, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Mozilla: Privacy, R.I.P., and Consent Management at Mozfest 2018

  • Firefox collects data on you through hidden add-ons

    Mozilla, the organisation that produces the Firefox browser and makes a loud noise about its open source credentials, is quietly collecting telemetry data on its users by the use of hidden add-ons, even though publicly visible telemetry controls are not selected.

  • R.I.P., Charles W. Moore, a fine man who liked fine Macs
    A farewell and au revoir to a great gentleman in making the most of your old Mac, Charles W. Moore, who passed away at his home in rural Canada on September 16 after a long illness. Mr Moore was an early fan of TenFourFox, even back in the old bad Firefox 4 beta days, and he really made his famous Pismo PowerBook G3 systems work hard for it.
  • Consent management at Mozfest 2018
    Good news. It looks like we're having a consent management mini-conference as part of Mozfest next month. (I'm one of the organizers for the Global Consent Manager session, and plan to attend the others.)

Android Leftovers

LibreOffice: A history of document freedom

My reminiscing led me to reach out to the Document Foundation, which governs LibreOffice, to learn more about the history of this open source productivity software. The Document Foundation's team told me that "StarWriter, the ancestor of the LibreOffice suite, was developed as proprietary software by Marco Börries, a German student, to write his high school final thesis." He formed a company called Star Division to develop the software. In 1999, Sun Microsystems bought Star Division for $73.5 million, changed the software's name to OpenOffice.org, and released the code as open source. Anyone could download the office suite at no charge for personal use. The Document Foundation told me, "For almost 10 years, the software was developed under Sun stewardship, from version 1.0 to version 3.2. It started with a dual license—LGPL and the proprietary SISSL (Sun Industry Standard Software License)—but it evolved to pure LGPL from version 2.0." Read more

Learn the 37 most frequently used shortcuts in GIMP

GIMP is a fantastic artist's tool for editing digital images, especially with the bevy of impressive features in the recent release of version 2.10. Of course, like all creative applications, you can get working more quickly if you can make yourself familiar with the various keyboard shortcuts and hotkeys available. GIMP, of course, gives you the ability to customize these shortcuts to match what you're personally comfortable with. However, the default shortcuts that GIMP ships with are impressive and generally easy to get used to. This cheat sheet is not an exhaustive list of all of the defaults GIMP has available. Instead, it covers the most frequently used shortcuts so you can get to work as fast as possible. Plus, there should be a few in here that make you aware of a few features that maybe you weren't aware of. Read more