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Udisks Indicator Makes Monitoring and Mounting Drives Easy on Ubuntu

6 hours 58 min ago

Want to get quick, at-a-glance details about your connected drives while on Ubuntu? A new indicator applet aims to help. UDisks-Indicator is a small panel-based applet that shows disk usage information about mounted partitions. It’s being developed by the creator of the (very handy) Unity Launcher List indicator. Udisks Indicator is inspired by the iStat Menu 3 menulet, a small […]

This post, Udisks Indicator Makes Monitoring and Mounting Drives Easy on Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Spotify Web Player for Linux Adds Media Key Support, Improved Customisation

8 hours 55 min ago

A new version of Spotify Web Player for Linux, a desktop app that integrates the web-based version of the music streaming site with your Linux desktop, is available to download.

This post, Spotify Web Player for Linux Adds Media Key Support, Improved Customisation, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

2 Very Colorful Linux Icon Themes, Both Newly Updated

13 hours 7 min ago

If you find yourself wishing your Ubuntu desktop had a splash more color do check out the two icon themes featured inside.

This post, 2 Very Colorful Linux Icon Themes, Both Newly Updated, was written by Scott Bouvier and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 16.10 Flavors: Beta 2 Downloads Now Available

17 hours 3 min ago

Sneaking out alongside the main Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 release are beta builds from the rest of the Ubuntu family.

This post, Ubuntu 16.10 Flavors: Beta 2 Downloads Now Available, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 16.10 Beta 2 Now Available to Download

17 hours 13 min ago

The first (and final) beta release in the Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak development cycle. What's new? We take a look…

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

That App Floats YouTube Videos on the Linux Desktop

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 08:17:32 PM

Looking for a neat-o way to play YouTube playlists on your desktop, outside your browser? Take a looksie at Yout, an Electron app that lets you add and watch YouTube playlists on your desktop, floating window stylee. Yout is not the most user-friendly of apps. The first time you run it you won’t be entirely sure how you […]

This post, That App Floats YouTube Videos on the Linux Desktop, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Stylish Markdown Editor ‘Typora’ Is Now Available for Ubuntu

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 06:31:23 PM

In the market for a desktop markdown editor for Linux? You may have helped but notice that you’re rather spoilt for choice. From Abricotine and Scratch to Simplenote, Springseed and Remarkable. Even Gedit can render markdown with the right plugin! With so much choice it can be difficult to know which app to pick. Well, the choice isn’t about […]

This post, Stylish Markdown Editor ‘Typora’ Is Now Available for Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Rambox Puts All Your Favorite Messaging Services In One App

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 01:21:40 PM

It may sound like a memory-management tool, but Rambox is actually a handy way to group all of your messaging and e-mail services in one window.

This post, Rambox Puts All Your Favorite Messaging Services In One App, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

New Version of Audacious Music Player Released

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 12:32:21 PM

A new version of Audacious, a popular lightweight audio player, is now available for download.

This post, New Version of Audacious Music Player Released, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Etcher Image Writer Is Now Better Than Ever

Tuesday 27th of September 2016 11:08:02 AM

Back in may we spotlighted Etcher, a stylish open-source USB image writer app for Windows, macOS and Linux. In the months since our feature the app has released a over 10 small beta updates, with Etcher 1.5 Beta being the most recent release at the time of writing. The app is described as “a powerful OS image flasher built […]

This post, Etcher Image Writer Is Now Better Than Ever, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox Reader Mode is Finally Getting a Keyboard Shortcut

Monday 26th of September 2016 07:26:49 PM

Among the changes which arrived in the September release of Firefox 49 were an enhanced set of Reader Mode features, including spoken narration and line-width spacing options.  All very welcome. But the improvements aren’t stopping there. Firefox 50, which is due next month, will add another sorely needed feature: a keyboard shortcut for Reader Mode. Yes, I know, I know. You can […]

This post, Firefox Reader Mode is Finally Getting a Keyboard Shortcut, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Indicator Sound Switcher Makes Switching Audio Devices on Ubuntu a Snap

Monday 26th of September 2016 12:54:12 PM

Indicator Sound Switcher makes it easy to switch between multiple audio input and output devices on the Ubuntu desktop.

This post, Indicator Sound Switcher Makes Switching Audio Devices on Ubuntu a Snap, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

3 Awesome Themes For Plank, The Linux Dock App

Monday 26th of September 2016 11:43:37 AM

Plenty of people use the desktop dock Plank on their Linux desktop — and for good reason. Plank is a nimble, customisable desktop dock for Linux desktops. It supports Unity quick lists, app badging (aka ‘unread counts’), and hover effects;  it supports a small set of of “dockets”, and lets you easily pin and rearrange dock items without needing […]

This post, 3 Awesome Themes For Plank, The Linux Dock App, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GTK Radio Player ‘Gradio’ Gets New Beta Release, Gains New Features

Sunday 25th of September 2016 03:04:05 PM

A new beta release of the desktop radio player app GRadio is available for download — and it’s broadcasting a wealth of changes.  Developer Häcker Felix says the next major stable release needs to deliver ‘a rock-solid stable base for the next versions’, and to do so he needs feedback on how the app is shaping […]

This post, GTK Radio Player ‘Gradio’ Gets New Beta Release, Gains New Features, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Twitter App ‘Corebird’ Now Supports Longer Tweets

Sunday 25th of September 2016 12:40:13 PM

An updated version of the open-source desktop Twitter client Corebird is available for download.

This post, Linux Twitter App ‘Corebird’ Now Supports Longer Tweets, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

No, Google Hasn’t Killed Chromecast Support in Chromium Linux Builds

Sunday 25th of September 2016 11:33:12 AM

This week a horde of angry, pitchfork-waving readers descended upon the e-mail inbox of both OMG! sites, demanding to know why we weren’t writing about the “shocking evil” Google is waging against the open-source community. SHOCKING EVIL, PEOPLE. Firstly, Saturday is my (one) day off every week. It has been for the entire seven and a half years I’ve been doing […]

This post, No, Google Hasn’t Killed Chromecast Support in Chromium Linux Builds, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Watch The Bq M10 Ubuntu Tablet Running OTA-13

Friday 23rd of September 2016 01:08:47 PM

Ubuntu OTA-13 rolled out earlier this week with some nifty new features in tow, and you can see them in action in the following set of videos.

This post, Watch The Bq M10 Ubuntu Tablet Running OTA-13, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Make Ubuntu Speak The Time On The Hour, Every Hour

Friday 23rd of September 2016 12:13:04 PM

Talking Clock is a simple bash script that makes Ubuntu tell you the time out-loud on the hour or at a custom interval.

This post, Make Ubuntu Speak The Time On The Hour, Every Hour, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Use Wunderlist from the Command Line

Friday 23rd of September 2016 10:54:50 AM

Want to use Wunderlist on Linux, but without the overhead of a GUI? Try Wunderline, a command-line interface for the popular to-do and task management service.

This post, How To Use Wunderlist from the Command Line, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

MATE Desktop 1.6 Released With Improved GTK3 Support

Thursday 22nd of September 2016 11:14:40 AM

MATE Desktop 1.16 is said to focus on "improving GTK3+ compatibility, migrating components to newer libraries, fixing bugs and code hygiene."

This post, MATE Desktop 1.6 Released With Improved GTK3 Support, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Networking and Security

  • FAQ: What's so special about 802.11ad Wi-Fi?
    Here are the broad strokes about 802.11ad, the wireless technology that’s just starting to hit the market.
  • 2.5 and 5 Gigabit Ethernet Now Official Standards
    In 2014, multiple groups started efforts to create new mid-tier Ethernet speeds with the NBASE-T Alliance starting in October 2014 and MGBASE-T Alliance getting started a few months later in December 2014. While those groups started out on different paths, the final 802.3bz standard represents a unified protocol that is interoperable across multiple vendors. The promise of 2.5 and 5 Gbps Ethernet is that they can work over existing Cat5 cabling, which to date has only been able to support 1 Gbps. Now with the 802.3bz standard, organizations do not need to rip and replace cabling to get Ethernet that is up to five times faster. "Now, the 1000BASE-T uplink from the wireless to wired network is no longer sufficient, and users are searching for ways to tap into higher data rates without having to overhaul the 70 billion meters of Cat5e / Cat6 wiring already sold," David Chalupsky, board of directors of the Ethernet Alliance and Intel principal engineer, said in a statement. "IEEE 802.3bz is an elegant solution that not only addresses the demand for faster access to rapidly rising data volumes, but also capitalizes on previous infrastructure investments, thereby extending their life and maximizing value."
  • A quick fix for stupid password reset questions
    It didn’t take 500 million hacked Yahoo accounts to make me hate, hate, hate password reset questions (otherwise known as knowledge-based authentication or KBA). It didn't help when I heard that password reset questions and answers -- which are often identical, required, and reused on other websites -- were compromised in that massive hack, too. Is there any security person or respected security guidance that likes them? They are so last century. What is your mother’s maiden name? What is your favorite color? What was your first pet’s name?
  • French hosting provider hit by DDoS close to 1TBps
    A hosting provider in France has been hit by a distributed denial of service attack that went close to one terabyte per second. Concurrent attacks against OVH clocked in at 990GBps. The attack vector is said to be the same Internet-of-Things botnet of 152,464 devices that brought down the website of security expert Brian Krebs. OVH chief technology officer Octave Klaba tweeted that the network was capable of attacks up to 1.5TBps.
  • Latest IoT DDoS Attack Dwarfs Krebs Takedown At Nearly 1Tbps Driven By 150K Devices
    If you thought that the massive DDoS attack earlier this month on Brian Krebs’ security blog was record-breaking, take a look at what just happened to France-based hosting provider OVH. OVH was the victim of a wide-scale DDoS attack that was carried via network of over 152,000 IoT devices. According to OVH founder and CTO Octave Klaba, the DDoS attack reached nearly 1 Tbps at its peak. Of those IoT devices participating in the DDoS attack, they were primarily comprised of CCTV cameras and DVRs. Many of these types devices' network settings are improperly configured, which leaves them ripe for the picking for hackers that would love to use them to carry our destructive attacks.

Android Leftovers

  • Goodbye QWERTY: BlackBerry stops making hardware
    BlackBerry CEO John Chen has been hinting at this move for almost a year now: today BlackBerry announced it will no longer design hardware. Say goodbye to all the crazy hardware QWERTY devices, ultra-wide phones, and unique slider designs. Speaking to investors, BlackBerry CEO John Chen described the move as a "pivot to software," saying, "The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners. This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested capital." The "Outsourcing to partners" plan is something we've already seen with the "BlackBerry" DTEK50, which was just a rebranded Alcatel Idol 4. Chen is now betting the future of the company on software, saying, "In Q2, we more than doubled our software revenue year over year and delivered the highest gross margin in the company's history. We also completed initial shipments of BlackBerry Radar, an end-to-end asset tracking system, and signed a strategic licensing agreement to drive global growth in our BBM consumer business." BlackBerry never effectively responded to the 2007 launch of the iPhone and the resulting transition to modern touchscreen smartphones. BlackBerry took swings with devices like the BlackBerry Storm in 2008, its first touchscreen phone; and the BlackBerry Z10 in 2013, the first BlackBerry phone with an OS designed for touch, but neither caught on. BlackBerry's first viable competitor to the iPhone didn't arrive until it finally switched to Android in 2015 with the BlackBerry Priv. It was the first decent BlackBerry phone in some time, but the high price and subpar hardware led to poor sales.
  • Oracle's 'Gamechanger' Evidence Really Just Evidence Of Oracle Lawyers Failing To Read
    Then on to the main show: Oracle's claim that Google hid the plans to make Android apps work on Chrome OS. Google had revealed to Oracle its "App Runtime for Chrome" (ARC) setup, and it was discussed by Oracle's experts, but at Google I/O, Google revealed new plans for apps to run in Chrome OS that were not using ARC, but rather a brand new setup, which Google internally referred to as ARC++. Oracle argued that Google only revealed to them ARC, but not ARC++ and that was super relevant to the fair use argument, because it showed that Android was replacing more than just the mobile device market for Java. But, here's Oracle's big problem: Google had actually revealed to Oracle the plans for ARC++. It appears that Oracle's lawyers just missed that fact. Ouch.
  • Understanding Android's balance between openness and security
    At the 2016 Structure Security conference, Google's Adrian Ludwig talked about the balance between keeping Android as open as possible, while also keeping it secure.
  • Google's Nougat Android update hits the sweet spot: Software 'isn't flashy, but still pretty handy'
    Nougat, Google's latest update of its Android smartphone software, isn't particularly flashy; you might not even notice what's different about it at first. But it offers a number of practical time-saving features, plus a few that could save money — and perhaps even your life. Nougat is starting to appear on phones, including new ones expected from Google next week.
  • How to change the home screen launcher on Android
  • Andromeda: Chrome OS and Android will merge
  • Sale of Kodi 'fully-loaded' streaming boxes faces legal test
  • Android boxes: Middlesbrough man to be first to be prosecuted for selling streaming kits

Endless OS 3.0 is out!

So our latest and greatest Endless OS is out with the new 3.0 version series! The shiny new things include the use of Flatpak to manage the applications; a new app center (GNOME Software); a new icon set; a new Windows installer that gives you the possibility of installing Endless OS in dual-boot; and many bug fixes. Read more

Expandable, outdoor IoT gateway runs Android on i.MX6

VIA’s “Artigo A830” IoT gateway runs Android on an i.MX6 DualLite SoC and offers HDMI, GbE, microSD, numerous serial and USB ports, plus -20 to 60° operation. As the name suggests, the VIA Technologies Artigo A830 Streetwise IoT Platform is designed for outdoor Internet of Things gateway applications. These are said to include smart lockers, vending machines, information kiosks, and signage devices that run “intensive multimedia shopping, entertainment, and navigation applications.” The outdoors focus is supported with an extended -20 to 60°C operating range, as well as surge and ESD protection for surviving challenges such as a nearby lightning strike. Read more