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MPV, the Command Line Video Player, May Add a GUI

Sunday 11th of February 2018 02:00:19 PM

Command line video player MPV may soon have an official GUI.  Vincent Lang, the lead developer of the MPV media player project, has suggested the tool adopts one of the community-made MPV GUI front-ends available. The reason? To make MPV more accessible. “While most mpv developers (including myself) have no interest in developing a GUI, it could be […]

This post, MPV, the Command Line Video Player, May Add a GUI, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The 5 Coolest Things About VLC 3.0

Friday 9th of February 2018 04:03:40 PM

VLC Chromecast support arrives in VLC 3.0, as do many other features! In this post we take a look at 5 changes that make this VLC release worth downloading.

This post, The 5 Coolest Things About VLC 3.0, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The 5 Coolest Things About VLC 3.0

Friday 9th of February 2018 04:03:40 PM

VLC Chromecast support arrives in VLC 3.0, as do many other features! In this post we take a look at 5 changes that make this VLC release worth downloading.

This post, The 5 Coolest Things About VLC 3.0, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Above

Friday 9th of February 2018 03:20:53 PM

We show you how to install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Linux Mint and other distros using the reliable, upstream Libreoffice PPA.

This post, How to Install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Above, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Above

Friday 9th of February 2018 03:20:53 PM

We show you how to install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Linux Mint and other distros using the reliable, upstream Libreoffice PPA.

This post, How to Install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Above, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Could Come with Snap Apps Preinstalled

Friday 9th of February 2018 02:00:43 PM

Ubuntu devs propose shipping Snap apps by default in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, though decisions need to be made around policy and maintainability first.

This post, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Could Come with Snap Apps Preinstalled, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Could Come with Snap Apps Preinstalled

Friday 9th of February 2018 02:00:43 PM

Ubuntu devs propose shipping Snap apps by default in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, though decisions need to be made around policy and maintainability first.

This post, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Could Come with Snap Apps Preinstalled, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Quarter Window Tiling Support added to the MATE Desktop

Wednesday 7th of February 2018 08:32:29 PM

Support for quarter window tiling has been added to the MATE desktop. The feature is one of several improvements shipping in the latest stable release of the ‘retrospective’ desktop environment, which was forked from GNOME 2 back in 2011. Specifically its MATE’s window manager Marco that’s been gifted support for ‘quadrant window tiling’. Or, as some call it, […]

This post, Quarter Window Tiling Support added to the MATE Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Quarter Window Tiling Support added to the MATE Desktop

Wednesday 7th of February 2018 08:32:29 PM

Support for quarter window tiling has been added to the MATE desktop. The feature is one of several improvements shipping in the latest stable release of the ‘retrospective’ desktop environment, which was forked from GNOME 2 back in 2011. Specifically its MATE’s window manager Marco that’s been gifted support for ‘quadrant window tiling’. Or, as some call it, […]

This post, Quarter Window Tiling Support added to the MATE Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Want Longer Battery Life on Linux? Try Fedora

Wednesday 7th of February 2018 01:31:46 PM

Battery life on Linux is something of a weak spot in my opinion. It’s not abjectly terrible, but it’s not subjectively fantastic, either. So I’m stoked to hear that Red Hat (yes, them again) are hard at work trying to improve Linux battery life. Their engineers have beavered away on battery life variables to find the […]

This post, Want Longer Battery Life on Linux? Try Fedora, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Want Longer Battery Life on Linux? Try Fedora

Wednesday 7th of February 2018 01:31:46 PM

Battery life on Linux is something of a weak spot in my opinion. It’s not abjectly terrible, but it’s not subjectively fantastic, either. So I’m stoked to hear that Red Hat (yes, them again) are hard at work trying to improve Linux battery life. Their engineers have beavered away on battery life variables to find the […]

This post, Want Longer Battery Life on Linux? Try Fedora, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Missing Microsoft Office? Try SoftMaker Office 2018 for Linux

Wednesday 7th of February 2018 12:47:13 AM

Softmaker 2018 for Linux is now available to download. The office suite includes native support for Microsoft office documents, and a new Ribbon UI.

This post, Missing Microsoft Office? Try SoftMaker Office 2018 for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Missing Microsoft Office? Try SoftMaker Office 2018 for Linux

Wednesday 7th of February 2018 12:47:13 AM

Softmaker 2018 for Linux is now available to download. The office suite includes native support for Microsoft office documents, and a new Ribbon UI.

This post, Missing Microsoft Office? Try SoftMaker Office 2018 for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Try the New Ubuntu Theme

Monday 5th of February 2018 04:00:14 PM

A new Ubuntu theme has been made for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. In this post we show you how you can try the new theme, right now, on Ubuntu 17.10.

This post, How to Try the New Ubuntu Theme, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Try the New Ubuntu Theme

Monday 5th of February 2018 04:00:14 PM

A new Ubuntu theme has been made for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. In this post we show you how you can try the new theme, right now, on Ubuntu 17.10.

This post, How to Try the New Ubuntu Theme, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Elementary OS Juno will be version 5.0, not 0.5

Monday 5th of February 2018 12:26:52 PM

A new version of elementary OS arrives in the spring, and when it does it’ll have a number of significant new features and changes on offer. Among them a small yet appreciable bump to the version number. Yes elementary OS 0.5 Juno will actually be elementary OS 5.0. Previous releases of elementary OS are numbered 0.1, 0.2 and so […]

This post, Elementary OS Juno will be version 5.0, not 0.5, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Elementary OS Juno will be version 5.0, not 0.5

Monday 5th of February 2018 12:26:52 PM

A new version of elementary OS arrives in the spring, and when it does it’ll have a number of significant new features and changes on offer. Among them a small yet appreciable bump to the version number. Yes elementary OS 0.5 Juno will actually be elementary OS 5.0. Previous releases of elementary OS are numbered 0.1, 0.2 and so […]

This post, Elementary OS Juno will be version 5.0, not 0.5, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Check Which Linux Kernel Version You’re Using

Saturday 3rd of February 2018 12:21:06 PM

Want to check which Linux kernel version your distro is running on? Well, it’s pretty easy to find out. All you need is a working keyboard, a few fingers, and a pair of eyes. Oh, and a terminal emulator. But before we show you the command that lets you quickly find which kernel version you’re […]

This post, How to Check Which Linux Kernel Version You’re Using, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Check Which Linux Kernel Version You’re Using

Saturday 3rd of February 2018 12:21:06 PM

Want to check which Linux kernel version your distro is running on? Well, it’s pretty easy to find out. All you need is a working keyboard, a few fingers, and a pair of eyes. Oh, and a terminal emulator. But before we show you the command that lets you quickly find which kernel version you’re […]

This post, How to Check Which Linux Kernel Version You’re Using, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

It Just Got Easier to Install Skype on Ubuntu

Thursday 1st of February 2018 04:00:22 PM

Skype for Linux is available as a Snap app on the Snap store, making it easy to download and install Skype on Linux distros like Ubuntu and Linux Mint.

This post, It Just Got Easier to Install Skype on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Mozilla: Code of Conduct, Kelly Davis, Celebrate Firefox Internet Champions

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    This is the first line of our Community Participation Guidelines — and an nudge to keep empathy at center when designing response processes. Who are you designing for? Who is impacted? What are their needs, expectations, dependencies, potential bias and limitations?
  • Role Models in AI: Kelly Davis
    Meet Kelly Davis, the Manager/Technical Lead of the machine learning group at Mozilla. His work at Mozilla includes developing an open speech recognition system with projects like Common Voice and Deep Speech (which you can help contribute to). Beyond his passion for physics and machine learning, read on to learn about how he envisions the future of AI, and advice he offers to young people looking to enter the field.
  • Celebrate Firefox Internet Champions
    While the world celebrates athletic excellence, we’re taking a moment to share some of the amazing Internet champions that help build, support and share Firefox.

Canonical Ubuntu 2017 milestones, a year in the rulebook

So has Canonical been breaking rules with Ubuntu is 2017, or has it in been writing its own rulebook? Back in April we saw an AWS-tuned kernel of Ubuntu launched, the move to cloud is unstoppable, clearly. We also saw Ubuntu version 17.04 released, with Unity 7 as the default desktop environment. This release included optimisations for environments with low powered graphics hardware. Read more Also: Ubuntu will let upgraders ‘opt-in’ to data collection in 18.04

The npm Bug

  • ​Show-stopping bug appears in npm Node.js package manager
    Are you a developer who uses npm as the package manager for your JavaScript or Node.js code? If so, do not -- I repeat do not -- upgrade to npm 5.7.0. Nothing good can come of it. As one user reported, "This destroyed 3 production servers after a single deploy!" So, what happened here? According to the npm GitHub bug report, "By running sudo npm under a non-root user (root users do not have the same effect), filesystem permissions are being heavily modified. For example, if I run sudo npm --help or sudo npm update -g, both commands cause my filesystem to change ownership of directories such as /etc, /usr, /boot, and other directories needed for running the system. It appears that the ownership is recursively changed to the user currently running npm."
  • Botched npm Update Crashes Linux Systems, Forces Users to Reinstall
    A bug in npm (Node Package Manager), the most widely used JavaScript package manager, will change ownership of crucial Linux system folders, such as /etc, /usr, /boot. Changing ownership of these files either crashes the system, various local apps, or prevents the system from booting, according to reports from users who installed npm v5.7.0. —the buggy npm update.

Windows 10 WSL vs. Linux Performance For Early 2018

Back in December was our most recent round of Windows Subsystem for Linux benchmarking with Windows 10 while since then both Linux and Windows have received new stable updates, most notably for mitigating the Spectre and Meltdown CPU vulnerabilities. For your viewing pleasure today are some fresh benchmarks looking at the Windows 10 WSL performance against Linux using the latest updates as of this week while also running some comparison tests too against Docker on Windows and Oracle VM VirtualBox. Read more