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Pithos 1.4 Released with 10-Band Equalizer, More

Monday 11th of September 2017 01:10:58 PM

A new version of Pithos, the open-source Pandora Radio client for Linux desktops, is available to download. Pithos 1.4.0 introduces a number of new plugins that extend its feature set, including a 10-band equalizer, a screensaver/lock screen inhibiter, and a volume normalizer. The app also adds F1 keyboard shortcut for opening the online Pithos wiki; […]

This post, Pithos 1.4 Released with 10-Band Equalizer, More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu devs look at making apt index files smaller

Monday 11th of September 2017 11:46:18 AM

Ubuntu developers are debating whether to enable compressed apt index files for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, a move that could free up disk space.

This post, Ubuntu devs look at making apt index files smaller, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Should Firefox ESR Be Available on Ubuntu?

Sunday 10th of September 2017 06:51:05 PM

It supports 'legacy' Firefox add-ons, ALSA, and browser plugins like Java — so why isn't Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) available on Ubuntu?

This post, Should Firefox ESR Be Available on Ubuntu?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Phone Crowdfunder Hits $200k, Is ‘Ahead of Trend Line to Succeed’

Sunday 10th of September 2017 12:24:10 PM

Crowdfunding for the Purism 5 Linux phone has soared past $200,000 — and is on course to succeed.

This post, Linux Phone Crowdfunder Hits $200k, Is ‘Ahead of Trend Line to Succeed’, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Disable Network Connectivity Checking in Ubuntu 17.10

Saturday 9th of September 2017 06:22:16 PM

As someone who works out of public coffee shops quite regularly I’m looking forward to the addition of captive portal detection in Ubuntu 17.10. This feature aims to make as easy to connect to public wifi on Ubuntu as it is on macOS and Android. Captive portals are commonly encountered when connecting to public wifi hotspots. […]

This post, How to Disable Network Connectivity Checking in Ubuntu 17.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Mint 18.3 Release Date

Saturday 9th of September 2017 06:06:35 PM

Wondering when the Linux Mint 18.3 release date is? You're not alone, so I figured I'd write a short post to tell you when the release is likely to be.

This post, Linux Mint 18.3 Release Date, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Your Desktop Wallpaper Just Got Interesting Again

Friday 8th of September 2017 12:32:30 PM

Desktop wallpaper just got interesting again. Hands up if you recall the animated wallpaper app Komorebi? No? We featured this nifty open-source wallpaper app a couple of times earlier in the year. At the time we praised the app for its slick pseudo-parallax effects and for trying to something a touch more innovative — if a […]

This post, Your Desktop Wallpaper Just Got Interesting Again, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Mark Shuttleworth Interviewed on BBC News

Thursday 7th of September 2017 10:14:05 PM

It’s not everyday that you get to tune in to mainstream TV news and see Mark Shuttleworth on screen, chatting about life aboard the International Space Station. It certainly added a bit of pep to my cornflakes this morning! The Ubuntu founder was being interviewed by BBC Business Live‘s Susannah Streeter and Sally Bundock as part […]

This post, Mark Shuttleworth Interviewed on BBC News, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

We have some questions to ask you about videos…

Thursday 7th of September 2017 01:28:29 PM

We'd like to gather your feedback on the sort of Ubuntu videos you enjoy watching. To do that we've created a survey. This post has a link to it.

This post, We have some questions to ask you about videos…, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

OpenShot 2.4 Released, Focuses on Stability

Thursday 7th of September 2017 11:35:52 AM

A new version of OpenShot, the crash-happy open-source non-linear video editor, is available to download. While the previous couple of releases were big on features the latest release is a “stability-focused release”, says project lead Jonathan Thomas. A few minor fixes elsewhere also slip in, including improved undo/redo history, and a new freeze and zoom menu. But reliability […]

This post, OpenShot 2.4 Released, Focuses on Stability, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Flathub Website Now Lists Apps, Lets You Install Them

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 08:12:44 PM

Read this site regularly enough and you’ll learn that I love Flathub. Flathub, for those of you who haven’t heard of it, is the quasi-official app store for apps packaged and distributed using Flatpak. But it hasn’t been easy to find out which apps are available on it. Until now. The official Flathub website recently updated […]

This post, The Flathub Website Now Lists Apps, Lets You Install Them, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

MConnect, the Android GNOME Shell Extension, Has Been Updated

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 04:58:39 PM

An updated version of mConnect, the GNOME extension that helps you integrate your Android device with the Linux desktop, is now available. Rolling out on the GNOME Extensions site now, the update adds minor improvements to the Android-ingratiating add-on, including support for keyboard shortcuts, and tooltips to provide helpful pointers about its various features. You can […]

This post, MConnect, the Android GNOME Shell Extension, Has Been Updated, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE System Settings is Being Revamped, And It Looks Beautiful

Wednesday 6th of September 2017 01:29:21 PM

A dramatic revamp of the KDE System Settings app could be on the way. KDE is — and I doubt anyone will consider this a controversial statement — the most powerful and configurable of all the open-source desktop environments available. The breadth of control it hands over to users is huge, and often cited as a […]

This post, KDE System Settings is Being Revamped, And It Looks Beautiful, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Mint Backup Tool to Get Big Improvements

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 08:57:11 PM

An improved backup tool will debut in Linux Mint 18.3. The updated utility will be easier to use, feature performance improvements, and more.

This post, Linux Mint Backup Tool to Get Big Improvements, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

PulseAudio 11.0 Released, Adds New Features & Fixes

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 04:54:54 PM

Do you know which sound server you use on Ubuntu? It’s PulseAudio — and today it got a new release. PulseAudio 11.0 is the latest stable release of this desktop staple. A bunch of new features and capabilities have been added, plus plenty of bug fixes and bandaids. Among the changes there is support for newer AirPlay […]

This post, PulseAudio 11.0 Released, Adds New Features & Fixes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Make a GIF from Video on Linux Using Gifcurry

Tuesday 5th of September 2017 03:19:21 PM

Want to make GIFs from video on Linux? Use Gifcurry, an open-source app that also lets you add text to gifs, and upload them to sites like Imgur.

This post, Make a GIF from Video on Linux Using Gifcurry, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Meet the Ubuntu 17.10 GNOME Shell Theme

Monday 4th of September 2017 05:28:01 PM

The Ubuntu 17.10 GNOME Shell theme is now available in the latest daily builds. We show you what it looks like using plenty of screenshots.

This post, Meet the Ubuntu 17.10 GNOME Shell Theme, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Meet the Improved Ubuntu 17.10 Login Screen

Monday 4th of September 2017 03:48:53 PM

As releases go, Ubuntu 17.10 is going be defined by the huge number of changes it makes — and that includes changes to the default login screen. Making a wholesale switch to GNOME for Ubuntu 17.10 means the login screen that greets you after boot up is no longer LightDM and the Unity Greeter but GDM, […]

This post, Meet the Improved Ubuntu 17.10 Login Screen, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Minecraft: Story Mode for Linux is ‘Ready for Release’ — So Where Is It?

Monday 4th of September 2017 12:40:54 PM

if you've been patiently camped down a well-dug hole waiting for word on when Minecraft: Story Mode for Linux will be released, we've some news…

This post, Minecraft: Story Mode for Linux is ‘Ready for Release’ — So Where Is It?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux 4.13 Released, This Is What’s New

Monday 4th of September 2017 10:48:06 AM

Linux Kernel 4.13 is officially out! Announcing the release on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) Linus Torvalds says: “last week was actually somewhat eventful, but not enough to push me to delay 4.13,” going on to recount some personal issues involving a kidney stone — ouch! “Go get the new kernel,” he encourages. The next release, […]

This post, Linux 4.13 Released, This Is What’s New, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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    The X.Org Developers Conference kicked off a short time ago at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA. But even if you are not at the event, there is a livestream.
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    A few months ago was a vibrant discussion about a Meson proposal for libdrm/Mesa while today the initial patches were posted in bringing a possible Meson build system port for Mesa.
  • NVIDIA Offers Update On Their Proposed Unix Device Memory Allocation Library
    James Jones of NVIDIA presented this morning at XDC2017 with their annual update on a new Unix device memory allocation library. As a reminder, this library originated from NVIDIA's concerns over the Generic Buffer Manager (GBM) currently used by Wayland compositors not being suitable for use with their driver's architecture and then the other driver developers not being interested in switching to EGLStreams, NVIDIA's original push for supporting Wayland.
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    NVIDIA has issued new releases of its two legacy drivers for Linux. The NVIDIA 340.104 driver is now available for older Tesla architecture graphics processors while the NVIDIA 304.137 is out for the GeForce 6 and GeForce 7 generations.

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