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Get Notified When Your Fave Twitch Channels Go Live With These Linux Apps (Updated)

Wednesday 17th of August 2016 05:18:38 PM

A pair of nifty indicator applets for Linux desktops that let you know when your favourite Twitch channels are broadcasting live!

This post, Get Notified When Your Fave Twitch Channels Go Live With These Linux Apps (Updated), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

ZTE Says Buyers Don’t Want Non-Android Devices

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 08:07:06 PM

A lot can happen in 24 hours. National sporting teams can go from also-rans to gold medal winners; teen idols can nark off their entire fanbase; and optimistic crowd-sourced ideas can get flat-out rejected. That’s what’s happened to an optimistic punt at persuading Chinese smartphone vendor ZTE to make an Ubuntu phone. Though we didn’t link to […]

This post, ZTE Says Buyers Don’t Want Non-Android Devices, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Humble Indie Bundle 17 Goes Live With 7 Linux Games

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 07:13:59 PM

The Humble Indie Bundle 17 — yes, seventeen — is now live, ready to partake of your purchasing pleasure.

This post, Humble Indie Bundle 17 Goes Live With 7 Linux Games, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Add 22 Instagram Effects to GIMP With This Plugins Pack

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 05:22:22 PM

Take one awesome open-source image editor, add 22 Instagram style filters, and you get some great looking photos later. Just don't call it Gimpstagram.

This post, Add 22 Instagram Effects to GIMP With This Plugins Pack, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Canonical Strikes Deal To Bring Ubuntu Core to Intel Gateways

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 02:51:13 PM

Canonical has teamed up with embedded solutions giant Advantech to certify the company’s Internet of Things (IoT) gateways for Ubuntu Core.

This post, Canonical Strikes Deal To Bring Ubuntu Core to Intel Gateways, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Oranchelo is a Flat Icon Theme for the Linux Desktop

Tuesday 16th of August 2016 12:50:17 PM

This is the Oranchelo icon pack for Linux, a flat, material design inspired XFCE4 theme that works great on Unity, GNOME and other Linux desktops.

This post, Oranchelo is a Flat Icon Theme for the Linux Desktop, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Canonical Show Off Converged Terminal App Design

Monday 15th of August 2016 06:29:38 PM

Reshaping the classic terminal app to fit the multi-form factor world isn't easy, but it's the task that the Canonical Design team face as part of their work on Unity 8.

This post, Canonical Show Off Converged Terminal App Design, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Turns 19 Years Old Today

Monday 15th of August 2016 01:10:31 PM

Today marks the 19th birthday of the GNOME project.

This post, GNOME Turns 19 Years Old Today, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 49 for Linux Will Let You Watch Netflix Without Plugins

Monday 15th of August 2016 12:45:02 PM

Firefox is to begin supporting the Google Widevine CDM on Linux from next month, allowing native, plugin-free playback of encrypted media content like Netflix.

This post, Firefox 49 for Linux Will Let You Watch Netflix Without Plugins, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Fan Launches Bid To Get ZTE to Make an Ubuntu Phone (Updated)

Monday 15th of August 2016 10:45:03 AM

An Ubuntu Phone fan is attempting to get ZTE to make an Ubuntu-powered device, using the smartphone maker's new crowdsourced ideas platform.

This post, Ubuntu Fan Launches Bid To Get ZTE to Make an Ubuntu Phone (Updated), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Theme Pack Makes GIMP Look and Work Like Photoshop

Sunday 14th of August 2016 05:47:30 PM

We're all aware The GIMP is the best free alternative to Photoshop — but is there a way to make it look like Photoshop, too?

This post, This Theme Pack Makes GIMP Look and Work Like Photoshop, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Send Your Linux Desktop Audio to a Chromecast

Sunday 14th of August 2016 04:59:37 PM

Do you want to stream the audio from Rhythmbox, VLC or another Linux app to your TV through Chromecast? Well, we've found a nifty little Linux tool that lets you do just that.

This post, How to Send Your Linux Desktop Audio to a Chromecast, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

No, Microsoft Hasn’t Killed the Old Skype for Linux App

Sunday 14th of August 2016 11:39:24 AM

Is the Skype Linux app refusing to connect for you? If so I can tell you that you're not alone. But is it a move designed to migrate users to the new Linux app? We find out…

This post, No, Microsoft Hasn’t Killed the Old Skype for Linux App, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Twitch: Watch Twitch Without Flash on Linux

Friday 12th of August 2016 11:35:57 AM

Want to watch Twitch.tv streams on your desktop, without Flash? You can with this awesome Twitch app for Linux, which also supports chat & notifications and more.

This post, GNOME Twitch: Watch Twitch Without Flash on Linux, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Lock/Unlock GNOME Desktop Using a Smartphone

Friday 12th of August 2016 02:59:27 AM

You can unlock your Linux desktop just by having your phone nearby using BlueProximity, a Bluetooth proximity app. We show you how to install it.

This post, How To Lock/Unlock GNOME Desktop Using a Smartphone, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Vivaldi 1.3 Released, This Is What’s New

Thursday 11th of August 2016 10:54:56 AM

A new version of the power-user web browser Vivaldi has been released and is now available for download.

This post, Vivaldi 1.3 Released, This Is What’s New, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Make Your Ubuntu Desktop Look Like My Ubuntu Desktop

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 10:52:33 PM

People keep asking what GTK theme and icon set I'm using. I figured I'd be helpful. This is how to make your Ubuntu desktop look like mine.

This post, How To Make Your Ubuntu Desktop Look Like My Ubuntu Desktop, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Make Sudo Command Passwords Visible in the Terminal

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 05:48:44 PM

Enter your sudo password in the terminal and you'll see nothing. No asterisks, no characters, no nothing. You're not doing it wrong and your keyboard isn't broken. It's by design.

This post, How To Make Sudo Command Passwords Visible in the Terminal, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Guy Tested 100 DRM-Free Humble Games on Linux So You Don’t Have To

Wednesday 10th of August 2016 12:12:54 PM

This guy installed over 100 DRM-free Humble Bundle games on his Ubuntu laptop to see whether they work without any manual hackery and workarounds.

This post, This Guy Tested 100 DRM-Free Humble Games on Linux So You Don’t Have To, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Arc Theme for KDE Plasma? Yup, It Exists

Tuesday 9th of August 2016 06:39:36 PM

We’re big fans of the Arc GTK theme here on OMG! Ubuntu! — but I’m going to guess you already know that. Over the past few months we’ve shown you how to install the Arc theme on Ubuntu (and how it’ll be available on Ubuntu 16.10); how to make use of a stylish Arc VLC skin; and last week we shared our […]

This post, Arc Theme for KDE Plasma? Yup, It Exists, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Bodhi Updates, KaOS & Antergos Reviews, Another 25?

Today in Linux news, Jeff Hoogland posted a short update on the progress of Bodhi Linux 4.0 and reported on the updates to the project's donations page. In other news, An Everyday Linux User reviewed Arch-based Antergos Linux saying it was "decent" and Ubuntu-fan Jack Wallen reviewed "beautiful" KDE-centric KaOS. makeuseof.com has five reasons to switch to the Ubuntu phone and Brian Fagioli asked if Linux can survive another 25 years. Read more

Rise of the Forks: Nextcloud and LibreOffice

  • ownCloud-Forked Nextcloud 10 Now Available
  • Secure, Monitor and Control your data with Nextcloud 10 – get it now!
    Nextcloud 10 is now available with many new features for system administrators to control and direct the flow of data between users on a Nextcloud server. Rule based file tagging and responding to these tags as well as other triggers like physical location, user group, file properties and request type enables administrators to specifically deny access to, convert, delete or retain data following business or legal requirements. Monitoring, security, performance and usability improvements complement this release, enabling larger and more efficient Nextcloud installations. You can get it on our install page or read on for details.
  • What makes a great Open Source project?
    Recently the Document Foundation has published its annual report for the year 2015. You can download it as a pdf by following this link, and you can now even purchase a paper copy of the report. This publication gives me the opportunity to talk a bit about what I think makes a great FOSS project and what I understand may be a great community. If it is possible to see this topic as something many people already went over and over again, think again: Free & Open Source Software is seen as having kept and even increased its momentum these past few years, with many innovative companies developing and distributing software licensed under a Free & Open Source license from the very beginning. This trend indicates two important points: FOSS is no longer something you can automagically use as a nice tag slapped on a commodity software; and FOSS projects cannot really be treated as afterthoughts or “nice-to-haves”. Gone are the days where many vendors could claim to be sympathetic and even supportive to FOSS but only insofar as their double-digits forecasted new software solution would not be affected by a cumbersome “community of developers”. Innovation relies on, starts with, runs thanks to FOSS technologies and practices. One question is to wonder what comes next. Another one is to wonder why Open Source is still seen as a complex maze of concepts and practices by so many in the IT industry. This post will try to address one major difficulty of FOSS: why do some projects fail while others succeed.

Red Hat News

  • Red Hat Virtualisation 4 woos VMware faithful
    It is easy for a virtual machine user to feel left out these days, what with containers dominating the discussion of how to run applications at scale. But take heart, VM fans: Red Hat hasn’t forgotten about you. Red Hat Virtualisation (RHV) 4.0 refreshes Red Hat’s open source virtualisation platform with new technologies from the rest of Red Hat’s product line. It is a twofold strategy to consolidate Red Hat’s virtualisation efforts across its various products and to ramp up the company’s intention to woo VMware customers.
  • Forbes Names Red Hat One of the World's Most Innovative Companies
    Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has been named to Forbes' “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. Red Hat was ranked as the 25th most innovative company in the world, marking the company's fourth appearance on the list (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Red Hat was named to Forbes' "World's Most Innovative Growth Companies" list in 2011.
  • Is this Large Market Cap Stock target price reasonable for Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE:RHT)?

GNU/Linux Leftovers

  • World Wide Web became what it is thanks to Linux
    Linux is used to power the largest websites on the Internet, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, eBay, and Wikipedia.
  • SFC's Kuhn in firing line as Linus Torvalds takes aim
    A few days after he mused that there had been no reason for him to blow his stack recently, Linux creator Linus Torvalds has directed a blast at the Software Freedom Conservancy and its distinguished technologist Bradley Kuhn over the question of enforcing compliance of the GNU General Public Licence. Torvalds' rant came on Friday, as usual on a mailing list and on a thread which was started by Software Freedom Conservancy head Karen Sandler on Wednesday last week. She suggested that Linuxcon in Toronto, held from Monday to Thursday, also include a session on GPL enforcement.
  • Linux at 25: A pictorial history
    Aug. 25 marks the 25th anniversary of Linux, the free and open source operating system that's used around the globe in smarphones, tablets, desktop PCs, servers, supercomputers, and more. Though its beginnings were humble, Linux has become the world’s largest and most pervasive open source software project in history. How did it get here? Read on for a look at some of the notable events along the way.