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Wine 2.0.1 Stable Released, Here’s How To Install it on Ubuntu

Sunday 23rd of April 2017 12:45:13 PM

A new stable release of Wine is available to install on Ubuntu — but you'll need to add the new Wine repository to get it, so here's how!

This post, Wine 2.0.1 Stable Released, Here’s How To Install it on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Theme Makes Qt Apps Feel at Home on GNOME

Saturday 22nd of April 2017 04:29:49 AM

There are plenty of excellent Qt and KDE apps that GNOME avoid using simply because they don’t like the way Qt apps look on their GNOME Desktop. Well, that excuse is about to expire. Adwaita-Qt is (as you might guess from the name) a theme that helps make Qt apps look like GTK apps by themeing them to match up with Adwaita, […]

This post, This Theme Makes Qt Apps Feel at Home on GNOME, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Make Firefox Faster on Linux with this Simple Tweak

Friday 21st of April 2017 03:10:38 PM

Apparently force enabling hardware acceleration in Firefox for Linux can make Firefox faster. So, in this post, we'll show you how to try it for yourself.

This post, Make Firefox Faster on Linux with this Simple Tweak, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This is the Ubuntu 17.10 Release Date

Friday 21st of April 2017 11:29:22 AM

The Ubuntu 17.10 release date is set for October 19, 2017. Ubuntu 17.10 will use the GNOME desktop instead of Unity, the first release to do so since 2011.

This post, This is the Ubuntu 17.10 Release Date, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE Fans Launch Petition to Make Plasma Ubuntu’s Next Desktop

Thursday 20th of April 2017 11:23:57 PM

A new petition is calling for Canonical to make KDE Plasma Ubuntu's next desktop, following news that the distro is to drop Unity in favour of GNOME.

This post, KDE Fans Launch Petition to Make Plasma Ubuntu’s Next Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 17.10 Is Named ‘Artful Aardvark’

Thursday 20th of April 2017 06:17:28 PM

Still wondering what the Ubuntu 17.10 codename will be? Well, it seems we have our answer courtesy of Launchpad, home of Ubuntu development.

This post, Ubuntu 17.10 Is Named ‘Artful Aardvark’, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 53 Released With 2 New Compact Themes

Thursday 20th of April 2017 01:56:46 PM

Mozilla Firefox 53 has been released, and is now available to download right now. The latest release of the popular open-source web-browser ships with two new compact themes, reader mode improvements, and updated site permission requests. Mozilla Firefox 52 began the process of removing support for Netscape Plugin API (NPAPI) plugins, disabling them by default but letting users to dive […]

This post, Firefox 53 Released With 2 New Compact Themes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

If Only Thunderbird Did Look Like This…

Thursday 20th of April 2017 12:28:57 PM

The Thunderbird email client is a great app, but its out-dated interface makes it a chore to use. Could a redesign reignite interest in it?

This post, If Only Thunderbird Did Look Like This…, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

What to Expect From The $89 Pinebook Laptop

Wednesday 19th of April 2017 11:07:22 PM

It’s the $89 price tag that makes the Pinebook Linux laptop such a tempting purchase But few real-world reviews exist for this cheap and cheerful device — until now. Well, sort of. Pine64, the company behind the 64-bit ARM-based Pinebook laptop, has begun to ship devices on a buy-to-order (BTO) basis. And some these early units have landed in the […]

This post, What to Expect From The $89 Pinebook Laptop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Plotinus Adds a Searchable Command Palette to GTK3 Apps

Wednesday 19th of April 2017 10:46:41 PM

Say aloha to Plotinus, a natty new HUD-like command palette for GTK3 applications. Which ones? How about all of ’em. A HUD Analog (Kinda) Since news broke that Ubuntu is to switch back to GNOME in upcoming releases plenty of you have been mailing in, shouting out, and spotlighting Unity-style features that have GNOME equivalents — Plotinus among […]

This post, Plotinus Adds a Searchable Command Palette to GTK3 Apps, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Mount Your Google Drive on Linux with google-drive-ocamlfuse

Wednesday 19th of April 2017 09:52:44 PM

For a fast way to mount Google Drive on the Linux desktop try google-drive-ocamlfuse. It lets you access your files, copy them, edit them, and much more.

This post, Mount Your Google Drive on Linux with google-drive-ocamlfuse, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

A Global Menu Extension for GNOME Shell is in Development

Wednesday 19th of April 2017 12:55:32 PM

This global menu GNOME Shell extension brings a popular Unity feature to the GNOME desktop, and lets you interact with app menus from the top bar.

This post, A Global Menu Extension for GNOME Shell is in Development, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu May Ditch Thunderbird, Possibly Ship With No Email App

Tuesday 18th of April 2017 11:29:50 PM

Developers are considering dropping the Thunderbird email client from Ubuntu's default apps list in Ubuntu 17.10 due later this year.

This post, Ubuntu May Ditch Thunderbird, Possibly Ship With No Email App, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Is Switching to Wayland

Tuesday 18th of April 2017 08:01:38 PM

Ubuntu is to ship Wayland in place of X.Org Server by default. Word of the display server¹ switch won’t surprise many. Mir, Canonical’s home-spun alternative to Wayland, had been billed as the future of Ubuntu’s convergence play. But both Unity 8 the convergence dream was recently put out to pasture, meaning this decision was widely expected. It’s highly […]

This post, Ubuntu Is Switching to Wayland, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Minwaita GTK Theme Puts GNOME’s Adwaita on a Diet

Tuesday 18th of April 2017 06:09:04 PM

If you like the Adwaita theme Ubuntu GNOME ships with but don’t like the size of its title bars, here’s a theme that may be of interest. Minwaita is a forked version of GNOME’s default Adwaita theme that fixes the theme’s biggest issue: the generous padding on buttons, switches, header bars and titles bars. You can see the difference between the stock […]

This post, Minwaita GTK Theme Puts GNOME’s Adwaita on a Diet, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Wire Linux client is now available to install from a secure repo

Tuesday 18th of April 2017 02:35:54 PM

Encrypted messaging service Wire is now available to install on Ubuntu (and related distros) from a secure repository that offers verified packages.

This post, The Wire Linux client is now available to install from a secure repo, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Poll: Have You Tried GNOME Shell As a Result of Recent Ubuntu News?

Tuesday 18th of April 2017 03:50:57 AM

Have you installed, tried or used GNOME Shell as a result of the recent Unity bombshell news? That's what we're asking you in this week's reader poll.

This post, Poll: Have You Tried GNOME Shell As a Result of Recent Ubuntu News?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

You Can Sync GNOME Extensions Between Desktops using Google Chrome

Monday 17th of April 2017 06:35:30 PM

You can sync GNOME extensions between machines using your Google account. All you need is the GNOME Shell integration extension.

This post, You Can Sync GNOME Extensions Between Desktops using Google Chrome, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Totally Uninstall Unity 8 from Ubuntu

Monday 17th of April 2017 05:39:18 PM

With Unity 8 development dead-ended by Canonical there remain few compelling reasons to keep the Unity 8 desktop session installed on Ubuntu.

This post, How to Totally Uninstall Unity 8 from Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Enjade Wants to Recreate the Unity Desktop on KDE Plasma

Monday 17th of April 2017 01:41:08 PM

Enjade is a new project that aims to recreate the Unity desktop experience atop KDE Plasma, including features such as the Unity Dash.

This post, Enjade Wants to Recreate the Unity Desktop on KDE Plasma, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Google in Devices

  • Glow LEDs with Google Home
    For the part one, the custom commands were possible thanks to Google Actions Apis. I used API.AI for my purpose since they had good documentation. I wont go into detail explaining the form fields in Api.ai, they have done a good job with documentation and explaining part, I will just share my configurations screenshot for your quick reference and understanding. In Api.ai the conversations are broken into intents. I used one intent (Default Welcome Intent) and a followup intent (Default Welcome Intent – custom) for my application.
  • Google Assistant SDK preview brings voice agent to the Raspberry Pi
    Google has released a Python-based Google Assistant SDK that’s designed for prototyping voice agent technology on the Raspberry Pi 3. Google’s developer preview aims to bring Google Assistant voice agent applications to Linux developers. The Google Assistant SDK is initially designed for prototyping voice agent technology on the Raspberry Pi 3 using Python and Raspbian Linux, but it works with most Linux distributions. The SDK lets developers add voice control, natural language understanding, and Google AI services to a variety of devices.
  • Huawei, Google create a high-powered single board computer for Android
    The Raspberry Pi is very popular with DIY enthusiasts because of the seemingly endless possibilities of how you can design devices with it. Huawei and Google have created their own single board computer (SBC), but this will probably benefit Android developers more than DIY enthusiasts. The HiKey 960 is a very robust SBC aimed at creating an Android PC or a testing tool for Android apps.
  • Huawei’s $239 HiKey 960 wants to be a high-end alternative to Raspberry Pi
    12.5 million sales in five years – Linaro and Huawei have unveiled a high-end (read: expensive) rival.

Mobile, Tizen, and Android

Leftovers: OSS

  • Is The Open Source Software Movement A Technological Religion?
  • Experts weigh in on open source platforms, market
    In this Advisory Board, our experts discuss the pros and cons of open source virtualization and which platforms are giving proprietary vendors a run for their money.
  • Light a fire under Cassandra with Apache Ignite
    Apache Cassandra is a popular database for several reasons. The open source, distributed, NoSQL database has no single point of failure, so it’s well suited for high-availability applications. It supports multi-datacenter replication, allowing organizations to achieve greater resiliency by, for example, storing data across multiple Amazon Web Services availability zones. It also offers massive and linear scalability, so any number of nodes can easily be added to any Cassandra cluster in any datacenter. For these reasons, companies such as Netflix, eBay, Expedia, and several others have been using Cassandra for key parts of their businesses for many years.
  • Proprietary Election Systems: Summarily Disqualified
    Hello Open Source Software Community & U.S. Voters, I and the California Association of Voting Officials, represent a group of renowned computer scientists that have pioneered open source election systems, including, "one4all," New Hampshire’s Open Source Accessible Voting System (see attached). Today government organizations like NASA, the Department of Defense, and the U.S. Air Force rely on open source software for mission critical operations. I and CAVO believe voting and elections are indeed mission-critical to protect democracy and fulfill the promise of the United States of America as a representative republic. Since 2004, the open source community has advocated for transparent and secure—publicly owned—election systems to replace the insecure, proprietary systems most often deployed within communities. Open source options for elections systems can reduce the costs to taxpayers by as much as 50% compared to traditional proprietary options, which also eliminates vendor lock-in, or the inability of an elections office to migrate away from a solution as costs rise or quality decreases.
  • Microsoft SQL Server on Linux – YES, Linux! [Ed: Marketing and PR from IDG's "Microsoft Subnet"; This headline is a lie from Microsoft; something running on DrawBridge (proprietary Wine-like Windows layer) is not GNU/Linux]

Creative Commons News

  • Creative Commons Is Resurrecting Palmyra
    Creative Commons launched its 2017 Global Summit today with a rather moving surprise: a seven-foot-tall 3D printed replica of the Tetrapylon from Palmyra, Syria. For those who don't know the tragic situation, Palmyra is one of the most historic cities in the world — but it is being steadily destroyed by ISIS, robbing the world of countless irreplaceable artifacts and murdering those who have tried to protect them (the folks at Extra History have a pair of good summary videos discussing the history and the current situation in the city). Among ISIS's human targets was Bassel Khartabil, who launched Syria's CC community several years ago and began a project to take 3D scans of the city, which CC has been gathering and releasing under a CC0 Public Domain license. He was captured and imprisoned, and for the past five years his whereabouts and status have been unknown. As the #FreeBassel campaign continues, Creative Commons is now working to bring his invaluable scans to life in the form of 3D-printed replicas, starting with today's unveiling of the Tetrapylon — which was destroyed in January along with part of a Roman theatre after ISIS captured the city for a second time.
  • Creative Commons: 1.2 billion strong and growing
    "The state of the commons is strong." The 2016 State of the Commons report, issued by Creative Commons this morning, does not begin with those words, but it could. The report shows an increase in adoption for the suite of licenses, but that is not the whole story.