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A Brighter Future is Forecast for GNOME’s Weather App

Friday 12th of July 2019 01:35:10 PM

A wave of usability improvements are on the horizon for the humble GNOME Weather app. The current version of the meteorological must-have might have made my list of the best weather apps for Ubuntu and […]

This post, A Brighter Future is Forecast for GNOME’s Weather App, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Kdenlive Video Editor Updated with More than 70 Bug Fixes

Friday 12th of July 2019 01:08:54 PM

Kdenlive 19.04.3 is the final minor release to the popular Qt-based video editor. This point update features over 70 bug fixes and crash remedies.

This post, Kdenlive Video Editor Updated with More than 70 Bug Fixes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Now Offers the Latest Nvidia Graphics Drivers to LTS Users

Thursday 11th of July 2019 10:04:42 PM

You can now install the latest Nvidia drivers on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS thanks to an extension of the Linux distribution's Stable Release Update program.

This post, Ubuntu Now Offers the Latest Nvidia Graphics Drivers to LTS Users, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Fedora is ‘Disabling’ the Snap Plugin for GNOME Software

Thursday 11th of July 2019 02:31:46 PM

Fedora's Richard Hughes has announced that Snap plugin for GNOME Software is to be 'disabled' in Fedora 31, the distro's next major release.

This post, Fedora is ‘Disabling’ the Snap Plugin for GNOME Software, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 68 Released with a Host of Minor Improvements

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 03:03:51 PM

Mozilla Firefox 68 has arrived with the usual boatload of bug fixes and betterments in tow. The latest update to the super-popular open-source web browser is also available as a new Extended Support Release (ESR) […]

This post, Firefox 68 Released with a Host of Minor Improvements, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

It’s Now Easier to Install the ‘Foliate’ ePub Reader on Ubuntu

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 02:50:47 PM

I bring a welcome word to the bookworms amongst you wanting to try the Foliate eBook reader on Linux: it’s now available outside of Flathub. Foliate is a terrifically well-designed, well-built and well-featured GTK eBook […]

This post, It’s Now Easier to Install the ‘Foliate’ ePub Reader on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Merge Proposal to ‘Drop Snap Support’ from GNOME Software Hints at Deeper Divisions

Wednesday 10th of July 2019 01:23:12 PM

Batten down those controversy hatches (and stockpile some popcorn) because things are going down in Snap vs Flatpak town. Alright, it’s not quite as bad. But today saw a controversial — if slightly premature — […]

This post, Merge Proposal to ‘Drop Snap Support’ from GNOME Software Hints at Deeper Divisions, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Hey Microsoft, why is the Skype Snap app hopelessly outdated?

Tuesday 9th of July 2019 03:21:02 PM

The official Skype Snap app for Linux has not been updated in nearly six months, and Microsoft is yet to say why. When introducing the cross-distro build in early 2018, the company said the Skype […]

This post, Hey Microsoft, why is the Skype Snap app hopelessly outdated?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Kernel 5.2 Released, This is What’s New

Monday 8th of July 2019 02:40:55 PM

The much anticipated Linux Kernel 5.2 release is now available to download, and it’s a bit of a whopper! “Each and every update to the Linux kernel brings a wealth of improvements, and Linux 5.2 […]

This post, Linux Kernel 5.2 Released, This is What’s New, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

WPS Office Linux Update Adds PDF Support, Drops 32-bit Support

Sunday 7th of July 2019 10:21:30 PM

WPS Office 11.1.0.8722 for Linux is now available for download. It adds the ability to open and display PDF documents, but drops 32-bit Linux support.

This post, WPS Office Linux Update Adds PDF Support, Drops 32-bit Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Our first look at the finalised design of Purism Librem 5?

Sunday 7th of July 2019 04:06:55 PM

The crowdfunded Purism Librem 5 promises to be the most Linux-y Linux smartphone there has ever been — but nearly 2 years on from reaching its funding goal we still don’t really know what the […]

This post, Our first look at the finalised design of Purism Librem 5?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Most Retro Way to Run Terminal Commands on Linux, Period

Sunday 7th of July 2019 02:50:33 PM

Earlier this month I claimed that the nifty Material Shell GNOME Extension would (probably) be the coolest thing you see this month. Well, I was wrong. THIS is the coolest thing you’ll see this month. […]

This post, The Most Retro Way to Run Terminal Commands on Linux, Period, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Pinebook Pro Sets Date for Pre-Orders, Adds ‘Killer’ New Feature

Friday 5th of July 2019 01:09:38 PM

Pinebook Pro sets a date for pre-orders (July 25) and reveals a crop of interesting changes that make the $199 Linux laptop even more attractive.

This post, Pinebook Pro Sets Date for Pre-Orders, Adds ‘Killer’ New Feature, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Ultimate Adwaita Theme For Mozilla Firefox

Friday 5th of July 2019 12:14:28 PM

A new Firefox theme helps the browser integrated more clearlnyl with the desktop environment’s default theme. The suitably titled ‘Firefox GNOME Theme‘ for Firefox 60 (and up) adheres strictly to the look laid out by […]

This post, The Ultimate Adwaita Theme For Mozilla Firefox, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The 8-inch Chuwi MiniBook Touts Support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Thursday 4th of July 2019 08:48:01 PM

Fans of diminutive computers will no doubt of heard of the Chuwi MiniBook by now — but chances are they haven't seen it running Ubuntu!

This post, The 8-inch Chuwi MiniBook Touts Support for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Material Shell’ is an Impressive Tiling GNOME Shell Extension

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019 04:37:14 PM

Imagine GNOME Shell and the i3 window manager got married, bought a house, settled down, and had a kid — that kid would grow up to be Material Shell. Material Shell is a promising new […]

This post, ‘Material Shell’ is an Impressive Tiling GNOME Shell Extension, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Mint Confirms It’s Dropping 32-bit Releases

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019 02:38:18 PM

Linux Mint 32-bit releases are being dropped, with the distro confirming that it will not provide 32-bit downloads of Linux Mint 20 next year.

This post, Linux Mint Confirms It’s Dropping 32-bit Releases, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

NexDock 2 Hands-On Video

Wednesday 3rd of July 2019 12:20:45 PM

A hands-on video showcasing the NexDock 2, a 13-inch laptop shell that lets you use your Android smartphone or SBC as a fully-fledged computer.

This post, NexDock 2 Hands-On Video, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Mint’s New Mintbox PC is Powerful (But Also Pretty Pricey)

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 11:32:26 PM

Linux Mint's MintBox 3 PC is nearing release with high-end specs and a price tag to match! Built by Compulab, the MintBox 3 will be cost from $1.5k.

This post, Linux Mint’s New Mintbox PC is Powerful (But Also Pretty Pricey), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

DeaDBeeF Music Player Scores a Minor Update

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019 03:29:32 PM

We checkout the latest release of the DeaDBeeF music player, DeaDBeeF 1.8.1, and show you how to install the lightweight music app on Ubuntu.

This post, DeaDBeeF Music Player Scores a Minor Update, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Programming: Rust and Python Miscellany

  • This Week in Rust 300
  • Python String Interpolation with the Percent (%) Operator

    There are a number of different ways to format strings in Python, one of which is done using the % operator, which is known as the string formatting (or interpolation) operator. In this article we'll show you how to use this operator to construct strings with a template string and variables containing your data.

  • Your Guide to the CPython Source Code

    Are there certain parts of Python that just seem magic? Like how are dictionaries so much faster than looping over a list to find an item. How does a generator remember the state of the variables each time it yields a value and why do you never have to allocate memory like other languages? It turns out, CPython, the most popular Python runtime is written in human-readable C and Python code. This tutorial will walk you through the CPython source code. You’ll cover all the concepts behind the internals of CPython, how they work and visual explanations as you go.

  • Python 3.8 support in PyCharm

    The release of Python 3.8 brought new features to the Python coding realm. The language is evolving according to its community’s needs by addressing cases where new syntax or logic become necessary. From new ways of assigning expressions to restriction of usage of function declarations, calls, and variable assignations, this latest release presents new options to code. Of course, PyCharm couldn’t get behind, so we now support some of the major features coming with this new version. This article will walk you through the features currently supported by our latest PyCharm release. To try them out, get the latest version of PyCharm and download the current beta release of Python 3.8 from here. From there you will just need to switch to Python 3.8 as your interpreter in PyCharm (if you’re not sure how to switch the interpreter, jump into our documentation for help).

  • Python Arrays in a Nutshell

    Python arrays are homogenous data structure. They are used to store multiple items but allow only the same type of data. They are available in Python by importing the array module. Lists, a built-in type in Python, are also capable of storing multiple values. But they are different from arrays because they are not bound to any specific type. So, to summarize, arrays are not fundamental type, but lists are internal to Python. An array accepts values of one kind while lists are independent of the data type.

Mozilla: WebAssembly Interface Type, Bryce and Brady, FPR16

  • WebAssembly Interface Types: Interoperate with All the Things!

    People are excited about running WebAssembly outside the browser. That excitement isn’t just about WebAssembly running in its own standalone runtime. People are also excited about running WebAssembly from languages like Python, Ruby, and Rust.

  • Support.Mozilla.Org: Introducing Bryce and Brady

    I’m thrilled to share this update with you today. Bryce and Brady have joined us last week and will be able to help out on Support for some of the new efforts Mozilla are working on towards creating a connected and integrated Firefox experience. They are going to be involved with new products, but also they won’t forget to put extra effort in providing support on forums and as well as serving as an escalation point for hard to solve issues.

  • FPR16 delays

    FPR16 was supposed to reach you in beta sometime tomorrow but I found a reproducible crash in the optimized build, probably due to one of my vain attempts to fix JavaScript bugs. I'm still investigating exactly which change(s) were responsible. We should still make the deadline (September 3) to be concurrent with the 60.9/68.1 ESRs, but there will not be much of a beta testing period and I don't anticipate it being available until probably at least Friday or Saturday. More later.

Games: Loria, Dota Underlords and Steam in China

  • Classic inspired RTS Loria is now available DRM-free on GOG

    If you're like me and you enjoy a good real-time strategy game, Loria is actually pretty good. It added Linux support on Steam earlier this year and now it's also available on GOG. While it's inspired by titles like Warcraft II, it's not just a retro RTS. There's a few RPG-like elements including hero units, item collection, quests and more.

  • The Underlords are actually coming to Dota Underlords, plus a new Duos mode

    Valve continue to push out changes rapidly to their auto-battler Dota Underlords, with some of their upcoming plans now being detailed in a fresh update. One big new feature planned to be available in a few weeks is a new Duos game mode. Valve say it's a new way to play cooperatively with a friend. You party up and battle against other teams and it will support both Casual and Ranked play. The actual Underlords are going to be making an appearance soon too. This feature Valve said they're "excited" about, as they're a "core part of the game". They haven't said how they will work but they will "add a layer of fun and strategy to every match" so I'm very curious to see what happens.

  • Steam for China Is Called 'Zhengpi Pingtai'

    The digital games service will be run almost entirely independent of Steam and by Valve's Chinese partner company Perfect World.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 now links up with Windows and Mac PCs via supercharged DeX app

And there’s a big bonus here in the form of being able to drag-and-drop files directly from your phone to your PC, and vice versa. So you could take a photo from your Note 10 and whip it onto the PC to tweak it up in a proper heavyweight image editor, for example. Furthermore, as XDA Developers observes, Linux on DeX is available via the DeX app, allowing you to create a container and run an Ubuntu Linux image, giving you even more flexibility and options here. It’s not clear what Samsung intends to do in terms of giving users with older Galaxy handsets backwards compatibility, but at the moment, this is strictly a Galaxy Note 10-only affair, as mentioned. Finally, it’s worth noting that the app does warn that your phone might get hot running the DeX application, although exactly how hot likely depends on what you’ve got the hardware doing, of course. Read more