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Happy Birthday, Linux!

Sunday 25th of August 2019 12:29:51 AM

Run modprobe bithday-lib and launch init.bd because it’s that time of the year again: Linux’s birthday! The kernel that revolutionised computing turns an astonishing 28 years old on August 25, 2019. Last year we marked […]

This post, Happy Birthday, Linux!, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The GPD MicroPC in 3 Minutes [Video Review]

Saturday 24th of August 2019 08:32:08 PM

The GPD MicroPC is a tiny, but impressive sub-notebook so I made a three minute YouTube video to show you what's cool, and what's not.

This post, The GPD MicroPC in 3 Minutes [Video Review], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Feeds is a Simple RSS Reader for Linux Desktops

Friday 23rd of August 2019 04:10:47 PM

A new easy to use RSS reader for the Linux desktop is available called GNOME Feeds. It's a local RSS reader with a simple interface.

This post, GNOME Feeds is a Simple RSS Reader for Linux Desktops, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GPD Micro PC: Can a 6-inch Ubuntu Laptop Really Be Usable?

Thursday 22nd of August 2019 01:02:11 PM

When I first heard about the GPD Micro PC, the 6-inch laptop crowdfunded into reality earlier this year, my overriding impression was one of confusion. I thought a laptop this small wouldn’t be usable …but […]

This post, GPD Micro PC: Can a 6-inch Ubuntu Laptop Really Be Usable?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Kdenlive 19.08 Released with Clip Speed, Project Bin Improvements

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 04:17:41 PM

Kdenlive 19.08 is now available to download. The latest release of this free open source video editor for Windows and Linux features various improvements.

This post, Kdenlive 19.08 Released with Clip Speed, Project Bin Improvements, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

New Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Announced, Powered by Ubuntu

Wednesday 21st of August 2019 03:31:39 PM

If you're in the market for a powerful Linux laptop you definitely want to check out the new 9th generation Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition, announced today.

This post, New Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition Announced, Powered by Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

See Ubuntu Desktop Running on a Samsung Galaxy S10

Sunday 18th of August 2019 04:36:21 PM

Linux on DeX is an Android app for select Samsung phones and tablets that allows users to run a full desktop Ubuntu experience on their handset.

This post, See Ubuntu Desktop Running on a Samsung Galaxy S10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Skype Snap Gets First Update in 6 Months, Plus a New Icon

Sunday 18th of August 2019 03:37:59 PM

The Skype Snap app has been updated for the first time in six month. Additionally, the new version of the VoIP app debuts a new icon.

This post, Skype Snap Gets First Update in 6 Months, Plus a New Icon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Feral GameMode: What It Is, and How To Use It On Ubuntu

Friday 16th of August 2019 03:34:17 PM

A few readers have mailed in to ask me how to use Feral GameMode on Ubuntu. Problem is, when it comes to gaming I’m about as “current gen” as a Game Boy camera. Asking me […]

This post, Feral GameMode: What It Is, and How To Use It On Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Best App Launchers for Ubuntu & Linux Mint

Friday 16th of August 2019 12:53:39 PM

Ubuntu’s default app launcher is the GNOME Shell Applications Overview — but this full-screen grid of icons doesn’t suit everyone’s tastes. We share our favourite Linux app launchers, all of which work on Ubuntu & […]

This post, The Best App Launchers for Ubuntu & Linux Mint, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install Telegram on Ubuntu & Linux

Monday 12th of August 2019 10:17:51 PM

Learn how to install Telegram on Ubuntu and Linux Mint in 4 different ways with our guide to installing the Telegram messenger on the Linux desktop.

This post, How to Install Telegram on Ubuntu & Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Xfce 4.14 Desktop Officially Released, This is What’s New

Monday 12th of August 2019 01:52:16 PM

Xfce 4.14 has been released. The latest stable version of the lightweight Linux desktop environment includes a swathe of new features and refinements.

This post, Xfce 4.14 Desktop Officially Released, This is What’s New, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

An Improved Yaru Theme is Being Prepped for Ubuntu 19.10

Friday 9th of August 2019 01:10:12 PM

Ubuntu 19.10 features an improved version of the Yaru GTK theme based closely on the Adwaita GTK theme to help ensure consistent appearance of apps.

This post, An Improved Yaru Theme is Being Prepped for Ubuntu 19.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Arrives with Linux Kernel 5.0

Thursday 8th of August 2019 02:05:37 PM

Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS is the latest point release of the 'Bionic Beaver' and features an updated Linux kernel, new graphics drivers, and a lot of bug fixes.

This post, Ubuntu 18.04.3 LTS Arrives with Linux Kernel 5.0, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LibreOffice 6.3 Released, Up to 97% Faster At Opening Files

Thursday 8th of August 2019 10:00:34 AM

The LibreOffice 6.3 release features a crop of enhancements, including file opening improvements, support for redacted text, and compact tabbed bar.

This post, LibreOffice 6.3 Released, Up to 97% Faster At Opening Files, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.10 Will Offer Experimental ZFS File System Option

Wednesday 7th of August 2019 12:42:54 PM

Ubuntu 19.10 will include an experimental ZFS install option in the installer that will install Ubuntu on a ZFS root file system.

This post, Ubuntu 19.10 Will Offer Experimental ZFS File System Option, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Xfce 4.14 Inches Closer to Release, 3 Years After Development Began

Thursday 1st of August 2019 12:53:21 PM

The stable Xfce 4.14 release is on track to launch in the middle of August and will complete work on the desktop environment's port to GTK3.

This post, Xfce 4.14 Inches Closer to Release, 3 Years After Development Began, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Drawing is a Promising ‘Microsoft Paint’ Alternative for Linux (Updated)

Wednesday 31st of July 2019 03:15:03 PM

Looking for a program like Microsoft Paint but for the Linux desktop? Check out the aptly named 'Drawing', a new GTK app that fills the gap.

This post, Drawing is a Promising ‘Microsoft Paint’ Alternative for Linux (Updated), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Mint 19.2 is Now Available to Download

Wednesday 31st of July 2019 02:16:33 PM

The final stable release of Linux Mint 19.2 is now available to download. Linux Mint 19.2 is a long term support (LTS) release and is supported until 2023 with updates. Freshly approved for release, a […]

This post, Linux Mint 19.2 is Now Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Blender 2.80 is Here, And It Blows the Pants Off Any Release Before It

Tuesday 30th of July 2019 08:55:07 PM

Blender 2.80 is the latest update to the free 3D computer graphics app, and sees the famed open source software get a brand new UI.

This post, Blender 2.80 is Here, And It Blows the Pants Off Any Release Before It, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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today's howtos

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  • 3D using Godot

    It is time for another installment of Godot (previous entries: introduction, 2D). This time, I have dived into the world of 3D. The goal is to recreate parts of an old time favorite: Kosmonaut. Something I remember playing a lot on my dad’s 286 with amazing EGA graphics. The state of the game when writing can be seen in the short screen capture below. This is more of a tech demo status than a full game at the moment, but I hope you will still find it interesting. You can also get the complete source code. [...] Once we have a world with a track (the grid map), we add a player to the scene (the yellow blob in the image above – I need to learn Blender to create a proper ship). The player scene contains the ship – and the camera. This means that the camera follows the player automatically – very convenient. The player script is responsible for this ship’s movements based on user input. Inputs can either be pressed for a long time, used for sideways movement, or just tapped (i.e. the release is ignored), used for jumping. Each of the inputs are mapped to a keyboard key (or other input device) in the Project Settings dialog, under the Input Map tab. This feels a bit awkward to me and makes me lose the feeling of flow – but I don’t know how to do it better.

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Xfce 4.16 development phase starting

In the 4.14 cycle we tried to do a 1:1 port of what used to be our Gtk2 desktop environment, avoiding visual changes. In the 4.16 cycle we plan to harmonize the appearance of certain elements that either became inconsistent through the port or already were inconsistent before (e.g. toolbars or inline toolbars). We will also play with client-side decorations where we feel it makes sense (for instance replacing the so-called XfceTitledDialog, that is used for all settings dialogs with a HeaderBar version). Before anyone gets too excited (both positively or negatively): It is not planned to redesign more complex applications (like Thunar) with Headerbars in 4.16. We will however try to keep the experience and looks consistent, which means gradually moving to client side decorations also with our applications (please note that client side decorations are not the same as HeaderBars!). Through this change e.g. “dark modes” in applications will look good (see the part about the Panel below). Now before there is a shitstorm about this change I would kindly ask everyone to give us time to figure out what exactly we want to change in this cycle. Also, switching to client-side decorations alone is not a big visual departure – feel free to also dig through the client-side decorations page if you want to read/see more on this. Read more

GNU/Linux Distros on Distrotest

  • Some New Operating Systems on Distrotest that Caught My Attention!

    Distrotest is one site that provides a variety of Linux distributions that can be run directly on the browser. Or you can also run it on a remote desktop client application, for example using Remmina. So, you can try various linux distributions online without having to install it or make a live CD. when I visited the distrotest. Apparently, there have been many new systems added. However, there are several new systems that caught my attention.

  • Forbes Raves Upcoming Linux Desktop Will 'Embarass' Windows 10 and macOS

    The article points out that Deepin is also a stand-alone desktop environment for any current Linux distribution -- and that it's one of the 248 operating systems available for online testing at DistroTest.net.

kwin-lowlatency 5.17 Brings A Better Experience To The KDE Desktop

Following this week's release of KDE Plasma 5.17, a new release of the independent kwin-lowlatency code has been re-based against version 5.17. Read more