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Happy Birthday, Linux!

1 hour 45 min ago

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]

5 hours 43 min ago

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

Feedreader, Liferea, and Thunderbird are three of the most popular desktop RSS readers for Linux, but now there’s a new option on the scene. GNOME Feeds app is simple, no-frills desktop RSS reader for Linux […]

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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Debian: Introducing Noir, miniDebConf19 Vaumarcus and New FAI.me Feature

  • Introducing Noir

    Noir is a drop-in replacement for Black (the uncompromising code formatter), with the default line length set to PEP-8's preferred 79 characters. If you want to use it, just replace black with noir in your requirements.txt and/or setup.py and you're good to go. Black is a Python code formatter that reformats your code to make it more PEP-8 compliant. It implements a subset of PEP-8, most notably it deliberately ignores PEP-8's suggestion for a line length of 79 characters and defaults to a length of 88. I find the decision and the reasoning behind that somewhat arbitrary. PEP-8 is a good standard and there's a lot of value in having a style guide that is generally accepted and has a lot of tooling to support it. When people ask to change Black's default line length to 79, the issue is usually closed with a reference to the reasoning in the README. But Black's developers are at least aware of this controversial decision, as Black's only option that allows to configure the (otherwise uncompromising) code formatter, is in fact the line length. Apart from that, Black is a good formatter that's gaining more and more popularity. And, of course, the developers have every right to follow their own taste. However, since Black is licensed under the terms of the MIT license, I tried to see what needs to be done in order to fix the line length issue.

  • miniDebConf19 Vaumarcus – Oct 25-27 2019 – Registration is open

    The Vaumarcus miniDebConf19 is happening! Come see the fantastic view from the shores of Lake Neuchâtel, in Switzerland! We’re going to have two-and-a-half days of presentations and hacking in this marvelous venue and anybody interested in Debian development is welcome.

  • New FAI.me feature

    FAI.me, the build service for installation and cloud images has a new feature. When building an installation images, you can enable automatic reboot or shutdown at the end of the installation in the advanced options. This was implemented due to request by users, that are using the service for their VM instances or computers without any keyboard connected.

FreeBSD's Executive Director Calls For Linux + BSD Devs To Work Together

While called the Open-Source Summit, the event is primarily about Linux as after all it's hosted by the Linux Foundation. But at this week's Open-Source Summit in San Diego, Deb Goodkin as the executive director of the FreeBSD Foundation presented. Deb's talk was of course on FreeBSD but also why FreeBSD and Linux developers should work together. The presentation covered FreeBSD's development workflow and various features of this open-source operating system project for those unfamiliar as well as some of the companies utilizing FreeBSD and their different use-cases. It's a good overview for those not familiar with FreeBSD. Read more

Enlightenment DR 0.23.0 Release

Highlights: New padded screenshot option Meson build now is the build system Music Control now supports rage mpris dbus protocol Add Bluez5 support with totally new and redone module and gadget Add dpms option to turn it off or on Alt-tab window switcher allows moving of windows while alt-tabbing Lots of bug fixes, compile warning fixes etc. Massive improvements to Wayland support Read more Also: Enlightenment 0.23 Released With Massive Wayland Improvements

LG Has Been Working On Reduced Boot Times With Hibernation Optimizations

LG Electronics has been exploring improvements around hibernation/suspend-to-disk to speed-up the Linux boot process for consumer electronics rather than performing cold boots and as part of that is working towards upstream optimizations. While hibernation-based booting is generally quicker than performing cold boots, suspending to disk does yield extra writes to the NAND flash memory on these consumer devices and that is one of the things they are seeking to avoid. So it's been an effort not only to speed-up the hibernation boot process but also reducing the amount of data that needs to be written out to the flash storage. Read more