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Ubuntu 17.10 May Make It Easier to Connect to Free Wifi and Improved GUI

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  • Ubuntu 17.10 May Make It Easier to Connect to Free Wifi

    Connecting to free wifi hotspots might be easier Ubuntu 17.10 — something I personally will appreciate!

    I work out of a coffee shop¹ during the week and their free wifi, while not perfect, is decent enough to feed this hungry blog on.

    But Ubuntu has issues trying to connect to the wifi because it uses a captive portal for authentication.

  • GNOME Devs Debut Improved Wi-Fi Settings Panel

    Improved wifi settings are coming as part a redesigned GNOME Control Center. And as you can see in this video, the new wifi panel is looking seriously good.

GNOME: Dash to Dock, Duolingo, GTK Widgets

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  • Dash to Dock – An Enhanced Dock for the GNOME Shell

    Dash to Dock is a GNOME extension dock for the Gnome Shell that turns the dash from the app overview into a dock; enabling users to launch and switch between application windows and desktops a lot faster.

    This extension is particularly useful for Linux users who enjoying customizing virtually every aspect of their desktop. You can decide to display app badges; transition through open app windows using the mouse scrollbar; peek at live window previews using custom keyboard shortcuts; hide favorites from the panel; and show the dock menu on as many monitors that are connected, among other customization options.

  • Duolingo Status Adds Language Learning Reminders to GNOME Desktop

    Are you learning to speak different language using Duolingo, the freemium language-learning platform? If so, you may want to check out this free GNOME Extension.

  • How Custom Effect Widget API evolved

    Subclassing a GtkDrawingArea and drawing a circle, I was trying to run a skeleton-like custom widget code, all I could see was an empty window. Took me to some to ‘realize’ my mistake (I had left the overrided realize callback empty). I was so happy when I managed to draw this circle in cairo Tongue

Desktop: GNU/Linux on PowerPC, Decline of the PC, Canonical's and System76's Desktop Work

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  • Revive a PowerPC Mac Running Linux

    I’m about to show you how to turn that old Mac hardware you have into something useful. It doesn’t matter if it’s an ancient PowerBook G4 or a slightly more recent model of MacBook. Just because it can’t run the latest and greatest version of macOS doesn’t necessarily mean it’s time to put it out to pasture. In this article, I’ll show you how you can revive a PowerPC Mac running Linux, like I’m doing on the PowerBook G4 I’m using to write this article.

  • PC shipments hit the lowest level in a decade [iophk: "Microsoft is dependent on OEM sales of Microsoft Orifice and Microsoft Windows"]

    PC shipments are at their lowest levels since 2007, Gartner says.

  • Ubuntu Desktop Weekly Update: July 14, 2017

    GDM has now replaced LightDM. We’re working on the transition between display managers to make sure that users are seamlessly transitioned to the new stack. We’re doing regular automated upgrade tests to make sure everything keeps working, but we’re keen to get your bug reports.

  • Ubuntu 17.10: Continued Work On VA-API, Switching To GDM

    Will Cooke of Canonical has posted the latest weekly status update concerning happenings for the desktop on Ubuntu 17.10.

    As part of the transition to the GNOME Shell desktop by default, GDM has replaced LightDM as the log-in display manager. They've also demoted around 70 packages from their desktop ISOs to help lighten up the weight.

  • Canonical Working Lately on Packaging More GNOME Apps as Snaps for Ubuntu Linux

    Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop director Will Cooke is back this week with another update on what's going on with the development process of the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system.

    It looks like Canonical's Ubuntu Desktop and Snappy teams are putting a lot of effort lately on packaging as much GNOME apps to the Snap universal binary format as possible, by using the gnome-3-24 platform Snap they created recently. With this, they want to make possible the sharing of common libraries between GNOME apps, which automatically translates to smaller Snaps and easy maintenance of them.

  • Is Terminix The Best Tiling Terminal Emulator on Linux?

    Terminix (aka Tilix) is a tiling terminal emulator for the GNOME desktop. It's featured, fast and frequently recommended — here's why you should try it too.

  • System76 Might Make Their Own OS Installer, Will Ship Automatic Firmware Updates

    Linux laptop vendor System76 has provided a status update on their activities around their Pop!_OS Linux distribution.

    System76 developers continue working on this Ubuntu fork and they have been focusing on more GNOME patches from the desktop side. They also mentioned they are considering writing a new operating system installer. So far they have been hacking on Ubuntu's Ubiquity installer, but they are getting the feeling now that it's over-complicated. They are hoping for a very quick and easy install process with all of the initial user-setup being punted off to GNOME's first-run helper.

GNOME Development: Gnome-Pie, Nautilus and GNOME Builder

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  • Gnome-Pie: A Very Handy Launcher For Your Ubuntu/Linux Mint Desktop

    Indeed, the system you are running on your machine already have launcher or in other case you are using minimal desktop or you don't like to scroll through launcher to find an App you want to launch. It won't be wrong to say Gnome-Pie can be alternative option to your Current OS menu. Gnome-Pie is an awesome circular launcher designed to be fun, fast and visually appealing for Linux desktop. Basically it is made of several pies, each pie consist of multiple slices. The use can press a key stroke to open desired pie. By activating one of its slices, applications may be launched, key presses may be simulated or files can be opened.

  • An update on cloud providers integration

    A quick update on my work for GNOME during GSoC. The initial work from Carlos has been split into a library handling the cloud provider management called libcloudproviders and a patch for GTK+ to add cloud providers to the GtkPlacesSidebar.

  • Nautilus Devs Working on a New Way to Integrate Cloud Providers

    Work is underway on a new way to integrate cloud storage providers with Nautilus, delivering a more consistent and uniform experience.

  • Indexing multiple languages source code in GNOME Builder

    In previous post, Code Search for GNOME Builder: Indexing, I wrote about how indexing of source code is implemented to support searching symbols in GNOME Builder. After discussing with Christian Hergert, we changed the design of indexing to make it easier to support indexing of source code in languages other than C/C++.

    This is the new design,
    An interface IdeCodeIndexer is created. This interface will take a source file of a particular language and returns a list of info of symbols present in that file. Returned list of symbols are in form of GListModel. Any class that implements this interface can provide indexing support for a language.

Xfce, KDE, and GNOME: Exo 0.11.4, Plasma at Akademy, and Dash to Dock

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  • Development Release: Exo 0.11.4

    This release completes the GTK+ 3 port and can now be used for GTK+ 2 or 3 Xfce application development.

  • Xfce's Exo 0.11.4 Completes GTK3 Port

    Exo 0.11.4 is the first release candidate ahead of Exo 0.12 and marks the library's complete port to GTK3.


  • Plasma at Akademy

    As every year, also this year, I will be going to KDE’s yearly world summit, Akademy. This year, it will take place in Almería, Spain. In our presentation “Plasma: State of the Union“, Marco and I will talk about what’s going on in your favorite workspace, what we’ve been working on and what cool features are coming to you, and what our plans for the future are. Topics we will cover range Wayland, web browser integration, UI design, mobile and release and support planning. Our presentation will take place on Saturday at 11:05, right after the key note held by Robert Kaye. If you can’t make it to Spain next week, there will likely be video recordings, which I will post here as soon as they’re widely available.

  • Dash to Dock Adds Monitor Isolation, Improves Window Previews

    A new version of Dash to Dock is now available to install, and it includes monitor isolation, and an improved way to see window previews of running apps.

GNOME: GNOME Shell, Nautilus and University Event

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  • How To Add Blur to GNOME Shell

    Remember how sexy the Unity Dash looked with its background blur effect enabled? Blyr brings something similar to GNOME Shell.

    It’s a straight-forward GNOME extension that adds a blur effect to the Activities Overview screen. A well-stocked settings section provides enough sliders and switches to appease even the most ardent themers among you.

    For instance, the app supports a configurable blur radius (with live preview); lets you toggle on/off the vignette effect (which darkens the edges of the screen), and gives you some control over background brightness. An experimental option to animate the overview transition is also included but, during my testing, this didn’t work.

  • Arc Menu for GNOME Shell Now Lets You Edit Menu Button Icon, Text

    he latest update to the popular Arc Menu extension for GNOME Shell finally let users customize the menu button.

    Fans of this open-source alternative to the Activities Overview have been asking for the ability to customize the menu button, set a custom text label alongside it, and so on — something this release accedes to.

  • 3 New Features Coming to Nautilus

    The release of GNOME 3.26 later this year is likely to bring a sizeable set of changes to the desktop, including new features for Nautilus.

    Yes, GNOME’s default file manager app, which also goes by the more frugal name of ‘Files’, could arrive with some souped up features under the hood.

  • CDF Open Source asked for Fedora + GNOME

    We have visited PUCP university, where a new scientific group called CDF Open Source have meetings on Saturday afternoons.  They previously contacted me, because they argued that they work with Ubuntu and some scientific applications do not work at all.

    This time we only have 5 people in the audience [...]  Maybe I did wrong in propose topics not interested for the CFD community, I would have presented a versus Ubuntu – Fedora performance (benchmarking in Scientific apps).

KDE and GNOME: GCompris, Xane, Mutter, and Recipes

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  • GSoC- Phase 2 Week 1 highlights

    Everything was well planned for a great start for the second phase of GSoC and I anticipated everything to go smoothly since I wouldn’t have any college exams to worry about.

  • "Xane" Another Cool Icon Set For Your Linux Desktop

    There are plenty of icon sets available for Linux desktops and it feels great to see new addition to it, well Xane icons are not new but released almost one year ago under license GNU Lesser General Public V3. Mainly these icons are designed for KDE plasma desktop but also support other desktops such as Gnome, Cinnamon, Mate, Xfce, Unity (lack panel icons), and so on. There are four different variants dark-blue, dark-brown, dark-green, dark-yellow and all of them available in dark and light versions, you can choose which fits your theme. You can report bugs or suggest new icons to include in this icon set via this link. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool to change icons.

  • Progress Report June 26th - July 9th

    Another two weeks have passed, and here I am again, reporting on what I've done. Contrary what the title says, the work period was (once again, sadly) shorter than that. First week, as it might've been known, was the first evaluation week, which I passed (which makes sense, since I'm writing here again, no?)! I want to use this opportunity to thank my mentors for nice feedback they've given me on both the evaluation form and on my previous coding experience.

  • The UI elements to the TODOist Integration with Recipes

    Before starting the project, there was a question as how to deal with TODOist account showing up in control center and serving no purpose when Recipes and gnome-TODO aren’t installed, both of them being non-core apps.

    So, what we did is hide Provider i.e. TODOist from the control center from the providers list and only show it if account is already configured. This hiding is done using a property in gnome-online-accounts that control center respects so as to display todoist or not. But how would that account get added if the provider isn’t visible in the control-center. Solution for this is letting the app itself, be it Recipes or gnome-todo add an account for TODOist. We use an AddAccount method written by Rohit Kaushik (GSoCer with gnome-todo).

GNOME: Codecs and PackageKit in GNOME Software, GNOME Calendar, Flat-Remix Icons, Ubuntu Testing Day

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  • Codecs and PackageKit in GNOME Software on Ubuntu Artful

    PackageKit is a distribution-agnostic API for managing installed software packages on a system. For irritating reasons, Ubuntu was stuck for a long time on an old version of PackageKit, but we recently managed to remove the blockers and update to a modern version.

    For me, a really positive thing to come out of this is that we are able to remove our Ubuntu specific apt plugin inside GNOME Software. This plugin uses both libapt and aptdaemon to manage package listing, installation, updating and removal. We had to write all this code, it isn’t in the upstream package, and it has been the source of bugs in the past — bugs which wouldn’t have happened if we had been able to use PackageKit. Once this work is all uploaded to Ubuntu, we’ll be sharing the same plugin as most other distributions, meaning that we all benefit from everybody’s fixes.

  • GNOME Calendar to support creation of recurring events very soon

    The first phase of my GSoC project is over, and I have passed the evaluation for the same. Honestly speaking, it has been quite a difficult start for me. Given that I had to deal with ‘libical’, which is sparsely documented, and also evolution-calendar code, which is hard to understand, I have finally found the flow that was needed for this project.

    For the last 2 weeks I have been working on a modification in edit-dialog that allows the user to create recurring events. The creation part has been taken care of successfully but the editing part (editing recurrence-rules of already recurring events) is not complete.

  • Flat-Remix Icons And Gnome Shell Theme For Ubuntu/Linux Mint

    Flat Remix icons and Gnome shell theme are not new, both were initially released back in the 2015 and are still in active development. The icon set fits perfect on all kind of dark and light themes, it is release under GPL V3 license. Flat remix icons is a pretty simple icon theme inspired on material design. It is mostly flat with some shadows, highlights and gradients for some depth and uses a colorful palette with nice contrasts, and it is compatible with almost every desktop environments such as Gnome, Unity, KDE, Xfce, Cinnamon, Mate and so on. You can report bugs or suggest new icons to include in this icon set via this link. Flat Remix theme is pretty simple and elegant, it is a material design theme for Gnome Shell. If you find any bugs then report here. You can use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome-tweak-tool to change themes/icons.

  • [Video] Ubuntu Testing Day - GNOME

Say Goodbye to LightDM, GNOME's GDM Login Manager Now Default in Ubuntu 17.10

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Canonical's transition to the GNOME desktop environment for the upcoming Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) operating system, due for release later this year on October 19, 2017, continues with yet another major change.

The company behind the popular Linux-based operating system for desktops, servers, cloud, and IoT (Internet of Things) revealed last month its plans to replace the eye-candy LightDM login manager, which it used until now on numerous Ubuntu releases by default, with GNOME's GDM (GNOME Display Manager).

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Also: Ubuntu 17.10 to Have Hardware-Accelerated Video Playback on AMD, Nvidia GPUs Too

KDE and GNOME: Snap in Discover, Randa Meetings, Distros with KDE Plasma 5.10, Endless OS, and Dash to Panel

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  • Snap in Discover and the GNU/Linux Desktop

    Last week I attended a sprint with the Snap team and some other members of the community. One of the things we looked into was the Software Center story at depth so I thought it’s a good moment to give you an update.


    One of the really cool things about Snap is how well it integrates with cloud/IoT stuff. While this makes it really powerful, us desktop users and developers have seen some things that will need tackling eventually. Things like styling, fonts, icons, etc. need to be properly represented in Snap and it’s good to see this coming together nicely.

  • Snap App Integration in KDE Discover Is Picking Up Pace

    Work on integration Snap app support with KDE Discover is picking up pace, with devs hopeful that a stable backend can feature in Plasma 5.11.

  • Firefox and Plasma Activities

    You may know that when you stop an Activity some opened apps can “hibernate”, they free RAM but when you restart the Activity they reappear in the same state (Dolphin at the same path, Kate and Okular with the same documents etc) and the same size and position on the screen. This generally works for KDE applications. But at the moment KDE misses a good web browser and so I use Firefox.

    Mozilla’s browser has an option to automatically restore the previous session (tabs) when you start it. I use this feature a lot but sometimes I want to keep a session “saved” while I open a new one for another task (work vs study vs entertainment etc). This is why I tried to combine Firefox’s profiles (each one has its own “session”) with Plasma Activities.

  • Randa Meetings 2017 – Registration closes soon
  • How To Fix Qt Creator Doesn't Show Examples and "No Valid Kits Found"
  • Qt Quick Designer – The Coffee Machine

    With Qt Creator 4.3 released a month ago, coming with cool new features for Qt Quick Designer, we decided it is time to create an example that shows the complete intended workflow for Qt Quick Designer and establishes good practices.

    We implemented the UI of a Coffee Machine following the reference design of a professional designer. The designer also provided all graphical assets as PNG images. In the screenshot, you can see the Resource Browser containing all the provided graphical assets. You can use these graphical assets by drag and drop.

  • List of GNU/Linux Distros with KDE Plasma 5.10 + How To Upgrade


  • Simulating read latency with device-mapper

    Like most distros, Endless OS is available as a hybrid ISO 9660 image. The main uses (in my experience) of these images are to attach to a virtual machine’s emulated optical drive, or to write them to a USB flash drive. In both cases, disk access is relatively fast.

  • Dash to Panel Updated with Window Peek, Other New Options

    A new version of Dash to Panel, the popular GNOME extension that adds an icon task bar and system tray to the desktop, has been released.

    Dash to Panel v9 adds a couple of new features, including a Window Peek mode, and some nifty new options, like being able to hide ‘favourites’ from the panel.

    Window Peek is the headline addition in this release. Similar to Windows 7’s Aero Peek, it lets you hover over a task bar preview to see a full-size preview of that app’s window. Helpful for finding a specific app window. Other windows and apps on the desktop are made transparent.

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OpenSUSE fonts – The sleeping beauty guide

Pandora’s box of fonts is one of the many ailments of the distro world. As long as we do not have standards, and some rather strict ones at that, we will continue to suffer from bad fonts, bad contrast, bad ergonomics, and in general, settings that are not designed for sustained, prolonged use. It’s a shame, because humans actually use computers to interface with information, to READ text and interpret knowledge using the power of language. It’s the most critical element of the whole thing. OpenSUSE under-delivers on two fonts – anti-aliasing and hinting options that are less than ideal, and then it lacks the necessary font libraries to make a relevant, modern and pleasing desktop for general use. All of this can be easily solved if there’s more attention, love and passion for the end product. After all, don’t you want people to be spending a lot of time interacting, using and enjoying the distro? Hopefully, one day, all this will be ancient history. We will be able to choose any which system and never worry or wonder how our experience is going to be impacted by the choice of drivers, monitors, software frameworks, or even where we live. For the time being, if you intend on using openSUSE, this little guide should help you achieve a better, smoother, higher-quality rendering of fonts on the screen, allowing you to enjoy the truly neat Plasma desktop to the fullest. Oh, in the openSUSE review, I promised we would handle this, and handle it we did! Take care. Read more

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Direct Rendering Manager and VR HMDs Under Linux

  • Intel Prepping Support For Huge GTT Pages
    Intel OTC developers are working on support for huge GTT pages for their Direct Rendering Manager driver.
  • Keith Packard's Work On Better Supporting VR HMDs Under Linux With X.Org/DRM
    Earlier this year Keith Packard started a contract gig for Valve working to improve Linux's support for virtual reality head-mounted displays (VR HMDs). In particular, working on Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) and X.Org changes needed so VR HMDs will work well under Linux with the non-NVIDIA drivers. A big part of this work is the concept of DRM leases, a new Vulkan extension, and other changes to the stack.

Software: Security Tools, cmus, Atom-IDE, Skimmer Scanner

  • Security Tools to Check for Viruses and Malware on Linux
    First and foremost, no operating system is 100 percent immune to attack. Whether a machine is online or offline, it can fall victim to malicious code. Although Linux is less prone to such attacks than, say, Windows, there is no absolute when it comes to security. I have witnessed, first hand, Linux servers hit by rootkits that were so nasty, the only solution was to reinstall and hope the data backup was current. I’ve been a victim of a (very brief) hacker getting onto my desktop, because I accidentally left desktop sharing running (that was certainly an eye opener). The lesson? Even Linux can be vulnerable. So why does Linux need tools to prevent viruses, malware, and rootkits? It should be obvious why every server needs protection from rootkits — because once you are hit with a rootkit, all bets are off as to whether you can recover without reinstalling the platform. It’s antivirus and anti-malware where admins start getting a bit confused. Let me put it simply — if your server (or desktop for that matter) makes use of Samba or sshfs (or any other sharing means), those files will be opened by users running operating systems that are vulnerable. Do you really want to take the chance that your Samba share directory could be dishing out files that contain malicious code? If that should happen, your job becomes exponentially more difficult. Similarly, if that Linux machine performs as a mail server, you would be remiss to not include AV scanning (lest your users be forwarding malicious mail).
  • cmus – A Small, Fast And Powerful Console Music Player For Linux
    You may ask a question yourself when you see this article. Is it possible to listen music in Linux terminal? Yes because nothing is impossible in Linux. We have covered many popular GUI-based media players in our previous articles but we didn’t cover any CLI based media players as of now, so today we are going to cover about cmus, is one of the famous console-based media players among others (For CLI, very few applications is available in Linux).
  • You Can Now Transform the Atom Hackable Text Editor into an IDE with Atom-IDE
    GitHub and Facebook recently launched a set of tools that promise to allow you to transform your Atom hackable text editor into a veritable IDE (Integrated Development Environment). They call the project Atom-IDE. With the release of Atom 1.21 Beta last week, GitHub introduced Language Server Protocol support to integrate its brand-new Atom-IDE project, which comes with built-in support for five popular language servers, including JavaScript, TypeScript, PHP, Java, C#, and Flow. But many others will come with future Atom updates.
  • This open-source Android app is designed to detect nearby credit card skimmers
    Protecting our data is a constant battle, especially as technology continues to advance. A recent trend that has popped up is the installation of credit card skimmers, especially at locations such as gas pumps. With a simple piece of hardware and 30 seconds to install it, a hacker can easily steal credit card numbers from a gas pump without anyone knowing. Now, an open-source app for Android is attempting to help users avoid these skimmers.