How To Test Internet Speed Via Command Line

If you want to test the Internet speed on a server or you simply want to avoid the speedtest.net Flash interface, you can use speedtest-cli, a command line tool for testing Internet bandwidth.speedtest-cli tests your Internet speed using the popular speedtest.net website and it supports listing servers sorted by distance, testing against a specific server, […]

GIMP: Get Photoshop Like Keyboard Shortcuts, Toolbox Icons And More

To help those who are used to Photoshop, +Martin Owens has created a collection of GIMP 2.8 tweaks that make it more like Adobe Photoshop.The tweaks include Photoshop like toolbox icons, keyboard shortcuts, modified dockable dialogs and even a tweaked background color to match Photoshop.These tweaks were created for GIMP 2.8 so if you use […]

Proudly Introducing: Peppermint Media Group

Peppermint is proud to announce the official launch of the new department of our business: Peppermint Media Group. In response for demand for our… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Read more …

New Command Line YouTube Player And Downloader With Local Playlists Support

youtube-dl is probably the most popular command line YouTube (and not only) downloader for Linux but there’s a new tool that tries to do things a bit differently.pms-youtube (quite an unfortunate name :D) is a new tool which, besides being able to download YouTube videos (either the whole video or just the audio), can also […]

Linux Speech Recognition Using Google Speech API: Google2Ubuntu

Google2Ubuntu is a tool that lets you control your computer using voice commands via the Google speech recognition API.The project is not new but it wasn’t updated for about two years, until recently, when its developer added new some new features along with English support (French was already supported).Currently, Google2Ubuntu comes with the following features:available […]

Sound Switcher Ubuntu Indicator

Sound Switcher Indicator is a sound input/output selector Ubuntu AppIndicator. It allows switching the current sound input and output (source and sink) as well as the specific output port with just two clicks.Using it, can for instance switch between headphones, speakers and HDMI sound output with just two clicks. Or switch between several sound devices […]

QLE Unity Quicklist Editor 2.0 Released

In Unity (and not only, because DockBarX, Plank and Cairo Dock also support Unity quicklists), some applications use “quicklists” which allow you to access common tasks for those applications.But not all applications have quicklists and if you want to add your own or create some custom launchers with quicklists, QLE Unity Quicklist Editor can make […]

Get Unity Global Menu / HUD Support For Java Swing Applications With JAyatana

Java Swing Ayatana is a project that brings Ubuntu global menu (AppMenu) and HUD support for Java Swing applications.JAyatana version 2.0 was released recently, getting support for Ubuntu 13.10 along with a PPA for easy installation. Even though there are no packages for Ubuntu 14.04 yet, Java Ayatana also works with the latest Ubuntu Trusty […]

Upgrade To LibreOffice 4.2 In Ubuntu 13.10 Or 12.04 Via PPA

LibreOffice 4.2, the recently released major update to the default Ubuntu office suite, is now available in its main official PPA, for Ubuntu 13.10 and 12.04. Below you’ll find instructions on how to upgrade to this new version using the PPA.The new version brings better interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, a new monochrome icon set (not […]

Ubuntu 14.10 Might Use Converged QML Applications, Repace Nautilus With Ubuntu Filemanager App

Oliver Grawert, SW-Integration engineer at Canonical posted a message on the Ubuntu Desktop mailing list in which he says that Ubuntu 14.10 is likely to start using converged QML applications on the desktop by default.As you probably know, the plan is to switch to Unity 8 for Ubuntu 14.10 and along with it, it seems […]

Notification Center, Google Now Cards, App Launcher Land In Chrome For Linux (Dev Channel)

The latest Google Chrome unstable (dev channel) for Linux was updated recently, getting the Aura UI stack, Notification Center and App Launcher back. The Aura UI, Notification Center and App Launcher were added to Chrome for Linux a couple of months ago but they was removed shortly after that.  Aura, the new graphical stack for […]

Professional Video Editor `Lightworks` 11.5 Goes Stable For Linux

After being in beta for almost a year, Lightworks, a professional video editing and mastering software, has reached version 11.5 stable, this being the first Lightworks release for Linux. The new version is of course also available for Windows.According to Wikipedia, “Lightworks was an early developer of computer-based non-linear editing systems, and has been in […]

How To Fix A Non-Bootable Ubuntu System Due To Broken Updates Using A LiveCD And Chroot

If your Ubuntu system doesn’t boot because of some broken updates and the bug was fixed in the repositories, you can use an Ubuntu Live CD and chroot to update the system and fix it.1. Create a bootable Ubuntu CD/DVD or USB stick, boot from it and select “Try Ubuntu without installing”. Once you get […]

Cross-Platform Android Emulator `Genymotion` 2.1.0 Brings Android 4.4 Support

Genymotion 2.1.0 has been released, the new version bringing some new features as well as support for the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.For those not familiar with Genymotion, this is a fast, cross-platform Android emulator that comes with pre-configured Android (x86 with OpenGL hardware acceleration) images which support multi-touch gestures, Ethernet, emulation widgets for GPS, battery, […]

LibreOffice 4.2 Released With New Monochrome Icon Theme, GNOME 3 Application Menu Integration And More

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 4.2 today, which “features a large number of performance and interoperability improvements targeted to users of all kinds, but particularly appealing for power and enterprise users”.The new version brings better interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, a new monochrome icon set (not enabled by default), GNOME 3 Application Menu integration and […]

Nautilus 3.10 Available In Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Another important GNOME 3 component was updated to version 3.10 for Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr: Nautilus, the default GNOME file manager.Because Nautilus is also the default Unity file manager, it was patched not to use the new header bars under Unity, so if you use Unity (or other non-GNOME desktop environments), you won’t notice any […]

Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser Plugin Reaches Version 1.0

CoverArt Browser, a Rhythmbox plugin to browse and play music using an album art view, has reached version 1.0.CoverArt Browser is basically more than a plugin and using it, Rhythmbox becomes a new music player. Among the plugin features are:multiple views: tiles, coverflow, carousel or roundabout;configurable search (all fields, albums, artists, etc.);display all your music […]

Make Firefox Use Native Notifications In Linux With GNotifier

Quick tip for Firefox users: GNotifier is a Firefox extension that makes the browser use native notifications on the Linux desktop. The extension currently supports GNOME (Shell), Unity, KDE and Xfce.Below you can see a Firefox notification in action using GNotifier, under Unity and GNOME Shell:Besides regular notifications, like the one displayed when a file […]

DistroWatch Weekly, Issue 543

This week in DistroWatch Weekly: Reviews: First impressions of Korora 20 News: FreeBSD 10.0 launches, Fedora debates DNF, Ubuntu upgrades GNOME, Valve gives Debian developers games, ZFS rescue CD, Bodhi Linux in media Interviews: Bridge Linux, its founder and genesis Released last week: FreeBSD 10.0, Tiny Core Linux…. Read more …

How To Enable AMD Radeon Dynamic Power Management (DPM) In Ubuntu 13.10

The open source AMD Radeon driver got dynamic power management support with Linux Kernel 3.11. With this, the GPU and memory clocks adjust dynamically based on load, useful for saving power.This feature is not enabled by default, at least in Ubuntu 13.10 (it will probably be enabled by default in Ubuntu 14.04) so here’s how […]