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 […]

Unity 7 To Get New Window Decorations With Anti-Aliased Corners [Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr]

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr: Unity 7 will get new window decorations inside Unity which will not depend on the Compiz “decor” plugin or a decorator such as gtk-window-decorator.The new Unity window decorations will support full GTK3 theming, they will introduce improved resizing speed and, something many of you have requested, anti-aliased corners.Unfortunately, the new Unity […]

Nautilus Type-Ahead Find Feature Enabled By Default In Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr: Nautilus 3.8 was updated with a patch that allows switching between the type-ahead find (interactive search) feature that was available in Nautilus 3.4 and the new recursive search that was introduced with Nautilus 3.6.Further more, the default behavior in Ubuntu was set to type ahead find, instead of the recursive search […]

Pidgin Indicator: Ubuntu AppIndicator Plugin For Pidgin

Pidgin uses the Ubuntu Messaging Menu but many people prefer its old tray icon, which you could whitelist to use the systray. That’s no longer possible out of the box with Ubuntu 13.04 and 13.10 because the Unity systray whitelist was removed (there is a PPA that restores the systray whitelist though) but luckily, Philip Langdale […]

Pepper Flash Player Installer For Chromium Available In The Ubuntu 14.04 Repositories

A Pepper Flash Player installer for Chromium browser has been added to the official Ubuntu 14.04 repositories.As many of you already know, the latest Adobe Flash Player is available for Linux only through Google Chrome while other browsers are stuck with version 11.2. Further more, Flash 11.2 will stop working in Chromium because it uses […]

Pipelight Brings Widevine Support For Linux Web Browsers

Pipelight, a project that allows you to install Silverlight to any Linux browser that supports the Netscape Plugin API (Firefox, Chrome, Midori), allowing you to use video streaming websites such as Neflix, has been updated yesterday, getting Widevine support and Linux windowless mode.For those not familiar with Pipelight, this is a WINE browser plugin that […]

Intel Linux Graphics Installer 1.0.3 Released For Ubuntu 13.10 And Fedora 19

Intel has released an update for for its Linux Graphics Installer, available for Ubuntu 13.10 and Fedora 19.The Intel Linux Graphics Installer is a tool developed by Intel that allows users to easily upgrade to the latest graphics drivers for Intel hardware. The installer automatically adds a repository used for upgrading the packages provided by […]

Fix: Dropbox Fails To Start With “VerificationError: importing pylinux…” Bug

Some Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian and Arch Linux (and probably other Linux distributions) users are experiencing problems with Dropbox. It seems that some recent Python update breaks Dropbox (it doesn’t affect new installations though), resulting in the following error:Starting Dropbox…Traceback (most recent call last):File “dropbox/client/main.py”, line 13, in File “autogen_explicit_imports.py”, line 13, in File “ui/common/selective_sync.py”, […]

GNOME Shell 3.10 Lands In The Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Repositories

Great news for Ubuntu GNOME / GNOME Shell fans: GNOME Shell 3.10 has landed in the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr repositories. Currently, the package is available in the Proposed repositories.GNOME Control Center and GNOME Settings Daemon were both heavily patched for Unity and updating them (required to be able to update GNOME Shell to […]

WildGuppy Adjusts Your Laptop’s Brightness Automatically Using The Camera As a Light Sensor

Improper screen brightness can cause your eyes to tire faster and a bright screen at night can make it difficult to fall asleep. WildGuppy tries to overcome this by adjusting your laptop’s brightness automatically based on the ambient light, using the laptop camera as a light sensor.WildGuppy can be used either via command line or […]

Cloud Sync Tool `Seafile` 2.1 Released

Seafile is an open source cloud synchronization and collaboration tool that you can install on your own server. It comes with desktop clients for Linux, Windows and Mac as well as mobile clients for Android and iOS.Seafile features file libraries which can be synchronized separately, wiki module, group discussion module, online rich document / markdown […]

Banshee 2.9.0 Lands In The Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Repositories

Banshee 2.9.0 was recently uploaded to the official Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr repositories. This is the first release that uses GTK3 and among others, it adds device synchronization for Symbian.Banshee is a cross-platform media player built using Mono and GTK# that uses GStreamer for playing various media formats. It was once the default Ubuntu media […]

Switchboard 2.0 Lands In Isis

As part of our ongoing work on Isis, Corentin Noël and a few others have given Switchboard a major overhaul of both its backend and frontend. The new Switchboard 2.0 is faster, more future proof, and even a bit sexier. Link to original source

Enable Hardware Acceleration In Chrome / Chromium Browser [Quick Tip]

Many of you probably already know about this but for the rest, here’s a quick tip that you might find useful. Quick tip: If you use Chrome or Chromium browsers and hardware acceleration is disabled for your graphics card, you can try to force it to get better video playback performance (for instance on YouTube) […]

Prime Indicator Lets You Quickly Switch Between Nvidia And Intel Graphics [Ubuntu 14.04]

Prime Indicator is a small, helpful Ubuntu AppIndicator for Nvidia Optimus users running Ubuntu 14.04 which allows users to quickly switch between Intel and Nvidia graphics cards.As we pointed out a while back, it’s possible to switch between Nvidia and Intel graphics in Ubuntu 14.04 and to do this, you must open Nvidia Settings, change […]