Ubuntu To Use Its Own Display Server Called Mir, Unity To Be Ported To Qt/QML

According to a recent announcement, Ubuntu will use its own Display Server called Mir, replacing X window server. The reason for this is that “none of the existing solutions would allow us to implement our vision without taking major compromises which would come at the cost of user experience and quality”. Mir, a display server […]

AppIndicator Support For GNOME Shell With A New Extension

A new extension adds Ubuntu Unity-like AppIndicator support for GNOME Shell, a feature for which some patches were submited more than a year ago, but they were rejected because the feature “conflicts with the design”.AppIndicators have are widely used now, with Ubuntu disabling the message tray (systray) by default, and popular applications like Dropbox or […]

Unity Stacks Application `Drawers` Updated With New Active Drawers Feature, Other Changes

Drawers is an application that creates “stacks” (drawers) on the Unity Launcher, which can be used to organize various files, folders, applications or links for quick access, create drawers that automatically display the applications in a category and more.A new “Active Folder” drawerThe application has been updated today, getting quite a few new features, including […]

Everpad 2.5 Released With Note Sharing, Filter By Tags, More

Everpad is a Linux client for Evernote, a popular note taking service. The application comes with a Unity lens that supports previews, Ubuntu AppIndicator for quickly accessing your notes, supports Evernote tags, notebooks, resources, places and more.Even though it has many Unity-specific features, Everpad isn’t just for Unity and it works with GNOME Shell or […]

How To Disable The GNOME Shell AppMenu While Retaining Its Functionality

GNOME has introduced the AppMenu for some of its core applications a while back (for some applications like Epiphany, with GNOME 3.4 and for others like Nautilus, etc. with GNOME 3.6), meaning that part of the menu or the whole menu is displayed as a drop-down on the top GNOME Shell bar:Some applications now have […]

Unity Gets New Quicklists Window Switching Feature [Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail]

Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail: Unity has been updated today and besides many bug fixes, the update brings a new feature which allows users to switch between multiple windows of an application using quicklists:Right clicking an icon in the launcher to easily switch between open windows isn’t a new idea and a while back, we wrote […]

Unity Notification Area (Systray) Whitelist Is Obsolete [Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail Changes]

Old notification area (before AppIndicators)The notification area (systray) was removed from the Unity panel with Ubuntu 11.04, but you could still use it by whitelisting applications which would allow the icons to show up in the notification area. But not any more! A recent Unity update in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail mentions that the “Notification […]

LibreOffice 4.0 Available For Download

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 4.0 today, which, according to the official announcement, is the “first release that reflects the objectives set by the community at the time of the announcement, in September 2010: a cleaner and leaner code base, an improved set of features, better interoperability, and a more diverse and inclusive ecosystem”.The […]

How To Get Unity Launcher Window Dodge In Ubuntu 12.10 Or 13.04

The patch that adds the old window dodge autohide behaviour for the Unity Launcher hasn’t been updated for Ubuntu 12.10, but an old script that implements the same behaviour, with some limitations, now works with Ubuntu 12.10 and even 13.04.The Unity Dodge Windows script was initially created by Jorge for Ubuntu 12.04 and it has […]

Unity Reboot (Launcher To Quickly Reboot In A Different OS) Updated For Ubuntu 12.10 And 13.04

Today I’ve updated Unity Reboot to work with the latest GRUB 2.0 available in Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04.Unity Reboot is a custom Unity launcher that can be used to quickly reboot into a different OS / Linux distribution, useful for those who dual boot (or triple boot or… it should work with any number of […]

Unity Revamped PPA Is Back For Ubuntu 12.04 (Unity Launcher Dodge, Minimize On Click Features)

The Unity Revamped PPA is back for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This is a PPA that comes with a custom Unity build that brings back the old “Dodge windows” and “Dodge active window” Launcher hide behaviour as well as a feature that many have requested: minimize / restore windows by clicking on their icon in the […]

Unity Changes – Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

As you probably know, there will be no alpha milestones for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail and Unity has got some minor, but interesting changes since the Raring development has begun, so I though I’d make a video showing some of these features so you can see what’s new.For instance, in an update last night, the […]

Unity Stacks Application `Drawers` Gets New Features

Drawers, an application that can be used to create stacks (drawers) on the Unity Launcher, has been updated to version 12.12.1, getting new features which some of you have requested such as an option to automatically close drawer when focus is lost and more.Drawers lets you create launchers for Unity on which you can add […]

Evernote Linux Client `Everpad` Available For GNOME Shell, KDE

Everpad, an Evernote (note taking service) client for Linux, has reached version 2.3, getting GNOME Shell support (TopIcon extension is recommended), along with other new features and improvements.Everpad features:supports Everpad notes, tags, netbooks, resources, placesUnity lens with previews supportUbuntu AppIndicatorThe latest Everpad 2.3 should now work with GNOME Shell, however, since the GNOME Shell Message […]

Variety Wallpaper Changer Sees New Release

Variety, a cool wallpaper changer that works with most desktop environments (KDE, LXDE, Xfce and Unity / GNOME Shell), has reached version 0.4.12.Changes in Variety 0.4.12:quotes support – Variety can fetch quotes from QuotesDaddy and display them on top of the desktop. The quotes are highly customizable: you can change the text color, backdrop color, […]

New Icons For Ubuntu Software Center, Nautilus, Software Updater And Unity Launcher Revealed [Ubuntu 13.04]

A bug called “Update the default wallpaper in 13.04″ has been reported on Launchpad today, revealing the new Ubuntu 13.04 wallpaper which, like we’re used to, is just a slightly modified version of the previous default wallpaper:But the bug report I was talking about revealed something a lot more interesting than this: it links to […]

Patched NotifyOSD With Close On Click And Other Customizations Available For Ubuntu 12.10

The patched NotifyOSD maintained by Leolik has been updated recently to support Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal. Using this package, Ubuntu users can customize the NotifyOSD notifications bubbles color and size, position on the screen, close the notifications on click and tweak many other options.Here’s an old video in which you can see the patched NotifyOSD […]

Ubuntu Tweak Gets Full Ubuntu 12.10 Support With Version 0.8.2

Ubuntu Tweak, a popular tweak tool, was updated yesterday to version 0.8.2, which brings full support for Ubuntu 12.10, so the features that weren’t working in the previous version, like changing the window titlebar theme, broken quicklist editor or the option to change the window button order, should all work now.Besides getting the already existing […]

Tweak Unity With Unsettings 0.08, Now With Ubuntu 12.10 Support

Unsettings, a tool that lets you tweak Unity, has reached version 0.08, getting support for Unity 6 and thus Ubuntu 12.10.Unsettings 0.08 brings some new features as well:option to force fast minimize animationoption to force low graphics modeshow real name on paneloption to disable online search results in DashUnity WebApps supportUI tweaksmore Unsettings can be […]

Things You Do After Installing Ubuntu 12.10

If you’ve been following WebUpd8 for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we used to make a post with things to tweak after each Ubuntu release (here are the 12.04 and 11.10 posts). This time, let’s do things differently!I’ll start by sharing with you the first things I did after installing the latest Ubuntu 12.10 […]