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 […]

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”, […]