Point Linux, a GNU/Linux distribution that aims to combine the power of Debian GNU/Linux with the productivity of MATE, has just received another stable version, 2.3.
The developers of Point Linux provide two different branches for this distribution, one stable and one in the Beta stages. The reason for this decision is quite simple. The stable version is based on Debian “Wheezy” and the development version on Debian testing “Jessie.”
The stable version of Point Linux… (read more)
mps-youtube, a command line tool to search, play and YouTube videos with local playlists support, has received quite a few changes since our previous article about it. The most important new feature is YouTube playlist support: you can now search and play YouTube playlists.Searching YouTube playlists in the latest mps-youtubeUnfortunately, mps-youtube doesn’t yet support downloading complete YouTube playlists, but hopefully this will be added in a future release.Here are the most important changes in mps-youtube since our previous article (current version: 0.1.38)added prompt to mux audio on m4v download;faster opening of audio streams;added “pls <query>” command to search for YouTube playlists;added “pl <playlist url>” command to open YouTube playlist url;added “dlurl <YouTube url>” command for directly downloading a YouTube video;added “playurl <YouTube url>” command for directly playing a YouTube video;added “url <YouTube url>” command for retrieving a specific YouTube video;added “i<number>” for YouTube playlist information display;added stream url preloading for first item of opened YouTube playlistssame playlist file is now shared between Python2.7+ and Python3+ (was separate);list user uploads using “user <username>”;other changes and many bug fixes.YouTube playlist loaded in mps-youtubeInstall mps-youtube1. mps-youtube can be installed using pip. To Install pip in Ubuntu, use the following command:sudo apt-get install python-pip2.
The developers behind the Black Lab Linux distribution have announced the new set-top box, called Black Lab Media System, based on new Linux distribution.
The Black Lab Linux distributions have been gaining a lot of popularity in the past few months, ever since they had to change their name from OS/4 OpenLinux due to some patent issues. It seems that the change did them a lot of good and they have been releasing new versions and updates very often.
Now, you might wond… (read more)
Mozilla has introduced a new open-source JPEG encoding library that it claims can measurably reduce the file-size of encoded images…
The OpenELEC HTPC/multimedia Linux distribution is out today with their first beta release of the upcoming 4.0 series. OpenELEC 4.0 will bring many front-end and back-end changes to this distribution centered around XBMC…
Krita, an application that is used to make digital painting files from scratch, has received a major update, bringing the version number up to 2.8.
Software developed for professional designers and artists is hard to find for free, if we take a look at the Windows and Mac OS counterparts, but the developers of Krita are offering an amazing application at no cost, with features that would make a lot of other developers jealous.
Surprisingly enough, one of the biggest f… (read more)
Stephan Raue has announced the availability of the first beta release of OpenELEC 4.0, an upcoming major update to the project’s multimedia distribution featuring the XBMC entertainment media hub: “The OpenELEC team is proud to announce its first beta of OpenELEC 4.0. The team has made a huge….
A new Steam Hardware Survey has been released for the month of February, and besides a few minor changes to the structure of the survey, the Linux percentages have remained largely the same.
The Linux usage of Steam has flatlined for a while at the 1.30% mark, if we take into account the new way the Linux distributions are arranged in the Steam Hardware Survey.
We reported a short while ago that Valve had made some small, but important modifications to the way the Ste… (read more)
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) is still on track for an April release, and the Ubuntu developers are working to implement the latest Linux kernel available at this time.
For now, the latest Linux kernel available is 3.13.5, which has been released for a couple of weeks already. Usually, a new Linux kernel is made available on almost on a weekly basis, but it’s not a rule. Instead of reading about Ubuntu developers getting the latest 3.13.6 into their distributions, we see that th… (read more)
A member of the Croteam game studio revealed that a new Serious Sam game was on its way, along with a new IP and, if history is any indication, both of them will be available for the Linux players also.
The Croteam developers made a name for themselves with these insane games in the Serious Sam universe. The latest one that they made, Serious Sam 3, was ported to the Linux platform and for a while it was the flagship title on Steam for Linux.
Serios Sam 3 was the firs… (read more)
Canonical is still working hard on the Mir display server, and a developer has just posted an important update regarding the evolution of Mir.
The Mir display server was initially scheduled for launch in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, but the Ubuntu developers decided that it wasn’t quite ready for the public. Another problem was that some applications would not work on Mir, for obvious reasons, and Chromium is just one of them.
Ubuntu developer Robert Carr has brought us some goo… (read more)
The Calligra team is proud and pleased to announce the release of version 2.8 of the Calligra Suite, Calligra Active and the Calligra Office Engine. This version is the result of thousands of commits which provide new features, polishing of the user experience and bug fixes.
New in This Release
Major new features in this release are comments support in Author and Words, improved Pivot tables in Sheets, improved stability and the ability to open hyperlinks in Kexi. Flow introduces SVG based stencils and as usual there are many new features in Krita including touch screens support and a wraparound painting mode for the creation of textures and tiles.
You can find more details in the official announcement on the calligra site.
What is Bootstrap? If you own a website, you’ve probably seen the word “Bootstrap” while skimming through articles about web-design and development. You may have also overheard the word “Bootstrap” being tossed around by web-designers at coffee shops and bars around the world. These people know what Bootstrap is and the enormous benefits that it brings web-development world. But do you know why insisting on using the Bootstrap framework for your website is a smart choice?
In this 2 Part Series, I’ll go over the history of Bootstrap, what is Bootstrap exactly, along with several reasons why incorporating Bootstrap in your next website project is a great move.
History of Bootstrap
In 2011, Bootstrap was created as an internal solution to solve developing inconsistencies within Twitter’s engineering team. Basically, there was no set code-structure in the way that engineers at Twitter chose to develop the platform.
Web-developing and web-engineering is a craft, many would say it’s an art, and each engineer has their own way of doing things. That works in some cases, but when there are multiple engineers working on the same project with slightly different coding approaches, inconsistencies are inevitable. Inconsistencies in web-engineering can simmer and evolve into deep rooted coding issues that create uncertainty and increase maintenance time. Bootstrap was a tool originally developed by (now former) Twitter engineers Mark Otto and Jacob Thorton as an attempt to encourage Twitter’s engineering team to use the same framework to minimize those inconsistencies. Needless to say, the Bootstrap initiative succeeded at Twitter as the entire team worked faster, more efficiently and with fewer inconsistencies.
Although it started as an internal solution at Twitter, Mark and Jacob quickly realized that they were on to something much greater. In August of 2011, the Bootstrap framework was released as an open-source project on Github. Within the next few months thousands of developers around the world contributed to the code and Bootstrap became the most active open-source development project in the world. Since then, Bootstrap has only gained in notoriety and has become “the most popular front-end framework for developing responsive, mobile first projects on the web”
So…What the heck is Bootstrap?
Put simply, Bootstrap is a collection of various, customizable web-design elements and functions all pre-packaged together in one tool. When designing a website with Bootstrap, developers can pick and choose which elements to use. More importantly, they can feel confident knowing that the elements they chose will not conflict with each other. It’s like having a puzzle, except that each puzzle-piece fits perfectly with the next, no matter what you choose.
In August of 2013, two years after the original release, Bootstrap 3 shipped out. This latest version has a new design, better error handling, enhanced customization options and many more goodies that make developers jump for joy.
All of this translates to good news for developers and website owners alike. Stay tuned for Part 2 as I’ll answer the big question, why should you insist on a Bootstrap framework for your website? Thanks for reading and be sure to share your thoughts about PrestaShop and Bootstrap in the comments below.
uGet 1.10.4, a download manager for the Linux platform that features all the options you could possibly want, has been released, and the developers are also celebrating the 11th Year of uGet.
You might not realize, but uGet has been around for a long time and the developers are now celebrating their “11th Year of uGet.” As you can imagine, a lot of things have happened in 11 years, but the development for the software continued uninterrupted, gathering a lot of feature… (read more)
What was looking to be a slow news day turned into an interesting perusal headlines. Today The Daily Star introduces readers to Linux and Open Source applications and two bloggers have put Linux Mint Debian Edition 201403 through its paces. Fedora’s "Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell" policy and Jim Whitehurst on leadership are also featured. The Daily Star featured a piece today highlighting some of the advantages of running Linux and the Open Source applications usually included. He recommends Ubuntu for the beginner because it’s the "easiest to set up and perfect for learning the ropes." There isn’t a whole lot Earth shattering there except for the redux of old Linux comics. It’s worth the trip for those. Linux Mint Debian 201403 was just released but two bloggers have burned the midnight LEDs to produce their reviews. LinuxBSDos.com did not like the hard drive installer one bit saying "user-friendly is not a term I can use to describe it." However, the Hectic Geek said, "The installer is very intuitive & easy to use." But it wasn’t all rosy there either, in fact, both had issues. See Geek’s review for a thorough look-see including a few benchmarks and LinuxBSDos.com’s for lots and
Last month I wrote about Intel’s Bay Trail NUC Kit on Linux and shared some early Intel Bay Trail Linux benchmarks. That earlier testing was done from Ubuntu 13.10 but this DN2820FYKH NUC can also be made to work quite well with Fedora 20. Here’s the experience on setting up Fedora 20 for the Intel Bay Trail NUC Kit and some Ubuntu vs. Fedora benchmarks from this low-power, mini Intel system.
Ubuntu for phones may not be one of the most widely spread operating systems out there, but one developer showed how things will soon work, by releasing a game on Ubuntu and then porting it to iOS and Android.
There are probably very few applications, if any, developed natively for Ubuntu and then ported to other platforms, like Android and iOS. The Riddling game might be the first example of its kind.
The title is developed by just two guys from kryogenix.org and pro… (read more)
Dropbox 2.7.41, a client for an online service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere, is an experimental version that has just been released and users have been invited to test it.
The new experimental build of the Dropbox client is now ready for download, and even if it’s not one of the biggest releases so far, it comes with few interesting changes. One of those changes concerns the Linux users directly, which is a rare occurrence when it comes to the Lin… (read more)
MATE 1.8 has been released, here’s how you can install it in Ubuntu 13.10.
Prominent features of this release are support (in the installer) for computers with UEFI firmware and for GPT partitions. But the installer, as you will read in the next section, is the weakest part of this distribution, a problem it shares with most distributions that are based on Debian.