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How To Use Totem Video Player to Watch YouTube

Tuesday 28th of March 2017 02:29:52 AM

Did you know that you can watch YouTube videos on the Ubuntu desktop without using a web browser? Chances are you did, but it's taken me a while to notice it!

This post, How To Use Totem Video Player to Watch YouTube, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Rock On: Deepin Music is Now Available as a Snap App on Ubuntu

Monday 27th of March 2017 05:57:56 PM

Deepin envy is a condition afflicting Linux users who like the look of Deepin Linux’s apps, but don’t want to switch entire distro to use then. And there’s finally a cure: Snaps. Snap apps allow applications to bundle in all of their dependencies, which makes it easy for apps that typically rely on a certain set of […]

This post, Rock On: Deepin Music is Now Available as a Snap App on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Easy Way to Install Mesa 17.0.2 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Monday 27th of March 2017 01:14:03 PM

Mesa 17.0.2 backports can now be installed from the Ubuntu X Swat Updates PPA on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS & 16.10, giving users with the latest stable mesa release.

This post, The Easy Way to Install Mesa 17.0.2 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Hurrah! Dash to Dock Now Supports GNOME 3.24

Monday 27th of March 2017 11:57:11 AM

The Dash to Dock GNOME Shell Extension has been updated to support GNOME 3.24, and improves its app launch keyboard shortcut feature.

This post, Hurrah! Dash to Dock Now Supports GNOME 3.24, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Fman is Cross-Platform Dual Pane File Manager

Monday 27th of March 2017 11:34:49 AM

If you’re looking for a dual-pane file manager available for Linux (or macOS or Windows) look no further than Fman. Fman is pitched as “modern file manager for power users”. It has a clean design, runs quickly, and its functionality can be extended through plugins. While it is unlikely to prove a compelling lure to users reliant on Nautilus, Thunar or Dolphin, […]

This post, Fman is Cross-Platform Dual Pane File Manager, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Gemini PDA is a 5.7-inch, 10-Core PDA That Runs Android & Linux

Sunday 26th of March 2017 08:34:04 PM

I'm late; I've only just come across the Gemini PDA crowdfunder on IndieGoGo, which launched at the start of this month. And boy am I in love.

This post, Gemini PDA is a 5.7-inch, 10-Core PDA That Runs Android & Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Telegram CLI User? Here’s a File Sending Script for Dolphin

Sunday 26th of March 2017 04:47:23 PM

Are you a KDE user of Telegram CLI? If so, OMG! reader Alessandro Longo has something you might want to use. He’s mailed in to link to a small service menu he’s written for the KDE Dolphin file manager. It’s aim? To make sending files from your KDE desktop to your Telegram buddies a little quicker. […]

This post, Telegram CLI User? Here’s a File Sending Script for Dolphin, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The GNOME Extensions Website Has A New Look

Sunday 26th of March 2017 12:14:13 PM

Every GNOME Shell user will visit the official GNOME Shell Extensions website at least once. And if those users do so this weekend they’ll notice a small difference as the GNOME Shell Extensions website is sporting a minor redesign. This online repo plays host to a stack of terrific add-ons that add additional features and tweak existing ones. From weather […]

This post, The GNOME Extensions Website Has A New Look, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Flowblade Video Editor 1.12 Released, Adds 2 New Tools

Friday 24th of March 2017 02:05:28 PM

A shiny new version of open-source video editor Flowblade is available for download — and it come with a pair of nifty new editing tools.

This post, Flowblade Video Editor 1.12 Released, Adds 2 New Tools, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox Sync Support Is Coming to GNOME Web

Friday 24th of March 2017 01:08:46 PM

GNOME Web (aka the browser formerly known as Epiphany) is working to add Firefox Sync support, letting users keep bookmarks, history and open-tabs in sync across devices.

This post, Firefox Sync Support Is Coming to GNOME Web, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

They’re Here: Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 2 Flavours Available to Download

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 09:44:52 PM

Arriving alongside Ubuntu 17.04 Beta release are new beta builds from the rest of the Ubuntu family, including Xubuntu and Ubuntu Budgie.

This post, They’re Here: Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 2 Flavours Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Ubuntu 17.04 Beta Is Now Available to Download

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 09:09:17 PM

Ubuntu 17.04 Beta 2 is available to download.  The release is the first formal development snapshot of the Ubuntu 17.04, and it gives testers and early adopters the chance to kick the tyres on the next major Ubuntu release ahead of its debut next month. Other Ubuntu flavors, including Ubuntu MATE and Xubuntu, which have made prior alpha and beta releases […]

This post, The Ubuntu 17.04 Beta Is Now Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Official GNOME 3.24 Release Video Is Here

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 08:49:48 PM

By now you’re probably well aware that a new update to the GNOME desktop has been released — and if you’re not, where’ve you been?!  GNOME 3.24 features a number of neat new features, welcome improvements, and important advances, most of which we’ve documented in blog posts during the course of this week. But reading about […]

This post, The Official GNOME 3.24 Release Video Is Here, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Has Interest in Ubuntu Peaked?

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 03:48:12 PM

This graph represents Google search volume for Ubuntu (the OS) from 2004 until now, 2017. Looking at the image it us hard to not conclude one thing: that interest in Ubuntu has peaked. But has it? I think there are a couple of possible reasons why people Google for information on or about Ubuntu less than they used to. And most of those  reasons are actually […]

This post, Has Interest in Ubuntu Peaked?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Xfce Bug Is Wrecking Users’ Monitors

Thursday 23rd of March 2017 01:38:39 PM

A bug in Xfce is causing damage to some user's monitors, and a proposed patch has yet to be accepted upstream.

This post, This Xfce Bug Is Wrecking Users’ Monitors, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dominator Bundle Includes Rocket League, Starts from $1

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 07:33:25 PM

f you’re the only Linux gamer to not own the super rad Rocket League, here’s your chance as it's included in the latest Bundle Stars offer.

This post, Dominator Bundle Includes Rocket League, Starts from $1, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME 3.24 Released, This Is What’s New

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 02:28:28 PM

Hurrah! GNOME 3.24 is now available to download. The latest stable release of the open-source GNOME desktop, GNOME 3.24 brings a number of new features and improvements to the proverbial table, including one that might even help you sleep better! 6 months in development and comprising of 28,459 changes, GNOME 3.24 is the 33rd release of the popular open-source […]

This post, GNOME 3.24 Released, This Is What’s New, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Netflix Finally Adds Support for Firefox on Linux

Wednesday 22nd of March 2017 12:33:09 PM

You can finally binge watch your favourite Netflix shows in Firefox for Linux -- zero fuss and no user-agent trickery required.

This post, Netflix Finally Adds Support for Firefox on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Chromium Rolls Out Enhanced GTK3 Theme Support

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 10:54:39 PM

Chromium is sporting greater GTK3 support in its latest daily development snapshots. Developers have begun building the browser with proper GTK3 theme integration enabled by default. I know: hardly ground breaking, but as Chromium (and its more popular sibling, Google Chrome) are widely used by Ubuntu users, it’s a change worth a note. The open-source browser has […]

This post, Chromium Rolls Out Enhanced GTK3 Theme Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Indicator DOOM Gives Your Ubuntu Desktop the Badass CPU Monitor It Deserves

Tuesday 21st of March 2017 04:32:26 PM

Bored of traditional CPU monitors for Ubuntu? Level up with this muscle-bound alternative inspired by the video game DOOM.

This post, Indicator DOOM Gives Your Ubuntu Desktop the Badass CPU Monitor It Deserves, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: OSS and Sharing

  • Making your OpenStack monitoring stack highly available using Open Source tools
    Operators tasked with maintaining production environments are relying on monitoring stacks to provide insight to resource usage and a heads-up to threats of downtime. Perhaps the most critical function of a monitoring stack is providing alerts which trigger mitigation steps to ensure an environment stays up and running. Downtime of services can be business-critical, and often has extremely high cost ramifications. Operators working in cloud environments are especially reliant on monitoring stacks due to the increase in potential inefficiency and downtime that comes with greater resource usage. The constant visibility of resources and alerts that a monitoring stack provides, makes it a fundamental component of any cloud.
  • InfraRed: Deploying and Testing Openstack just made easier!
  • The journey of a new OpenStack service in RDO
    When new contributors join RDO, they ask for recommendations about how to add new services and help RDO users to adopt it. This post is not a official policy document nor a detailed description about how to carry out some activities, but provides some high level recommendations to newcomers based on what I have learned and observed in the last year working in RDO.
  • Getting to know the essential OpenStack components better
  • Getting to know core components, speed mentoring, and more OpenStack news
  • Testing LibreOffice 5.3 Notebookbar
    I teach an online CSCI class about usability. The course is "The Usability of Open Source Software" and provides a background on free software and open source software, and uses that as a basis to teach usability. The rest of the class is a pretty standard CSCI usability class. We explore a few interesting cases in open source software as part of our discussion. And using open source software makes it really easy for the students to pick a program to study for their usability test final project.
  • [Older] Drupal member sent out after BDSM lifestyle revealed

    Drupal, like many other open source projects, has a stated goal of welcoming and accepting all people, no matter their heritage, culture, sexual orientation, gender identity or other factors.

  • Controversy Erupts in Open-Source Community After Developer's Sex Life Made Public
    Drupal is a popular open-source content-management system, used to build websites. Like many other open-source projects, Drupal is guided by several committees that are supposed to be accountable to the community and its code of conduct, which enshrines values like "be considerate" and "be respectful." Also like many other open-source projects, Drupal attracts all sorts of people, some of whom are eclectic. Last week, under murky circumstances, Drupal creator Dries Buytaert banned one of the project's technical and community leaders, Larry Garfield. Buytaert attributed the decision to aspects of Garfield's private sex life. Many Drupal users and developers are up in arms about the perceived injustice of the move, exacerbated by what they see as a lack of transparency.
  • HospitalRun: Open Source Software for the Developing World
    When open source software is used for global health and global relief work, its benefits shine bright. The benefits of open source become very clear when human health and human lives are on the line. In this YouTube video, hear Harrisburg, Pennsylvania software developer Joel Worrall explain about HospitalRun software – open source cloud-based software used at developing world healthcare facilities.
  • Scotland emphasises sharing and reuse of ICT
    Scotland’s public administrations should focus on common, shared technology platforms, according to the new digital strategy, published on 22 March. The government says it wants to develop “shared infrastructure, services and standards in collaboration with our public sector partners, to reduce costs and enable resources to be focused on front-line services.”
  • [Older] OpenSSL Re-licensing to Apache License v. 2.0 To Encourage Broader Use with Other FOSS Projects and Products

    OpenSSL Launches New Website to Organize Process, Seeks to Contact All Contributors

  • Austria state secretary promotes open data
    The State Secretary at Austria’s Federal Chancellery, Muna Duzdar, is encouraging the making available of government data as open data. “The administration must set an example and support the open data culture by giving society its data back”, the State Secretary for Digitalisation said in a statement.
  • Study: Hungary should redouble open data initiatives
    The government of Hungary should redouble its efforts to make public sector information available as open data, and actively help to create market opportunities, a government white paper recommends. The ‘White Paper on National Data Policy’ was approved by the government in December.
  • Williamson School Board OKs developing open source science curriculum
    Science textbooks may be a thing of the past in Williamson County Schools. The Williamson County school board approved a proposal Monday night to use open source science resources instead of science textbooks. The switch will require a team of nine teachers to spend a year developing an open source curriculum.
  • How Elsevier plans to sabotage Open Access
    It was a long and difficult road to get the major publishing houses to open up to open access, but in the end the Dutch universities got their much awaited ‘gold deal’ for open access. A recently revealed contract between Elsevier and the Dutch research institutes lays bare the retardant tactics the publishing giant employs to stifle the growth of open access.
  • #0: Introducing R^4
  • RcppTOML 0.1.2

Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Monday
  • FedEx Will Pay You $5 to Install Flash on Your Machine
    FedEx is making you an offer you can’t afford to accept. It’s offering to give you $5 (actually, it’s a discount on orders over $30) if you’ll just install Adobe Flash on your machine. Nobody who knows anything about online security uses Flash anymore, except when it’s absolutely necessary. Why? Because Flash is the poster child for the “security-vulnerability-of-the-hour” club — a group that includes another Adobe product, Acrobat. How unsafe is Flash? Let’s put it this way: seven years ago, Steve Jobs announced that Flash was to be forever banned from Apple’s mobile products. One of the reasons he cited was a report from Symantec that “highlighted Flash for having one of the worst security records in 2009.” Flash security hasn’t gotten any better since.
  • Every once in a while someone suggests to me that curl and libcurl would do better if rewritten in a “safe language”
  • An insecure dishwasher has entered the IoT war against humanity

    Regel says that he has contacted Miele on a number of occasions about the issue, but had failed to get a response to his missives, and this has no updated information on the vulnerability.

    He added, bleakly that "we are not aware of an actual fix."

  • Monday Witness: It's Time to Reconize a Civil Right Not to be Connected
    Along with death and taxes, two things appear inevitable. The first is that Internet of Things devices will not only be built into everything we can imagine, but into everything we can't as well. The second is that IoT devices will have wholly inadequate security, if they have any security at all. Even with strong defenses, there is the likelihood that governmental agencies will gain covert access to IoT devices anyway. What this says to me is that we need a law that guarantees consumers the right to buy versions of products that are not wirelessly enabled at all.
  • Remember kids, if you're going to disclose, disclose responsibly!
    If you pay any attention to the security universe, you're aware that Tavis Ormandy is basically on fire right now with his security research. He found the Cloudflare data leak issue a few weeks back, and is currently going to town on LastPass. The LastPass crew seems to be dealing with this pretty well, I'm not seeing a lot of complaining, mostly just info and fixes which is the right way to do these things.

Lightroom and Darktable: the verdict two years after switching

In summer 2015, I posted a detailed account of my tentative switch from Windows7 and Lightroom to Linux and Darktable. This was sparked by sudden crashes that were afflicting my system, but in a deeper sense grew from frustration with Windows and, to a lesser degree, with Lightroom. Once I headed for Linux, I decided to plunge in fully and commit to using Ubuntu and free, open-source photo software for several months – at least until the end of that year. That would give me a chance to see whether I could actually run my photography business on the new system. Read more

7 Linux Mainstream Distros Alternatives

Linux Mainstream Distros are quite popular as they have a large number of developers working on them as well as a large number of users using them. In addition, these distros also have strong support system. People often search alternatives for Linux Mainstream Distros but often get confused about which is the best one for them. So listed below are 7 best Linux mainstream distros alternative choices for you. Read more