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GIMP 2.9.8 Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Better PSD Support

Tuesday 12th of December 2017 11:40:11 PM

GIMP 2.9.8 has been released with on-canvas gradient editing, better handling of Adobe Photoshop PSD files, and support for those using GIMP on Wayland.

This post, GIMP 2.9.8 Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Better PSD Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ataribox Pre-Orders Begin on December 14

Monday 11th of December 2017 03:11:43 PM

Gamers will be able to pre-order the Ataribox from December 14 — though there’s still no firm word on price or hardware specs. The company behind the new games machine revealed the pre-order date in a (now deleted) Facebook post. It later uploaded an image teasing the date ‘14.12.17’ (pictured above). Users will be able to “pre-order” […]

This post, Ataribox Pre-Orders Begin on December 14, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: VLC, Mesa, Audacity + More

Sunday 10th of December 2017 02:57:24 PM

Another week has flown by, making it time for another round-up of pertinent Linux app releases that didn’t manage to wangle a full post’s worth of waffle on this site. This week’s crop of curios includes updates to the world’s most popular open-source video player, the world’s most popular open-source audio editor, and the world’s […]

This post, Linux Release Roundup: VLC, Mesa, Audacity + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Is Liferea Feed Reader Still the Best RSS App on Ubuntu?

Friday 8th of December 2017 02:37:03 PM

We take a look at the Liferea feed reader for Linux, show you how to install it on Ubuntu from a PPA, and ask if it's the best RSS reader available for Linux.

This post, Is Liferea Feed Reader Still the Best RSS App on Ubuntu?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

CrossOver 17 Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2016 on Linux

Wednesday 6th of December 2017 04:36:29 PM

CrossOver 17 is now available. It brings support for Microsoft Office 2016 on Linux, WINE performance improvements, and a slate of bug fixes and features.

This post, CrossOver 17 Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2016 on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Make Firefox Look like the GNOME Web Browser (Because Why Not, Right?)

Wednesday 6th of December 2017 03:52:24 PM

If you’re using a vanilla GNOME session on Ubuntu with the Adwaita theme, and want to make Firefox look a little more at home, you can. In fact, with a bit of custom CSS you can make Firefox look like Epiphany (aka GNOME Web), the core browser that ships with the GNOME desktop environment. Firefox […]

This post, Make Firefox Look like the GNOME Web Browser (Because Why Not, Right?), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Vivaldi Web Browser Comes to the Raspberry Pi

Tuesday 5th of December 2017 11:04:00 AM

Raspberry Pi users can now use the Vivaldi web browser, with Vivaldi releasing an experimental ARM build of its browser through its website.

This post, Vivaldi Web Browser Comes to the Raspberry Pi, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Boxes Makes It Easier to Test Drive Linux Distros

Monday 4th of December 2017 03:22:26 PM

GNOME Boxes 3.28 lets you download Linux distributions and BSD images from within the app, making it easy to set up virtual machines for testing or fun.

This post, GNOME Boxes Makes It Easier to Test Drive Linux Distros, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: Etcher, Mailspring, PulseEffects + More

Sunday 3rd of December 2017 03:08:49 PM

We're now officially in Christmas season, but even the overuse of xmas music in public spaces isn't enough to stymie the flow of Linux releases.

This post, Linux Release Roundup: Etcher, Mailspring, PulseEffects + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Big Unity Desktop Update Coming to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Friday 1st of December 2017 02:27:31 PM

A big update to the Unity desktop stack is heading to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, including a security fix that allowed the lock screen to be bypassed on some systems.

This post, Big Unity Desktop Update Coming to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Search DuckDuckGo from the Command Line

Wednesday 29th of November 2017 06:01:15 PM

When we showed you how to search Google from the command line a lot of you to say you use Duck Duck Go, the awesome privacy-focused search engine. Well, now there’s a tool to search DuckDuckGo from the command line. It’s called ddgr (pronounced, in my head, as dodger) and it’s pretty neat. Like Googler, ddgr […]

This post, Search DuckDuckGo from the Command Line, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Joplin is an Open-Source Evernote Alternative

Wednesday 29th of November 2017 01:54:04 PM

Joplin is an open-source Evernote alternative with apps for Linux, Windows, Mac, Android & iOS. There's also a CLI client, and sync support using OneDrive.

This post, Joplin is an Open-Source Evernote Alternative, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LibreOffice Is Now Available on Flathub, the Flatpak App Store

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 03:48:43 PM

LibreOffice is now available to install from Flathub, the centralised Flatpak app store. Its arrival allows anyone running a modern Linux distribution to install the latest stable release of LibreOffice in a click or two, without having to hunt down a PPA, tussle with tarballs or wait for a distro provider to package it up. A […]

This post, LibreOffice Is Now Available on Flathub, the Flatpak App Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Atari’s Linux Games Console Now Has a Controller

Monday 27th of November 2017 02:51:06 PM

Back in September we wrote about the Ataribox, a new Linux-powered console from Atari — today we get a look at its new joystick. Over on Facebook Atari shows off the new Ataribox Joystick that will (presumably) come bundled with the video games (and home entertainment) machine when it goes on sale next year If you’ve been […]

This post, Atari’s Linux Games Console Now Has a Controller, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: gThumb, Peek Gif Recorder + More

Sunday 26th of November 2017 06:31:02 PM

With the Thanksgiving celebrations in the US the past week was never going to be chock-full of new Linux releases. That said, a couple of juicy app updates did manage to squeak out during the past 7 days, including new releases of a Linux Winamp alternative, a free software stalwart, and one of my absolute favourite […]

This post, Linux Release Roundup: gThumb, Peek Gif Recorder + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox Nightly Adds CSD Option

Friday 24th of November 2017 06:32:55 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Firefox 57 is awesome — so awesome that I’m finally using it as my default browser again. But there is one thing it the Linux version of Firefox sorely needs: client-side decoration. If you follow this site on Twitter, you might have seen me whine my […]

This post, Firefox Nightly Adds CSD Option, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install Android File Transfer for Linux

Friday 24th of November 2017 12:52:59 PM

If you’re struggling to mount your Android phone on Ubuntu you might want to give Android File Transfer for Linux a try. Effectively it’s a clone of Google’s Android File Transfer app for macOS. It’s built with Qt, and has a super simple UI that makes it easy to transfer files and folders to and from your Android […]

This post, How to Install Android File Transfer for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Humble Is Giving Away Space Shooter ‘Sanctum 2’ for FREE

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 11:48:16 PM

Sanctum 2, the acclaimed FPS/tower defense mash-up, is currently available for free on the Humble Store — but only until November 26, 2017.

This post, Humble Is Giving Away Space Shooter ‘Sanctum 2’ for FREE, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Command Line Music Player for Spotify, YouTube & Other Streaming Services

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 03:18:33 PM

Tizonia is a command-line music player that lets you listen to music on Spotify, Google Play Music, YouTube and Soundcloud from the terminal.

This post, Command Line Music Player for Spotify, YouTube & Other Streaming Services, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Lumina Desktop 1.4.0 Released

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 01:58:47 PM

Lumina 1.4.0 has been released. Among the changes in this update to the Qt-based desktop environment is multi-threading in the file manager and PDF viewer.

This post, Lumina Desktop 1.4.0 Released, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Debian-Based Q4OS Linux Distro to Get a New Look with Debonaire Desktop Theme

Q4OS is a small GNU/Linux distribution based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux operating system and built around the Trinity Desktop Environment (TDE). It's explicitly designed to make the Microsoft Windows to Linux transition accessible and more straightforward as possible for anyone. Dubbed Debonaire, the new desktop theme uses dark-ish elements for the window titlebar and panel. Somehow it resembles the look and feels of the acclaimed Arc GTK+ theme, and it makes the Q4OS operating system more modern than the standard look offered by the Trinity Desktop Environment. Read more

today's leftovers

Software: GIMP, VLC, Cryptsetup, Caprine, KWin and NetworkManager

  • GIMP 2.9.8 Open-Source Image Editor Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing
    GIMP 2.9.8, a development version towards the major GIMP 2.10 release, was announced by developer Alexandre Prokoudine for all supported platforms, including Linux, Mac, and Windows.
  • GIMP 2.9.8 Released
    Newly released GIMP 2.9.8 introduces on-canvas gradient editing and various enhancements while focusing on bugfixing and stability. For a complete list of changes please see NEWS.
  • It Looks Like VLC 3.0 Will Finally Be Released Soon
    VLC 3.0 is something we've been looking forward to for years and it's looking like that big multimedia player update could be released very soon. Thanks to Phoronix reader Fran for pointing out that VLC 3.0 release candidates have begun to not much attention. VLC 3.0 RC1 was tagged at the end of November and then on Tuesday marked VLC 3.0 RC2 being tagged, but without any official release announcements.
  • cryptsetup 2.0.0
  • Cryptsetup 2.0 Released With LUKS2 Format Support
    A new major release is available of Cryptsetup, the user-space utility for dealing with the DMCrypt kernel module for setting up encrypted disk volumes. Cryptsetup 2.0.0 is notable in that it introduces support for the new on-disk LUKS2 format but still retaining support for LUKS(1). The LUKS2 format is security hardened to a greater extent, more extensible than LUKS, supports in-place upgrading from LUKS, and other changes.
  • Caprine – An Unofficial Elegant Facebook Messenger Desktop App
    There is no doubt Facebook is one of the most popular and dynamic social network platform in the modern Internet era. It has revolutionized technology, social networking, and the future of how we live and interact. With Facebook, We can connect, communicate with one another, instantly share our memories, photos, files and even money to anyone, anywhere in the world. Even though Facebook has its own official messenger, some tech enthusiasts and developers are developing alternative and feature-rich apps to communicate with your buddies. The one we are going to discuss today is Caprine. It is a free, elegant, open source, and unofficial Facebook messenger desktop app built with Electron framework.
  • KWin On Wayland Without X11 Support Can Startup So Fast It Causes Problems
    It turns out that if firing up KDE's KWin Wayland compositor without XWayland support, it can start up so fast that it causes problems. Without XWayland for providing legacy X11 support to KDE Wayland clients, the KWin compositor fires up so fast that it can cause a crash in their Wayland integration as KWin's internal connection isn't even established... Yep, Wayland compositors are much leaner and cleaner than the aging X Server code-base that dates back 30+ years, granted most of the XWayland code is much newer than that.
  • NetworkManager Picks Up Support For Intel's IWD WiFi Daemon & Meson Build System
    NetworkManager now has support for Intel's lean "IWD" WiFi daemon. IWD is a lightweight daemon for managing WiFi devices via a D-Bus interface and has been in development since 2013 (but was only made public in 2016) and just depends upon GCC / Glibc / ELL (Embedded Linux Library).

Linux Foundation: Servers, Kubernetes and OpenContrail

  • Many cloud-native hands try to make light work of Kubernetes
    The Cloud Native Computing Foundation, home of the Kubernetes open-source community, grew wildly this year. It welcomed membership from industry giants like Amazon Web Services Inc. and broke attendance records at last week’s KubeCon + CloudNativeCon conference in Austin, Texas. This is all happy news for Kubernetes — the favored platform for orchestrating containers (a virtualized method for running distributed applications). The technology needs all the untangling, simplifying fingers it can get. This is also why most in the community are happy to tamp down their competitive instincts to chip away at common difficulties. “You kind of have to,” said Michelle Noorali (pictured), senior software engineer at Microsoft and co-chair of KubeCon + CloudNativeCon North America & Europe 2017. “These problems are really hard.”
  • Leveraging NFV and SDN for network slicing
    Network slicing is poised to play a pivotal role in the enablement of 5G. The technology allows operators to run multiple virtual networks on top of a single, physical infrastructure. With 5G commercialization set for 2020, many are wondering to what extend network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) can help move network slicing forward.
  • Juniper moves OpenContrail's SDN codebase to Linux Foundation
    Juniper Networks has announced its intent to move the codebase for OpenContrail, an open-source network virtualisation platform for the cloud, to the Linux Foundation. OpenContrail provides both software-defined networking (SDN) and security features and has been deployed by various organisations, including cloud providers, telecom operators and enterprises to simplify operational complexities and automate workload management across diverse cloud environments.
  • Juniper moves OpenContrail’s codebase to Linux Foundation, advances cloud approach
    Juniper Networks plans to move the codebase for its OpenContrail open-source network virtualization platform for the cloud to the Linux Foundation, broadening its efforts to drive more software innovations into the broader IT and service provider community. The vendor is hardly a novice in developing open source platforms. In 2013, Juniper released its Contrail products as open sourced and built a user and developer community around the project. To drive its next growth phase, Juniper expanded the project’s governance, creating an even more open, community-led effort.
  • 3 Essential Questions to Ask at Your Next Tech Interview
    The annual Open Source Jobs Report from Dice and The Linux Foundation reveals a lot about prospects for open source professionals and hiring activity in the year ahead. In this year’s report, 86 percent of tech professionals said that knowing open source has advanced their careers. Yet what happens with all that experience when it comes time for advancing within their own organization or applying for a new roles elsewhere?