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The 5 Best Cinnamon Desktop Themes (As Chosen By You)

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 03:30:51 PM

We asked and you replied

Last week we asked you to send in the best Cinnamon desktop themes you could find.

And you did just that.

So, one week, hundreds of nominations later, and a hearty helping of opinion later, we can finally share the five themes that received the most nominations.

For more details on the desktop environment check out the Cinnamon article on Wikipedia.

The 5 Best Cinnamon Themes (As Chosen By You)

Below sit the five most popular Cinnamon themes as based on your nominations (we’d love to list every theme you suggested but we have to be strict).

For our screenshots we used the same GTK+ theme (Orchis) and icon pack (Captiva) and had the same two Cinnamon UI elements (Menu, Calendar) on show. The images show the latest stable release of Cinnamon (v2.8) running on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

How to Install Cinnamon Themes

The themes listed below can be installed in one of two ways. The first is by searching for the theme in the online section of the Cinnamon theme chooser: Menu > Settings > Themes > Add/Install Themes… > Online. 

For themes on Github, DeviantArt or GNOME-Look you will need to download the theme archive, extract it,  and place it inside the ~/.themes folder hidden in your Home directory.

Zukitwo Cinnamon

Zukitwo Cinnamon is a flat, airy skin for the Cinnamon desktop shell.  It has a light grey and soft blue color palette, and uses transparency effects for the panel.

The theme is the work of designer ~zagortenay333 (a name you’ll see elsewhere in this rundown) and is derived from the GNOME Shell theme of the same name.

The theme isn’t available to install through the  Cinnamon Spices website (the repo that the desktop theme picker pulls from). It is available on Github.

Download Zukitwo Cinnamon Theme


Minty by Satya164 is a glossy, glassy, green wonder that’s well suited to the Linux Mint distribution. The transparent menu and panel are balanced well by the use of freegreen and white.

While the theme hasn’t been updated since 2012 (!) it works fine in the latest Cinnamon builds.

If you’re not a fan of the green highlights but like what you see check out Minty Colors, which is also available to install through Cinnamon System Settings > Themes > Add/Install Themes > Online.

Download Minty Cinnamon Theme

Windows 10 Light Theme

The idea of mimicking another operating system’s look isn’t new. The flexibility of Linux means it’s easy to do.

Themes aping Android, Mac and iOS were among the suggestions you sent in, but it was a Windows 10 inspired theme that suckered up the most votes.

Although based on the style of of Microsoft’s latest OS it’s not a total UI mimic. In fact, without a matching Windows 10 GTK and icon a casual over-the-shoulder glancer would have a hard time guessing it’s based on Windows.

The theme works with Cinnamon 2.6 or later and its author recommends using the configurable-menu applet for a more ‘Windows-y’ look.

Ideal for those who want some of the Windows 10 style but without the Windows 10 headache.

Windows 10 Cinnamon Theme


Tomcat’s mix of battleship grey, drop shadows and raised elements tickles the design tastes of our readers.

“[It is] based mainly on default Cinnamon theme and nice GNOME Shell Atolm theme,” Radek71, the theme designer, explains in the theme description.

Try it out for yourself couldn’t be easier as it’s available to install through the Cinnamon themes picker. Just search ‘Tomcat’.

Download Tomcat Cinnamon Theme

Numix Cinnamon

No list of themes would be complete without Numix. Before the call for contenders even opened it was already on the list.

It’s, arguably, and justifiably, the best known Linux theme since elementary and Faenza. Numix has it all: colour, angles, options, icons, GTK themes, GNOME shell themes, Plank themes and even Android themes!

There are several different Numix themes listed on the Linux Mint theme site, and not all entries were specific in which of these they were nominating.

We rolled with ~zagortenay333‘s, which is available to download from DeviantArt. It’s the best of Numix (and will look best when used with the Numix GTK+ theme and Numix icon pack).

Download Numix Cinnamon Theme

Vote For Your Favourite

There you have it. The five top rated themes according to you. Now all that’s left is to pick a winner

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The results of this post are based on reader nominations. If your favorite theme didn’t make the cut it’s not because we didn’t like it but because it didn’t garner enough nominations. 

This post, The 5 Best Cinnamon Desktop Themes (As Chosen By You), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Is The Fairphone 2 Running Ubuntu

Tuesday 9th of February 2016 01:56:03 PM

Fairphone 2 Ubuntu Port

Last week we told you that community ports of Ubuntu for several new handsets, including ones from Sony and OnePlus, are to be be highlighted by Canonical during Mobile World Congress later this month.

Well, it turns out you don’t have to wait that long to get a glimpse of the progress made.

Ubuports’ Marius Gripsgård has shared a photograph (right) of Ubuntu running on his Fairphone 2.

Exciting, right?

Well, hold your horses for although the OS is up and running on the new handset the port is not yet ready for wider use.

It’s very early days for the Fairphone 2 Ubuntu port. Support for critical features like making calls and sending texts are missing as of writing.

Getting Wi-Fi, camera and GPS functionality work is likely to be next on the Ubport teams’ to-do list.

‘Although supported by Fairphone this port is not their work’

By the Community, for the Community

Canonical is supportive of the community ports project but it is not directly responsible for them. Ubuntu Phone ports are developed by the community for the community.

Fairphone’s community manager Douwe also stresses this difference, noting that: “although supported by Fairphone [this port] is not our work. We are really happy with the work of the communities, but we are not always up to date ourselves what and how fast they are making stuff work. They are true community efforts.”

The port does not mean that the ethical phone company will sell its phones preloaded with Ubuntu. Fairphone will live up to customers to decide what they do with their device once they’ve paid for it.

The Fairphone 2 Up Close

The Fairphone 2 has a 5-inch FHD IPS display and runs on a quad-core Qualcomm Krait 400 processor @ 2.26GHz. It has 2GB RAM and 32GB eMMC storage. It retails from €525 in the European Union.

If you’ve eyed the ethically produced Fairphone 2 with a view to using Ubuntu on it be aware that the Fairphone 2 does not support MHL (a USB to HDMI technology) so cannot be connected to an external monitor through a cable to drive a ‘converged desktop experience’.

We don’t yet know Ubuntu plans for wireless connection technologies like Miracast which could, in theory, support such a feature.

Do you have a Fairphone 2?  What other phones would you like to see Ubuntu ported to?

This post, This Is The Fairphone 2 Running Ubuntu, was written by Scott Bouvier and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Unified Inbox & Label Editing Arrive in Open-Source E-mail App ‘N1’

Sunday 7th of February 2016 01:15:43 PM

The N1 email client is one of our favourite apps

A major update is rolling out to hackable open source e-mail client N1.

So important are the changes that the developers say it is the biggest update made to the extensible email app since its launch last October.

Nylas N1 v0.4.4 brings a bevy of new features with it, including long-awaited support for a unified inbox and a quicker way to edit labels.

We’ll take a closer look at all the changes in a moment. But first a refresher on what the N1 app is and isn’t.

Nylas N1 – An Open-Source Email Client

Although we often refer to the app as ‘Nylas N1‘ it’s actually called ‘N1’.

‘Nylas’ is the name of the company who make the app and the name of the open-source ‘sync engine’ that provides the powerful mail sorting capabilities.

‘N1’ is the open-source desktop client created by Nylas, the front-end that plugs into the sync engine backend.

N1 uses the open-source sync engine to sift through, sort, organise and apply ‘rules’ to your e-mail on the fly. By default, N1 will use a hosted instance of this engine.

It makes getting started with N1 a total cinch: you install the app, login and authorise  your Gmail, Yahoo!, Outlook or other supported e-mail account and the app will copy across all your mail and fetch/send new mails as they arrive).

Having all of your e-mail stored on a remote third-party server is, understandably, a privacy concern for many (though is theoretically no more “risky” than using the new Windows 10 e-mail app or a third-party e-mail client on Android, iOS, etc, it’s simply about trust).

To reassure the worried Nylas do stress that they are:  “…not an advertising company. We don’t sell user data or provide “personalized” ads, and we have no plans to do so.”

The company makes money by providing infrastructure and services to corporate and enterprise clients.

As both the app and the sync engine are fully open-source, the privacy conscious among you can check the code or run a the Nylas Sync Engine locally for peace of mind.

Why Choose Nylas?

The uniqueness of Nylas is not that it is open-source or well designed. It’s that it’s extensible like a web-browser.

New features, plugins and themes can be added to N1 easily. Developers can write extensions in JavaScript, React, NodeJS, Flux and Electron.

Nylas offer an in-depth guide on getting started with N1 extension development for those interested in expanding its feature set.

Nylas N1 0.4.4: New Features

Recap of what the app is out-of-the-way, let’s run-down the more notable changes arriving in version 0.4.4.

‘Unified Inbox allows you to see, sift and sort all mail from all of your connected accounts at once’

Note: we are only summarising new features/improvements here. We are not providing a comprehensive list of pre-existing features.

Unified Inbox

It’s the big one, this; the long-awaited, much-requested, can’t-believe-it-didn’t-already-have feature of all features.

Unified Inbox allows you to see, sift and sort all mail from all of your connected accounts at once, in the same window.

N1: Unified Inbox

Debuting along with the unified Inbox are unified Search and unified Drafts, Sent and Trash views.

As someone who has several email accounts I appreciate the boost in workflow a unified inbox brings.

I can now tackle all the mail from all the accounts I care about at the same time (and with over 150 nominations to our Cinnamon Theme Showdown, I’ve had a lot to keep on top of!).

Sidebar Tweaks

Through user feedback the account sidebar has been tweaked to add the following features:

  • Right-click on Labels to edit/rename them
  • Collapsible label and folder views
  • Unread counts for all accounts when viewing “All Accounts”
  • Rearrange the order accounts using through Preferences > Accounts

N1: Easier label editing

Other Changes Send and Archive

If you archive email conversations after replying to them then rejoice: the latest version of N1 can perform this action automatically.

Nylas say more “send variants” are to come in a future update, including ‘Send Later’, ‘Undo Send’ and an option to choose which send behaviour is actioned by default.

Send As

N1: New Sending Options

If you take advantage of the new unified inbox you could get confused about which mail you’re sending a reply from. A new account picket let’s your choose an alias or account before sending.

You can also set a default account to send mail from in Preferences > Sending.

Launch on Login

To receive notification of new e-mail as it arrives you should keep Nylas running in the background. If you’re forgetful you’ll appreciate the option to  set N1 to launch in the background. Head to Preferences to enable this.

  • You can now archive / trash items from the search results view
  • N1 stores mail it us unable to send in your Drafts folder (and auto-sends it when connection is restored)
  • The conversation list is now loaded faster, and makes fewer database queries
  • Unified Contact autocomplete
  • Unified unread count in indicator icon

Bonus tip: if you use N1 on Ubuntu and would like a theme that integrates better with Ambiance check out this one  on Github.

N1 with Ubuntu theme and two-column layout enabled

Download Nylas N1 for Linux

‘Like a browser, N1 is designed to be hacked on and extended with plugins and extensions’

The best thing about N1 (and the Nylas engine that powers it is) is that it’s an open-source project. If a feature is missing, if support is patchy, and if something needs fixing anyone can dive in to toy with the code.

Like Firefox and Chrome N1 is designed to be hacked on and extended with plugins and extensions. Developer who are familiar with JavaScript can add whatever feature or change they need and make it available for other users to install, whether it’s a simple color picker for customizing labels or a totally redesigned interface that auto sorts e-mail alphabetically or inserting Nyan cat .gifs into the subject lines of every mail marked spam.

The possibilities and the potential are fantastic.

You can install N1 on both 32bit and 64bit Ubuntu by using the precompiled .deb installer linked below.

This deb, which weighs in at around 73MB, also adds the official N1 repository to your Software Sources so that you can receive future updates as and when they become available.

Download Nylas N1 for Linux (.deb)

Installers for Windows and Mac OS X are also available from the official N1 website.

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This post, Unified Inbox & Label Editing Arrive in Open-Source E-mail App ‘N1’, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Canonical To Demo OnePlus & Sony Devices Running Ubuntu

Friday 5th of February 2016 04:03:19 PM

Ubuntu is coming to even more devices

Phones from Sony, OnePlus and Fairphone will be demonstrated running Ubuntu (Touch) later this month, we can reveal.

Canonical plans to feature the work of the community-led Ubuntu porting programme in its booth at this year’s Mobile World Congress event.

The Ubuntu stand will host devices from Fairphone, OnePlus and Sony, all running community-supported versions of Ubuntu (Touch), including efforts spearheaded by the UbPorts Project.

The Ubuntu Ports programme is a volunteer-led effort to rebuild and package the OS on to pre-existing Android devices.

Canonical has actively encouraged and supported these porting efforts since first announcing plans for mobile back in 2013.

‘Support from Canonical & OEMs’

Devices running community-supported builds of the OS and showcased by Canonical at MWC2016 all have ‘some backing from Canonical’ and some degree of ‘support from [the handset OEM]’, Canonical’s Thibaut Rouffineau told us.

Unlike early porting efforts these Ubuntu build are to said to run ‘very well’ and support over-the-air updates (OTA).

Although none of the ports are under the direct stewardship of Canonical, its engineers and developers have, we’re told, been offering guidance and support to community efforts that seek it.

Furthermore, Fairphone, OnePlus and Sony are said to not only know of the efforts but also ‘support’ them — though the exact degree to which such support extends is, as yet, unknown.

Equally unknown are the specific models we’ll see running at MWC.

The UbPorts project has been very busy working on builds for the OnePlus One, the LG Optimus L90, and the Fairphone 2. It’s not a wild leap to assume at least one of these will feature in Barcelona later this month.

Canonical will share more details and information on the ports, and how others can get involved, in the build up to MWC, which kicks off on February 22.

This post, Canonical To Demo OnePlus & Sony Devices Running Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Will Ship An Older Version Of Nautilus

Thursday 4th of February 2016 11:16:32 PM

Nautilus 3.18.4 in Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2

Hold the front pages: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS won’t ship with the latest Nautilus 3.18 as originally intended.

I know: hardly ‘Shiny new Ubuntu tablet‘ levels of news, right?

But the choice of file manager in Ubuntu is important. It’s an app many of us interact with multiple times a day.

So what’s the issue?

Each update to GNOME, somewhat controversially, sees a bunch of old features and options reduced, retired or removed from its core apps. GNOME’s designers and usability folks strive to create a streamlined, simple and modern desktop OS — and you can’t push forward when you’re wading through a decade’s worth of cruft.

It’s a noble goal. It’s hard to argue with the intent.

But at the same time it can be a mite frustrating for users to find a feature present in one version, but stripped out entirely in the next.

Nautilus in GNOME 3.18, and to some degree GNOME 3.16, has been as well received as Madonna arriving late to her own concert — i.e., not very well.

Nautilus has introduced a broad set of changes to its appearance and usability over the past year, including a new file copy dialog, a new ‘other locations’ section, but also new bugs, like crazy default zoom level settings and inconsistent new window spawning,

Suffice to say it’s a mix that hasn’t gone down too well with upstream users. GNOME devs hope to quell concerns with Nautilus 3.20, coming in a few months.

The decision to ship an older version in 16.04 means, sadly, that anyone the feature changes introduced as part of the GNOME 3.18 update will, for now, have to wait a little longer.

Ubuntu’s Sebastien Bacher explains the decision further on Launchpad:

“The new version is going to need more work  which is not going to be done this cycle (some issues/regressions are being handled upstream in 3.20 but we can do that update with our GTK version, also the new copy dialog is a bit much of a change and upstream confirms it’s creating problems that they try to address with more UI changes.”

Equally as critical as the, er, user criticism, it’s not proving easy to hack back in proper menu bar support.

With Ubuntu 16.04 an LTS release the decision (wisely) is to revert back to the older, more reliable Nautilus 3.14.3 for now.

The change is waiting in the Xenial Proposed queue. It should roll out to all Ubuntu 16.04 builds in the coming days.

Nautilus 3.14.3 in Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2

This post, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Will Ship An Older Version Of Nautilus, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

New Ubuntu Tablet: Everything You Need to Know

Thursday 4th of February 2016 03:03:42 PM

We leaked news of Ubuntu’s brand-spanking new tablet a couple of weeks ago — but today it finally makes its official debut.

And it doesn’t disappoint.

Also See: The New Ubuntu Tablet — Photo Gallery

The ‘BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition’ (to give the model its full name) is a high-resolution 10-inch tablet — and then some.

Connect a keyboard and mouse and the M10 transforms from a content-consuming Scope wonderland into a content-creating workstation that runs all your favourite desktop apps, like Firefox and LibreOffice.

Exciting news, right? And chances are you have some questions about it, too.

So join us as we give you a deeper look at the device that’s on the lips of open-source gadget fans the world over.

When can I buy the Bq Aquaris M10 Ubuntu tablet?

BQ is yet to pick a precise date (which we’ll let you know of as soon as we do).

‘Unlike last year, there will be no limited-time flash sale’

But you can expect it very soon. Like, next month soon; both BQ and Canonical say the tablet will go on sale in March.

How Much Will It cost?

BQ is yet to settle on a final price, but we can make an educated guess.

The Android version of the M10 (FHD) sells for €259. As both the Bq Aquaris E4.5 and E5 Ubuntu Phones retailed at a similar price to their Android siblings, it’s not unreasonable to expect to pay somewhere around the €250 mark, excluding shipping.

Where Will It Be Sold?

BQ is selling the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet  directly through their global storefront website.

Unlike last year, there is no limited-time flash sales, no invitation to find, and no origami wall to bang your head against.

Will It Ship To My Country?

If you’re in mainland Europe, the UK, or the US the answer is yes, you can buy it. BQ happily ship to most places..

Remember to factor in the cost of shipping and any local import duties that may be applicable.

What Are the Specs of the New Ubuntu Tablet?

The Bq Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition pairs a blazing fast 64-bit MediaTek MT8163 quad-core processor running at 1.5GHz with 2GB RAM. This combo makes multi-tasking as a tablet or a portable pocket desktop fluid and responsive.

And it’s worth reiterating that this is a convergence device. The 64-bit quad-core ARM processor makes productivity a key feature, not a tacked-on afterthought.

You will be able to run some pretty CPU intensive tasks, like compiling code, and have no problem browsing the web and streaming music at the same time.

What Apps Are Available?

A wide selection.

The Ubuntu Store (the phone one, not the desktop one) is home to several hundred native apps, web-apps and Scopes.

The tablet also comes with many pre-installed apps:

  • Web browser
  • Video player
  • Music app
  • File Manager
  • E-Mail Client
  • Calendar

Web apps for popular services like Facebook, Twitter, Telegram and Instagram are also available and integrate directly into the OS to provide desktop notifications, badge icons, and more.

Can I Install Desktop Apps?

Yes, you can!

Traditional Xorg-based software runs on the tablet in a confined, secure container using Xmir.

The tablet comes with a small number of these so-called legacy X11 apps pre-installed:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • LibreOffice
  • The GIMP
  • XChat 
  • Gedit

For other software, providing it is open-source, in the Ubuntu archives, and compatible with ARM, you will be able to install it. Whether or not it works, however…

What’s The Sound Quality Like?

The front-facing speakers are another highlight. Unlike the tinny thin sound most tablets provide, the M10 has a pair of front-facing Dolby Atmos speakers. These deliver an immersive surround sound experience that’s rich and bodied.

You may find yourself preferring to plug in a a pair of ear buds when you’re on the train. The 3.5mm headphone jack will see to that.

Can I Use It As a Desktop Ubuntu PC?

You can use the M10 Ubuntu tablet like the much fabled Ubuntu Edge: as a desktop PC.

As soon as you pair a keyboard and mouse to the tablet over bluetooth it ‘transforms’ from staged tablet mode into a regular windowed desktop.

If the 10.1-inch screen is too small for your workflow just attach it to any monitor with a HDMI cable.

What is the battery life like?

The M10 has a 7280 mAh battery. Under Android this provides 11 hours of normal use, 9 hours of video playback, and 24 days of standby.

Ubuntu should perform just as well (it does, after all, sit on top of a low-level Android stack).

We have been told that running traditional desktop apps in the X11 container does currently drain the battery a fair bit, but that improvements in this area are on the way.

Wrapping Up

The Ubuntu Tablet is very new, and many of its strengths and weaknesses will only surface when we get to have a proper hands-on experience with it.

I often hear people decry the need for Ubuntu to pursue personal technology, adamant that it won’t be the ‘next big thing’ — but I don’t think it needs to be. As long as value, innovation and utility are at the core there’s no reason why Ubuntu can’t find success. It might never be on the scale of Apple, but who really cares?

Of course it needs better apps, and of course the variety of hardware available needs to be broadened.

But for technologically savvy folks like you and I, Ubuntu convergence will find its way into our lives, both personally and professionally.

What do you think of this device? 

If we’ve missed anything important or you want to know anything else about the M10 tablet, feel free to leave a question in the comments.

This post, New Ubuntu Tablet: Everything You Need to Know, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

New Ubuntu Tablet: Photo Gallery

Thursday 4th of February 2016 03:02:31 PM

The BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition is the worlds first Ubuntu tablet and the first Ubuntu convergence device.

With such pedigree all eyes will firmly be on it. Good job it looks the part.

Here’s a “hero” shot of the M10 tablet running Ubuntu, with the music app (left) and login screen (right) shown.

The M10 Ubuntu Tablet: Super Thin

Despite the blocky look from the front the M10 is actually a super-svelte 8mm thick.

And in case you don’t believe us, take a look at the side view:

It also weighs just 470grams which makes it lighter than the iPad Air!


BQ squeeze a huge number pixels in to the 10.1-inch IPS display of the M10 — 291 pixels-per-inch, in fact. It has 170-degree viewing angles, and sports a full-HD resolution.

Combined, the M10 promises to deliver a rich, highly detailed picture quality, standout movie playback (boosted by the inclusion of front-facing Dolby Atmos speakers) and super-sharp image editing.

Convergence is, of course, a big lure of this device. With nothing fancier than a bluetooth mouse and keyboard you can use the M10 tablet like a netbook.

Need more room to work on that LibreOffice document? One HDMI cable later…

Ubuntu Tablet Image Gallery Tablet



This post, New Ubuntu Tablet: Photo Gallery, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Meet The World’s First Ubuntu Tablet (That Is Also a Desktop PC)

Thursday 4th of February 2016 03:00:57 PM

Canonical has officially unveiled the world’s FIRST Ubuntu tablet, the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition.

Made by Spanish OEM Bq, the 10-inch tablet runs the same core Ubuntu operating system as the Ubuntu Phone but the user experience dynamically adapts based on input and screen size.

Now Read: ‘Everything you need to know about the new Ubuntu Tablet

This means it’s able to work both as a tablet and provide a full Ubuntu desktop experience — the first such device to do so.

Canonical say the M10 is ‘the first in a series of converged devices’, suggesting that more hardware will be announced in the coming months.

The company is to demo the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet at Mobile World Conference in Barcelona later this month alongside new community ports for Sony, OnePlus and Fairphone handsets.

Ubuntu Tablet Specs

As a device designed to cater to both content consumption (tablet mode) and content creation (desktop mode), the Aquaris M10 needs to have the specifications to match.

And thankfully it does.

A stunning 10.1-inch IPS touch display powered a full HD 1920×1200 pixel resolution at 240 ppi.

Inside is a 64-bit MediaTek MT8163A 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. A micro SD memory card is included, adding storage expansion of up to 64GB.

Furthermore, the converged slate includes an 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and dual LED flash (and capable of recording in full 1080p), plus a front facing 3-megapixel camera for video chats, vlogs and selfies.

Front facing Dolby Atmos speakers will provide a superior sound experience during movie playback.

The M10 measure 246mm x 171mm x 8.2mm, weighs just 470 grams — lighter than the Apple iPad Air — and has a 7280 mAh battery to give up to 10 hours of use.

‘Convergence gives the right user experience at the right time’

The firsts don’t stop and start with the slate form factor.

The M10 is the first device to deliver on Canonical’s vision of the future of computing: convergence.

Convergence for Canonical is the idea that you don’t need distinct, separate devices, each running their own apps and operating system — you only need one brain, and one OS.

‘The fact it’s an Ubuntu tablet is not a unique proposition’, Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, explained to us in a press call yesterday.

Silber sees convergence as an ‘opportunity’ to create a ‘common, adaptable platform’ that everyone is free to build on, from app developers to network service providers. It just happens to be Ubuntu building it.

For enterprises in particular the benefits of convergence are in a streamlined device management and deployment and inherent enterprise-grade, system-based security.

“For many organisations wanting to take tight control over their own systems, avoiding third party access, Ubuntu is ideal,” Silber notes.

Tablet Mode Vs Desktop Mode

Tablet mode offers a side stage for running two apps side-by-side, plus a full range of legacy desktop applications, mobile apps and scopes.

LibreOffice, Mozilla Firefox, The GIMP and Gedit are among a ‘curated collection of legacy apps’ to ship pre-installed on the tablet.

It will also be possible for developers and enthusiasts to install virtually any ARM compatible app available on Ubuntu using the familiar ‘apt-get‘ command.

“We’re bringing you everything you’ve come to expect from your Ubuntu PC, now on the tablet with BQ, soon on smartphones. This isn’t a phone interface stretched to desktop size – it’s the right user experience and interaction model for the given situation,” says Canonical CEO Jane Silber.

Canonical has, once again, partnered with Spanish OEM BQ for the launch.

BQ say they’re “excited to be the first OEM to ship the converged Ubuntu experience.“

“It’s this kind of innovation that makes BQ and Ubuntu such a great fit.”

The M10 Ubuntu tablet will go on sale globally in March. Price is to be announced but expect to pay somewhere around the ~€250 mark.

This post, Meet The World’s First Ubuntu Tablet (That Is Also a Desktop PC), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

PSA: Support for Ubuntu 15.04 Ends Today

Thursday 4th of February 2016 12:01:09 AM

After nine months swinging in the wild, the sun finally sets on official support for the Vivid Vervet.

Ubuntu 15.04 desktop users will receive no more security notices, critical fixes, or updated packages from the main Ubuntu archives as of February 4th, 2016.

The nine-month-old operating system is notable for being the first version of Ubuntu to use Systemd as its default init system, a change brought about to keep the OS in sync with upstream.

The number of affected users who still use this version of Ubuntu is unknown.

While the shuttering of official support doesn’t directly affect third-party software that is distributed through private repos and personal PPAs, many developers are likely to stop providing packages for 15.04 in the coming weeks.

How Long Is Ubuntu Supported For?

Ubuntu Support Cycle Dates

Wondering how long each version of Ubuntu is supported for? It’s a fair question.

Since 2013 all non-LTS Ubuntu releases receive updates for 9 months. For LTS (‘Long Term Support’) releases the support cycle is 5 years.

Following Vivid, Ubuntu 15.10 (aka ‘Wily Werewolf’) will be the next version of the OS to hit EOL. Official support for Wily, still the incumbent stable release, wraps up in July, 2016.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is set to bow out next April after receiving 5 years of on-going updates,.

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is due in April of this year and will be supported well into the next decade.

How To Upgrade from Ubuntu 15.04 to 15.10

If you’re still running 15.04 don’t panic: your computer isn’t about to die, explode or sprout facial hair. You can continue to use it as normal for some time yet.

But you should consider upgrading to the most recent stable release, Ubuntu 15.10 ‘Wily Werewolf’, as soon as you’re able to. This will protect you from any future security exploits, nix any critical bugs, and ensure you’re running the latest versions of apps like Firefox and Thunderbird.

Canonical advise users who run out-of-date Ubuntu releases to upgrade using the built-in Software Updater tool.

The recommended upgrade path from Ubuntu 15.04 is to 15.10. This transition can be handled from the desktop using the Software Updater application.

If you’re more comfortable with the command line you can issue the following command to upgrade Ubuntu 15.04 to Ubuntu 15.10 directly:

sudo do-release-upgrade A Less Than Vivid Release

Ubuntu 15.04 ‘Vivid Vervet’ was released on April 23, 2015.

“Despite the name there were no ‘Vivid’  changes on show…”

Vivd by name, but rather humdrum in nature; Ubuntu 15.04 was a modest release, but notable for a few select reasons:

  • First version of Ubuntu to use Systemd as the default Init System.
  • Unity 7.3 desktop allowed application menus to be set to ‘Always Show’
  • Faster login/logout animations

Are you still using Ubuntu 15.04?

What are you planning to do now official support has ended? Share your thoughts with us in the comments, or by voting in the poll below (if you’re not running Ubuntu you don’t need to vote)

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This post, PSA: Support for Ubuntu 15.04 Ends Today, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Opera 35 Adds Tab Muting, 32-bit Linux Builds

Tuesday 2nd of February 2016 11:40:43 AM

Tab muting and a redesigned download page are features arriving with the latest stable update to Opera.

Users of the often-overlooked web browser will  find a small set of other changes on offer.

We’ve made it easier for you to mute the sound from a website so you can continue viewing or reading the page without closing its tab,” the software company explains in a blog post to accompany the release.

And easier it is.

To mute the sound come from a specific website or web app you just mouse over the tab and click the speaker icon. Repeat this step to unmute it.

You can also right-click on a tab to mute all other tabs. This feature come in handy if you regularly listen to music on YouTube or Spotify Web while browsing the web.

The latest version of the browser also comes with a redesigned download page and includes “quick links for the most used file formats: documents, PDFs, images, music, videos, archives and others.”

A warning notification will also appear if exiting the browser with a download still in progress.

Lastly, Opera 35 adds theme, startup behavior and other ‘basic’ options to the Opera > Preferences section.

Opera 35 (Stable) Features
  • Tab muting
  • Improved download interface
  • Download notifications
  • New ‘Basic’ settings panel
Download Opera 35 for Linux

To download the latest Opera stable release for Ubuntu just hit the download button below. It’s available for both 64bit and — rather topically — 32bit system.

Download Opera (Stable) for Linux

This post, Opera 35 Adds Tab Muting, 32-bit Linux Builds, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Help Us Find The BEST Linux Cinnamon Themes

Monday 1st of February 2016 07:58:19 PM

Cinnamon is almost a by-word for ‘customise’

This afternoon I sat down with a warm soya latte—hipster, much?—and a renewed determination to find (and write about) the best themes available for the Cinnamon desktop.

It’s a task put off for a while, and one I certainly didn’t relish tackling.

The sheer choice of Cinnamon themes that are available makes whittling any list down to just a few incredibly difficult.

And, as I anticipated, within seconds of booting into a Cinnamon session (running on Ubuntu, of course) I was in a quandary. Each new theme seemed to be ‘the best ever’ …until I looked at the previous one again.

The coffee I’d started with was colder by this point. And cold coffee cools my productivity. But in a click-bait-or-real-life scenario it blew my mind™ to notice that the renewed determination I’d also started out with was still, unnervingly, with me.

Not wanting to waste the moment I fired up a new WordPress draft in my browser and got to writing an article to share my fabulous theme finds with you, the dear reader.

Except this is that post. And as you’ve probably noticed, I’m yet to mention a single theme.

But there’s a reason for that.

Cinnamon: A Customisable Desktop Environment

Cinnamon is a GTK-based desktop environment that originated as a fork of GNOME Shell. it has since blown into a full desktop environment in its own right, steered (chiefly) by the Linux Mint team, who continue to maintain it.

As with GNOME Shell, LXDE, KDE and other desktop environments Cinnamon is easy to install in, and use on Ubuntu. Heck, providing you’re running a recent-ish release you can go grab it through the Ubuntu Software Center.

Install the Cinnamon Desktop on Ubuntu

That it’s so easy to theme Cinnamon so extensively just adds to the cool factor.

‘ArsTechnica call Cinnamon the ‘most user-friendly desktop available’.’

It’s no surprise to hear ArsTechnica describe it as “the most user-friendly […] desktop available on any platform”).

My caffeine-powered perusal of the usual internet space had turned up some great looking themes. But I was still stumped: were these themes really the best? Had I dug deep enough on DeviantArt? Would Googling my way back through Github turn up something new?

And then I had an idea: why don’t I turn the task on its head?

See, instead of me telling you about Cinnamon themes I like, why don’t I get you to tell me about the ones you like?

Help Choose The Best Cinnamon Themes

Here I am: empty coffee mug in hand and an inviting (if marginally idiotic) grin on my face.

It’s over to you; I want to know YOUR favourite Cinnamon theme. 

To suggest/recommend a theme — please don’t be shy if it’s one you made, the more the merrier — use the tip form at the bottom of this post.

Note that only nominations received through the tip-form will be counted.

When nominating a theme make sure you include the name of the theme and a link to the theme itself (e.g., Cinnamon-Spice, GNOME-Look, DeviantArt,, etc).

The call for Best Cinnamon Theme contenders will stay open for ONE WEEK. On February 8 it will close to new entries.

Next Sunday — hereby dubbed Cinnamon Sunday we will blog about the 5 most nominated themes. Voting will then open so that you can pick the overall winner!

If you’re reading this after the call for nominations has closed head over to the main feature to see the top five Cinnamon Themes and vote for your overall winner.

Send Us Your Best Cinnamon Theme!

Nominations now closed.

This post, Help Us Find The BEST Linux Cinnamon Themes, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Launches ‘#Reinvent’ Marketing Campaign

Monday 1st of February 2016 10:45:44 AM

Canonical is building hype for its upcoming Mobile World Congress announcements though a new online initiative. 

A vibrant social media campaign underway on the software company’s social networking accounts combines the hashtag ‘#reinvent‘ with a colourful set of split-pane images.

The purpose of the images and slogan? One assumes it’s to generate some intrigue and discussion ahead of Mobile World Congress 2016, an event at which both Canonical and its hardware partners are expected to showcase new Ubuntu hardware.

Defining Intrigue

The dictionary definition of “reinvent is as follows:

Reinvent | verb | To change something so much it appears to be entirely new. 

An apt description for the Ubuntu Convergence dream? Quite possibly, and the colourful graphics accompanying the hashtag back up the message.

1. Music

First Image, 29th January

The dawn of digital music help to reinvigorate and remould the music industry.

Devices like the iPod helped boost sales of music and pave the way for the development of new devices, distribution chains and marketing opportunities.

Digital music is still music, of course. But buying an MP3 is a wholly distinct experience to buying and playing a vinyl record.

2. Wheel

Second image, 30th January

Image two is of a Penny-farthing bicycle intercut with the wheel of a ‘safety bicycle’, which is the type of bicycle we’re all most familiar with today.

As a statement the graphic serves the same purpose as the first, denoting progress, iteration, innovation and evolution of a product.

Somewhat unfortunately, the wheel motif does cause the clichéd phrase “reinventing the wheel” to spring to mind — one assumes Canonical is not trying to convey that message about its’ convergence hoopla!

3. Currency

Third image, 1st Feburary

The third image juxtaposes physical currency against the trend towards contactless payments, now commonly made through mobile devices through ‘digital wallets’.

Apple Pay and Android Pay are perhaps the best known digital wallets. Microsoft and Samsung are among tech companies also chasing consumers in this lucrative area.

The ‘currency’ image is unlikely to hint that Ubuntu Phone will be getting digital wallet capabilities any time soon, but it’s another striking example of innovation borne through reinvention.

4. Aviation (h/t: @daniele813)

Fourth image, 2nd Feburary

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s …Wait, yes: it is a plane.

The fourth image released in this marketing campaign contrasts the (relative) simplicity of early aviation, in this instance balloon travel, with the complexity of modern aviation.

It also backs up my earlier hunch that the content of the images aren’t conveying a deeper meaning beyond the message of reinvention.

Fifth image, 3rd February

We can all say with some certainty that Ubuntu is not about to launch a plane!

5. Speakers

From gramophones to standable bluetooth and Google Cast speakers, the fifth image in the Reinvent series continues to highlight the technological improvements that come from taking what already exists and reshaping and rethinking it in new ways.

Ubuntu Phone PC Pushes Things Forward

Quite whether the Ubuntu ‘pocket PC’ smartphone schtick will prove as revolutionary as the safety bicycle or iPod is, frankly, yet to be decided.

‘Will the Ubuntu ‘pocket PC’ be as revolutionary as the safety bicycle and iPod?’

Simply trying to reinvent and disrupt two very cosy, super settled markets like the PC and smartphone industry Canonical is worth attempting.

And this hype-building campaign, in all its gaudy hues, show that the company isn’t shy in holding back on its ambition to do just that.

It’s easy to imagine that the last image in the series might show a regular smartphone sliced with a desktop PC.

  • Phone -> Mobile Phone -> Smartphone – > Pocket PC

While Canonical wouldn’t be the first to blur the lines between smart phone and traditional PC — the Motorola Atrix was a smart phone able to ‘dock’ into a laptop or desktop hub to run an Ubuntu-based ‘web top’ OS, and Microsoft’s Continuum enables high-end, high-spec Window 10 Phones to work like a traditional desktop PC when connected to or wirelessly connected with a larger-size monitor — it could yet be the first to truly nail the concept.

Several new devices running Ubuntu (Touch) are to be unveiled by Canonical at MWC 2016, including at least one Ubuntu tablet with convergence capabilities.

We’ll keep this article updated as Canonical shares further images — if you spot one first give us a shout on Twitter, Instagram, the on-site tip form of through old fashioned e-mail

This post, Ubuntu Launches ‘#Reinvent’ Marketing Campaign, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 Released, Available to Download

Saturday 30th of January 2016 02:30:04 PM

Today sees the second alpha release of the Ubuntu 16.04 development cycle made available to download.

Alpha 2 arrives a day later than originally planned, and sees just three flavors release builds as part of the milestone.

Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Kubuntu sit this alpha out. Why? To paraphrase a recent comment from a Kubuntu dev: “There’s simply nothing to test yet.

‘Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME & Kubuntu skip this alpha entirely’

Of the three Ubuntu flavors taking part it is only Ubuntu MATE that boasts a set of changes worth the chore of downloading an ISO for.

Download Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2

Alpha releases are not recommended for general use unless you’re a developer — but then you already know that. Those diving in to test this development releases are advised to use live media or a virtual machine.

Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 updates a host of well-known apps, including Mozilla Firefox 44, the latest stable release of LibreOffice, and various bits and pieces that make up the GNOME software stack.

Linux Kernel 4.3.x ships in this milestone. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will use the 4.4 Linux kernel by the time of its final, stable release in April.

The majority of changes in Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 are, as with the previous alpha release, under the hood.

For a brief overview of the more not(ic)able changes since the Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 1, roll your peepers over the assembly of pixels below.

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2 Alpha releases are for development and testing purposes only and do contain bugs.

The second alpha release of Ubuntu MATE keeps up the chocka-changelog of last release.

There are several new community-contributed wallpapers on offer, plus MATE colorized icons for categories, devices and places.

MATE Desktop v1.12, which includes touchpad improvements, and adds support for multi-touch and natural scrolling features.

Ubuntu MATE Welcome v16.04.1 features a new ambiance theme, gains graphics card detection, and stuffs its software recommendation section with a more varied choice of apps and utilities.

Lastly, but by no means least-ly, libraries to support DVD and BluRay playback are pre-installed in Ubuntu MATE 16.04 (but for licensing reasons will still need user configuration to actually play media).

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2

Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Alpha 2

Kylin is the official Chinese Ubuntu flavor. We don’t talk about it much, but as the screenshot above clearly shows, there’ll soon be a very big reason to!

Changes shipping in the Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Alpha 2 release are more modest:

  • New version of Kylin Software Center
  • Redesigned China weather indicator
  • Update to Youker personal assistant

Expect substantial UI and UX changes to land in time for the first beta milestone in late February. Among them: an enhanced lock screen & login experience, new first-run wizard and an option to reposition the Unity Launcher at the bottom of the screen¹.

Download Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Alpha 2

Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2

With all effort focused on honing the new LxQt desktop experience, Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 sees only a modest selection of bug fixes and core package updates.

Among the highlights are:

  • Box icon theme update
  • New version of Lubuntu Software Center
  • Linux Kernel 4.3

As a LTS release, Lubuntu 16.04 also supports the (oft forgotten) PowerPC architecture.

If you have an old iMac or iBook sat collecting dust why not put it to good use by helping to test these new PPC builds?

Download Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2

¹Not yet landed

This post, Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 Released, Available to Download, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

3 Welcome Features In Ubuntu Phone OTA-9

Wednesday 27th of January 2016 11:29:41 AM

A new over-the-air update to Ubuntu Phone begins to roll to handsets from today. 

Ubuntu Phone OTA-9 is available to all supported devices that run the stable channel image. This includes the Meizu MX4, Nexus 4 and Bq Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition (among others).

‘Ubuntu Phone OTA-9 is available to all supported devices’

Announcing the launch of the update on the Ubuntu Phone Dev mailing list, Canonical’s Łukasz Zemcza says: ”We have […] started the phased upgrade procedure! This means that in less than 24 hours all users should receive update notifications for this release,”

OTA-9.5, the next update due, is currently targeting a mid February rollout. A feature-packed OTA-10 release is due to follow it just a few weeks later.

Before you swipe away to go pound your system update button why not skim on down for our pick of the top 3 changes in Ubuntu Phone OTA-9.

1. Custom Ringtone Support

Custom ringtone support is new in Ubuntu Phone OTA-9

Yup, it’s something Ubuntu Phone users have been clamouring for and OTA-9 delvers it: you can finally set a custom ringtone on Ubuntu Phone.

Whether you want the Doctor Who theme, the music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2: Chemical Plant Zone, Act 1, or Kylie Minogue’s latest overalls pop hit single: if the audio file is on your phone you can set it as your ringtone.

To set a custom ringtone on Ubuntu Phone:

  1. Head to System Settings > Sound > Ringtones
  2. Tap ‘Custom Ringtone
  3. Select an audio file from file picker

Whilst we’re on the subject of sounds, don’t be concerned if you hear the following riff trilling  out of your phone’s speakers.

This sound is the new audio alert to warn you that the phone battery is running low.

2. Inline Scope Audio Cards

Scopes are the key defining differentiator of the Ubuntu Phone. Information and media content is surfaced right at your finger tips.

Ubuntu Phone OTA-9 introduces a new audio card, one that offers inline music playback directly from the Scope itself.

Few Scopes make use of the new audio card at present. But, in arriving, it’s primed ready for developers to use and should allow audio content previewed in a Scope to keep playing when swiping away from the Scope to a different part of the UI/app.

3. In-Browser File Downloads

‘The Ubuntu web browser can now download any file type.’

The Ubuntu Browser app continues its charge towards feature maturity by adding in-browser support for arbitrary file downloads.

Whether you want to save a nyan cat .midi, download an .avi slideshow compiled from my Instagram selfies,  or a run the risk from a a random, the Ubuntu Phone web browser finally lets you download any file.

No more content-hub/file-picker confusion, no more ‘unsupported file type’ shenanigans.

Bug Fixes in Ubuntu Phone OTA-9

MX4 Owners Couldn’t Take Full-Res Photos

OTA-9 doesn’t just offer some handy new features; this update also fixes some long standing bugs.

The most notable of finally allows owners of the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition take full-resolution photos using the rear camera.

“What?!”, I hear you pout. “Couldn’t they do this already?”

Bizarrely, for some, no, they couldn’t.

A bug affecting the MX4 caused photos taken with the back 20MP snapper to get downscaled to as low as 1440×2560 (3MP). Conversely, photos taken with the front-facing 2MP camera were upscaled to 3120×4160 (12MP). Be sure to select the appropriate resolution before taking your shot.

Today’s update should fix the issue for good.


  • Location service improvements
  • Scopes refresh action now smoother/no longer empties card content
  • Better handling of re-authorise error with camera
  • Interface transition and animation improvements
  • Fix for battery drain bug when music paused in background
  • Fixes to allow cameras access in the web browser
  • Appearance tweaks:
    • Removal of orange separator on top bar
    • Top bar now coloured grey
    • Drop shadows on app icons (no longer recessed)

Noticed any other changes, tweaks or new features? Tell us about them in the comments below.

¹Or any other song/audio clip.  Scopes image credit: @mhall19

This post, 3 Welcome Features In Ubuntu Phone OTA-9, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 44 Released With Bug Fixes for Better Media Playback

Tuesday 26th of January 2016 03:01:21 PM

Firefox 44, the latest version of Mozilla’s hugely popular open-source web browser, is now available for download. 

Firefox 44 brings a minor set of changes to the web browsing table, with development having focused on security improvements, bug fixes and media playback tweaks rather than ‘new features’.

Firefox 44 Changes & New Features

The biggest user-facing change in Firefox 44 is one you don’t want to see: a redesigned warning page. 

Firefox shows the clearer, more concise “Your connection is not secure” page for websites with certificate errors or an insecure connection. Mozilla explains further:

“When Firefox connects to a secure website it must verify that the certificate presented by the website is valid and that the encryption is strong enough to adequately protect your privacy. If the certificate cannot be validated or if the encryption is not strong enough, Firefox will stop the connection to the website and instead show an error page.”

Click on ‘Advanced’ to see further information about the issue (previously hidden behind ‘Technical Details’) and to the load the site in spite of the warning(s) thrown (Advanced > ‘Add Exception’)

Unsigned add-ons, like this one, can still be run

Other Changes: Enforced Add-Ons Policy Deferred

Add-on signing was due to be enforced in Firefox 44, by removing a hidden toggle to override it.

A last minute change has deferred the removal add-on signing to Firefox 46, as Mozilla explains:

In Firefox 43, we made it a default requirement for add-ons to be signed. This requirement can be disabled by toggling a preference that was originally scheduled to be removed in Firefox 44 for release and beta versions (this preference will continue to be available in the Nightly, Developer, and ESR Editions of Firefox for the foreseeable future).”

“We are delaying the removal of this preference [in beta & stable builds] to Firefox 46.”

The toggle to load unsigned add-ons is still present, news that will please extension developers and all four users of our (severely antiquated) OMG! Ubuntu! Firefox add-on

Google Chrome Axes Support for ALL 32-bit Linux Distros

Friday 22nd of January 2016 02:20:24 PM

Support for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is Also Being Retired

Google Chrome is to drop support for all 32-bit Linux distros from March, 2016. 

The change, which brings the platform in line with that of Mac OS X, will apply to all x86 Linux builds, regardless of distribution or version number.

Users affected will still be able to use Chrome after the axe has fallen, but they will no longer receive any updates.

In a double-whammy, March will also see Google Chrome stop supporting Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (which will receive critical and security bug fixes from Canonical until mid 2017).

‘Ubuntu users  are advised to upgrade to a 64-bit version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or later’

From this March only 64-bit versions of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (or later) will receive new versions of the browser from Google .

To run a supported version of Google Chrome Precise users are advised to upgrade to a 64-bit version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (or later).

Why Is Google Dropping Support?

The small Google Chrome Linux team can’t support all versions of Ubuntu and other Linux distributions indefinitely. With Linux already a small overall percentile of Chrome’s user base, and 32-bit users amongst that percentage even smaller, something had to give at some point.

The build infrastructure used to package Google Chrome is tasked with making hundreds of binaries each day, and human effort is required to test those binaries for release.

“To provide the best experience for the most-used Linux versions, we will end support for Google Chrome on 32-bit Linux, Ubuntu Precise (12.04), and Debian 7 (wheezy) in early March, 2016,” says Chromium engineer Dirk Pranke.

32-bit ChromiumIs Not Affected

‘Chromium is unaffected by the change. ‘

Many Linux users run Chromium, the open-source basis of Chrome, and so won’t be affected by this change. Google Chrome and Chrome OS builds for 32-bit ARM are similarly unaffected.

For browsers built on Chromium, like Opera, it will be up to them as to whether they continue to offer builds for 32-bit users.

Google says it will ‘keep support for 32-bit build configurations on Linux to support building Chromium’, which  we’re told it will do so for ‘some time to come’.

Do you use Google Chrome on a 32-bit version of Linux? Will you switch to another browser? Perhaps you think this decision is logical. Whatever your view on this decision you can share it in the comments below. 

This post, Google Chrome Axes Support for ALL 32-bit Linux Distros, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Xiaomi ‘Linux Laptop’ Will Run, Err, Windows 10

Friday 22nd of January 2016 01:01:17 PM

The long-rumoured Xiaomi Linux laptop is to go on sale in China this spring, a new leak claims.

‘The latest rumor says the notebook will run Microsoft’s Windows 10 and Xiaomi’s MIUI software’

But the supposed MacBook Air-alike won’t be running a custom desktop Linux operating system like original rumours suggested.

*sad trombone.ogg*

New information surfaced on one China’s biggest online news portals claims the 12.9-inch convertible notebook will dual-boot Microsoft’s Windows 10 software and Xiaomi’s MIUI OS when it launches in April.

Industry insider blog DigiTimes relays the news from the NetEase, whom it cites as saying:

 “Xiaomi Technology will launch a notebook with a 12.9-inch display and a dual-operating system (OS) design using Windows 10 and MIUI”.

MIUI is Xiaomi’s custom (and beautiful) Android fork, as used on its successful line of smartphones and tablets.

Windows 10 is… Well, you can finish that sentence in your own head.

The Price of Rumours

Rumours about rumours about rumours

Disappointed to learn that Xiaomi’s Linux laptop won’t be quite what you were hoping it would?

Don’t be.

Both of the earlier rumours lacked specifics, and Digitimes’ is famed for having a somewhat scatter-shot, shaky hit-rate with rumours.

The claim that Xiaomi would load its 2-in-1 laptop with a “‘custom Linux operating system” never precluded MUIU from being a potential OS choice, though. MIUI is Android after all, and Android is Linux.

Bloomberg Korea added weight to the story, with its own industry sources confirming a Xiaomi notebook is in the pipeline. Bloomberg did, however, stop short of mentioning the software expected to power it.

It is a little surprising to hear it may dual-boot with Windows 10. It’ll be interesting to see how that is implemented

Xiaomi enters the traditional PC space as it loses market share in China to Huawei — and with news that Huawei is also to launch a 2-in-1 Windows 10 notebook in China this April the competition is only set to get fiercer.

This post, The Xiaomi ‘Linux Laptop’ Will Run, Err, Windows 10, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Yosembiance GTK Theme Gives Ubuntu a Flatter, Sleeker Look

Thursday 21st of January 2016 02:50:38 PM

Ubuntu’s default ‘Ambiance’ theme is almost as synonymous with the OS as the color orange, alliterative release names and Mark Shuttleworth’s tour around space. 

‘The theme is perfect for fans of Ambiance, but who want proper support for GTK3 apps’

But there’s no denying that Ambiance is starting to show it’s age. Only a few incremental tweaks have been kicked its way over the past few years.

And while it still looks okay considering, there’s a whiff of staleness about it. A staleness emphasised further by a shift in software design tastes over past few years.

Trend du jour eschews subtle gradient effects in favour of flat slabs of colour, but no-one’s told Ambrance is unaware.

‘The Perfect Balance of Old & New’

Enter ‘Yosembiance‘, a GTK theme created by Canadian Linux user Brian Sundman.

‘A theme that […] updates Ambiance to suit a modern aesthetic.’

First released in 2014, Yosembiance recently received an update to support new versions of Ubuntu and new GTK3 elements.

The end result is a theme that strikes the perfect middle ground. It updates Ambiance to a modern aesthetic, but retains the feel of Ubuntu through its color scheme, padding and widget styling.

The name is, as you’ve likely already guessed, a portmanteau combining Yosemite and Ambiance — but don’t let that put you off. Despite being “loosely inspired” by the look of Mac OS X Yosemite, the theme actually has precious little in common with Apple’s desktop OS aesthetic.

Because of this, the theme is perfect for fans of Ambiance and the identity it gives Ubuntu, but wrestle with the stock theme’s awkward handling of GTK3 apps and interface widgets.

Brian’s says his aim in crafting the theme was to “create something less tacky than the default Ubuntu Ambiance but still feel like Ubuntu.”

And on that note I think he succeeds.

Yosembiance won’t suit everyone’s tastes, naturally. But for those who like the Ubuntu identity Ambiance creates, it is well worth checking out.

Download Yosembiance GTK Theme

Yosembiance is a free download, available direct from Github:

Download ‘Yosembiance’ (.zip)

To install the theme on Ubuntu 15.10 or 16.04:

Extract the .zip archive using File Roller (or your preferred archive utility).

From the extracted files cut, copy or move the ‘Yosembiance‘ directory to ~/.themes in your home folder.

If you can’t find it, create it — but remember to a) press CTRL+H to view hidden files first and b) make sure there’s a period preceding the folder name.

Finally, you’ll need use an app like Unity Tweak Tool to actually set Yosembiance theme as the default theme.

Don’t have Unity Tweak Tool? Install it from the Ubuntu Software Center:

Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu Software Center

Is there a GTK theme or icon set you think we should tell everyone about? Share it with us using our Tip Form!

This post, Yosembiance GTK Theme Gives Ubuntu a Flatter, Sleeker Look, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Beginners Guide To Corebird, The Best Twitter App on Linux

Wednesday 20th of January 2016 06:40:11 PM

We’ve shown you how to install the ace Corebird Twitter app on Ubuntu — now we’ll show you how to use it like a pro.

Also See: How to Install Corebird on Ubuntu 15.10 & 16.04 LTS

Although the app is well designed and relatively straightforward to use, it also has some hidden features and cool tricks. In this post we’ll walk you through everything — from how to add your account(s) to how to block people who still use Windows XP (just kidding).

If you’re coming from Tweetdeck or the Twitter website you will find a few things you’re used to do work differently in Corebird. But don’t be put off: the learning curve is small and there are plenty of settings and tweaks that you’ll really want to take advantage of.

In this post I show you how to use the app — from adding your account(s) and sending a tweet, through to power user features, like muting tweets based on keywords.

Corebird Twitter Client: The Basics

First Run Account Wizard

The very first time you open Corebird you’ll be asked to add your Twitter account.

Set up is easy. You don’t even need to give the app your Twitter password.’

This is easy to do, and you won’t need to give the app your password.

Instead, you ‘authorise’ access using a one-time PIN number generated on the official Twitter website. This confirms you wish to allow the app to use your account to send and receive tweets.

  1. Click the “Request PIN” button
  2. Your default browser will open a secure authentication page on the Twitter website
  3. Sign in to Twitter using the account you wish to add
  4. Click the ‘Authorise app’  button
  5. Copy the PIN number that’s display to your clipboard
  6. Paste the PIN number into Corebird
  7. Click the “Confirm” button

Once your account is added Corebird will automatically fetch the latest tweets for you to read, as well as from your notifications, direct messages, block list, and account bio.

Adding Another Account

Got more than one Twitter account? Corebird supports multiple Twitter accounts within the same app. You can switch between them at any time, and you won’t need to logout with one to sign in with another.

To add a second (third, fourth, etc) account:

  1. Click the Account Switcher button (your user avatar in the header bar)
  2. Click the ‘Add New Account’ button
  3. Request a PIN & authorise as before

Do remember to check that you’re signing in with the account you’re wanting to add, not one you already have.

Main Interface

Corebird is deliciously simple to use, but there’s no harm in getting acquainted with it properly.

Blue dots are used to say there are unread tweets

The top toolbar houses buttons (from L-R): Account Switcher, New Tweet, and the back button needed when clicking profile links, hashtags, etc.

In the left-hand sidebar are buttons to change the view. These are (from top to bottom): Main timeline; mentions; favourites; direct messages; lists; filters; and search.

You’ll sometimes see a blue dot on the sidebar icons. This tells you there are new unread tweets waiting.

You also sometimes see a small conversation icon near the timestamp of some tweets. This signals that you can read replies from other tweeters by clicking through.

How To Retweet, Like, Reply & Quote Retweet

The detailed tweet view tells you a lot about a status

Interactivity and engagement is the backbone of any social network. With Corebird you can not only share your own thoughts but read, respond and re-share others’.

Click on any tweet to see it in more detail (as in the screenshot above) and find buttons to retweet, fave, reply and quote. The detail view is also how you can check the number of retweets and favourites a status has, the date it was posted, and other information.

But you don’t have to page through every status to retweet it or reply to it.

Right click on any tweet to reveal on-page retweet, favourite/like and quote tweet actions. Right-click again to return to the tweet.

Right-click on any tweet to access quick actions

Composing a New Tweet

Click on the compose new tweet button to open the tweet dialog box. It’s here that you can write your status and share it to the world.

Like other Twitter apps you can type @mentions and #hashtags, and for some of these you’ll see auto-complete suggestions.

Start typing a username and the app will suggest profiles

You can also enter URLs. These are shortened using Twitter’s shortener service after you hit ‘Send‘.

When your 140 character statement is simply click the ‘Send‘ button to share your thought with the world.

Add Photos to a Tweet

You can drag and drop images on to the media button

Click the over-sized ‘+‘ button to open a file picker. Navigate to and select your image from the file picker and click ‘Ok’ to attach it.

If you have the image you want to share to hand you can also drag and drop images on to the ‘+’ button. 

To remove an image from a tweet you haven’t sent yet simply mouse over the in-dialog image preview and click on the ‘x’ icon.

Edit your bio or change your avatar

Edit Your Twitter Bio, Avatar and Banner

To edit your twitter bio, change your avatar or set a new banner image.

From the profile pop-over menu click the cog wheel icon next to the account you would like to edit.

The Account Settings window will open. From here you can:

  • Edit your profile name
  • Upload a new profile picture
  • Upload a new profile banner
  • Edit website link
  • Edit bio

You can also set profile to ‘autostart’ with Corebird (i.e. the profile that opens by default). Although the warning dialog is worded scarily hitting the ‘Delete’ button will only remove the account from Corebird, not from Twitter.

When you’re done making changes hit ‘Save‘ to ensure they take.

View Profiles (and Follow/Unfollow)

View a profile to learn more, follow or unfollow

Click on any user name or user avatar in a timeline to see the account in more detail. You can:

  • Follow, Unfollow and/or Block
  • See their latest tweets
  • See their followers
  • See the profiles they follow
  • See their public Twitter lists
Corebird Twitter Client: Advanced Features Search

Corebird has a robust search feature

Use the search section to find  users and tweets related to a term.

For example, searching “omg” will throw up user accounts related to the term (e.g., @omgfacts, @omgchrome, etc) as well as recent tweets using the searched word or phrase.

Twitter Search Tips

  • Search @username to find a specific account & tweets mentioning them
  • Search #Hashtag to find tweets containing it
  • Use “quote marks” to find a specific phrase
  • Use the -minus sign to exclude tweets with that word from results (e.g., omg -ubuntu)
Block People & Filter Noise

You can mute tweets and entire profiles

From the Filter section you can manage profiles you’ve previously blocked. You can create ‘mute’ topics to hide tweets if they contain a specific topic, phrase or hashtag. This can be useful to block out noise during popular public events that don’t interest you, like football matches, elections, new episodes of Game of Thrones, etc.

You can also use it to hide tweets about  Windows!

How to Install Corebird Twitter Client on Ubuntu 15.10 & 16.04

Wednesday 20th of January 2016 01:50:20 PM

It’s just gotten much easier to install Linux Twitter app Corebird on Ubuntu — and you won’t need to add a PPA.

A modern, lightweight and open-source desktop client, Corebird has all the features you’d expect a Twitter app to have, plus a few you might not.

Also Read: ‘The Complete Guide to Corebird, The Best Twitter Linux App.’

It has inline image and video previews, a comprehensive tweet filter, and supports multiple accounts. Corebird is easily one of the best twitter apps available on any platform. 

In this article I show you how you how to install Corebird on Ubuntu quickly without needing to add a PPA.

But before we get to the juicy stuff, let’s have a recap of how this is (finally) possible.

Corebird — No Longer A Flap To Install

Corebird might just be the best Twitter client for the Linux desktop, but it’s not always been the easiest to install — not on Ubuntu, anyhow.

Would-be users who visit the official project website are told to check their Linux distribution’s package archive to install it, and, if unavailable from there, to try installing it from source.

While the community has stepped in to handle the packaging and maintenance duties Fedora, SUSE and Arch, those of a Debian persuasion were left at a dead-end.

Ubuntu users looking to try the app have two choices: either compile the software by hand, or hunt down an unofficial third-party PPA.

But not anymore.

Corebird Lands in Debian

‘Corebird is possibly the best desktop Twitter app for Linux.’

As of this month Corebird is available in the Debian testing archives thanks to the work of Debian champ Phillip Rinn.

Because Debian Stretch serves as the base of Ubuntu 16.04, currently in development, Corebird is also available through the Ubuntu archives.

After what feels like forever — we first wrote about Corebird back in 2013 — the best desktop Twitter app for Linux is now available to install on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

I know what you’re thinking at this point: “I’m not running 16.04 because it’s not stable yet!“.

Fair point.

But don’t fret! The Corebird package built for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS ‘Xenial Xerus’ also works on Ubuntu 15.10 ‘Wily Werewolf’.

‘How to Install the Best Twitter app for Linux on Ubuntu’
(tweet this)

Older versions of Ubuntu can not install using this specific package as it requires GTK 3.16+.

This article shows you how to install Corebird on Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) and Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus) using a Debian (.deb) installer packaged for and downloaded from the Ubuntu archives.

Install Corebird on Ubuntu 15.10

If you’re running Ubuntu 15.10 you can click the button below to download Corebird 1.1 deb (which is packaged for Ubuntu 16.04, but will install in 15.10):

Download Corebird 1.1 for Ubuntu 15.10+ (64-bit Deb)

Download Corebird 1.1 for Ubuntu  15.10+ (32-bit Deb)

When the download completes you can install the package using your preferred method:

Those of you who like to do things by pushing on-screen buttons need only double-click the deb package to install the app through the Ubuntu Software Centre (or Gdebi, if you use that it as default).

Those of you who are terrifically talented at terminal fu can coerce Corebird to install through the command line:

sudo dpkg -i /path/to/corebird-1.1.deb

If you experience any errors after installing the app open a Terminal and run:

sudo apt-get -f install

This should resolve any missing dependencies resulting in a ‘broken package’.

Regardless of how you install it, once you have you can open it through the Unity Dash (or equivalent app launcher) — look for the bizarre bird with bulging eyes and its brain on show…

Install Corebird on Ubuntu 16.04

If you’re running an alpha build of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS you can install Corebird directly through the Ubuntu Software Centre (or whatever the store that replacing it).

Hit the button below or run ‘sudo apt-get install corebird’ to install it.

Install Corebird on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

When the install has completed you will be able to launch the app from the Unity Dash (or equivalent).

A Brief Overview of Corebird

Prettier than the web interface (and free of the dire ‘Moments’ section), Corebird supports most of Twitter’s core features and manages to keep steady pace with changes introduced, e.g.,10,000 character direct messages, ‘Quote Retweet’, Gif support, etc.

Corebird supports multiple accounts

This feature set lets you do pretty much everything you can do on in other Twitter apps:

  • Retweet, reply, ‘quote retweet’ and favouriting
  • Multiple account support
  • Edit Twitter bio, avatar and banner image
  • Follow/unfollow and block/unblock accounts
  • Secure authentication
  • Block accounts & filter tweets
  • In-line image & video previews (can be disabled)
  • Support for Gifs and Vines
  • Uses Twitter’s link shortener

Other Corebird specific features include:

  • Snippets — insert  used phrases, emoji or emoticons using keywords
  • Option to hide media links and trailing hashtags in tweets
  • Choose between round or square avatars
  • Easy-to-use block list & tweet filter management

One newish feature you won’t find: Twitter Polls. Twitter is yet to offer a Twitter Poll API.

Learn More

We cover this application’s feature set in greater detail in ‘The Essential Guide to Corebird, The Best Twitter App for Linux. Check it out (and pass it on)!

Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter! We’re don’t only posts links from an RSS feed. We like to survey your opinion, run competitions, retweet your tips , share development tidbits and rumours, reply to questions, and a whole lot more. 

Quick #TwitterPoll (you need to use website/mobile app to see it) — Do you use WINE on #Ubuntu?

— OMG! UBUNTU! (@omgubuntu) January 19, 2016

This post, How to Install Corebird Twitter Client on Ubuntu 15.10 & 16.04, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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