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GRadio Lets You Find, Listen to Radio Stations from the Ubuntu Desktop

1 hour 58 sec ago

Love to listen to the radio? My ol’ pal Lolly did.  But let’s say you want to listen to the radio on Ubuntu. How do you do it? Well, the Ubuntu Software centre should always be the first dial you try, but you’ll need to sift through a load of static to find a decent app. The last radio […]

This post, GRadio Lets You Find, Listen to Radio Stations from the Ubuntu Desktop, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Canonical Takes a Seat On The Document Foundation’s Advisory Board

2 hours 57 min ago

Canonical has joined the project advisory board for The Document Foundation, the non-profit organization who shepherd development of LibreOffice.

This post, Canonical Takes a Seat On The Document Foundation’s Advisory Board, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Set a Real Time Photo of Earth as Your Linux Desktop Wallpaper

6 hours 53 min ago

Bored of looking at the same desktop background? Why not try this.

This post, Set a Real Time Photo of Earth as Your Linux Desktop Wallpaper, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Check Pokémon Go Server Status on Ubuntu

8 hours 23 min ago

Playing Pokemon Go? This indicator applet for Ubuntu tells you when the game's servers are up and running so you can head out and catch ’em all.

This post, How To Check Pokémon Go Server Status on Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Messaging Service ‘Wire’ Goes Open-Source, Invites Devs to Build Clients

Monday 25th of July 2016 05:10:45 PM

Encrypted text, voice and audio calling service Wire has gone open-source, releasing the code for everything devs need to build their own apps that interface with the service.

This post, Messaging Service ‘Wire’ Goes Open-Source, Invites Devs to Build Clients, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

WMail Is a Desktop App For Gmail (And Yes, It Supports Linux)

Monday 25th of July 2016 12:55:57 PM

Wmail is a free, open-source desktop app for Gmail that offers notifications, unread badges and multiple account support.

This post, WMail Is a Desktop App For Gmail (And Yes, It Supports Linux), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Battery Monitor Offers Ubuntu Notifications for Battery Events

Monday 25th of July 2016 11:01:34 AM

It doesn’t matter what sort of portable device you use, from laptop, to tablet, to phone: you know how crucial it is to monitor battery life. Ubuntu ships with a battery applet, Indicator-Power, that is visible in the system tray area. It gives you a simple, easy way to gauge your current battery level, check charge information, […]

This post, Battery Monitor Offers Ubuntu Notifications for Battery Events, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

What Apps Do You Wish Linux Had, Or Can’t Find a Replacement For?

Sunday 24th of July 2016 08:49:08 PM

If you could magically, instantly, create any sort of app for the Linux desktop right now, what would it be?

This post, What Apps Do You Wish Linux Had, Or Can’t Find a Replacement For?, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Skype For Linux Alpha Adds ‘Close to Tray’, Call Settings, More

Sunday 24th of July 2016 03:49:10 PM

A new version of Skype for Linux (alpha) is available to download. The update brings a number of much-needed fixes, and some new features.

This post, Skype For Linux Alpha Adds ‘Close to Tray’, Call Settings, More, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Minimalist Web Browser ‘Min’ Sees New Release

Sunday 24th of July 2016 11:27:40 AM

The Min browser project has picked up a new update. Version 1.4 of the open-source, cross-platform web browser adds browser actions and full-text search.

This post, Minimalist Web Browser ‘Min’ Sees New Release, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Three Years Ago Today Ubuntu Made Its Biggest Gamble

Friday 22nd of July 2016 04:59:26 PM

It's three years to the day since Canonical launched the most audacious crowdfunding campaign in history.

This post, Three Years Ago Today Ubuntu Made Its Biggest Gamble, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Adobe Style Icons For 10 Open-Source Creative Apps

Friday 22nd of July 2016 03:30:04 PM

Back in April I spotlighted a pair of Adobe style icons for GIMP and Inkscape — and a bunch of you really liked them. Well, hold on to your wobbly bits because the maker of those icons is back, and the icon pack has expanded to cover 10 of the most popular open-source creative apps: GIMP Inkscape Krita Darktable Ardour Audacity OpenShot Kdenlive […]

This post, Adobe Style Icons For 10 Open-Source Creative Apps, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

See The Newly Improved GNOME Keyboard Settings (Video)

Friday 22nd of July 2016 01:13:35 PM

Keyboard configuration is a crucial part of any modern desktop operating system, and GNOME is working to make its even better.

This post, See The Newly Improved GNOME Keyboard Settings (Video), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Keep Ubuntu Awake with Caffeine (And Avoid That Pesky Lock Screen)

Thursday 21st of July 2016 08:08:33 PM

We show you how to disable the Ubuntu lock screen, adjust the inactive time before the screen turns off, or use an app to solve both problems in one click!

This post, Keep Ubuntu Awake with Caffeine (And Avoid That Pesky Lock Screen), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Released, 14.04 Users See Upgrade Prompt

Thursday 21st of July 2016 03:00:44 PM

The first point release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is available to download. A notification upgrade will also appear on Ubuntu 14.04 desktops.

This post, Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS Released, 14.04 Users See Upgrade Prompt, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Testing the Latest VLC Player on Ubuntu Is Now a Snap

Wednesday 20th of July 2016 05:04:26 PM

Road testing the latest daily build of VLC just got a whole heap easier on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS — a snap, you might say.

This post, Testing the Latest VLC Player on Ubuntu Is Now a Snap, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Fairphone 2 Ubuntu Touch Convergence Video

Wednesday 20th of July 2016 04:15:00 PM

Earlier this week we saw Canonical demo wireless display on the Bq M10 tablet — but it's not the only device capable of cable-free convergence.

This post, Fairphone 2 Ubuntu Touch Convergence Video, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

‘Cumulus’ — A Desktop Weather App for Linux Desktops

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 05:05:57 PM

Cumulus is a stylish desktop weather app for the Ubuntu desktop. It offers various settings, including an optional Unity Launcher temperature count.

This post, ‘Cumulus’ — A Desktop Weather App for Linux Desktops, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Nautilus Is Adding Native Archive Extraction

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 11:52:41 AM

Nautilus, the GNOME file manager, is to improve support for extracting zips, tars and other compressed archives.

This post, Nautilus Is Adding Native Archive Extraction, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Meizu MX6 Made Official, Ubuntu Edition ‘Coming Soon’

Tuesday 19th of July 2016 10:50:01 AM

After months of leaks the Meizu MX6 smartphone was unwrapped at a press conference in China earlier today.

This post, The Meizu MX6 Made Official, Ubuntu Edition ‘Coming Soon’, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Software

  • OpenVZ 7.0 Becomes A Complete Linux Distribution, Based On VzLinux
    OpenVZ, a long-standing Linux virtualization technology and similar to LXC and Solaris Containers, is out with their major 7.0 release. OpenVZ 7.0 has focused on merging the OpenVZ and Virtuozzo code-bases along with replacing their own hypervisor with that of Linux's KVM. Under OpenVZ 7.0, it has become a complete Linux distribution based upon VzLinux.
  • OpenVZ 7.0 released
    I’m pleased to announce the release of OpenVZ 7.0. The new release focuses on merging OpenVZ and Virtuozzo source codebase, replacing our own hypervisor with KVM.
  • Announcing git-cinnabar 0.4.0 beta 2
    Git-cinnabar is a git remote helper to interact with mercurial repositories. It allows to clone, pull and push from/to mercurial remote repositories, using git.
  • FreeIPA Lightweight CA internals
    In the preceding post, I explained the use cases for the FreeIPA lightweight sub-CAs feature, how to manage CAs and use them to issue certificates, and current limitations. In this post I detail some of the internals of how the feature works, including how signing keys are distributed to replicas, and how sub-CA certificate renewal works. I conclude with a brief retrospective on delivering the feature.
  • Lightweight Sub-CAs in FreeIPA 4.4
    Last year FreeIPA 4.2 brought us some great new certificate management features, including custom certificate profiles and user certificates. The upcoming FreeIPA 4.4 release builds upon this groundwork and introduces lightweight sub-CAs, a feature that lets admins to mint new CAs under the main FreeIPA CA and allows certificates for different purposes to be issued in different certificate domains. In this post I will review the use cases and demonstrate the process of creating, managing and issuing certificates from sub-CAs. (A follow-up post will detail some of the mechanisms that operate behind the scenes to make the feature work.)
  • RcppArmadillo 0.7.200.2.0
    The second Armadillo release of the 7.* series came out a few weeks ago: version 7.200.2. And RcppArmadillo version 0.7.200.2.0 is now on CRAN and uploaded to Debian. This followed the usual thorough reverse-dependecy checking of by now over 240 packages using it. For once, I let it simmer a little preparing only a package update via the GitHub repo without preparing a CRAN upload to lower the update frequency a little. Seeing that Conrad has started to release 7.300.0 tarballs, the time for a (final) 7.200.2 upload was now right. Just like the previous, it now requires a recent enough compiler. As g++ is so common, we explicitly test for version 4.6 or newer. So if you happen to be on an older RHEL or CentOS release, you may need to get yourself a more modern compiler. R on Windows is now at 4.9.3 which is decent (yet stable) choice; the 4.8 series of g++ will also do. For reference, the current LTS of Ubuntu is at 5.4.0, and we have g++ 6.1 available in Debian testing.

Red Hat and Fedora

Leftovers: Debian

  • Debian LGBTIQA+
    I have a long overdue blog entry about what happened in recent times. People that follow my tweets did catch some things. Most noteworthy there was the Trans*Inter*Congress in Munich at the start of May. It was an absolute blast. I met so many nice and great people, talked and experienced so many great things there that I'm still having a great motivational push from it every time I think back. It was also the time when I realized that I in fact do have body dysphoria even though I thought I'm fine with my body in general: Being tall is a huge issue for me. Realizing that I have a huge issue (yes, pun intended) with my length was quite relieving, even though it doesn't make it go away. It's something that makes passing and transitioning for me harder. I'm well aware that there are tall women, and that there are dedicated shops for lengthy women, but that's not the only thing that I have trouble with. What bothers me most is what people read into tall people: that they are always someone they can lean on for comfort, that tall people are always considered to be self confident and standing up for themselves (another pun, I know ... my bad).
  • [GSOC] Week 8&9 Report
    This particular week has been tiresome as I did catch a cold ;). I did come back from Cape Town where debconf taking place. My arrival at Montreal was in the middle of the week, so this week is not plenty of news…
  • Debian on Jetson TK1
    I became interested in running Debian on NVIDIA's Tegra platform recently. NVIDIA is doing a great job getting support for Tegra upstream (u-boot, kernel, X.org and other projects). As part of ensuring good Debian support for Tegra, I wanted to install Debian on a Jetson TK1, a development board from NVIDIA based on the Tegra K1 chip (Tegra 124), a 32-bit ARM chip.
  • RC bugs 2016/01-29

Android Leftovers