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Feed the Monkey is an Open-Source TinyTinyRSS Desktop Client

Sunday 12th of March 2017 01:23:47 PM

FeedTheMonkey is an open-source desktop feed reader for the open-source TinyTinyRSS service.

This post, Feed the Monkey is an Open-Source TinyTinyRSS Desktop Client, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Does Anyone Else Remember the KDE Bouncy Ball?

Friday 10th of March 2017 02:31:34 PM

Laughing as I threw a small red ball around my desktop — that's my earliest memory of using KDE. But what happened to the bouncy ball widget?

This post, Does Anyone Else Remember the KDE Bouncy Ball?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

These are the New Themes Shipping in Firefox 53

Friday 10th of March 2017 01:23:09 PM

Firefox 53 includes two brand new 'compact themes', designed to take up fewer pixels on the screen and give web content more room to show.

This post, These are the New Themes Shipping in Firefox 53, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Kdenlive 16.12.3 Out, Promises to Crash Less Often

Friday 10th of March 2017 12:06:31 PM

A new bug fix release of the open-source, non-linear video editor Kdenlive is now available to download. Kdenlive 16.12.3 is the last release in the 16.12.x series. It brings a handful of important improvements to the table. Numerous causes of crashes have been fixed, as has the ‘overnight render bug‘ that affected rendering jobs that eked past midnight. Kdenlive developer […]

This post, Kdenlive 16.12.3 Out, Promises to Crash Less Often, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Re-Enable NPAPI Plugin Support (i.e. Java) in Firefox 52

Thursday 9th of March 2017 03:54:41 PM

Firefox 52 began its roll out yesterday, bringing a bunch of small iterative improvements to the fore. Among the most significant change in the release is the decision to disable support for all NPAPI plugins bar Adobe Flash by default. This is a good move in the round as NPAPI is a terribly outdated technology (over 20 years […]

This post, How To Re-Enable NPAPI Plugin Support (i.e. Java) in Firefox 52, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Lockscreen Media Controls, Improved Touch Experience coming in KDE Plasma 5.10

Thursday 9th of March 2017 01:46:32 PM

Lock screen media controls are one of several productivity improvements in Plasma 5.10, which is due for release at the end of May.

This post, Lockscreen Media Controls, Improved Touch Experience coming in KDE Plasma 5.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Viber Desktop Linux App Has a New Sharing Menu

Thursday 9th of March 2017 12:08:03 PM

A new version of popular messaging app Viber is available for Linux. Viber Desktop versions 6.5.5 introduces a handful of new features to the messaging service, all of them certain to be familiar to users of the servic e’s mobile apps. Viber desktop adds the media sharing menu recently rolled out to its mobile apps. This menu, Viber say, “lets […]

This post, The Viber Desktop Linux App Has a New Sharing Menu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Todo.txt Indicator for Ubuntu Helps You Get Stuff Done

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 08:46:21 PM

If you manage your to-to list with a plaintext Todo.txt file this indicator applet may help you keep on top of your tasks. Sure, there are plenty of web-based clients, sticky note widgets, and feature-packed desktop task managers offering to help us cut through the crud and get stuff done. But sometimes nothing beats the simplicity of the humble todo.txt file. How […]

This post, Todo.txt Indicator for Ubuntu Helps You Get Stuff Done, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Canonical Launches New Ubuntu Tutorials Website

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 02:29:43 PM

Canonical has launched a new Ubuntu tutorials website to help make 'development and devops activities on Ubuntu machines' easier.

This post, Canonical Launches New Ubuntu Tutorials Website, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Chrome OS Has Double the Marketshare of Regular Linux in USA

Wednesday 8th of March 2017 01:03:10 PM

Chrome OS marketshare is more than double that of traditional GNU/Linux in the USA, data from a web analytics company shows.

This post, Chrome OS Has Double the Marketshare of Regular Linux in USA, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox 52 Released with WebAssembly Support, Enhanced Sync

Tuesday 7th of March 2017 06:51:33 PM

Mozilla Firefox 52 has been released and is now available to download. Among new features in Firefox 52 is support for WebAssembly. Mozilla describes this as “an emerging standard that brings near-native performance to Web-based games, apps, and software libraries without the use of plugins.” Among a stack of security improvements in Firefox 52 are users warnings when loading login […]

This post, Firefox 52 Released with WebAssembly Support, Enhanced Sync, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Recipes App Is Now Available to Install On Ubuntu 17.04

Monday 6th of March 2017 09:43:00 PM

GNOME’s Matthias Clasen recently blogged about the upcoming release of GNOME Recipes 1.0. It’ll be the first formal release of the desktop recipes app for Linux, which has been in development for less than 6 months, and is set to arrive freshly out of the oven alongside GNOME 3.24. GNOME Recipes 1.0 “The last thing that we needed [to […]

This post, GNOME Recipes App Is Now Available to Install On Ubuntu 17.04, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This might be the Best Mac OS X GTK theme for Linux

Monday 6th of March 2017 05:45:43 PM

Looking for a Mac theme for Linux? Try GNOME OS X II, an Apple inspired GTK theme for Ubuntu and other Linux desktops.

This post, This might be the Best Mac OS X GTK theme for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

News is a Promising New RSS Reader for the Linux Desktop

Monday 6th of March 2017 01:14:18 PM

It’s been a little while since we last heard anything about News, a GTK RSS reader app for the GNOME desktop. But, a few weeks ago, the feed reader app’s developer shared a short video of how the app is looking — and it’s fair to say there’s little else like it currently available on the GNOME desktop. The […]

This post, News is a Promising New RSS Reader for the Linux Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Green Recorder 2.0 Released, Lets You Screen Record Wayland

Sunday 5th of March 2017 07:02:14 PM

Green Recorder 2.0 has been released. The desktop screen recording app picks up a number of new features, including Wayland support and the ability to record a specific section of your desktop.

This post, Green Recorder 2.0 Released, Lets You Screen Record Wayland, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

VidCutter 3.0 Released with New Features, MPV Backend

Sunday 5th of March 2017 04:32:00 PM

VidCutter, the open-source video trimmer app we mentioned back in January, is back with a new release — and it’s a big one. The cross-platform Qt5 app lets you quickly and easily trim, split and join video clips without needing to re-encode. VidCutter 3.0 sees a complete rewrite of the multimedia backend, which now uses libmpv for viewing […]

This post, VidCutter 3.0 Released with New Features, MPV Backend, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Kube, a new KDE email/PIM app, sees first tech preview release

Sunday 5th of March 2017 03:19:15 PM

KDE Kube mail is new email app for the KDE desktop, and has just made its first official release, albeit as a technical preview.

This post, Kube, a new KDE email/PIM app, sees first tech preview release, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How Often Do You Change Your Desktop Wallpaper? [Poll]

Friday 3rd of March 2017 04:17:37 PM

Someone recently told me that I change my desktop wallpaper on Linux far too often, which made me curious about other people's habits.

This post, How Often Do You Change Your Desktop Wallpaper? [Poll], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Meet the $30 Ubuntu-Ready NanoPi M1 Plus

Friday 3rd of March 2017 02:13:51 PM

It's two-thirds the size of a Raspberry Pi and costs $30, but the NanoPi M1 Plus already has Ubuntu Core and Ubuntu MATE images ready to run.

This post, Meet the $30 Ubuntu-Ready NanoPi M1 Plus, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

There’s now an Arc Theme for the Telegram messaging app

Friday 3rd of March 2017 01:41:26 PM

This Arc Telegram theme means users of the Arc GTK theme can now theme the Telegram messaging app to better blend in with their desktop.

This post, There’s now an Arc Theme for the Telegram messaging app, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

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  • Blockchain Startups Venture Beyond Bitcoin
    Bitcoin is the most widely-known example of blockchain-based technology, but many of today's startups are looking past the cryptocurrency and towards other, more business-friendly implementations. European blockchain startup incubator Outlier Ventures and Frost & Sullivan have mapped out the blockchain startup landscape, identifying several key areas of activity. It outlines possible paths to success following a busy year for blockchain investments.
  • Another Sandy Bridge Era Motherboard Now Supported By Coreboot
    The Sapphire Pure Platinum H61 is the latest motherboard to be supported by mainline Coreboot for replacing the board's proprietary BIOS.
  • OSI Welcomes the Journal of Open Source Software as Affiliate Member
    The Open Source Initiative® (OSI), a global non-profit organization formed to educate about and advocate for the benefits of open source software and communities, announced that the Journal Of Open Source Software (JOSS), a peer-reviewed journal for open source research software packages, is now an OSI affiliate member.
  • Open source project uses Docker for serverless computing
    Serverless computing has fast become a staple presence on major clouds, from Amazon to Azure. It’s also inspiring open source projects designed to make the concept of functions as a service useful to individual developers. The latest of these projects, called simply Functions as a Service (FaaS) by developer and Linux User contributor Alex Ellis, uses Docker and its native Swarm cluster management technology to package any process as a function available through a web API.
  • PyCharm 2017.1, MicroStrategy 2017.1, Next.js 2.0, and Ubuntu 17.04 final beta released — SD Times news digest: March 27, 2017
  • Open source JavaScript, Node.js devs get NPM Orgs for free
    The SaaS-based tool, which features capabilities like role-based access control, semantic versioning, and package discovery, now can be used on public code on the NPM registry, NPM Inc. said on Wednesday. Developers can transition between solo projects, public group projects, and commercial projects, and users with private registries can use Orgs to combine code from public and private packages into a single project.
  • Slaying Monoliths at Netflix with Node.js
    The growing number of Netflix subscribers -- nearing 85 million at the time of this Node.js Interactive talk -- has generated a number of scaling challenges for the company. In his talk, Yunong Xiao, Principal Software Engineer at Netflix, describes these challenges and explains how the company went from delivering content to a global audience on an ever-growing number of platforms, to supporting all modern browsers, gaming consoles, smart TVs, and beyond. He also looks at how this led to radically modifying their delivery framework to make it more flexible and resilient.
  • Mudlet, the open source MUD client has a new major stable build available
    I don't know how many of you play MUDs, but Mudlet, an open source cross-platform MUD client has hit version 3.0.

today's howtos

Minimal Linux Live

Minimal Linux Live is, as the name suggests, a very minimal Linux distribution which can be run live from a CD, DVD or USB thumb drive. One of the things which set Minimal Linux Live (MLL) apart from other distributions is that, while the distribution is available through a 7MB ISO file download, the project is designed to be built from source code using a shell script. The idea is that we can download scripts that will build MLL on an existing Linux distribution. Assuming we have the proper compiler tools on our current distribution, simply running a single shell script and waiting a while will produce a bootable ISO featuring the MLL operating system. Yet another option the MLL project gives us is running the distribution inside a web browser using a JavaScript virtual machine. The browser-based virtual machine running MLL can be found on the project's website, under the Emulator tab. This gives us a chance to try out the operating system in our web browser without installing or building anything. I decided to try the MLL build process to see if it would work and how long it would take if everything went smoothly. I also wanted to find out just how much functionality such a small distribution could offer. The project's documentation mostly covers building MLL on Ubuntu and Linux Mint and so I decided to build MLL on a copy of Ubuntu 16.04 I had running in a virtual machine. The steps to build MLL are fairly straight forward. On Ubuntu, we first install six packages to make sure we have all the required dependencies. Then we download an archive containing MLL's build scripts. Then we unpack the archive and run the build script. We just need to type four commands in Ubuntu's virtual terminal to kick-start the build process. Read more

GCC Compiler Tests At A Variety Of Optimization Levels Using Clear Linux

For those curious about the impact of GCC compiler optimization levels, a variety of benchmarks were carried out using GCC 6.3 on Intel's Clear Linux platform. Read more Also: LLVM 4.0.1 Planning, Aiming For Better Stable Releases