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Quickly Reduce JPG/PNG File Size on Ubuntu Using a Nautilus Script

Friday 7th of July 2017 10:45:07 AM

A simple Nautilus script that makes it super easy to reduce jpg quality, resize images, and convert png files to jpg on Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

This post, Quickly Reduce JPG/PNG File Size on Ubuntu Using a Nautilus Script, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

These Videos of Mycroft, the Open-Source Alexa, Are Just Too Funny

Thursday 6th of July 2017 12:06:35 PM

As an intended open-source alternative to Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Home, the humble Mycroft AI has an awful lot of hype to live up to.

This post, These Videos of Mycroft, the Open-Source Alexa, Are Just Too Funny, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dash to Panel Updated with Window Peek, Other New Options

Thursday 6th of July 2017 11:31:59 AM

A new version of Dash to Panel, the popular GNOME extension that adds an icon task bar and system tray to the desktop, has been released. Dash to Panel v9 adds a couple of new features, including a Window Peek mode, and some nifty new options, like being able to hide ‘favourites’ from the panel. Window Peek is […]

This post, Dash to Panel Updated with Window Peek, Other New Options, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Snap App Integration in KDE Discover Is Picking Up Pace

Wednesday 5th of July 2017 09:42:34 PM

Work on integration Snap app support with KDE Discover is picking up pace, with devs hopeful that a stable backend can feature in Plasma 5.11.

This post, Snap App Integration in KDE Discover Is Picking Up Pace, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Hiri Lets You Access Microsoft Exchange Accounts on Linux

Wednesday 5th of July 2017 02:01:11 PM

Looking for a Linux email client that works with Microsoft Exchange servers, Office365 or Outlook accounts? You’re far from alone. We regularly receive emails and tweets from Ubuntu users who want to know how to set-up a Microsoft Exchange account on Ubuntu so that they can access their work email, calendar, tasks and contacts. Many […]

This post, Hiri Lets You Access Microsoft Exchange Accounts on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Type Emoji Quickly on Ubuntu Desktop with IBus-UniEmoji

Wednesday 5th of July 2017 12:38:37 PM

Emoji support on Linux is sort of lacking — but love ’em or loathe ’em, the Unicode-embedded smileys are everywhere. We’ve shown you before how to see color emoji on Ubuntu using EmojiOne, and highlighted a number of neat tools that let you find and enter emoji on your Linux desktop, be it Unity, GNOME, etc. […]

This post, Type Emoji Quickly on Ubuntu Desktop with IBus-UniEmoji, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 17.10 Might Automatically Mute Music When Taking VoIP Calls

Wednesday 5th of July 2017 11:17:36 AM

Ubuntu may re-enable a nifty feature in PulseAudio that pauses or mutes music and video when an incoming VoIP call is received. This feature, which is provided by a PulseAudio plugin called Cork, has been disabled in PulseAudio on Ubuntu until now because it doesn’t play nice with the Qt Skype client. But with the Qt […]

This post, Ubuntu 17.10 Might Automatically Mute Music When Taking VoIP Calls, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Wallpaper Contest Is Open for Entries

Wednesday 5th of July 2017 03:05:08 AM

Grab your camera, your best lens and head outside because the Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Wallpaper Contest is now open for entries. Inspired by the Ubuntu wallpaper contests of old, Ubuntu Budgie is seeking out a sumptuous set of stunning scenes to ship as background images by default in its upcoming release. And with some really […]

This post, Ubuntu Budgie 17.10 Wallpaper Contest Is Open for Entries, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE’s Promising New Email App Has a New Release

Tuesday 4th of July 2017 10:32:22 PM

We mentioned KDE Kube, a promising KDE email and PIM suite, earlier this year — and we’re pleased to report that there’s a brand new release available for testing. Now don’t get too excited: while what’s on offer today is more than a tech preview, Kube “still isn’t anywhere near production ready” according to one of its […]

This post, KDE’s Promising New Email App Has a New Release, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Wow, Linux 4.12 Really Was a HUGE Release [Stats]

Tuesday 4th of July 2017 10:05:21 PM

"Linux 4.12 is big, really big, like bigger than you thought big," Gregs says in an update on his Google+ profile — and he's made a chart to prove it.

This post, Wow, Linux 4.12 Really Was a HUGE Release [Stats], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

German Laptop Company Tuxedo Announces Its Own Ubuntu Flavor

Tuesday 4th of July 2017 08:57:56 PM

Tuxedo, a German computer company selling a range of Linux laptops, has announced it is launching it own Linux distribution based on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

This post, German Laptop Company Tuxedo Announces Its Own Ubuntu Flavor, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Laptops from VANT Get Intel Kaby Lake Refresh

Tuesday 4th of July 2017 05:30:47 PM

Say hola to a pair of well spec'd Ubuntu laptops from Spanish computer company Vant. Powered by Kaby Lake processors, you are going to vant one of these…

This post, Ubuntu Laptops from VANT Get Intel Kaby Lake Refresh, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Improve Your Photography Workflow on Linux with Rapid Photo Download 0.9

Tuesday 4th of July 2017 02:29:05 PM

Rapid Photo Download 0.9.0 is now stable, and available to download. The app, which makes mass importing photos and videos from SD cards, smartphones and USB devices easier, switches from GTK to Qt for this release. We reported on this change when we covered the beta release back in April. Being built and designed by […]

This post, Improve Your Photography Workflow on Linux with Rapid Photo Download 0.9, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Electron-based Min Web Browser Sees First Update This Year

Tuesday 4th of July 2017 12:01:28 PM

A new version of the Electron-based Min web-browser is now available to download. Not heard of min? Min is a desktop web-browser offering a unique, minimal UI that keeps out of the way. It has several unique and novel features, such as a list-based tab switcher, combined URL and search bar that integrates information from […]

This post, Electron-based Min Web Browser Sees First Update This Year, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This is the GNOME 3.26 Default Wallpaper

Tuesday 4th of July 2017 11:03:40 AM

Holy geometric structure, batman! The new GNOME 3.26 wallpaper is up on GNOME Git — and it's a bit of a departure from what's gone before.

This post, This is the GNOME 3.26 Default Wallpaper, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Snap Apps Now Appear as ‘Editor’s Picks’ in Ubuntu Software

Monday 3rd of July 2017 10:40:07 PM

It’s now even easier to find Snap apps in Ubuntu Software. The latest stable update to Ubuntu Software in Ubuntu 17.04 (and up) ships with a number of Snap friendly improvements, including spotlighting a selection of Snap apps under the ‘Editor’s Picks‘ section on the home page of the software store app. ‘Featured Snaps’ are […]

This post, Snap Apps Now Appear as ‘Editor’s Picks’ in Ubuntu Software, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Stats Say Linux Marketshare Hit All-Time High Last Month

Monday 3rd of July 2017 04:07:11 PM

Desktop Linux marketshare hit an all-time high last month, according to the latest data from web analytics firm NetMarketShare.

This post, Stats Say Linux Marketshare Hit All-Time High Last Month, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Folder Color Now Works With More Icon Themes, Includes More Color Options

Monday 3rd of July 2017 01:48:27 PM

A couple of weeks back we spotlighted Folder Color, a simple app that makes it easy to change folder color on Ubuntu. Great timing it turns out as the app has just picked up a brand-new release that adds support for more icon themes and includes more color options by default. The app is now […]

This post, Folder Color Now Works With More Icon Themes, Includes More Color Options, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Kernel 4.12 Released with BFQ, USB Type-C Manager, Much More

Monday 3rd of July 2017 01:06:56 PM

Linux Kernel 4.12 is officially out! Announcing the release over on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML)  Linus Torvalds says: “Things were quite calm this week, so I really didn’t have any real reason to delay the 4.12 release.” “As mentioned over the various rc announcements, 4.12 is one of the bigger releases historically.” He […]

This post, Linux Kernel 4.12 Released with BFQ, USB Type-C Manager, Much More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Core Now Supports the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3

Saturday 1st of July 2017 02:34:36 PM

Ubuntu Core is now available for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3. To refresh your memory, Ubuntu Core is Canonical’s stripped down, streamlined, and super-secure version of Ubuntu based on Snappy. And now it’s available for the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 (CM3), released back in January. The CM3 is a simple single-board computer that can connects […]

This post, Ubuntu Core Now Supports the Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

15 ways to empower students with open source tools

Recently I read the fascinating book Empower: What Happens When Students Own Their Own Learning, by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani. The book led me to think more deeply about my teaching methods and how I like to learn. I think learning should be exciting, and I'm happiest when I'm actively engaged in what I'm doing. Why wouldn't students in our schools want anything different than that? And why aren't we doing more to give that experience to them? While many schools today have a 1:1 ratio of computers/tablets to students, most of them use platforms and software that allow little (if any) modification. Students can't tinker with the software or hardware. Yet tinkering and experimenting are at the heart of learning. The authors of Empower say that students in environments that foster "making" take ownership of their learning more readily and tend to be deeper thinkers who are more at home with frustration. Ultimately, they wrote, "makers are better equipped for life." Read more

Red Hat Upgrade and Insider Selling

OSS: Yandex, The Open Source Way, Machine Learning, and BSD

  • In Other API Economy News: Yandex Open Source Machine Learning Library and More
    We start your weekend off with a review of the stories we couldn’t cover with a look at what what going on in the world of APIs. We start off with news that Yandex, the Russian search engine company, has announced that they are open-sourcing CatBoost, a machine learning library. The library is based on gradient boosting, a machine learning technique described by TechCrunch as being “designed to help “teach” systems when you have a very sparse amount of data, and especially when the data may not all be sensorial (such as audio, text or imagery), but includes transactional or historical data, too.” Yandex is freely releasing CatBoost for anyone to use under an Apache License. This move is similar to what we saw from Google when they open sourced TensorFlow in late 2015. As the demand for artificial intelligence solutions backed by machine learning platforms continues to grow, moves like this serve to help a wide range of developers take advantage of the technology.
  • CatBoost: Yandex's machine learning algorithm is available free of charge
  • The Open Source Way
    "Open source", in the world of IT, is program code that is meant for collaboration and open contribution. Intended to be modified and shared, because by design and spirit, it is meant for the public at large. It’s been said that “"open source" intimates a broader set of values—what we call "the open source way." Open source projects, products, or initiatives embrace and celebrate principles of open exchange, collaborative participation, rapid prototyping, transparency, meritocracy, and community-oriented development.” So it is a natural conclusion that in this age of open and transparent government, that the government IT manager or technician would be one of the first to want to embrace this new role of collaborative team member within a larger community. Additionally, as organizations, especially government, continue to emerge from the technology funding embargo of the Great (2008) Recession - an economic force that froze IT purchases and programs and forced many into strict “keep the lights on” operational mode, IT managers and CIO’s are carefully expending their still relatively measly budgets. [...] For IT organizations, especially government, with limited budgets and long procurement processes, time and increased experience with open source products will lead to a growing understanding and acceptance. And as this understanding progresses and becomes more accepted, open source will become a “go to” option to keep up with the fast moving technical environment, and perhaps eventually, as a standard first option, realizing the broader set of open source values by relying on the collective work and minds of a virtual community of IT “hackers”, “geeks” and “nerds”, working globally, 24x7/365 to explore, develop and showcase whatever tech that sparks their individual interest.
  • Top 5 open-source tools for machine learning

    Given the paradigmatic shifts that a true revolution in machine learning could bring, it’s important to maintain tech’s devotion to open-source. These kinds of scientific advancement don’t belong to any one company or corporation, but to the whole world. Making ML open and evenly distributed means everyone can join in this revolution.

  • Release of TinySegmenter 0.3
    Today I released version 0.3 of TinySegmenter, a Japanese Tokenizer in pure Python (released in New BSD license), with a single minor fix for proper install on systems not-using UTF-8 (apparently that still exists! :P). Thanks to Mišo Belica for the patch. Apparently some of his Japanese users are using it for Sumy, his software to extract summary from texts.
  • BSDTW 2017 CFP
     

    BSDTW 2017 will be held on the 11th and 12th of November 2017 (Sat/Sun), in Taipei. We are now requesting proposals for talks. We do not require academic or formal papers. If you wish to submit a formal paper, you are welcome to, but it is not required.

    The talks should be written with strong technical content. Presentations on the use of BSD in products and companies are strongly encouraged but marketing proposals are not appropriate for this venue.

GNOME and Other Software

  • Dash to Panel – A Cool Icon Taskbar for the GNOME Shell
    Dash to Panel is a customizable open source extension for the GNOME Shell that moves the dash into GNOME’s main panel; combining app launchers and the system tray into one panel like that of KDE Plasma and Windows 7+.
  • GNOME's Mutter Window Manager Now Supports Tablet Wheel Events on Wayland
    The Mutter composite and window manager of the widely-used GNOME desktop environment was updated recently both on the stable and devel channels with a bunch of new features and improvements. Mutter 3.24.4 is now the latest stable build of the application, and it's here to add a few important changes for tablets, including improved stability of tablet plugs and unplugs, working window moving and resizing via tablet tools, as well as the implementation of tablet rings/strips configuration. In addition, Mutter now no longer throttles motion events on tablet tools, it's capable of handling the left-handed mode on pen/eraser devices, and adds support for tablet wheel events when running under the Wayland display server. Talking about Wayland, the Wacom cursor offset should now work as expected in Mutter 3.24.4.
  • Terminus: A Great Modern And Highly Cutomizable Terminal For Linux
    Are you tired of your default terminal or looking for an alternative which can look cool as well as perform operation in your system? If yes, Terminus is for you which is modern terminal designed to be highly customizable, it will let you enjoy CLI. If you are using Linux since there were CRT monitors with Linux then check out Cool-Retro-Term, which is another great looking terminal application. Terminus is built using web technologies based on Electron, it is cross-platform modern age terminal available for (Linux, Windows and Mac), on Linux it is a full terminal which can spawn with a global hotkey, tabs persist after restart, Auto-dock to anyside of any screen, full Unicode and double-width character support. On Windows it supports Classic CMD, PowerShell and Bash on Windows. On Mac it just works. Multiple app themes and a myriad of community color schemes for the terminal. Color scheme editor included. Install plugins from the NPM repository, or create your own with Typescript and Angular framework.
  • Some Useful Indicators: Ayatana, Clipboard-Autoedit, Diskstat, Files, Bulletin and Udisks
    Panel Indicators always comes in handy when you have to do some productive work on your desktop computer, to access quick functions of different applications these indicators saves you a lot of time, some indicator give you information you want to receive, it all depends on your needs. Today presenting you some useful indicators which may help you and makes your desktop experience much better. Following all the indicators are developed by just one guy and available through his PPA.