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DiRT Rally For Linux Launches This March

Thursday 2nd of February 2017 12:54:00 PM

Competitive rally racing game DiRT RALLY is officially headed to Linux, the games porting supremos Feral Interactive has announced.

This post, DiRT Rally For Linux Launches This March, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Plasma 5.9 Update Now Available in KDE Neon

Thursday 2nd of February 2017 12:29:28 PM

KDE Plasma 5.9 is now available in KDE Neon User Edition.  The latest stable release of the popular desktop environment, Plasma 5.9 was released at the beginning of February. It brings a number of new features to user’s desktops, as well as general improvements, bug fixes and updates. Support for global menus, improved ‘drag and […]

This post, Plasma 5.9 Update Now Available in KDE Neon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Quickly Take + Annotate Screenshots on Ubuntu with Shots

Thursday 2nd of February 2017 12:24:04 AM

If you’re looking for a simple way to quickly capture desktops and add a few annotations, we’ve found an app that you’ll want to try. Shots (stylised as –shots, but we’ll drop the dashes for this article) is a Electron-based screenshot app available for Windows, macOS and Linux. It’s not the only app its kind on any of […]

This post, Quickly Take + Annotate Screenshots on Ubuntu with Shots, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Simple Menu Launcher Is The KDE App Launcher I’ve Been Dreaming Of

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 01:34:52 PM

I’ve recently started using KDE Plasma again after several years of only poking around in GNOME-based desktops, e.g. Unity, Budgie, Cinnamon, etc. While I wouldn’t say I’m fully orientated in K Desktop Environment land just yet I am enjoying the learning curve; playing with a desktop environment as configurable as Plasma is actually rather fun, and encountering […]

This post, Simple Menu Launcher Is The KDE App Launcher I’ve Been Dreaming Of, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LibreOffice 5.3 Is The ‘Most Feature-Rich Release’ Ever

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:43:56 PM

LibreOffice 5.3 is now available to download, and The Document Foundation is calling it 'one of the most feature-rich releases in the history of the application'!

This post, LibreOffice 5.3 Is The ‘Most Feature-Rich Release’ Ever, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

You Can Now Install Snap Apps on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 12:09:57 PM

Snappy, Canonical's new app distribution and package management system, is now available to users running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

This post, You Can Now Install Snap Apps on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Where To Download The (Gorgeous) KDE Plasma 5.9 Wallpaper

Wednesday 1st of February 2017 04:25:03 AM

Today’s release of Plasma 5.9, the latest stable release of the Linux desktop environment created by KDE, brings with a bunch of welcome changes and new features. Among them is a shiny new wallpaper — and a few readers have been asking where they can get it. Well, you don’t have to upend desktop environment or […]

This post, Where To Download The (Gorgeous) KDE Plasma 5.9 Wallpaper, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install Oh My Giraffe! on Ubuntu

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 10:49:45 PM

Oh My Giraffe is a twee endless runner game where you chase a high score. Better yet, the game is available to install for free from the Ubuntu Snap Store.

This post, How to Install Oh My Giraffe! on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Meet Stacer, a System Optimizer App for Ubuntu

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 01:50:48 PM

Stacey helps you monitor system resource usage, clear app caches, uninstall unwanted apps, and even stop system processes from running in the background.

This post, Meet Stacer, a System Optimizer App for Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE Plasma 5.9 Released, This Is What’s New

Tuesday 31st of January 2017 01:50:27 PM

KDE has announced the release of Plasma 5.9, the latest version of its modern desktop environment.  “Plasma 5.9 brings many exciting new features to your desktop”, project lead Jonathan Riddell says. But precisely what? Let’s take a look. Global Menus As we reported on last year, Plasma 5.9 brings global menus back to the KDE desktop experience. […]

This post, KDE Plasma 5.9 Released, This Is What’s New, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE Connect Indicator Now Lets You Send SMS from the Ubuntu Desktop

Sunday 29th of January 2017 06:34:55 PM

Want to send SMS messages from the Ubuntu desktop? Well, now you can as Indicator KDE Connect has been updated to support sending SMS from the desktop.

This post, KDE Connect Indicator Now Lets You Send SMS from the Ubuntu Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 17.04 Alpha 2 Released, Available to Download Now

Friday 27th of January 2017 07:31:00 PM

Ahoy there, it’s (belated) release day for Ubuntu 17.04 Alpha 2!  But don’t get too excited. As is typical of this stage in the Ubuntu development cycle there’s not an awful lot of change clear in some of the participating flavors. Don’t get me wrong: they’re functional and ripe for testing, but they’re just sort of ‘there’ […]

This post, Ubuntu 17.04 Alpha 2 Released, Available to Download Now, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install Dekko Email Client on Ubuntu Desktop

Friday 27th of January 2017 02:43:22 PM

Dekko for Ubuntu Touch¹ may be going nowhere, but the re-written, Snap-based version is already starting to shine. And better yet: it’s available for testing right now. Development Snap builds of Dekko are available in the beta and edge channels of the Ubuntu Snap Store, should you fancy following along with progress on the app as it works its way […]

This post, How to Install Dekko Email Client on Ubuntu Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Old Dekko App Will Get ‘No Further Updates’

Friday 27th of January 2017 02:32:12 PM

The current Dekko email app for Ubuntu phone is no longer supported, and no further updates will be released. Work is to continue on a Snap-based version.

This post, The Old Dekko App Will Get ‘No Further Updates’, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Google Chrome 56 Released, Brings WebGL 2.0 and Flac Support

Thursday 26th of January 2017 02:02:36 PM

Google Chrome 56 is rolling out to desktop users, with a number of small new features and security fixes in tow.

This post, Google Chrome 56 Released, Brings WebGL 2.0 and Flac Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Meet the KDE Slimbook, a Powerful Laptop Running KDE Neon

Thursday 26th of January 2017 12:30:21 PM

The KDE Slimbook is a new KDE-branded laptop that comes pre-loaded with the Ubuntu-based KDE Neon Linux distribution.

This post, Meet the KDE Slimbook, a Powerful Laptop Running KDE Neon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Neofetch 3.0 Released

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 03:08:31 PM

A new version of cross-platform CLI-based system info tool Neofetch is available to download, and it's packing some substantive changes.

This post, Neofetch 3.0 Released, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Budgie Desktop Is Moving to Qt

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 12:44:37 PM

Developers behind the Budgie desktop reveal they are switching to Qt to 'regain control over the experience, feature-set, and stability' of their desktop.

This post, Budgie Desktop Is Moving to Qt, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Ubuntu Web Browser App Is Getting a New Icon

Wednesday 25th of January 2017 12:55:32 AM

The Ubuntu web-browser app is getting a brand new icon after community members said the existing icon looked too similar to the Safari web browser.

This post, The Ubuntu Web Browser App Is Getting a New Icon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Wine 2.0 Released, Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2013 on Linux

Tuesday 24th of January 2017 09:03:57 PM

A brand new stable release of Wine, the Windows compatibility programme, is now available to download.

This post, Wine 2.0 Released, Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2013 on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Software

  • Picard 1.4 released
    The last time we put out a stable release was more than 2 years ago, so a lot of changes have made it into this new release. If you’re in a hurry and just want to try it out, the downloads are available from the Picard website.
  • Linux Digital Audio Workstations: Open Source Music Production
    Linux Digital Audio Workstations When most people think of music programs, they’ll usually think Mac OS or Windows. However, there are also a few Linux digital audio workstations. The support and features of these programs can vary, but they’re a good choice to setup a cheap recording studio. Some of them are even good competitors for paid programs, offering features such as multitrack recording, MIDI, and virtual instruments. Keep in mind that many audio editing programs for Linux rely on the Jack backend. You’ll need a dedicated system to install these programs on, since it doesn’t work properly in a virtual machine. In the following article, we’ll cover audio editing programs that are available for Linux. We’ll talk about the available features, as well as help you decide which program to use for your needs.
  • i2pd 2.12 released
    i2pd (I2P Daemon) is a full-featured C++ implementation of I2P client. I2P (Invisible Internet Protocol) is a universal anonymous network layer. All communications over I2P are anonymous and end-to-end encrypted, participants don't reveal their real IP addresses.
  • 4 Command-Line Graphics Tools for Linux
    For the most part, they’re wrong. Command-line image tools do much of what their GUI counterparts can, and they can do it just as well. Sometimes, especially when dealing with multiple image files or working on an older computer, command-line tools can do a better job. Let’s take a look at four command-line tools that can ably handle many of your basic (and not-so-basic) image manipulation tasks.
  • CloudStats - Best Server Monitoring Tool for Linux Servers
    CloudStats is an effective tool for Linux server monitoring and network monitoring. With CloudStats you get whole visibility into key performance criteria of your Linux Server. You can proactively track different server metrics like CPU, disk and memory usage, services, apps, processes and more. The best thing is that you don’t need to have any special technical skills – this tool for server monitoring is very easy to install and run from any device.
  • New Inkscape 0.92.1 fixes your previous works done with Inkscape
    This blog-post is about a happy-end after a previously published blog-post named New Inkscape 0.92 breaks your previous works done with Inkscape published on 20 January. A lot of reactions did happen about this previous blog-post and the news get quickly viral. That's why I thought it was nice to make another blog post to "close this case".
  • Qt 5.10 To Have Built-In Vulkan Support
    With Qt 5.8 there was experimental Direct3D 12 support that left some disappointed the toolkit didn't opt for supporting Vulkan first as a cross-platform, high-performance graphics API. Fortunately, with Qt 5.10, there will be built-in Vulkan support. Going back nearly one year there has been Vulkan work around Qt while with Qt 5.10 it's becoming a reality. However, with Qt 5.9 not even being released until the end of May, Qt 5.10 isn't going to officially debut until either the very end of 2017 or early 2018.
  • Rusty Builder
    Thanks to Georg Vienna, Builder can now manage your Rust installations using RustUp!
  • GNOME MPlayer knows how to grow your playlist size

today's howtos

Leftovers: Gaming

  • Unvanquished Open-Source Shooter Game Prepares For An Exciting 2017
    The Unvanquished open-source first person shooter game had been very promising and issuing monthly alpha releases all the way up to 48 alpha versions while they ended that one year ago without any new releases. The project is still ongoing and they are preparing for a great 2017. The Unvanquished team posted a teaser to their project site this weekend. They have been working on some "much bigger" changes. They aren't saying what the next release will be, but most will know what generally follows alpha builds... I'm a big supporter of Unvanquished, and have heard from their project lead and look forward to what's next ;)
  • OSS: RPG Maker MV CoreScript
    "RPG Maker MV CoreScript" is a game engine player for 2D games that runs on the browser. "RPG Maker MV CoreScript" is designed as a game engine dedicated to "RPG Maker MV", the latest work of "RPG Maker" series of 2DRPG world number one software with more than 20 years history, and more than 1000 games are running. (February 2017)
  • HITMAN released for Linux, initial port report and two gameplay videos
    HITMAN [Steam, Feral Store] is the brand new Linux port from Feral Interactive and what a game it is! This is some serious fun to keep you occupied for many hours!
  • Hitman is Coming to Your Home
  • Castle Game Engine 6.0 Released
    Castle Game Engine is yet another open-source cross-platform game engine. What separates this game engine from others is that interestingly it's written in Object Pascal. Up until seeing this Castle Game Engine 6.0 release, I hadn't thought of Object Pascal in a few years and interesting it's being used by this game engine. Castle Engine 6.0 continues to be fitted for both 2D and 3D games and this latest release incorporates about one year of development work.

Fedora: The Latest

  • Anaconda Install Banners get a Makeover!
    A redesign/ update for Anaconda install banners has been an ongoing project for me since the summer and has recently, in the passed month or so, had a fair amount of conversation on its Pagure ticket. I have done multiple series of iterations for these banners, and in the couple of weeks have established a design that represents the Fedora vibe. There are three, sort of, sub-categories for the banners: Common Banners, Server-specific Banners, and Desktop-specific Banners. At this point I have completed drafts of the Common banners (available on all editions) and the Desktop-specific banners (available in addition to Common for Desktop editions).
  • This is why I drink: a discussion of Fedora's legal state
    Tom Callaway seems to be a very nice person who has been overclocked to about 140% normal human speed. In only 20 minutes he gave an interesting and highly-amusing talk that could have filled a 45-minute slot on the legal principles that underpin Fedora, how they got that way, and how they work out in practice. In the old days, Callaway said, Red Hat made Red Hat Linux, entirely in-house. What the company didn't make was any money; sales of hats generated more profit than sales of Red Hat box sets, which apparently were sold at a loss. It was felt that this plan wouldn't work out in the long term, so Red Hat changed to making Enterprise Linux. It didn't want to stop doing a hobbyist Linux, however, so Fedora Core was launched. Red Hat also wanted the community to have input into what Fedora was, and how it looked, but the company couldn't just drop the reins and let the community take over, because it was still legally the distributor.
  • Modularity & Generational Core: The future of Fedora?
  • Fedora 25: running Geekbench.