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Ataribox Pre-Orders Begin on December 14

Monday 11th of December 2017 03:11:43 PM

Gamers will be able to pre-order the Ataribox from December 14 — though there’s still no firm word on price or hardware specs. The company behind the new games machine revealed the pre-order date in a (now deleted) Facebook post. It later uploaded an image teasing the date ‘14.12.17’ (pictured above). Users will be able to “pre-order” […]

This post, Ataribox Pre-Orders Begin on December 14, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: VLC, Mesa, Audacity + More

Sunday 10th of December 2017 02:57:24 PM

Another week has flown by, making it time for another round-up of pertinent Linux app releases that didn’t manage to wangle a full post’s worth of waffle on this site. This week’s crop of curios includes updates to the world’s most popular open-source video player, the world’s most popular open-source audio editor, and the world’s […]

This post, Linux Release Roundup: VLC, Mesa, Audacity + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Is Liferea Feed Reader Still the Best RSS App on Ubuntu?

Friday 8th of December 2017 02:37:03 PM

We take a look at the Liferea feed reader for Linux, show you how to install it on Ubuntu from a PPA, and ask if it's the best RSS reader available for Linux.

This post, Is Liferea Feed Reader Still the Best RSS App on Ubuntu?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

CrossOver 17 Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2016 on Linux

Wednesday 6th of December 2017 04:36:29 PM

CrossOver 17 is now available. It brings support for Microsoft Office 2016 on Linux, WINE performance improvements, and a slate of bug fixes and features.

This post, CrossOver 17 Lets You Run Microsoft Office 2016 on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Make Firefox Look like the GNOME Web Browser (Because Why Not, Right?)

Wednesday 6th of December 2017 03:52:24 PM

If you’re using a vanilla GNOME session on Ubuntu with the Adwaita theme, and want to make Firefox look a little more at home, you can. In fact, with a bit of custom CSS you can make Firefox look like Epiphany (aka GNOME Web), the core browser that ships with the GNOME desktop environment. Firefox […]

This post, Make Firefox Look like the GNOME Web Browser (Because Why Not, Right?), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Vivaldi Web Browser Comes to the Raspberry Pi

Tuesday 5th of December 2017 11:04:00 AM

Raspberry Pi users can now use the Vivaldi web browser, with Vivaldi releasing an experimental ARM build of its browser through its website.

This post, Vivaldi Web Browser Comes to the Raspberry Pi, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME Boxes Makes It Easier to Test Drive Linux Distros

Monday 4th of December 2017 03:22:26 PM

GNOME Boxes 3.28 lets you download Linux distributions and BSD images from within the app, making it easy to set up virtual machines for testing or fun.

This post, GNOME Boxes Makes It Easier to Test Drive Linux Distros, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: Etcher, Mailspring, PulseEffects + More

Sunday 3rd of December 2017 03:08:49 PM

We're now officially in Christmas season, but even the overuse of xmas music in public spaces isn't enough to stymie the flow of Linux releases.

This post, Linux Release Roundup: Etcher, Mailspring, PulseEffects + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Big Unity Desktop Update Coming to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Friday 1st of December 2017 02:27:31 PM

A big update to the Unity desktop stack is heading to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, including a security fix that allowed the lock screen to be bypassed on some systems.

This post, Big Unity Desktop Update Coming to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Search DuckDuckGo from the Command Line

Wednesday 29th of November 2017 06:01:15 PM

When we showed you how to search Google from the command line a lot of you to say you use Duck Duck Go, the awesome privacy-focused search engine. Well, now there’s a tool to search DuckDuckGo from the command line. It’s called ddgr (pronounced, in my head, as dodger) and it’s pretty neat. Like Googler, ddgr […]

This post, Search DuckDuckGo from the Command Line, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Joplin is an Open-Source Evernote Alternative

Wednesday 29th of November 2017 01:54:04 PM

Joplin is an open-source Evernote alternative with apps for Linux, Windows, Mac, Android & iOS. There's also a CLI client, and sync support using OneDrive.

This post, Joplin is an Open-Source Evernote Alternative, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LibreOffice Is Now Available on Flathub, the Flatpak App Store

Tuesday 28th of November 2017 03:48:43 PM

LibreOffice is now available to install from Flathub, the centralised Flatpak app store. Its arrival allows anyone running a modern Linux distribution to install the latest stable release of LibreOffice in a click or two, without having to hunt down a PPA, tussle with tarballs or wait for a distro provider to package it up. A […]

This post, LibreOffice Is Now Available on Flathub, the Flatpak App Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Atari’s Linux Games Console Now Has a Controller

Monday 27th of November 2017 02:51:06 PM

Back in September we wrote about the Ataribox, a new Linux-powered console from Atari — today we get a look at its new joystick. Over on Facebook Atari shows off the new Ataribox Joystick that will (presumably) come bundled with the video games (and home entertainment) machine when it goes on sale next year If you’ve been […]

This post, Atari’s Linux Games Console Now Has a Controller, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: gThumb, Peek Gif Recorder + More

Sunday 26th of November 2017 06:31:02 PM

With the Thanksgiving celebrations in the US the past week was never going to be chock-full of new Linux releases. That said, a couple of juicy app updates did manage to squeak out during the past 7 days, including new releases of a Linux Winamp alternative, a free software stalwart, and one of my absolute favourite […]

This post, Linux Release Roundup: gThumb, Peek Gif Recorder + More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Firefox Nightly Adds CSD Option

Friday 24th of November 2017 06:32:55 PM

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Firefox 57 is awesome — so awesome that I’m finally using it as my default browser again. But there is one thing it the Linux version of Firefox sorely needs: client-side decoration. If you follow this site on Twitter, you might have seen me whine my […]

This post, Firefox Nightly Adds CSD Option, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install Android File Transfer for Linux

Friday 24th of November 2017 12:52:59 PM

If you’re struggling to mount your Android phone on Ubuntu you might want to give Android File Transfer for Linux a try. Effectively it’s a clone of Google’s Android File Transfer app for macOS. It’s built with Qt, and has a super simple UI that makes it easy to transfer files and folders to and from your Android […]

This post, How to Install Android File Transfer for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Humble Is Giving Away Space Shooter ‘Sanctum 2’ for FREE

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 11:48:16 PM

Sanctum 2, the acclaimed FPS/tower defense mash-up, is currently available for free on the Humble Store — but only until November 26, 2017.

This post, Humble Is Giving Away Space Shooter ‘Sanctum 2’ for FREE, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Command Line Music Player for Spotify, YouTube & Other Streaming Services

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 03:18:33 PM

Tizonia is a command-line music player that lets you listen to music on Spotify, Google Play Music, YouTube and Soundcloud from the terminal.

This post, Command Line Music Player for Spotify, YouTube & Other Streaming Services, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Lumina Desktop 1.4.0 Released

Thursday 23rd of November 2017 01:58:47 PM

Lumina 1.4.0 has been released. Among the changes in this update to the Qt-based desktop environment is multi-threading in the file manager and PDF viewer.

This post, Lumina Desktop 1.4.0 Released, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Icon Theme for KDE Plasma

Wednesday 22nd of November 2017 12:34:45 PM

If you're a KDE user who likes the Samsung Galaxy S8 icon pack you should check out the Dex icon theme for KDE Plasma 5.

This post, Samsung Galaxy S8 Icon Theme for KDE Plasma, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

End of Fedora 27 Modular Server

  • Fedora 27 Server classic release after all — and Modularity goes back to the drawing board
    You may remember reading about plans for Fedora 27 Server. The working group decided not to release that at the same time as the general F27 release, and instead provided a beta of Fedora 27 Modular Server. Based on feedback from that beta, they decided to take a different approach, and the Modularity subproject is going back to the drawing board. Fortunately, there is a contingency plan: Fedora’s release engineering team made a “classic” version of Fedora 27 Server — very similar to F26 Server, but with F27’s updated package set. The quality assurance ran this version through validation testing, and it’s being released, so:
  • Fedora 27 Modular Server Gets Canned; Fedora 27 Server Classic Released
    - The Fedora Project's plans on delivering an initial "Fedora 27 Modular Server" build constructed under their new packaging principles has been thwarted. Due to less than stellar feedback on their Fedora 27 Modular Server build, the Fedora Modular working group is going back to the drawing board for determining a brighter future to its design. Previous to being canned, F27 Modular Server was delayed to January but is now being abandoned in its current form.

Early Returns on Firefox Quantum Point to Growth

When we set out to launch Firefox Quantum earlier this year, we knew we had a hugely improved product. It not only felt faster — with a look and feel that tested off the charts — it was measurably faster. Thanks to multiple changes under the hood, we doubled Firefox’s speed while using 30% less memory than Chrome. In less than a month, Firefox Quantum has already been installed by over 170M people around the world. We’re just getting started and early returns are super encouraging. Read more Also: Mozilla Joins Net Neutrality Blackout for ‘Break the Internet’ Day

Linux Foundation News

  • Juniper Networks Reinforces Longstanding Commitment to Open Source by Moving OpenContrail's Codebase to the Linux Foundation
    Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR), an industry leader in automated, scalable and secure networks, today further bolstered its support for open standards during its annual NXTWORK user conference, by announcing its intent to move the codebase for OpenContrail™, an open-source network virtualization platform for the cloud, to the Linux Foundation. Juniper first released its Juniper® Contrail® products as open sourced in 2013 and built a vibrant user and developer community around this project. Earlier this year, Juniper expanded the project's governance, creating an even more open, community-led effort to strengthen the project for its next growth phase. Adding OpenContrail's codebase to the Linux Foundation's networking projects will further its objective to grow the use of open source platforms in cloud ecosystems.
  • Hyperledger Hub Supports Open Source Blockchain Development
    Hyperledger is a global blockchain collaboration hub created and hosted by nonprofit The Linux Foundation. Its members are leaders in finance, banking, the Internet of Things, supply chains, manufacturing and technology. Now two years in, Hyperledger compares closely to the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance. Hyperledger is a hub for communities of software developers building blockchain frameworks and platforms. These developers, on the other hand, are a mix of individuals and teams from organizations around the world.
  • Linux Foundation Continues to Emphasize Diversity and Inclusiveness at Events
    This has been a pivotal year for Linux Foundation events. Our largest gatherings, which include Open Source Summit, Embedded Linux Conference, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon, Open Networking Summit, and Cloud Foundry Summit, attracted a combined 25,000 people from 4,500 different organizations globally. Attendance was up 25 percent over 2016. Linux Foundation events are often the only time that developers, maintainers, and other pros who contribute to Linux and other critical open source projects — like AGL, Kubernetes and Hyperledger to name a few — get together in person. Face-to-face meetings are crucial because they speed collaboration, engagement and innovation, improving the sustainability of projects over time.  

today's leftovers

  • Personal Backups with Duplicati on Linux
  • Flatpak'ed Epiphany Browser Becomes More Useful
    Epiphany 3.27.3 was released this morning as the newest release of GNOME's web browser in the road to the GNOME 3.28 stable desktop debut next March.
  • BlackArch 2017.12.11
    Today we released new BlackArch Linux ISOs. For details see the ChangeLog below. Here's the ChangeLog: update blackarch-installer to version 0.6.2 (most important change) included kernel 4.14.4 updated lot's of blackarch tools and packages updated all blackarch tools and packages updated all system packages bugfix release! (see blackarch-installer)
  • Latest Linux Distribution Releases (The Always Up-to-date List)
  • Mining cryptocurrency with Raspberry Pi and Storj
    I'm always looking for ways to map hot technologies to fun, educational classroom use. One of the most interesting, and potentially disruptive, technologies over the past few years is cryptocurrencies. In the early days, one could profitably mine some of the most popular cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, using a home PC. But as cryptocurrency mining has become more popular, thanks in part to dedicated mining hardware, the algorithms governing it have boosted computational complexity, making home PC mining often impractical, unprofitable, and environmentally unwise.
  • Huawei Collaborated with the Developers of Phoenix OS for the Mate 10’s Easy Projection Feature
    Though the company has virtually no presence in the United States, Huawei is a top 3 smartphone manufacturer in the world. Its subsidiary, Honor, aims to penetrate the Indian market with budget smartphones. Elsewhere, Huawei recently launched the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro in several markets around the world, and rumors have it the device will launch in the United States as well. Apart from the AI features powered by the company’s HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC, one of the company’s most publicized features is Easy Projection. While not as powerful as Samsung DeX, it brings a desktop OS-like experience without needing to purchase an expensive accessory. Huawei is pushing the feature on its flagship devices, though there’s something about Easy Projection that hasn’t really been mentioned in the press yet. Behind Huawei’s Easy Projection feature is a relatively unheard of player—Beijing Chaozhuo Technology, developers of Phoenix OS.
  • Namaste ! (on the road to Swatantra 2017)
    I’ll have the pleasure to give a talk about GCompris, and another one about Synfig studio. It’s been a long time since I didn’t talk about the latter, but since Konstantin Dmitriev and the Morevna team were not available, I’ll do my best to represent Synfig there.
  • #PeruRumboGSoC2018 – Session 4
    We celebrated yesterday another session of the local challenge 2017-2 “PeruRumboGSoC2018”. It was held at the Centro Cultural Pedro Paulet of FIEE UNI. GTK on C was explained during the fisrt two hours of the morning based on the window* exercises from my repo to handle some widgets such as windows, label and buttons.
  • Chrome 63 revamps Bookmark Manager w/ Material Design on Mac, Windows, Linux, Chrome OS
    Chrome 63 began rolling out to Android and desktop browsers last week with the usual security fixes and new developer features. On the latter platform, this update introduces Material Design to the Bookmark Manager. Several versions ago, Google began updating various aspects of the browser with Material Design, including History, Downloads, and Settings. Like the Flags page for enabling experiments and in-development features, which Google also revamped in version 63, the Bookmark Manager (Menu > Bookmarks > Bookmark Manager) adopts the standard Materials UI elements. This includes an app bar that houses a large search bar. It adopts the same dark blue theme and includes various Material animations and flourishes.
  • ExpressVPN Unveils Industry’s First Suite of Open-Source Tools to Test for Privacy and Security Leaks
  • New format in GIMP: HGT
    Lately a recurrent contributor to the GIMP project (Massimo Valentini) contributed a patch to support HGT files. From this initial commit, since I found this data quite cool, I improved the support a bit (auto-detection of the variants and special-casing in particular, as well as making an API for scripts). So what is HGT? That’s topography data basically just containing elevation in meters of various landscape (HGT stands for “height“), gathered by the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) run by various space agencies (NASA, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, German and Italian space agencies…).
  • What You Need To Know About The Intel Management Engine
    Over the last decade, Intel has been including a tiny little microcontroller inside their CPUs. This microcontroller is connected to everything, and can shuttle data between your hard drive and your network adapter. It’s always on, even when the rest of your computer is off, and with the right software, you can wake it up over a network connection. Parts of this spy chip were included in the silicon at the behest of the NSA. In short, if you were designing a piece of hardware to spy on everyone using an Intel-branded computer, you would come up with something like the Intel Managment Engine. Last week, researchers [Mark Ermolov] and [Maxim Goryachy] presented an exploit at BlackHat Europe allowing for arbitrary code execution on the Intel ME platform. This is only a local attack, one that requires physical access to a machine. The cat is out of the bag, though, and this is the exploit we’ve all been expecting. This is the exploit that forces Intel and OEMs to consider the security implications of the Intel Management Engine. What does this actually mean?