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Audacity 2.2.2 Released with a Stack of New Features & Improvements

Friday 23rd of February 2018 02:39:26 PM

Audacity 2.2.2 is now available to download. The open-source audio editor adds a number of new features and fixes some annoying bugs.

This post, Audacity 2.2.2 Released with a Stack of New Features & Improvements, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Geary Email Client Mails Out a Bug Fix Update

Friday 23rd of February 2018 12:23:29 PM

An updated version of the Geary email client for Linux desktops is available to download. It contains a stack of bug fixes for some bothersome mail related issues.

This post, Geary Email Client Mails Out a Bug Fix Update, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu will let upgraders ‘opt-in’ to data collection in 18.04

Friday 23rd of February 2018 12:22:11 AM

Canonical, as I’ve no doubt you’re now fully aware of, plan to collect system data in new installs of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on an opt-out basis. The data they want to collect — forgive the feverish proclamations of some — is rather anaemic compared to that combed by more lubricious operating systems. All data is anonymised and covers […]

This post, Ubuntu will let upgraders ‘opt-in’ to data collection in 18.04, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

New Kdenlive Beta is Available for Testing

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 02:03:12 PM

A new beta of Kdenlive the popular open source video editor is available for testing. The beta is based on a 'refactored' codebase and available as an App Image.

This post, New Kdenlive Beta is Available for Testing, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Tusk Evernote Client Updated, Is Now Available as a Snap

Wednesday 21st of February 2018 12:42:42 PM

The Tusk Evernote client is now available as a Snap. We spotlighted the unofficial Evernote app last year, finding that it added to and improved on the standard Evernote web app in a number of ways. Through the inclusion of optional themes, keyboard shortcuts, custom tweaks, a tray icon, and more, Tusk integrates the Evernote web […]

This post, Tusk Evernote Client Updated, Is Now Available as a Snap, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

A Simple App Menu Editor for Ubuntu

Tuesday 20th of February 2018 02:39:36 PM

If you’re looking for an easy way to edit application launchers and menu entries on Ubuntu there’s a new app that can help. ‘AppEditor‘ offers up an easy to use GUI through which you can rename app launchers, change app icons, hide menu entries, and a whole heap more. Although it is a new app […]

This post, A Simple App Menu Editor for Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME’s New System Monitor Tool is Available to Try in Bionic

Monday 19th of February 2018 02:27:14 PM

Cast you mind back to 2016 and you recall there were plans for a GNOME System Monitor redesign. The aim: to make checking system resource usage a little more accessible, ideally with historical data thrown into the mix for some added context. Two years on and the fruits of that redesigned effort are finally available to […]

This post, GNOME’s New System Monitor Tool is Available to Try in Bionic, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GNOME’s New System Monitor Tool is Available to Try in Bionic

Monday 19th of February 2018 02:27:14 PM

Cast you mind back to 2016 and you recall there were plans for a GNOME System Monitor redesign. The aim: to make checking system resource usage a little more accessible, ideally with historical data thrown into the mix for some added context. Two years on and the fruits of that redesigned effort are finally available to […]

This post, GNOME’s New System Monitor Tool is Available to Try in Bionic, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Samsung Launch ‘Linux on Galaxy’ Survey

Friday 16th of February 2018 02:37:00 PM

Samsung asks users interested in the Linux on Galaxy, a project that brings full desktop Linux to Samsung smartphones, for feedback via a new survey.

This post, Samsung Launch ‘Linux on Galaxy’ Survey, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Samsung Launch ‘Linux on Galaxy’ Survey

Friday 16th of February 2018 02:37:00 PM

Samsung asks users interested in the Linux on Galaxy, a project that brings full desktop Linux to Samsung smartphones, for feedback via a new survey.

This post, Samsung Launch ‘Linux on Galaxy’ Survey, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Unity 7.4.5 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Friday 16th of February 2018 01:17:17 PM

A Unity desktop update is rolling out to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users. Unity 7.4.5 features a stack of bug fixes and general tweaks, and improves the Unity low graphics mode option.

This post, Unity 7.4.5 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Unity 7.4.5 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

Friday 16th of February 2018 01:17:17 PM

A Unity desktop update is rolling out to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS users. Unity 7.4.5 features a stack of bug fixes and general tweaks, and improves the Unity low graphics mode option.

This post, Unity 7.4.5 Released for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LibreOffice 6.0 scores close to 1 million downloads in just 14 days

Friday 16th of February 2018 12:01:44 AM

LibreOffice 6.0, the latest version of the hugely popular open-source office suite has been downloaded almost 1 million times in two weeks.

This post, LibreOffice 6.0 scores close to 1 million downloads in just 14 days, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

LibreOffice 6.0 scores close to 1 million downloads in just 14 days

Friday 16th of February 2018 12:01:44 AM

LibreOffice 6.0, the latest version of the hugely popular open-source office suite has been downloaded almost 1 million times in two weeks.

This post, LibreOffice 6.0 scores close to 1 million downloads in just 14 days, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Wants to Collect Data About Your System

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 11:03:59 PM

Ubuntu wants to collect data on users' systems to 'help improve Ubuntu'. The diagnostic data collection will be opt-out, and enabled by default for all new installs of Ubuntu 18.04.

This post, Ubuntu Wants to Collect Data About Your System, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Wants to Collect Data About Your System

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 11:03:59 PM

Ubuntu wants to collect data on users' systems to 'help improve Ubuntu'. The diagnostic data collection will be opt-out, and enabled by default for all new installs of Ubuntu 18.04.

This post, Ubuntu Wants to Collect Data About Your System, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu adds ‘Minimal Install’ option to installer

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 09:29:03 PM

Ubuntu 18.04 has a new 'minimal install' option in the installer which lets you choose whether you want a full-fat Ubuntu install, or a semi-skim version with fewer ubuntu packages preinstalled.

This post, Ubuntu adds ‘Minimal Install’ option to installer, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu adds ‘Minimal Install’ option to installer

Wednesday 14th of February 2018 09:29:03 PM

Ubuntu 18.04 has a new 'minimal install' option in the installer which lets you choose whether you want a full-fat Ubuntu install, or a semi-skim version with fewer ubuntu packages preinstalled.

This post, Ubuntu adds ‘Minimal Install’ option to installer, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux

Tuesday 13th of February 2018 12:13:36 PM

A Rise of the Tomb Raider Linux release has been confirmed by Feral Interactive, who are also porting the game to macOS. The Tomb Raider sequel will be released with all DLC.

This post, Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux

Tuesday 13th of February 2018 12:13:36 PM

A Rise of the Tomb Raider Linux release has been confirmed by Feral Interactive, who are also porting the game to macOS. The Tomb Raider sequel will be released with all DLC.

This post, Rise of the Tomb Raider Is Coming to Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Introducing the potential new Ubuntu Studio Council

Back in 2016, Set Hallström was elected as the new Team Lead for Ubuntu Studio, just in time for the 16.04 Xenial Long Term Support (LTS) release. It was intended that Ubuntu Studio would be able to utilise Set’s leadership skills at least up until the next LTS release in April 2018. Unfortunately, as happens occasionally in the world of volunteer work, Set’s personal circumstances changed and he is no longer able to devote as much time to Ubuntu Studio as he would like. Therefore, an IRC meeting was held between interested Ubuntu Studio contributors on 21st May 2017 to agree on how to fill the void. We decided to follow the lead of Xubuntu and create a Council to take care of Ubuntu Studio, rather than continuing to place the burden of leadership on the shoulder of one particular person. Unfortunately, although the result was an agreement to form the first Ubuntu Studio Council from the meeting participants, we all got busy and the council was never set up. Read more

today's leftovers

  • My Experience with MailSpring on Linux
    On the Linux Desktop, there are quite a few choices for email applications. Each of these has their own pros and cons which should be weighed depending on one’s needs. Some clients will have MS Exchange support. Others do not. In general, because email is reasonably close to free (and yes, we can thank Hotmail for that) it has been a difficult place to make money. Without a cash flow to encourage developers, development has trickled at best.
  • Useful FFMPEG Commands for Managing Audio and Video Files
  • Set Up A Python Django Development Environment on Debian 9 Stretch Linux
  • How To Run A Command For A Specific Time In Linux
  • Kubuntu 17.10 Guide for Newbie Part 7
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  • Why Oppo and Vivo are losing steam in Chinese smartphone market
    China’s smartphone market has seen intense competition over the past few years with four local brands capturing more than 60 percent of sales in 2017. Huawei Technologies, Oppo, Vivo and Xiaomi Technology recorded strong shipment growth on a year-on-year basis. But some market experts warned that Oppo and Vivo may see the growth of their shipments slow this year as users become more discriminating.
  • iPhones Blamed for More than 1,600 Accidental 911 Calls Since October
    The new Emergency SOS feature released by Apple for the iPhone is the one to blame for no less than 1,600 false calls to 911 since October, according to dispatchers. And surprisingly, emergency teams in Elk Grove and Sacramento County in California say they receive at least 20 such 911 calls every day from what appears to be an Apple service center. While it’s not exactly clear why the iPhones that are probably brought in for repairs end up dialing 911, dispatchers told CBS that the false calls were first noticed in the fall of the last year. Apple launched new iPhones in September 2017 and they went on sale later the same month and in November, but it’s not clear if these new devices are in any way related to the increasing number of accidental calls to 911.
  • Game Studio Found To Install Malware DRM On Customers' Machines, Defends Itself, Then Apologizes
    The thin line that exists between entertainment industry DRM software and plain malware has been pointed out both recently and in the past. There are many layers to this onion, ranging from Sony's rootkit fiasco, to performance hits on machines thanks to DRM installed by video games, up to and including the insane idea that copyright holders ought to be able to use malware payloads to "hack back" against accused infringers. What is different in more recent times is the public awareness regarding DRM, computer security, and an overall fear of malware. This is a natural kind of progression, as the public becomes more connected and reliant on computer systems and the internet, they likewise become more concerned about those systems. That may likely explain the swift public backlash to a small game-modding studio seemingly installing something akin to malware in every installation of its software, whether from a legitimate purchase or piracy.

Server: Benchmarks, IBM and Red Hat

  • 36-Way Comparison Of Amazon EC2 / Google Compute Engine / Microsoft Azure Cloud Instances vs. Intel/AMD CPUs
    Earlier this week I delivered a number of benchmarks comparing Amazon EC2 instances to bare metal Intel/AMD systems. Due to interest from that, here is a larger selection of cloud instance types from the leading public clouds of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Google Compute Engine.
  • IBM's Phil Estes on the Turbulent Waters of Container History
    Phil Estes painted a different picture of container history at Open Source 101 in Raleigh last weekend, speaking from the perspective of someone who had a front row seat. To hear him tell it, this rise and success is a story filled with intrigue, and enough drama to keep a daytime soap opera going for a season or two.
  • Red Hat CSA Mike Bursell on 'managed degradation' and open data
    As part of Red Hat's CTO office chief security architect Mike Bursell has to be informed of security threats past, present and yet to come – as many as 10 years into the future. The open source company has access to a wealth of customers in verticals including health, finance, defence, the public sector and more. So how do these insights inform the company's understanding of the future threat landscape?
  • Red Hat Offers New Decision Management Tech Platform
    Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) has released a platform that will work to support information technology applications and streamline the deployment of rules-based tools in efforts to automate processes for business decision management, ExecutiveBiz reported Thursday.

Vulkan Anniversary and Generic FBDEV Emulation Continues To Be Worked On For DRM Drivers

  • Vulkan Turns Two Years Old, What Do You Hope For Next?
    This last week marked two years since the debut of Vulkan 1.0, you can see our our original launch article. My overworked memory missed realizing it by a few days, but it's been a pretty miraculous two years for this high-performance graphics and compute API.
  • Generic FBDEV Emulation Continues To Be Worked On For DRM Drivers
    Noralf Trønnes has spent the past few months working on generic FBDEV emulation for Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) drivers and this week he volleyed his third revision of these patches, which now includes a new in-kernel API along with some clients like a bootsplash system, VT console, and fbdev implementation.