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A Major GNOME Icon Redesign is Getting Underway

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A major GNOME app icon redesign is now underway, with devs planning to redesign all GNOME core app icons as part a wider overhaul of design guidelines.

This post, A Major GNOME Icon Redesign is Getting Underway, was written by Scott Bouvier and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

A Forbes Writer Spent 2 Weeks Using Ubuntu, This is What He Thought…

Friday 20th of July 2018 03:45:52 PM

It’s a tale as old as time: laptop user gets frustrated by Windows, tries Ubuntu, falls in love, and computes happily ever after… A classic love story — one Hollywood has yet to use as source material for a major motion picture/musical starring Robert Downey Jr (I swear he’s in everything). The latest case in point? […]

This post, A Forbes Writer Spent 2 Weeks Using Ubuntu, This is What He Thought…, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Microsoft Brings PowerShell to the Ubuntu Snap Store

Friday 20th of July 2018 12:48:47 PM

It’s just got easier to install Microsoft PowerShell on Linux distributions like Ubuntu and Fedora. Microsoft has brought PowerShell Core to the Snap Store as a Snap application. The move allows Linux users and admins on various distros to run the latest version of PowerShell securely and safely across desktop, laptop and IoT. “Snaps are […]

This post, Microsoft Brings PowerShell to the Ubuntu Snap Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Help Test the New Ubuntu Server Installer

Thursday 19th of July 2018 03:44:46 PM

Got much planned this weekend? I only ask because Canonical’s server bods are currently looking for wily folks to help them test an improved version of the new Ubuntu Server installer. Subiquity Ubuntu Server 18.04 debuted with an all-new installer experience called ‘Subiquity‘. As text installers go Subiquity looks pretty great. It’s well laid out, has […]

This post, Help Test the New Ubuntu Server Installer, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

PSA: Support for Ubuntu 17.10 Ends Today

Thursday 19th of July 2018 01:45:24 PM

Ubuntu 17.10 reaches end of life on July 19, 2018 — which if you haven’t checked your calendar recently, is today. If you have thus far managed to resist the temptation to upgrade to a newer release then alas: today is the day when you need to start thinking about it. It’s time to bid adieu […]

This post, PSA: Support for Ubuntu 17.10 Ends Today, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

8BitDo’s DIY Kit Can Turn Your Fave Retro Gamepad into a Wireless Steam Controller

Thursday 19th of July 2018 03:42:34 AM

8bitdo make some magnificent retro-inspired wireless controllers that work well with Steam, Android, Nintendo Switch, and the Nintendo “Classic” series of mini consoles. But the company’s latest product is a bit different. The “8BitDo Mod Kit” is a DIY package that gives you everything you need to convert an existing wired game pad for the NES, SNES, […]

This post, 8BitDo’s DIY Kit Can Turn Your Fave Retro Gamepad into a Wireless Steam Controller, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Latte Dock 0.8 Released with Widget Separators, Setup Sharing, More

Wednesday 18th of July 2018 03:26:28 PM

A new version of Latte Dock, an icon-based task bar for the KDE desktop, is available to download. Latte Dock 0.8 is the first stable release of the app switching software in almost a year and is the third stable release overall. Rock out with your Dock out The most interesting and exciting explorations in Linux interface […]

This post, Latte Dock 0.8 Released with Widget Separators, Setup Sharing, More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Atari VCS Console Runs a Custom Linux Distro Called “AtariOS”

Monday 16th of July 2018 03:28:52 PM

If you backed the successful Atari VCS crowdfunding campaign last month you might be pleased to hear you’re going to get more bang for your buck. Following criticism of its mediocre internal makeup the Ataris VCS console will now ship with 8GB RAM by default, up from the 4GB proposed during the funding push. It’s a […]

This post, Atari VCS Console Runs a Custom Linux Distro Called “AtariOS”, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Want to Make Linux Mint Look Like a Mac? This Theme Can Help

Monday 16th of July 2018 03:44:24 AM

We’ve established how easy it is to make Ubuntu look like a Mac but theming Linux Mint, the popular Ubuntu-based offshoot, is a little trickier. But no more. It’s now possible to make Linux Mint look like a Mac too, and it’s all thanks to a customised version of the uncannily accurate macOS Mojave GTK theme we highlighted here, just a few […]

This post, Want to Make Linux Mint Look Like a Mac? This Theme Can Help, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Find Snap Apps Faster with Ubuntu’s Online Snap Store

Friday 13th of July 2018 03:38:56 PM

When you want to find or install a Snap app you’re supposed to head to Ubuntu Software, which is part of the default Ubuntu desktop. But if I’m being honest Ubuntu Software sucks. It’s slow. The layout isn’t great for discovery. And Ubuntu’s instance on listing (often irrelevant) Snap apps at the top of any and […]

This post, Find Snap Apps Faster with Ubuntu’s Online Snap Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Armed and Gelatinous – Goo with Guns – Game Review

Thursday 12th of July 2018 05:03:08 PM

At first glance, Armed and Gelatinous might look like a run-of-the-mill clone of games like Agar.io, but beneath the surface there is more than meets the eye. An homage to iconic couch co-op games of yesteryear, offering fun for those house parties where nostalgia is necessary (keep reading for a bonus where we get nostalgic about […]

This post, Armed and Gelatinous – Goo with Guns – Game Review, was written by Nixie Pixel and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Notes by Firefox Now Lets You Sync Notes Between Desktop and Android

Wednesday 11th of July 2018 01:27:27 PM

Mozilla has released a note taking app for Android that syncs with the Firefox browser on the desktop. Called (rather simply) ‘Notes by Firefox‘, the feature offers basic, encrypted note taking in the browser and via a standalone app for Android phones and tablets. Firefox launched its note-taking browser extension last year as part of the Test Pilot programme. […]

This post, Notes by Firefox Now Lets You Sync Notes Between Desktop and Android, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Browsh is the Text-based Web Browser You’ve Been Dreaming Of

Wednesday 11th of July 2018 08:32:54 AM

I woke up today to find my Twitter feed chok full of praise for something called Browsh. It’s a brand new, modern text-based web browser built for the command line. Yes, I did just say a text browser. And yes, the year is still 2018. So what’s got the geeks I follow gushing over something so terrifically […]

This post, Browsh is the Text-based Web Browser You’ve Been Dreaming Of, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Are You a Fan of Google Chrome’s New Look?

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 10:33:02 PM

Perhaps it’s just me, but I don’t think the look of Google Chrome has altered all that much since it blinked into life in 2009. But that will shortly change. Rumour has it that Google plans to debut a new-look Google Chrome ahead of the browser’s 10th birthday in September. And if you’re a spoiler […]

This post, Are You a Fan of Google Chrome’s New Look?, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Infographic Reveals the Scale of Ubuntu’s Success

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 04:01:03 PM

Ever wondered just how widely used Ubuntu is? Well, wonder no more! Canonical has put together a new infographic to highlight the scale and success Ubuntu has achieved across an enviable assortment of computing sectors. And it’s compelling stuff. Ubuntu is in use in some shape or other at some of the world’s biggest companies, where […]

This post, This Infographic Reveals the Scale of Ubuntu’s Success, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Watch Desktop Linux Apps (like GIMP) Running on Chrome OS [Video]

Tuesday 10th of July 2018 12:31:30 AM

Linux fans enthusiastic about Google’s effort to bring desktop Linux apps on Chrome OS owe to themselves to watch the following video. In it, technology YouTuber Lon Seidman demos the current state of the Crostini project (‘Crostini’ is the codename for the “run desktop and CLI Linux apps on Chrome OS” feature we keep gushing about) on both an Intel […]

This post, Watch Desktop Linux Apps (like GIMP) Running on Chrome OS [Video], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Meet the Astronaut AI that Runs on Ubuntu

Monday 9th of July 2018 03:05:24 PM

Hey Siri, send apologies to Alexa and commiserations to Cortana because a brand new AI assistant is on the scene — and he’s quite literally out of this world! Meet CIMON (Crew Interactive Mobile CompaniON). This free-floating Ubuntu-based cyber colleague has been designed to “mitigate” the stresses of, and share the work during, long-term spaceflight. And to […]

This post, Meet the Astronaut AI that Runs on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Upgrade to Linux Mint 19 (In 4 Simple Steps)

Friday 6th of July 2018 01:19:40 PM

Last week a new stable release of Linux Mint 19 made became available to download, giving everyone who wants it the chance to install it. But what if you want upgrade to Linux Mint 19 from an earlier version instead of doing a fresh install? Not all users of this Ubuntu-based Linux distribution will want to […]

This post, How to Upgrade to Linux Mint 19 (In 4 Simple Steps), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GIMP 2.10.4 Released with Faster Start Up Times, Auto-Straighten Tool

Thursday 5th of July 2018 11:39:36 PM

A new version of the hugely popular GIMP image editor is available to download. GIMP 2.10.4 is (despite the number) the second minor release of the editor since the GIMP 2.10 arrived back in May and is packed with major improvements. Asynchronous font loading As changes go I’ll admit that asynchronous font loading sounds a trifle dull. […]

This post, GIMP 2.10.4 Released with Faster Start Up Times, Auto-Straighten Tool, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

View GIFs on the Command Line (Cos Why Not, Right?)

Thursday 5th of July 2018 12:32:05 PM

The command line is fantastically versatile. You can get weather forecasts on the CLI, you can get the latest World Cup scores on the CLI, and you can even watch Star Wars on the CLI. And now, thanks to a Google employee, you can view GIFs on the command line. —Say what?! View Animated Gifs on […]

This post, View GIFs on the Command Line (Cos Why Not, Right?), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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KDE and GNOME: KDE 18.08, Usability & Productivity and More

  • KDE Team Announces Major Improvements in Upcoming KDE 18.08 Release
    The developers of Linux’s KDE suite have announced a major slew of updates set to be included in the upcoming KDE 18.08, set for an August 2018 release. Details for these updates revolve around a range of new features and overall polish for the core KDE apps including Gwenview, Spectacle, Konsole, and Dolphin, as well as focusing on the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.14 update due in October. Due to KDE’s open-source nature, the devs also have a site up for people interested in getting involved, whether its simple bug reporting or actually being hands-on with the development using C++, Qt, and CMake. You can read more about their community program at KDE – Get Involved.
  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 28
    Here’s another big week for KDE’s Usability and Productivity initiative. We’re getting ready for the release of KDE Applications 18.08–the second of our three yearly Applications releases. As the numbers in the version suggest, it will be released in August of 2018, about a month from now. As such, there’s been a lot of focus on new features and polish for core KDE apps such as Dolphin, Gwenview, Konsole, and Spectacle. We’re also ramping up our work for KDE Plasma 5.14, which is scheduled for release in October.
  • I’ve built a box
    This is not the typical post I use to write (which is usually about what I do at work, often related to GNOME, so if you’re not interested, just skip it…). But a couple of months ago I did something different that I still want to write about. That thing was a wooden box (sorry if you were expecting a Gavin Box) that I was asked to carve by my brother for his wedding, to be used for carrying the wedding rings. The wedding had a Game of Thrones’s theme (there was not blood in it though, if you’re wondering), so naturally my brother wanted some of that in the box. Thus, my initial idea was to just buy a box and carve something to do with GoT and include their names. Something like this, as my brother sent me for inspiration.
  • Bastian Ilsø Hougaard: GUADEC18 Developer Center BoF Part 3: Challenges
    Currently, the Developer Center infrastructure and documentation suffers from low to non-existing maintenance. It’s a sign we need to take serious. Do we need lower the barrier to contributing to the developer documentation? What can we do to make the infrastructure easier to maintain? The underlying issue here likely also ties into why we now see new GNOME documentation hosted on other websites by different maintainers powered by different underlying technologies. I think this challenge needs both thinking from a technical point of view (how we might support editing multi-language documentation and auto-generated documentation) and an organizational point of view (assigning maintainership, reviewing our docs, aligning visions).

Programming: Persepolis, Microsoft EEE, Apache Subversion 1.10.2, SPAKE2 In Golang, AMD AOCC 1.2.1

  • Persepolis Download Manager: Impressive Python frontend for aria2
    Persepolis Download Manager is a handy open source download manager written in Python and PyQt. It’s a graphical frontend for aria2 aiming to make downloads both easier and faster. This software project commenced development in 2015 with the first release in July 2016. While it was initially only a simple graphical user interface, the software has seen some pretty hefty development since then with a whole raft of additional functionality added, improvements to the user interface, and cross-platform support.
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Code replumbed for better Python taming [Ed: Embrace and extend. Microsoft is trying to push developers of FOSS over to their proprietary IDE that puts spying inside compiled code.]
  • What’s new in Apache Subversion 1.10.2?
    I couldn’t believe if you are unaware of the Apache Subversion. It is an Enterprise-class centralized version control founded in 2000 by CollabNet Inc. One of the most successful opensource project in past many years. Mostly all the opensource projects and enterprise source code are on subversion. It has the rich community of developers and users who are continuously improving subversion.
  • SPAKE2 In Golang: Journey to Cryptoland begins
    Before I can go to detail I should tell why/how I came to implementing SPAKE2 in Golang. Story starts a couple of month back when I started contributing to *magic-wormhole.rs*, a Rust port of original Python project of magic-wormhole. You can read this LWN article to understand more about what magic-wormhole is. During contribution my friend Ramakrishnan Muthukrishnan said to me that I should try to port the magic-wormhole to Golang. I was not a expert Go programmer but had understanding of language basics and thought why not use it to improve my language understanding. And this is where it all started.
  • AMD AOCC 1.2.1 Compiler Flings Flang Fixes
    AMD released a minor update to their AMD Optimizing C/C++ Compiler. AOCC is the company's downstream of LLVM/Clang with optimizations for their Zen CPU microarchitecture with compiler optimizations/improvements before they work their way into upstream LLVM. AOCC is the replacement for AMD's Open64 compiler used years ago with earlier micro-architectures.

Exclusive: Why open source is critical to software development

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Pivotal APJ head of platform architecture Lawrence Crowther and discuss the importance of Open-source and cloud. Firstly, can you tell me a bit more about Pivotal and its cloud platform? Pivotal’s original mission was to transform the way the world builds software. Now our mission is to transform the way the world runs software, too, through a combination of methodology and technology. Whether we are helping clients change their culture towards product development or managing platforms, we use the same agile principles in both cases, such as Extreme Programming and the Lean Startup approach. This is often a radical shift for companies to embrace so we partner with them for a “learn by doing” approach. We believe that in order to support a fast development team who are iterating quickly and updating constantly, you need a different kind of platform. One that removes all barriers and lets you go from “concept to cash” quickly in a reliable, secure and safe way. You can build software as fast as you want but if it is not ending up in the hands of users it doesn't matter. Once Pivotal Cloud Foundry is up and running the cost of deploying applications and iterating on them becomes almost zero. This is because it takes away the details of infrastructure, middleware, dependencies, integrations, monitoring and more from the development team so they can focus on delivering value to the business over and over again. Read more

Linux 4.18 RC6 is Out

  • Linux 4.18-rc6
    So this was the week when the other shoe dropped ... The reason the two previous rc releases were so nice and small was that David hadn't sent me much networking fixes, and they came in this week. That said, it's not really a huge rc this week either, so it's all good. But the networking pull this week does mean that almost exactly half of the diff is core networking, network drivers, or networking documentation updates. The rest is other drivers (mostly gpu, but also scsi, nvma, pci, pinctrl..), some arch updates (arc, x86, nds32, powerpc), and "misc" (tooling, header files, some vm and fs noise). The small but nasty VM bug we had earlier did indeed get fixed last rc, but there was some 32-bit fallout from the fix, so rc5 still had issues. But I'm hopeful that rc6 _really_ fixed all the cases. Shortlog appended for people who want to just get an overview of the details, Linus
  • Linux 4.18-rc6 Kernel Released With Many Networking Fixes, Other Regressions Resolved
    The sixth weekly test release of the Linux 4.18 kernel is now available for evaluation. Linux 4.18-rc6 is prior than the two previous weekly release candidates since those versions hadn't incorporated any big batch of networking fixes, which hit this week. So about half of the changes are networking changes in Linux 4.18-rc6 while the other half is a mix of driver and architecture updates along with other noise.