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Bolt Will Tackle Thunderbolt 3 Security on Linux

6 hours 48 min ago

Ah, you gotta love Red Hat — they’re never not busy working on something that might make our lives a little easier. Latest case in point: Thunderbolt 3. This alternative to USB and other peripheral port technologies (including the older Thunderbolt 2) is fast gaining traction in the tech industry (especially since Intel made it […]

This post, Bolt Will Tackle Thunderbolt 3 Security on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ataribox Pre-Order Plan “Officially Paused”

14 hours 31 min ago

Pre-orders for the Linux-powered Ataribox were meant to go live on December 14, but the team now says those are plans are "officially paused".

This post, Ataribox Pre-Order Plan “Officially Paused”, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Best Linux Apps & Distros of 2017

15 hours 13 min ago

We look at the best Linux distros and apps of 2017 and celebrate the Linux releases that defined the year, like Ubuntu 17.10, Solus 3 and Firefox 57.

This post, The Best Linux Apps & Distros of 2017, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GIMP 2.9.8 Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Better PSD Support

Tuesday 12th of December 2017 11:40:11 PM

GIMP 2.9.8 has been released with on-canvas gradient editing, better handling of Adobe Photoshop PSD files, and support for those using GIMP on Wayland.

This post, GIMP 2.9.8 Released with On-Canvas Gradient Editing, Better PSD Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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!.

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An introduction to Joplin, an open source Evernote alternative

Joplin is an open source cross-platform note-taking and to-do application. It can handle a large number of notes, organized into notebooks, and can synchronize them across multiple devices. The notes can be edited in Markdown, either from within the app or with your own text editor, and each application has an option to render Markdown with formatting, images, URLs, and more. Any number of files, such as images and PDFs, can be attached to a note, and notes can also be tagged. I started developing Joplin when Evernote changed its pricing model and because I wanted my 4,000+ notes to be stored in a more open format, free of any proprietary solution. To that end, I have developed three Joplin applications, all under the MIT License: for desktop (Windows, MacOS, and Linux), for mobile (Android and iOS), and for the terminal (Windows, MacOS, and Linux). All the applications have similar user interfaces and can synchronize with each other. They are based on open standards and technologies including SQLite and JavaScript for the backend, and Terminal Kit (Node.js), Electron, and React Native for the three front ends. Read more

Open Source OS Still supporting 32-bit Architecture and Why it’s Important

One after the other, Linux distributions are dropping 32-bit support. Or, to be accurate, they drop support for the Intel x86 32-bit architecture (IA-32). Indeed, computers based on x86_64 hardware (IA-64) are superior in every way to their 32-bits counterpart: they are more powerful, run faster, are more compact, and more energy efficient. Not mentioning their price has considerably decreased in just a few years. If you have the opportunity to switch to 64 bits, do it. But, to quote a mail I received recently from Peter Tribble, author of Tribblix: “[… ] in the developed world we assume that we can replace things; in some parts of the developing world older IA-32 systems are still the norm, with 64-bit being rare.” Read more

KDE Applications 17.12 Lands with Dolphin Enhancements, HiDPI Support for Okular

KDE Applications 17.12 has been in development for the past several months and it's now available as a drop-in replacement for the previous series of the software suite, KDE Applications 17.08, which reached end of life in early November. As expected, several of the included apps received various enhancements and new features in this release. Among these, we can mention that the Dolphin file manager is now capable of saving searches, can limit the search only to folders, makes renaming of files easier by allowing the user to simply double-click on the file name, displays extra information about files like origin URL of downloaded file or modification date, and introduces new Bitrate, Genre, and Release Year columns. Read more Also: KDE Applications 17.12 Brings HiDPI Improvements, Rest Of KDE Games Ported To KF5 KDE Ships KDE Applications 17.12.0

Stable kernels 4.14.6 and 4.9.69

Two new stable kernels have been released by Greg Kroah-Hartman: 4.14.6 and 4.9.69. As usual, they contain fixes all over the kernel tree; users of those series should upgrade. Read more See: Linux 4.14.6 and Linux 4.9.69