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How To Remove the Unity Desktop from Ubuntu 17.10

Saturday 21st of October 2017 12:01:32 PM

We show you how to remove the Unity desktop from Ubuntu 17.10 entirely. This will free up space and save time by not downloading unnecessary updates.

This post, How To Remove the Unity Desktop from Ubuntu 17.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Samsung Is Bringing Desktop Linux To Its Smartphones

Friday 20th of October 2017 02:47:14 PM

Samsung is bringing desktop Linux to its smartphones. The 'Linux on Galaxy' project will let users "run Linux-based distributions on mobile devices".

This post, Samsung Is Bringing Desktop Linux To Its Smartphones, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How To Install Vanilla GNOME Shell on Ubuntu 17.10

Friday 20th of October 2017 04:19:58 AM

So you’ve installed Ubuntu 17.10 but you’re not 100% sold on the direction Ubuntu has taken the GNOME desktop in — no shame in that. The customized version of GNOME that Ubuntu 17.10 uses is very much in the mould of the (now defunct) Unity desktop, so it won’t be to everyone’s tastes. If you’d like […]

This post, How To Install Vanilla GNOME Shell on Ubuntu 17.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Happy 13th Birthday, Ubuntu!

Friday 20th of October 2017 02:09:05 AM

Believe it or not but today is Ubuntu's 13th birthday! Thirteen years ago today that Ubuntu 4.10 'Warty Warthog' was announced, transforming desktop Linux.

This post, Happy 13th Birthday, Ubuntu!, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 From a Previous Release

Thursday 19th of October 2017 04:12:53 PM

Now that the Ubuntu 17.10 release is officially out many of you will be faced with the decision of whether to upgrade, or not. In this post we’ll show how to upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 from Ubuntu 17.04, plus provide a few pointers to those of you who want to upgrade from 16.04 LTS. As we mention […]

This post, How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 From a Previous Release, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu Flavors, Including Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Are Available to Download

Thursday 19th of October 2017 12:45:06 PM

It’s not just Ubuntu 17.10 release day — brand new versions of Ubuntu’s family of official flavors are also available to download. You can download the latest releases of Ubuntu Budgie 17.10, Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Kubuntu 17.10, Xubuntu 17.10 and other official Ubuntu flavors right now. And there’s something to suit everyone. All flavors share […]

This post, Ubuntu Flavors, Including Ubuntu MATE 17.10, Are Available to Download, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Enable Night Light on Ubuntu 17.10

Thursday 19th of October 2017 11:43:34 AM

We show you how to enable Night Light on Ubuntu 17.10, a handy blue-light filter feature that can help improve your sleep patterns and reduce eye strain.

This post, How to Enable Night Light on Ubuntu 17.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.10

Thursday 19th of October 2017 11:12:32 AM

Here's a list of things to do after installing Ubuntu 17.10 'Artful Aardvark' that will help you to get the most from your new freshly installed OS.

This post, 10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 17.10, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 17.10 Now Available to Download, This Is What’s New

Thursday 19th of October 2017 10:44:42 AM

You can now download Ubuntu 17.10. It includes a custom GNOME Shell desktop, new and updated apps, and a number of interesting under the hood changes.

This post, Ubuntu 17.10 Now Available to Download, This Is What’s New, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 17.10: What’s New? [Video]

Thursday 19th of October 2017 01:24:00 AM

Ubuntu 17.10 features a big set of changes, including the GNOME Shell desktop by default. We spotlight this, plus other Ubuntu 17.10 changes, in this video.

This post, Ubuntu 17.10: What’s New? [Video], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Tiling Terminal Emulator Tilix 1.7.0 Released with Minor Improvements

Sunday 15th of October 2017 01:29:29 PM

Although a modest release, Tilix 1.7.0 brings some timely bug fixes and feature improvements to the app formerly known as Terminix.

This post, Tiling Terminal Emulator Tilix 1.7.0 Released with Minor Improvements, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Do You Plan to Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10? [Poll]

Sunday 15th of October 2017 01:08:06 PM

Chances are you've some ideas if you will upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10 when it's release this coming Thursday, so share your intentions with us in this poll.

This post, Do You Plan to Upgrade to Ubuntu 17.10? [Poll], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Write is a Fantastic Handwritten Notes App for Linux

Friday 13th of October 2017 03:23:35 PM

Write is a free app that lets you make handwritten notes on Linux using a touchscreen and stylus (or a smudgy finger), with features tailored for this use.

This post, Write is a Fantastic Handwritten Notes App for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dash to Panel Adds Support for Dynamic Transparency

Wednesday 11th of October 2017 06:53:16 PM

The popular Dash to Panel GNOME extension has added support for dynamic transparency introduced in GNOME Shell 3.26.

This post, Dash to Panel Adds Support for Dynamic Transparency, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Success — Linux Phone Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches Its Goal

Monday 9th of October 2017 08:20:01 PM

Purism’s crowdfunding campaign to create a pure Linux smartphone has reached its goal. The security-conscious US-based Linux laptop vendor has raised the full $1.5 million target it sought. The money will be used to help fund the development and manufacture of a 5-inch privacy-focused smartphone, dubbed the ‘Librem 5’. And all with two weeks left to […]

This post, Success — Linux Phone Crowdfunding Campaign Reaches Its Goal, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

This Script Helps Install Adobe Creative Cloud on Linux

Monday 9th of October 2017 12:57:36 PM

You can install Photoshop on Linux using PlayOnLinux using a new script. The script will install Adobe CC apps correctly on Ubuntu and other Linux distros.

This post, This Script Helps Install Adobe Creative Cloud on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Google Chrome Now Uses Native GTK Window Buttons on Linux

Sunday 8th of October 2017 11:53:27 PM

Google Chrome now draws native GTK window buttons for minimisze, maximize and close in the latest development builds rather than using custom controls.

This post, Google Chrome Now Uses Native GTK Window Buttons on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Simple Weather Indicator Hits 1.0, Adds “Feels Like”, More Stats

Sunday 8th of October 2017 11:38:02 AM

Simple Weather Indicator for Ubuntu's Unity desktop has reached version 1.0. It adds more meteorological metadata including 'feels like' temperature.

This post, Simple Weather Indicator Hits 1.0, Adds “Feels Like”, More Stats, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Lenovo Unwraps the 25th Anniversary ThinkPad

Thursday 5th of October 2017 02:17:56 PM

The Lenovo ThinkPad 25th Anniversary Edition has been officially unveiled — and it seems last month's leak was spot on.

This post, Lenovo Unwraps the 25th Anniversary ThinkPad, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Purism’s Linux Phone Crowdfunder Just Passed $1 Million

Thursday 5th of October 2017 11:29:13 AM

Over $1 million has now been pledged to Purism's Linux phone crowdfunding campaign, which aims to create a privacy-focused smartphone.

This post, Purism’s Linux Phone Crowdfunder Just Passed $1 Million, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

OSS Leftovers

  • Canada’s Spy Agency Releases its Cyber-Defense Tool for Public
  • Canadian govt spooks open source anti-malware analytics tool
    The Communications Security Establishment (CSE) said the AssemblyLine tool is designed to analyse large volumes of files, and can automatically rebalance workloads.
  • Microservices served on blockchain, in open source
    Cloud application marketplace company Wireline is working with open source blockchain project developer Qtum The new union is intended to provide a conduit to consuming microservices at [web] scale using blockchain at the core. As we know, microservices offer the ability to create Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) without having to manage the underlying hardware and software infrastructure. [...] The Qtum a blockchain application platform combines the functions of Bitcoin Core, an account abstraction layer allowing for multiple virtual machines and a proof-of-stake consensus protocol aimed at tackling industry-use cases. The Qtum Foundation, headquartered in Singapore, is the decision-making body that drives the project’s development.
  • Rendering HTML5 video in Servo with GStreamer
    At the Web Engines Hackfest in A Coruña at the beginning of October 2017, I was working on adding some proof-of-concept code to Servo to render HTML5 videos with GStreamer. For the impatient, the results can be seen in this video here
  • Working Intel CET Bits Now Land In GCC8
    A few days back I wrote about Intel's work on Control-flow Enforcement Technology beginning to land in GCC. This "CET" work for future Intel CPUs has now landed in full for GCC 8. The bits wiring up this control-flow instrumentation and enforcement support are now all present in mainline GCC SVN/Git for next year's GCC 8.1 release.
  • Using Gitea and/or Github to host blog comments
    After having moved from FSFE’s wordpress instance I thought long about whether I still want to have comments on the new blog. And how I would be able to do it with a statically generated site. I think I have found/created a pretty good solution that I document below.

Security Leftovers

  • Where Did That Software Come From?
    The article explores how cryptography, especially hashing and code signing, can be use to establish the source and integrity. It examines how source code control systems and automated build systems are a key part of the software provenance story. (Provenance means “a record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.” It is increasingly being applied to software.)
  • Judge: MalwareTech is no longer under curfew, GPS monitoring [Updated]
    A judge in Milwaukee has modified the pre-trial release conditions of Marcus Hutchins, also known online as "MalwareTech," who was indicted two months ago on federal criminal charges. Under US Magistrate Judge William Duffin’s Thursday order, Hutchins, who is currently living in Los Angeles, will no longer be subject to a curfew or to GPS monitoring.
  • [Older] Leicester teen tries to hack CIA and FBI chiefs' computers
    A teenager attempted to hack senior US government officials' computers from his home. Kane Gamble, 18, from Coalville, Leicestershire, pleaded guilty to 10 charges relating to computer hacking. His targets included the then CIA director John Brennan and former FBI deputy director Mark Giuliano.

Debian: pk4, Freexian and More

Kernel and Graphics: ZenStates, AMDGPU, RADV, Vulkan, NVIDIA

  • ZenStates Allows Adjusting Zen P-States, Other Tweaking Under Linux
    ZenStates is an independent effort to offer P-States-based overclocking from the Linux desktop of AMD Ryzen processors and other tuning. ZenStates-Linux is an open-source Python script inspired by some available Windows programs for offering Ryzen/Zen CPU overclocking from the desktop by manipulating the performance states of the processor.
  • AMDGPU DC Gets A Final Batch Of Changes Before Linux 4.15
    The AMDGPU DC display code has a final batch of feature updates that were sent in this weekend for DRM-Next staging and is the last set besides fixes for the "DC" code for the 4.15 target.
  • Valve Developer Lands VK_EXT_global_priority For RADV Vulkan Driver
  • Vulkan 1.0.64 Adds In Another AMD-Developed Extension
    Vulkan 1.0.64 is out this weekend as the newest specification refinement to this high-performance graphics/compute API. As usual, most of the changes for this minor Vulkan revision are just documentation clarifications and corrections. This week's update brings just under a dozen fixes.
  • NVIDIA TX2 / Tegra186 Display Support Isn't Ready For Linux 4.15
    While the Jetson TX2 has been out since this past March and it's a phenomenal ARM development board, sadly the Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) driver support for it still isn't ready with the mainline Linux kernel. Thierry Reding of NVIDIA sent in the Tegra DRM driver changes for DRM-Next that in turn is staged for Linux 4.15. Reding commented that there is prepatory work for the TX2 (Tegra186) but it's not all ready for upstream yet.