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Deepin 15.6 Released, Features New App Menu, Dark Mode, & More

6 hours 35 min ago

A new version of the Deepin Linux distribution is available to download. Deepin 15.6 improves on last year’s Deepin 15.5 release in a number of ways, chucks in a new-look app launcher, and includes a crop of core app updates for good measure. “The new release – deepin 15.6, offers the delicated interfaces and easy-to-understand logics […]

This post, Deepin 15.6 Released, Features New App Menu, Dark Mode, & More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

You Can Now Play ‘TrackMania Nations Forever’ on Ubuntu

Friday 15th of June 2018 09:37:03 PM

A popular PC racing game has sped its way on to the Ubuntu Snap store — and I think you’re gonna dig it. It’s called ‘TrackMania Nations Forever’ (TMNF) and, for some of you, it will need zero introduction. First released back in 2008 — a decade ago — TrackMania Nations Forever built a solid reputation […]

This post, You Can Now Play ‘TrackMania Nations Forever’ on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GPD Pocket 2 Launches This Summer with a Faster Processor

Friday 15th of June 2018 01:40:59 PM

Remember that tiny 7-inch laptop we collectively cooed over last year? Well, an updated model with slimmer bezels and a faster CPU is on the way. The GPD Pocket 2 builds on the things the first-gen model got right, like it high-res screen, high-end build quality, and highly-portable form factor. But there are also a […]

This post, GPD Pocket 2 Launches This Summer with a Faster Processor, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Enable the Blur Effect in KDE Plasma 5.13

Friday 15th of June 2018 12:47:47 PM

The new blur effect in KDE Plasma 5.13 is wowing a lot of people, us included, but a few of you have been in touch to ask how you can enable or configure the blur on your own system. Plasma 5.13 should (as I understand it) come with the swish new gaussian blur effect enabled by […]

This post, How to Enable the Blur Effect in KDE Plasma 5.13, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Mesa 18.1.1 is Now Available to Install on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

Thursday 14th of June 2018 01:27:40 PM

The latest Mesa 18.1.1 graphics stack is now available to install on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. Mesa 18.1.1 is the first point release update in the Mesa 18.1.x series, which debuted back in May with Mesa 18.1.0. The Mesa 18.1.x series touts plenty of improvements, including better Vulkan and OpenGL performance, updated Tegra, Nouveau, and Intel drivers, as […]

This post, Mesa 18.1.1 is Now Available to Install on Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE Plasma 5.13 Is Here – And It Looks Incredible

Thursday 14th of June 2018 12:27:19 PM

Back in May we said that KDE Plasma 5.13 was shaping up to be one heck of a release — now that it’s out, I think I can say we were right. And to demo the key changes arriving in this update of the popular, resource-efficient desktop environment is a spiffy official release video. At a speedy 2 […]

This post, KDE Plasma 5.13 Is Here – And It Looks Incredible, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The Linux Foundation Says We Should ‘Celebrate’ Microsoft Buying GitHub

Wednesday 13th of June 2018 11:42:17 PM

Not everyone is thrilled by news that Microsoft is buying Github — and you might think the Linux Foundation is among them. Well, it isn’t. The head of the Linux Foundation says the Microsoft snapping up GitHub is “good news” for the open source community. He also reckons that, rather than sneer about it, we ought to “celebrate […]

This post, The Linux Foundation Says We Should ‘Celebrate’ Microsoft Buying GitHub, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

CodeWeavers Demo a Windows app Running on a Chromebook using Linux and Wine

Tuesday 12th of June 2018 09:59:15 PM

As you may know Google is bringing Linux apps to Chromebooks — but did you realise that the feature could pave the way for Windows apps, too? Yup, we’re talking Wine, the Windows software compatibility that is a staple part of the Linux app ecosystem. Be it for Adobe Photoshop or games like Fortnite and WoW, Wine […]

This post, CodeWeavers Demo a Windows app Running on a Chromebook using Linux and Wine, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Winepak Could Make it Easier to Install Windows Apps on Linux

Tuesday 12th of June 2018 01:20:12 PM

It might soon be easier to install your favourite Windows apps on Linux, thanks to a fledgling new project. It’s called Winepak and, as you might guess from the name, it’s focused on packaging Wine applications as Flatpak bundles for faster, fuss-free use. So, rather than you having to head out and find, installer, open it with Wine, […]

This post, Winepak Could Make it Easier to Install Windows Apps on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

America Unveils the World’s Fastest Supercomputer (And Yes: It Runs Linux)

Monday 11th of June 2018 12:19:12 PM

America's new star-spangled Summit supercomputer is twice as fast as China's Sunway supercomputer and runs on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The supercomputer cost $200 million to build.

This post, America Unveils the World’s Fastest Supercomputer (And Yes: It Runs Linux), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Use Emoji on Ubuntu

Sunday 10th of June 2018 11:30:17 PM

Want to quickly and effortlessly type emoji on Ubuntu? Well, you can — and in this short post we show you how. With the release of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS you can use emoji on Ubuntu right out of the box, so you already have everything you need. Nope, you won’t need to install third-party apps […]

This post, How to Use Emoji on Ubuntu, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Coming Soon: Wacom Firmware Updates on Linux

Saturday 9th of June 2018 12:22:31 PM

You’ll soon be able to install Wacom firmware updates on Linux. Red Hat’s Richard Hughes shares word on work he’s done with Wacom engineers to support Wacom’s custom update protocol on Linux. At present, Wacom advise their customers to upgrade firmware on their graphics tablets using a dedicated desktop app which is only available for Windows and […]

This post, Coming Soon: Wacom Firmware Updates on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

GitHub’s New CEO Did a Reddit AMA, This is What He Said

Friday 8th of June 2018 11:42:58 PM

It’s been a crazy week. News that Microsoft is buying GitHub shocked and stunned the developer community, with reverberations of the deal being mostly keenly felt by those involved with open source projects. Folks are (rather understandably) scared and suspicious of Microsoft — bleedin’ Microsoft! — and of its motives. Is the GitHub developers know and love about to […]

This post, GitHub’s New CEO Did a Reddit AMA, This is What He Said, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Use GNOME Shell’s Secret Screen Recorder

Friday 8th of June 2018 11:30:20 PM

So you want to record your Ubuntu desktop, but you don’t know which desktop screen recorder to use? Well, have you considered not using one at all? Don’t look at me strangely: I promise this makes sense. You’ve likely seen videos on YouTube where people share a screencast of their Linux desktops. Perhaps you want […]

This post, How to Use GNOME Shell’s Secret Screen Recorder, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Release Roundup: Curlew, Cantata & Google Chrome

Thursday 7th of June 2018 11:32:14 PM

Another week, another batch of welcome Linux app updates to round-up — and another one of these rather difficult post intros to write! This week we’re taking in updates from a diverse range of apps: from a nifty media converter to a nimble music player, by way of a largely unknown web browser called “Google […]

This post, Linux Release Roundup: Curlew, Cantata & Google Chrome, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Try Side View, the Firefox Feature I’ve Been Waiting For

Wednesday 6th of June 2018 11:20:04 PM

Since its Quantum update I have to say that I’m loving Mozilla Firefox — but a promising new feature on the horizon could help me to love it even more! It’s called Side View and it’s an experimental feature available to try, from today, as part of the Firefox Test Pilot program. What’s that? Firefox Test […]

This post, How to Try Side View, the Firefox Feature I’ve Been Waiting For, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

3 macOS Mojave Features Already Available on Linux

Wednesday 6th of June 2018 01:46:23 PM

Apple has revealed details about the next version of its desktop operating system, macOS Mojave. As expected, macOS 10.14 is a major software upgrade. It brings a flurry new features to the fore, like better desktop organisation, auto-changing backgrounds, and a sleek new dark mode. All very swish. But do any of those features sound familiar to […]

This post, 3 macOS Mojave Features Already Available on Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Microsoft Buys GitHub and FOSS Fans Aren’t Happy

Sunday 3rd of June 2018 02:52:27 PM

Microsoft is buying GitHub. According to a Bloomberg report Microsoft has agreed to acquire GitHub for $7.5 billion. The code hosting site was recently valued at $2 billion. Update: It’s now official. But should open source software enthusiasts be worried by the sale? GitHub is at the heart of FOSS development GitHub is the world’s biggest code […]

This post, Microsoft Buys GitHub and FOSS Fans Aren’t Happy, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 18.10 Release Date, New Features & More

Saturday 2nd of June 2018 05:10:59 PM

Everything you need to know about Ubuntu 18.10, including the Ubuntu 18.10 release date, planned new features, downloads, changes, and more.

This post, Ubuntu 18.10 Release Date, New Features & More, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Red Hat is Working on Linux Support for the Dell Canvas

Saturday 2nd of June 2018 12:33:28 PM

Linux support for the Dell Canvas graphics tablet/display and dial accessory is underway thanks to a collaboration between Red Hat and Dell developers.

This post, Red Hat is Working on Linux Support for the Dell Canvas, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Server: GNU/Linux Dominance in Supercomputers, Windows Dominance in Downtime

  • Five Supercomputers That Aren't Supercomputers
    A supercomputer, of course, isn't really a "computer." It's not one giant processor sitting atop an even larger motherboard. Instead, it's a network of thousands of computers tied together to form a single whole, dedicated to a singular set of tasks. They tend to be really fast, but according to the folks at the International Supercomputing Conference, speed is not a prerequisite for being a supercomputer. But speed does help them process tons of data quickly to help solve some of the world's most pressing problems. Summit, for example, is already booked for things such as cancer research; energy research, to model a fusion reactor and its magnetically confined plasma tohasten commercial development of fusion energy; and medical research using AI, centering around identifying patterns in the function and evolution of human proteins and cellular systems to increase understanding of Alzheimer’s, heart disease, or addiction, and to inform the drug discovery process.
  • Office 365 is suffering widespread borkage across Blighty
     

    Some users are complaining that O365 is "completely unusable" with others are reporting a noticeable slowdown, whinging that it's taking 30 minutes to send and receive emails.  

Google: VR180, Android and the Asus Chromebook Flip C101

Security Leftovers

  • Hackers May Have Already Defeated Apple’s USB Restricted Mode For iPhone
    Recently, the iPhone-maker announced a security feature to prevent unauthorized cracking of iPhones. When the device isn’t unlocked for an hour, the Lightning port can be used for nothing but charging. The feature is a part of the iOS 12 update, which is expected to launch later this month.
  • Cops Are Confident iPhone Hackers Have Found a Workaround to Apple’s New Security Feature
    Apple confirmed to The New York Times Wednesday it was going to introduce a new security feature, first reported by Motherboard. USB Restricted Mode, as the new feature is called, essentially turns the iPhone’s lightning cable port into a charge-only interface if someone hasn’t unlocked the device with its passcode within the last hour, meaning phone forensic tools shouldn’t be able to unlock phones. Naturally, this feature has sent waves throughout the mobile phone forensics and law enforcement communities, as accessing iPhones may now be substantially harder, with investigators having to rush a seized phone to an unlocking device as quickly as possible. That includes GrayKey, a relatively new and increasingly popular iPhone cracking tool. But forensics experts suggest that Grayshift, the company behind the tech, is not giving up yet.
  • How Secure Are Wi-Fi Security Cameras?
  • Trump-Kim Meeting Was a Magnet For Russian Cyberattacks

KDE: Usability and Productivity initiative, Kraft and Konsole

  • This week in Usability & Productivity, part 23
    This has been a bit of a light week for KDE’s Usability and Productivity initiative, probably because everyone’s basking in the warm glow of a well-received release: KDE Plasma 5.13 came out on Tuesday and is getting great reviews!
  • Kraft Version 0.81 Released
    I am happy to announce the release of Kraft version 0.81. Kraft is a Qt based desktop application that helps you to handle documents like quotes and invoices in your small business. Version 0.81 is a bugfix release for the previous version 0.80, which was the first stable release based on Qt5 and KDE Frameworks5. Even though it came with way more new features than just the port, it’s first release has proven it’s stability in day-to-day business now for a few month.
  • Giving Konsole some love
    I started to hack in Konsole, and first I was afraid, I was petrified. You know, touching those hardcore apps that are the center of the KDE Software Collection. I started touching it mostly because some easy to fix bugs weren’t fixed, and as every cool user knows, this is free software. So I could pay for someone to fix my bugs, or I could download the source code and try to figure out what the hell was wrong with it. I choosed the second approach.