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A Simple App Menu Editor for Ubuntu

5 hours 15 sec ago

If you’re looking for an easy way to edit application launchers and menu entries on Ubuntu you’ll want to check out AppEditor. AppEditor is an easy to use Alacarte has been the go-to menu editor for almost as long as I’ve been using Ubuntu. It’s still perfectly functional, but it hasn’t really changed since then. […]

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!.

MPV, the Command Line Video Player, May Add a GUI

Sunday 11th of February 2018 02:00:19 PM

Command line video player MPV may soon have an official GUI.  Vincent Lang, the lead developer of the MPV media player project, has suggested the tool adopts one of the community-made MPV GUI front-ends available. The reason? To make MPV more accessible. “While most mpv developers (including myself) have no interest in developing a GUI, it could be […]

This post, MPV, the Command Line Video Player, May Add a GUI, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

MPV, the Command Line Video Player, May Add a GUI

Sunday 11th of February 2018 02:00:19 PM

Command line video player MPV may soon have an official GUI.  Vincent Lang, the lead developer of the MPV media player project, has suggested the tool adopts one of the community-made MPV GUI front-ends available. The reason? To make MPV more accessible. “While most mpv developers (including myself) have no interest in developing a GUI, it could be […]

This post, MPV, the Command Line Video Player, May Add a GUI, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The 5 Coolest Things About VLC 3.0

Friday 9th of February 2018 04:03:40 PM

VLC Chromecast support arrives in VLC 3.0, as do many other features! In this post we take a look at 5 changes that make this VLC release worth downloading.

This post, The 5 Coolest Things About VLC 3.0, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The 5 Coolest Things About VLC 3.0

Friday 9th of February 2018 04:03:40 PM

VLC Chromecast support arrives in VLC 3.0, as do many other features! In this post we take a look at 5 changes that make this VLC release worth downloading.

This post, The 5 Coolest Things About VLC 3.0, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Above

Friday 9th of February 2018 03:20:53 PM

We show you how to install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Linux Mint and other distros using the reliable, upstream Libreoffice PPA.

This post, How to Install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and Above, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

More in Tux Machines

Software and Games Leftovers

  • LXD Weekly Status #35
    This past week we’ve been focusing on a number of open pull requests, getting closer to merging improvements to our storage volume handling, unix char/block devices handling and the massive clustering branch that’s been cooking for a while. We’re hoping to see most of those land at some point this coming week. On the LXC side of things, the focus was on bugfixes and cleanups as well as preparing for the removal of the python3 and lua bindings from the main repository. We’re also making good progress on distrobuilder and hope to start moving some of our images to using it as the build tool very soon.
  • Performance Co-Pilot 4.0.0 released
    It gives me great pleasure to announce the first major-numbered PCP release in nine and a half years - PCP v4 - is here!
  • Performance Co-Pilot Sees First Major Version Bump In Nearly A Decade
    The Performance Co-Pilot open-source cross-platform monitoring/visualizing stack has reached version 4.0 as its first major version hike in almost ten years.
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  • Sci-fi mystery 'The Station' has released, it’s a short but memorable experience
    What would happen if we discovered the existence of alien life? A question I've often asked and a question many games, films and books have covered in great detail. The Station [Steam] is a sci-fi mystery that sees you investigate The Espial, a space station sent to research a sentient alien civilization.
  • Halcyon 6: The Precursor Legacy DLC released, some good content for a small price
    Halcyon 6: The Precursor Legacy DLC [GOG, Steam] was released earlier this month, adding some really nice content at a small price to an already great game.
  • Parry and dodge your way to victory in 'Way of the Passive Fist', launching March 6th
    Way of the Passive Fist [Steam, Official Site] is a rather unique and very colourful arcade brawler and it's releasing with Linux support on March 6th.

KDE and GNOME Leftovers

  • Kdenlive Café tonight and beta AppImage
    The last months for Kdenlive have been very quiet from the outside – we were not very active on the bugtracker, did not make a lot of announcements, and the 17.12.x release cycle only contained very few minor bugfixes. The main reason for this was the huge work that went behind the scenes for a major code refactoring that was required to allow further developments. So after more than a year working on it, we hope to get ready for the 18.04 release!
  • [Krita] Interview with Christine Garner
    I did Archaeology in University and I love history, mythology, folklore and nature. I’ve always been drawing from an early age. I graduated in 2003 with an archaeology degree. I taught myself digital art and web coding skills for fun and practical reasons. I used to do self-employed web design and admin type jobs, but in 2013 I became disillusioned with my life and had depression. I took a Foundation art course in 2013 deciding to pursue my artistic passions instead.
  • Qt 5.11 Brings New Accessibility Backend on Windows
    Accessibility technology encompasses assistive tools such as screen readers, magnifiers and braille displays, as well as APIs and frameworks that allow applications to expose elements of their UI to such tools.
  • CSS Grid
    This would totally have been a tweet or a facebook post, but I’ve decided to invest a little more energy and post these on my blog, accessible to everybody. Getting old, I guess. We’re all mortal and the web isn’t open by its own. In the past few days I’ve been learning about CSS grid while redesigning Flatpak and Flathub sites (still coming). And with the knowledge of really grokking only a fraction of it, I’m in love.

OSS: Project Names, Events, NSF and Mozilla, ArangoDB, Oracle, Bitcoin and More

  • Choosing project names: 4 key considerations
    Working on a new open source project, you're focused on the code—getting that great new idea released so you can share it with the world. And you'll want to attract new contributors, so you need a terrific name for your project. We've all read guides for creating names, but how do you go about choosing the right one? Keeping that cool science fiction reference you're using internally might feel fun, but it won't mean much to new users you're trying to attract. A better approach is to choose a name that's memorable to new users and developers searching for your project. Names set expectations. Your project's name should showcase its functionality in the ecosystem and explain to users what your story is. In the crowded open source software world, it's important not to get entangled with other projects out there. Taking a little extra time now, before sending out that big announcement, will pay off later.
  • FOSDEM 2018 Community DevRoom Recap: Simon Phipps & Rich Sands
    It’s been a few weeks now since FOSDEM and if you didn’t have a chance to attend or watch the  livestream of the FOSDEM 2018 Community DevRoom, Leslie my co-chair, and I are doing a round up summary on posts on each of the talks to bring you the video and the highlights of each presentation. You can read the preview post of Rich Sands and Simon Phipps pre FOSDEM blog post here.
  • Scheduling Voxxed Days Zurich 2018 with OptaPlanner
    My name is Mario Fusco and I’m honored to be the Program Committee Lead of Voxxed Days Zurich for the third year in a row. Reading, evaluating, discussing, and selecting from the 200+ proposals that arrive every year is a long and challenging process. I must admit, I largely underestimated the task the first year I started doing it. It’s necessary to evaluate not only the quality of every submission, but also how they fit together. In the end, the worst part is having to reject so many incredible proposals because there are a limited number of slots. However, once all the talks have been selected and all the approval and rejection emails have been sent, the process is still not complete. Now it is time to take all the accepted talks and schedule the actual program. Even for a moderate sized event like Voxxed Days Zurich (the conference lasts only one day and we have four parallel tracks), this is not a trivial task. There are many constraints and nice-to-haves that you may need to consider. For example, some speakers will arrive late in the morning or will have to leave early in the afternoon.  Some talks require different room capacities.  Two talks belonging to the same track must not be scheduled at the same time. There are many more variables to this process.
  • 20 Big Ideas to Connect the Unconnected
    Last year, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Mozilla announced the Wireless Innovation for a Networked Society (WINS) challenges: $2 million in prizes for big ideas to connect the unconnected across the U.S. Today, we’re announcing our first set of winners: 20 bright ideas from Detroit, Cleveland, Albuquerque, New York City, and beyond. The winners are building mesh networks, solar-powered Wi-Fi, and network infrastructure that fits inside a single backpack. Winning projects were developed by veteran researchers, enterprising college students, and everyone in-between. What do all these projects have in common? They’re affordable, scalable, open-source, and secure.
  • ArangoDB publishes industry-wide open source NoSQL performance benchmark
    ArangoDB, a provider of native multi-model NoSQL database solutions, announced the latest findings of its open source NoSQL performance benchmark series. To enable vendors to respond to the results and contribute improvements, ArangoDB has published the necessary scripts required to repeat the benchmark.
  • Can one 'multi-model' database rule them all?
    ArangoDB open source NoSQL performance benchmark series is one such open study.
  • Oracle-Supported Port of DTrace?, Linux Foundation Announces Akraino, New Feral Interactive Game and Qt 5.11 Alpha
    For those of us who have been holding out to see an Oracle-supported port of DTrace on Linux, that time is nearly here. Oracle just re-licensed the system instrumentation tool from the original CDDL to GPLv2.
  • Kernel patch releases, WineHQ, OpenIndiana project, FreeBSD Unix distribution, Xubuntu community contest
    The OpenIndiana project is still alive and well with a recent announcement of migrating the project to GCC 6.4. Unfortunately, this version does not cover the Spectre/Meltdown vulnerabilities, although the next version planned is 7.3 which will cover these hot issues.
  • Satoshi’s Vision? Bitcoin Cash Gets It Wrong, Says Max Keiser
    The movement was formally founded in 1983 by Richard Stallman with the launch of the GNU Project, which was founded on the idea that proprietary software harms users to the benefit of large corporations.
  • Bitcoin's Developers Are Debating A Change To Its Open License
    Ever since its launch last August, bitcoin has had an antagonistic relationship with its offshoot, bitcoin cash. But their battle may have provided a trigger to seek ways to protect bitcoin’s core code from indiscriminate use.
  • A new Maryland bill would allow students to buy textbooks tax-free twice a year [Ed: This is a reaction to open-source (Open Access) books and maybe an attempt to extinguish such state-level initiatives]
    University of Maryland student Kayla Little has wanted to be a doctor since she was 11 years old — but a nationwide rise in textbook prices has proved to be an obstacle to her success. "I've wanted to go into medicine for the longest [time], and I really don't want to give that up for books," said Little, who hopes to go to medical school and become an orthopedic surgeon for a professional sports team.
  • How the Grateful Dead were a precursor to Creative Commons licensing
    From its founding in 1965, the Grateful Dead was always an unusual band. Rising amidst the counterculture movement in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Grateful Dead’s music had roots in multiple styles and genres but did not lend itself to easy categorization. Was it psychedelic? Folk? Blues? Country? Yes, it was all of these and more. The band frequently performed well-known public domain songs, but they made the songs their own. Members of the band could effortlessly play across traditional and diverse styles. At concerts, they often performed songs that sounded familiar at first but grew and evolved across styles and genres. Songs often turned into lengthy jam sessions in which musicians played off one another, discovering new musical motifs and expanding them together.

Rust things I miss in C and learning to program is getting harder

  • Rust things I miss in C
    Librsvg feels like it is reaching a tipping point, where suddenly it seems like it would be easier to just port some major parts from C to Rust than to just add accessors for them. Also, more and more of the meat of the library is in Rust now. I'm switching back and forth a lot between C and Rust these days, and C feels very, very primitive these days.
  • Learning to program is getting harder

    I have written several books that use Python to explain topics like Bayesian Statistics and Digital Signal Processing. Along with the books, I provide code that readers can download from GitHub. In order to work with this code, readers have to know some Python, but that's not enough. They also need a computer with Python and its supporting libraries, they have to know how to download code from GitHub, and then they have to know how to run the code they downloaded.

    And that's where a lot of readers get into trouble.