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Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1 Flavors Released

Thursday 27th of August 2015 04:07:00 PM
The first beta for the Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf flavors (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, Lubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin) was released today. Let's take a quick look at what's new!

Kubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1

Kubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1 ships with Plasma 5.4 beta (5.3.95) and KDE Applications 15.08 beta (but the final 15.08 version is already available in the Proposed repository) which includes changes such as:
  • a new Audio Volume applet that works directly with PulseAudio;
  • a new fullscreen Application Dashboard alternative launcher;
  • over 1400 new icons;
  • KRunner now remembers your previous searches;
  • the Networks applet is now able to display network traffic graphs;
  • much improved high DPI support;
  • smaller memory footprint;
  • a new, much faster desktop search backend;
  • new additions to the KDE Frameworks 5-based applications list, including Dolphin, the Kontact Suite, Ark, Picmi and more.
Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:





More information and download links


Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1

Changes in Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf beta 1:
  • LibreOffice Calc and Writer have replaced Gnumeric and Abiword;
  • a new theme for LibreOffice, libreoffice-style-elementary, is now installed by default;
  • updated packages:
    • xfdesktop4 4.12.2 (changes since 4.12.0, available in Vivid):
      • reinitialize background when reloading desktop;
      • monitor the wallpaper file for changes;
      • add a xfconf settings to center the text on xfdesktop icons;
      • allow dragging desktop launchers to the panel;
      • preserve order when moving multiple icons;
    • Thunar 1.6.10 (changes since 1.6.6, available in Vivid):
      • new tabs and windows inherit the history of the origin view;
      • history is preserved across view changes;
      • remember the last used application when opening files;
    • Catfish 1.3.0:
      • the toolbar has been replaced with a Gtk HeaderBar;
      • the sidebar has been cleaned up and now clearly indicates selected options;
      • the file type and modification date dialogs were replaced with Popover widgets;
    • Gmusicbrowser 1.1.14:
      • added support for Gstreamer 1.x;
      • added an Equalizer Preset widget to change presets;
    • WhiskerMenu 1.5.0:
      • added a profile picture and command which allows editing it via Mugshot;
      • added option to set background opacity;
      • customizable limit for recently used;
    • many other Xfce components were updated with mostly bug fixes - this includes Xfce Power Manager, Xfce Weather Plugin, Xfburn and more.

You'll find a screenshots with some of these changes below:




Also, Xfce Panel Switch, a layout manager for the Xfce Panel, is now available in the official repositories but it's not installed by default in Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf beta 1.
More information | download


Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1

Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Wily Werewolf ships with a combination of MATE 1.8 and 1.10 and it includes the following changes:
  • MATE 1.10 changes:
    • Caja now has an extension manager so plugins can be enabled/disabled at run-time;
      improved multi-monitor support;
      libmatemixer, an audio mixer library for MATE desktop, has been introduced with MATE 1.10;
      CSD and pop-over support;
  • Mate Welcome was updated with various UI improvements, software categories and new applications on the Software page such as AppGrid, Chromium, Disks, Hardinfo, SpiderOakONE, Ubuntu Software Center (which as you probably know, is no longer installed by default in Ubuntu 
  • MATE 15.10) and VeraCrypt;
  • MATE Tweak has gained support for two new panel layouts: Fedora and Mageia;
  • Deja Dup is now integrated with Caja.
Below you'll find a few screenshots with some of these changes:




    There are some MATE packages which are still at version 1.8, like Atril, MATE Panel, MATE Control Center, MATE Power Manager, Engrampa, MATE Applets, MATE Faenza Icon Theme, MATE Sensors Applet and MATE User Share.
    More information and download links


    Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1

    Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 Wily Werewolf ships with GNOME 3.16 for the most part and it includes the following changes:
    • GNOME 3.16 includes some important changes, like:
      • a new notification system which has replaced the old Message Tray. The notification history can now be accessed from the date/time menu (Top Bar);
      • legacy "tray" icons are now displayed in a "drawer" that used autohide at the bottom left corner of the screen;
      • the Activities Overview, login/lock screen, system menus and others have received an updated design (including monochrome icons for the applications menu);
      • improved scrollbars, which are now only displayed when needed;
      • Redesigned GNOME Image Viewer, which now uses header bars;
      • many other changes - you can read all about it (including a video) HERE;
    • GNOME Getting Started Guide is now included by default and runs on first login;
    • Shotwell has been replaced with GNOME Photos;
    • GNOME Music is now installed by default (Rhythmbox continues to be installed by default as well).

    Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:


    GNOME Photos
    New GTK 3.6 scrollbars
    GNOME Image Viewer
    Notification history / events and calendar
    GNOME Music
    Legacy tray icons
    While GTK and GNOME Shell was updated to version 3.16 (3.16.3 for GNOME Shell and 3.16.6 for GTK) and so were many GNOME apps, older versions are still used for some applications, like Files (still at version 3.14.2) and Gedit (the ancient 3.10.4 version is still used)
    More information and download links


    Lubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1

    Like the previous version, Lubuntu 15.10 Beta 1 ships with only bug fixes, as LXQt is still in development and not used by default yet.
    More information | download


    Ubuntu Kylin 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1

    Since alpha 2, Ubuntu Kylin (Ubuntu variant for Chinese users) 15.10 Wily Werewolf has only received various bug fixes.
    More information and download links


    All the Ubuntu 15.10 beta 1 flavors include Xorg server 1.17.2, Mesa 10.6.3 and the 4.1.0-3.3 Ubuntu Linux Kernel, based on the upstream 4.1.3 Linux kernel.
    Up next in the Wily Werewolf release schedule: Final Beta (September 24th), in which the main Ubuntu flavor (w/ Unity) should also take part.

    Play SRT Subtitles On Top Of Any Video With Penguin Subtitle Player

    Tuesday 25th of August 2015 11:33:00 AM
    Penguin Subtitle Player is a simple open source Qt5 subtitle player which can be used to display SRT subtitles on top of online video streaming websites that don't support subtitles or don't allow using custom subtitles
    You can also use Penguin Subtitle Player to display subtitles on custom positions (like on the black bottom/top bands), or to display multiple subtitles in the same time (since the app can be launched multiple times), for video players or video streaming websites that don't support this by default.

    The application, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, displays a translucent window which is always on top so the subtitles are always displayed above the video, no matter the streaming website / player you use. This includes Flash and HTML5 videos.
    Among Penguin Subtitle Player's features are support for over 700 encodings with auto encoding detection, drag and drop support, highly customizable layout (you can change the frame size, background color, opacity, font style) as well as time fine tuning (fast forward/backward with customizable time interval).
    Here's Penguin Subtitle Player in action:


    In the above screenshot you can see the Penguin Subtitle Player controls but don't worry, these are only displayed when you hove over the app. Also, the subtitle background can be made completely transparent:

    There are a few things that still need to be implemented, like subtitle outline and hotkeys support, but according to some bug reports, these are planned features and should be available soon.

    Download Penguin Subtitle Player
    Penguin Subtitle Player binaries for Linux (64bit only), Windows and Mac OS X can be downloaded from Sourceforge and its source code from GitHub.
    Since the Penguin Subtitle Player developer only offers Linux 64bit binaries for download, I packaged the app and uploaded it to the main WebUpd8 PPA, so it's available for both 32bit and 64bit for Ubuntu 14.04, 15.04 and 15.10 (as well as Linux Mint 17.x, etc.). To add the PPA and install Penguin Subtitle Player, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install penguin-subtitle-playerIf you don't want to add the PPA, you can download the debs from HERE.

    Arch Linux users can install Penguin Subtitle Player via AUR (latest git).

    Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.

    Also see: Download Subtitles Via Nautilus / Nemo Context Menu With Periscope Or Subliminal

    Live Cricket Scores Ubuntu Indicator

    Friday 21st of August 2015 09:36:00 AM
    Cricket Score Indicator is an AppIndicator which displays live cricket scores from ESPNcricinfo on the panel.

    The indicator displays both international and domestic live cricket scores in the AppIndicator menu and allows you to set any match as the label (so the live score shows up directly on the panel).
    Scorecards are available as submenus but they aren't displayed initially to reduce network usage. To enable scorecards, simply click on the "scorecard" submenu for any cricket match from the indicator and it should load the scorecard:



    Cricket Score Indicator features:
    • shows current score as indicator label;
    • updated as soon as espncricinfo is updated;
    • submenu shows the scorecard of corresponding match;
    • categories for International and Domestic matches;
    • option to set a particular match score as indicator label;
    • adds new match as it is available and deletes the unavailable ones;
    • Icon shows the runs scored on the last delivery of the corresponding match;
    • Initially all submenus (scorecards) are hidden to reduce network usage.


    Install Cricket Score Indicator in Ubuntu
    Cricket Score Indicator has a PPA (available for Ubuntu 14.04, 15.04 and 15.10) which you can use to install the app and stay up to date with the latest app versions. To add the PPA and install Cricket Score Indicator, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rawcoder/cricket-score-indicator
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install cricket-score-indicator
    For other Linux distributions, you can install Cricket Score Indicator via Python PIP:pip install -i https://pypi.python.org/pypi cricket_score_indicatorOr grab the source from HERE.

    Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.

    seen @ AskUbuntu

    Ubuntu 15.10 To Ship With Gnome's Overlay Scrollbars By Default

    Thursday 20th of August 2015 11:10:00 AM
    Note: this change initially landed in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf in July (when I was on holiday), with some theming tweaks following up until recently, and it seems nobody mentioned this, so I decided to write an article about it now.
    With Ubuntu 15.10 (currently in development, to be released on October 22), Unity will stop using its original overlay scrollbars for GTK3 apps and switch to Gnome's scrollbars instead.

    This change affects GTK3 applications only and currently, the original Unity overlay scrollbars are still used for GTK2 applications (there's no info if this will change until the final release).
    Gnome overlay scrollbars under Unity (Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf)
    Unity's overlay scrollbars were announced back in March 2011 and were used by default starting with Ubuntu 11.04, being designed to maximize screen real estate.
    In case you're not familiar with Unity's overlay scrollbars, these are the scrollbars you see in GTK apps (they aren't used in Firefox and LibreOffice, among others) under Unity (and not only) when you move your mouse over to the right side of the app:
    Unity overlay scrollbars
    Gnome's overlay scrollbars have the same goal - maximize screen real estate and remove the useless chrome -, and are displayed only when they are needed: a small scrollbar is displayed when the pointer is moved and a larger scrollbar is displayed when the user wants to interact with it:
    Gnome (GTK 3.16) overlay scrollbars


    Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Manager says that "upstream Gnome now have some nicely designed ones [overlay scrollbars] of their own, and so to minimize the maintenance effort of the Unity ones we've decided to adopt the Gnome ones for 15.10 onwards". He adds that there are some bugs that need fixing, such as Dash needing an update to look like the Gnome overlay scrollbars and that it's all work in progress.

    Besides minimizing the maintenance effort and better usability, a nasty bug should no longer occur thanks to this change: you shouldn't see a black / transparent background under Unity for some GNOME 3 apps, like Handbrake (screenshot), any more because this issue was caused by Unity's overlay scrollbars.
    Below you can watch a video posted by Will Cooke today, showing Gnome's Overlay scrollbars in Unity (under Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf):

    (direct video link)

    Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf To Get A New Panel Layout Switcher

    Thursday 20th of August 2015 09:45:00 AM
    According to a Launchpad bug report, a new application, called Xfce Panel Switch, should be included by default with Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf. The package is currently in the Wily new queue.
    Xfce Panel Switch is a layout manager for the Xfce panel which allows users to easily backup, restore, import and export the Xfce panel configuration:

    The bug report mentions that the app should also allow switching between one of the included default panel layouts (Xfce, Classic Xubuntu and Xubuntu Trusty) however, there are no predefined panel layouts included yet with the package I tested.
    In Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Xfce Panel Switch should also be accompanied by an Xfce Panel patch that allows launching this app from the Panel preferences:

    "The initial testing with our QA team has completed and we have decided to include this for 15.10 if possible. As a new application, Debian Xfce is not yet interested in including this package", mentions the bug report.
    Currently, the app is available for testing in the Xfce Panel Switch PPA (without the patched Xfce Panel) for Ubuntu 15.10 and in the Xubuntu Staging PPA (with the patched Xfce Panel) for Xubuntu 15.10 and 15.04.
    More info @ Launchpad: bug report | Xfce Panel Switch

    Qt Music Player `Yarock` 1.1.3 Released, Available In PPA

    Wednesday 19th of August 2015 11:04:00 AM
    Yarock 1.1.3 was released recently with a new radio service: Radionomy (which has replaced Shoutcast), support for importing APE files in the playqueue, MP4 audio tag reading and more.

    Yarock is a Qt music player "designed to provide an easy and pretty music collection browser based on cover art".
    The player provides multiple views such as artists, albums, tracks, genre, years and so on, all based on cover art and it includes features such as: music collection database (SQLite 3), playlists support (including smart playlists), can play radio streams, Mp3Gain tag support for volume normalization, Last.fm scrobbler, command line and Mpris interfaces, favorites support, automatically downloads cover art and more. Also, the player includes a radio browser which supports Tunein, Dribble and with this release, Radionomy.


    Changes in Yarock 1.1.3:
    • new radionomy radio service (replace shoutcast)
    • added radio covers for all radio views
    • added symbolic link support for file system view
    • added MP4 audio files tag reading
    • added ape files import into playqueue
    • added browsing history support for stream link in radio views
    • many minor updates for the widgets/ui
    • fixed "lyrics.com" provider
    • fixed volume slider for phonon engine
    • fixed network redirection management
    • fixed now playing widget update
    • various other fixes and improvements
    The complete changelog can be found HERE.

    Also, since our last article about Yarock, the app has received support for an alternate audio engine: mpv, equalizer support for vlc audio engine as well as support for building the app with Qt5 (Qt4 is still supported).
    Unfortunately, the PPA that used to provide Yarock for Ubuntu users (Sam Rog's PPA) was removed. To make it easier to install the latest Yarock in Ubuntu, I used Sam's initial packaging and I uploaded the latest Yarock 1.1.3 to the main WebUpd8 PPA. The package is built with Qt5 and Phonon and without the mpv audio engine (because mpv from the official Ubuntu repositories is very old).

    Install Yarock in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via PPA
    To install the latest Yarock in Ubuntu 15.10, 15.04 or 14.04 / Linux Mint 17.2, 17.1 or 17 and derivatives, you can use the main WebUpd8 PPA. Add the PPA and install Yarock using the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install yarockIf you don't want to add the PPA, you can download the deb from HERE.

    Arch Linux users can install Yarock (Qt5) via AUR.
    For other Linux distributions, grab the source from Launchpad and build the app using the official instructions (note: the PPA listed there doesn't exist any more).
    Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.

    Hamachi Linux GUI `Haguichi` 1.3.0 Released With New UI

    Thursday 13th of August 2015 02:02:00 PM
    Haguichi, a Hamachi GUI for Linux, was updated to version 1.3.0 and with this release, the app has migrated from Mono and GTK2 to Vala and GTK 3 and uses a completely revamped user interface.


    With the port to GTK3 (GTK 3.14 is required and thus, it needs Ubuntu 15.04 or newer), Haguichi has switched to using client side decorations however, desktops that don't fully support CSD, like Unity, are still supported and in such cases, a classic titlebar is displayed along with a toolbar (which has replaced the menu):

    Just like in the previous releases, an AppIndicator is provided as an optional package.
    Haguichi 1.3.0 also includes HiDPI support, a flexible layout (the UI adapts dynamically to the window size - see first two screenshots above), a sidebar that shows details and actions for the selected network or member, and a new logo.

    Other changes in Haguichi 1.3.0:
    • added short text to empty network list on how to add a network;
    • added symbolic application and panel icons for adwaita-icon-theme;
    • commands that don’t actually exist are not shown as member action any more;
    • unicode characters are now used for ellipsis and quotation marks;
    • changed autostart .desktop file installation path back to /usr/etc/xdg/autostart;
    • dropped support for Hamachi version 2.1.0.81 and older;
    • removed deprecated status icon;
    • updated translations.

    Along with this release, the Haguichi website was completely redesigned and a T-shirt campaign was launched.
    For those not familiar with Hamachi, this is a zero-configuration virtual private network app, capable of establishing direct links between computers that are behind NAT firewalls without requiring reconfiguration (in most cases). Basically, the app establishes a connection over the Internet that emulates the connection that would exist if the computers were connected over a local area network.

    Install Haguichi in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via PPA
    To add the official Haguichi PPA and install the app in Ubuntu or Linux Mint (important note: the latest Haguichi 1.3.0 is only available for Ubuntu 15.04 and 15.10 because it requires GTK 3.14+; for older Ubuntu versions, Haguichi 1.0.26 will be installed, which uses Mono and GTK2), use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/haguichi
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install haguichi
    To install the Haguichi Unity AppIndicator (it should be installed automatically with Haguichi, but I'm adding this in case you're using an Ubuntu-based distro that doesn't install recommended packages by default, like Linux Mint), use the following command:
    - for Ubuntu 15.04 and newer:
    sudo apt-get install haguichi-indicator- for Ubuntu 14.04 or 12.04:
    sudo apt-get install haguichi-appindicator
    Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.


    info and 2 screenshots from Haguichi.net

    New Official Proprietary GPU Drivers Ubuntu PPA Released

    Thursday 13th of August 2015 11:25:00 AM

    In an effort to make it easier to install the latest proprietary graphics drivers in Ubuntu, a new official PPA was released today.
    Currently, the PPA ships Nvidia drivers only (and it's not clear if it will include other packages like AMD drivers, etc.) and is in testing. According to the PPA description, you should wait a few days before using this PPA.
    In a message posted on the Ubuntu Desktop mailing list, Jorge O. Castro notes that currently there's no difference between this and the xorg-edgers PPA and that "the real fun begins when new drivers are released".
    At the time I'm writing this article, the PPA provides the latest stable Nvidia driver (352.30) as well as the latest beta (355.06), along with libvdpau 1.1 and vdpauinfo 1.0, for Ubuntu 14.04, 15.04 and 15.10, with some older packages (Nvidia 346.87) for Ubuntu 12.04.
    To add the PPA (but again, you shouldn't be using it until the PPA description says it's safe to do so), use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa
    sudo apt-get updateand then use Synaptic / Ubuntu Software Center to install the Nvidia driver version you want to use.
    via Phoronix, Ubuntu Desktop mailing list, image via techspot

    Power Management Tool `TLP` 0.8 Released

    Thursday 13th of August 2015 11:12:00 AM

    TLP 0.8 was released recently, bringing various ThinkPad improvements, systemd "predictable network interface names" support along with other changes and bug fixes.
    For those not familiar with TLP, this is an advanced power management tool that applies various settings and tweaks to help your laptop save battery power. The app tries to do everything automatically, depending on your Linux distribution and hardware (it runs in the background and doesn't come with a GUI) however, you can manually change its settings by editing the TLP configuration file: /etc/default/tlp
    A complete list of TLP features can be found HERE.

    Changes in TLP 0.8:
    • General:
      • TLP_DEFAULT_MODE: change default operation mode to AC when no power supply can be detected (concerns some desktop and embedded hardware only)
    • Radio Devices:
      • Resume: restore bluetooth state
    • Radio Device Wizard (tlp-rdw):
      • Support ThinkPad OneLink Dock Basic/Pro for dock/undock events
      • Detect systemd "predictable network interface names" for WWAN
    • ThinkPad Battery:
      • tpacpi-bat: new upstream version 2.2: get ASL path from /sys/class/power_supply/*/device/path; avoids unnecessary "AE_NOT_FOUND" kernel messages
      • tlp-stat:
        • Show "No batteries detected."
        • Explain battery status "Unknown" as "threshold effective"
        • Show battery cell group voltages (verbose mode, tp-smapi only)
        • Show acpi-call suggestion for ThinkPad *40, *50, X1 models
    • USB:
      • Remove USB_DRIVER_BLACKLIST
    • tlp-stat:
      • Show warnings for ata errors by default
    • Bugfixes
      • tlp-stat: detect kernel config with PM_RUNTIME=N
      • tlp recalibrate: fix exitcode check
      • USB autosuspend: write power/control if actually changing only
      • Ignore missing files in /proc/sys/fs/xfs

    According to the changelog, the "USB_DRIVER_BLACKLIST" feature was removed because it caused issues with AC/BAT switching (the CPU governor didn't change when going from AC to battery or the other way around) and USB hotplugging (required for udevd v221 and higher) - issue HERE.


    Install TLP in Ubuntu or Linux Mint
    To add the official TLP PPA and install the tool in Ubuntu or Linux Mint, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install tlp tlp-rdw
    TLP will automatically start upon system startup, but to avoid having to restart the system to get it running for the first time, you can start it (required only the first time) using the following command:sudo tlp start
    For more information about TLP, optional ThinkPad only packages you may whish yo install, etc., see our initial article about TLP and the TLP website.
    For Debian, Fedora, Arch Linux, Gentoo or openSUSE installation instructions, see THIS page.
    Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.

    How To Install Facebook (And Others) Emoticons In Pidgin [Quick Tip]

    Wednesday 12th of August 2015 03:58:00 PM
    Quick tip: If you're using the new Facebook Chat plugin for Pidgin, you may want to add support for Facebook's official emoticons, so here's how to do it.

    To add Facebook (including secret) emoticons to Pidgin, you can use pidgin-EAP, a project which provides emoticon themes for most available protocols, including Facebook. The pack even contains some sound and buddy list themes.
    To install pidgin-EAP emoticon themes in Linux, use the following commands in a terminal:cd /tmp
    wget https://github.com/Hernou/pidgin-EAP/archive/master.tar.gz
    tar -xvf master.tar.gz
    cp -rf pidgin-EAP-master/{.fonts,.purple} ~
    Or, if you want to install it manually, go to the pidgin-EAP GitHub page, click "Download ZIP" on the right, extract the zip and copy its contents to your home directory (note that the zip contains two hidden ".fonts" and ".purple" folders so you'll have to use Ctrl + H in your file manager to see them).
    For Windows, see the instructions available on GitHub.
    Then, open Pidgin, from its menu select Tools > Preferences and on the Themes tab select "EAP" under "Smiley Theme":

    This will use pidgin-EAP's custom smilies for all the protocols it supports. If you only want this for Faceook, select "Facebook" from the drop-down instead.

    Download Torrents And YouTube Videos With FrostWire

    Wednesday 12th of August 2015 02:27:00 PM
    FrostWire is a free, open source Java downloader, BitTorrent client and media player, which comes with a built-in multi-tracker search (like TPB, Yify, Mininova, etc.) as well as YouTube and SoundCloud search/download support. The application is available for Linux, Windows, Mac OS X and Android.

    The app is not new but I've never covered it on WebUpd8 and after receiving a review request and trying it recently, I decided it deserves an article here since it's a really good app, despite being a bit bloated.
    Probably the most important FrostWire feature is its ability to search multiple BitTorrent trackers in the same time as well as YouTube, SoundCloud and Archive.org. The search results are filtered by file type audio, video, images, documents or apps so the results don't get cluttered with stuff you don't need which is much needed, considering the multiple sources the app is able to search:

    "FrostWire will connect to all the major BitTorrent indexes of the internet and pre-fetch torrents (via the libtorrent DHT or via HTTP if it can't find it on the DHT), it will then index locally all the available metadata that's indexed by the torrent file, as the user searches, the local index gets better and better to yield richer and instant results".
    At the time I'm writing this article, FrostWire supports searching and downloading content from TPB, FrostClick, KAT, Yify, BitSnoop, Extratorrent, Mininova, Monova, TorLock and BTJunkie BitTorrent trackers / search engines as well YouTube, SoundCloud and Archive.org.
    For YouTube, the app allows downloading the audio only or the complete video and you can choose which format to download (1080p video downloads are supported).
    Another very important FrostWire feature is the ability to play audio and video while downloading from the BitTorrent networks and previewing the content from YouTube or SoundCloud before downloading:

    For this, the app comes with a built-in media player but you can also use external players such as VLC. For YouTube and SoundCloud previewing though, only the internal player is supported or at least that was the case in my test.
    There's even an integrated media library which organizes your downloads in various categories (audio, video, images, programs, books/docs) and there's also a huge list of online radio stations available and an option to add more stations (one note though: many of the stations I've tried didn't work):

    And finally, the last major feature available in FrostWire is the ability to easily share content with your friends or between multiple devices (such as your desktop and Android device) - for how to send files from an Android device to a desktop, see THIS video. It's important to mention that once you share a file, it's available to everybody on the BitTorrent network so keep this in mind before using this feature.
    Under the hood, FrostWire uses frostwire-jlibtorrent, a swig Java interface for libtorrent for the BitTorrent part and MPlayer for media playback, along with H2 database and Lucene indexes for the search. For more information, see its GitHub page.
    The application was updated recently (v6.1.3) with lots of fixes (including a fix for saving downloads on external drives), Windows 10 compatibility, fixed Soundcloud search and download, resumable Archive.org downloads as well as important changes on the way the BitTorrent engine works which allowed simplifying seeding settings.

    Download FrostWire
    Download FrostWire - binaries available for Linux (64bit only): deb, rpm and generic, Windows, Mac OS X and Android as well as source
    Report any bugs you may find in the desktop version HERE.

    Thanks to Giancarlo

    Use Facebook Chat In Pidgin With Purple-Facebook

    Monday 10th of August 2015 02:47:00 PM
    Facebook shut down their XMPP service earlier this year and because of this, Pidgin/libpurple no longer supports Facebook Chat. For those of you who want to use Facebook Chat in Pidgin, there's a new plugin which makes this possible, called purple-facebook.

    The plugin has been in development for about two months and is still a work in progress, but it is already functional and most things work as expected, including opening existing group chats and creating new ones.
    According to its wiki, the Facebook Chat plugin is already implemented for the development version of libpurple, purple3, which has yet to be released and the purple-facebook project is a backport of the purple3 plugin to purple2, the released version of libpurple which is used by Pidgin and other clients.
    The reasons for using this plugin instead of a stand-alone Facebook Chat alternative are having all the messaging protocols in one place and of course, the tight desktop integration provided by Pidgin, such as native desktop notifications, taskbar alerts, Unity Launcher unread count and Messaging Menu support (for the Unity features to work, make sure the Unity Integration plugin is enabled in Pidgin).
    At the time I'm writing this article, the plugin doesn't support chat/friend additions or removals, but these are on the todo list. Some more advanced features like link previews or stickers are also not supported.

    Install purple-facebook in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and derivatives
    To install purple-facebook in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and derivatives, you can use its official repository. To add the repository and install the plugin, use the following commands:sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/jgeboski/xUbuntu_$(lsb_release -rs)/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jgeboski.list"
    cd /tmp && wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/jgeboski/xUbuntu_$(lsb_release -rs)/Release.key
    sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install purple-facebookIf you don't want to add the PPA, you can download the DEB from HERE (but you won't receive any updates unless you add the repository). Or, grab the source and build it yourself.
    Arch Linux users can install purple-facebook via AUR. On Windows, follow the instructions from HERE.
    Once installed, add a new account in Pidgin (Accounts > Manage Accounts > Add) and in the Protocol dropdown, select "Facebook" (important: NOT "Facebook (XMPP)"):

    I should also mention that in the username field, you can enter either your emil, your Facebook username or phone number associated with your Facebook account.
    Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.
    If you're a Pidgin user, also see:

    plugin seen @ HumanOS

    Install LibreOffice 5.0 In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint Via PPA

    Monday 10th of August 2015 01:30:00 PM
    LibreOffice 5.0 was released last week and it includes numerous changes, such as UI improvements, better HiDPI support, new icon theme by KDE called Breeze, much improved Spreadsheet, better filters for documents and more. For a complete list of changes, see THIS page.

    According to the Document Foundation blog, the latest LibreOffice 5.0 is the "cornerstone of the mobile clients on Android and Ubuntu Touch, as well as the upcoming cloud version".
    In Ubuntu, Linux Mint and derivatives, the latest LibreOffice 5.0 (Fresh) can be installed either by using a PPA or by downloading and installing the official LibreOffice debs.

    Installing LibreOffice via PPA and not by using the official *.deb files is the recommended way of installing/upgrading LibreOffice in Ubuntu (as stated here) because the .deb files provided by  The Document Foundation are intentionally built against a very old baseline for maximum compatibility.

    Furthermore, by using the PPA, you can automatically get updates as well as easily go back to the LibreOffice version available in the official Ubuntu repositories if for some reason you're not satisfied with the new release, by using PPA Purge.
    Below you'll find instructions on how to install LibreOffice in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via PPA as well as how to purge the PPA in case you want to go back to the LibreOffice version you were using before adding this PPA.

    Install LibreOffice 5.0 in Ubuntu Or Linux Mint via PPA
    Important: There are two PPAs you can use to install LibreOffice 5.0 in Ubuntu and Linux Mint: the LibreOffice Fresh PPA which provides the latest stable LibreOffice Fresh (so for instance when LibreOffice 5.1 comes out, this PPA will be updated with LibreOffice 5.1) and the LibreOffice 5.0.x PPA (which I've used for the instructions below) which only provides LibreOffice 5.0.x updates.

    Right now, both PPAs provide the same LibreOffice version. If you prefer to use the LibreOffice Fresh PPA, replace "ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-0" in the commands below with "ppa:libreoffice/ppa".


    At the time I'm writing this article, the LibreOffice 5.0.x PPA provides LibreOffice 5.0.0 RC5 which is identical to the final release.
    Linux Mint 17.2 only: LibreOffice is pinned in Linux Mint 17.2 and can't be upgraded by using a PPA. To be able to update LibreOffice to version 5.0 via PPA, you need to create a file called "libreoffice-libreoffice-5-0.pref" under /etc/apt/preferences.d/ - to do this automatically, use the following command:
    gksu gedit /etc/apt/preferences.d/libreoffice-libreoffice-5-0.prefand in this file, paste this:
    Package: *
    Pin: release o=LP-PPA-libreoffice-libreoffice-5-0
    Pin-Priority: 701
    Then save the file and continue with the instructions below.

    To add the LibreOffice 5.0.x PPA and upgrade to the latest LibreOffice 5.0 in Ubuntu 15.04, 14.04 or 12.04 / Linux Mint 17.2 (after following the steps above), 17.1, 17 or 13, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-0
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    If you want to try the new Breeze LibreOffice icon theme (which you can see in the screenshot above), install it by using the following command:sudo apt-get install libreoffice-style-breezeTo change the icon theme in LibreOffice, go to Tools > Options > LibreOffice > View and set the icon style to Breeze.


    How to revert the changes
    If you don't want to continue using LibreOffice 5.0, you can downgrade it to the previous version available in the repositories by using PPA Purge. To do this, firstly install PPA Purge:sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
    Then, purge (this will disable the PPA and downgrade the packages installed from this PPA) the PPA using the following command:sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-0
    For Linux Mint, you'll have to specify the Ubuntu codename because PPA Purge doesn't officially support it. So for Linux Mint 17, 17.1 and 17.2 which are based on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, use the following command:sudo ppa-purge -d trusty ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-0
    Or, for Linux Mint 13 (based on Precise), use:
    sudo ppa-purge -d precise ppa:libreoffice/libreoffice-5-0

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