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NoNotifications Indicator 0.9 Released With New Features

NoNotifications is an Ubuntu indicator for temporarily suppressing NotifyOSD (which is used by Unity) notifications. This can be useful for presentations, when working, and so on, to prevent unwanted notifications.

NoNotifications Indicator

The indicator was completely rewritten recently, bringing some new features.

Install Streamlink (Livestreamer Fork) In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint Via PPA

It looks like Livestreamer is no longer maintained, so a fork, called Streamlink, was created recently. There are no Ubuntu packages for the new fork, so I uploaded Streamlink to the main WebUpd8 PPA.

The PPA uses the Livestreamer Debian packaging, renamed for Streamlink, so the packaging credits go to Stefan Breunig, the Livestreamer Debian maintainer.


In case you're not familiar with Livestreamer, this is a command line utility (and API is also available) that pipes video streams from services such as Livestream, Twitch, UStream, Youtube Live and more, to video players like VLC, mpv, and so on.

SafeEyes Protects You From Eye Strain When Working On The Computer

SafeEyes is an application that tries to protect your eyes from eye strain (asthenopia) by reminding you to take breaks while you're working long hours at the computer. It was created as a free and open source Linux alternative for EyeLeo, a Windows-only app.


Desktop Gmail Client `WMail` 2.0.0 Stable Released

WMail is a free, open source desktop client for Gmail and Google Inbox, available for Linux, Windows, and Mac.

WMail Gmail desktop client

The application is a wrapper for Gmail / Google Inbox with unlimited account support, on top of which it adds features such as native desktop notifications (notification bubble and sound), unread email counter in the tray, and more.

Prime Indicator Plus Makes It Easy To Switch Between Nvidia And Intel Graphics (Nvidia Optimus)

Prime Indicator is an AppIndicator for laptops with Nvidia Optimus, allowing users to quickly switch between Intel and Nvidia graphics.

Prime Indicator Plus

The original Prime Indicator hasn't been updated since February, 2015. André Brait forked the indicator (while also using code from the Linux Mint version), improving it with both new functionality and bug fixes, and the new app is called Prime Indicator Plus.

Update Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Linux Kernel Without Rebooting With The Canonical Livepatch Service

Canonical launched the Canonical Livepatch Service recently, an "authenticated, encrypted, signed stream of livepatch kernel modules for Ubuntu servers, virtual machines and desktops", applying critical security and vulnerability patches without requiring a reboot.

The new service is commercial (commercial support subscriptions start at $12 / month), but it's offered for free to the Ubuntu community, for up to 3 systems.

SpaceView: Ubuntu File System Usage Indicator

SpaceView is an Ubuntu indicator which displays the file system usage, created as a response to an AskUbuntu question.

Spaceview indicator

FunYahoo++: New Yahoo Messenger Plugin For Pidgin / libpurple [PPA]

Yahoo retired its old Messenger protocol in favor of a new one, breaking compatibility with third-party applications, such as Pidgin, Empathy, and so on.

Eion Robb, the SkypeWeb and Hangouts developer, has created a replacement Yahoo prpl plugin, called FunYahoo++, that works with the new Yahoo Messenger protocol.

Multiload-ng 1.4.0, GNOME Twitch 0.3.0, Sublime Text 3 Build 3126 [PPA Updates Part 2]

The first WebUpd8 PPA updates part is HERE.

Multiload-ng 1.4.0

Multiload-ng Xfce

Multiload-ng is a graphical system monitor for the Xfce, LXDE, and MATE panels (for both GTK2 and GTK3), forked from the old GNOME Multiload applet. It can also run in a standalone window.

The applets are highly configurable, allowing you to select the orientation, change the graph size, update interval, and it also ships with quite a few color schemes.

With the latest 1.4.0 release, Multiload-ng includes a Unity (and others) AppIndicator, as well as a systray applet. 

Audacious 3.8, Terminix 1.3.0, Atom 1.11.1, MATE Dock Applet 0.75 [PPA Updates Part 1]

I've been away for a while and there were quite a few application releases that I had to update in the WebUpd8 PPAs, so here's what I've updated and what's new (I won't post minor updates though).

Audacious 3.8

Audacious 3.8 GTK2
Audacious 3.8 GTK2 interface