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

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.

Penguin Subtitle Player

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

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 Unity
Gnome overlay scrollbars under Unity (Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf)

Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf To Get A New Panel Layout Switcher

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:

Xfce Panel Switcher

Power Management Tool `TLP` 0.8 Released

Ubuntu Laptop

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