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Grive2: Grive Fork With Google Drive REST API And Partial Sync Support [PPA]

Grive was an unofficial, open source command line Linux client for Google Drive. I say "was" because the tool no longer works due to Google changing it's API recently and Grive not being maintained any more (there are no commits on its GitHub page since May, 2013).


To get Grive up and running again, Vitaliy Filippov forked it and named his fork "Grive2". The fork supports the new Google Drive REST API and it also includes a new feature: partial (directory) sync, along with bug fixes.

Fedora Post Install Tool `Fedy` Updated With New UI, Fedora 22 Support

Fedy 4.0 was released recently, bringing a completely rewritten, fully native GTK3 user interface as well as Fedora 22 (to be released tomorrow) support.

Fedy 1.4

Fedy (previously called Fedora Utils) is a tool which lets you install various packages which are not available in the official Fedora repositories, such as Adobe Flash, Oracle Java, Atom, Brackets and many others, as well as a few tweaks, like better font rendering or junk cleanup.

On Demand System Tray For Ubuntu: `Indicator Systemtray Unity`

If you still need a system tray in Ubuntu (Unity), you don't need the patched Unity any more. Instead, you can simply install `Indicator Systemtray Unity`, a new AppIndicator which adds a system tray to the Unity panel.

`Indicator Systemtray Unity` doesn't show up on the panel until you launch an application which comes with a tray icon. Even then, the systray is displayed on demand (on left/middle-click) and there are two modes available:

How To Hide Files And Folders In Your File Manager Without Renaming Them [Quick Tip]

Usually if you want to hide a file or folder so it doesn't show up in your file manager, you can rename it by adding a dot (".") at the beginning of the filename.

However, there are situations in which you may want to hide a file or folder without renaming it. For instance, some applications insist on creating a folder in the user's home directory or in the Documents folder (and they can't be renamed) and so on. But I don't want these folders cluttered - I want to easily find what I'm looking for.

Nemo hidden folder

Official Syncthing Debian / Ubuntu Repository Released

Quick update for Syncthing users: an official Syncthing Ubuntu / Debian repository was released recently and it provides builds for amd64, i386 and arm.

Syncthing is a cross-platform peer-to-peer file synchronization client/server application written in Go. The tool is similar to BitTorrent Sync (but it's open source as opposed to BT Sync), and it's used to synchronize files between computers.

Global Menu Applet For Cinnamon Desktop: `Global Application Menu`

A much requested applet was released to the Cinnamon Applets website recently: Global Application Menu.

Global Application Menu is a Cinnamon (the desktop environment used by default in Linux Mint Cinnamon edition) applet which allows displaying the application menu on the Cinnamon panel, either as a horizontal menu or as a menu button:

Cinnamon global menu

mps-youtube Migrates To YouTube API v3, Gets Ubuntu Sound Menu Support

mps-youtube 0.2.4 was released today and with this version, the app was migrated to YouTube API v3. This is an important change because the old v2 API was shut down recently so previous mps-youtube versions no longer work.

Another important change in this release is the addition of MPRIS v2 support, which means that mps-youtube can now make use of Ubuntu's Sound Menu, GNOME Shell Media Player Indicator extension and so on.