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KDE Connect Indicator: Use KDE Connect On Desktop Environments That Use AppIndicators (Unity, Pantheon, Etc.)

KDE Connect is a tool which allows you integrate the KDE Plasma Workspace with your smartphone (Android only for now), via WiFi. 

With the help of KDE Connect Indicator, you can now use KDE Connect in desktops which support Ubuntu AppIndicators, such as Unity, Pantheon (elementary OS), Xfce (Xubuntu) and so on.


For those who aren't familiar with KDE Connect, here's a quick list of features for the latest version (0.7.3 at the time I'm writing this article):
  • display notifications from your Android device on your desktop (requires Android 4.3+);
  • send files from your Android device to your desktop and the other way around "without wires";
  • touchpad emulation: use your phone screen as your computer's touchpad (keyboard emulation is also available);
  • shared clipboard between your phone and computer;
  • display your phone's battery status on the desktop;
  • multimedia remote control: use your Android device to control various Linux media players;
  • RSA Encryption.

Split View Patch Available For Thunar File Manager

Thunar, the default Xfce file manager, doesn't support split view. In a bug report from 2013 which requested this feature, Nick Schermer, one of the Thunar developers, said that Thunar won't support split view because "Thunar is by design meant to be simple and easy to use".

Since Thunar is open source software, Xfce user Román decided to take this issue into his own hands so he implemented the split view / dual pane feature in Thunar and released a patch, so everyone who wants this feature can use his work.

Thunar split view

ownCloud Client 1.7.0 Released With Selective Sync Support

ownCloud is a free software alternative to various proprietary web services and it includes file management (with built-in file sharing), music streaming, calendar, contacts and more, all running on your own server. The ownCloud Desktop Client allows synchronizing ownCloud (server) with your computer. To use it, you must firstly install ownCloud on your server.

ownCloud Client 1.7.0

ownCloud Client 1.7.0 was released a couple of days ago, bringing selective sync support, overlay icons for popular file managers as well as support for some of the new features available in ownCloud 7.