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NitroShare 0.3.0: Easily Send Files To Other Machines On The Local Network

NitroShare is a tool that can be used to easily transfer files between computers on your local network, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

NitroShare features:
  • no configuration required: each device running NitroShare broadcasts its presence to other devices on the network;
  • supports transferring files as well as directories;
  • displays desktop notifications for completed transfers or when someone on the local network starts or quits NitroShare;
  • simple, easy to use user interface.

NitroShare is very easy to use: simply select "Send Files..." or "Send Directory..." from the AppIndicator / tray icon menu, select the files and you get a list of devices that run NitroShare on your local network:

NitroShare 0.3.0

After selecting the files and the device you want to share them with, click "Ok" and the file transfer should begin.

Insync 1.2 Released With New HTML5 UI

Insync 1.2 was released today, bringing a new HTML5 UI along with improvements such as an ignore list, improved nested selective sync and more.

Insync 1.2 Ubuntu

For those not familiar with Insync, this is an unofficial Google Drive client which "extends Drive's web functionality to your desktop by integrating tightly with Windows, Mac and Linux so you can get work done". The application is not free: it costs $20 per Google account (one-time fee), along with plans for 3 Google accounts and for business.

Twitch.tv Indicator Lets You Know When The Channels You Follow Go Live

Twitch Indicator is, like its name suggests, a www.twitch.tv appindicator. In case you're not familiar with Twitch, this is a popular live streaming video platform that primarily focuses on video gaming.

Twitch indicator

The purpose of Twitch Indicator is to track the channels you follow and notify you when they go live. Besides notifications, which can be turned off from the indicator settings, the list of live channels is displayed in the indicator menu and clicking on any channel will open its Twitch page in your default web browser.

How To Run Gedit And Nautilus As Root With pkexec Instead Of gksu

gksu hasn't been updated since 2009 and is not recommended any more. In fact, Ubuntu no longer ships with gksu by default (though it may be installed for many of you, because some apps still depend on it) and it may even be completely removed at some point.

The recommended replacement for gksu is pkexec and applications like Synaptic, Ubuntu Software Center, Software & Updates and others use it for some time but what if you want to use pkexec with applications like Gedit or Nautilus? By default, you can't because pkexec can't run graphical applications without having a PolicyKit file installed in /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/ for the app you're trying to run as root, and Ubuntu doesn't ship with PolicyKit files for Nautilus or Gedit.

pkexec Unity
pkexec authentication dialog under Unity

Nautilus, Nemo And Caja Extension `Folder Color` Sees New Release

Folder Color is a file manager extension available for Nautilus, Nemo and Caja, which until recently could only be used to change individual folder colors. The tool was updated yesterday with a new feature: you can now use it to easily change all the folders colors with a click:

Folder Color
Nemo Folder Color, setting the global color to purple

Nemo With Unity Patches Available For Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

Quick update: Nemo with Unity patches is available for Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet.

Nemo Ubuntu Vivid

For those not familiar with Nemo, this is the default Cinnamon file manager and is a Nautilus fork. 

Nemo continues to provide many of the features removed from Nautilus, like the extra pane or the toggle location button, but there are some other changes as well, like a customizable toolbar (you can add or remove the up/refresh/search/etc icons), a warning is displayed when running Nemo as root, built-in "Open as root", "Open in terminal" and "Set as wallpaper" context menu items and much more.

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Default Wallpaper Revealed

The default Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet wallpaper was revealed a few minutes ago. The wallpaper continues to use the polygon style introduced with the Ubuntu 14.04 default wallpaper, but without the orange. In fact, the new default wallpaper is mostly purple, as you can see below:

Download Wallpaper (open the link in a new tab)