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Install MATE 1.12.1 In Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Or 16.04 Via PPA

The Ubuntu 15.10 and 16.04 MATE PPAs were updated recently with the latest MATE 1.12.1.

MATE 1.12.1 Ubuntu Wily

According to Martin Wimpress, Project Lead for Ubuntu MATE, the PPAs use the same source packages that he's done for Debian, which are currently being reviewed by the FTP masters and should land in Debian Unstable in a couple of weeks, so they should be safe to use.

How To Change The Mouse Scroll Wheel Speed In Linux Using imwheel [Quick Tip]

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I've never actually needed to modify the mouse scroll wheel speed until recently, when I got a new mouse and I wanted to change the scroll wheel settings. That's when I noticed there's no such option in Unity / GNOME Control Center.

I searched for ways to change this under Linux and the easiest to use seems to be "imwheel", a command line tool that can be used to tweak the mouse wheel behavior and which, among others, can change the scroll speed of the mouse wheel, and I decided to share the information with you.

Ancient Warfare Game 0 A.D. Alpha 19 `Syllepsis` Released

0 A.D. game

Wildfire Games has released 0 A.D. alpha 19 "Syllepsis" yesterday. This alpha release includes new gameplay features, graphics and user interface changes as well as various under the hood improvements.

0 A.D. is a historical war and economy game that runs on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, which features several ancient civilizations, from Greece and Rome to Carthage and Persia.

Evernote Linux Client `NixNote` 2 Beta 5 Available For Download

NixNote is an unofficial Evernote client for Linux which was initially called NeverNote. The application was written in Java until NixNote 2, which is a complete rewrite in C++ using the Qt framework, having better performance and a reduced memory footprint as main goals. The application continues to use Java for encrypting and decrypting text, but that's optional.

Nixnote2 Linux

Fix For Some Apps Starting Behind Focused Windows In Ubuntu (Compiz)

In Ubuntu (w/ Unity), some applications/windows open behind focused windows which can be annoying in some cases. Here are a few examples:
  • clicking the "open containing folder" in the Firefox downloads menu, the file manager pops up behind the focused window;
  • activating applications through indicators doesn't always bring them to the foreground, for instance Pidgin chat windows, the file manager opened via the "Open Dropbox folder" Dropbox AppIndicator menu item, Rhythmbox from the Ubuntu Sound Menu, etc.;
  • if there's already a fileroller window open (Archive Manager, a compress/extract job, etc.), the second window you open is not focused.

Schedule Tasks Based On Various Conditions With `When`

"When" (or "when-command") is a task scheduler which allows running unattended tasks when certain conditions are met.

When Command

Using "When", you can set your desktop to perform various tasks depending on certain conditions. For instance, you can synchronize files, perform some cleanup actions, auto import photos from external storage devices and many other tasks (these are examples and require adding commands or scripts to "When"), all based on conditions such as a command exit code or output, a given time interval, file/folder changes and more.