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MATE Dock Applet Gets Unity-Like Progress Bar And Badge Support

MATE Dock Applet is a MATE Panel applet that displays running application windows as icons. The applet features options to pin applications to the dock, supports multiple workspaces, and can be added to any MATE Panel, regardless of size and orientation.

Mate Dock Applet Unity Badge Progress Bar Support

The latest MATE Dock Applet 0.74, released today, includes a feature requested by some of you: it can now display Unity-like progress bars and badges on top of the icons, for applications that support this. You can see this in action, in the screenshot above, for Transmission. 

Switch Between Multiple Lists Of Apps Pinned To Unity Launcher With `Launcher List Indicator`

Launcher List Indicator is a simple AppIndicator that makes it easy to switch between multiple lists of Unity Launcher icons (apps pinned to the launcher).

Launcher List Indicator

Quick Updates: Guake 0.8.7, WebTorrent Desktop 0.12.0, TLP 0.9

Guake 0.8.7

Guake terminal

Guake is a drop-down terminal emulator for GNOME (GTK2). The application is inspired from consoles in computer games, such as Quake, in which the console slides from the top of the screen when a key is pressed. In the same way, Guake can be invoked and hidden using a single key (though Guake can also automatically hide when it loses focus).

How To Completely Disable Mouse Acceleration In Linux


Some desktop environments don't provide a way to change the mouse acceleration (GNOME and Unity for instance), and even for those that do (like Cinnamon), you can't completely turn it off. Here's how to completely disable mouse acceleration in Linux (for Xorg).

How To Prevent The Super Key From Opening Dash On Top Of Fullscreen Windows (Ubuntu /w Unity Only)

Unity Dash on top of fullscreen game

In Ubuntu (Unity), the Super (Windows) key is used to open Unity Dash. Accidentally pressing the Super key when playing fullscreen games can be quite annoying, because Dash covers quite a bit of the screen, so you can't see what's going on, and it also switches the keyboard input from the game to Unity.

If you've gotten used to using the Super key to open Dash and don't want to change it, you can use a Python script, created by Sergiy Kolodyazhnyy for AskUbuntu, which automatically disables the Super key from opening Unity Dash, if there are any fullscreen windows. Note that the script has only been tested in Ubuntu 16.04.

Rclone Synchronizes Files Between Multiple Cloud Storage Services (Command Line)

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There are command line tools available for synchronizing files from / to cloud storage services, but they usually only support one service. Like Grive2 for Google Drive, the official Yandex.Disk console client, Dropbox Uploader, and so on.

But what about synchronizing files and folders from or to multiple cloud storage services? For such cases, you can use Rclone, a Rsync-like program for cloud storage.

Rclone can synchronize files and directories between Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, Dropbox, Microsoft One Drive, Amazon S3, Amazon Drive, Openstack Swift / Rackspace cloud files / Memset Memstore, Hubic, Yandex Disk, and Backblaze B2.

The synchronization can be done either directly between these services, or to / from your local filesystem.

Turtl: Secure, Open Source Evernote Alternative

Turtl is a secure, open source Evernote alternative, available for Linux, Windows, Mac, and Android. An iOS version is "coming soon". Firefox and Chrome bookmarking extensions are also available.

Turtl desktop application

The application, which is currently in beta, lets you keep your notes (with Markdown support for the note editor), website bookmarks, passwords, documents, photos, and so on, in a single private place.

Alternative System Monitor Applet For LXDE, Xfce, And MATE: Multiload-ng

Multiload-ng is a GTK2 graphical system monitor for the Xfce, LXDE, and MATE panels, forked from the old GNOME Multiload applet. It can also run in a standalone window.

Multiload system monitor Lubuntu LXDE

Get Football (Soccer) Scores, Fixtures, And Standings From The Command Line With Soccer CLI [Updated]

If you prefer working at the command line to using a graphical interface, and you're a football (soccer) fan, Soccer CLI is for you.

soccer cli

The app uses the football-data.org API to provide past and live football scores, standings, upcoming fixtures, and player information. All major European football leagues are supported, including Premier League, La Liga, UEFA Champions League, and more.

Vivaldi 1.3 Stable Released With Custom Themes, Tab Hibernation On Linux

A new stable version of Vivaldi, the web browser aimed at power users, was released today, and it includes custom themes, tab hibernation on Linux, enhanced privacy, and more.

Vivaldi browser linux