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How To Disable GTK3 Client-Side Decorations (Header Bars)

Starting with GNOME 3.10, some GNOME applications have switched to "header bars" or "client-side decorations". These CSD (client-side decorations) don't work properly in some desktop environments / shells - for instance, in Ubuntu 14.04, Unity doesn't support CSD and because of this, some applications look broken. Luckily, there is now a relatively easy way (unofficial) of disabling client-side decorations. Read on!

GIMP 2.8.14 Released With Bug Fixes, Install It In Ubuntu Via PPA

GIMP 2.8.14 was released yesterday, bringing various bug fixes and small enhancements. This is the stable GIMP branch and no new features are added in the 2.8.x releases, just bug fixes.

GIMP 2.8.12 Ubuntu

Update: the PPA now has GIMP 2.8.14: "Yesterday's 2.8.12 release had broken library versioning, so we had to roll out GIMP 2.8.14 today. The only change is the fixed libtool versioning".

LGOGDownloader: Command Line GOG.com Game Downloader For Linux [Ubuntu PPA]

LGOGDownloader is an open source command line GOG.com game downloader for Linux, which uses the same API as the official GOGDownloader (which unfortunately is not available for Linux). 

The tool can download GOG.com games (including language-specific installers if available), list / download updated files, resume unfinished downloads, repair downloaded installers, download extras such as artwork or manuals and more.

lgogdownloader

G`MIC (GREYC`s Magic For Image Computing) Sees New Stable Release

G'MIC (GREYC's Magic for Image Computing) is a framework for image processing that comes with a large number of pre-defined image filters and effects (almost 400, with an extra 300 testing filters). There are several interfaces for G'MIC: a command line tool, a web service, a Qt based interface for real-time webcam manipulation, a library and a GIMP plugin.

Below you can see a screenshot with the G'MIC GIMP plugin in action:

GIMP GMIC

Screensaver / Lock Screen Inhibitor `Caffeine Plus` Brings Back The Screensaver Toggle Option

Caffeine is a tool used to temporarily prevent the activation of the screensaver / lock screen / sleep mode when using full-screen windows. The application is useful when using video players that don't do this automatically, when listening to music while not using the computer, etc.

Caffeine Plus AppIndicator

The latest Caffeine version (2.7.x), released back in May, no longer comes with an Ubuntu AppIndicator so you can't manually toggle it on/off any more, feature which was considered pretty important by many of its users. If you're one of them, you can now use Caffeine Plus, a Caffeine 2.7 fork which restores the Ubuntu AppIndicator icon, allowing you to manually toggle it on/off.

Encrypt DNS Traffic In Ubuntu With DNSCrypt [PPA]

DNSCrypt is a protocol for securing communications between a client and a DNS resolver, preventing spying, spoofing or man-in-the-middle attacks. To use it, you'll need a tool called dnscrypt-proxy, which "can be used directly as your local resolver or as a DNS forwarder, authenticating requests using the DNSCrypt protocol and passing them to an upstream server".

I wrote about DNSCrypt before but some things have changed since then (127.0.0.1 can't be used by DNSCrypt any more on Ubuntu because that's used by dnsmasq, there are no Linux binaries available for download, etc.) so this is an update for Ubuntu users who want an easy way of installing / using it.

How To Enable HTML5 Playback For Netflix On Ubuntu 14.04 Or 14.10

Netflix supports HTML5 playback (using the Encrypted Media Extensions) but unfortunately, it doesn't work out of the box on Linux for now. However, following a few steps, you can get native Netflix HTML5 video playback through Google Chrome (Beta or Unstable at the time I'm writing this article) in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10.

Netflix HTML5 Ubuntu

The instructions below are for Ubuntu, but they should work on other Linux distributions as well, as long as you have a recent libnss3 version (tested with libnss3 and libnss3-1d version 3.16.3, libnss-db 2.2.3pre1 and Google Chrome 37 Beta under Ubuntu 14.04).