Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Cardapio (Application Menu) Gets A System Menu, New Plugins


Cardapio is a simple menu for the GNOME desktop that can work in two modes: as a standard menu - applet on the GNOME panel or as a stand-alone launcher (which you can use to launch it from any Dock or panel).

The latest Cardapio 0.9.132 was released earlier today, bringing a system menu - something a lot of us were missing in Cardapio. The new version also comes with some new web search plugins for Bing, Yahoo, Wikipedia and Youtube.

Pinguy OS (Remastered Ubuntu) - Ubuntu After A Week Of Customizations [Review]

Pinguy OS

Like we promised last week, here is another Ubuntu based Linux distribution (actually a remastered Ubuntu) review: Pinguy OS, which is very similar in concept to Manhattan OS.

Pinguy OS is a remastered Ubuntu with a lot of useful default applications - great for those who don't like to do a lot of tweaking and want an OS that "just works". Pinguy OS doesn't rebrand Ubuntu, so you'll have the same Plymouth theme, the Ubuntu logo for the menu and so on. It's just Ubuntu with a lot of default applications and PPAs enabled by default:

The system was built to have eye candy (CoverGloobus, Gloobus Preview, GNOME Do, Docky) and for every part of it to be user-friendly

You'll probably think you don't need Pinguy since there's already Linux Mint which does a great job at enhancing Ubuntu, but you'll notice a lot more useful stuff in Pinguy OS. And you won't miss Linux Mint either because Pinguy OS comes with the Linux Mint main menu and even the Mint repositories enabled by default.

Yes, maybe you don't like the default applications that come with Pinguy OS and you won't give it a try, but think of the people which actually install all of these applications each time they install / reinstall / upgrade Ubuntu - this should save them a lot of time!

To get an idea of what Pinguy OS looks and the applications it comes with, I've recorded a screencast (in Virtualbox, so ignore the RAM / CPU usage you see in Conky):

Improve Your Netbook Performance And Increase Battery Life By Moving Log And Temp Files To RAM

Fewt, the author of Jupiter and member of the Aurora OS (ex Eeebuntu) core team has a really interesting post on his blog about improving your netbook's performance but also increasing the battery life by moving the temp and log files to RAM using tmpfs.

This is achievable by simply editing the fstab file - you'll basically mount 3 folders in your RAM. Of course, since these files will be saved in the RAM, they will be deleted upon restart but usually you don't need these files anyway.

Fewt's post also includes tweaking Firefox to use the RAM tmpfs for the temporarily files which will make Firefox a lot snappier.

Note: this will of course also works for laptops and even desktops (but obviously, you'll only get a performance boost, there's no battery life to improve for a desktop).

Head over to Fewt for the complete how-to.

Conky Colors Makes Your Conky Beautiful In Seconds (Version 3.20 Released)

Conky colors

Conky is a free, light-weight system monitor for X, that displays any information on your desktop. You've seen it in many screenshots under various forms; take a look at these screenshots if you don't know what Conky is.

A while back we told you about a really easy way to configure Conky using a GUI called ConkyWizard - which is very nice, but it doesn't come with plugins and too many options. Conky Colors on the other hand doesn't come with a GUI but is just as easy to set up (from the command line) and it comes with A LOT of options and scripts (from Gmail to Rhythmbox, weather and more) so you can create an amazing looking Conky in a matter of seconds (don't let our long guide fool you - you just have to install a few packages and run Conky Colors). You can view a list of options supported by Conky Colors, here.

A new Conky Colors version was released today which doesn't brings many new features - but I found this a good opportunity to talk about it since I absolutely love this script.

Synergy+: Control Multiple Computers With A Single Mouse And Keyboard [Windows, Linux, Mac OSX]


With Synergy+, you can share a single mouse and keyboard between multiple computers (and operating systems, as Synergy+ works on Linux, Windows and Mac OSX) using only a LAN connection. The applications should be really useful for users with multiple computers.

WebUpd8 reader Stuart Zurcher writes:

I use it with my desktop (Manhattan OS) and laptop (Windows 7 due to edu requirements) to provide more screen space or to be able to use my desktop keyboard and mouse on the laptop. It takes a little configuration to make work but is really handy. Also works great for copying from one system to the other.

Fix Compiz Slowness For Proprietary ATI Drivers In Ubuntu

If you're using the proprietary ATI graphics drivers and you're experiencing really slow maximizing / unmaximization of windows or slow Alt + Tab with desktop effects (Compiz) enabled, here is a PPA which is supposed to fix this for you. The package in the PPA should solve this for both GNOME and KDE users.

"TestDrive" The Latest Daily Ubuntu Development Build With A Click (Now With A GUI)

TestDrive is an Ubuntu application that is especially designed for non-technical users to easily download and run the latest Ubuntu development daily snapshot in a virtual machine. TestDrive also works for other Ubuntu flavours such as Kubuntu or Xubuntu.

You don't have to do anything, TestDrive will even handle the ISO download and later sync it (the first time you download an ISO it is fully downloaded but then the ISO can be synced using zsync so you won't have to download the whole ISO each time you want download the latest version). We already talked about TestDrive a while back so head over to that post for more info on TestDrive.

TestDrive used to be a command-line only application which is not exactly newbie friendly so a GUI was created (not yet fully ready - in fact it's quite ugly for now, but it works!). I wanted to post it a long time ago, but it just wouldn't work (for me anyway) but a recent update finally got TestDrive working so it should now work for everyone.

testdrive - select vm

Since TestDrive now comes with a GUI, you don't have to edit a config file to use VirtualBox with TestDrive, select the virtual disk size or memory and so on - all of these are now available in the new GUI.

Cairo Dock (Glx Dock) 2.2 Beta Officially Released With Lots Of Cool New Features

The first official beta of Cairo Dock (GLX Dock) 2.2 was released with a huge list of new features and improvements - we already posted most of them on WebUpd8, but we'll do a small recap. If you're using the Cairo Dock weekly PPA, you already have all these features. But maybe you're not aware of some of them, so read on!

Even though the version in the Cairo Dock (now GLX-Dock) weekly PPA is beta 3, this is actually the first official beta of Cairo Dock 2.2 as announced by Fabounet (the main Cairo Dock developer).

What's new in Cairo Dock (GLX Dock) 2.2 beta

New GNOME Shell Mockups Look Like Unity, Nautilus Elementary

Since GNOME 3.0 has been delayed until March, 2011, it seems there's enough time to rethink the way GNOME Shell looks, especially since a lot of people don't like it (especially from the usability point of view).

Some new GNOME Shell mockups were uploaded to GIT recently, showing a lot of similarities with Ubuntu / UNE:

Gedit / Nautilus:

Gedit and Nautilus - GNOME Shell

A closer look at Nautilus:

Nautilus GNOME Shell Mockup

Kubuntu Netbook (10.10) Application Menu ("Global Menu") Is Finally Ready!

appmenu kubuntu 10.10

Kubuntu Netbook (10.10) finally got its application menu integration ready yesterday (turned off panel auto-hiding by default).

As you can see in the screenshot, it's not exactly the same like on Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 maverick Meerkat, but it's built on the same technologies.

The Kubuntu Nebtook "global menu" also works with GTK/GNOME applications (but for now you'll have to install some additional packages for this):

Pithos 0.2.0 Released With Indicator Applet Support (Pandora.com Linux Client)


Back in Februrary we were telling you about Pithos, a pandora.com Linux client which supports switching between stations, cover art, proxy and more. Pithos wasn't updated in a while but today a new Pithos (0.2.0) version has been uploaded to the Pithos PPA. Pithos 0.2.0 doesn't come with huge changes, just a lot of bug fixes (such as fixing fetching the cover art when behind a proxy), some tweaks to the user interface, bigger cover art and more.

GNOME 3.0 (Which Will Include GNOME Shell) Delayed For 6 Months


GNOME 3.0 which is supposed to include the new GNOME Shell as well as GTK 3.0 has been delayed for 6 months to March, 2011.

The decision was taken at the GUADEC conference:

We could release in September and have something working that is okayish, but it's not up to the standards we have.

says Vincent Untz, release team member.

Among the options discussed were the release of GNOME 3.0 with the classic 2.x user interface or to release GNOME 2.32 as a new stable release instead of 3.0 for now - this second option being the decision which everybody seems to agree on.

That means GNOME Shell won't be default in Ubuntu 11.04 so the first Ubuntu version which might get Shell by default is 11.10.

You can read more about it @ http://derstandard.at/

GNOME Shell was voted the second most awaited Linux project of the year by the WebUpd8 readers.

Jupiter Ubuntu PPA (Hardware And Power Management Applet For Netbooks And Laptops)

Update: Jupiter has been discontinued. I suggest trying TLP instead.

jupiter ubuntu

A while back we told you about Jupiter, an application created by Fewt for Aurora OS (ex Eeebuntu) (but also works in other Linux distributions) which can be used to switch between maximum and high performance and power saving mode, change the resolution and orientation, enable or disable the bluetooth, touchpad, WiFi and so on. But most importantly it allows your Eeepc netbook to take advantage of SHE (Super Hybrid Engine).

Jupiter is not just for EeePC, it also works on other netbooks or laptops. Read our Jupiter review for more info.

Since Jupiter can only be downloaded by Ubuntu users via Sourceforge, we've created a PPA for Ubuntu Karmic, Lucid and Maverick users so they can stay up to date with the latest Jupiter packages.

Download The Microsoft Windows Vista Fonts In Linux Using A Script

consolas font linux

I've came across many blog or forum posts where people say they like the Microsoft Windows Vista fonts and use them in Linux. I don't find anything special with any of those fonts but maybe you do. If so, read on!

I can't legally put these fonts for download here, but I found a script which extracts the Windows Vista fonts from PowerPointViewer.exe, directly from the Microsoft website.

Ubuntu Software Center (2.1.6) Gets Yet Another Slight Redesign

Ubuntu Software Center 2.1.6

A new Ubuntu Software Center version (2.1.6) was just released in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat which brings some more design changes: everything in the main view is now more compact and there are no more borders separating the categories ("Departements") from the featured applications or "What's new".

Download All The Official Ubuntu And Most Fedora Wallpapers

Anchor Schmidt @ Ubuntuforums created a pack with all the official Ubuntu wallpapers and the Fedora wallpapers from Fedora Core 5 onwards. The wallpaper pack only includes the wallpapers which were default in each Ubuntu / Fedora version, and not the extra wallpapers. The wallpapers are available both for widescreen and 4:3 formats.

There is a video with all these wallpapers, which you can watch below:

Minitube 1.1 Released - Upgrade To Get It Working Again

Minitube 1.1

Minitube is a native YouTube client for Windows (soon), Linux and Mac OS X. With it you can watch YouTube videos in a new way: you type a keyword, Minitube gives you an endless video stream. Minitube does not require the Flash Player.

Like we told you a few days ago, YouTube changed something which broke all the applications for downloading or playing YouTube videos. This includes VLC 1.1.1, youtube-dl and of course, Minitube.

This is why a new Minitube version was released today so if you want a working Minitube, you'll have to install the latest 1.1.

Get Notified When A Job You Run In A Terminal Is Done, Using NotifyOSD [Ubuntu]

notifyosd terminal notification

Dustin Kirkland, Core Developer of the Ubuntu Server posted something very interesting on his blog: an alias you can add to your .bashrc file to get notified when a job you run in a terminal is done. A simple solution for something I've been looking for in a long time.

Getting notified when the job you're running in the terminal is done can be very useful since when you compile something or run some other time consuming task, you usually don't care what's going on inside the terminal  until whatever you were running is done, right? So you switch to some other window(s) meaning you have to constantly keep checking the terminal window to see when it's done. And that's not exactly productive. Further more, you may occasionally forget you were running something in the terminal.

Dustin's simple alias makes it very easy to get a notification bubble (using NotifyOSD) when the job you're running in the terminal is done.

The Best Linux Main Menu

Another week, another poll. This time you can vote for the best Linux (main) menu. I didn't include all the menus out there in the poll, but there are more options than we usually use for our polls. The contenders are: MintMenu, Lancelot, Main Menu (the main GNOME menu), Slab, Menu bar (the Ubuntu default menu), Kickoff, USP (Ubuntu System Panel), GnoMenu, K-Menu and Cardapio.

As usual, you can vote for something not among the default options by choosing "other" and then entering your answer.

You can vote for the best Linux menu below:

Debreate Helps You Create Debian / Ubuntu Packages (.deb)


A long time ago we posted a brief how-to on creating Ubuntu / Debian .deb files. If you don't know how to create a .deb file, you still need to read that how-to (I also strongly recommend you read the Debian documentation), but Debreate will help you create debs faster.

Debreate has a field for most of the info in the files that go into the "debian" folder (the "debian" folder is where all the packaging files reside) so it should be both faster and easier to create a Debian package. But like I said, that doesn't mean you can skip reading the documentation.

To understand exactly how Debreate works, here's a quick screencast:

Install Zaz (Zuma Like Game For Linux And Windows) 0.8.0 In Ubuntu

zaz 0.8.0

Zaz is a multi-platform (Windows and Linux) arcade action puzzle game where the objective is to get rid of all incoming balls by rearranging their order.

The idea of the game is loosely based on games like Luxor, Zuma and Puzzle Bobble.

Zaz 0.8.0 was released a few days ago, the new version extending the number of levels to 20, added language option in options menu and some other small improvements.

Here is a video with level 20 of Zaz 0.8.0:

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Manhattan OS (Based On Ubuntu) Makes It Easier To Convert Users To Linux [Review]

We promised we'll do a Manhattan OS review a long time ago and initially I wanted to wait until the final version comes out but I had some spare time so I decided to do it today.

Manhattan OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu created by Kevin McDole, a frequent WebUpd8 reader and commenter. Manhattan OS is in fact inspired by everything we post here, at WebUpd8. Initially I though this review would be really easy to do since I am very familiar with everything in Manhattan OS, but I then realized half of WebUpd8 is used in Manhattan so that would take like... a year for a full review. So we'll do a light review only and for any application for which you want to find out more, just search for it on WebUpd8.

Manhattan OS comes with basically everything you need and looks simply amazing so if you want to convert a friend to Linux, this is the distro you should suggest. Here is a screenshot of what you see the first time you boot into Manhattan OS:

Manhattan OS
(Manhattan OS without enabling Compiz!)

Sure, if you're a geek who likes to customize and install everything for himself, this may not seem like much but remember that most people never customize anything more than the background so the default application selection and look is very important.

Pastie 0.5.2 (Stable) With Any File Type Copy History Support Now Available In Its PPA [Linux Clipboard Manager]


Like we told you a while back, Pastie - a simple clipboard manager that makes use of the AppIndicator in Ubuntu - got an amazing new feature: it can now keep track of any file type (including images) as you can see in the screenshot above.

But that was a testing version only, which is now all grown up and available in the Pastie official PPA.

The version in the PPA also fixes an important memory leak bug in the testing version we posted a while back so it's important to upgrade to this version!

Embed YouTube Videos In HTML5 [New YouTube Embed Code]

This post is mostly for bloggers. Since we're fans of HTML5 (or you could say we hate Flash, it's all the same), we decided to share this with our readers since a lot of them own a blog and this will make their readers happy since they no longer have to watch the embedded YouTube videos in Flash.

An update to the YouTube embed code which uses <iframe> allows your blog readers to view the video in whatever they have set in their YouTube preferences. This means that if they chose to view the videos in HTML5, embedding the videos on your blog / website using the new embed code will show up for them in HTML5 - just as if they were watching the video directly on the YouTube website.

New Artwork For Lubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat [Screenshots]

In case you don't know, Lubuntu is using LXDE and is designed for computers running old hardware or netbooks.

Lubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, the unoficial LXDE flavor of Ubuntu got an artwork update last week. I'm posting this only now because I had some issues downloading the latest Lubuntu development ISO.

Almost every element of the Lubuntu arwork was updated: backgrounds (panel and menu), the Openbox theme, Lubuntu menu logo, splash images (LXDM and logout dialog banner) and wallpaper.

There are no changes to the Live CD artwork because these changes are only available for those who are using the Lubuntu Desktop PPA (comes enabled by default in Lubuntu). All these should be available in the next Lubuntu 10.10 Alpha release (Alpha 3).

New Lubuntu (Ubuntu w/ LXDE) 10.10 Maverick Meerkat artwork screenshots

TabCandy: Taking Firefox Tab Management To A New Level [New Alpha Firefox Feature]

tabcandy firefox linux

For a while I felt like all the Firefox developers do is copy other browsers. But a new feature, currently in Alpha is absolutely impressive. It's not that it hasn't been done by any other browser before, but it's something that will probably revolutionize the browser tab management.

Most people have keep a lot of tabs open in their browser, so something had to be done to improve the way you manage the tabs. This is what TabCandy is here to do: press the button on the top right corner in Firefox or simply hit Ctrl + SPACE and you can then move your tabs to a new group. Clicking the new group will only open those tabs but you won't lose the other tabs: just click Ctrl + SPACE again (or use the built-in button in the upper right corner) and you can use another tab group or delete / create new ones.

"Cube 2" Sauerbraten 2010 Update With Two New Player Models, 30 New Maps And More [Quake-Like First Person Shooter]

cube 2 sauerbraten

Cube 2: Sauerbraten is a cross-platform, Quake-like first-person shooter that runs on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X using OpenGL and SDL. The game features single-player and multiplayer gameplay and contains an in-game level editor. The game currently has singleplayer and multiplayer. Multiplayer functionality is possible with LAN, local and online play.

Great news for those of you who like games and don't have anything to do this weekend: yet another game has been updated.

There have been 14 months since the last "Cube 2" Sauerbraten update - a lot of time for some polishing but also many new features. The new version 2010-07-19 "Justice Edition" brings two new player models, 30 new user-created maps, several new game modes (including Efficiency CTF, Efficiency Hold, Efficiency Protect, Hold, and InstaHold), a mini-map, clock and crosshairs and many many more new features which you can read about @ Cube 2 history page.

Install 0 A.D. (Age Of Empires Open Source Clone) Pre Alpha 3 In Ubuntu, Now With Multiplayer Support

0 a.d. game

0 A.D. is a historical real-time strategy open source game focused on the years between 500 BC and 500 AD. 0 A.D, which will remind you of Age of Empires.

0 A.D. was originally a mod concept for Age of Empires II: The Age of Kings. With limited design capabilities, the team soon turned to trying to create a full independent game based on their ideas.

0 A.D. Pre Alpha 3 finally brings multiplayer support so you can now play 0 A.D. with your friends. They don't even have to use Linux since 0 A.D. also runs on Windows and Mac OSX.

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.5 Released, Features PPA Purge Integration

ubuntu tweak

A new version of Ubuntu Tweak has been released today: 0.5.5. There's no official announcement yet, but the new version is now available in the Ubuntu Tweak stable PPA.

Looking and the BZR changelog, there's only one new major feature in Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.5: PPA Purge (which was also available in the WebUpd8 PPA by the way), which you can now use from within Ubuntu Tweak.

Upgrade youtube-dl To Get It Working Again [Download YouTube Videos Via Command Line]

YouTube keeps making changes to the website which breaks all YouTube download applications, including my favourite YouTube downloader called "youtube-dl". For this reason, we've backported the Maverick version for Ubuntu Karmic and Lucid users - and the updated version is available in the WebUpd8 PPA.

But before you install the latest youtube-dl, a little info on this amazing YouTube command line donwloader.

Poll Results: Best Linux Password Manager

The results for this week's poll: "best Linux password manager" are in. Most of the votes went to only 2 of the 6 applications we suggested. Read on!

Install VLC 1.1.1 In Ubuntu [PPA]

vlc 1.1.1

VLC 1.1.1 was released 2 days ago, this version bringing only minor tweaks and fixes for Linux users and GPU decoding for ATI users (Windows).

Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Indicator Datetime Gets A Calendar Widget

Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat (but this might be used in Ubuntu 10.10 desktop too) will get a new Datetime Indicator which will only display the time and the date will only show up upon clicking the indicator. This is how the Indicator Datetime used to look until today:

une indicator datetime

But an update today brings a new widget for the Indicator Datetime: a calendar:

5 Beautiful GNOME (GTK) Themes (New Or Recently Updated)

1. Elegant Gnome

Elegant GNOME Theme

The Elegant GNOME theme comes with a script that installs the following: Icon theme, GTK+ theme, Cursor Theme and wallpaper.

Download (script)

2. Small Victory

Small Victory theme

Small Victory is a dark panel and compact (great for netbooks) version of the Victory theme - a highly customizable theme.


Blender 2.53 Beta (3D Graphics Application), Released [Ubuntu PPA]

blender 2.53

Blender is a free 3D graphics application that can be used for modeling, UV unwrapping, texturing, rigging, water and smoke simulations, skinning, animating, rendering, particle and other simulations, non-linear editing, compositing, and creating interactive 3D applications, including video games, animated film, or visual effects.

Blender's features include advanced simulation tools such as rigid, realistic body, fluid, cloth and softbody dynamics, modifier-based modeling tools, powerful character animation tools, a node-based material and compositing system and Python for embedded scripting.

Released as free software under the GNU General Public License, Blender is available for a number of operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows.

Blender is one of the best applications overall we have on Linux, yet. Unfortunately it requires some time to learn how to use it, but once you get around that, it's simply amazing! Also, you probably already know this, but I had to mention it: Blender was the application used to create the now famous Elephants Dream, Big Buck Bunny or Yo Frankie! or Sintel (currently in production) short movies.

VLC Default In Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat?

vlc kubuntu

It seems the Kubuntu developers aren't big fans of Kaffeine 1.0 and want a new default media player for Kubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

The first obvious choice would have been Smplayer, but:

smplayer almost certainly not, mplayer has licencing isues which prevent it being on the CD.

And since Smplayer is a Mplayer front-end, that completely rules it out.

Chrome AdBlock Can Now Block Ads Before They Are Downloaded

Ever since I started using Chrome (Chromium to be more specific), there was one thing which really annoyed me: AdBlock for Google Chrome / Chromium. AdBlock used to firstly load the ads and only then block them - something which seems very primitive to someone coming from Firefox where AdBlock Plus successfully blocks ads before they download... since forever.

Script To Install 9 Different Dropbox Indicator Icon Sets In Ubuntu

dropbox monochrome icons ubuntu

Voltron43 created a bash script for downloading and installing 9 icon sets for Dropbox. In case you don't know, the experimental Dropbox version comes with Ubuntu indicator applet support and also allows you to use custom icons.

To use it, firstly make sure you're using the latest Dropbox experimental, which you can download from here. There is also a script which automatically downloads and installs each new Dropbox experimental version in Ubuntu.

dropbox icons download script

Nautilus Memory Leak Fix [Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx]

nautilus memory leak

In case you see the Nautilus memory usage go sky-high in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx (I'm not sure if this happens to the default Nautilus but it definitely happens on Nautilus Elementary - though it's not its fault) and you have the Unity PPA added, you can fix it by removing a single package:
sudo apt-get remove appmenu-gtk

Somehow the Appmenu-GTK package makes Nautilus (Elementary only?) use a huge amount of memory. Not only that but it seems it also causes some big CPU spikes.

When you stop an application (a process) on a Linux system, the kernel will free all memory reserved. A memory leak is when an (bad) application use more memory over time. In the present case, the application "appmenu-gtk" runs continuously in the background, and use more and more memory.

Encrypt Files And Partitions Using TrueCrypt 7.0, Now With Hardware Acceleration For AES Encryption


TrueCrypt is a software application used for real-time on-the-fly encryption. It is distributed without cost, and has source code available, although under a restrictive license and works on Windows, Linux and Mac OSX. TrueCrypt can encrypt files, partition and removable media.

TrueCrypt 7.0 was released yesterday with an important new feature: hardware acceleration for AES encryption which is supposed to be 4-8 times faster than encryption performed by the purely software implementation on the same processors.

Firefox 4.0 (Nightly) Gets A New Download ("Save link as") / Upload Dialog [Ubuntu]

The latest Firefox 4.0 nightly build adds a new download ("Save link as") / upload dialog - in Linux that is, as I didn't try Firefox 4.0 Windows or Mac builds. This may have been added earlier but only now I've noticed it.

Here is a screenshot:

Download Ubuntu Customization Kit 2.2.1 (Just Released)

ubuntu customization kit

Ubuntu Customization Kit is a tool you can use to customize the official Ubuntu Live CDs by adding additional language packs, applications and so on. It doesn't just work for Ubuntu (GNOME), but also for Kubuntu / Xubuntu and Edubuntu.

Latest DockBarX Finally Works In Ubuntu Karmic Again

This is just a small update to let Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala users know that the latest DockBarX finally works with Karmic again. M7S has done an amazing job, releasing quite a few DockBarX version the last week in which a lot of bugs were fixed.

Besides the bug which caused launching DockBarX to fail under Ubuntu Karmic, 2 other Karmic bugs were fixed (since the last Karmic working version): right clicking on group buttons / on DockBarX to launch the preferences.

We've uploaded the latest DockBarX for Karmic (an also updated the Lucid and Maverick packages) in the WebUpd8 PPA, along with the DockBarX AWN applet and the extra themes. To install all of these, see THIS post.

Install Webilder 0.6.7 In Ubuntu (Finally Working Again With WebShots)


There are a lot of ways of automatically rotating your wallpaper: Wally, CreBS (GNOME) and so on, but a lot of people prefer Webilder because it can automatically download images from webshots.com, a website which offers amazing pictures you can use for a wallpaper (an account is required - free) and you don't have to do anything, just set the wallpaper changing frequency, the wallpaper download interval and you're set. Webilder can also automatically download images from Flickr based on a tag you set or you can use a Webilder custom channel.

7 Of The Best Ubuntu Terminal (Fixed Width) Fonts

You asked for it so here it is: a post with 7 of the best Ubuntu terminal (fixed width or monospace) fonts. I say 'Ubuntu' because the installation instruction for most of these fonts are for Ubuntu.

Some fonts in this post were your suggestions from the What Font To Use For Your Ubuntu Desktop? Try These! comments.

Thunderbird 3.1.6 Ubuntu PPA Repository [Maverick, Lucid, Karmic, Jaunty and Hardy]

thunderbird 3.1.1 ubuntu

You could easily install Thunderbird 3.1.x in Ubuntu using Ubuntuzilla, but that was only available for 32bit users.

A PPA repository is now available which provides the latest Thunderbird 3.1.6 (final, not daily builds) for Ubuntu Lucid - both 32bit and 64bit.

To add the PPA and install Thunderbird 3.1.6 in Ubuntu, simply paste the following commands in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install thunderbird

Update: I've replaced the original PPA in this post with a new PPA which provides Thunderbird 3.1.6 packages for Ubuntu Maverick (10.10), Lucid (10.04), Karmic (9.10), Jaunty (9.04) and Hardy (8.04)!

Cover Thumbnailer 0.8 Released With New Resize Method For Music Folders, Mosaic Mode And More

cover thumbnailer

Cover Thumbnailer is a small Python script which displays music album covers and basically any image that's inside a folder as a preview for that folder. It comes in a .deb or .rpm package and it currently only works with Nautilus.

You can only enable it for music or pictures folder, select the folders for which to create previews or blacklist certain folders - all from it's preferences which can be accessed via System > Preferences > Cover Thumbnailer.

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DockBarX 0.39.6 With Easy AWN Integration, AWN Lucido, Sezen Applet, Indicator Keylock Updates [PPA]

I was away for 2 days and there were a lot of updates since then so I decided to make a post which includes them all. Read on!

Would It Be Fair To Publish The Original Ubuntu 10.10 Font On WebUpd8?

ubuntu font

You probably know that Ubuntu 10.10 will get a brand new font. And you probably also know that the font is only available for the Ubuntu members right now (in private beta).

Let's say that searching Google, I came across the original new Ubuntu font (and by original I mean the actual font which is in private beta, not the one extracted from an old PDF which you can already download from lots of websites - that's very old has major issues by the way). The font comes up in Google by mistake. That means that anyone can find it by searching for the right thing.

Would it be fair to publish a download link on WebUpd8?

Note regarding the screenshot: I use sharp fonts settings, so the font will probably look different on your computer. Also, the letter "U" is missing from the Gloobus Preview because of a bug in Gloobus. As you can see, the letter is there in Font Viewer.

Update: you (the majority) said it wouldn't be fair, so we're not going to publish it. Thank you for the comments! Until the Ubuntu font will be released in public beta (August, 8), there are plenty of fonts to try. See these for instance (read the comments too).

DockBarX 0.39.5 Brings A New Related Files Context Menu Entry, Optimizations


DockBarX already had Zeitgeist integration, but the latest 0.39.5 brings a new "Related" context menu entry which is similar to the "Related" Avant Window Navigator applet so you can finally have this in DockBarX too, even if you don't use it in AWN:

This submenu contains files that has been used recently (within the same day) by programs other than the one the button belongs to, but can be opened by the program. Example: If you recently opened a picture in eog, you can open it in gimp by right clicking gimp's group button and finding the picture in the "Related" submenu. (Unless, of course, you've also opened the file in gimp recently, then you'll find it in the recent menu instead).

WINE 1.2 Released With 64bit Application Support - Ubuntu Installation Instructions

WINE 1.2 has been released, the new version including (finally!) 64bit application support:

Loading and running 64-bit Windows applications is now supported on x86-64 processors.

There are now two flavors of Wine prefixes, 32-bit and 64-bit. 32-bit prefixes only support 32-bit applications, while 64-bit prefixes support both 32-bit and 64-bit applications. The prefix flavor is set at prefix creation time and cannot be changed afterwards, since all the files and registry entries are in different locations. Backwards compatibility is ensured by considering all prefixes created with older Wine versions to be 32-bit.

Ubuntu Software Center 2.1.5 Released With Plugin Support (But There Are No Plugins Available Yet) [Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat]

Ubuntu Software Center 2.1.5 was released today in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. This new version doesn't bring many visual changes but there's a lot going on under the hood. A major new feature in USC 2.1.5 is the implementation of plugin support (important for the oneconf integration). However, there are no plugins available for now.

But there are a few visual changes too: on the applications pane, the screenshots have been shrunken, the application installation date and remove / install button have been reorganized and there is also some extra info at the bottom: the license as well as information regarding the updates - as you can see in the screenshots below:

Install F-Spot 0.7.1 In Ubuntu

f-spot 2.7.1

F-Spot is a full-featured personal photo management application for the GNOME desktop which is the default photo manager in Ubuntu, but it is going to be replaced with Shotwell starting with Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.

Indicator Keylock Displays The Keyboard Lock Keys On Machines Without Keyboard LEDs

indicator keylock

Indicator-keylock is one of those tiny but extremely useful applications. Like the name says, it's an appindicator for viewing the status of the keyboard lock keys for machines which don't have keyboard LEDs like netbooks or even laptops. That means that you can quickly see if Caps Lock, Num Lock or Scroll Lock is turned on/off even if your machine doesn't have a keyboard LEDs to indicate this.

Listen To Internet Radio In Ubuntu Using Tunapie (Shoutcast, Icecast)


Now that VLC (1.1.0) doesn't come with the huge Internet radio list it used to, we must search for alternatives. I've tested a few and TunaPie seems the best I've tried so far. It is compatible with the Icecast directory as well as the Shoutcast (winamp) stream directory service. Further more, Tunapie can even play TV streams and also allows you to record both audio and video streams using streamripper.

The Sezen Applet Finally Starts To Look Like The Firefox Location Bar

sezen applet firefox location bar

Back when we posted about the Sezen applet, we told you it would look like the Firefox location bar at some point. Well, a recent update makes the Sezen applet look just like this. But unfortunately, you cannot install it from the PPA yet because Launchpad estimates it will start building the packages in 2-3 days.

Install Sezen Applet update manually from .deb files (Ubuntu 10.04 - 32bit only)

Firefox 4.0 Beta 2 Pre Brings App Tabs [For Linux Too!]

firefox app tabs linux

The latest Firefox 4.0 Beta 2 pre brings a long awaited feature: app tabs. This feature is very similar to the "Pin tab" option in Chrome: the app tabs use only favicons for the tabs and all the links you open from an app tab are opened to the right of all the app tabs.

To create an app tab, simply right click any tab and select "Make into app tab".

Probably The Best 5 GnoMenu Themes

GnoMenu is an eye-candy GNOME menu with themes support which works with the GNOME Panel, Avant Window Navigator, Cairo Dock, KDE Plasma and starting with the latest 2.9 version: Docky.

I can't stand the default menu Ubuntu comes with and I only keep it because I have to know under which submenu the user can find an installed application when posting on WebUpd8. This wouldn't be needed if people used a menu with a search function but anyway. Also, since I install quite a few applications, half of it requires scrolling and makes it almost unusable.

From what I've seen, some are fans of Cardapio, some prefer MintMenu and forks of the Slab menu and so on. These are all great as long as you have a decent GTK theme as they don't support custom themes. Even though some might not agree, I for one prefer GnoMenu. But not using the default theme nor any theme which comes with GnoMenu but another theme from the 5 I'm about to post below.

So here is a selection of GnoMenu themes I really like and are probably among the best created so far:

1. Dark Candy

dark candy gnomenu theme


How To Find Out If Your CPU Supports Hardware Virtualization (Intel VTx / AMD-v)

vt-x virtualization

You can only run Mac OSX in VirtualBox if your CPU supports hardware virtualization (VTx / AMD-v).

Download SHI10 GTK Linux Suite, An Amazing Theme Pack (GTK, GnoMenu, AWN, Emerald, More)

SHI10 GTK Linux Suite

Searching for something totally unrelated, I stumbled upon an amazing theme pack created by Izo called "SHI10 GTK Linux Suite". It includes a GTK theme, two Emerald themes, a DockBarX theme, a GnoMenu theme, icon theme for the desktop, docks and so on as well as wallpapers and an Avant Window Navigator theme.

To find out how to install each of the themes included in this pack, see the README in each folder.

Best Linux Password Manager

For this week's poll (well, lately we had a poll every two weeks due to already covering most areas), we'd like to ask the WebUpd8 readers: What is the best Linux password manager? Gorilla, KeePassX, JPassword, GPass, LastPass or Revelation?

Vote below:

gThumb 2.11.5, Minitunes 0.1.1 And Subtitle Editor 0.37.1 Updated In The WebUpd8 PPA

gThumb 2.11.5

gthumb 2.11.5

gThumb 2.11.5 was released 2 days ago and is now available in the WebUpd8 PPA. New features in this version include:

Unity, Ubuntu Software Center And Sound Indicator Video And Screenshots [Ubuntu / UNE 10.10 Maverick Meerkat]

Unity received yet another update in Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Maverick Meerkat yesterday. This version partially fixes the application search in the Unity application launcher and file browser - also known as Dash (the file search actually looks completely fixed). Also, Unity doesn't display all the files at once anymore - for this, a new toggle button was introduced for both the files and applications.

The Sound Indicator also got an update 2 days ago and it can now display the album artwork - but this might be working for some time now, I'm not really sure.

I took this opportunity to record a video with Unity (along with the new AppMenu, also known as Global Menu) so WebUpd8 readers can see where Ubuntu Netbook Edition stands right now. Since I promised this when Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2 was released, I also recorded the new Ubuntu Software Center. And finally to make this complete, you can also see the new Sound Indicator in action.

The GIMP 2.6.10 Ubuntu Karmic And Lucid PPA

the gimp 2.6.10 ubuntu

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed piece of software for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

The GIMP versions 2.6.9 and 2.6.10 were released a few days ago. This new version(s) (basically there was supposed to be just a new version, but a severe bug in 2.6.9 was fix in 2.6.10) doesn't bring new features but only bug fixes - a list of fixed bugs can be found here.

We decided to backport the GIMP 2.6.10 from Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat to Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala and Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Since this is a stable release, the GIMP 2.6.10 packages are available in the main WebUpd8 PPA. We've tested the Lucid version for both 32bit and 64bit (so the Karmic version has not been tested!) and everything works ok, even the latest GIMP Plugin Registry.

Chrome Web Apps Update Removes The Omnibar

chrome web apps no omnibar

Finally the Chrome web apps almost make sense: initially the Chrome web apps were just a normal pinned tab with a bigger favicon but now the Omnibar together with the menu and the bookmarks bar has been removed so you have a lot more vertical space for a web app tab than for a normal Chrome tab. This change comes in the latest build from the Chromium daily PPA (but it's probably in the latest Google Chrome dev channel too).

Note that the Omnibar / bookmarks toolbar has only been remove for the web apps tabs, the rest of the tabs still have everything in place.

But the major feature for Chrome web apps has yet to come: built-in notifications.