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"Ubuntu One Files": Free Ubuntu One App For Android

Canonical has just released a free Ubuntu One application for Android devices.

The application is called "Ubuntu One Files" and it not only lets you access your Ubuntu One files but it also lets you instantly upload any photos you take to your Ubuntu One account. In fact, the first time you run it, a pop-up screen will ask you if you want to automatically upload existing photos or future photos to Ubuntu One:

Ubuntu One Android

Save Firefox Passwords In GNOME Keyring [Extension]

Firefox GNOME Keyring
(Firefox passwords saved in GNOME Keyring)

A bug requesting Firefox Password Manager integration with the GNOME Keyring was submitted back in 2005 and unfortunately it still hasn't been fixed.

Since it doesn't look like this is going to be fixed anytime soon, a Firefox extension has been created which allows storing the passwords in GNOME Keyring.

LibreOffice PPA Updated With LibreOffice 3.3.3 For Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal

LibreOffice 3.3.3

A quick update for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal users: LibreOffice 3.3.3 has finally been uploaded to the LibreOffice PPA.

Linux Kernel Power Issue / Overheat Workaround

As you probably already know, the Linux Kernel has a pretty significant power issue starting with version 2.6.38 which hasn't been fixed yet (this includes version 3.0.0). This bug causes power consumption to go up by nearly 30% (and hence a shorter battery life) as reported by Phoronix which is pretty bad for netbook / laptop users. Some users are also reporting that this causes their laptops to overheat.

Well, Phoronix has found a way around this bug (you can read the article here) so below I'll tell you the exact steps you must follow to finally fix this issue.

Thunderbird Stable PPA Updated With Thunderbird 5.0 For Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10 And 10.04 Users

Thunderbird 5.0 Ubuntu

Thunderbird 5.0 has been released today, bringing a new addons manager (Firefox-style), NotifyOSD notifications, tabs can be reordered and dragged to different windows, the account creation wizard has been improved and many other improvements and bug fixes. See the release changelog here.

DoudouLinux 1.0 Released, Now Available In 15 Languages [Linux For Children]


DoudouLinux is a Linux distribution for children, designed to be both educational and fun. It can be used from a CD/DVD or an USB stick so you don't have to install it. We've reviewed it a while back so check out that post for more info.

Opera 11.50 "Swordfish" Has Been Released

Opera 11.50 Linux

Opera 11.50 "Swordfish" brings an improved user interface (new toolbar icon set, updated statusbar design, removed borders in the address bar, home and fast forward buttons are now optional, new tab fold attention state), password synchronization, improved Opera Mail and Speed Dial as well as better support for CSS3 and HTML5.

UMPlayer PPA


UMPlayer is a new cross-platform Mplayer front-end that supports CSS skins, easily searching, watching and downloading YouTube videos, lots of ShoutCast radio stations and more.

A quick update: UMPlayer has been available in the main WebUpd8 PPA for a while now but I've decided to create an UMPlayer-only PPA for those who do not want to upgrade all the packages available in the main WebUpd8 PPA.

New Screenlets Version (0.1.4) Brings Ubuntu 11.04 Fixes, AppIndicator Support


Screenlets are mini-applications (widgets) you can use on your desktop to "improve the usability and eye-candy of the modern composited Linux-desktop". The "Screenlets" application is used to run and display these widgets on your desktop. For more info, visit the Screenlets homepage.

Screenlets 0.1.4 was released a couple of days ago, bringing fixes and improvements for Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal (Unity) such as AppIndicator support, fixed flicker and resize grip issues in Natty and more.

Also, Screenlets now has its own PPA (there's also a development PPA here) so it's easy to install the latest version in Ubuntu.

Nord: A Beautiful Glassy GNOME Shell Theme

Nord is a new glassy GNOME Shell theme based on Zukitwo, created by WebUpd8 reader rAX.

The theme is currently in beta and there are some known bugs but it already looks great, featuring some unique elements like the switches which look amazing (see the screenshots). If you use GNOME Shell, you must really give it a try!

GNOME Tweak Tool 3.0.5 Lets You Install GNOME Shell Extensions

GNOME Tweak Tool 3.0.5

GNOME Tweak Tool got extension installation support for a while now (GIT), but with the release of version 3.0.5, this is finally considered stable enough.

GPaste: Native GNOME Shell Clipboard Manager (Extension)

GNOME Shell GPaste clipboard manager

GPaste is a clipboard management tool which comes with a tray applet as well as a GNOME Shell extension. Using the GPaste config tool, you can set the maximum history size, the maximum element size and synchronize the clipboard with primary selection.

Synaptic Removed From Ubuntu 11.10, Deja Dup Added As Default [Oneiric Updates]

In an update today, Synaptic Package Manager has been removed from the Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot default installation, but it's still available in the repositories so you can install it via Ubuntu Software Center.

Firefox 5 Lands In The Firefox Stable PPA For Ubuntu 10.10 And 10.04

Firefox 5

A quick update for Ubuntu 10.10 / 10.04 users: Firefox 5 has just been uploaded to the Firefox Stable PPA. Ubuntu 11.04 users do not have to add any PPA because Firefox 5 is available in the official Ubuntu 11.04 repositories so all you have to do is run a regular update.

You can install Firefox 5 in Ubuntu 10.10 or 10.04 using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

LibreOffice Google Docs Sync Addon "Ooo2gd" Now Lets You Upload Files Without Converting

A while back we wrote about an OpenOffice addon called "Ooo2gd" which lets you synchronize your documents with Google Docs, Zoho and WebDav servers (either manually - when you're done editing the file, or automatic sync; you can also import files that are already available on the server).

LibreOffice upload to Google Docs

Well, you'll be glad to know that Ooo2gd works with LibreOffice too. Also, the latest Ooo2gd version (3.0.0), released earlier this month comes an option to upload to Google Docs without converting the files (so you can keep the original file format).

"Conky Lunatico Rings" Displays System Info On Your Desktop In The Form Of Gauges

Conky Lunatico Rings is a really nice Conky configuration based on Conky Orange which displays rings for the CPU, memory, disk and network usage, in the form of gauges.

You can download Conky Lunatico Rings from HERE.

Because there were some spacing issues on my system, I've tweaked the configuration a bit so it looks like this:

Conky Lunatico Rings
(Using the original configuration, it looks like this on my system)

GNOME Shell Extensions To Get A Website With One-Click Install Support

A new project called "SweetTooth" aims to help improve the GNOME3 extension infrastructure, making it easy for the users to find and install approved extensions.

The extensions will be created by the users (so these will be unofficial extensions), but they will have to go through a review process and once approved, they will be hosted on http://extensions.gnome3.org (website not functional yet) and you'll be able to install them with a click as well as enable/disable them without having to restart GNOME Shell, like Chrome or Firefox extensions.

GNOME Shell Activity Journal (With Zeitgeist) Videos

Akshay Gupta, a GSoC student, has posted some very interesting videos in which he shows the current progress of integrating Activity Journal (powered by Zeitgeist) into GNOME Shell:

Arista Transcoder 0.9.7 Released With Revamped UI, Ability To Edit, Manage, Export Presets [PPA]

Arista Transcoder

Arista Transcoder is a really cool video converter for GNOME. It comes with a huge list of presets: from iPod, iPhone, PSP, Playstation 3 to Android, Nokia, DVD and lots more. It supports MP4, WebM, Matroska, AVI, Ogg, FLV (codecs - video: H.264, VP8, MPEG4 / DivX, MPEG2, Theora, Flash Video / audio: AAC, Vorbis, MP3, FLAC, Speex, WAV) formats and it can rip straight from DVD or v4l (Video 4 Linux) devices too.

A new Arista Transcoder version (0.9.7) was released yesterday with a revamped user interface ( now you can click on a device in the "Live preview" to select the preset for it), the ability to edit and manage device presets, export presets and lots of small fixes.

Ambiance And Radiance Themes Finally Ported To GTK3 [Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Updates]

The Ubuntu "Light Themes" Ambiance and Radiance have finally been ported to GTK3. The new version has just been uploaded to the Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot repositories and it uses a new GTK3 engine called "Unico" (available in the Universe repository), especially designed for the Ubuntu Light themes.

Here are some screenshots:

How To Change The GNOME Screensaver Lock Screen Background

gnome screensaver lock screen background

There isn't much info about customizing the lock screen appearance for GNOME 2 so WebUpd8 reader Oleg has sent us a tip on how to change the GNOME screensaver unlock dialog background.

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Fuduntu 14.10 Released [Fedora 14 Remix]

Fuduntu 14.10

Fuduntu is a heavily optimized Fedora 14 remix (based on GNOME 2.3x).

Fuduntu 14.10 has been released a couple of days ago and it includes Linux kernel, Adobe Flash 10.3, Chromium 12, Shotwell 0.10.1 and more.

Install Firefox 5 In Ubuntu 11.04

Firefox 5

Update: Firefox 5 is now available in the official Ubuntu 11.04 security repository so you no longer have to follow the instructions below to upgrade to Firefox 5. Just run a normal update.

Firefox 5 is available to download via Mozilla's FTP servers and because this is a security update for Firefox 4 (which will no longer get updates), it will be available in the main Ubuntu 11.04 repositories soon (I'm not sure when though).

Community Proposed Unity Design

Arian van Gend is an Ubuntu user who has started a project to gather community ideas for Unity with the intent to present it to the Unity design team.  But before doing that, he wants some feedback from you.

New Optical Disks Burner / Manager: Silicon Empire

Silicon Empire burning tool

Silicon Empire is a new tool written in Qt to burn and manager optical disks like CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays.

Pantheon Theme For Plank (Docky v2)

Plank is a new dock written in Vala. It's a Docky team project and it will be the default launcher in the new elementary OS "Luna".

Cassidy James, one of the elementary OS team members has published a theme for Plank to go with Pantheon, the elementary OS desktop environment:

Plank Pantheon theme

"Boot-Repair": Fix Ubuntu Boot Issues (After Installing Another OS Or Faulty GRUB Upgrade)

Boot Repair

Boot-Repair is a GUI tool to repair various boot issues you may encounter in Ubuntu like when installing Windows or another Linux distribution and you can't boot Ubuntu or GRUB is not displayed anymore, some upgrade breaks GRUB, etc.

Unity Mail Displays GMail Unread Count On The Unity Launcher

Unity Mail

Update: Unity Mail Gets GNOME Keyring Support, Graphical Configuration Dialog

Unity Mail is a new application for Unity to display the unread email count on the Unity launcher as well as new mail notifications using NotifyOSD.

The application works with any IMAP4-compatible server, but the quicklists currently work with Gmail only (so you'll have to edit the launcher if you want quicklists for a different mail service).

Ubuntu Application Indicator For Shutter (Screenshot Tool)

Shutter Indicator

Because of a bug in Unity, I try to avoid using regular notification area icons and only use AppIndicators. Unfortunately, Shutter (an amazing screenshot tool for Linux) doesn't have an Application Indicator and it doesn't seem like it will be getting one any time soon (because there are no Perl bindings for AppIndicator).

Since I want to learn Python and because Shutter is an application I use daily, I've decided to create an external AppIndicator for Shutter. The code is probably very bad since this is the first time I write something in Python but it works for me so I wanted to share it with you.

Get A Classic GNOME Desktop With These GNOME Shell Extensions (Reflection, WindowList, Dock Panel)

Here are some more extensions designed to provide a classic style GNOME desktop for GNOME Shell (for the previous GNOME2-like desktop extensions, see this post). The first two extensions are called Reflection and Window List and are created for a Linux distribution called Guadalinex:

Reflection GNOME Shell extension moves the GNOME Shell Top Bar to the bottom (making the menus open to top) and also moves the Message Tray to the top of the screen:

GNOME Shell Reflection extension

CryptFolder-Indicator: Ubuntu AppIndicator To Manage EncFS Folders

CryptFolder Indicator

Lorenzo @ atareao.es has released another cool Ubuntu AppIndicator: CryptFolder-Indicator, which can be used to manage EncFS folders. We've covered EncFS in the Encrypt Your Private Dropbox Data With EncFS post so check it out for more info.

Stable SparkleShare (0.2) Released With Pluggable Backend, Mercurial Support [Cloud Sync Tool]


Sparkleshare is an open source tool to synchronize your files in the cloud and it can use a GitHub, Gitorious or your own private GIT server. For now, SparkleShare is easy to install under Linux and Mac, "but it’s hard to get running and it doesn’t integrate well with the system" on Windows, says Hylke, the SparkleShare developer. Android and iPhone clients might be released in the future too.

Fix GNOME Shell To Work With User-Theme Extension (And Respect Other Extensions` CSS Rules)

There is a bug in GNOME Shell which breaks the CSS for all extensions if you use the User-Theme extension. The bug is not in the User-Theme extension, but this extension exposes it (when used with GNOME Shell Themeselector or Tweak Tool).

Unfortunately the bug hasn't been fixed so far, but you can get all extensions to work with the User-Theme extension by using a patch submitted by Sardem FF7. I've found the solution on fpmurphy.com but his patch actually didn't work because he didn't patch the main.js file too. He updated the post and now the instructions on that blog work too.

Here's a screenshot with two extensions (Weather Extension and System Monitor), before applying the patch:

GNOME Shell CSS before patch

And after applying the patch:

GNOME Shell CSS after patch

Deja Dup Gets Ubuntu One Support; Linux Kernel 3.0.0 Available In Ubuntu 11.10 [Oneiric Updates]

Michael Terry, the Deja Dup developer has announced that a recent update in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot brings the promised Ubuntu One integration. Here are some screenshots:

Deja Dup UbuntuOne

Create / Manage EncFS Folders With Cryptkeeper


Speaking of EncFS, here is a notification area applet for GNOME that lets you manage EncFS encrypted folders: Cryptkeeper.

Cryptkeeper lets you import or create new encrypted folders, automatically unmount an EncFS folder after a period of time and change EncFS password.

Unity Quicklists To Add / Remove Workspaces

Workspaces Unity

There's no easy way to modify the number of workspaces in Unity - there is an option in Gconf but that's not exactly user-friendly -, so MrChrisDruif has created an Unity icon (with quicklists) to easily add or remove workspaces rows/columns.

Move Icons From Message Tray To The Top GNOME Shell Panel (Top Bar) Using IconManager Extension

IconManager is a new GNOME Shell extension that lets you tweak the icons on the top GNOME Shell panel (Top Bar) through Dconf. Using it, you can:
  • remove any of the existing icons (a11y (accessibility icon), display, keyboard, volume, bluetooth, network, battery)
  • move Message Tray icons (the icons displayed in the bar on the bottom) to the Top Bar.

If you're not familiar with the GNOME Shell terminology, visit this page.

Here's an example:

GNOME Shell IconManager
In the above screenshot I've removed the accessibility icon and added Tomboy and Parcellite to the Top Bar.

Firefox 5 Beta 5 Available In The Ubuntu Natty Proposed Repo, Nautilus-Dropbox Available In Oneiric And Debian

A quick update... well, actually two:

- Firefox 5.0 beta 5 is now available in the Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal official "Proposed" repository which means that the final Firefox 5.0 version will probably be available in the main repositories after it's released (if there aren't any issues with the package that's currently in the proposed repo).

- Nautilus-Dropbox is now available in the official Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot repositories as well as in Debian Unstable / Experimental. So starting with Oneiric, you won't have to manually download and install Dropbox, you can simply search for it and install it via the Ubuntu Software Center.

Install VLC 1.1.10 And Pidgin 2.8.0 In Ubuntu

I'm sure many of you know about GetDeb but maybe some of our new readers don't. GetDeb is a very popular (for example, in July 2010, there were about 25144 unique Ubuntu Lucid users per day installing packages via) software portal that comes with an Ubuntu repository which you can use to install applications that are not available in the official Ubuntu repositories - this includes updated versions for various applications.

GIMPBox: Get A Single-Window Mode In Stable GIMP (2.6.x)

GIMP Single Window GIMPBox

GIMP from SVN (2.7.x) comes with a built-in single-window mode (can be disabled) but I find it unstable sometimes so I prefer to use the stable GIMP 2.6.x, especially since there are so many goodies you can use to enhance it, like GIMP Painter and GIMP Paint Studio, G'MIC or the GIMP Plugin Registry package.

So if you want to use the stable GIMP 2.6.x (tested with GIMP 2.6.11 under Ubuntu 11.04) and still get a single-window mode in GIMP, here's how to do it using a script called GIMPBox.

Autohide Top Bar GNOME Shell Extension

"Autohide Top Bar" is a new GNOME Shell extension created by fpmurphy to autohide the GNOME Shell Top Bar (panel) but it doen't just provide a simple autohide feature - the extension also lets you double click the Top Bar to toggle hiding on / off.

DockBarX 0.44 Can Run As Stand-Alone Dock, Gets Unity Quicklists, More

(DockBarX running as an Avant Window Navigator applet)

After four months of development, a new DockBarX version has finally been released: 0.44. Previously, DockBarX could run as a Avant Window Navigator / GNOME Panel applet but starting with this version, DockBarx works as a stand-alone dock too (run "dockx" to launch it), great for those running GNOME Shell or the classic GNOME session.

GNOME Shell Might Support AppIndicators

Giovanni Campagna, a GNOME Shell developer, has reported a bug and already submitted 3 patches for including libappindicator + dbusmenu support in GNOME Shell as a part of the core, not as an extension (because it can't be implemented as an extension).

What does this mean? Well, if this is approved, GNOME Shell will get AppIndicator support so all those cool Ubuntu AppIndicators will work in GNOME Shell (as well as KDE apps that use a tray icon).

Encrypt Your Private Dropbox Data With EncFS

Dropbox is great but the data is not encrypted on your computer (you can read more about this here). There are various ways to encrypt some private files in your Dropbox folder: you can use Truecript, EncFS, etc.

This article was written due to recent Dropbox security concerns but it's not just for Dropbox, the instructions below can be used with any similar service.

- Truecrypt is great, but to use it with Dropbox you must manually unmout the filesystem to get it to sync which is kind of against the whole Dropbox idea. For those who don't mind having to manually unmount the filesystem to get it to sync, this is probably a better solution (because Truecrypt is very easy to set up on any OS: Linux, Windows or Mac).

- SecretSync is a new tool to encrypt some files in your Dropbox folder. While it works great and is cross-platform (Update: SecretSync is now Viivo and it's not available for Linux any more), it's no different than Dropbox because the encryption keys are not stored on your computer but on their server. But of course, it does add an extra security layer so you can check this out too!

So the best way to encrypt your Dropbox files is probably using EncFS. EncFS is very easy to configure and doesn't require manually mounting or unmounting the filesystem.

Some encrypted files from my Dropbox ".encrypted" folder (even the filenames are encrypted)

SoundMenu-Like GNOME Shell Extension: "Mediasplayers"

GNOME Shell Mediasplayers extension

"Mediasplayers" is a new GNOME Shell extension created by WebUpd8 reader ycDref, for controlling Banshee, Clementine or Rhythmbox from the GNOME Shell top bar.

The extension looks a lot like the Ubuntu Sound Menu and it displays the currently playing song, cover art and you can adjust the sound volume for the controlled music player, change tracks and more.

Puddletag (Audio Tag Editor) Gets Improved Mass-Tagging, Export Artwork To File Option, More


Puddletag is a Linux audio tag editor similar to Mp3tag (a popular Windows audio tagging tool) that supports ID3v1, ID3v2 (mp3), MP4 (mp4, m4a, etc.), VorbisComments (ogg, flac), Musepack (mpc), Monkey's Audio (.ape) and WavPack (wv).

Indicator-Multiload Update Brings Detailed System Info

Indicator Multiload

Indicator-Multiload (or System Load Indicator) is an Ubuntu Application Indicator that displays the network up/down speed as well as CPU, Memory and hard disk usage on the GNOME / Unity panel using a graph, just like the old System Monitor GNOME applet.

How To Change Application Indicators Order In The Ubuntu Indicator Applet

Ubuntu Indicator Application

Unfortunately, system indicators cannot be moved in Ubuntu so you can't move the session indicator, the DateTime indicator and so on. Application Indicators are not easy to move either because you can't simply drag to reorder them, but you can specify their order in the Ubuntu Indicator Applet by editing a configuration file. Read on!

Update 7 May 2014: This was tested and works with Ubuntu 14.04! However, it only works with non-default AppIndicators, so you can't change the Power Manager indicator or the Network Applet indicator position.

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GNOME Shell System Monitor Extension Gets A Preferences Dialog And Lots Of New Features

Since we last wrote about the GNOME Shell System Monitor extension, it got support for network upload / download rates and yesterday it also got a config dialog with lots of new features. Read on!

Thunderbird Beta Channel PPA For Ubuntu 11.04, 10.10 And 10.04 Users

Thunderbird 5 beta 1

Similarly to the Firefox-Next PPA, there's a new "Thunderbird-Next" PPA available which you can use to install the latest Thunderbird beta builds in Ubuntu.

The Thunderbird Next PPA provides Thunderbird releases from the beta channel so each time a new beta version is released, it will be available to install via this PPA, but of course with a delay because it takes a while for new versions to be packaged and tested.

Ubuntu Control Center 0.6.1 Released

Ubuntu Control Center

Ubuntu Control Center (UCC) is an unofficial application inspired by Mandriva Control Center, designed to bring simplicity and a less cluttered interface (because a lot of applications add themselves to the GNOME Control Center automatically) to manage the Ubuntu system settings for the simple user.

Besides being an application you can use to launch various system settings, UCC also lets you switch between low and high performance graphics cards (if you have a netbook with 2 GPUs) which is possible starting with Linux Kernel 2.6.35.

Pinguy OS Mini 11.04.1 - A Stripped Down Pinguy OS [Uses Compiz 0.8.6]

Pinguy OS Mini 11.04.1

Pinguy OS is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. The latest version - 11.04.1 is based on Ubuntu 11.04, but comes with the Classic GNOME 2.32.1 desktop instead of Unity.

Pinguy has launched Pinguy OS Mini, a stripped down version of Pinguy OS which comes with all the tweaks and fixes that are available in the main Pinguy OS 11.04.1, but without most of the applications preinstalled in Pinguy OS.

Bottom Panel: A GNOME2-Like Panel GNOME Shell Extension

Bottom Panel GNOME Shell extension

Bottom Panel is a new GNOME Shell extension which, as the name says, adds a bottom panel to GNOME Shell. The panel includes a window list, workspaces switcher which you can right click to set the number of workspaces and a button to display the message tray (because the tray hot corner is hidden by the panel).

Here's a video I've created using this extension under Fedora 15:

GNOME3 Notifications For Skype

Skype Notifications GNOME3

Skype Notifications GNOME3

John Stowers (the GNOME Tweak Tool developer) has updated the old skype-notify Python script to work with the new GNOME 3 notifications.

The updated Skype-Notify script respects the new GNOME3 notification capabilities like showing transient or permanent notifications, etc., however, you can't reply from the notifications.

Use A Classic Menu In Unity (ClassicMenu Indicator Or Cardapio)

If you find Dash to be confusing and want to use a classic menu in Unity, you have at least two alternatives: Cardapio or a new ClassicMenu Indicator.

ClassicMenu Indicator

Classic Menu Indicator Ubuntu

Skype Status Menu Integration, RightHotCorner And Modified Weather GNOME Shell Extensions

It's time for some more GNOME Shell extensions: Skype Status Menu integration, RightHotCorner and a modified weather extension. Read on!

Firefox Aurora Channel PPA

Firefox Aurora Channel PPA

As you probably know, Mozilla has switched to a rapid release development cycle, planning to release Firefox 5, 6 and 7 by the end of the year and they've released Firefox Beta (currently Firefox 5), Aurora (Firefox 6) and Nightly (Firefox 7) channels from where builds are gradually promoted until they become the new stable Firefox. See this for more info.

We had an official Firefox Nightly channel PPA and Firefox Beta channel PPA for some time and starting a few days ago, there's also a Firefox Aurora Channel PPA, making it easy for Ubuntu users to install any Firefox development build.

Fix Ubuntu / Linux Mint Theme Changing To A Classic, Windows-95-like Gray Theme

Broken Ubuntu theme screenshot

It seems that quite a few Ubuntu 11.04 / Linux Mint 11 users are having an issue with GNOME loading without a theme (instead of your GTK theme you get a classic, Windows-95-like grayish theme). According to an AskUbuntu question, this can manifest in other ways too like the GNOME theme being applied correctly everywhere except for Nautilus.

This issue is caused by a "race condition between the GDM and session calls to gnome-settings-daemon" which can cause GNOME to load without a theme and thus defaulting to the gray theme you see in the screenshot above. A fix for this is specified in the Linux Mint 11 known issues but in case you've missed it, here's how to fix this (this also applies to those having this issue while running Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal in Virtualbox).

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 1 Has Been Released [Video]

Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot alpha 1 has been released today and it comes with GNOME 3 (the GNOME application stack such as Gedit 3, Nautilus 3, etc. - but it doesn't come with GNOME Shell by default; however, GNOME Shell is available in the official Ubuntu 11.10 repositories) like we saw in our previous Oneiric post and of course, Unity by default. Also, the classic GNOME session has been replaced with Unity 2D so starting with Ubuntu 11.10 alpha 1, those with hardware that doesn't support the regular Unity will be logged in to Unity 2D.

uGet Download Manager Gets Ubuntu AppIndicator, Torrent And Metalink Files Support

uGet 1.8.0

uGet is a GTK+ download manager that runs on both Linux and Windows. The latest uGet 1.8.0, released today, brings support for Torrent and Metalink files (by using aria2), Ubuntu AppIndicator as well as GTK3 support.

Other features in uGet 1.8.0:
  • speed limit control per download
  • sort downloads by column in “All” category
  • scheduler
  • new timestamp columns

To get the new Torrent and Metalink features, enable the "aria2" plugin in the options (it's disabled by default):

Unity Launcher To Upload Files To Google Docs Using Drag And Drop

Unity Google Docs Launcher

A Reddit user has created a custom Unity launcher that lets you upload documents to Google Docs using drag and drop and once the file is uploaded successfully, it opens the document in your default browser.

The script was then improved by another Reddit user and I've combined everything and slightly modified it so it works with any browser (initially it was using Chromium "apps" and you can still use that if you want by editing the file) so it's easier to install.

  • drag and drop upload to Google Docs
  • automatically opens uploaded files in a new browser tab
  • clicking the icon (without uploading a new file) opens Google Docs
  • you can right click it to create a new Google Docs presentation, document or spreadsheet.

There's one limitation though: you can only upload one file at a time (which is OK actually since each upload opens a new browser tab so if you upload a lot of files at once it gets confusing).

Here's how to set up this Unity launcher Google Docs uploader.