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elementary OS Luna Video: 15.07.2012 Unstable Build

We haven't posted about elementary OS Luna in a while, so I though I'd make a short video with the latest build, so you can see how the desktop looks like lately and the elementary apps progress.

Install The New Ubuntu WebApps Technology In Ubuntu 12.04 Or 12.10

Ubuntu WebApps is a new feature that will be integrated with Ubuntu by default, starting with Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal. This new technology allows websites such as Gmail, Grooveshark, Last.fm, Facebook, Google Docs and many others to be tightly integrated with the desktop (Unity): they will support HUD, you'll receive desktop notifications, quicklists, ALT-TAB support and they will integrate with the messaging menu:

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal: Nautilus Gets New Toolbar And Menu, Other Important Changes

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Nautilus 3.5.4 has been uploaded to the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal repositories today, bringing some very important changes like a new GNOME 3 style toolbar, new "gear" menu, symbolic monochrome icons for the sidebar and others.

A New Interface For Handling Third-Party Drivers Has Landed In Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

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A recent update in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal has replaced Jockey (used for handling third-party drivers), with a new "Additional Drivers" tab in software-properties and "ubuntu-drivers-common", which is "simpler and more robust than Jockey".

Linux Deepin 12.06 Released

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Linux Deepin is a Linux distribution based on Ubuntu that comes with a highly customized GNOME Shell as the default desktop environment and with some applications that aren't available in other Linux distributions.

Linux Deepin 12.06 has been released, the new version being based on Ubuntu 12.04, and it includes some new default applications created especially for it, along with an updated GNOME Shell look and many other changes.

Download `Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04` PDF Manual

Getting Started with Ubuntu 12.04 is a free, open source licensed, 143 page guide for Ubuntu beginners that makes everything very easy to understand by using clear, step by step instructions and many screenshots.

Android-X86 4.0.4 (ICS) RC2 Released With ARM Translator, More [Android For Netbooks Or Laptops]

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The Android-X86 project provides Android optimized for X86 so you can install Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich on your netbook or laptop just like any other OS.

Android-x86 4.0.4 RC2, based on Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 has been released today with a few exciting changes, like an ARM translator that lets you run some ARM applications on Android-X86.

Schedule Alarms / Reminders In Ubuntu With Indicator Remindor

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Indicator Remindor is an Ubuntu appindicator that lets you easily schedule reminders or set alarms and it notifies you using notifications, a sound or you can set a custom command.  The reminders / alarms can be set to run only once or every day, every month and so on.

Elegance Colors GNOME Shell Theme Gets A Configuration Tool, New Customization Features

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Elegance Colors, a GNOME Shell theme that changes its colors based on the current GTK theme or wallpaper, has been updated today and the theme now includes a GUI that lets you configure the theme, along with some new options.

How To Install RuneScape Linux Game Client In Ubuntu

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RuneScape is a fantasy massively multiplayer online role-playing (MMORPG) web based online game. According to Wikipedia, the game has approximately 10 million active accounts per month, nearly 200 million registered accounts, and is recognized by the Guinness World Records as the world's most popular free MMORPG.

The game can run in a browser, but there are also downloadable clients for Windows and Mac, but not for Linux. However, there is an unofficial Linux port of the Windows RuneScape client (the game launcher is opensource, the client file jagexappletviewer.jar is closed source, but it's allowed to be used in ports if anyone decided to make one) which includes fixes and performance tweaks along with working language settings.

NitroShare: Easily Send Files To Other Machines On The Local Network [Linux, Windows]


NitroShare is an application that works on Linux and Windows which can be used to easily send files to other computers on the same local network. It supports drag'n'drop, sending folders, file compression, comes with Nautilus integration and more.

Cuttlefish: Execute Actions When Specific Events Are Triggered

Cuttlefish is a tool which can execute various actions when specific events are triggered. For example, you can change the proxy mode depending on the currently connected wireless network, unlock your computer when a specific Bluetooth or USB device is connected or disconnected and so on.

Monitor Hardware Temperature In Ubuntu With Psensor


Psensor is a tool to monitor hardware temperature that integrates nicely with Unity by using an Unity Launcher counter which displays the enabled temperatures as well as an appindicator that you can use to take a quick look at all available hardware temperatures or cpu usage.

Monitor Network Usage With Download Monitor

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Download Monitor is an application developed for the Ubuntu Apps Showdown, useful for computers with a limited Internet plan.

The network monitor application displays monthly, daily and hourly amount of data transferred over the network and it can warn you using desktop notifications when you're about to exceed the usage quota, which you can set from its preferences.

Y PPA Manager Released

Y PPA Manager is a tool for easily searching for packages in Ubuntu PPAs as well as perform various PPA actions: add, remove, purge, backup PPAs and more. The application integrates with Unity by using quicklists and an optional appindicator.

Unity News Lens Gets Local News With Geolocation, More

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Unity News Lens lets you search Google news from Dash and it currently supports 61 countries. The lens was updated recently, and it now includes local news, topics and top stories with up to 100 results.

Disable Global Menu Autohide Behaviour In Ubuntu 12.04

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The Unity Revamped PPA created by Isaac Joseph, which provides Unity with two patches: Dodge Windows and minimize/unmaximize on click for the Unity launcher, has been updated yesterday with some fixes which aren't yet available for the Unity package from the official Ubuntu 12.04 repositories as well as a new patch that brings a much requested feature: an option to disable the application menu (global menu) autohide behaviour.

Fuduntu 2012.3 Available For Download

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Fuduntu, a Linux distribution based on Fedora that comes with GNOME 2 by default but provides rolling updates for non-GNOME2 packages, has reached version 2012.3.

GWoffice Brings Google Drive To Your Ubuntu Desktop


GWoffice (Google Web Office) is an application that integrates Google Docs (now Google Drive) with the Ubuntu desktop, providing basic synchronization support for offline use. From its interface you can create new documents and edit or download existing documents.