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Unity WebApps Available In The Ubuntu 12.10 Official Repositories

The Unity WebApps feature has been available in Ubuntu 12.10 for some time, but besides the Amazon and Ubuntu One Music Store webapps which are installed by default, no other webapps were available for installation.

Today, the webapps that were available in the preview PPA are available in the official Ubuntu 12.10 repositories, but as separate packages so you can install only the webapps you want and use.

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Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 Beta Released

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Along with Ubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu, etc. 12.10 beta 2, another Linux distribution which aims at becoming an official Ubuntu flavour has reached a new milestone yesterday: Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 beta.

Ubuntu 12.10 Beta 2 Available For Download

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Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal beta 2 has been made available for download today.

There are quite a few changes in Ubuntu 12.10 beta 2, including a new Unity version which brings some more polish and tweaks along with 3 new Unity lenses, Amazon and Ubuntu One Music store webapps installed by default, a new default wallpaper, but also some LightDM and Messaging Menu changes. Read on to find out more!

Steam For Linux Beta Testing Starting In October


Valve has announced they will be testing internally their new Valve for Linux starting next week and a private external beta will be available sometime in October.

GNOME 3.6 Released - See What's New

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The GNOME Project has released GNOME 3.6 today, the new version bringing many enhancements and new features, including a redesigned Message Tray, smarter notifications, improved Activity Overview layout, new design for Files (Nautilus) and a new lock screen. Let's take a look at what's new!

Download GNOME 3 Adwaita Theme For Firefox

Adwaita for Firefox is a theme designed to integrate Firefox with Adwaita, the default GNOME 3 theme. The theme features GNOME 3 like tabs, a toolbar like the one used in the latest GNOME 3.6 and many other tweaks.

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Exaile Music Player Lives On, Version 3.3.0 Released With Many Improvements [Ubuntu PPA]

With no major release in more than 2 years, many thought Exaile, once a pretty popular music player (it was even the default Xubuntu music player), was dead. But it turns out that's not the case and a new version - 3.3.0 codenamed "jump" -, has been released a few days ago.

Exaile, an application designed with Amarok 1.4 in mind, but for GTK, comes with many of KDE's Amarok 1.4 features, along with some extras. Since our last post on Exaile dates back to 2010, here's a quick features overview:

gThumb Gets WebP Support In The Latest 3.1.1 Release

gThumb, an image viewer and organizer, has reached version 3.1.1, adding support for WebP, the image format that employs lossy and lossless compression, developed by Google as a WebM sister project.

Evernote Ubuntu Client `Everpad` Gets Unity Previews Support

Everpad, an application that integrates the popular note taking service `Evernote` with Unity through an AppIndicator and Unity lens, was updated recently, the new version bringing a cool new feature for Ubuntu 12.10 users: support for Unity Previews, being one of the first unofficial lenses which takes advantage of this new feature.


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Unity 6.6.0 Released, Gets New Animations And 2 New Lenses

Unity 6.6.0 has just been uploaded to the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal proposed repositories, bringing some polish for various aspects like the Dash Previews, animations, 2 new default lenses and more.

Wunderlist Installation Script Updated For Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

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Wunderlist is a cool task management application available for Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS and Android.

Wunderlist 2 was announced a few days ago, but it's not yet available for download and as you know, to use Wunderlist in Ubuntu, you need some tweaks or else the application doesn't start. So, until the new version is ready, you can use our script to get Wunderlist to work in Ubuntu.

New Cinnamon 1.6 Release Adds 2D Session, New Applets And More Customization Options

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Workspaces can be named in Cinnamon 1.6

Cinnamon, the GNOME Shell fork used by default in Linux Mint 13 (Cinnamon Edition), has reached version 1.6, getting many new features: a new 2D session, workspace OSD, new applets and lots more!

Cloud Music Player `Nuvola` Sees New Stable Release

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Nuvola Player is an application that integrates cloud music services like Google Music, Grooveshark, Hype Machine, 8tracks, Pandora, Rdio and Amazon Cloud Player with your desktop. 

Using it, you'll get desktop notifications, multimedia keys support, Mpris v2 (integration with Ubuntu Sound Menu or GNOME Shell Media Player extension) integration, Unity quicklists and more.

WebUpd8 PPAs: Packages Uploaded For Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

Ubuntu 12.10 beta 1 was released almost two weeks ago and many Ubuntu users have already upgraded, so it's time to make the packages from the WebUpd8 PPAs available for the latest Ubuntu 12.10.

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CoverArt Browser Rhythmbox Plugin Ported To GTK3

CoverArt Browser is a Rhythmbox plugin that lets you browse and play your music via an album art view similar to the one available in Banshee.


Everpad Integrates Evernote With Ubuntu Unity (AppIndicator, Lens)

Evernote is a note taking service in which the notes can be text, images, voice memos, handwritten notes or file attachments. There are Evernote clients available for Windows, Mac OSX, Android, iOS and WebOS, but there's no official Linux client.

On Linux, you can use NixNote (previously Nevernote), an unofficial Evernote client written in Java but if you want something lightweight, you should try Everpad, a new Evernote client that integrates nicely with Unity.

Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 Alpha 2 Available For Download

A second Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 alpha version has been made available for download today.

The Ubuntu GNOME Remix is a community project lead by Jeremy Bicha which aims to create a pure GNOME 3 desktop experience built with packages from the official Ubuntu repositories.

VirtualBox 4.2.0 Released With Support For Drag'n'drop From Host To Linux Guests, More

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After a beta and four release candidates, VirtualBox 4.2.0 (stable) has been released today, bringing support to start VMs during system boot on Linux, experimental support for drag'n'drop from the host to Linux guests, improved Windows 8 support and more.

Cross-Platform Video Editor Avidemux Reaches Version 2.6, Install It In Ubuntu 12.04

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Avidemux is a cross-platform video editor, especially useful for simple tasks like cutting a video, encoding tasks, etc.

New Default Wallpaper Lands In Ubuntu 12.10

A new default wallpaper has landed in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal and even though it uses the same colors as the previous default wallpapers, this one isn't just a slightly modified version of the previous backgrounds, like we were used to:

Grub Customizer 3.0 Released

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Grub Customizer is a graphical settings manager for GRUB2 and BURG.

Among the Grub Customizer features are:

Cross-Platform RTS Game 0 A.D. Hits Alpha 11

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The eleventh alpha version of 0 A.D. has been released by Wildfire Games yesterday. 0 A.D. is an open source, real-time strategy game that works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X and features excellent graphics and sound but, since it's in alpha, there are also some missing features like settings, multiplayer matchmaking service and others.

Google Drive Linux App `Insync` Beta 4 Adds GNOME Shell, Cinnamon And KDE Support

Insync is an unofficial Google Drive client that runs on Mac, Windows and Linux. Insync beta 4 for Linux has been released yesterday, bringing support for GNOME Shell, Cinnamon and KDE.

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Insync GNOME Shell extension

Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal Beta 1 Released [Video, Screenshots]

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Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal beta 1 has been released today, introducing many changes which include new Unity features, refreshed default theme, and much more. There were also some controversial changes like the removal of Unity 2D and the Nautilus downgrade to version 3.4.2. Read on to find out more!


Awesome Task Management App `Nitro Tasks` Adds Web Version, More

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Nitro Tasks is a featureful to-do list application that helps you keep your tasks organized by letting you easily create lists, add tags, set due dates for your tasks, add notes, set priority and more.

uTorrent Now Available For Android


uTorrent, the popular bittorrent client available for Windows (and Linux server), is now available for Android, as a beta release.

Customize GTK3 / GTK2 Theme Colors Using `GTK Theme Preferences`

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Satya, who's behind some beautiful GTK and GNOME Shell themes, has created a cool new tool that lets you customize GTK theme colors.

Right now, `GTK Theme Preferences` (that's the name of the tool) works with any GTK2 and GTK3 theme and lets you customize the following:

Subliminal: Command Line Tool To Download Subtitles From Multiple Websites

Subliminal is a python library / command line tool to search and download subtitles.

Various video players like Totem or VLC (with the VLSub extension) already support downloading subtitles from OpenSubtitles based on the video name or hash, but Subliminal supports multiple subtitle websites: Addic7ed, BierDopje, OpenSubtitles, SubsWiki, Subtitulos, TheSubDB and TvSubtitles, so there are better chances for downloading working subtitles that match your video.

Install Oracle Java 8 In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint Via PPA Repository [JDK8]

Update: Oracle Java 8 is now stable. Below you'll find instructions on how to install it in Ubuntu / Linux Mint via a PPA repository. The PPA supports JDK8 for both 32bit and 64bit as well as ARM (ARM v6/v7 Hard Float ABI - there's no JDK 8 ARM Soft Float ABI archive available for download on Oracle's website).

Use Pepper Flash Player From Google Chrome In Chromium Browser [How To]

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Adobe Flash Player 11.2.x is the last release available for Linux, future versions only being available through a new API called "Pepper" as part of Google Chrome. If you want to use the latest Flash Player 11.3.x in Linux, but with Chromium, not Google Chrome, here's what you must do.

New Chromium Stable And Development PPAs For Ubuntu 12.04

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A quick tip for Chromium users who are using Ubuntu 12.04: the Chromium PPAs (Stable, Beta, Dev and Daily) haven't been updated since Chromium 18 but if you want to use the latest Chromium browser in Ubuntu, there are two new PPAs you can use, thanks to Alex Shkop.

uGet Download Manager 1.10 Released With Aria2 Fixes And Improvements, More

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uGet is a multi-platform GTK3 download manager that supports resuming downloads, comes with categories support, can download torrent and metalink files through aria2, a powerful command line download tool that's integrated into uGet.

Other uGet features include: scheduler, clipboard monitoring, can be integrated into Firefox through Flashgot plugin, can import downloads from HTML files, supports batch downloads and more. 

3 Hidden Features In Firefox 15 You May Want To Enable

Firefox 15, which has been released a few days ago, comes with some cool features disabled by default: native PDF viewer, preferences in tab and click-to-play plugins.

These features have been in testing for quite a while, but they are not 100% ready so they aren't enabled by default and there are no options in the Firefox preferences to enable them. But, if you don't mind an occasional glitch, you can enable them  using the about:config tool.

Unity 6.4.0 Lands In Ubuntu Quantal Proposed Repository, Brings Dash Previews

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Unity 6.4.0 has been uploaded to the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal proposed* repositories today, bringing a huge list of bug fixes, but also some new features that were announced earlier, like the Dash previews feature.