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PPA Updates: Tor Browser Bundle 3.5, Sublime Text 3 Beta Build 3059

Quick update for Ubuntu / Linux Mint users: our PPAs were updated today with the latest Tor Browser Bundle 3.5 and Sublime Text 3 beta build 3059.

Fedora 20 Available For Download

Fedora 20 screenshots

Fedora 20 "Heisenbug" has been released, featuring the latest stable GNOME 3.10 along with other interesting changes.

TRIM Enabled By Default For SSDs On Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Intel SSD

SSDs are finally trimmed out of the box starting with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr.

Install The SteamOS Session In Ubuntu

Valve released SteamOS Beta a few days ago as an early first-look public release. Based on Debian 7, the new operating system comes with a session called SteamOS which is a modified Big Picture mode that uses a custom SteamOS Compositor (based on xcompmgr) optimized for Steam and gaming, and some other tweaks.

If you want to run the official SteamOS session along with the custom SteamOS compositor in Ubuntu, you can easily do so by installing two packages. Once you install these packages, you'll be able to directly log in to the SteamOS session from the LightDM login screen.

Manipulate Images In Nautilus Or Nemo With `Image Tools` Extension

`Image Tools` is a handy extension for Nautilus or Nemo created by Lorenzo @ atareao.es, that lets you manipulate images from the Nautilus or Nemo context menu.

The extension lets you perform the following actions:
  • resize, rotate or flip images;
  • convert images from/to bmp, gif, jpg, png and more;
  • enhance images: change the brightness, color, contrast and sharpness;
  • apply effects such as: black and white, blur, border, contour, greyscale, negative, shadow, vintage or watermark.

Confirmed: Canonical Is Forking GNOME Control Center And GNOME Settings Daemon For Ubuntu 14.04

GNOME Control Center

A couple of days ago I was telling you about the possibility of Canonical forking GNOME Control Center and GNOME Settings Daemon for Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr. Well, this was confirmed by Robert Ancell, Technical Lead at Canonical, on the Ubuntu Desktop mailing list.

ownCloud 6 Released With Online Collaborative Document Editing, More

ownCloud, a free software alternative to proprietary web services such as Dropbox, Google Drive and others that you can install on your own server, has reached version 6.

ownCloud 6
ownCloud 6

New Nautilus Next (GNOME Files App) Mockups

Allan Day, UX Designer at Red Hat and GNOME contributor, posted an updated set of designs for the GNOME Files app, which he calls Nautilus Next.

In the mockups (this is not real code yet and it can change later on), a new lists and grids design is presented, in which:
  • the thumbnails are larger and clearer;
  • the grids are responsive;
  • the lists have thumbnails and separators between rows to aid readability.

Nautilus Next mockups

More Work To Support Nvidia Optimus Lands In Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

More work to properly support Nvidia Optimus landed in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr.

GTK 3.10 Lands In Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Ubuntu Trusty GTK 3.10

Despite Sebastien Bacher's (software engineer at Canonical) initial proposal to stay on GTK 3.8 for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, GTK 3.10 landed in the Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr proposed repositories.

Pinguy OS 13.10 Released [Screenshots, Video]

Pinguy OS 13.10 (based on Ubuntu 13.10) has been released with GNOME 3.10 by default, along with some new tweaks.

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".

This is the final 13.10 release but it's called beta because only LTS releases are considered stable

Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu On A Chromebook Using Crouton

Yesterday I wrote about installing Ubuntu on your Chromebook using Crouton. However, Crouton only installs a few apps so here's what you should install on your new Ubuntu installation running on top of Chrome OS and a few thing that you may want to fix, like the brightness and volume keys or how to get Ubuntu Software Center to work.

Note: Below I'll only cover Unity and Xfce but there are some generic tips as well.

Remote Desktop Tool `TeamViewer` 9 Available For Download

TeamViewer, the popular software for remote support and online meetings, has reached version 9, receiving Wake-onLAN support, notifications for Computers & Contacts and more.

TeamViewer9 Linux

Install Ubuntu On Your Chromebook Using Crouton

HP Chromebook 11

I recently got a Chromebook and decided to install Ubuntu on it. There are two ways (that I know of) of doing this: using Crouton, which uses a chroot environment and lets you run both Chrome OS and Ubuntu in the same time and you can switch between the two using a keyboard shortcut, and ChrUbuntu, which works you can dual boot with Chrome OS but it only supports x86-based Chromebooks.

Since I have an ARM-based Chromebook (HP Chromebook 11 - it's not on sale currently due to some issues with the charger), I've used Crouton. I actually prefer Crouton for the way it allows switching between Chrome OS and Ubuntu without having to restart.

If you own a Chromebook and want to install Ubuntu using Crouton, here's how to do it. I've tested this on HP Chromebook 11, but it should work on any Chromebook.

Oracle Java PPA Updated With ARM Support

Java ARM

Starting today, both Oracle Java 7 and Java 8 (JDK) installers available in the WebUpd8 Java PPA support ARM.

Tor Browser Bundle Ubuntu PPA

Tor Browser Bundle is a web browser based on Firefox ESR (Firefox with extended support), configured to protect users' privacy and anonymity by using Tor and Vidalia, tools that come bundled with it. The bundle also includes 4 Firefox extensions: TorButton, TorLauncher, NoScript and HTTPS-Everywhere.

Tor Browser Bundle Ubuntu

Linux Mint 16 `Petra` Released [Screenshots]

Linux Mint logo

Linux Mint 16 "Petra", based on Ubuntu 13.10, was released recently and is available as usual in two editions: MATE and Cinnamon. Let's take a look at what's new.