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Notification Center, Google Now Cards, App Launcher Land In Chrome For Linux (Dev Channel)

The latest Google Chrome unstable (dev channel) for Linux was updated recently, getting the Aura UI stack, Notification Center and App Launcher back.

Professional Video Editor `Lightworks` 11.5 Goes Stable For Linux

After being in beta for almost a year, Lightworks, a professional video editing and mastering software, has reached version 11.5 stable, this being the first Lightworks release for Linux. The new version is of course also available for Windows.


According to Wikipedia, "Lightworks was an early developer of computer-based non-linear editing systems, and has been in development since 1989". The application was used in some renowned Oscar and Emmy Award award-winning films, including The King's Speech, Martin Scorsese's Hugo and The Departed, Mission Impossible, Pulp Fiction, Braveheart and Batman.

How To Fix A Non-Bootable Ubuntu System Due To Broken Updates Using A LiveCD And Chroot

If your Ubuntu system doesn't boot because of some broken updates and the bug was fixed in the repositories, you can use an Ubuntu Live CD and chroot to update the system and fix it.

Cross-Platform Android Emulator `Genymotion` 2.1.0 Brings Android 4.4 Support

Genymotion 2.1.0 has been released, the new version bringing some new features as well as support for the latest Android 4.4 KitKat.

For those not familiar with Genymotion, this is a fast, cross-platform Android emulator that comes with pre-configured Android (x86 with OpenGL hardware acceleration) images which support multi-touch gestures, Ethernet, emulation widgets for GPS, battery, camera and more.


LibreOffice 4.2 Released With New Monochrome Icon Theme, GNOME 3 Application Menu Integration And More

The Document Foundation has released LibreOffice 4.2 today, which "features a large number of performance and interoperability improvements targeted to users of all kinds, but particularly appealing for power and enterprise users".

LibreOffice 4.2

The new version brings better interoperability with Microsoft OOXML, a new monochrome icon set (not enabled by default), GNOME 3 Application Menu integration and more.

Nautilus 3.10 Available In Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

Another important GNOME 3 component was updated to version 3.10 for Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr: Nautilus, the default GNOME file manager.

Make Firefox Use Native Notifications In Linux With GNotifier

Quick tip for Firefox users: GNotifier is a Firefox extension that makes the browser use native notifications on the Linux desktop. The extension currently supports GNOME (Shell), Unity, KDE and Xfce.

Below you can see a Firefox notification in action using GNotifier, under Unity and GNOME Shell:

Native Unity notification Firefox

Native GNOME Shell notification Firefox

Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser Plugin Reaches Version 1.0

CoverArt Browser, a Rhythmbox plugin to browse and play music using an album art view, has reached version 1.0.

Rhythmbox CoverArt Browser

How To Enable AMD Radeon Dynamic Power Management (DPM) In Ubuntu 13.10

The open source AMD Radeon driver got dynamic power management support with Linux Kernel 3.11. With this, the GPU and memory clocks adjust dynamically based on load, useful for saving power.

This feature is not enabled by default, at least in Ubuntu 13.10 (it will probably be enabled by default in Ubuntu 14.04) so here's how to enable it.

Unity 7 To Get New Window Decorations With Anti-Aliased Corners [Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr]

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr: Unity 7 will get new window decorations inside Unity which will not depend on the Compiz "decor" plugin or a decorator such as gtk-window-decorator.

The new Unity window decorations will support full GTK3 theming, they will introduce improved resizing speed and, something many of you have requested, anti-aliased corners.

Nautilus Type-Ahead Find Feature Enabled By Default In Ubuntu 14.04

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr: Nautilus 3.8 was updated with a patch that allows switching between the type-ahead find (interactive search) feature that was available in Nautilus 3.4 and the new recursive search that was introduced with Nautilus 3.6.

Further more, the default behavior in Ubuntu was set to type ahead find, instead of the recursive search that was used in the previous Ubuntu versions (and which is default in upstream Nautilus).

Pidgin Indicator: Ubuntu AppIndicator Plugin For Pidgin

Pidgin uses the Ubuntu Messaging Menu but many people prefer its old tray icon, which you could whitelist to use the systray. 

That's no longer possible out of the box with Ubuntu 13.04 and 13.10 because the Unity systray whitelist was removed (there is a PPA that restores the systray whitelist though) but luckily, Philip Langdale has created a plugin for Pidgin that provides an Ubuntu AppIndicator.

Pidgin Indicator Ubuntu

Pepper Flash Player Installer For Chromium Available In The Ubuntu 14.04 Repositories

This package no longer works and it shouldn't be used. Install the adobe-flashplugin package from the Ubuntu Partner repository (to enable it, open Software & Updates, on the Other Software tab) instead.

A Pepper Flash Player installer for Chromium browser has been added to the official Ubuntu 14.04 repositories.

Pepper Flash Player Chromium Browser Ubuntu Trusty

Pipelight Brings Widevine Support For Linux Web Browsers

Pipelight, a project that allows you to install Silverlight to any Linux browser that supports the Netscape Plugin API (Firefox, Chrome, Midori), allowing you to use video streaming websites such as Neflix, has been updated yesterday, getting Widevine support and Linux windowless mode.

Widevine firefox linux

Intel Linux Graphics Installer 1.0.3 Released For Ubuntu 13.10 And Fedora 19

Intel has released an update for for its Linux Graphics Installer, available for Ubuntu 13.10 and Fedora 19.

Intel Linux Graphics Installer

GNOME Shell 3.10 Lands In The Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr Repositories

GNOME Shell 3.10 Ubuntu 14.04

Great news for Ubuntu GNOME / GNOME Shell fans: GNOME Shell 3.10 has landed in the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr repositories. Currently, the package is available in the Proposed repositories.

Fix: Dropbox Fails To Start With "VerificationError: importing pylinux..." Bug

Dropbox logo

Some Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian and Arch Linux (and probably other Linux distributions) users are experiencing problems with Dropbox. It seems that some recent Python update breaks Dropbox (it doesn't affect new installations though), resulting in the following error:

WildGuppy Adjusts Your Laptop's Brightness Automatically Using The Camera As a Light Sensor

Improper screen brightness can cause your eyes to tire faster and a bright screen at night can make it difficult to fall asleep. WildGuppy tries to overcome this by adjusting your laptop's brightness automatically based on the ambient light, using the laptop camera as a light sensor.

Cloud Sync Tool `Seafile` 2.1 Released

Seafile is an open source cloud synchronization and collaboration tool that you can install on your own server. It comes with desktop clients for Linux, Windows and Mac as well as mobile clients for Android and iOS.


Prime Indicator Lets You Quickly Switch Between Nvidia And Intel Graphics

Prime Indicator is a small, helpful Ubuntu AppIndicator for Nvidia Optimus users running Ubuntu 14.04 which allows users to quickly switch between Intel and Nvidia graphics cards.

Nvidia Prime Indicator

Update: Prime Indicator was abandoned, but it was later forked, and it now includes quite a few new features. The Ubuntu PPA installation instructions in this article now install the fork (called Prime Indicator Plus). For more about Prime Indicator Plus, see this article:

Enable Hardware Acceleration In Chrome / Chromium Browser [Quick Tip]

Many of you probably already know about this but for the rest, here's a quick tip that you might find useful.

Quick tip: If you use Chrome or Chromium browsers and hardware acceleration is disabled for your graphics card, you can try to force it to get better video playback performance (for instance on YouTube) as well as support for features such as the 3D Earth view in the new Google Maps.

Get Android Notifications On Your Ubuntu Desktop With LinConnect

LinConnect is an application that can display notifications from your Android device to your Linux desktop.

linconnect notifications

The application supports almost all Android applications and you'll get notifications when you get a call, a SMS or WhatsApp message, Facebook notifications and so on. From the LinConnect settings you can select which applications can send notifications to your desktop so you don't get flooded with useless notifications.

Install Laptop Mode Tools 1.64 With Configuration GUI In Ubuntu

Laptop Mode Tools is a package that allows you to extend the battery life of your laptop by enabling the Laptop Mode Linux kernel feature along with other power-related tweaks.

This was a command line only tool until version 1.64, which introduces a GUI that lets you toggle individual power saving modules. The new GUI configuration tool isn't exactly pretty as you can see in the screenshot below, but it's definitely an useful addition because it no longer requires users to work with various configuration files.