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Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Release Schedule

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn will be released on October 23th 2014. 

Utopic Unicorn

Humanity Colors Icon Pack Updated: 9 Different Colors For Humanity Icon Theme

The guys behind the RAVEfinity project have released an updated Humanity Colors icon theme for Ubuntu 14.04 (and older), which work great with Ambiance and Radiance Colors GTK themes.

Firefox 29 Available For Download, Includes New Australis UI, Other Important Changes

Mozilla has released Firefox 29 (stable) today. The new version includes a new user interface known as Australis, along with many other changes.

Indicator Netspeed Displays Network Speed On The Unity Panel

Indicator Netspeed is a simple Ubuntu AppIndicator which displays the network speed on the Unity panel.

Indicator Netspeed

Pinguy OS 14.04 Mini Available For Download

Pinguy OS 14.04 Mini, an Ubuntu remaster that comes with a large number of tweaks by default, has been released today.

Pinguy OS Mini is a stripped down version of Pinguy OS which comes with all the tweaks and fixes available in the main Pinguy OS version, but without most of the applications installed in Pinguy OS. Like the main version, it uses GNOME Shell (3.10) as the default "shell".

Install Google Earth In Ubuntu 14.04 64bit [How To]

Many of you already know about this, but since there are many users who are upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04, they might not be aware of what they need to do when a package, like Google Earth, fails to install because it depends on ia32-libs (on Ubuntu 64bit).

The ia32-libs package is no longer available in Ubuntu, starting with Ubuntu 13.10. The package was superseded by multiarch support so you don't need it any more, but some 64bit packages (which are actually 32bit applications) still depend on this package and because of this, they can't be installed in Ubuntu 14.04 or 13.10, 64bit.

Google Earth Ubuntu

Here's an example. Let's say you've downloaded the Google Earth 64bit package and want to install it in Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) 64bit via dpkg. Here's what happens:

Folder Color: Easily Change Folder Icon Colors In Nautilus or Nemo

Folder Color is a Nautilus extension that allows you to easily change the folder icon color to some predefined colors such as blue, pink, black, yellow, violet, orange, green, grey or red. With a small tweak, the extension also works with Nemo file manager.

Install Audacious 3.5 In Ubuntu 14.04 Or 13.10 (PPA)

Audacious is an audio player that focuses on high audio quality and low resource usage which comes with a pretty large plugin list as well as two interfaces: a GTK interface and a Winamp 2.x like interface (and so, it supports Winamp 2.x skins).

Audacious 3.5 Ubuntu GTK interface
Audacious GTK interface
Audacious 3.5 Ubuntu Winamp interface
Audacious Winamp classic interface

Audacious 3.5 was released recently and comes with quite a few new features as well as bug fixes:

Telegram Unity WebApp Integrates Telegram With Ubuntu's Messaging Menu, Unity Launcher

Telegram is a free messaging app that focuses on speed and security. There are official Telegram applications available for iOS and Android as well as various unofficial clients for Windows, Mac OS X and Windows Phone.

On Linux, Telegram is available as a Chrome App, browser app as well as a command line client and now, thanks to Costales' work, you can now also use a Telegram webapp in Ubuntu.

Telegram webapp Ubuntu

The Telegram Ubuntu webapp uses Webogram (an unofficial Telegram Web App) under the hood and features Unity Dash integration so you can launch Telegram from Dash and also, you get Unity Launcher / Messaging menu conversations unread count.

Ambiance And Radiance Colors Theme Pack Available For Ubuntu 14.04

Ambiance & Radiance colors is a theme pack that provides Ambiance and Radiance themes in 9 different colors: blue, brown, graphite, green, orange (different than the one used by default in Ubuntu), pink, purple, red and yellow. The pack supports Unity/GNOME as well as Xfce and LXDE/OpenBox.

The themes were updated recently with support for the latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Ambiance Colors

Ubuntu 14.10 Codename Revealed: Utopic Unicorn

Mark Shuttleworth has announced the codename for the upcoming Ubuntu release: Ubuntu 14.10 will be codenamed "Utopic Unicorn".

Utopic Unicorn

Google Web Designer Available For Linux

Google Web Designer, a tool developed by Google which is currently in beta, is finally available for Linux. The following Linux distributions are currently supported: Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSUSE and Fedora.

Configurable Notification Bubbles For Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Close On Click, Change Position, Colors, Size And More)

Leolik provides, for quite a few Ubuntu releases now, a patched NotifyOSD package which adds some extra features to Ubuntu's notification bubbles: change the notifications position, size, colors, adds an option to close the notifications on click and more. 

The PPA was updated recently for the latest Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

NotifyOSD Configurable Ubuntu

Install Nemo 2.2.0 (With Unity Patches) In Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Update for Ubuntu 14.04 users: I've updated Nemo (with Unity patches) as well as the Nemo extensions from the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA to the latest 2.2.0 version.

Nemo file manager

Nemo is the default Cinnamon file manager and normally, it needs Cinnamon to be installed, even if you want to use it in a desktop environment such as Unity or GNOME (Shell). The Nemo version in the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA uses some patches that make it work properly under Unity, without Cinnamon dependencies (the only dependency used is Cinnamon Translations). It should also work on other desktop environments, but some patches add extra Unity functionality and also I've only tested it under Unity.

Fix Lubuntu 14.04 Network Manager Missing From The Panel

Lubuntu 14.04: The Network Manager icon doesn't show up by default for some users by default. Until the developers fix this, here's how to get the Network Manager icon back.

How To Install And Tweak GNOME Flashback Session In Ubuntu 14.04

The Classic, now called Flashback session was quite popular in Ubuntu 12.04 so I though I'd write an article on how to get the same experience in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. 

The old classic GNOME session, now called "Flashback" is still available and working in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Here's how to install it and tweak a few things.

Here are the results to expect after following the steps below:

Note: the default setup is to use two panels, but I've only used one in the screenshots above. You could the default 2 panels setup with the window list at the bottom, just one panel like in my screenshots, one panel with a dock at the bottom, etc., it's all up to you.

Get Xbox Gamepads Properly Configured In Ubuntu With ubuntu-xboxdrv

You can use Xbox/Xbox360 gamepads in Linux by using the xboxdrv driver, and configure it using the jstest-gtk tool however, the package below fixes a few things related to xboxdrv.

WebUpd8 reader Rael has created a PPA for getting xboxdrv properly configured and running in Ubuntu: his package creates a start daemon for xboxdrv, cleans up old broken configurations, marks xpad as conflict (and stop it if necessary) and adds the "Joysticks" (jstest-gtk) entry into System Settings.

Xubuntu 14.04 Available For Download [Video, Screenshots]

Xubuntu 14.04, the Xfce Ubuntu flavor, was released today along with the other Ubuntu flavors. Let's take a quick look at what's new.

Xubuntu 14.04 screenshots

See What's New In The 14.04 Release Of Lubuntu, Kubuntu And Ubuntu GNOME

All the Ubuntu flavors reached version 14.04 (LTS) today. Below we'll take a quick look at what's new in Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Kubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr).

For Xubuntu, see: Xubuntu 14.04 Available For Download [Video, Screenshots]

All the Ubuntu flavors (except for the main Ubuntu version - with Unity, which is supported for 5 years) will be supported for 3 years.

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Released, See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]

Ubuntu 14.04 was released today, so let's take a look at the most important new features and changes in this LTS release.

Ubuntu 14.04 screenshots

Ubuntu flavors:

10 Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr To Get A Near Perfect Desktop

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) will be released tomorrow and since many of you will install it as soon as it's released (or maybe you're already using Ubuntu 14.04), here's a list of 10 useful things to do to get a near perfect desktop.

Ubuntu 14.04 things to do

While the tweaks below are targeted at Unity, many of them also work with other Ubuntu flavors like Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu or Ubuntu GNOME.

Update: the instructions / things to do below also apply for the latest Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), except for:
  • 1.2 (Pidgin Indicator is no longer required because Pidgin now ships with a Unity integration plugin; you can still use Pidgin Indicator if you want though);
  • 3.1 (Firefox now supports H224 without any tweaks);
  • 4.1 (you can continue to use Pipelight for various web services that require Silverlight, but that's no longer required for Netflix - to use Netflix with HTML5, simply install Google Chrome and it should work without any additional tweaks - that's now also the case for Ubuntu 14.04).

Qt4 Music Player `YaRock` 0.9.66 Released With Internet Radio Stream Search, More

YaRock, a Qt4 music player, was updated recently with Internet radio stream search capability along with some other interesting improvements.


Cinnamon 2.2 Released With System Settings Improvements, HiDPI support And More

Cinnamon 2.2 was released today, bringing various improvements to the System Settings, HiDPI/Retina Display support, client side decorations support along with other interesting refinements.

cinnamon 2.2

Todo Indicator: Ubuntu AppIndicator For todo.txt

Todo Indicator is a simple AppIndicator that lets you take advantage of the power and simplicity of todo.txt. The AppIndicator displays the list of tasks in the todo.txt file and lets you mark tasks as "done" directly from the indicator.

Todo Indicator

i7z: Monitor Intel i7, i5 And i3 Frequencies, Multipliers And More Under Linux

I needed a tool for monitoring the CPU frequencies while testing thermald + intel_pstate, and stumbled upon i7z, so I though I'd share it with you, in case you're not familiar with it.

i7z is a tool that reports Intel Core i7, i5 and i3 CPU information about Turbo Boost, per core CPU frequencies, multipliers, temperature as well as times spent in the C0/C1/C3/C6/C7 states, all in real time.

Prevent Your Laptop From Overheating With Thermald And Intel P-State [Updated]

intel logo

Linux Thermal Daemon (thermald) is a tool developed by Intel's Open Source Technology Center which monitors and controls the CPU temperature, preventing it from overheating.

Evernote Linux Client `NixNote` 2 Beta Available For Download

Five months after the last alpha, NixNote 2 beta is finally available for download.

NixNote, previously known as Nevernote, is an unofficial Evernote client for Linux which was initially written in Java. NixNote 2 is a complete rewrite of NixNote in C++ using the Qt framework, having speed and a reduced memory footprint as the main goals. Java is still used for encrypting / decrypting text in NixNote 2, but it's optional so you don't have to install it if you don't need this feature.

NixNote2 Ubuntu

Pipelight 0.2.6 Released With Experimental 64bit Support, 2 New Plugins

Pipelight is a wrapper for Windows NPAPI plugins such as Silverlight, Widevine or Flash (the Windows version) which allows you to use these plugins in native Linux web browsers and thus, use services that aren't officially supported on Linux, such as Netflix (Silverlight), HBO Go (Widevine) and so on.

Silverlight Linux

Oracle Java Installer Conflicting With Apt Bug Fixed [Ubuntu 14.04]

Oracle Java

Ubuntu 14.04: apt was updated recently and it broke the Oracle Java 6, 7 and 8 installers available in the WebUpd8 Java PPA. I updated the package this morning so the bug should be fixed.

So if upgrading apt removed Oracle Java, you'll now be able to install it back in Ubuntu 14.04. Make sure you run "sudo apt-get update" before trying to install it though! For how to install Oracle Java in Ubuntu, see:

Thanks to everyone who notified me about this issue and sorry for the delay!

Transmageddon 1.0, Snappy Player 1.0 Available In PPA [Ubuntu 14.04]

Quick update for Ubuntu 14.04 users: Transmageddon 1.0 and Snappy 1.0, both released recently, are available in the main WebUpd8 PPA.

Ubuntu One File Services Shutting Down, Code To Be Released As Open Source

Ubuntu One file services is shutting down. The news was just posted on the Canonical blog, which explains that among the reasons behind this decision is, as expected, the sustainability:

Organize Your TV Shows And Movies With FileBot

FileBot is an open source, cross-platform batch file renaming and organization tool for your movies, TV shows and music which comes with some interesting features such as: automatic subtitles download, fetching episode information via TheTVDB, TVRage and more.

SMPlayer 14.3.0 Released With Experimental Blue-Ray Discs Support

SMPlayer, the popular mplayer/mplayer2 GUI, has reached version 14.3.0, receiving improved fullscreen controls, experimental support for non-protected blu-ray discs and other changes.


Get Better Linux Desktop Performance With Ulatencyd


Ulatencyd is a daemon which constantly optimizes the Linux Kernel for best user experience. The default configuration tries to increase the responsiveness for a typical desktop system but you can use it on any type of system since it's configurable (it supports the lua scripting language).