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Ubuntu Touch Emulator

Ubuntu Emulator

The Ubuntu Touch Emulator package from the Phablet Tools PPA now has x86 support. The ARM instances are very slow but now by using the Phablet Tools PPA, you can create x86 Ubuntu Touch instances which should be much much faster. 

I've updated our Ubuntu Touch Emulator installation / usage instructions so check out that article for more information: Ubuntu Touch Emulator: Installation And Usage In Ubuntu 14.04, 13.10 And 12.04

Y PPA Manager

Y PPA Manager

Y PPA Manager is a tool I've created to easily add, search and manage Launchpad PPAs. Today I've updated Y PPA Manager with a few minor bug fixes as well as support for Linux Mint 17 Qiana.

Linux Mint changes some Ubuntu packages and because of this, I need to add various hacks and work-arounds to Y PPA Manager to get it to work properly with Linux Mint. Since Linux Mint 17 RC is available for download, I was able to test Y PPA Manager and make sure it works with the latest Linux Mint.

To install Y PPA Manager in Ubuntu / Linux Mint, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/y-ppa-manager
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install y-ppa-manager

Xfce DockBarX plugin

Xfce Dockbarx plugin

The Xfce DockBarX plugin (which allows DockBarX to be used as a panel applet for Xfce) was updated with just one bug fix / work-around but which is pretty important as it should get the applet to work properly on many systems where it would only work if it was started after logging in (didn't work after a logout/login).

To install it in Ubuntu (Xubuntu), use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends xfce4-dockbarx-plugin

More information: DockBarX Available As An Xfce Panel Plugin