Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

BitTorrent Sync 1.4 Gets Simplified Folder Sharing, Redesigned UI

BitTorrent Sync 1.4 was released recently and it features a revamped sharing workflow which makes it easier to share folders with others, along with a redesigned user interface.

BitTorrent Sync

Ubuntu Flavors 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1 Released

The first beta for the Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicon flavors (Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Lubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin) was released yesterday. Let's take a quick look at what's new.

The article also includes Ubuntu MATE 14.10 beta 1, even though it isn't an official Ubuntu flavor yet.

(Linux) Deepin 2014.1 Released With Bug Fixes And Minor Enhancements

(Linux) Deepin 2014.1 was released today with numerous bug fixes meant to improve the system stability and performance as well as a few interesting enhancements / new features. Users who have already installed Deepin 2014 don't have to reinstall - a simple upgrade via the Deepin Store or command line (sudo apt-get dist-upgrade) is enough to get the latest Deepin 2014.1.

Linux Deepin 2014.1

Kazam Screencaster Gets Webcam And YouTube Live Support, On-Screen Mouse Click And Keyboard Indicator

Kazam is a GStreamer-based screen recording and screenshot tool for Linux. The application supports recording the entire screen (with multi-monitor support), a window or an area and features:
  • customizable framerate;
  • option to show/hide the mouse when recording;
  • record sound from speakers and/or microphone;
  • keyboard shortcuts;
  • configurable delay before capturing;
  • automatic file saving;
  • supports mp4 (H264), webm (VP8) and avi (RAW, HUFFYUV and lossless JPEG) video formats.

Kazam Screencaster

DontWaitUp: Run Commands When Windows Are Closed, Resized Or On Title Change

DontWaitUp is a new application which allows you to assign an action when a window is closed, its title changes or when it's resized. You can use it for instance to shut down or suspend your computer when a video finishes playing, when some download manager (which doesn't have this feature built-in) finishes downloading a large file and so on.

LightDM: How To Disable The User List Or Guest Session

Quick tips for Ubuntu / LightDM users: if you want to hide the LightDM login screen user list and / or the Guest Session for security concerns, because there are too many users or whatever other reason, here's how to do it.

Ubuntu LightDM Unity Greeter
Default LightDM login screen (Unity Greeter) with user list and Guest Session enabled

How To Disable GTK3 Client-Side Decorations (Header Bars)

Starting with GNOME 3.10, some GNOME applications have switched to "header bars" or "client-side decorations". These CSD (client-side decorations) don't work properly in some desktop environments / shells - for instance, in Ubuntu 14.04, Unity doesn't support CSD and because of this, some applications look broken. Luckily, there is now a relatively easy way (unofficial) of disabling client-side decorations. Read on!

Install GIMP 2.8.14 In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint Via PPA

GIMP 2.8.14 was released yesterday, bringing various bug fixes and small enhancements. This is the stable GIMP branch and no new features are added in the 2.8.x releases, just bug fixes.

GIMP 2.8.12 Ubuntu

Update: the Ubuntu / Linux Mint PPA now has GIMP 2.8.14: "Yesterday's 2.8.12 release had broken library versioning, so we had to roll out GIMP 2.8.14 today. The only change is the fixed libtool versioning".

LGOGDownloader: Command Line GOG.com Game Downloader For Linux [Ubuntu PPA]

LGOGDownloader is an open source command line GOG.com game downloader for Linux, which uses the same API as the official GOGDownloader (which unfortunately is not available for Linux). 

The tool can download GOG.com games (including language-specific installers if available), list / download updated files, resume unfinished downloads, repair downloaded installers, download extras such as artwork or manuals and more.


Nemo Emblems, Image Converter and Filename Repairer Extensions Added To The WebUpd8 Nemo PPA

Quick update for Ubuntu Nemo users: Today I added three new Nemo extensions from the Linux Mint Nemo Extensions GitHub to the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA (Nemo with Unity patches):

G`MIC (GREYC`s Magic For Image Computing) Sees New Stable Release

G'MIC (GREYC's Magic for Image Computing) is a framework for image processing that comes with a large number of pre-defined image filters and effects (almost 400, with an extra 300 testing filters). There are several interfaces for G'MIC: a command line tool, a web service, a Qt based interface for real-time webcam manipulation, a library and a GIMP plugin.

Below you can see a screenshot with the G'MIC GIMP plugin in action:


Screensaver / Lock Screen Inhibitor `Caffeine Plus` Brings Back The Screensaver Toggle Option

Caffeine is a tool used to temporarily prevent the activation of the screensaver / lock screen / sleep mode when using full-screen windows. The application is useful when using video players that don't do this automatically, when listening to music while not using the computer, etc.

Caffeine Plus AppIndicator

The latest Caffeine version (2.7.x), released back in May, no longer comes with an Ubuntu AppIndicator so you can't manually toggle it on/off any more, feature which was considered pretty important by many of its users. If you're one of them, you can now use Caffeine Plus, a Caffeine 2.7 fork which restores the Ubuntu AppIndicator icon, allowing you to manually toggle it on/off.

Viber 4.2 For Linux Available For Download

Quick update for Viber users: Viber for Linux was updated to version 4.2.x recently, finally catching up with the Windows version. Unfortunately, the application continues to be available for 64bit only.

How To Enable HTML5 Playback For Netflix On Ubuntu 14.04 Or 14.10

Netflix supports HTML5 playback (using the Encrypted Media Extensions) but unfortunately, it doesn't work out of the box on Linux for now. However, following a few steps, you can get native Netflix HTML5 video playback through Google Chrome (Beta or Unstable at the time I'm writing this article) in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10.

Netflix HTML5 Ubuntu

The instructions below are for Ubuntu, but they should work on other Linux distributions as well, as long as you have a recent libnss3 version (tested with libnss3 and libnss3-1d version 3.16.3, libnss-db 2.2.3pre1 and Google Chrome 37 Beta under Ubuntu 14.04).

Update: Netflix now works out of the box in Ubuntu!

PPA Updates: Atraci 0.6.0, Atom 0.123.0, Brackets 0.42, GPaste 3.10.3 And 3.12.2, Minitube 2.2, Oracle JDK 7u67 And More

As you might have noticed, I was on holiday* until today and because of that, there were no new articles on WebUpd8 and no updates for the WebUpd8 PPAs. Today I updated the PPA packages for most applications that had a new release while I was away, and to speed things up, below you'll find a quick list with what was updated / what's new.