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Download APKs From Google Play To Your Computer With Google Play Downloader

Google Play Downloader is a simple open source application which can be used to download APKs from Google Play to your computer.

Google Play Downloader

According to its developer, the application was created because he "didn't like [his] Android AOSP system being tainted by Google root services, neither being filed in the Google account database".

Official Atom 64bit RPM And DEB Packages Available For Download [Quick Update]

Atom Text Editor Fedora

I'm sure many Atom users already know this, but I didn't get to write an article about it, so here's a quick update: the Atom developers have started providing 64bit DEB packages for more than a month. Also, 4 days ago, they added official 64bit RPM packages.

Folder Color Gets Caja And Nemo File Managers Support, Other Changes

Folder Color is a file manager extension that allows you to easily change folders  icon color, useful for instance to organize your folders, make some important folder stand out, etc.

The latest Folder Color, which already supported Nautilus, adds support for Caja (the default MATE file manager) and Nemo (the default Cinnamon file manager):

Folder Color Caja
Folder Color for Caja file manager

Ubuntu Developer Tools Center 0.1 Released With Eclipse And Android ADT Support

Update: Ubuntu Developer Tools Center has been renamed to Ubuntu Make.

Ubuntu Developer Tools Center (UDTC) 0.1 was released today and it includes support for Eclipse as a standalone IDE, Android ADT support (through Eclipse) and more. 

Ubuntu Developer Tools Center Eclipse

How To Install GNOME 3.14 In Ubuntu GNOME 14.10

GNOME 3.14 was released back in September and it includes some interesting changes like multi-touch gestures for both the system and applications, re-worked default theme, new animations as well as various enhancements for the code GNOME applications. More information HERE.

GNOME 3.14 Ubuntu 14.10

Unfortunately, Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) ships with GNOME 3.12 for the most part (there are even some GNOME 3.10 packages, like Gedit or Nautilus) but, as usual, you can install the latest GNOME (3.14) by using a PPA.

ownCloud Ubuntu Package Affected By Multiple Critical Security Issues, Nobody To Fix It [Updated]


ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has sent an email to the Ubuntu Devel mailing list, requesting that ownCloud (server) is removed from the Ubuntu repositories because the package is old and there are multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported. He adds that:

Fix Brightness Getting Reset (To A Very Low Value Or Maximum) On Reboot In Ubuntu

If your laptop's brightness is not saved and is set to a very low value or to maximum, each time you reboot and / or when you log out, read on for a fix / workaround.

Ubuntu brightness

Ubuntu MATE Sees Its First Release (14.10)

Along with the other flavors, Ubuntu MATE 14.10 was released today. This is an unofficial (it will most probably become an official Ubuntu flavor in the near future) MATE-based Ubuntu flavor, "ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor", which had its very first stable release today.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10

Ubuntu Flavors 14.10 Officially Released

All the Ubuntu flavors reached version 14.10 today. Let's take a quick look at what's new in Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Kubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn).

Ubuntu 14.10 Available For Download

Ubuntu 14.10 is now available for download. This release doesn't ship with any new Unity features and it includes mostly bug fixes. Still, there are some under the hood changes and of course, updated applications.

Tor GUI `SelekTOR` Sees New Major Release

SelekTOR, an open source Java-based GUI front-end for Tor, was updated to version 3.12 (now 3.12e) recently and it includes new advanced options as well as a new Tor Monitor panel that shows the Tor client startup info and its current status.


Ubuntu 15.04 Codename Announced: Vivid Vervet

The development codename of an Ubuntu release takes the form "Adjective Animal". Initially these weren't in alphabetic order - until Dapper DRAKE (6.06).

Vivid Vervet

Mark Shuttleworth has announced the codename for the next Ubuntu release (15.04): Vivid Vervet:

Unity Privacy Indicator 0.4 Released With New Privacy Settings

Privacy Indicator was updated recently with new privacy settings, such as enabling / disabling the Ubuntu GeoIP service or storing HUD usage data, clear Alt-F2 history and more.

Privacy Indicator

For those not familiar with Privacy Indicator, this is an Ubuntu AppIndicator especially created for Unity, which allows you to control various privacy aspects.

Install Syncthing In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint Via PPA


Syncthing is a cross-platform peer-to-peer file synchronization client/server application written in Go. Similar to BitTorrent Sync, the tool can be used to synchronize files between computers however, unlike BitTorrent Sync, Syncthing is open source.

LXQt 0.8.0 Released With Full Qt5 Support, Various Improvements

LXQt is the Qt port and the upcoming version of LXDE (a lightweight desktop environment, used by Lubuntu for instance), which resulted from the merge between LXDE-Qt and Razor-Qt projects.

After five months of development, LXQt 0.8.0 was released yesterday, bringing quite a few interesting changes, including full Qt5 support, a new lxqt-admin component, two new themes themes and more.

Install Ambiance And Radiance Themes With Fixed Header Bars For GNOME 3.12 [Ubuntu GNOME]

Ubuntu GNOME with GTK/GNOME Shell 3.12: if you're an Ubuntu GNOME user, you're most probably aware that Ambiance and Radiance (the default Ubuntu themes) don't support GNOME Shell and applications that use header bars look broken. Well, Leo Iannacone has fixed the default Ubuntu themes to work properly under GNOME 3.12.

Here are a couple of screenshots taken under GNOME Shell / GTK+ 3.12 (Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn) with fixed Ambiance and Radiance themes, using proper header bars (client side decorations):

Ambiance GNOME header bars

Radiance GNOME header bars

Unfortunately, Leo's fixed Ubuntu themes don't work properly with Unity. For instance, the Nautilus toolbar/pathbar looks pretty weird. So I recommend using them only with GNOME Shell (Ubuntu GNOME).

Workaround For Black / Distorted Battle.net UI On Linux (Wine) With Intel Graphics

Blizzard's Battle.net tool was updated recently, probably in preparation for the upcoming WoW expansion called Warlords of Draenor, resulting in either a black screen or distorted / scrambled graphics on Linux (with Wine) with Intel graphics.

It looks like this is not a Wine or Battle.net bug but an Intel graphic drivers bug, at least that's what the Wine developers suggest.

Stylish Image Viewer `PhotoQt` Sees New Release

After more than a year since the previous release, a new PhotoQt version was released today - 1.1 -, which introduces some interesting changes such as per-session rotation/flipping, new Quick Settings widget, improved fake transparency and more. Also, with this release, PhotoQt switched to Qt5 and QMultimedia.


Free RTS Game `0 A.D.` Alpha 17 Available For Download

Wildfire Games has released the seventeenth alpha version of 0 A.D., which includes some important changes, such as a major gameplay rebalance, units on wall, improved mod support and more.

0 A.D. alpha 17

LightDM GTK+ Greeter Settings GUI

LightDM GTK+ Greeter is the default Xubuntu (screenshot below) and Lubuntu LightDM greeter (login screen UI). For how to switch to it in Ubuntu (w/ Unity), etc., see THIS Ubuntu wiki article.

Xubuntu 14.04 LightDM GTK greeter
Default Xubuntu 14.04 LightDM GTK+ Greeter

LightDM GTK+ Greeter Settings is a small GUI written in Python which lets you modify various LightDM GTK+ Greeter settings, such as the theme, font, background, window position and more, settings which otherwise can only be set by modifying the greeter configuration files.

How To Add Launchpad PPAs In Debian Via `add-apt-repository` Command

"add-apt-repository" is an Ubuntu-specific script to add or remove repositories which, among others, automatically imports the public GPG key. For more information, see its man page.

You can use "add-apt-repository" in Debian to add Launchpad PPAs however, there are a few things that you should know. Read on to find out how to use "add-apt-repository" in Debian.

Important: many Launchpad PPAs are not compatible with Debian, because the packages are built against specific Ubuntu libraries. Some Launchpad PPAs work in Debian though - for example, the WebUpd8 Java and Atom PPAs. So make sure you know what you're doing before adding a Launchpad PPA in Debian!

Advanced Power Management Tool `TLP` 0.6 Released, Install It In Ubuntu

Ubuntu laptop

TLP was updated to version 0.6 recently, receiving some fixes for Linux Kernel 3.15 and 3.16 along with systemd improvements and other changes.

Also, with this release, TLP is no longer disabled when laptop-mode-tools is detected and instead, a warning is displayed about possible conflicts.

For those not familiar with TLP, this is an advanced power management tool that applies various settings and tweaks to help your laptop save battery power. The app tries to do everything automatically, depending on your Linux distribution and hardware however, you can manually change its settings by editing the TLP configuration file: /etc/default/tlp

Brackets Editor 0.44 Released With Split View

Brackets was updated to version 0.44 recently, getting one of the most requested features: vertical and horizontal split view, so you can now view files side by side or one above another.

The new slip view feature can be accessed either from the View menu or from the icon next to Working File (left pane). For now, it's not possible to view the same files in both panes though.

Brackets Linux split view

Manage Your Tasks With QTodoTxt, A Cross-Platform Todo.txt GUI

Todo.txt is a popular, minimalistic todo list format in which the data is stored in a simple text file. Since todo.txt is both machine and human-readable, you can check out your tasks with a simple text editor from any OS, synchronize it with cloud sync tools such as Dropbox, etc.

QTodoTxt Linux

QTodoTxt is a simple Todo.txt GUI, which allows you to manage your tasks in a GTD way. 

Of course, you can easily manage your Todo.txt tasks with a simple text editor, but using a tool such as QTodoTxt simplifies things, providing a better overview of your tasks by using colored priorities and due dates as well as a sidebar treeview which allows you to quickly access contexts and projects.

Marker: Tool To Take Screenshots And Share Them Via Google Drive

Marker is a cross-platform screenshot tool which allows you to easily annotate and share screenshots via Google Drive.

The application is developed by Insync, the company behind the popular cross-platform Google Drive client 'Insync' and it's not free and open source software but it's free to use.

Marker screenshot tool

Pandora Client `Pithos` 1.0.1 Released With Bug Fixes

Pithos 1.0.1 was released recently and it includes some minor improvements and bug fixes - for instance, the bug that was causing the Ubuntu Sound Menu to stop working when using Pithos was fixed in this release.

Pithos Pandora client

Borderlands 2 Now Available On Linux; Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel Is Coming To Linux This Month

Borderlands 2, the popular action RPG video game developed by Gearbox Software and published by 2K Games, is now available on Linux / Steam OS.

Borderlands 2