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Linux Mint 17.1 `Rebecca` Available For Download

Linux Mint 17.1 "Rebecca" has been released and is available as usual in two main editions: MATE and Cinnamon. Let's take a look at what's new!

Insync For Linux Gets Nested Selective Sync Support (Unofficial Google Drive Client)

Insync is an unofficial Google Drive client which "extends Drive's web functionality to your desktop by integrating tightly with Windows, Mac and Linux so you can get work done".

The app is not free: it costs $15 per Google account (one-time fee) and there are separate plans for 3 Google accounts and for business - see the Insync pricing page for more info. Also, there's a 15 day trial if you want to try Insync before purchasing a license.

Insync Linux

YouTube Command Line Player And Downloader `mps-youtube` 0.2.0 Released With Support For Downloading YouTube Playlists, More

mps-youtube is a command line tool that can be used to search, play and download YouTube videos, which supports both local and YouTube playlists.

By default, mps-youtube is basically a YouTube audio player (and downloader), but you can enable external video playback (via mpv or MPlayer) from its options:

How To Install RVM (Ruby Version Manager) In Ubuntu Via PPA

Ruby Version (enVironment) Manager (or simply RVM) is a tool that manages Ruby application environments and enables switching between them.

RVM has not been packaged for recent Ubuntu versions (it's only available for Ubuntu 12.04, but it's a very old RVM version) and to install or update it, you must run a script. To make things easier, WebUpd8 reader Rael G.C. has packaged RVM for Ubuntu and uploaded it to a PPA, for easy installation and of course, automatic updates.

Video Transcoder `HandBrake` 0.10.0 Released With Support For New Encoders

HandBrake, a free, open source video transcoder for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, has been updated to version 0.10.0, getting support for new encoders, like H.265 and VP8, along other interesting changes.

HandBrake 0.10

How To Use Compiz In Ubuntu MATE 14.04 Or 14.10

If you're using Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS or 14.10, here's a quick guide for how to install and configure Compiz. If something goes wrong or you're not satisfied with Compiz, the article includes instructions for reverting the changes.

Ubuntu MATE Compiz

KDE Connect Indicator: Use KDE Connect On Desktop Environments That Use AppIndicators (Unity, Pantheon, Etc.)

Update: you should use the new KDE Connect Indicator fork instead of this.

KDE Connect is a tool which allows you integrate the KDE Plasma Workspace with your smartphone (Android only for now), via WiFi. 

With the help of KDE Connect Indicator, you can now use KDE Connect in desktops which support Ubuntu AppIndicators, such as Unity, Pantheon (elementary OS), Xfce (Xubuntu) and so on.

For those who aren't familiar with KDE Connect, here's a quick list of features for the latest version (0.7.3 at the time I'm writing this article):
  • display notifications from your Android device on your desktop (requires Android 4.3+);
  • send files from your Android device to your desktop and the other way around "without wires";
  • touchpad emulation: use your phone screen as your computer's touchpad (keyboard emulation is also available);
  • shared clipboard between your phone and computer;
  • display your phone's battery status on the desktop;
  • multimedia remote control: use your Android device to control various Linux media players;
  • RSA Encryption.

FFmpeg Returns To The Official Ubuntu Repositories With Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

Quick update for Ubuntu users: FFmpeg isn't available in recent Ubuntu releases but that will change with Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet (currently under development, to be released in April, 2015).

Gis Weather: Highly Customizable Weather Widget For Your Linux Desktop

Gis Weather is a highly customizable weather widget which supports Gismeteo and AccuWeather, available for Linux and Windows. The app ships with optional Ubuntu AppIndicator / tray icon which displays the current weather.

Gis Weather

Split View Patch Available For Thunar File Manager

Thunar, the default Xfce file manager, doesn't support split view. In a bug report from 2013 which requested this feature, Nick Schermer, one of the Thunar developers, said that Thunar won't support split view because "Thunar is by design meant to be simple and easy to use".

Since Thunar is open source software, Xfce user Román decided to take this issue into his own hands so he implemented the split view / dual pane feature in Thunar and released a patch, so everyone who wants this feature can use his work.

Thunar split view

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS Available For Download

Because Ubuntu MATE 14.10 was the first Ubuntu MATE release and it's supported for only 9 months, the Ubuntu MATE team released Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS yesterday, which is supported until 2019.

Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS

ownCloud Client 1.7.0 Released With Selective Sync Support

ownCloud is a free software alternative to various proprietary web services and it includes file management (with built-in file sharing), music streaming, calendar, contacts and more, all running on your own server. The ownCloud Desktop Client allows synchronizing ownCloud (server) with your computer. To use it, you must firstly install ownCloud on your server.

ownCloud Client 1.7.0

ownCloud Client 1.7.0 was released a couple of days ago, bringing selective sync support, overlay icons for popular file managers as well as support for some of the new features available in ownCloud 7.

Qt4 Music Player `Yarock` 1.0.0 Released With Improved Design, Advanced Library Search

Yarock 1.0.0 was released recently, getting an updated design with new icons, advanced library search and other interesting changes.

For those not familiar with Yarock, this is a Qt4 music player "designed to provide an easy and pretty music collection browser based on cover art".

Add Telegram Support To Pidgin With Telegram Purple

Telegram Purple is a Pidgin (and other Libpurple-based messengers) plugin which adds support for Telegram.

Pidgin Telegram Ubuntu

TeamViewer 10 Available For Download [Remote Desktop Software]

TeamViewer is a popular application for remote control, desktop sharing, file transfer, online meetings and more, that's available for Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Android and iPhone.

The application is free (freeware) for personal use and the Linux version uses Wine, which comes bundled with it (so users don't have to install Wine to be able to use TeamViewer).

TeamViewer 10 beta Ubuntu

TeamViewer 10 was released recently and it comes with significant performance optimizations as well as new features, like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and Box integration, chat history and persistent chat groups, real-time session notes and more.

Viber Wrapper Indicator Hides Floating Viber Icon, Adds AppIndicator Support

If you're using Viber under Unity (without a custom Unity build that brings the systray back), you've probably noticed the floating Viber icon which is displayed above maximized window controls:

viber top left icon Ubuntu bug
Floating Viber icon bug

This floating Viber icon issue finally has a fix, thanks to karas84's Viber Wrapper Indicator. This is an Ubuntu AppIndicator which acts as a wrapper for Viber, hiding the top left Viber icon and adding a proper Unity AppIndicator for Viber, which provides the same functionality as the original icon:

Viber Ubuntu Indicator
Viber Indicator: instead of a floating Viber icon (top left), Viber now uses an Ubuntu AppIndicator

Cinnamon 2.4 Brings A Smoother Experience, Improved Settings

Cinnamon 2.4 was released recently and it comes with improved settings, a redesigned toolbar for Nemo along with various other changes which bring a smoother overall experience.

Cinnamon 2.4