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Install HandBrake Video Transcoder With Fixed Black Widgets And Unity Launcher Progress Bar Integration In Ubuntu

HandBrake is a popular free and open source video transcoder available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The tool works great however, the app widgets are black under Unity, this issue being caused by Ubuntu's overlay scrollbars:

HandBrake Unity overlay scrollbars black bug

Install Rhythmbox 3.2 In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint Via PPA

Rhythmbox 3.2 was released yesterday, bringing new features like a Soudcloud plugin, along with bug fixes. If you're using Ubuntu 15.04, 14.10 or 14.04 / Linux Mint 17.1 or 17 (and derivatives), you can already install the latest Rhythmbox via PPA.

Rhythmbox 3.2 Ubuntu

Pushbullet Indicator Gets Option To Reply To SMS, WhatsApp And Telegram, Full Universal Copy And Paste Support

Pushbullet Indicator was updated today with new features like bidirectional universal copy and paste, option to send SMS from the desktop and more.

Pushbullet Indicator

Pushbullet is a service that lets you easily send files, links, notes, list and more to your Android or iOS device from your desktop or the other way around. The tool can also be used share the clipboard between your desktop and mobile device (feature called "Universal copy & paste"), mirror Android notifications on your desktop and more.

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Final Beta Available For Download

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet final beta was released today, bringing quite a few changes, like locally integrated menus (LIM) by default, upstart was replaced with systemd by default as well as various other improvements and fixes. Let's take a look at what's new!

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet screenshots

GNOME 3.16 Released With New Notification System, Updated Visuals [Video, Screenshots]

GNOME 3.16 screenshots

GNOME 3.16 was released today and it includes some important changes, like a new notification system, updated visuals, 3 new preview applications and much more. Read on to find out what's new!

NitroShare 0.3.0: Easily Send Files To Other Machines On The Local Network

NitroShare is a tool that can be used to easily transfer files between computers on your local network, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X.

NitroShare features:
  • no configuration required: each device running NitroShare broadcasts its presence to other devices on the network;
  • supports transferring files as well as directories;
  • displays desktop notifications for completed transfers or when someone on the local network starts or quits NitroShare;
  • simple, easy to use user interface.

NitroShare is very easy to use: simply select "Send Files..." or "Send Directory..." from the AppIndicator / tray icon menu, select the files and you get a list of devices that run NitroShare on your local network:

NitroShare 0.3.0

After selecting the files and the device you want to share them with, click "Ok" and the file transfer should begin.

Insync 1.2 Released With New HTML5 UI

Insync 1.2 was released today, bringing a new HTML5 UI along with improvements such as an ignore list, improved nested selective sync and more.

Insync 1.2 Ubuntu

For those not familiar with Insync, this 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 application is not free: it costs $20 per Google account (one-time fee), along with plans for 3 Google accounts and for business.

Twitch.tv Indicator Lets You Know When The Channels You Follow Go Live

Twitch Indicator is, like its name suggests, a www.twitch.tv appindicator. In case you're not familiar with Twitch, this is a popular live streaming video platform that primarily focuses on video gaming.

Twitch indicator

The purpose of Twitch Indicator is to track the channels you follow and notify you when they go live. Besides notifications, which can be turned off from the indicator settings, the list of live channels is displayed in the indicator menu and clicking on any channel will open its Twitch page in your default web browser.

How To Run Gedit And Nautilus As Root With pkexec Instead Of gksu

gksu hasn't been updated since 2009 and is not recommended any more. In fact, Ubuntu no longer ships with gksu by default (though it may be installed for many of you, because some apps still depend on it) and it may even be completely removed at some point.

The recommended replacement for gksu is pkexec. Applications like Synaptic, Ubuntu Software Center, Software & Updates and others use it for some time but what if you want to use pkexec with applications like Gedit or Nautilus?

By default, you can't because pkexec can't run graphical applications without having a PolicyKit file installed in /usr/share/polkit-1/actions/ for the app you're trying to run as root, and Ubuntu doesn't ship with PolicyKit files for Nautilus or Gedit.

pkexec Unity
pkexec authentication dialog under Unity

Nautilus, Nemo And Caja Extension `Folder Color` Sees New Release

Folder Color is a file manager extension available for Nautilus, Nemo and Caja, which until recently could only be used to change individual folder colors. The tool was updated yesterday with a new feature: you can now use it to easily change all the folders colors with a click:

Folder Color
Nemo Folder Color, setting the global color to purple

Fix: Unity Panel And Launcher Displayed On Top Of Fullscreen Wine Games Or Applications

If you run fullscreen Wine games or apps and the Unity panel and launcher show up on top of the game/app in some cases, here's a simple fix you can use.

wine fullscreen Unity launcher panel

Nemo With Unity Patches Available For Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

Quick update: Nemo with Unity patches is available for Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet.

Nemo Ubuntu Vivid

For those not familiar with Nemo, this is the default Cinnamon file manager and is a Nautilus fork. 

Nemo continues to provide many of the features removed from Nautilus, like the extra pane or the toggle location button, but there are some other changes as well, like a customizable toolbar (you can add or remove the up/refresh/search/etc icons), a warning is displayed when running Nemo as root, built-in "Open as root", "Open in terminal" and "Set as wallpaper" context menu items and much more.

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Default Wallpaper Revealed

The default Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet wallpaper was revealed a few minutes ago. The wallpaper continues to use the polygon style introduced with the Ubuntu 14.04 default wallpaper, but without the orange. In fact, the new default wallpaper is mostly purple, as you can see below:

Download Wallpaper (open the link in a new tab)

Ozon OS `Hydrogen` Beta Available For Download

Ozon OS "Hydrogen" beta is available for download. This is a Linux distribution based on Fedora, created by a collaboration between Numix Project and Nitrux S.A., "designed to not get into your way and and be simple, sleek and modern while focusing on helping you to get stuff done quickly".

Ozon OS Hydrogen beta

The latest Ozon OS "Hydrogen" beta is based on Fedora 21 and it uses GNOME Shell (3.14.x), customized with various extensions. And of course, since Numix Project and Nitrux S.A. are known for their beautiful design work, Ozon OS ships with gorgeous GTK, GNOME Shell and icon themes, which you can see in the screenshots throughout this post.

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Community Wallpapers Revealed

The winners of the Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Community Wallpaper Contest were revealed yesterday. The new wallpapers didn't land in Vivid yet, but you can already download them via Launchpad.

The pack includes a selection of 10 elegant images, which you can see below:

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet Switches To Boot With systemd By Default

Quick update: As announced by Martin Pitt on Thursday, Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet switched to booting with systemd by default today, replacing upstart.

Vivid systemd

Audacious 3.6 Released, Install It In Ubuntu Or Linux Mint

Audacious is a fast, open source audio player. A decendant of XMMS, Audacious focuses on high audio quality and low system resource usage and it ships with numerous plugins for various purposes, such as effects, visualisation, desktop integration and more. The player ships with a GTK and a Winamp 2.x-like interface and, with the latest version, a new Qt interface.

Audacious 3.6 was released recently and with this version, the developers have decided to switch back to GTK2 by default. 

Audacious 3.6 GTK2 interface

Install Xfce 4.12 In Xubuntu 14.04 Or 14.10 Via PPA

The Xfce 4.12 PPA was updated with the final stable Xfce 4.12, for Xubuntu 14.04 and 14.10.

For what's new in Xfce 4.12, see THIS article.

Xfce 4.12 Xubuntu 14.04
Xfce 4.12 in Xubuntu 14.04

Xfce 4.12 Xubuntu 14.10
Xfce 4.12 in Xubuntu 14.10 (with extras: TopMenu and DockBarX)

Pinta Image Editor Sees New Stable Release

Pinta, a free, open source drawing / image editing program, was updated to version 1.6 today, bringing redesigned new image dialog and shape tools, a new community add-in repository, along with over 50 bug fixes and other changes.

Pinta image editor

A Look At What's New In Xfce 4.12 [Video, Screenshots]

After almost three years of development, Xfce 4.12 was released over the weekend and it includes numerous improvements, including a new Display settings dialog with proper multi-monitor support, improved alt-tab with two new modes, support for loading GTK3 plugins for the Xfce Panel, client-side decorations (header bars) support and much more. Let's take a look at what's new!

Xfce 4.12

While Xfce 4.12 has only been released for a couple of days, many of the new features / changes included in this release were already available in various Linux distributions. For instance, Xubuntu started shipping with Xfce 4.12 development builds with Xubuntu 13.04, and applications like Parole and Thunar were updated to the latest version which each Xubuntu release.