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Organize Your Unity Launcher Based On The Current Workspace With LSwitcher

Unity LauncherSwitcher (LSwitcher) is a new tool which can be used to organize the Unity Launcher by letting you control which apps should be displayed (pinned) on the Launcher depending on the current workspace.

Unity LauncherSwitcher

The application remembers which apps are pinned to the Unity Launcher for each workspace and it automatically changes the Launcher when you switch between workspaces.

Fresh Player Plugin 0.2.4 Released With Accelerated Rendering Enabled By Default, High DPI Support

Version 0.2.4 of the Fresh Player Plugin was released recently, bringing some important changes, such as accelerated rendering enabled by default, high DPI support and more.


Fresh Player Plugin is a wrapper that allows Linux users to use Pepper Flash from Google Chrome in Firefox and other NPAPI-compatible browsers.

Vivaldi Browser Technical Preview 3 Adds Native Window Decorations For Linux, More

Vivaldi, a new Chromium/Blink based web browser aimed at power users, has reached Technical Preview 3, receiving numerous improvements such as data import from all major browser, on-demand image and plugin controls, optional native window decorations for Linux and more.

Vivaldi Browser Linux

Unsettings 0.10 Released With Ubuntu 15.04 Support

Unsettings, a tool which lets you change various Unity settings, was updated version 0.10 recently, bringing full support for Ubuntu 15.04.


Fix Missing libgcrypt11 Causing Spotify, Brackets And Other Apps Not To Work / Install In Ubuntu 15.04

In Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet (any flavor, be it Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Kubuntu, etc.), libgcrypt11 is no longer available in the repositories (it uses libgcrypt20 only) and some applications like Spotify, Brackets and others cannot be installed or they don't run unless libgcrypt11 installed:

Ubuntu Desktop To Eventually Switch To Snap Packages By Default

Ubuntu logo

Ubuntu Desktop will eventually switch to "snap" packages by default, while continuing to provide deb-based images as an alternative, at least for a while. I'm sure this doesn't come as a surprise for some of you, but further details regarding this have been revealed today.

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) Flavors Ready For Download

The official Ubuntu 15.04 flavors are available for download. Let's take a quick look at what's new in the latest 15.04 release of Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Kubuntu and Lubuntu.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Released, First Version As An Official Ubuntu Flavor

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 was released today, this being the first version as an official member of the Ubuntu family. Compared to the previous releases, when the distro was an unofficial flavor, there are numerous changes, including new default applications, a built-in panel layout switcher, new default theme and much more.

Ubuntu MATE 15.04 Vivid Vervet screenshots

Ubuntu 15.04 Available For Download, See What`s New

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet screenshots

Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet) was released today and it brings updated applications, various small Unity improvements including an option to always show the menus, along with numerous bug fixes.

Under the hood, the most important change is the replacement of upstart with systemd as the default init system.

Let's take a look at what's new in Ubuntu 15.04 Desktop!

Also see what's new in: Ubuntu MATE 15.04 and the other Ubuntu flavors.

Syncthing 0.11.0 Released With Performance Improvements, Proper Conflict Detection

Syncthing is a cross-platform peer-to-peer file synchronization client/server application written in Go. The tool is similar to BitTorrent Sync (but it's open source as opposed to BT Sync), and it's used to synchronize files between computers. More about Syncthing, HERE.

Syncthing WebUI

Syncthing 0.11.0 was released today and it includes significant performance improvements as well as various other changes such as:

Try Vocal, A Podcast Manager Designed For elementary OS

Vocal is a podcast manager designed to integrate tightly with the elementary OS desktop, which supports both audio and video podcasts, with built-in video playback.

Gnome Pie Application Launcher Sees New Release

Gnome Pie 0.6 (and 0.6.1 quickly after, to fix a nasty bug) was released recently, bringing new features such as half and quarter pies, a new simple theme along with other interesting changes and bug fixes.

For those not familiar with Gnome Pie, this is an application launcher inspired by a World of Warcraft addon called OPie.

The app consists of multiple "pies", each being triggered by a keyboard shortcut or mouse button you set. Each pie has its own role: applications, bookmarks, main menu, multimedia (play/pause/previous/next), a pie that allows you to control the focused window (maximize, close, etc.) and so on.

Opera Developer 30 Adds 32bit Linux Builds

Quick update: the Opera developers have started providing 32bit Linux binaries with the latest Opera developer 30.

Opera Developer Linux 32bit

Xubuntu 15.10 To Drop GIMP, Abiword And Gnumeric, Ship With LibreOffice (Or Parts Of It) By Default

LibreOffice Xubuntu

A week ago, the Xubuntu team members were asked to vote if Xubuntu 15.10 should drop GIMP, Abiword and Gnumeric and include LibreOffice by default.

Plank 0.9.0 Released With Window Dodge Hide Mode

Plank is a simple, lightweight dock written in Vala. The application, which is available by default in elementary OS, features multiple hide modes, customizable screen position, theme and icon size, supports pinning apps to the dock, quicklists and more.

Plank 0.9.0

Tune Up elementary OS 0.3 Freya With `elementary Tweaks`

elementary Tweaks is a tool especially created for elementary OS, which allows adjusting various "hidden" settings, such as changing the themes and fonts, accessing various Plank or Files settings and much more.

elementary Tweaks

elementary OS Freya Available For Download, See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]

After more than a year and a half of development, elementary OS 0.3 "Freya" has been released, bringing three new default apps, a new notification system, a redesigned multitasking view, UEFI/SecureBoot support along with many other improvements and over 1,100 bug fixes.

elementary OS Freya

BQ Ubuntu Phone Now Available For General Purchase

Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition

Quick update: the BQ Ubuntu Phone is now available for general purchase in the European Union. Until now, the phones could only be bought through flash sales.

"After a successful few flash sales we're excited to announce that the shop is now open! The Ubuntu Phone will be available to purchase via our partner +BQ's store. We look forward to welcoming you to this new generation of mobile experiences that is simpler for developers and more unified for user".

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Gets `Always Show Menus` Unity Feature

The much requested Unity feature to always show the menus, which is already available in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet for almost three months, has been backported to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Unity always show menus Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Stay Focused And Boost Your Productivity With Ambient Noise Player

ANoise, or Ambient Noise, is a simple yet very convenient application developed by Costales (who's also behind Folder Color), for playing ambient noise with a click, useful for helping you stay focused, boost your productivity or, why not, fall asleep listening to the sound of waves or rain.

Ambient Noise Player

The application is very simple, lightweight and doesn't get in your way. In fact, it doesn't even come with a GUI by default and instead, it only shows an entry in the Ubuntu Sound Menu which allows you to play various relaxing sounds like forest, storm, rain, wind, night, fire, coffee shop or sea.

Enable Client Side Decorations For Rhyhmbox With `Alternative Toolbar` Plugin

`Alternative Toolbar` is a Rhythmbox plugin which replaces the default Rhythmbox toolbar with a client-side decorations (header bars) toolbar or a compact toolbar that can be hidden.

Rhythmbox header bars