August 2012

The following articles below were published during the month of August 2012 (times are based on UTC):

Articles

12.10 feature freeze and 12.04.1 Written by Roland Taylor 1 year, 7 months ago

Just small notes (since I'm rather busy) - you can read the official announcements ;) [notice] https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-announce/2012-August/000160.html https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/ubuntu-release/2012-August/001800.html [/notice]

Review: DoStuff, a todo.txt client for humans Written by James Gifford 1 year, 7 months ago

DoStuff: A todo.txt client for humans. DoStuff is a unusual application - it's simple, and it is based off of a "standard". For those of you who don't know, there is a project called todo.txt, which plans to "Future proof" your todo list by storing it in a file called... todo.txt of all things! A product of the Ubuntu App Showdown, DoStuff is simple. While I personally won't use DoStuff because of what I do (I need something a little ...

0 A.D. new features on the way Written by Roland Taylor 1 year, 7 months ago

Remember 0 A.D.? Well, the recent weekly report brings some great news. A feature freeze for the next release is in effect, which means a new release is on the way. So what will it bring? According to the weekly report: We are very excited as well about stwf's new sound manager, which will bring sound to Mac users! This week stwf and historic_bruno committed the sound manager to the main data branch (using svn), and fixed some related bugs. ...

New, rewritten version Greybird for Quantal Written by Roland Taylor 1 year, 7 months ago

Greybird, the default theme in Xubuntu 12.04 (and soon to be 12.10), has been updated, no, rewritten - and has been released today. [notice] (Screenshot via Satyajit Sahoo) [/notice] This refresh focuses more on better performance, better contrast, and interestingly, on looking good, not only in GTK+ 3, Unity and Compiz, but especially in GTK+ 2. Why? Well, Greybird isn't really used by GTK+ 3 desktops like Gnome 3 and Unity as much, so it makes sense to focus more ...

Poll: Would you like more written fiction in the Ubuntu Software Center? Written by Roland Taylor 1 year, 8 months ago

[polldaddy poll="6473597"]

Slidewall: Live Wallpaper the Easy Way on Ubuntu Written by Joshua Bell 1 year, 8 months ago

If you are looking for an easy way to change a variety of wallpapers automagically, or add a beautiful clock to your desktop then this is the utility for you. Slidewall is a very easy app to install and fairly feature full, even though it requires some command line work, so lets dig in. First thing you are going to do is call up the terminal, if you are using Ubuntu go ahead and hit the "super" key type in ...

Ubuntu One intros referrals - up to 20GB free Written by Roland Taylor 1 year, 8 months ago

I'm not sure when this landed, but I learned today that Ubuntu One now offers a referrals program, and you can get up to 20GB of extra space for free. That's enough to back up my entire music library with space left over (just barely ;)). [caption id="attachment_3332" align="aligncenter" width="472"] Screenshot. It happened.[/caption] If you have not yet suggested/tried Ubuntu One, this should be more incentive to do so. It sure is better than the 8 or so GB that ...

Make some Noise!!! Written by Roland Taylor 1 year, 8 months ago

Looking for a music player that just does what you ask it to do? Look no further. Noise is what you need, and no, I'm not talking about the chaotic sound your dog is making. It's no secret around here that I've got a bit of love for elementary OS and the applications that come out of their camp. Noise is one of those applications that has won my affection. In my opinion, if using Gnome's Rhythmbox ever becomes a ...

XBMC and OUYA Join forces Written by Roland Taylor 1 year, 8 months ago

  [notice] The year of the Linux desktop may be long gone fantasy, but that doesn't mean that we are not in the midst of a revolution. In fact, never before has there been such global momentum toward a turning of the tables. With Android dominating the mobile market, Windows 8 about to kill the Windows monopoly, MeeGo (now Mer) and TIZEN OS looking to jump into the fray, Valve talking of a Linux-based Valve Box, and... OUYA - making ...

Installing VMWare Player and getting it to work on Ubuntu Written by Nitin Venkatesh 1 year, 8 months ago

I installed VMWare Player a while back and when I tried to run it, it always failed while checking the Network Device available for it. This question on askubuntu.com really helped me to get it working again. So, just thought I'd share this with you as well :)  

Outlook.com, Nice, but ultimately disappointing Written by Joshua Bell 1 year, 8 months ago

So I keep hearing people rave about the new replacement for hotmail.com, in the way of outlook.com, so I thought lets give it a shot. The first thing I noticed is how much faster it was then Google's gmail. honestly It isn't a bad effort for Microsoft to try and get back into the email game (which it lead back in the day when hotmail.com was still all the rave) They even threw in a little bit of eye candy ...

GNOME tweak tool gets a new icon and learns new tricks Written by jokerdino 1 year, 8 months ago

The popular GNOME customization tool gnome-tweak-tool has gotten some changes in 12.10. Some of the changes are minor like a new icon that differentiates it from a normal configuration tool to more like an advanced settings manager. And some of the changes are not so minor. Among the various new customization options added, it is now possible to enable or disable Dynamic Workspaces of the gnome-shell and to set a fixed number of workspaces. While it was initially possible to ...

[Productivity Hack] Using Wordpress as more than a blog! Written by Nitin Venkatesh 1 year, 8 months ago

One of the best things Wordpress does is make your information a li'l more organized, which ain't a bad thing and Wordpress doing it well isn't surprising 'cause it's a Content Management System (CMS). Now with some creativity, and a few freely available plugins (or you creating your own plugins), you could use Wordpress for a plethora of cool stuff. For example, recently I was looking for a code snippet organizer and this idea struck me - why not use ...

Common Question: How do I change the font and font size in my tty's Written by Amith KK 1 year, 8 months ago

This is common question asked by many, so without further ado here is the AskUbuntu question

LibreOffice 3.6 is released; Lands in Quantal Written by jokerdino 1 year, 8 months ago

LibreOffice 3.6 has been released, the fourth major release of the office suite thus far. The new major release bundles in a ton of new features and bug fixes, making the office suite better than ever before. One particular feature that I am liking is the word count being readily accessible from the status bar. Previously, you can only find the word count from the Tools menu. While it wasn't exactly a difficult thing to do, it was quite a ...

"Filesystem" renamed to "Computer" in 12.10 Written by Roland Taylor 1 year, 8 months ago

Majoring in the minors seems to be the focus so far for 12.10, and yet another small change has landed according to our friends at "Liberian Geek".   [important]BeforeAfter[/important] That minor change is the renaming of "Filesystem" to "Computer", which is a bit strange, after Nautilus removed the option to go to what we know now as "Computer". This change will probably lead to some confusion for stalwarts like myself, but for new users it is a somewhat welcome change ...

Vote for your favourite Linux Desktops Written by Roland Taylor 1 year, 8 months ago

There's a fun poll floating around the web, and though I'm not sure where it started, it has already gotten some interesting results.You can vote for your favourite Linux Desktops (yes Desktops, not Desktop), and even add your own answer if it's not in the list. [notice] Link: http://votebin.appspot.com/UI57HXZG Screenshot (it happened): As you can tell, Ubuntu is already taking the lead :)! Go vote for your favourite Linux Desktops and show Ubuntu Fanpeople who's boss ;) [/notice]

KDE 4.9 is official Written by Roland Taylor 1 year, 8 months ago

Well it has been officially out for some hours, but I'm only now getting to write about it ;). So what's new? Well not much, if you are looking for major user facing changes. Recently this has become a strength for KDE in any case, as the Gnome ecosystem has been hit hard by Unity and Gnome Shell (I personally use Unity and dislike Gnome Shell, but I'll be the first to admit that neither was "the right move" for ...