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Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) Available For Download

Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus

Ubuntu 17.04 has been released.

The new version brings updated applications and various under-the-hood improvements, along with bug fixes. As expected, Compiz and Unity have only received minor improvements and bug fixes.

On the other hand, Ubuntu 17.04 includes the GNOME 3.24 stack for the most part (GTK3 along with Totem, Disks, Calendar, and so on). There are some missing bits, but this is still pretty important, as Ubuntu didn't use the latest GNOME since around Ubuntu 11.10 / GNOME 3.2.


Unity and Compiz in Ubuntu 17.04



As you probably know, Ubuntu will switch to GNOME (Shell) by default starting with Ubuntu 18.04 (to be released in April, 2018).

However, even before this announcement, Unity 7 was in maintenance mode, with the focus being Unity 8. It did receive some features, like the option to move the launcher to the bottom in Ubuntu 16.04, but only bug fixes for the most part.

Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) is no different. Both Unity and Compiz only had some minor changes and bug fixes, such as:

Complete changelogs for Unity and Compiz.

I should also mention that while Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu and Canonical, has recently said that Canonical is ending their "investment in Unity8", Ubuntu 17.04 ships with an experimental Unity 8 session by default, just like Ubuntu 16.10.

Here's a Unity 8 screenshot I took under Ubuntu 17.04 (by the way, Unity 8 now works in VirtualBox):

Unity 8 Ubuntu 17.04


Defaults and other changes


Ubuntu Software 17.04

Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus ships with GTK 3.24 and GNOME 3.24 applications for the most part.

Not all the bits were updated to version 3.24 though. The exceptions are Nautilus (3.20), Terminal (3.20), Gedit (3.22), Software (3.22) and Evolution (3.22).

Besides the applications mentioned above, Ubuntu 17.04 ships with Firefox 52.0.1, Thunderbird 45.8.0, LibreOffice 5.3.1, Transmission 2.92, Shotwell 0.22+git, Rhythmbox 3.4.1, Totem 3.24.0, GNOME Disks 3.24.0, GNOME Calendar 3.24, GNOME System Monitor 3.24 and Evince 3.24, on top of Unity 7.5.0 (+17.04.20170407) and Compiz 0.9.13.1 (+17.04.20170109).

Under the hood, Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus) ships with Xorg server 1.19.3, Mesa 17.0.3, Ubuntu Linux Kernel 4.10.0-19.21 based on the upstream 4.10 Linux Kernel, PulseAudio 10.0, and systemd 232.

Here's a quick list of changes in the Linux Kernel since the version used in the previous Ubuntu release (Linux 4.8 for Ubuntu 16.10):

Other changes in Ubuntu 17.04:


Download Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus)


Download Ubuntu 17.04 | official release notes
(includes instructions for upgrading from older Ubuntu versions)

Important: all non-LTS Ubuntu versions are only supported for 9 months. Ubuntu 17.04 will be supported until January 2018.

Official release notes and download links for the Ubuntu 17.04 desktop flavors:

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 14 April 2017 | 5:06 am

Pandora Radio Client Pithos 1.3.0 Released, Available In PPA

Pithos 1.3.0 was released recently and is now available in its official PPA, for Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10 and 16.04. The new version brings support for MPRIS playlist and tracklist interfaces, improved accessibility UI, and more.

Pithos

Pithos is a Pandora Radio (only available in Australia, New Zealand and the United States) client that supports Pandora features such as love / ban / tired, allows creating, editing and switching between stations, and more.

The application integrates tightly with the desktop, providing notifications, MPRIS v2 support (it integrates with the Ubuntu Sound Menu / GNOME Shell, etc. ), media keys, can inhibit the screensaver and so on.

Pithos 1.3.0 includes a complete MPRIS implementation thanks to the addition of playlist and tracklist MPRIS interfaces.

With the GNOME Shell Media Player Indicator extension, Pithos exposes the current playlist and station list in the indicator (these need to be enabled in the extension settings):

Pithos

Pithos

This feature does not work with the Ubuntu Sound Menu due to an upstream bug.

Another change in Pithos 1.3.0 is the addition of a new plugin that allows controlling the systemd logging level (or completely disabling it) for Pithos. The logs since last reboot can be printed by running Pithos with the "--last-logs" command line argument.

Other changes in Pithos 1.3.0 include:

Also, compared to the Pithos version available in the official Ubuntu / Linux Mint repositories (1.1.2 for Ubuntu 17.04 and 1.1.1 for Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 18), the application has received quite a few improvements, including a keyboard shortcuts window, more quality options, the password is now stored with libsecret, along with bug fixes. 

The UI was also updated to use header bars and the stations dropdown now uses a popover.

Pithos currently has only 2 contributors and it could use more devs. If you can help, see its GitHub page.


Install Pithos in Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10 or 16.04 / Linux Mint 18.x


An older Pithos version is available in the official Ubuntu repositories. To install it, simply use the following command:
sudo apt install pithos

Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10 or 17.04 / Linux Mint 18 users can install the latest Pithos by using its official PPA. To add the PPA and install Pithos, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pithos/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pithos
If you don't want to add the PPA, you can grab the deb from HERE.

For installing Pithos in other Linux distributions (including Flatpak), see the install section on its homepage.

Report any bugs you may want @ GitHub.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 13 April 2017 | 8:33 pm

New KDE Connect Indicator Ubuntu / Linux Mint PPA

The KDE Connect Indicator (fork) PPA maintainer is not available any more, and I was asked to create a new PPA. 

KDE Connect Indicator

Since I'm a KDE Connect Indicator user myself, I couldn't say no, so I created a new KDE Connect Indicator PPA, which provides packages for Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10 and 16.04 / Linux Mint 18.x.

I didn't upload packages for Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17.x because I couldn't build the latest KDE Connect for this Ubuntu version due to newer dependencies, and Ubuntu 14.04 has a pretty old KDE Connect version.

The KDE Connect Indicator (fork) developer is also looking for someone that can create and maintain Flatpack and Snap packages. If you can help, see THIS bug report.

In case you're not familiar with KDE Connect Indicator, this is an indicator / tray for KDE Connect. Using KDE Connect, you can mirror Android notifications on the desktop, easily send and receive files from an Android device to your desktop (and the other way around), control desktop media players from Android, share the clipboard between your Android device and desktop, and more.

Check out our KDE Connect Indicator fork article for more information.


Install KDE Connect Indicator fork in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via new PPA


As a reminder, KDE Connect depends on quite a few KDE packages. You may want to save the KDE package list that's installed to make it easier to remove in the future, in case you want to remove them ("apt autoremove" won't remove all of them, at least in Ubuntu).

To add the new KDE Connect Indicator fork PPA and install the app in Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10 or 16.04 / Linux Mint 18.x, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/indicator-kdeconnect
sudo apt update
sudo apt install indicator-kdeconnect

You can also download the latest KDE Connect Indicator deb from GitHub, but you won't receive updates through your system's update manager. For Ubuntu 16.04 and 16.10 / Linux Mint 18, you'll also need a newer KDE Connect version for the indicator to work. KDE Connect 1.0.3 is available for Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 18 and Ubuntu 16.10 in the PPA.

If you encounter bugs, report them @ GitHub.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 7 April 2017 | 10:56 pm

Polo Is An Interesting New GTK3 File Manager (Beta)

Developed by Tony George, who's also behind other fairly popular applications such as Selene Media Converter, TimeShift backup tool, and more, Polo is only available for users who donate for now. The stable release will be available for all users, however, those who donate will get a few extra features.

Polo File Manager

Polo is a new file manager that aims at providing features that are missing from popular file managers. The application is currently in beta, and it lacks some feature, but it already looks very promising.

For example, the developer wants to include built-in support for multiple cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive and others, using rclone as a backend.

Another feature that's missing in many graphical file managers is being able to browse archives as if they were folders. This is another feature that Polo should get before its first stable release. There should also be a built-in GUI for creating archives, similar to the one used by 7zip in Windows.

These two features are currently not available in Polo.

The current Polo beta 3 already includes quite a few interesting features though. The file manager supports tabs, along with multiple panes. You can use 2 panes, either vertical or horizontal, and even 4 panes:

Polo File Manager

There are context menu items to easily copy files or folders from one pane to another, as well as a middle toolbar that provides these, along with other options.

Another cool feature available in the Polo Beta 3 version I tested is session support. Polo remembers the last session and it reloads it the next time it runs. It restores not only open tabs and the pane layout, but also open directories.

The Polo toolbar and pathbar are highly configurable, allowing you to enable or disable various buttons:

Polo File Manager

You can also configure the toolbar to display large icons, show only labels, labels beside icons, and use a dark background.

Polo File Manager
Polo file properties - audio info

Polo File Manager
Polo bookmarks

Other Polo features worth mentioning:


Work in progress


Besides built-in cloud service and archive support, the developer also wants to add support for Nemo extensions in the future. 

The audio preview feature that was available in Nautilus 2, which allowed hovering over audio files to preview them, might be implemented as well.

One feature that won't be implemented is desktop handling (drawing the wallpaper / desktop icons).

I should also mention that in its current state, Polo is not suitable for daily use.

While in my test, I only encountered two major bugs (very slow copying folders with a large number of files and the app crashes when entering a folder with a large number of images), there are a few major features that are missing, like support for drag'n'drop and trash, along with many missing bits and pieces (like type-ahead). And, of course, there are some bugs as well. But that's to be expected since Polo is beta software.

The next beta version is expected to be released on April 15 (initially it was April 8, but it was delayed).


Getting Polo file manager


Like I mentioned in the beginning of the article, Polo is currently only available for users who donate. The stable version will be available for all, with some extra features for donors.

Check out the Polo tag on Tony George's website for how to donate, along with more information about Polo, including completed and pending feature status.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 7 April 2017 | 10:19 pm

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS To Use GNOME By Default; Unity 8 And The Phone To Be Discontinued

Ubuntu logo

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will go back to using GNOME as the default desktop environment, instead of Unity.

In what comes as a big surprise for many, Mark Shuttleworh, the founder of Ubuntu and Canonical, explains on the Ubuntu Insights website that Canonical is ending their "investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell".

Existing LTS releases will continue to be maintained, so Unity 7 should still see some bug fixes in the future. However, with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (to be released in April, 2018), the default desktop environment will be GNOME.

While Mark doesn't explicitly says "GNOME Shell", I assume that's what he means, especially since Unity 7 has been in maintenance mode for quite a few Ubuntu releases.

"I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts.
In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a ‘better the devil you know’ approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms. What the Unity8 team has delivered so far is beautiful, usable and solid, but I respect that markets, and community, ultimately decide which products grow and which disappear".

- Mark Shuttleworth

Check out the complete article HERE.

What do you think?

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 6 April 2017 | 11:24 pm

PB For Desktop 5.0.0 Brings Support For SMS Notification Mirroring

PB For Desktop 5.0.0 was released today, bringing some important enhancements and fixes, like support for SMS mirroring, improved reconnection (in case the network gets disconnected), and more.

PB For Desktop

In case you're not familiar with PB For Desktop, this is an unofficial desktop application for Pushbullet, a service somewhat similar to KDE Connect (but with no KDE dependencies).

Using it, you can mirror Android notifications on your desktop, send and receive SMS using your Android devices from the desktop, with autocomplete for contacts, and more.

I wrote more about PB For Desktop HERE, so check out our previous article for more about both PB For Desktop and Pushbullet.


PB For Desktop SMS notification

The most important change in the latest PB For Desktop 5.0.0 is the addition of SMS notification mirroring (Android) and rich application pushes. Previously, mirroring notifications from Android to the desktop worked for most applications, but it didn't work for SMSs.

Another important change is the addition of a more advanced automatic reconnect feature along with connectivity handling. This should fix issues with PB For Desktop not reconnecting automatically after Internet / network gets disconnected (including when resuming from suspend) in some cases.

If this still fails for some reason, there's a PB For Desktop tray / indicator menu entry that allows you to reconnect it manually (this was available in previous versions), but hopefully that's no longer needed. Furthermore, an offline state tray icon was added so you can easily see if the app is not online.

Other changes in PB For Desktop 5.0.0 include:

Also, with this release, the ARM package was removed due to an upstream issue.


Download PB For Desktop


Note that using PB For Desktop requires a Pushbullet account (free or pro). You'll also need to install the Pushbullet mobile application on your Android or iOS (notification mirroring is not supported for iOS unless you use a MacOS device) device.

Download PB For Desktop
(binaries available for Linux: deb, rpm and AppImage, Mac and Windows, as well as the source)

Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.


Fix PB For Desktop AppIndicator not being displayed in Ubuntu 17.04


Like I mentioned in the previous article on WebUpd8, AppIndicators doesn't work for Electron applications (and PB For Desktop is an Electron app) in Ubuntu 17.04. To fix this manually, see our previous article or follow these instructions to fix it for PB For Desktop:

A. Fix the menu entry:

mkdir -p ~/.local/share/applications/
cp /usr/share/applications/pb-for-desktop.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/
sed -i 's/^Exec.*/Exec=env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity \"\/opt\/PB for Desktop\/pb-for-desktop\"/' ~/.local/share/applications/pb-for-desktop.desktop

B. Fix the autostart file.

To proceed, fix the application menu entry (see above), then make sure PB For Desktop is not already running. Next, start the application from Unity Dash - the PB For Desktop indicator should be working now. From the indicator menu, enable it to autostart on login.

Since PB For Desktop overwrites the the autostart file, we'll make a copy and use that instead of the original file:
cp ~/.config/autostart/pb-for-desktop.desktop ~/.config/autostart/pb-for-desktop-fixed.desktop
sed -i 's/^Exec.*/Exec=env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity \"\/opt\/PB for Desktop\/pb-for-desktop\"/' ~/.config/autostart/pb-for-desktop-fixed.desktop
And finally, disable PB For Desktop from starting automatically on login from its indicator menu (it will still start automatically, using the newly created autostart file).

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 6 April 2017 | 2:03 am

Razer Peripherals Configuration GUI Polychromatic 0.3.8 Released With Overhauled Tray / AppIndicator

Polychromatic, an unofficial GUI and tray applet for configuring Razer peripherals on Linux, was updated to version 0.3.8 today, bringing a completely overhauled tray / AppIndicator applet which only shows options relevant to your device(s), along with other changes.

Polychromatic Razer configuration tool

Polychromatic uses Razer Drivers (unofficial) under the hood, which supports quite a few Razer peripherals, including:

For a complete list of supported Razer peripherals, check out THIS page.

Using Polychromatic, you can change effects, brightness and color modes, and create application profiles, though this doesn't seem to be supported for mice - or at least I don't have this option for my Razer Ouroboros mouse.

From the Polychromatic tray applet, you can quickly set effects, brightness and modes, change application profiles and DPI on the fly, and more.

Polychromatic tray applet running in Linux Mint 18.1 (Cinnamon)

Changes in Polychromatic 0.3.8 include:

Two features were temporarily dropped with Polychromatic 0.3.8. Startup Settings is no longer available because it was unreliable, though this should come back with the next major release. The second feature that was temporarily dropped is the daemon options, because the latest daemon version doesn't read them.

Furthermore, with this release, there are Polychromatic packages available for Fedora and openSUSE.

Note that the new option to change the mouse DPI from the tray applet doesn't seem to have an option to configure the DPI values. For my Razer Ouroboros mouse, it lists 5 scan resolutions, which I suspect are what the mouse provides by default.

Also, in my test under Ubuntu 17.04, when changing the DPI from the Polychromatic tray applet, the current DPI value it displays is "0" instead of the actual value. This didn't occur in my test under Linux Mint 18.1 though.

For an alternative to Polychromatic for mice only, that doesn't use Razer Drivers under the hood (useful if Razer Drivers doesn't support your device or if you're having issues with it), you may want to take a look at RazerCfg.


Install Polychromatic (and Razer Drivers) in Ubuntu or Linux Mint


Before installing Polychromatic, you'll need to install Razer Drivers from its official PPA. Note that to be able to install Razer Drivers, you'll need to make sure the "universe" repository is enabled (via Software & Updates)!

To add the PPA and install Razer Drivers in Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10 or 16.04 / Linux Mint 18, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:terrz/razerutils
sudo apt update
sudo apt install python3-razer razer-kernel-modules-dkms razer-daemon razer-doc
sudo modprobe razerkbd

Note: the Razer Drivers PPA provides packages for Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17, but Polychromatic doesn't work with this Ubuntu version because it depends on webkit2gtk, which is not available for Ubuntu 14.04.

Now you can install Polychromatic, by using its official PPA. To add the PPA and install it in Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10 or 14.04 / Linux Mint 18, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lah7/polychromatic
sudo apt update
sudo apt install polychromatic
If you don't want to add the Polychromatic PPA, you can download the deb from its GitHub releases page.

The Polychromatic Tray Applet and Controller are available as separate items in the menu / Unity Dash, so you'll have to launch them separately.

If your Razer device is listed in the supported peripherals list but is not detected by Polychromatic, try restarting the daemon, either from Polychromatic Controller (on the Daemon tab > Daemon Service > Restart) or the tray (Advanced > Restart Daemon) and / or try restarting your computer.

For installing Razer Drivers and Polychromatic in other Linux distributions, see the following pages:

Report any bugs you may find on GitHub: Polychromatic | Razer Drivers.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 6 April 2017 | 1:22 am

Streamlink 0.5.0 Adds Support For Streaming Google Drive / Google Docs Videos

Streamlink 0.5.0 was released yesterday, bringing support for streaming videos from Google Drive / Google Docs, along with other improvements.

Streamlink

Forked from Livestreamer, which is no longer maintained, Streamlink is a command line tool (and API) that can be used to stream videos from various streaming services, such as Twitch, YouTube Live and many more, and play them using your favorite video player, be it VLC, mpv, and more.

It is is available for Linux, Windows, and Mac OS.

Changes in Streamlink 0.5.0 include:

Since our initial article about Streamlink, the tool has seen quite a few improvements, including support to use FFmpeg to mux separate video and audio streams, along with new plugins and much more. Check out the Streamlink GitHub releases page for a complete changelog.

For a complete list of supported streaming services, see THIS page.

Using the Streamlink command line interface is very simple. Here's an example using a Google Drive video. The first thing you need to do is run Streamlink with the link you want to stream, to see the available streams:
streamlink https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0tRrdcY7CwJWGdVdHEyYWpfTTQ
This should list the available formats:
[cli][info] Found matching plugin googledrive for URL https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0tRrdcY7CwJWGdVdHEyYWpfTTQ
Available streams: 360p_alt, 480p_alt, 360p (worst), 480p, 720p, 1080p (best)
Next, simply add one of the available streams at the end of the command, and Streamlink will start streaming:
streamlink https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B0tRrdcY7CwJWGdVdHEyYWpfTTQ 1080p
By default, Streamlink uses VLC to play the stream, but you can specify a different video player by using the "--player" argument, e.g. "--player mpv" to use mpv instead.

For more about using the Streamlink command line interface, check out THIS page.


Install Streamlink


Ubuntu / Linux Mint users can install Streamlink by using the main WebUpd8 PPA. To add the PPA and install Streamlink, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install streamlink

I didn't add a direct deb download link because the PPA provides quite a few dependencies required to install Streamlink.

For how to install Streamlink in other Linux distributions, Windows or Mac OS, see THIS page.

Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 6 April 2017 | 1:20 am

Fix AppIndicator Not Working For Electron Apps In Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus w/ Unity

Skype For Linux Indicator Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus

[Quick update] It looks like Dropbox isn't the only AppIndicator that doesn't work in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus (under Unity) due to the change of XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP from "Unity" to "Unity:Unity7".

Update (thanks Martin): the Dropbox AppIndicator no longer has this issue.

Electron applications (such as the new Skype For Linux, WMail, PB For Desktop and many others) are affected as well, but in a different way. For Electron applications, the indicator is not displayed at all in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus under Unity.

The fix is similar to the one applied to the Dropbox indicator. Simply run the application with "env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity". For example, to start Skype For Linux, you would use:
env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity skypeforlinux

To make the fix permanent, copy the application desktop file from /usr/share/applications/ to ~/.local/share/applications/, then edit the file and change the "Exec" line by adding "env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity" (without the quotes) immediately after "Exec=".

Some applications are set to start automatically and in that case, you'll have to edit the desktop file from ~/.config/autostart/ in the same way.

Note that some applications overwrite any changes made to their autostart files, located in ~/.config/autostart/. A way around this is to rename the autostart file, then in the application settings, set the application not to start on login. This way, the modified autostart file will be used (which has a different name and contains the workaround).

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 5 April 2017 | 3:36 am

Fix Dropbox Indicator Menu Not Working In Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus (Unity)

Update: this issue was fixed (thanks Martin), although you may still encounter it in other applications.

The Dropbox indicator is broken in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus (currently in beta): the menu doesn't work and Dropbox uses a different icon, probably because it tries to use the tray instead of the indicator.

Dropbox indicator menu bug Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus

This is caused by the fact that the XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP environment variable was changed from "Unity" to "Unity:Unity7" for Ubuntu 17.04.

Until this is fixed in Dropbox, here's a quick fix / workaround. To get the Dropbox indicator to work in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus (with Unity), you'll need to launch Dropbox with "env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity", like this:
dropbox stop
env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity dropbox start -i

To get this to work automatically is a bit tricky because Dropbox overwrites any modifications to its autostart file.

Here are all the steps required to fix the Dropbox indicator menu in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus so that Dropbox works when you login / when launched from the menu:

Initially this article mentioned using "dropbox autostart n" to disable Dropbox from autostarting using its default desktop file, but that apparently only works once now. So here are exact step by step instructions on fixing the Dropbox indicator menu in Ubuntu 17.04, with commands to simplify things.

1. Create a new autostart .desktop file for Dropbox, based on the default one, but modifying the Exec line to use XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity:
cp ~/.config/autostart/dropbox.desktop ~/.config/autostart/start_dropbox.desktop
sed -i 's/^Exec=.*/Exec=env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity dropbox start -i/' ~/.config/autostart/start_dropbox.desktop

2. Stop Dropbox and start it using XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity so you can access its settings:
dropbox stop
env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity dropbox start -i

3. In the Dropbox AppIndicator menu, select "Preferences", then disable "Start Dropbox on system startup".

4. Optional: modify the Dropbox menu entry to use XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity:
mkdir -p ~/.local/share/applications/
cp /usr/share/applications/dropbox.desktop ~/.local/share/applications/
sed -i 's/^Exec=.*/Exec=env XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP=Unity dropbox start -i/' ~/.local/share/applications/dropbox.desktop

The next time you login, the Dropbox indicator menu should now work and it should use the correct icon.

via Dropbox forums

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 5 April 2017 | 3:32 am

GNOME Twitch 0.4.0 Includes Improved Chat, Re-Enabled Notifications, More

GNOME Twitch (not an official GNOME app) 0.4.0 was released recently, bringing improved chat moving and resizing, re-enabled notifications, along with improved stability and more.

GNOME Twitch

The application was updated 3 days ago, but there was a bug that prevented it from building in Ubuntu 16.10, so I preferred to wait until it's fixed so I could update the PPA.

GNOME Twitch is an application to watch Twitch streams on your desktop, without using Flash or a web browser. It requires GTK 3.20 or newer so it only works in fairly new Linux distributions, e.g. Ubuntu 16.10 and newer.

Using it, you can easily search for channels and games, follow streams with or without a Twitch account (it supports logging in to your Twitch account) and more. The application supports 4 player backends (GStreamer Cairo, OpenGL and Clutter, as well mpv) and it ships with a customizable chat.

GNOME Twitch

Changes in GNOME Twitch 0.4.0 include:

Even though it includes quite a few enhancements, the latest GNOME Twitch 0.4.0 release is mainly focused on stability and better error handling and reporting. Even so, according to the release notes, there are still bugs and crashes, "but hopefully there will be a significant decrease in both".


Install GNOME Twitch 0.4.0 in Ubuntu 16.10 or 17.04


GNOME Twitch is available in the official Ubuntu 16.04 and newer repositories, but it's an older version (0.1.0 for Ubuntu 16.04, 0.2.1 for Ubuntu 16.10 and 0.3.1 for Ubuntu 17.04). To install the version from the official repositories, use the following command:
sudo apt install gnome-twitch

To install the latest GNOME Twitch in Ubuntu 16.10 or 17.04, you can use the main WebUpd8 PPA. To add the PPA and install it, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gnome-twitch
If you don't want to add the PPA, you can grab the deb from HERE (note: you'll need GNOME Twitch as well as at least one player backend - make sure both are the latest version).

By default, installing GNOME Twitch should also install the GStreamer Cairo backend. If you want to install the other player backends as well (you can remove those that you don't plan on using), use the following command:
sudo apt install gnome-twitch-player-backend-mpv-opengl gnome-twitch-player-backend-gstreamer-clutter gnome-twitch-player-backend-gstreamer-opengl

Note that no player backend is selected by default and enabling one is required to play a stream. To enable a player backend, open the GNOME Twitch Settings and on the Players tab, select a backend:

GNOME Twitch

For other Linux distributions, see the GNOME Twitch package section @ GitHub.

Report any bugs you may encounter @ GitHub.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 5 April 2017 | 3:09 am

Code Editor `Brackets` 1.9 Released, Available In PPA

Brackets is a free, open source code editor focused on front-end web development (HTML, CSS and JavaScript).

The application, which was originally developed by Adobe, is available for Linux, Windows and MacOS.

Brackets editor Linux

Since I haven't written about Brackets in a while, here's a quick list of its main features:

Brackets extension manager

Changes in Brackets 1.9 include:

A complete changelog is available HERE.

Important! There are two issues with Brackets on Linux.

The first is that to close the application, you must click the close button twice.

And the second issue is that the official Brackets Debian / Ubuntu debs depend on libgcrypt11, which is not available in Ubuntu versions newer than 14.10.

This last issue is fixed if you install libgcrypt11 from an older Ubuntu version, if you upgraded from Ubuntu versions older than 15.04 (so libgcrypt11 is still installed on your system), or if use the WebUpd8 Brackets PPA (there are also direct PPA deb download links below), which should work in any Debian-based Linux distribution, including Ubuntu, Linux Mint and so on.

For more about Brackets, check out its website and wiki.


Download Brackets


Download Brackets 
(32bit and 64bit debs - only work with Ubuntu 14.10 or older unless you install libgcrypt11 manually or use the PPA -, MacOS and Windows binaries)

To install the latest Brackets in Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10, 16.04 or 14.04 / Linux Mint 18.x or 17.x / Debian 8+ (see how to add a PPA in Debian HERE) by using the WebUpd8 Brackets PPA, run the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/brackets
sudo apt update
sudo apt install brackets
Alternatively, download the WebUpd8 Brackets PPA debs from HERE.

Fedora users can install Brackets by using an unofficial copr repository (not yet updated to version 1.9 at the time I'm posting this article).

Arch Linux users can install Brackets from AUR (not yet updated to version 1.9 at the time I'm posting this article).

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 24 March 2017 | 3:38 am

GNOME 3.24 Released, See What`s New

GNOME 3.24 desktop

After being in development for six months, GNOME 3.24 was released today, bringing improvements such as Night Light, weather information in the date / time indicator, along with updates to its applications, and more.


Changes in GNOME 3.24


GNOME 3.24 desktop

One of the most interesting changes in the latest GNOME 3.24 is the addition of Night Light, a feature that is aimed at preventing eye strain.

With the Night Light option enabled, the color of the display changes based on the time of day, making the screen color warmer in the evening. It is is set to automatically follow the sunset and sunrise times for your location, but there's also an option to customize it.

The option to enable Night Light can be found in Settings > Displays:

GNOME 3.24 night light settings

With GNOME 3.24, the GNOME Shell notifications area (date time indicator) was improved, featuring a cleaner layout. Furthermore, Weather information for the current day is now displayed in the notifications area:

GNOME 3.24 weather information

Note that the weather information gets its location from the Weather app. The location can be set to automatically follow your location, or you can specify it manually.

Another fairly important change in the latest GNOME 3.24 is the revamped user interface for Online Accounts, Printers and Users settings. More Settings improvements are planned for the future.

Here are the new Printers (image via GNOME 3.24 release notes because I don't currently have a printer to try it) and Settings:

GNOME 3.24 printers

GNOME 3.24 user accounts


Other changes include:

Here are a few of the updated Adwaita icons (the blue icon is the new Nautilus / Files icon and it's shipped with Nautilus, and not the icon theme):




GNOME 3.24 applications


Recipes is a new application added with GNOME 3.24:

GNOME Recipes

GNOME Recipes

The application includes recipes contributed by the GNOME community members and it allows adding and editing recipes, exporting and printing shopping lists, configurable quantities based on the number of servings, notes, as well as a hands-free cooking instructions mode.


GNOME Games, a game manager app that was available as a preview for a while, is now considered stable, and it gained support for Libretro games.

While not available in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus (currently under development) yet, GNOME Games is available in the GNOME Staging PPA. However, it doesn't work properly on my system (no games are displayed, not even the default GNOME games), so here's a screenshot from the GNOME 3.24 release notes:

GNOME 3.24 games

The application includes extensions for Game Boy, Nintendo 64 and DS, and even Steam:


For more about GNOME Games, check out THIS page.


GNOME 3.24 nautilus

Files (Nautilus):


GNOME 3.24 photos

Photos:


GNOME 3.24 web epiphany

GNOME 3.24 web epiphany

Web (default GNOME web browser):


GNOME 3.24 software

Software:


GNOME 3.24 polari

Polari:


Other GNOME applications changes include:


Getting GNOME 3.24


Ubuntu GNOME 17.04 (currently in beta, to be released in April; it will ship with most of GNOME 3.24 with a few exceptions, such as Files / Nautilus and GNOME Software) and Fedora 26 (alpha release expected at the end of March) are among the Linux distributions that will ship with GNOME 3.24.

openSUSE Tumbleweed and Arch Linux should get the GNOME 3.24 update soon.

In Debian, GNOME 3.24 is 53% ready in unstable and 51% in testing. See THIS page for more information.

For more information about GNOME 3.24, check out the official release notes.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 23 March 2017 | 11:42 pm

Qt5 Quick Launcher `Albert` 0.10 Adds New MPRIS And SSH Extensions, More

Albert, a Qt5 quick launcher, was updated to version 0.10.0 (and then 0.10.1 to fix some issues), introducing completion using the Tab key, two new extensions, and more.

Albert quick launcher

The latest Albert 0.10 ships with two new extensions: MPRIS and SSH. 

The MPRIS extension allows controlling MPRIS-capable media players, like Rhythmbox, VLC, Audacious and so on. It currently supports play, pause, next, previous and stop.

Note: the MPRIS extension is disabled by default so you'll need to enable it in the Albert Settings > Plugins.

To use it, a MPRIS-capable media player needs to be running, then simply type one of the supported commands in Albert, like pause:

Albert quick launcher

The SSH extension makes ssh hosts from /etc/ssh/config and ~/.ssh/config accessible by Albert. To use it, make sure the Secure Shell extension is enabled in Albert, then type the trigger (ssh) and Albert should list available ssh hosts, allowing you to connect to them.

Other changes in Albert 0.10 include:


Install Albert in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via PPA


To install Albert in Ubuntu (in all supported versions, including the latest 17.04) or Linux Mint, you can use the main WebUpd8 PPA. Add the PPA and install Albert by using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install albert
Alternatively, you can download the Albert deb from HERE.

To use Albert, you'll have to assign it a keyboard shortcut, such as Ctrl + Space (make sure it's not already in use!) to invoke it. Also, Albert doesn't start automatically on login, so you'll have to add it to your startup applications manually.

For installing Albert in other Linux distributions, how to use it, etc., see its documentation. If you encounter bugs, report them @ GitHub.

You may also want to check out Kupfer quick lauuncher, a similar application that was recently ported to Python 3 and GTK 3 after 4 years of inactivity.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 23 March 2017 | 2:21 am

Streamlink Twitch GUI 1.2.0 Adds Support For Communities And Team Pages, Basic Hotkeys

Streamlink Twitch GUI (previously Livestreamer Twitch GUI) is a multi-platform Twitch.tv browser.

The application is powered by Node.js, Chromium and Streamlink, though it can still use Livestreamer (which is no longer maintained) too.

Streamlink Twitch GUI

Using it, you can easily browse Twitch.tv and open streams in your favorite video player, like VLC, Totem, mpv and others.

Streamlink Twitch GUI features:


Streamlink Twitch GUI 1.2.0



Streamlink Twitch GUI 1.2.0 was released recently, upgrading to Twitch API v5. Thanks to this, the application has received support for browsing communities and accessing team pages.

Another fairly important change in this release is the addition of basic hotkeys:

Other changes in Streamlink Twitch GUI 1.2.0 include displaying a confirmation when unfollowing a channel or game, restructured main menu as well as channel pages and followed games menu, along with various bug fixes.

A complete changelog is available on GitHub.

Note that Streamlink Twitch GUI uses VLC to play Twitch streams by default. if VLC is not installed or you want to use a different player, go to the app Settings > Player > Video player, then enter the executable for a different video player (e.g.: "mpv" - without the quotes).


Download Streamlink Twitch GUI


Download Streamlink Twitch GUI (binaries available for Linux: 32bit and 64bit generic binaries, Windows: 32bit and 64bit and macOS 32bit)

For how to install Streamlink Twitch GUI, see THIS page.


Note that to be able to use Streamlink Twitch GUI, you'll need Streamlink or Livestreamer. However, Livestreamer is no longer maintained and you may encounter issues, so Streamlink is recommended!

To install Streamlink Twitch GUI in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and derivates, use the following instructions.

1. Install the required dependencies

Install Streamlink from the main WebUpd8 PPA (recommended)

Alternatively, you can also install Livestreamer:
sudo apt install livestreamer

If you want to use Livestreamer instead of Streamlink you'll need to open the Streamlink Twitch GUI settings, and on the Streamlink tab, select Livestreamer.

You'll also need x11-utils and xdg-utils. Install these packages in Ubuntu / Linux Mint using the following commands:
sudo apt install x11-utils xdg-utils

2. Download and install Streamlink Twitch GUI

Download the latest Streamlink Twitch GUI binary from GitHub, place it in your home folder and extract it. Then, you can use the command below to move it to /opt:
cd && sudo mv streamlink-twitch-gui /opt/

3. Create a menu entry for Streamlink Twitch GUI

To create a menu entry, simply run the menu entry creation script that comes with Streamlink Twitch GUI:
/opt/streamlink-twitch-gui/add-menuitem.sh
If after running the command above you can't find Streamlink Twitch GUI in the menu / Unity Dash or the icon is missing, restart the session (logout / login).

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.

Posted on 21 March 2017 | 4:10 am