Friday, August 31, 2012
Archey is a tool written in Python that allows users to preview system information along with your Linux distribution logo on the terminal. In this tutorial we will help you install it on Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian.
Let's firstly install some dependencies with this command:
sudo apt-get install scrot lsb-release
Install now Archey with these commands:
wget -O archey-0.2.8.deb http://goo.gl/a9ku4
sudo dpkg -i archey-0.2.8.deb
Start now Archey with this command:
For Ubuntu, you will get this:
For Linux Mint:
If you want to start Archey automatically once you launch the terminal, then do the following:
- Edit .bashrc with this command:
sudo gedit ~/.bashrc
For Linux Mint:
sudo pluma ~/.bashrc
- At the end of the file, add these two lines:
- Save your file and exit, then open a new terminal window to test Archey.
Archey Home Page
Today we will introduce three GTK3 themes for Ubuntu/Linux Mint that can be used with Unity or Gnome Shell. These themes will help you beautify your desktop and give your system a good impression for those who may see it. We have already covered many GTK+ themes for Ubuntu, you can find them here.
To be able to install these themes, you need first to add our PPA with these two commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3
sudo apt-get update
Note: You can either use MyUnity or GNOME Tweak Tool to enable these themes or use simply the terminal commands given with each theme below.
To install MIUIv4+ on Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 and Linux Mint 13 (Maya), open the terminal and issue this command:
sudo apt-get install miui-gtk3
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'MIUI+'
gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'MIUI+'
2. Autumn GTK3 Theme
sudo apt-get install autumn-gtk3
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Autumn'
gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Autumn'
3. Violet GTK3 Theme
sudo apt-get install violet-gtk
gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Violet'
gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Violet'
- Autumn GTK3 Theme
- Violet GTK3 Theme
Liraz Siri has announced the release of TurnKey Linux 12.0, a library of Debian-based virtual appliances, integrating the best open-source software into ready-to-use solutions: "The 12.0 release is finally out after nearly 6 months of development and just in time to celebrate TurnKey's 4th anniversary. I'm proud to announce we've more than doubled the size of the TurnKey Linux library, from 45 appliances to over 100! So many innovations and competing ideas, all this free energy. We feel so privileged to have a front row seat and not just watch it all play out but also be able to play our own small role in showcasing so much high-quality open-source work while making it just a bit more accessible to users. Unlike previous releases this latest release is based on Debian, not Ubuntu. We realize this may upset hardcore Ubuntu fans but if you read on, I'll try to explain below why 'defecting' to Debian was the right thing for TurnKey." See the full release announcement and the project's virtual appliances page to learn more about the 106 ready-made solutions. Download from SourceForge.
The package that comes with the winning wallpapers for the Quantal wallpaper contest has just uploaded to the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal repositories.
Here are the 12 winning wallpapers:
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Red Hat is pushing on with open source virtualization and has just made available the first Beta of Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1.
According to Red Hat, this first Beta version will allow Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization customers to get a closer look to the upcoming platform.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3.1 Beta will help Red Hat to determine which technologies are good fits for their own infrastructure deployments.
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization is a comprehensive virtualization platform that delivers an open virtualization hypervisor with Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) and corresponding management tools for both server and desktop virtualization deployments.
A final version will be made available by Red Hat later this year, after a few more development releases. Customers should check out the official release announcement for further details.
Jörg Schilling has announced the release of SchilliX 0.8, an OpenSolaris-based (text mode-only) live CD. What's new in the project's first release in nearly two years? "SchilliX is no longer based on Illumos as Illumos decided to go into a direction of a codebase that is mostly usable only for file servers and that is only supporting IPS packages. This is not compatible with pursuing Solaris ideas. As Illumos does not support SVr4 packages, we are forced to create a more generalized OpenSolaris source base continuation project. SchilliX is now based on an OpenSolaris continuation project (SchilliX-ON) which is free of company interests and which tries to continue with UNIX ideas. SchilliX-ON tries to be as POSIX and SVr5 compatible as possible. The SchilliX-ON base is available as compressed SVr4 packages that can be installed directly from the network using only 'pkgadd'." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Download: SchilliX-0.8.iso.xz (407MB).
A package called "android-tools", which comes with "adb" and "fastboot" command line utilities, has been uploaded to the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal repositories recently. I've got a request to upload this package in a PPA for older Ubuntu releases, so I've backported it to Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10 and 11.04.
"adb" (Android Debug Bridge) is a command line tool you can use to access the file system from an Android device; it can be used to send commands, transfer or receive files, install or uninstall applications and more.
"fastboot" is a command line tools that you can use to flash the filesystem on Android devices over USB.
These tools can be found in the Android SDK too; using the official package in Ubuntu 12.10 or the packages in our PPA is just an alternative and easier way I'd say, to install them in Ubuntu. Also, the packages in the PPA are available for both 32bit and 64bit, while the Android SDK provided by Google is only available for 32bit.
Install "android-tools" package (adb and fastboot) in Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10 or 11.04
Like I've said above, android-tools is available in the official Ubuntu 12.10 repositories so all you have to do is search for it in Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.
For Ubuntu 12.04, 11.10 and 11.04, you can install android-tools using the main WebUpd8 PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb android-tools-fastboot
Once installed, run "adb" and "fastboot" in a terminal to see the available options and how to use these Android tools.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
How to Activate :
1- open Word then click on Open Other Documents
2- click on Account then click on Change Product Key
3- copy and paste the key in the space provided
4- click install .
1- open Word then click on Open Other Documents
2- click on Account then click on Change Product Key
3- copy and paste the key in the space provided
4- click install .
Brian Manderville has announced the release of Descent|OS 3.0, an Ubuntu-based distribution featuring the MATE (a fork of GNOME 2) desktop environment: "I am pleased to announce that Descent|OS 3 is officially available for download. It is 32-bit only for now, but the PAE kernel is supported after install. In terms of cosmetics, Qt now looks right, and all the packages have been updated. The MATE desktop has been great to work with, and it is stable. It uses the 3.2 series kernel, and is based on Ubuntu 12.04. All the packages have been updated since the release candidate, and it behaves just the way I want it to. I have included a Beginner's Guide for new people to learn how to use Synaptic and the custom keyboard shortcuts." Here is the brief release announcement. Download: Descent-OS3.0-i386.iso (1,061MB).
Jean-Philippe Guillemin has announced the availability of the fifth release candidate for Zenwalk Linux 7.2, a Slackware-based desktop distribution: "Zenwalk Linux 7.2 RC5 is ready for testing. Lately we've been looking towards a better Slackware compatibility, which will make it easy to switch to 64-bit in a near future using the Slackware64 package base. In fact Pat has updated GTK+ 2 and many other packages, added GTK+ 3, making it possible to replace many Zenwalk packages with very little adaptation. The work may not be finished, it's up to you to find any remaining bugs. Main changes: Linux kernel 3.4.8 with BFS scheduler; Xfce 4.10, LibreOffice 3.5, GTK+ 2.24.10 and 3.4.4, Thunderbird 14, GIMP 2.8, Firefox 14.0.1; Netpkg 4.9.1 with multi-mirror support." Here is the brief release announcement. Download: zenwalk-7.2RC5.iso (654MB, MD5).
A few hours ago, on August 28th, The Linux Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of Linux, proudly announced that Inktank, Servergy and Twitter joined the organization.
Putting Inktank and Servergy aside, some of you already knew that Twitter was about to join The Linux Foundation on Tuesday, thanks to the media coverage from the past week.
So, today we are proud to announce that it's official, though Twitter’s Chris Aniszczyk is yet to deliver a keynote entitled "The OSS Behind a Tweet." at LinuxCon on Thursday, August 30th at 9:55 A.M..
"Linux and its ability to be heavily tweaked is fundamental to our technology infrastructure. [...] By joining The Linux Foundation we can support an organization that is important to us and collaborate with a community that is advancing Linux as fast as we are improving Twitter." said Chris Aniszczyk, Manager of Open Source, Twitter.
OK, reading the above makes me wanna cry. Really! Why? Because I don't have a reliable Twitter client on my Linux-powered personal computer.
Yes, I know that there are a lot of wannabe Twitter clients out there (Gwibber, Turpial, Hotot, Pidgin, etc.), but none does the job right. While the dedicated clients have lots of issues, starting with real time notifications and finishing with the flaws in their design, the others are multi-protocol clients that treat Twitter like an uninvited guest.
Looks like Twitter is using Linux on tens of thousands of machines to successfully deliver a 99.9% uptime to over 140 million active users, which spit over 400 million tweets per day.
Man, I really love Twitter, but I wonder how many of these "140 million active users" are using Linux as their main operating system and struggle hard every day to read/write tweets with a bunch of crippled apps, like me.
Yes, I'm whining, right here, right now! I don't want TweetDeck back (never really liked it anyway), all I want is a goddamn simple and easy to use Twitter client that just works. Just like the one for Mac!
If Twitter supports and loves Linux so much, like they say, then how about an official Twitter client for Linux, Twitter? Thank you!
Turbolinux, Inc., one of the world's oldest surviving Linux companies in the world, has announced the release of Turbolinux Client 12.5, a Japanese operating system for desktops and embedded systems. This is the first update of the distribution since the release of version 12 in November 2007 and, like its predecessor, it comes with extended support (three years of maintenance followed by four years of security support). Turbolinux 12.5 uses Linux kernel 3.1.10 and it includes KDE 3.5.9, X.Org Server 22.214.171.124, Firefox 14.0.1, Thunderbird 14.0 and more software found in the distribution's online repository, such as LibreOffice 3.5.5. Read the press release (in Japanese) for further information. A freely downloadable (and installable) live CD image of Turbolinux 12.5 is available from the project's download page (in Japanese), but users are encouraged to purchase the full version (¥9,300), which includes extra Japanese TrueType fonts and the Turbo media player. Download link: MagnyCours12.5-2012082910.iso (654MB, MD5).
Mozilla has uploaded a few minutes ago, August 27th, the Mozilla Firefox 15.0 web browser and Mozilla Thunderbird 15.0 email client for all supported platforms, including Linux. Because the official release is supposed to be tomorrow, August 28th, there is no release announcement for Mozilla Firefox 15.0, but you can download the final version right now (see download link at the end of the article) from the official Mozilla FTP servers.
Highlights of Mozilla Firefox 15.0:
· Initial native support for PDF files;
· Supports version 3 of the SPDY networking protocol;
· Better performance, by enhancing WebGL with compressed textures;
· Add-ons now eat less memory;
· Added a new layout view to Inspector;
· Implemented the CSS word-break property;
· Implemented high precision event timer;
· Added a new responsive design tool, to allow web developers to easily switch between mobile and desktop views of sites;
· Added native support for the Opus audio codec;
· Added media attribute support to the
· Added support for the played attribute to the
For other Linux users, Mozilla distributes Firefox 15.0 as binary and source packages for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
Download Mozilla Firefox 15.0
What will they came up with next? That's the first question you can think of when you're looking at a keyboard PC with Ubuntu on it. But then, if you really ponder the gadget, it's not really a bad idea.
This particular model, U310 Keyboard PC, is built by a company called Diablotek, operating since 2003. It's not a big company, and they don't have amazing products, but this keyboard is really something.
U310 Keyboard PC features an Intel Atom D525 1.8GHz (Dual core) processor, 2GB DDR memory, 4 USB ports, one Line out, one VGA port, one RJ45 port, two speakers, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and is powered by a 19V 2A adaptor (no battery).
The most surprising fact about it is that it features Ubuntu. It's unclear which version is preloaded, but the fact that they've chosen a Linux distribution is really interesting.
Details about the pricing and product can be found on the official website.
The GNOME Project has recently released the first Beta version (GNOME 3.5.90) of the upcoming GNOME 3.6 desktop environment that brings more new features that will be added to the final release. The team will try to enhance these new features and will give great importance to fixing bugs from now until the release of the stable version of Gnome 3.6. Here are some of the features in this beta version:
- A redesigned panel for mouse and touchpad
- New mode-less overview
- More Configuration options for the Magnifier tool
- Enhancements for the Adwaita theme
- Rdesigned message tray, etc.
You can download GNOME 3.5.90 from here. For more information, click here.
Nvidia has released another driver for Linux systems that brings more new features and improvements. Nvidia driver 304.43 adds support for the following GPUs:
- GeForce GTX 660 Ti
- Quadro K5000
- Quadro K5000M
- Quadro K4000M
- Quadro K3000M
- NVS 510
Fixed a bug that caused pre-release versions of X.Org xserver 1.13 to crash when certain GLX operations were performed, such as when starting Firefox.You can check the release notes here.
Fixed a bug that caused VDPAU to hang when expanding the YouTube Flash Player.
Fixed a bug that caused gnome-settings-daemon to revert display configuration changes made by nvidia-settings.
Updated nvidia-settings to use RandR per-CRTC gamma control, when available. When controlling an X server with support for RandR 1.2, nvidia-settings will display the color correction widget as a tab within each display device page, instead of a per-X screen color correction page.
Fixed a bug that prevented the display palette from being updated immediately after an application called XStoreColors.
Added the ability to select and move X screens in the "X Server Display Configuration" page of nvidia-settings via Ctrl-(Left)Click + Drag.
Nvidia Driver 304.43 Installation
To install this driver on Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10/Linux Mint 13 or older, open the terminal and run these commands:
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings
Then reboot your computer to finish the installation.
If you want to install the driver manually on Ubuntu or any other Linux system, open the terminal and run these commands:
wget -O NVIDIA-Linux-x86-304.43.run http://goo.gl/7idWP
chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86-304.43.run
sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86-304.43.run
wget -O NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-304.43.run http://goo.gl/InVt5
chmod +x NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-304.43.run
sudo sh NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-304.43.run
Eric Turgeon has announced that the first release candidate for GhostBSD 3.0, a FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop (with GNOME 2), is ready for testing: "The first release candidate of GhostBSD 3.0 is now available. This release provides users and developers a system to test out new installer features in the upcoming release. RC1 may contain buggy code and features, so we encouraged you to run it only on non-critical systems. Changes since BETA1: FreeBSD 9.1-BETA1 to FreeBSD 9.1-RC1; Bxpkg got fixed - it now use 9-stable packages instead of 9.0 packages; if the installation gives an error it will now tell you; WiFi configuration in /etc/rc.conf. Know issue: ZFS is not fully tested. Report bugs on the mailing list, the development portal or on the forum." Here is the brief release announcement. Download: GhostBSD-3.0-RC1-gnome-i386.iso (998MB, SHA256), GhostBSD-3.0-RC1-gnome-amd64.iso (1,049MB, SHA256).
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Robert Shingledecker has announced the release of Tiny Core Linux 4.6, a minimalist but extensible Linux distribution with a simple and fast graphical user interface: "Team Tiny Core is proud to announce the release of Core 4.6. Change log: new mirrorpicker GUI - select fastest mirror; updated Apps GUI to add first run and menu option for mirrorpicker GUI; updated ScmApps GUI to add first run and menu option for mirrorpicker GUI; updated tce-status, added -o option for orphan file checking on HTTPD mirrors; updated Apps GUI to add Orphan file check; updated tc-config improved PRETCE raid disk support; renamed ab to tce-ab to avoid Apache name conflict and allow to start without specifying a search target; updated BusyBox added lsof applet and link...." The release announcement includes a complete technical changelog. Download: TinyCore-4.6.iso (12.0MB, MD5), CorePlus-4.6.iso (65.0MB, MD5).
José Antonio Calvo has announced the availability of the first release candidate for Zentyal 3.0, an Ubuntu-based server distribution for small and medium-sized businesses: "The Zentyal development team is proud to announce that you can now download the Zentyal 3.0-rc1 installer for testing. This is the first release candidate for the 3.0 stable series - the next stable Zentyal server version, Zentyal 3.0, will be published on the 13th of September. This version comes already with all the Zentyal 3.0 features. From now on, all the focus will be on bug fixing, polishing details and also preparing the migration process from 2.2 to 3.0. Changes: brand new look & feel of the user interface; new Samba module; improvements in Zarafa...." See the release announcement for further information. Download: zentyal-3.0-rc1-i386.iso (635MB, MD5), zentyal-3.0-rc1-amd64.iso (662MB, MD5).
Monday, August 27, 2012
PainTown is an amazing 2D fighting game having similarities with old video games like Streets of Rage and Double Dragon. The player can choose from many characters taken from other games such as Ryu, Legend, Akuma, Mandy, Goku, Donatello, Blanka, Maxima, Kula, etc. You can play the game using your keyboard or joystick with the possibility to create custom levels and animations.
The owner of PainTown provides the installation of the game from PPA without data, which can be downloaded manually. So, I downloaded all game files and uploaded them in one package to our custom PPA so that you get a smooth installation. Before installing the game, you can see this video showing gameplay:
To install PainTown 3.6.0 on Ubuntu 12.04/12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint 13, open the terminal and run the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/games
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install paintown
You can now start the game from the Unity dash:
Or start it from the terminal with this command:
Game Home Pages
Klaus Knopper has announced the release of KNOPPIX 7.0.4, a Debian-based live distribution with LXDE as the default desktop and a separate edition for visually impaired computer users: "Version 7.0.4 of KNOPPIX is based on the usual picks from Debian 'stable' and newer desktop packages from Debian 'testing' and Debian 'unstable'. It uses Linux kernel 3.4.9 and X.Org 7.7 (core 1.12.3) for supporting current computer hardware. Optional 64-bit Linux kernel via boot option 'knoppix64'; bug-fix update for 7.0.3 - the APT database now contains all necessary data in order to directly install software via Synaptic; LibreOffice 3.5.4, Chromium 21.0.1180.75 and Iceweasel 10.0.6; LXDE (default) with PCManFM 1.0 file manager, KDE 4.7.4, GNOME 3.4." Read the rest of the release announcement for information about the Adriane edition, as well as a complete list of boot options. Download the English or German variants from here: KNOPPIX_V7.0.4CD-EN.iso (695MB, MD5), KNOPPIX_V7.0.4DVD-EN.iso (3,895MB, MD5), KNOPPIX_V7.0.4CD-DE.iso (695MB, MD5), KNOPPIX_V7.0.4DVD-DE.iso (3,895MB, MD5).
Urs Beyerle has announced the release of live CD and DVD images for Scientific Linux 6.3: "Scientific Linux 6.3 LiveCD, LiveMiniCD and LiveDVD are officially released. They are available in 32-bit and 64-bit variants and come with following window managers: LiveMiniCD - IceWM; LiveCD - GNOME; LiveDVD - GNOME, KDE, IceWM. Software was added from rpmforge, epel and elrepo (see EXTRA SOFTWARE) to include additional file system support (NTFS, ReiserFS), secure network connection (OpenVPN, VPNC, PPTP), file system tools (dd_rescue, ddrescue, GParted, gDisk), and better multimedia support (FFmpeg, Flash). Changes since 6.2: add boot parameter eject which ejects CD/DVD at shutdown." See the full release announcement for more details. Links to download the live CD and DVD images: SL-63-i386-LiveCD.iso (698MB, SHA256), SL-63-i386-LiveDVD.iso (2,308MB, SHA256)., SL-63-x86_64-LiveCD.iso (695MB, SHA256), SL-63-x86_64-LiveDVD.iso (2,348MB, SHA256).
Eugenio Paolantonio has announced the availability of the first beta release of Semplice Linux 3.0, a lightweight Debian-based ("unstable" branch) distribution with Openbox: "The Semplice project is proud to announce the immediate release of Semplice Linux 3.0 Beta 1, the third development release of the 3.0 series. What has changed? We have an armel port now, we currently do not provide images, but you can already install it starting from a Debian 'sid' bootstrap. Also, our already-awesome installer just got better: it now has a graphical front-end. After high demand, Semplice 3.0 Beta 1 is now shipping uGet by default. We have a decent task manager now, LXTask; core boot files are now cached, so you get faster booting." Here is the brief release announcement. Download (MD5): semplice_3.0beta1_222.0.iso (532MB), semplice64_3.0beta1_222.0.iso (529MB).
Biff Baxter has announced the release of wattOS R6, a lightweight and energy-efficient, Ubuntu-based Linux distribution (with LXDE) designed for older computers: "wattOS R6 is based on Ubuntu 12.04.1 and the latest updates from the repositories. It is a simple and fast desktop that will likely bring your old computer back to; updated all packages to latest 12.04.1 version; updated to Linux kernel 3.2; changed to VLC for video player; added Xfburn for simple fast CD-ROM and image creation; updated all power management utilities; updated Jupiter and included the latest powertop and Xfce power manage; changed from Midori browser to Chromium with Flash support; added LXFinder - a simple search utility; added LXScreenshot utility...." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download: wattOS-R6x86.iso (675MB, MD5), wattOS-R6-AMD64.iso (695MB, MD5).
Audacity 2.0.2 is the latest version that has been released recently bringing more improvements and bug fixes. This powerful audio editor and recorder has known some more features and changes compared to the previous version, here are some of the notable changes in this latest stable release:
- Duration controls when generating at a point now default to hh:mm:ss + milliseconds format. Selection Toolbar also defaults to that format on first installation or resetting preferences.
- Toolbars visual improvements:
- "Snap To" in Selection Toolbar now has an explanatory tooltip
- Device Toolbar tooltips now display the selected device
- Increased default width of Device Toolbar and Meter Toolbar.
- Improvements and some bug fixes to Nyquist effects, including:
- Delay (new option to prevent duration change)
- Sample Data Export (new "L-R on Same Line" layout option)
- Risset Drum (new "Amplitude" slider).
- Importing a labels file writes the file name to the name of the Label Track, and exporting a labels file offers the name of the last Label Track in the project.
- Removed the "Audio cache" option from Directories Preferences due to frequent crash reports. All data operations will now be written to disk and not to RAM.
- Removed the FFmpeg "On-Demand" option from Libraries Preferences (this fixes Audacity not building if configured --without-ffmpeg).
- Compilation: Progress on making the Modules feature mainstream. Modules can now be individually enabled and disabled in Preferences.
To see the full release notes of Audacity 2.0.2, you can go here.
Audacity 2.0.2 Installation
To install Audacity 2.0.2 from PPA on Ubuntu 12.04 or Linux Mint 13, open the terminal and run these commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:n-muench/vlc
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install audacity
PPA credits go to Nate Muench.