Friday, August 24, 2012

Linux Mint 14 Will Be Named Nadia

Clement Lefebvre, father of the Linux Mint project, proudly announced a few minutes ago, August 24th, that the codename for the upcoming Linux Mint 14 operating system will be Nadia.

Linux Mint 14 (Nadia) will be available for download at the end of November 2012, and it will be shipped with separate MATE, Cinnamon, KDE and Xfce editions. However, it has not yet been decided which desktop environment will be the default for Linux Mint 14.

The developer says that Nadia, Linux Mint 14, will be compatible with Maya, Linux Mint 13. The distro will probably be based on Canonical's upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) operating system, due for release on late October.

"Linux Mint 14 will be named "Nadia" and should be available at the end of November 2012. In Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars Trilogy, Nadezhda “Nadia” Chernyshevski is Maya’s best friend," explained the Linux Mint developer.

"Nadia is pronounced NAH-d’-yah. It is the English form of Nadya, which itself is the pet form of Nadezhda and is Russian for "hope". It’s also a variant of Nadiyya which, in Arabic, means "moist, tender, delicate"," Clement Lefebvre in the blog announcement.

As usual, Linux Mint 14 will be supported on both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. It will feature Firefox 16, Thunderbird 16, Linux kernel 3.5, and many more.

About Linux Mint

Linux Mint is and will always be an elegant, easy-to-use, up-to-date, 100% free and comfortable Linux operating system based on the very popular Ubuntu OS.

It offers paid commercial support to companies and individuals. Also, free community support is available from the forums and the IRC channel.

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How To Install and Configure the Xbox 360 Wired/Wireless Controller under Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint 13

If you find difficulties running your XBOX 360 controller, then this tutorial will help you install it on a computer running Ubuntu/Linux Mint, and also show you how to configure it. This tutorial is workable for both wired or wireless X-Box 360 controllers.

Getting Started

To be able to use your Xbox 360 wired/wireless controller under Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) or Linux Mint 13, you need first to install some required packages. So, open the terminal and run this command:

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends jstest* joystick xboxdrv

Connect now your game controller to your PC via USB (wired) or connect your XBOX 360 PC wireless gaming receiver for your wireless controller, then run this command to start the configuration:


In the window that shows up, select your controller (Microsoft X-Box 360 pad, Generic X-Box pad, etc.) and click Properties:

Note If your controller is not listed, try to click the "Refresh" button.

A new window will pop-up which will help you calibrate your gaming controller, remap the buttons of your game controller (changing the order of axis and buttons), etc.

After you finish your configuration, save your new settings and close the window. You will be able now to use your Xbox 360 controller to play games under Ubuntu/Linux Mint.

Five Amazing GTK3 Themes For Unity and Gnome Shell - Ubuntu 12.04/Linux Mint 13 (Maya)

We have previously covered some amazing GTK3 themes for Ubuntu, you can check them here. Today, we will also introduce more GTK3 themes that you can use with Unity or Gnome Shell. To make the installation of these various themes easier, I have uploaded them to UpUbuntu custom PPA.

To enable these themes, you can either use Gnome Tweak Tool, or run simply the commands given below. To add our custom PPA for Ubuntu 12.10/12.04/11.10 or Linux Mint 13 (Maya) or older, open the terminal and run the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/gtk3
sudo apt-get update

1. reNIX

sudo apt-get install renix

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'reNIX'

gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'reNIX'

2. Shiki-Nouveau

sudo apt-get install shiki-nouveau

This theme is available in seven versions, you can enable Shiki-Nouveau-Brave as follows:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Shiki-Nouveau-Brave'

gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Shiki-Colors-Easy-Metacity'

Then use Gnome Tweak Tool to enable the other versions of Shiki-Nouveau:

3. YouNIX

sudo apt-get install younix

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'YouNIX'

gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'YouNIX'

4. Elegant_Blackle

sudo apt-get install elegant-blackle

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'Elegant_Blackle'

gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'Elegant_Blackle'

5. The Eye of Gnome Blue GTK

sudo apt-get install eye-of-gnome-blue

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.interface gtk-theme 'The-Eye-of-Gnome-Blue-GTK'

gconftool-2 --set --type string /apps/metacity/general/theme 'The-Eye-of-Gnome-Blue-GTK'

To use blue icons with this theme, you can check here or here.

PC-BSD 9.1-RC1

Kris Moore has announced the availability of the first release candidate for PC-BSD 9.1: "The RC1 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 are now available for i386 and amd64 architectures. This release candidate provides both users and developers a means to test out new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release. This snapshot may contain buggy code and features, so users are encouraged to run it only on non-critical systems. Changes since the previous beta: Based on FreeBSD 9.1-RC1; added new functionality to the warden client - you can now schedule daily or hourly creation of jail snapshots; improve the shutdown scripts to make sure we unmount, even if the jail was manually stopped; added Active Directory / LDAP backend and GUI utility...." Read the release announcement for a complete changelog and errata notes. Download: PCBSD9.1-RC1-x86-DVD.iso (3,962MB, SHA256), PCBSD9.1-RC1-x64-DVD.iso (4,058MB, SHA256).

Ubuntu 12.04.1

Kate Stewart has announced the release of Ubuntu 12.04.1, the first of the regular updates planned throughout the product's life cycle: "The Ubuntu team is very pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (Long-Term Support) for desktop, server, cloud and core products. The Ubuntu LTS flavors are also being released today. In the 12.04.1 release, we've added support for the Calxeda ECX-1000 SoC family, so businesses can prepare for a data centre dominated by low-energy, hyperscale servers by testing their workloads on the new hardware now. The Ubuntu Cloud archive also makes its d├ębut." Read the rest of the release announcement for further information. Download (SHA256): ubuntu-12.04.1-desktop-i386.iso (695MB, torrent), ubuntu-12.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso (694MB, torrent). All of Ubuntu's official sub-projects with long-term support status have also been updated to version 12.04.1; this includes Kubuntu (download), Xubuntu (announcement, download), Edubuntu (announcement, download) and Mythbuntu (download).

FreeBSD 9.1-RC1

Ken Smith has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 9.1: "The first release candidate of the 9.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for amd64, i386 and powerpc64. Current plans are for there to be one more RC build, followed by the release itself. If you notice any problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the 'stable' mailing list. With both the doc and ports repositories now moved to SVN it has been decided to not export the 9.1 release branch activity to CVS. So csup/cvsup update mechanisms are not available for updating to 9.1-RC1. If you would like to use SVN the branch to use is releng/9.1. The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases." Here is the brief release announcement. Download: FreeBSD-9.1-RC1-i386-disc1.iso (524MB, SHA256), FreeBSD-9.1-RC1-amd64-disc1.iso (637MB, SHA256).