Thursday, November 21, 2013

How to Install ClassicMenu Indicator 0.08 from PPA in Ubuntu 13.10/13.04

ClassicMenu Indicator is a useful application indicator that once installed and executed will show a menu in the top panel of Ubuntu Unity that allows users to easily and quickly access system tools and software without the need to use the Dash menu.

Here is a screenshot of ClassicMenu Indicator under Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander):

ClassicMenu Indicator 0.08 Installation

For PPA installation under Ubuntu 13.10/13.04, enter these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing 
sudo apt-get update 
sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator

Use the dash menu to start it:

For other distributions, you can install it manually by entering this sequence of commands:

cd /tmp 
wget -O classicmenu-indicator_0.08_all.deb 
sudo dpkg -i --force-depends classicmenu-indicator_0.08_all.deb 
sudo apt-get -f install

Once installed, the application will be added automatically to the list of software that will be started automatically after you log in. If you want to disable it, start the dash menu and open "Startup Applications":

Then disable it:

Endian Firewall 3.0 Beta 2

Endian has announced the availability of the second beta build of Endian Firewall 3.0, a major new version of the Red Hat-based distribution for firewalls and routers: "Hey folks, take a look at the Endian Firewall Community 3.0 BETA 2. The new release includes new features relevant to email security, OpenVPN, logging and reporting module and a number of improvements as well. Features, improvements and bug fixes include: SMTP delivery status notification configuration; connections page for VPN users - frontend and backend; add the option "required" to the multiline validator; HTTP proxy information popup is not shown correctly; YAML traceback in domain routing until first domain route configuration; spam blacklists and whitelists typo in tooltip displayed text...." Here is the brief release announcement, with further details summarised in the release notes. Download: EFW-COMMUNITY-3.0.0-beta2.iso (203MB, MD5).

Monday, November 18, 2013

OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0 RC2

The second and final release candidate for the inaugural stable release of OpenMandriva Lx is now available for download and testing: "And here it comes - a week after RC1, OpenMandriva 2013.0 Lx RC2 is out on schedule. It's been mostly bug fixing and polishing at this stage. Nothing much different from RC1. You'll notice, though, that we've only got one launcher for RC2, KickOff. If you want SimpleWelcome, you can install rosa-launcher, if you want Homerun, you can install homerun and if you want Lancelot, you can install plasma-applet-lancelot. In RC2 we completed the artwork integration. It includes fixing of the plymouth theme, updated GRUB, ksplash, user avatars, and got a brand new screensaver. Additionally, following the results of 'The Flavour of Freedom' wallpaper contest, we've included the winners of the contest into 2013.0. In RC2 you'll find: Linux kernel 3.11.6, KDE 4.11, Firefox 25.0, LibreOffice 4.1.3." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download: OpenMandrivaLx-2013.0-rc2.x86_64.iso (1,522MB, MD5).

How to Check 3D Acceleration (FPS) in Ubuntu/Linux Mint

In this guide, we will see some commands needed for checking  3D Acceleration / FPS for both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards under the following distributions:

  • Ubuntu 13.10/13.04/12.10/12.04 or older
  • Linux Mint 15/14/13 or older
If you have more commands and tools that are not listed here, please mention them below (comment form).

Getting Started

First of all, install this dependency via the terminal:

sudo apt-get install mesa-utils

Before running the commands below, make sure 3D acceleration is enabled or not by entering this command:

/usr/lib/nux/unity_support_test -p

1. Glxinfo

You can use glxinfo to check 3d acceleration and rendering. Here are some commands you need to run from the terminal:

glxinfo -i | grep render


 glxinfo -i | grep direct


glxinfo -i | grep openGL

The output returned will give you information about your graphics card (AMD or Nvidia).

2. Glxgears

You can also use glxgears to test 3D Acceleration (FPS). Simply run this command:



glxgears -info
 3. xvinfo

You can also use "xvinfo" to check information about your video card. You can run it with this command:


4. For owners of AMD (ATI) graphics cards, you can use this command to check your graphical performance:




5. Glxspheres

To be able to use Glxspheres under Ubuntu/Linux Mint, you need first to install it as follows:

Installation (64-bit)

Via the terminal, issue these commands:

cd /tmp 
wget -O virtualgl_2.3.3_amd64.deb 
sudo dpkg -i --force-depends virtualgl_2.3.3_amd64.deb 
sudo apt-get -f install

Then run it with this command:

 Installation (32-bit)

For 32-bit systems, install Glxspheres with these commands:

cd /tmp 
wget -O virtualgl_2.3.3_i386.deb 
sudo dpkg -i --force-depends virtualgl_2.3.3_i386.deb 
sudo apt-get -f install

Then run it with this command:


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Fedora 20 Alpha

Kevin Fenzi has announced that the delayed alpha release of Fedora 20 is now ready for testing - complete with Linux kernel 3.11, GNOME 3.10, KDE 4.11, ARM as a primary architecture, NetworkManager improvements and many other goodies: "The Fedora 20 "Heisenbug" alpha release has arrived with a preview of the latest fantastic, free, and open source technology currently under development. The Fedora 20 release coincides nicely with the 10th anniversary of Fedora. The first Fedora release (then called Fedora Core 1) came out on November 6, 2003. Since then, the Fedora Project has become an active and vibrant community that produces nearly a dozen "spins" that are tailor made for desktop users, hardware design, gaming, musicians, artists, and early classroom environments." See the release announcement for a full list of new features and other details. Download (torrents, SHA256): Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-20-Alpha-4.iso (960MB, torrent), Fedora-Live-KDE-x86_64-20-Alpha-4.iso (921MB, torrent).

Monday, September 23, 2013

Chakra GNU/Linux 2013.09

Neophytos Kolokotronis has announced the release of Chakra GNU/Linux 2013.09, a major new update of the Linux distribution that always features the latest KDE desktop: "The Chakra project team is delighted to announce the first release of Chakra Fritz. 'Fritz' is the name of a series of Chakra releases that follow the KDE Software Compilation 4.11 series and is dedicated to the memory of Fritz_Van_Tom. With this ISO image we offer KDE SC 4.11.1. In this release, many areas have received a number of improvements that affect multiple applications; most notably a speed boost on Akonadi. The Plasma Workspaces 4.11 will receive long-term support as the KDE team focuses on the technical transition to Frameworks 5. You may have noticed that there is no new artwork with this new series as it is usually the case, since it wasn't ready by the time of the release. Hopefully work on the artwork will be completed soon so we can include it in a future release." Continue to the release announcement to find out more. Download: chakra-2013.09-Fritz-x86_64.iso (1,700MB, MD5).

Sunday, September 22, 2013

SalentOS 12.04.3

Gabriele Martina has announced the release of SalentOS 12.04.3, an updated build of the project's Ubuntu-based set of DVD images offering a choice of Openbox or Razor-qt desktops user interfaces: "With great pleasure I announce the release of SalentOS 12.04.3, UbuBox and Razor-qt editions. After months of work on the 12.04.2 version here are the new ISO images with these main features: new Plymouth theme; replaced ADeskBar 0.4.3 stable with tint2 panel (UbuBox); Openbox main menu integrated into tint2 panel; Oblogout theme chooser to change the icon theme in Oblogout (UbuBox); latest Razor-qt stable Desktop (Razor-qt); updated all core packages and applications to their latest versions; all Ubuntu LTS updates; minor bug fixes and security updates." Here is the brief release announcement in Italian and in English. Download your preferred edition from SourceForge: ububox-salentos-12.04.3-x86.iso (966MB), razorqt-salentos-12.04.3-x86.iso (953MB).

Install VMware Player 6.0.0 in Ubuntu /Linux Mint

In this tutorial, we will see how to install the latest version of VMware Player which has reached version .

VMware Player 6.0.0 Installation

to install VMware Player 6.0.0 in Ubuntu/Linux Mint, install first some dependencies with the following command:

    sudo apt-get install build-essential linux-headers-`uname -r`

Users of 32-bit systems can install VMware Player with the following commands:

mkdir ~/VMware && cd ~/VMware 
wget -c -O VMware-Player-6.0.0-1295980.i386.bundle.tar 
tar -xvf VMware-Player-6.0.0-1295980.i386.bundle.tar 
chmod +x VMware-Player-6.0.0-1295980.i386.bundle 
sudo sh VMware-Player-6.0.0-1295980.i386.bundle

 For 64-bit systems, enter these commands:

mkdir ~/VMware && cd ~/VMware 
wget -c -O VMware-Player-6.0.0-1295980.x86_64.bundle.tar 
tar -xvf VMware-Player-6.0.0-1295980.x86_64.bundle.tar 
chmod +x VMware-Player-6.0.0-1295980.x86_64.bundle 
sudo sh VMware-Player-6.0.0-1295980.x86_64.bundle

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Korora 19 Beta

Ian Firns has announced the availability of the beta release of Korora 19, a Fedora-based distribution with GNOME or KDE desktops and a variety of tweaks and enhancements: "The Korora project is pleased to announce the first beta release of version 19 (code name 'Bruce') which is now available for download. This is the first beta release of Korora which is derived from a beta release of Fedora (previous beta versions of Korora were from a stable upstream release) and as such there will likely be a larger number of bugs and many software updates. Features: GNOME 3.8 brings new applications such as clock and improvements to the desktop including privacy and sharing settings, ordered search, frequent applications overview; KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.10 includes new features for printing and screen-locking...." Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download: korora-19-x86_64-gnome-live-beta.iso (1,735MB), korora-19-x86_64-kde-live-beta.iso (2,265MB).

Friday, June 7, 2013

TurnKey Linux 12.1

Liraz Siri has announced the release of TurnKey Linux 12.1, a maintenance update of the project's Debian-based set of virtual appliances that attempt to integrate the best open-source software into highly specialised and ready-to-be-deployed solutions: "TurnKey Linux 12.1 is out and it's the first 64-bit maintenance release to be built with tkldev - TurnKey's shiny new open appliance build system in a box. With 64-bit support out the door, we've also pushed out a round of updates to the Hub so that users can finally deploy TurnKey on all instance sizes. Full details on the changes to the Hub below, but first I'd like to talk a little bit about tkldev, TurnKey's new open build system. tkldev will soon be released as a standalone appliance along with the full source code to all appliances in the TurnKey Linux roster, which we will be maintaining on TurnKey's GitHub page." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. The 100+ TurnKey Linux virtual appliances are available for download from SourceForge.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

AV Linux 6.0.1

Glen MacArthur has announced the release of AV Linux 6.0.1, an updated version of the Debian-based distribution with a collection of audio and video production software: "Out of the uncertainty of the successful AV Linux 6.0 release an unexpected 6.0.1 update has arrived. What began as a minor update to bring a few bug fixes and fresh releases of Ardour 3 and Kdenlive to the DVD image has ballooned into a major update encompassing many of the main applications and bringing the best of what is new and happening to Linux audio and video enthusiasts. Changelog: updated to Trulan's Linux kernel with Yamaha THR10 patches and USB 2 audio clock switching patch; complete new 'Dozer' theme and graphics; two new menu sections for audio and video utilities...." Continue to the release announcement to read the complete changelog. Download the live DVD image from here: avlinux6.0.1-lxde-i386-en.iso (3,115MB, MD5, torrent).

Football Manager 2014 is coming to Linux

Over a year ago, Sports Interactive has informed me that due to small number of users they have no plans to release Football Manager for Linux.

Since the release of Steam for Linux, more and more game companies go into business with Linux games and, recently, the director of the studio Sports Interactive Miles Jacobson has announced via Tweeter that the next version of Football Manager will also be released for Linux.

As Football Manager is probably the most popular and most realistic football manager at the moment, a lot of football fans among Linux users will surely be very happy with this announcement. However, Football Manager 2014 will initially be only released for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and also, the game can not be purchased in every country (e.g. Germany).

Friday, May 31, 2013

Linux Mint 15

Clement Lefebvre has announced the final release of Linux Mint 15, code name "Olivia": "The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 15 'Olivia'. Linux Mint 15 is the most ambitious release since the start of the project. MATE 1.6 is greatly improved and Cinnamon 1.8 offers a ton of new features, including a screensaver and a unified control center. The login screen can now be themed in HTML 5 and two new tools, 'Software Sources' and 'Driver Manager', make their first appearance in Linux Mint. MDM now features 3 greeters (i.e. login screen applications): a GTK+ greeter, a themeable GDM greeter for which hundreds of themes are available, and a brand-new HTML greeter, also themeable which supports a new generation of animated and interactive themes." Read the brief release announcement and also the what's new page and release notes for further details. Download (SHA256): linuxmint-15-mate-dvd-64bit.iso (1,000MB, torrent), linuxmint-15-cinnamon-dvd-64bit.iso (915MB, torrent).

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Fedora 19 Beta

Dennis Gilmore has announced the availability of the beta release of Fedora 19: "We've opened the box for the Fedora 19 'Schrödinger's Cat' beta release and confirmed it's alive! Ready to purr at the latest free and open source technology?" Some of the features include: "3D modelling and printing are enabled through a variety of tools, including OpenSCAD, Skeinforge, SFACT, Printrun, and RepetierHost; OpenShift Origin; Ruby 2.0.0; MariaDB, a community-developed fork of MySQL; Federated VoIP; Developer's Assistant; Syslinux optional boot tool integration; systemd Resource Control; GNOME 3.8, KDE 4.10, MATE 1.6...." Continue to the release announcement for further information. Download links (SHA256): Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-19-Beta-1.iso (951MB, torrent), Fedora-Live-KDE-x86_64-19-Beta-1.iso (888MB, torrent), Fedora-Live-LXDE-x86_64-19-Beta-1.iso (712MB, torrent), Fedora-Live-MATE-Compiz-x86_64-19-Beta-1.iso (693MB, torrent), Fedora-Live-XFCE-x86_64-19-Beta-1.iso (630MB, torrent).

Friday, May 24, 2013

SuperX 2.0

Wrishiraj Kaushik has announced the release of SuperX 2.0, an Ubuntu-based desktop Linux distribution with KDE 4.10.2: "This is SuperX 2.0, code-named 'Darwin'. It comes with Linux kernel 3.2 and KDE 4.10.2 by default. For those who want newer kernels, they are available in the repository. SuperX 2.0 is a whole new release of SuperX which differs fundamentally from the 1.x releases. Starting from SuperX 2.0 we are going our own way, making a diversion from our upstream distribution. We still use the Ubuntu code base but from this release we only use the LTS versions and development is done on its solid foundation. But unlike other solid, stability-concerned Linux operating systems, we provide the latest userland software like LibreOffice 4 and KDE 4.10. Starting from Darwin, we are keeping our core stable but will provide latest and greatest applications." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information, screenshots and known issues. Download (MD5): SuperX_2.0_Darwin_64-bit.iso (1,287MB).

KANOTIX 2013 "LinuxTag"

Directly from the LinuxTag 2013 conference and exhibition in Berlin comes a new version of KANOTIX, a Debian-based distribution (with KDE or LXDE) on a live DVD: "I am proud to announce the release of KANOTIX Dragonfire from LinuxTag 2013 in Berlin. Kanotix Dragonfire is based on the recently released Debian 7.0. Besides KDE as the default desktop environment, beginning with this release there exists a lightweight alternative with LXDE. Additionally, we offer a special image similar to the CeBIT special. The main difference is that it has a pre-installed Steam client, a newer MESA version (9.1.1), gfxdetect and a newer glibc 2.17, KDE SC 4.8.4 and LXDE, Iceweasel 21.0, Linux kernel 3.9; LibreOffice 4.0.3...." Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download links: KANOTIX-LinuxTag2013-Dragonfire64-KDE.iso (1,240MB, MD5), Download: KANOTIX-LinuxTag2013-Dragonfire64-KDE-special.iso (1,240MB, MD5), Download: KANOTIX-LinuxTag2013-Dragonfire64-LXDE.iso (1,319MB, MD5).

Thursday, May 23, 2013

BackBox Linux 3.05

Raffaele Forte has announced the release of BackBox Linux 3.05, an updated version of the project's Ubuntu-based specialist distribution designed for penetration testing and security assessments: "The BackBox team is pleased to announce the updated release of BackBox Linux, version 3.05. This release includes features such as Linux kernel 3.2, compat-wireless 3.8 (with Aircrack-ng patch) and Xfce 4.8. What's new? System improvements; upstream components bug corrections; performance boost; improved Update menu; improved Wi-Fi dirvers (compat-wireless 3.8 with Aircrack-NG patch); full support for Linux kernel 3.5 and 3.8 (install it with apt-get or Synaptic); predisposition to ARM architecture (new armhf.iso coming soon); new and updated hacking tools (Automater, inundator, Ettercap, Wireshark, SE Toolkit, Metasploit, sqlmap, BeEF, Recon-ng, zaproxy, Weevely, THC-IPV6, truecrack, Hashcat)." Here is the full release announcement with system requirements. Download (MD5): backbox-3.05-amd64.iso (1,587MB, torrent).

How to Record Your Android Device's Screen From Ubuntu 13.04/12.10 and Linux Mint 15/14

In this tutorial, we will see how to record your Android device's screen using a simple Java application called androidscreencast, you can get more information about it here.

The tutorial is workable in the following Ubuntu/Linux Mint distributions:

  • Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 or older
  • Linux Mint 15/14/13 or older
Getting Started 

Let's first install some dependencies needed for the application to run properly. So, open the terminal and enter this command:

sudo apt-get install openjdk-7-jre android-tools-adb icedtea-netx

Connect now your Android device (Tablet/smartphone) via USB and run this command to make sure it is detected:

adb devices

You may see outputs similar to these if device detected:

List of devices attached 
c1607f713b068af device

Now install androidscreencast using these commands:

mkdir  -p ~/Android_Screencast && cd Android_Screencast 
wget -O androidscreencast.jnlp

Start the application with this command:

javaws  ~/Android_Screencast/androidscreencast.jnlp

Wait for a a few seconds, then your Android device screen will appear on your computer:

You can resize the application window to increase the screen resolution of your Android device's screen. Click the Record button to start video recording.

Friday, May 10, 2013

openSUSE 12.3 "Edu Li-f-e"

Lars Vogdt has announced the release of openSUSE 12.3 "Edu Li-f-e" edition, a specialist openSUSE variant designed for deployment in educational institutions: "The openSUSE Education Team is proud to present Li-f-e (Linux for Education) 12.3-1. This first release is based on openSUSE 12.3 with all the official updates applied. Li-f-e incorporates the latest stable versions of all popular desktop environments such as KDE, GNOME and Cinnamon and it includes wide range of software catering to the needs of everyone, selection from openSUSE Education repository, multimedia from the Packman repository, development tools, KIWI-LTSP allowing normal PC or diskless thin clients to network boot from a server running Li-f-e and lot more." Here is the full release announcement with a handful of screenshots. Download the live DVD image from here: openSUSE-Edu-li-f-e-12.3-latest-i686.iso (3,323MB, MD5, torrent).

Pinguy OS 13.04 Alpha

Antoni Norman has released an initial alpha build of Pinguy OS 13.04, an Ubuntu-based distribution with a customised GNOME 3.8 desktop: "Pinguy OS is still being activity worked on. There has been a release for 12.10 and a 13.04 release is being worked on at the moment. If you want to keep up to date with the development of Pinguy OS it's best to follow the Information thread on the forum. This blog will be mainly for news on the LTS releases. I have decided to keep the 6-month releases as betas/snapshots of what the LTS will become. The 6-month releases will be using bleeding edge software that hasn't been fully tested. For an example the 13.04 release is using Gnome Shell 3.8.1 (something that isn't included in Ubuntu 13.04 by default). The 6-month Pinguy OS releases will be missing features that will be in the final LTS, but the release will be very usable." See this brief blog post for more information. Download: Pinguy_OS_13.04-Alpha_i686.iso (2,312MB, MD5).

Zentyal 3.1 (Beta)

José Antonio Calvo has announced the availability of the first development build of the upcoming Zentyal 3.2 stable release, a Linux distribution for small business servers. Like the project's 3.0 release, the new version is still based on Ubuntu's latest long-term support (LTS) release. From the release announcement "We're glad to announce the availability of the first Zentyal 3.1 packages and installer. Zentyal 3.1 is a development version and it will become Zentyal 3.2 (next stable release) in September 2013. Until then we are going to frequently release new versions so you can help us testing the new features and improvements. The highlights of this first beta are: New IPS module; L2TP support in the IPsec module; faster Zentyal administration interface; new headless (remote administration only) installation in the expert mode; faster boot due to better management of daemons." Download: zentyal-3.1-amd64.iso (651MB, MD5).

Monday, April 29, 2013

Rdio install the client on Ubuntu Linux

A few days after arriving in Italy Play in Spotify and Google Music arrives in the beautiful country Rdio music streaming platform based on a database of over 18 million songs.
Rdio offers the user the ability to listen in high quality all available tracks (many also of Italian artists) all of them can be managed by a graphical user interface simple and functional, and above all without advertising. Once you create an account we can use the service for 6 months at the end of which, or abandon the service or we can choose one of two services: 4,99 euro per month will allow us to have unlimited streaming via the web while 9.99 € we can also download music from mobile devices through dedicated mobile application.
Rdio is also available for Ubuntu Linux to the dedicated client with which we can access the service directly from our desktop. In addition, the client offers full integration with Unity, you can manage the player from SoundMenu and also we will also have available a quicklist in the link in the Launcher.
Simple and functional the client Rdio for Ubuntu in the future will support the new service Vdio for playing video straming always high quality. In order to use the Rdio client on Ubuntu Linux and we have derived an account free or premium Rdio just connect to activate on this page.
To Install Rdio install the client on Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 and Mint 15/14/13 , Open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sgringwe/rdio
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install rdio
once installed Rdio just start it and enter the account to access the service.
As an alternative to Rdio we can also install Nuvola Player client that also supports Rdio and also provides an excellent integration of Ubuntu Linux.

Install the Italian Radio on Radio Tray in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring

Radio Tray is one of the most popular Linux users to listen to web radio directly from your Linux distribution. Special features of Radio Tray is to be easy to use and non-invasive because once you start going to add an applet in our panel and from there we will be able to add and manage categories for our favorite web radio.
It supports most popular formats such as m3u. pls ess being written in python we can install any Linux desktop environment such as Gnome Shell, KDE, Xfce, LXDE Cinnamon, etc. Mate DE. In recent years lffl has provided a PPA which allowed to install Radio Tray with already a collection of the major Italian radio such as Radio Rai, Radio Deejay, Radio 105, etc..
Given the many demands of the deb packages we decided to make an exception to the rule that does not give the packages but the list with the web radio constantly updated so that it can be installed in any Linux distribution.
I also remember that you can create a list with your favorite web radio by placing links that can be found for example from this portal.
To install the Italian Radio on Radio Tray in Ubuntu, Debian, Arch Linux, Fedora, etc. the first thing to do is to install Radio Tray application usually found in the repositories of major Linux distributions.
For Ubuntu, for example, just start Ubuntu or Ubuntu Software Center Apps Directory once installed the Radio Tray are moving and we will find the list of various foreign web radio.
What we need to do is to close Radio Tray and start the terminal and type:
  • wget
  • mv bookmarks.xml ~/.local/share/radiotray
Once this is done reboot Radio Tray Italian Radio and here are collected in categories.
If you have any web radio that does not work you can report it, correct it promptly list it so that it remains up to date and running. To update the list, just repeat the above procedure.

Skolelinux 7.0 Alpha 0

Petter Reinholdtsen has announced the availability of the initial alpha build of Skolelinux (a project also known as "Debian-Edu"), a distribution designed for schools and based on the upcoming release of Debian GNU/Linux 7.0: "The Debian-Edu / Skolelinux project is still going strong and made its first 'Wheezy'-based release today. This is an updated and slightly improved version compared to the 'Squeeze release'. Software updates: everything which is new in Debian 'Wheezy', including Linux kernel 3.2.x, KDE 4.8.4, GNOME 3.4 and LXDE 4 desktop environments (KDE is installed by default), Iceweasel web browser 10, LibreOffice 3.5.4, LTSP 5.4.2, GOsa 2.7.4, CUPS print system 1.5.3 GCompris educational toolbox 12.01, Rosegarden music creator 12.04, GIMP image editor 2.8.2, Celestia virtual universe 1.6.1, Stellarium virtual stargazer 0.11.3, Scratch visual programming environment" Read the rest of the release announcement for further information and related links. Download: debian-edu~7.0+edu0~a0-CD.iso (651MB, MD5).

ExTiX 13

Arne Exton has announced the release of ExTiX 13, a remastered Ubuntu with a customised GNOME 3.6 desktop environment: "ExTiX 13 64-bit is a remaster of Ubuntu 13.04. The original system includes the Unity desktop. After removing Unity I have installed GNOME 3.6.3 and Cairo-Dock 3.2.1. The system language is English. My special kernel 3.8.0-19 corresponds to's stable kernel 3.8.8. Among many other programs, LibreOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird, Brasero, VLC, GIMP and win32 codecs are installed. In addition Java and all necessary additions in order to install programs from source are also installed. All programs have been updated to the latest available stable version as of April 28, 2013. One big difference between Ubuntu and ExTiX - there is a password for root (and you can log in as root to GNOME after an installation to hard drive)." Visit the distribution's home page to read the rest of the release announcement. Download: extix13-64bit.iso (1,204MB, MD5).

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Miro 6 Release , Install Miro 6 in Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 and Mint 15/14/13

Miro is a popular, free, and open internet TV application. It brings video channels from thousands of sources and has more free HD than any other platform.
Install Miro 6 in Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04 and Mint 15/14/13, Open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pcf/miro-releases 
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install miro

Fedora 19 Alpha

Dennis Gilmore has announced the alpha release of Fedora 19, the first development build of the popular Red Hat-sponsored Linux distribution: "The Fedora 19 'Schrödinger's Cat' alpha release has arrived with a preview of the latest fantastic, free, and open-source technology currently under development." Some of the more interesting features of this release include: "Developer's Assistant - a tool that helps you to get started on a code project with templates, samples and toolchains for the languages of your choice; Syslinux optional boot tool integration brings simplified booting; systemd Resource Control lets you modify service settings without a reboot; GNOME 3.8; KDE Plasma Workspaces 4.10, MATE Desktop 1.6..." Read the full release announcement for more details. Download (torrents, SHA256): Fedora-Live-Desktop-x86_64-19-Alpha-1.iso (997MB, torrent), Fedora-Live-KDE-x86_64-19-Alpha-1.iso (888MB, torrent), Fedora-Live-XFCE-x86_64-19-Alpha-1.iso (755MB, torrent).

Monday, April 22, 2013

Mageia 3 RC

Anne Nicolas has announced that the only release candidate and the final development build for Mageia 3 is now ready for testing: "We are now two weeks from the end of the trip (at least we hope we will have no delay). Mageia 3 release candidate is now available for the very final tests. We need your feedback more than ever. The Mageia team is working hard to fix the last annoying bugs - what we call release-critical bugs. How do we qualify a release-critical one? All the bugs that cannot be fixed through updates, mainly in the installer, the kernel and some of the main drivers. As with the beta 4, live ISO images are still in progress and should be released in the coming days." Mageia 3 RC ships with the latest Linux kernel, version 3.8.8, and includes RPM 4.11, systemd 195, KDE 4.10.2, GNOME 3.6.3 and LibreOffice 4.0.2. See the brief release announcement and the detailed release notes for more information. Download the installation DVD image from here: Mageia-3-RC-x86_64-DVD.iso (3,865MB, MD5). The final release of Mageia 3 is scheduled for 3 May 2013.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Manjaro Linux 0.8.5 "MATE", "LXDE", "KDE"

The Manjaro development team has announced the release of three community editions of Manjaro Linux 0.8.5, featuring the MATE, LXDE and KDE desktop environments: "We are happy to announce three new Manjaro community editions featuring MATE 1.6, LXDE 0.5.5 and KDE 4.10.2. The community editions of Manjaro Linux are released as bonus flavours in addition to those officially supported and maintained by the Manjaro team, provided that the time and resources necessary are available to do so. Yusuf and Cumali from Manjaro Turkey released Manjaro KDE 2013.04 based on Manjaro stable repositories. It features the brand new KDE SC 4.10.2 point release." Read the full release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download links: manjaro-mate-0.8-r13-0417-x86_64.iso (1,090MB, SHA1), manjaro-lxde-0.8.5-x86_64.iso (1,099MB, SHA1), manjaro-kde-0.8.5-x86_64.iso (2,142MB, SHA1).

[FIX] Brightness Keys Not Working on a Notebook/Laptop - Ubuntu/Linux Mint

In this tutorial, we will see a solution that may render your brightness keys workable again in a laptop/notebook running Ubuntu/Linux Mint.

Before starting, you should bear in mind that this solution is not meant to fix all laptop or notebook models and is dedicated for users of intel cards for adjusting brightness levels. Also, this tip is only workable on Ubuntu/Linux Mint with GRUB 2.

Getting Started

You can check if you have an intel card by running this command:

 ls /sys/class/backlight/

If the returned outputs show this:

(...) intel_backlight

Then this solution may work for you. In the same terminal window, enter this command:

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

Find this line:


Change it to this one:

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash acpi_backlight=vendor"

Save your file and exit, then run this command to update GRUB 2:

sudo update-grub

Finally, reboot your system.

Good luck!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Rebellin Linux 1.5

Utkarsh Sevekar has announced the release of Rebellin Linux 1.5, a set of commercial, desktop-oriented distribution based on Debian "Stable" (the "Synergy" edition) and Debian "Unstable" (the "Adrenalin" variant): "It gives us immense pleasure to announce the latest Rebellin Linux release - version 1.5. Although this is a minor version update, it brings a host of fixes and upgrades to both of the Rebellin Linux flavours. The Rebellin Project was started to provide top-notch email support at affordable price so that everybody can enjoy a reliable distribution designed for daily use. A lot of people shy away from Linux due to lack of personal level support and that's the niche Rebellin fills up! While Rebellin is a brilliantly crafted distribution suitable for users of any skill level, it is perfectly suited for newbies just entering the Linux world as it comes with personal email support that lasts for the lifetime of the product!" Read the rest of the release announcement for a list of improvements, fixes and known issues. Rebellin Linux 1.5 costs US$5.00 and is available for purchase and immediate download from the project's online store.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Network Security Toolkit 18-4509

Ron Henderson has announced the availability of a major new release of Network Security Toolkit (NST), a specialist Fedora-based live DVD featuring a collection of open-source network security applications: "We are pleased to announce the latest NST release - 'NST 18 SVN:4509'. This release is based on Fedora 18 using Linux kernel 3.8.6. This is the most robust and stable release of NST to date. Significant effort has been devoted to integrate systemd service control support with all network services applications, thus providing enhanced management and flexibility when using the NST WUI. Here are some of the highlights for this release: created a more friendly and intuitive user experience when booting NST Live and performing a hard disk installation; added a new NST script, nstipconf, which provides management to easily setup IPv4 address and stealth network configurations...." Continue to the full release announcement if you'd like to find out more about the product. Download: nst-18-4509.i686.iso (1,762MB).

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Pardus Linux 2013 "Community"

Following the release of the "Corporate" edition last month, the Pardus development team has now also released the "Community" flavour of Pardus Linux 2013 (or "1.0" as it is called in the announcement). Available in both Turkish and English, the "new" Pardus is a desktop-oriented distribution based on Debian's "testing" branch. From the release announcement: "We are doing a stable and useful Linux called Pardus Community edition 1.0. We are sure you'll enjoy the many improvements. We have done our best in terms of stability and security that you have come to expect. Pardus Community edition 1.0 is now based on Debian 'Wheezy' and built using tools provided by the debian-live project. Easy to install and use. And also all drivers are included. All images boot as live CDs but they can be installed on your computer with the included installer." Download the GNOME or KDE variant from SourceForge: pardus_community_2013_gnome_64bit_en.iso (1,748MB, MD5), pardus_community_2013_kde_64bit_en.iso (1,941MB, MD5).

Foresight Linux 2.5.3

Tomas Forsman has announced the release of Foresight Linux 2.5.3, a rolling-release desktop Linux distribution with Conary package management and a choice of GNOME 2, LXDE and Xfce desktops: "Announcing Foresight Linux 2.5.3. Foresight is a Linux distribution for your desktop that features a rolling-release schedule that always keeps your desktop up to date; a revolutionary package manager, Conary; the latest GNOME 2, LXDE and Xfce desktop environment and an innovative set of excellent, up-to-date software applications. Foresight also includes the polished and refined long-term support 3.4 Linux kernel. If new and shiny is more your thing, you will be pleased to learn that the newly-minted Linux kernel 3.8 is currently undergoing shakedown tests and is slated to become available in the coming weeks." Read the rest of the release announcement for more information. Download (MD5): foresight-2.5.3-gnome-x86_64-dvd1.iso (2,281MB), foresight-2.5.3-xfce-x86_64-dvd1.iso (1,518MB), foresight-2.5.3-lxde-x86_64-dvd1.iso (2,157MB).

Friday, April 12, 2013

ClearOS 6.4.0

Peter Baldwin has announced the release of ClearOS 6.4.0 "Community" edition, a cloud-connected
server, network and gateway operating system designed for homes, hobbyists and small organisations: "ClearOS Community 6.4.0 is now available. Along with the usual round of bug fixes and enhancements, this release introduces a new reports engine, a storage manager, an anti-malware file scanner, RADIUS, a basic POP/IMAP server, and mail retrieval. What's next? After a bumpy start with ClearOS 6, we are now happy with the stability and maturity of the version. Version 6 required a major overhaul under the hood, but it provided ClearOS with a modern and secure web application platform. So what's currently in the pipeline? A beta release of the new QoS engine; Samba 4 and Samba Directory preview; The ibVPN application...." See the release announcement and release notes for more details and upgrade notes. Download (MD5): clearos-community-6.4.0-x86_64.iso (695MB).

Manjaro Linux 0.8.5 "Cinnamon"

Philip Müller has announced the release of Manjaro Linux 0.8.5 "Cinnamon" edition, an Arch Linux-based distribution with GNOME 3 and Cinnamon as the core user interface: "We are happy to release our final Manjaro Cinnamon community edition to the public. See this release as our last gift to this amazing GNOME fork, as we have to drop the support for Cinnamon in the near future. We can not maintain this edition anymore since upstream is dropping Cinnamon due incompatibility with GNOME 3.8. We worked hard to make this release the best Manjaro experience featuring Cinnamon 1.7 and GNOME 3.6. You will find all the goodies you expect from a desktop based on Cinnamon: Nemo 1.7.2, Cinnamon 1.7.3, Cinnamon Control Center 1.7.2. The following changes have been made since 0.8.4: graphical installer; Manjaro settings manager...." Read the detailed release announcement for more information and screenshots. Download: manjaro-cinnamon-0.8.5-x86_64.iso (441MB, MD5).

Thursday, April 11, 2013

How to Solve nVidia Video Card Drivers Problems on Ubuntu 12.10

Ubuntu 12.10 has been released but immediately some users started to complain, and rightly so, because of a problem with the video card drivers. In particular, there seems to be a problem for all those who are in possession of some particular model of nVidia video card : it can happen, in fact, that the desktop does not appear after installing the driver experimental nvidia or even those owners . If you use the Open Source driver , however, everything runs smoothly.

must therefore fall back on the driver Open? It is said, there is a (rather more than one) solution to this problem and we will take back to below.

First solution

Press the key combination Ctrl + Alt + F1 to enter the emergency terminal. Log in with your username and password and type:
sudo apt-get install linux-source
sudo apt-get install linux-headers-3.5.0-17-generic

Now uninstall the current driver:
sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current
If it does not, try the command:
sudo apt-get remove nvidia-current-updates
sudo apt-get remove nvidia-experimental-304
reinstalliamoli now (yes, it looks like a joke almost mockingly):
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current-updates
If everything is successful, type:
sudo shutdown-r now
And when you restart you should have solved!

Second solution

this solution is more immediate. Open the terminal of an emergency, press the key combination Ctrl + Alt + F1 and type:
sudo apt-get install nvidia-current nvidia-settings
sudo mv / etc/X11/xorg.conf / etc/X11/xorg.conf.old
sudo nvidia-xconfig
Now restart the whole typing:
sudo shutdown-r now
I beg you, so let us know if you have solved the problem!

Ubuntu Apps Charts for March 2013

While Steam is currently probably the most downloaded application on Ubuntu, a tower defense game War in a Box - Paper tanks is storming the Ubuntu Apps Charts. In March, the game was on the 4th place in the Top 10 of commercial applications in the Ubuntu Software Center.
Other popular commercial games in March were Machinarium, Braid and Legend of Grimrock.
Here is the complete list of the most popular applications in the Ubuntu Software Center in February:
Top 10 kommerzielle Anwendungen
  1. Stormcloud
  2. Machinarium
  3. Fluendo DVD Player
  4. War in A Box – Paper Tanks [NEW!]
  5. Filebot
  6. Quick ‘n Easy Web Builder
  7. Braid
  8. Legend of Grimrock
  9. Mini Minecraft Launcher
  10. Linux Tycoon [NEW!]
Top 10 freie Anwendungen
  1. Steam
  2. Master PDF Editor
  3. Youtube to MP3
  4. Splashtop Streamer
  5. Plex Media Server
  6. Motorbike
  7. CrossOver (Trial)
  8. Nitro
  9. flareGet
  10. InteliJ IDEA 12 Community Edition

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Fuduntu 2013.2

Lee Ward has announced the release of Fuduntu 2013.2, a user-friendly, rolling-release distribution with the RPM package management system and the classic GNOME 2 desktop: "The Fuduntu team is proud to announce the second quarterly release of 2013, Fuduntu 2013.2. This release comes with many improvements, including many bug fixes, new features and applications. As usual, existing Fuduntu users have already rolled into 2013.2. As Fuduntu has grown, so has the default install. To help those who may want a lighter install, especially for netbooks, we now include a light edition. Users of the Fuduntu Lite will notice several programs that are normally installed by default, including LibreOffice, GIMP, and Thunderbird, are not installed. Included in 2013.2: Linux kernel 3.8.3, GIMP 2.8.4, Thunderbird 17.0.4, Firefox 19.0.2, Chromium 25.0.1364.172 and LibreOffice 4.0.1." Read the rest of the release announcement for more details. Download (MD5): Fuduntu-2013.2-x86_64-LiveDVD.iso (1,009MB, torrent), Fuduntu-2013.2-x86_64-LiteDVD.iso (819MB, torrent).

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

How to Fix/Repair ATI Catalyst AMD Video Driver on Ubuntu 12.xx

ATI Catalyst drivers are blocking the system? Have you stopped abruptly installation of the latter, and now you can no longer use the X server Ubuntu 12.10 or Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Quantal? You “forced” a bit ‘too his hand, and your Catalyst refuse to work? Well, then this is just the guide for you: we will see how to restore the drivers AMD / ATI Catalyst using recovery mode Ubuntu.

Maybe you could think that that option boot system was there only as a formality, but it is not! The recovery mode has its uses: it is possible to perform diagnostics, recovery and system repairs regardless of the damage it caused during the various sessions of use. E ‘for this reason that, today, upubuntu suggests how to use the recovery mode if the ATI Catalyst drivers suddenly they stopped working, something that happens regularly – for example – after a change kernel or operating system upgrade.
First, the selection screen of GRUB, if we have a version of GRUB less than 2.0 we select
Into Our OS-with-our-kernel (recovery mode / recovery mode)
such as
Ubuntu, with 3.xx-y.generic (recovery mode)
and give ENTER. Or, if we GRUB 2.0, have to bring us in ”Advanced options for Ubuntu”: find there the recovery mode! (Small tip: if GRUB does not appear, start the computer by pressing and holding the SHIFT key after the BIOS POST).
Wait kernel initialization after that, in the next window, select ”Network” (will allow you to enable the network). The system will notify you that your disk will be remounted in read / write mode: you confirm and wait for the loading.
At this point we get back to the main screen, hence selected root (Open a root shell) and dates sent. At this point, the steps are the same people who normally perform from terminal to install the ATI drivers. Eye could happen that the layout of the keyboard is the American one. First, for the avoidance of doubt, a moment update the system with the commands
Into sudo apt-get
update sudo apt-get upgrade

And now, let’s install the ATI drivers (the last are the 12.10) by following the steps in this guide.
After the procedure, we can exit the shell by typing the command of recovery
Into exit
And then selecting from the main window ”Resume” – “Restore normal startup.”

Monday, April 8, 2013

Top 4 GPS Apps for Android

Google earth has been at the pinnacle in terms of GPS applications for a long time and all of Google’s operating systems have been providing for “Google earth”, so the GPS apps are joining hands with the Androids. With the help of a GPS tracking app, user can easily locate their position as well as the destinations’. The mobile GPS apps are capable to accomplish tasks which might appear to be impossible without proper wireless coverage. The Androids are providing some of the free GPS apps too which make it worth a try for the user without looking deep into their wallets. Of many GPS apps available in the market today, we have picked out the best few in our list which goes like:

1. Sygic

This app tops the list with its eye bound features. It provides for extra Tom Tom maps which might cost a fortune for regular users. The feature that keeps this app aloof from other apps is its ability to keep updating maps so the user doesn’t have to worry about new shorter routes. Another advantage to this app is that it stores the maps into Micro SD memory of the phone, so the user can access to maps even without the network. Its’ claimed to be one of the most downloadable GPS app in the world.

2. Skobbler

Don’t go on the odd name of this app, it ranks among the best GPS apps available in the market. The striking features of this app include its voice instructions and also it features 2D and 3D maps. It also has 2 modes- Walking mode and Car driving mode, User can avail any of the option based on their requirement.

3. Loopt

This app ranks 3rd in our list but is very effective for the users. It keeps updating its background on a regular basis and helps monitor traffic too. This app has a user friendly interface and is very easy to use. It is compatible with the social networking sites like face book, twitter and others and you can share your location status with friends. It works with IOS as well. All this comes for free which makes this App an irreplaceable one.

4. Co-Pilot

This App works the best for users who travel a lot. This app helps user save the maps in their SD card, so the maps are accessible even without a proper network, a huge storage of Micro SD provides you with the facility to fit the whole map of Russia in the phone. This app is extremely swift to use at the time of driving. Another feature added to this application is its voice alerts; they work lot better than in google maps. In a nutshell, this app is custom made for users spending most of their time in travel and for travelers, there is no better replacement for this application.
About the Author – Kuldeep is a freelance writer who recommends you to check Android tutorials and news stuffs at Android Blog.

Curlew Multimedia Converter Install on Ubuntu and Linux Mint from PPA

You know there are many media converters in Linux that helps to convert video and audio files to any other formats we want. Curlew is one media converter that comes with an easy-to-use GUI written in Python. With the help of this converter via the Advanced menu options you can add subtitles to your videos.
Following are the some of Curlew supports media formats.
  • MP3 - M4A - 3G2 - WAV - OGG
  • AVI – MP4 – FLV – MOV – MKV – 3GP
  • WMV - Google WebM, etc.
The latest version of Curlew is 0.1.12 that will bring some new improvements. It can also convert files for some portable devices like iPhone, iPad, Nokia, LG, PSP, Xbox, PS3 etc.
You can see how to install Curlew from PPA in this article. The distributions are:

  • Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04
  • Linux Mint 14/13
Curlew Multimedia Converter Installation
  • Enter these commands by open the terminal
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/multimedia
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install curlew

  • From the Unity Dash you can start Curlew
  • You need to run this command from the terminal
Curlew Removal
  • You have to enter these commands to uninstall Curlew from Ubuntu/Linux mint.
sudo add-apt-repository –remove ppa:upubuntu-com/multimedia
sudo apt-get remove curlew
sudo apt-get update

Sunday, April 7, 2013

My-Weather indicator for Ubuntu 13.04/12.10/12.04/Linux Mint

It displays weather of location on panel, You can add up-to 2 locations in this indicator. It shows weather in complete details. There is forecast map option to choose location from map.

weather indicator
You can add up to two locations in this indicator, there are option for show temperature on panel and show notifications about weather. Also you can select "Auto location" for Main location, It will auto detect your current location.
There are three weather sources available: Yahoo, Open Weather Map and World Weather Online. You can choose whatever you want.
You change settings of temperature and details for weather.
In General Options you can select "Auto-start" option to start automatically at login. You can change weather refresh time from "Refresh Frequency" and You can choose light or dark icon for panel.

To install My-Weather indicator in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get install my-weather-indicator
That's it, Enjoy

Source: noobslab