US Mobile Network Joins Ubuntu Touch Advisory Group

Three international mobile networks, including one from the US, have joined the Ubuntu Touch ‘Carrier Advisory Group’.

Unnamed companies from Australia, Indonesia and North America have gained membership of the forum, offering them the chance to help shape the direction and feature set of Canonical’s fledgling mobile OS.

New CAG members from US, Indonesia and Australia

Very briefly – had an excellent show at Mobile Asia Expo. Very valuable feedback from carrier partners on our progress with Ubuntu’s mobile experience and ecosystem. And just heard that a US operator has joined our advisory group – alongside recent additions from Indonesia and Australia. So that means we have partners who cover parts of Asia, most of Europe, North  and South America.

MiniTube Adds Account-Free Subscription, Heads to Ubuntu Software Centre

MiniTube on the Ubuntu Desktop

MiniTube has been updated with a rather nifty new feature: account-free channel subscriptions.

XMir will be Default in Ubuntu 13.10, Fallback X Session to be Removed from Ubuntu 14.04 LTS!

Canonical is moving faster than anybody would have thought. Mir was introduced as a proof of concept display-server earlier this year, which Canonical plans to deploy slowly across their products. Now they claim that Mir is good enough to be deployed in the next major release, Ubuntu 13.10 ie. Fortunately, there will be a fallback session to X too when there is no driver support.

DNSTOP – Stay on top of your DNS Traffic

dnstop is a libpcap application (ala tcpdump) that displays various tables of DNS traffic on your network. Currently dnstop displays tables of:


Half Life 2 & Sequels Turn Stable on Steam for Linux

Half Life 2, a popular first-person-shooter game made by Valve, has migrated from beta to stable release on Steam for Linux.

S06E18 – A Midsummer Night’s Ubuntu

We’re back with the eighteenth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team! Alan PopeMark Johnson, Tony Whitmore, and 

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Switching To Mir Display Server By Default

The Ubuntu developers have announced today that they plan to deliver Mir display server by default in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander with XMir, an implementation of X running or Mir.


How To Install GTK3 With Broadway (HTML5) Backend Enabled In Ubuntu

Starting with version 3.2, GTK+ comes with an experimental "Broadway" backend that allows rendering GTK3 applications in HTML5-capable browsers, so you can run applications remotely, using only a web browser.

Install GIMP 2.8.6 In Ubuntu [PPA]

GIMP 2.8.6 has been released recently, bringing many bug fixes and small enhancements. In this release, the single-window mode has received special attention and some annoyances, like the close button not quitting GIMP or the right docks not keeping their size, have been fixed.

Kubuntu Not Switching To Mir Display Server

Kubuntu won't be switching to Mir / XMir, has announced Jonathan Riddell, the main Kubuntu developer, in a recent blog post.

2nd-Gen i5-Powered MintBox Unveiled

The second generation of the Linux Mint-branded mini-pc has been shown off.

Mir To Ship As Default Display Server in Ubuntu 13.10

Mir is to ship as the default display server in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu engineers have today announced.

Google Drive Linux Petition Now 10k Signatures Strong, Google Yet to Respond

Over 10,000 people have signed a petition asking Google for a native Linux version of their desktop Drive client.

The petition argues that ‘no [computing] minority should be under represented’.

How You Can Help Improve Linux Video Editor PiTiVi Right Now

Does open-source video editor PiTiVi need improving? If so, in what way?

2ping – A bi-directional ping utility

2ping is a bi-directional ping utility. It uses 3-way pings (akin to TCP SYN, SYN/ACK, ACK) and after-the-fact state comparison between a 2ping listener and a 2ping client to determine which direction packet loss occurs.


3 Extra Games Added to Humble Bundle with Android 6

We’re one week into the latest Humble Bundle offer – the sixth in their  ’…with Android‘ series – which means it’s extra bonus games time!

Ubuntu to Consolidate Web Account Services Under ‘Ubuntu One’ Brand

Ubuntu Single Sign On

Canonical has announced plans to group its user-facing account services under one unified branding.

Portal Game Now Officially Supported On Linux, Exits Beta [Steam]

Portal, the popular first-person puzzle game developed by Valve, has moved out of beta and is now officially supported on Linux.

ffDiaporama 1.6 Released (Tool To Create Movie Clips From Photos and Videos)

ffDiaporama is an application written in Qt, available for Linux and Windows, that allows you mix videos, music, text and photos to create movie clips / slideshows. The application supports adding animations such as zoom, rotation or Ken Burns Effect, add titles (text), annotations and more.

Gufw Firewall 13.10 Released With New Features, Refreshed Layout

Gufw, a firewall that uses UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall) under the hood, has been updated recently, getting a new layout and some important new features.

Portal for Linux Leaves Beta, Now Available to All

Close the curtains, plug in your precision-pointer mouse, and axe your social life: Portal is now officially available for Linux.

VLC 2.0.7 released and Installation Instructions included

VLC is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols.


German City Hopes to Wean Citizens Off Windows XP With Free Linux CDs

Thousands of free Linux CDs are to be distributed to citizens of a German city in spring of next year.

Munich City Council plan to make Ubuntu discs available as a ‘replacement for Windows XP’ – Microsoft’s 11-year old operating system for which support officially ends in April of next year.

Installing and Using Sublime Text In Ubuntu

Though the likes of gedit, vim, emacs, and even Eclipse have covered developers’ needs with open source editors and IDEs, Sublime Text – a closed source editor – has gained a massive following since its first release over five years ago.

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