A lot of people want a close button for the Ubuntu notifications but unfortunately this won't happen - they don't want NotifyOSD to be customizable. But you can get notifications that have a close button by using the AWN Notifications Daemon.
Unity 2D (Qt) is finally getting closer in design to the regular Unity. Check out this video recorded by by om26er:
Gnome Shell 2.91.90 was released yesterday getting some final adjustments according to the release announcement:
A quick update: LibreOffice 3.3.1 has just been released, bringing new colored icons and eliminates various problems to improve stability. For instructions on installing LibreOffice from the PPA, see our post on LibreOffice Ubuntu PPA
Synapse, the cool new semantic launcher for Linux written in Vala and powered by Zeitgeist reached version 0.2.4 codename "Anandamide". This version brings new plugins: calculator, Launchpad plugin (find bugs and branches on Launchpad), Pastebin, Imgur (upload images) and a selection plugin (allows you to execute actions on currently selected text).
Touchpad Indicator was created with a very simple feature in mind: to allow you to easily enable / disable your laptop or netbook touchpad with a click but it slowly started gaining some other cool features.
Launchpad-Getkeys is a script (comes packaged in a .deb) that automatically imports all missing GPG keys, even if you're behind a firewall.
How do you know when you have a missing GPG key? Here's an example: when you run "sudo apt-get update", you'll see some errors like this:
Fetched 47.0kB in 6s (7,710B/s)
Reading package lists... Done
Andrea Azzarone, who's also behind the menu integrated in the window titlebar Unity mockup we've posted last week has created a patch that provides an option to change the Unity launcher ("dock") icon size.
Check out this video featuring his actual code (not a mockup!):
Displex is an appindicator initially designed to provide similar functionality to the well-known "fusion-icon", but using an Ubuntu Indicator. However, Displex progressed and now provides a lot more features: it can be used to control the window decorations, screen rotation through Xrandr, switch between Metacity or Compiz compositing, provides AcerHK support and more.
To get your USB drives to work with VirtualBox when using Ubuntu as a host, you need to add your user to the vboxusers group. Please note that this doesn't work with VirtualBox OSE, so you'll need to install VirtualBox from its repository.
GParted is a partition manager you can use to resize, copy or move partition without losing your data.
The latest GParted 0.8, released a couple of days ago, adds an option to rescue data from lost partitions:
This article overviews five image viewers available for Ubuntu and also includes at the end a list of another five ones which either are no longer maintained or are based on older libraries (KDE3 for example).
The Ubuntu devs really like to push updates at night but luckily I'm usually awake when that happens so I can tell you what's new in Unity as soon as the updates are released.
One of the design goals of Unity is to reduce the clutter of the desktop, another is to use space more efficiently.
Earlier this week, the Opera Desktop Team announced Opera 11 "Barracuda" which they say it will bring "another popular Opera feature will be taken to the next level".
Well, the first Opera 11.10 "Barracuda" development snapshot was made available for download on the Opera Desktop Team blog today. [...]
A new Elementary OS video was posted a few days ago on YouTube, showing off some of the new applications: Slingshot and Plank as well as the already known Wingpanel (but which now is a full panel), Postler, Dexter or Midori:
Guayadeque is starting to become a mature, reliable music player - the latest version 0.2.9, released today brings some very important features to Guayadeque like Ubuntu sound menu support, iPod support with covers and playlist, usb mass storage devices support, support for trueaudio files and wavpack, option to embed album cover to all album tracks, output audio device configuration option in
Jorge Castro announced the release of a Chrome extension called Chromify-OSD that makes the build-in Chrome notifications use NotifyOSD. I'll make this post short because for some reason the extension doesn't work for me in either Google Chrome or Chromium.