Music to My Eyes: An Ubuntu Skin for Spotify

I love that Spotify provide a native Linux client. I don’t love that it looks a little out of place.

Good Ideas Catch On: Windows 8.1 Adds Unity-Style Search Feature

The next major update to Windows 8 will add a new search experience to the Windows 8 desktop – one that Ubuntu users will already be familiar with.

Windows 8.1 overhauls the inbuilt Windows Search feature to offer results not just from local apps, files and settings on the computer but also from the web and online media sites.

A bit like Unity’s Dash.

Google Drive for Linux Petition

Would you be more likely to use Google Drive if there was an official native client available for Linux?

Install OpenJDK Patched With Font Fixes [Ubuntu PPA]

While working on the Infinality article, I've noticed that "slow", who is behind the Infinality PPA for Ubuntu, maintains another PPA for OpenJDK7 which comes with a patch that improves the font rendering for Java /

Unity Smart Scopes Feature Lands In Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander [Video]

The Unity Smart Scopes (also known as "100 scopes") feature has landed in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander today. This feature tries to provide a smarter Dash search experience by returning results relevant to the search query.

Ubuntu 13.10 Readies Arrival of Smarter Unity Dash

How’s Ubuntu Touch for Phones Shaping Up? Pretty Well Judging By This Video…

Canonical’s Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon has shown off the latest progress to Ubuntu Touch as of this month.

If you haven’t seen much of Ubuntu Touch since the earlier releases back in January and February, then you’ll be surprised at how fast progress is happening.

Video Showing The Current Ubuntu Phone State

Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager, has posted a video today in which he shows the current state of Ubuntu Phone OS running on a Galaxy Nexus.

Xfce Theme Manager: A Single GUI To Change Any Xfce Theme (With Previews)

Xfce uses multiple settings GUIs for setting the window border, controls, icons, mouse cursor theme and so on and it doesn't include any thumbnails.

Better Font Rendering In Linux With Infinality

Many of you have probably already heard of Infinality, but I've decided to write a post about it anyway, for those who aren't familiar with it yet, because it greatly improves the font rendering on Linux.

How To Automatically Mute Music When Receiving VoIP Calls [PulseAudio]

By default, in Ubuntu and probably other Linux distributions, if you're playing music in Rhythmbox, Audacious and so on while receiving a call in applications such as Skype, Ekiga Softphone, SFLphone VoIP Client and other VoIP applications, the music continues to play even after answering the call.

Y PPA Manager 0.9.9 Released With Support For Linux Mint 15 And Ubuntu 13.10 [Quick Update]

Quick update: today I've released Y PPA Manager 0.9.9 with support for Linux Mint 15 Olivia as well as the latest Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander (currently under development).

Highly Configurable GNOME Shell Theme `Elegance Colors` Sees New Release

Elegance Colors, a highly customizable, chameleonic GNOME Shell theme, has reached version 2.2.0, bringing some major configuration UI changes, new theme customization options, performance improvements and more. Since our last article, the theme has also got support for GNOME Shell 3.8 (it now supports both 3.6 and 3.8).

File Sync App `SparkleShare` 1.1.0 Released, Install It In Ubuntu

SparkleShare, an open source file synchronization and collaboration tool similar to Dropbox, has been updated to version 1.1.0 recently, receiving many bug fixes and tweaks.

How to install COBOL compiler and run cobol program in ubuntu

COBOL is one of the oldest programming languages, primarily designed by Grace Hopper. Its name is an acronym for COmmon Business-Oriented Language, defining its primary domain in business, finance, and administrative systems for companies and governments.

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S06E15 – 10 Things I Hate About Ubuntu

Mark Johnson returns to be with Tony Whitmore and Laura Cowen for the fifteenth episode of Season Six of the Ubuntu Podcast from the UK LoCo Team!

Firefox’s New Interface Is Already Looking Good on Linux

It’s been a few months since I last checked in on the progress of Australis, the new Firefox interface coming to Windows, Mac and, of course, Linux.

Wi-fi Gesture Controller ‘WiSee’ Built on Ubuntu, Pimped on the BBC

It’s always interesting to see Ubuntu grace the pages of the  popular press – even when it’s not referenced directly.

An article on the BBC News website today, June 5th, is one such occurrence.

4 More Games, Including Oilrush, Added to Latest Humble Bundle

Intrusion 2

Four more games have been added to the Humble Indie Bundle 8.

The pay-what-you-want offer now boasts an impressive collection of 11 gaming titles, all of which are available for Linux.

How to install postgresql 9.2 on ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) Server

PostgreSQL is a powerful, open source object-relational database system. It has more than 15 years of active development and a proven architecture that has earned it a strong reputation for reliability, data integrity, and correctness. It runs on all major operating systems, including Linux, UNIX (AIX, BSD, HP-UX, SGI IRIX, Mac OS X, Solaris, Tru64), and Windows.

30 Things I did After Installing Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail

And here we go again. Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail was released almost a month ago and unlike previous releases, this has been more of a silent affair. Mainstream blogs and news websites didn't cover much about the release. Ubuntu 13.04 is mostly an incrementally updated release and that could be the reason.

Ayttm – Unified instant messenger client

Ayttm is an instant messaging (aka chat) client that provides all-in-one chat functionality for several major instant messaging services from one simple program. Ayttm "Contacts" allow you to refer to several accounts of the same person from a single contact name, making it one of the cleanest and simplest clients to use.

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Does Your Ubuntu PC Look This Cool?

PC cases for the most part look like… Well, look like a word I shouldn’t use on this site.

But with a bit of imagination, some paint, and plenty of LEDs a boring box can be transformed into a terrific-looking tower. Just like the following: a planned case mod by Ubuntu ISO tester Jackson Doak.

Surface Pro Owner? Here’s How to Install Ubuntu

Own Microsoft Surface Pro tablet? If you do and you want to make it insanely cooler you could install Ubuntu on it.  

Cutter – Disconnect routed IP connections

Cutter is an open source program that uses the FIN-ACK-RST packet technique described above to abort TCP/IP connections routed over the firewall or router on which it is run.

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