LinuxNov http://www.linuxnov.com Linux News, Reviews, How Tos, CLI, ..etc. Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:54:05 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 A Quick Look At Fedora 22 “XFCE” | What’s New http://www.linuxnov.com/a-quick-look-at-fedora-22-xfce-whats-new/ http://www.linuxnov.com/a-quick-look-at-fedora-22-xfce-whats-new/#comments Wed, 10 Jun 2015 22:54:05 +0000 http://www.linuxnov.com/?p=6031 As always, Fedora brings an alternative desktop environments to the main new workstation release with Gnome 3 desktop environment. Today, we are looking at the new Fedora 22 with “XFCE” desktop environment. So, lets check what’s new in Fedora 22 “XFCE”!

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XFCE is one of the lightweight desktop environments available. it takes the minimum amount of CPU and memory usage, so, it keeps the system running smoothly. XFCE is built using GTK2. However, you still can run GTK3 applications on the latest XFCE 4.12, thanks to GTK3 plugins recently added to XFCE. It comes pre-loaded with several applications most of desktop environment comes with such as file manager, applications manager, desktop manager, panel “dock included as quick application launcher”, window manager, ..etc.

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In an effort to make Fedora a better operating system, the developers working in Fedora always brings the latest free and open-source software. Fedora 22 comes with kernel 4.0.0, improved anaconda installer, XFCE version 4.12 for XFCE “Spin”. A Highdpi theme for XFCE which brings high pixel intensity for high resolution with high DPI displays. XFCE 4 panel “including the panel” are extensible and supports auto hiding thanks to GTK3 plugins. Also, it comes with a new wallpaper settings, which supports a different wallpaper per workspace option and a better handling for multi-monitor. Thunar file manager now support running multiple tabs in the same window. Check the visual tour for XFCE 4.12 for more information.

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Fedora 22 “XFCE” comes with midori 0.5.10 a lightweight web browser, Leafpad 0.8.18.1 text editor, xarchiver 0.5.2 archive manager, Xfburn 0.5.4 a graphical user interface CD/DVD burner, Geany 1.24.1 a lightweight IDE, ristretto 0.8.0 image viewer, Claws Mail 3.11.1 a lightweight email client, Pidgin 2.10.11-12 instant messaging client, Transmission 2.84 Bittorrent client, Pragha Music Player 1.2.2, parole 0.8.0 video player, Abiword 3.0.1 word processor, Gnumeric Spreadsheet 1.12.20, Thunar 1.6.10 file manager, and Xfdashboard which we will have a closer look at it down below. These are the most notable application changes in Fedora 22 “XFCE”.

Xfdashboard in Fedora 22 “XFCE”

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Xfdashboard is a quit similar to GNOME Shell desktop interface for GNOME 3. By using Xfdashboard looks visually appealing and user friendly with a lightweight user experience. It supports showing currently running application windows, move windows between workspaces, search for applications from the xfdashboard. Also, you can add multiple applications to the sidebar of the dashboard to easily launch it later by simple drag and drop it from the application menu.

Xfdashboard Settings

By default, there’s no a keybaord shortcut keys assigned to launch the Xfdashboard. So, here’s how to assign a keyboard shortcut to easily launch Xfdashboard.

From Applications menu open “Settings –> Keyboard” and select “Application shortcuts” tab.

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Click the “+ Add” button to create a new shortcut. and type the command to run Xfdashboard, “xfdashboard”. Then, choose the suitable keyboard shortcut you prefer.

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Also, you can change some options Xfdashboard and customize it using a pre-loaded themes in the Xfdashboard settings. To open it, Applications menu –> settings –> Xfdashboard Settings.

Also, check the quick guide for Xfdashboard for more information.

Fedora 22 “XFCE” Screenshots Tour

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Check Fedora 22 Release Notes.

Download Fedora 22 “XFCE”

Download Page for the Fedora 22 “Workstation” release which comes with GNOME 3 desktop.

Download Page for Fedora 22 “All Spins” including the “XFCE” release.

Download Via Torrent for all release of Fedora including the “XFCE” release.

You can use “Unetbootin” to create a bootable USB for installation.

If you are not familiar with how to create a bootable USB for Fedora to install it. Check the Fedora guide for creating a bootable USB with multiple methods.

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Gnome-Pie An Elegant Circular Application Launcher For Linux http://www.linuxnov.com/gnome-pie-an-elegant-circular-application-launcher-for-linux/ http://www.linuxnov.com/gnome-pie-an-elegant-circular-application-launcher-for-linux/#comments Mon, 08 Jun 2015 21:10:34 +0000 http://www.linuxnov.com/?p=6022 A quick and elegant method to launch applications, manage windows, manage current session, control multimedia application, ..etc using a circular pies.

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Gnome-Pie allows you to easily launch applications from a different “Pie” shapes. Simply use the keyboard shortcuts for a specific Pie to launch application from it. Gnome-Pie comes pre-loaded with 6 pies. Each one controlled with keyboard shortcuts can be modified form pie settings icon. Also, you can add additional pies for more applications and different usage.

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Gnome Pie is not only controlled using the keyboard shortcuts. You can launch Pies using the terminal, mouse gesture, and configure it CCSM “Compizconfig-settings-manager” to launch Pies by hovering the mouse cursor to screen edges. Check the documentation for more information.

Gnome Pie Settings

Gnome-Pie comes with some Pie themes could look suitable for different desktop environment such as Unity “Ubuntu”, Pantheon “Elementary OS”.

Changing the activation radius for the Pie is quite helpful, specially if you have many applications on a single pie. So, if you increase the activation radius, you have to be precise for selecting the application icon. simple keep the mouse cursor and you will be able to launch the application within the activation radius.

Check the “Start Gnome-Pie on login” if you want the application auto start with the system startup.

Also, you can change the icon size by change “Global Scale” and limit the number of slices per Pie.

A quick Video for Gnome-Pie in Action

[How to]: Install Gnome-Pie 0.6.2 on Ubuntu using PPA

Gnome-Pie still under development. Gnome-Pie crashed a few times with me when I tried to drag and drop application to some Pies. Also, the graphical user interface looks wired if you activate the stack switcher or the header bar if you are running Unity desktop. That issue already mentioned in the announcement of Gnome-Pie 0.6.2. Hopefully it will be fixed in the upcoming releases.

The latest release of Gnome-Pie 0.6.2 is currently available for Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) and its derivatives.

Run Terminal and type,

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:simonschneegans/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-pie

For other Linux distribution, you can compile it from the source. Click Here for more Information.

Check the official announcements of Gnome-Pie 0.6.2 Here.

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11 Things To Do After installing Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” http://www.linuxnov.com/11-things-to-do-after-installing-ubuntu-15-04-vivid-vervet/ http://www.linuxnov.com/11-things-to-do-after-installing-ubuntu-15-04-vivid-vervet/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 21:40:12 +0000 http://www.linuxnov.com/?p=5997 If you have recently installed Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”!!. So, you will need some necessary applications for various usage. Here’s a list of some necessary application and system modification you might consider doing after a fresh install of Ubuntu 15.04.

After Installing the new stable release of Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”, you probably will need some necessary additional applications for a fresh copy of Ubuntu, regardless which flavor of Ubuntu you are currently using, most of these applications are applicable to Ubuntu with Unity, Mate, Gnome, KDE, LXDE, or Xfce desktops.

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1. Create a new user “Standard User” without administrator privileges.

By default during the installation of Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”, you create an administrator user for the system. So, it’s a recommended to use a standard user for regular system usage, and you can recall the administration privileges whenever you require it for installing applications or modifying system files. Creating a multiple user accounts is really useful specially if you are sharing the same operating system with other users, and you can change the permissions for your own files and folders to limit their access to your personal files or your “/Home/username” directory.

[How To]: Create a new user account on Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” using Graphical User Interface “GUI”

Open “System Settings” window, and open “User Accounts” from “System” sections. Or, you can search for “User Accounts” directly from Unity Dash.

You will need to unlock the “User Accounts” window using the administrator user you have created earlier during the installation of Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”. Then, you will be able to click the “+” icon for creating a new user.

Choose the account type as a standard account, so, it won’t have any administration privileges. Type you full name and the desired “user name” you will use next time to login and click Add.

The account won’t be activated, unless you set a password for this user. Click on “Account disabled” for setting a password for this account.

Now you have an active standard user account with its “/home/username” directory.

[How To]: Create a new user account on Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet” using Command Line Interface “CLI”

The procedures of creating an account varies a little bit based on the desktop interface you are using. So, here is how to create an account using command line interface which works with any flavor of Ubuntu “Vivid Vervet”.

Assuming the new user will be called a rx1.

sudo useradd -m rx1

“-m” option to create a home directory for the new user account.

sudo passwd rx1

It will ask to type a password for this account and retype it to verify it. Make sure you choose a strong password!

That’s it. Now, you have a new user account without an administration privileges on Ubuntu 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”. You can logout and re-login with the new account and recall the administrator user account when you need it.

2. Keep your system up to date

Make sure your operating system is up to date all the time to prevent security breach. You can update your system using the following commands or by using the update manager in your system.

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get upgrade

3. Firewall

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By default the necessary ports are open for different usage such as port 80. But, if you are using applications requires a specific port to run through it, you will need to modify the rules using iptables or a graphical user interface such as “gufw“.

Install it Using the command line.

sudo apt-get install gufw

Or, Install it using Ubuntu Software Center.

Download Firewall configuration for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

4. Multimedia Framework “GStreamer” Codec

If you have tried to play any multimedia file with these extension “AVI, MP4, MP3, MPEG, ac3, WMV, DIVX, ..etc” none of them will work on your system unless you install the codec library.

By default, when you play a multimedia file using Totem or Rhythmbox, the system will detect and search for suitable codec for it. But, here’s how to install the codec manually.

Install the GStreamer library with administration privileges using the following command.

sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly

5. Unity Tweak Tool “For Ubuntu with Unity desktop environment only”

Unity Tweak Tool allows you to easily customize your Unity desktop environment, window manager, themes, and some system functionalities for Ubuntu 15.04. So, here are some useful features in Unity Tweak Tool could help you to use the desktop environment in an enjoyable way.

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  • “Overview–>Launcher.”
    • Change the auto-hide animation.
    • Unity Launcher Reveal sensitivity.
    • Transparency level of the unity launcher.
    • Icons animation for different actions.
  • “Window Manager–>WorkSpaces” Change the number of the workspaces and shortcut keyboard key to show/switch between them.
  • “Window Manager–>Hot Corners” A really useful features to helps you to make a unique functionality for each corner of your desktop such as spread active windows in the current workspace or show or show windows of all workspaces, show workspaces and Toggle desktop.
  • Dig in for more options.

Download Unity Tweak Tool for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

6. Compiz

If you are looking for more customization for your desktop and window manager. Compiz provides more options similar to Unity Tweak Tool.

Download Compiz for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

7. Conky

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Conky is one of the best lightweight system monitor to display a real time information about your system such as CPU frequencies, RAM usage, hard disk capacity, network traffic, …etc.

Install it Using the command line.

sudo apt-get install conky

Download Conky for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

8. Flash Plugin

HTML 5 is becoming dominate in major websites such as “YouTube” and you can simply choose HTML 5 to be the default multimedia player for YouTube videos. However, you probably will need a flash player when you browse other web pages.

Install using the command line. Open Terminal and type.
sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

Download Flash Plugin for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

9. Alternative Package managers

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Personally I prefer using the command line for installing applications or updating the system. Also, Ubuntu Software center is laggy sometimes. So, you could use a terminal based package manager called “Aptitude” or a graphical user interface package manager called “Synaptic”.
Download Synaptic for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier
Download Aptitude for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

10. Backup

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An amazing method to keep your personal and important files backed up regularly in case you can’t access the original copy of your files and folders, or maybe these files has been corrupted somehow. backup software comes pre-installed on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet. So, you don’t have to install any additional applications. Simply, run the deja-dup back from “System-Settings” and select “Backups”.

Now, select the folders you want to be backed up regularly and the folders to be ignored. Then, select the backup destination, whether it’s on your local machine or a remote machine can be access through FTP or SSH. Finally, select how often the backup software should re-backup your folders. You can simply restore the recent backups from the same window when you need it.

You must enable automatic backup to be able to schedule backups. “From ON-OFF button in the top right side of the window.”.

11. BleachBit

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After a few days of using Ubuntu you will have a big amount of unnecessary files and folders has been created by various applications such as web browsers, multimedia players, cache, internet history, cookies, package manager files, ..etc. It uses a huge space of your hard drive and it could slows down the operating system sometimes. So, you might consider using Bleachbit to get rid of these unnecessary files.

Download BleachBit for Ubuntu 15.04 and earlier

Use this application with caution specially if you are willing to remove system files

If you have something in mind we should consider to install or modify please keep us posted!

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” Flavours Have Been Released | Download http://www.linuxnov.com/ubuntu-14-04-lts-trusty-tahr-flavours-have-been-released-download/ http://www.linuxnov.com/ubuntu-14-04-lts-trusty-tahr-flavours-have-been-released-download/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 22:18:26 +0000 http://www.linuxnov.com/?p=5976 It’s official, the new long term support release of Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” and its derivatives have been released. So, here you will find the download options for each flavour of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” and the release notes as well.

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Since, the release of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS “Precise Pangolin” the lifespan of long term support releases of Ubuntu desktop and servers have become 5 years including the official flavours of Ubuntu. And, here the new long term support release Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” Desktop and server have been released and it will be supported until, late 2019.

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Desktop release of Ubuntu 14.04 comes with the Unity user interface version 7.2.0, it brings several appearance and performance improvements to Unity Dash. Kubuntu Trusty Tahr comes with KDE applications and platform version 4.13.0. Also, most of the Trusty Tahr releases comes pre-installed with the following applications, Mozilla Firefox 28 web browser, Libre Office 4.2.3.3 office suite, Nautilus “Files” 3.10.1 file manager, Gedit 3.10.4 text editor, ..etc. Check the blueprint for Trusty Tahr releases for more information.

Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” | Flavours

Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr

Download Kubuntu 14.04 LTS

Download Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS

Download Xubuntu 14.04 LTS

Download Lubuntu 14.04 LTS

Download Edubuntu 14.04 LTS

Download Ubuntu Studio 14.04 LTS

Download Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS

Check the release notes for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” Here. Also, stay tuned for a closer look at Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr”.

Ubuntu.

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FileZilla 3.8.0 Has Been Released | Changelog and Download http://www.linuxnov.com/filezilla-3-8-0-has-been-released-changelog-and-download/ http://www.linuxnov.com/filezilla-3-8-0-has-been-released-changelog-and-download/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:30:36 +0000 http://www.linuxnov.com/?p=5965 FileZilla is a free and open-source FTP client, it supports FTP “over SSL/TLS” and SFTP protocols for transferring files. It works on Linux, MAC OS X and Microsoft Windows. Check the changelog for FileZilla 3.8.0 down below.

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Recent changes since the last stable release

  • OS X: Implemented the reboot, shutdown and suspend queue completion actions.
  • Popup dialogs no longer automatically open if other dialogs are already open. This prevents FileZilla from becoming unresponsive on OS X.
  • Fix calculation of current transfer speed. In some situations the transfer speed tooltip over the activity indicators showed negative speeds.
  • Fix handling of focus item in local directory listings if connecting to a site with a default local directory.
  • MSW: Added suspend as new queue completion action.
  • Minor fixes to new updater.
  • Use Server Name Indication (SNI) With FTP over TLS and HTTP over TLS.
  • Full list of changes “Changelog”.

Download FileZilla for Linux distributions

Download the FileZilla 3.8.0 package.

For most Linux distributions such as “Fedora, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Debian, ..etc” you can simply extract the downloaded package and open the “/bin” directory and run the binary file “FileZilla” and it will work just fine. In case it didn’t work, you can compile FileZilla from the source, follow compiling instructions for FileZilla Here.

Also, check the Download page for more download options for other operating systems.

Check the full list of features of FileZilla Here.

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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Beta 2 Has Been Released | Download http://www.linuxnov.com/ubuntu-14-04-lts-trusty-tahr-beta-2-has-been-released-download/ http://www.linuxnov.com/ubuntu-14-04-lts-trusty-tahr-beta-2-has-been-released-download/#comments Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:55:27 +0000 http://www.linuxnov.com/?p=5962 The second Beta release of the next long term support release Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” is available to download. Check what are the recent changes since the Trusty Tahr Beta 1 release.

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Since the feature freeze release “Beta 1″ for all flavors, the Beta 2 releases for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS flavors has received many packages updates, stability improvements, and several bug fixes. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 2 now includes 3.13.0-19.39 Ubuntu Linux kernel. The default desktop release of Ubuntu 14.04 with Unity user interface comes with Unity version 7.1.2. Kubuntu 14.04 has been updated with  KDE Applications and Platform 4.13 Beta 3. Check the full list of the recent changes and improvements of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS flavors in the release notes. Also, you might like to check the feature freeze release “Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 1″ for the major features and changes to desktop environments in each release of “Trusty Tahr”.

Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 2

Download Kubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 2

Download Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 LTS Beta 2

Download Xubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 2

Download Lubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 2

Download Edubuntu 14.04 LTS Beta 2

Download Ubuntu Studio 14.04 LTS Beta 2

Download Ubuntu Kylin 14.04 LTS Beta 2

The final stable release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” is scheduled to be released in April 17th, 2014.

Final release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS “Trusty Tahr” is available to Download Check this post for more information.

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qBittorrent 3.1.9 Has Been Released | Bug Fixes http://www.linuxnov.com/qbittorrent-3-1-9-has-been-released-bug-fixes/ http://www.linuxnov.com/qbittorrent-3-1-9-has-been-released-bug-fixes/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 00:35:14 +0000 http://www.linuxnov.com/?p=5956 qBittorrent is a bittorrent client for Linux, MAC OS X and Microsoft Windows platforms. A new release is available to download, it brings some bug fixes and a minor change to the toolbar. Check the changelog and download options for qBittorrent version 3.1.9 down below.

qBittorrent is Qt4 based application, it supports searching for torrent files directly from the application, UPnP / NAT-PMP port forwarding, bandwidth scheduling, IP filtering, and many more features.

qBittorrent 3.1.9 changelog

  • BUGFIX: Fix nox build. Closes #1368 (bob23450)
  • BUGFIX: Fix build with libtorrent 0.15.x (sledgehammer999)
  • BUGFIX: Fix missing percentage signs. Closes #1392. (sledgehammer999)
  • BUGFIX: Fix queue sorting order. (alfrix)
  • BUGFIX: Fix build using qt < 4.7 Closes #1385. (Evgeny Lensky)
  • BUGFIX: Fix autoupdater. Send our user-agent to sourceforge.net (sledgehammer999)
  • FEATURE: Add button for links in toolbar (alfrix)

Download qBittorrent 3.1.9

Official website includes binary packages for several Linux distributions such as “Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS, Fedora, OpenSUSE, Gentoo, ArchLinux,…etc”. Also, you can download the Tarball package and install qBittorrent from the source. Check “How to compile the qBittorrent in Debian based distributions” Here.

qBittorrent.

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Change Desktop Background Directly From The Panel | A Wallpaper Manager http://www.linuxnov.com/change-desktop-background-directly-from-the-panel-a-wallpaper-manager/ http://www.linuxnov.com/change-desktop-background-directly-from-the-panel-a-wallpaper-manager/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:51:48 +0000 http://www.linuxnov.com/?p=5936 Changing desktop background has never been easier. “Wallpaper Manager” application allows you to choose wallpapers from multiple online and offline sources. Check the main features of “Wallpaper manager” and DEB packages for Debian based distributions such as “Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS Luna, ..etc”.

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Wallpaper Manger | Key Features

  • Most of wallpaper manager functions are used directly though a simple drop down menu in your panel.
  • You can simply change desktop background from many online sources such as “National Geographic and Google search engine”, also, you can specify wallpapers based on the search term for Google or categories for NatGeo website.
  • Create a favorite list of your desktop backgrounds and you will be able to save them for later.
  • Categorize you wallpapers based on different backgrounds types.
  • Create a XML file for your favorite and categories, so, you can create a desktop backgrounds slideshow for with the XML file. Also, you can set the time length between changing desktop backgrounds and the animation time as well.
  • Change the desktop background color.
  • Activate and change the screensaver directly from the drop down menu. Also, you can modify the screensaver options from XScreenSaver GUI preference window.
  • Change the display mode for current desktop background between “zoom, stretched, centered, scaled and wallpaper”.
  • List the history for all wallpaper you have used, edit the history list, and preview the wallpapers you have used with small thumbnails.
  • Apply some color effect and modifications to the desktop backgrounds form “Image Edit” menu. You can invert colors, write on the wallpaper, and rotate the wallpaper clockwise or anti-clockwise.
  • Check the full list of features Here.

[How To]: Install Wallpaper Manager for Ubuntu and its derivatives

You can Download the DEB package from Gnome-Look website, or, you can install it using PPA.

The repository supports Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal and Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise pangolin.

Run Terminal,

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:baitsart/wallpaper-manager

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wallpaper-manager

Also, you can download and compile the source code for other Linux distributions.

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Toggle Between Automatic and Manual Proxy Settings | Proxy Switcher | Gnome Shell Extension http://www.linuxnov.com/toggle-between-automatic-and-manual-proxy-settings-proxy-switcher-gnome-shell-extension/ http://www.linuxnov.com/toggle-between-automatic-and-manual-proxy-settings-proxy-switcher-gnome-shell-extension/#comments Sun, 02 Mar 2014 19:09:23 +0000 http://www.linuxnov.com/?p=5913 A Gnome Shell extension for switching between manual and automatic proxy settings. 

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All you need to preset your manual and automatic proxy settings from the network manager, and, install the gnome shell extension “Proxy Switcher” from Gnome Shell extensions website.

Before installation make sure the Gnome Shell integration is working fine with your web browser. Then, you will find a switch button to install/uninstall the extension.

Also, you can install and install extension using “Gnome-Tweak-Tool”

For Ubuntu users “Including the development release Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr”.

sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool

For Fedora Users “Fedora 20″

su
yum install gnome-tweak-tool

After installing the Proxy Switcher extension, its files will be available in this directory.

~/.local/share/gnome-shell/extensions
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Calibre 1.26 Allows You To Import HTML or DOCX As A New Book http://www.linuxnov.com/calibre-1-26-allows-you-to-import-html-or-docx-as-a-new-book/ http://www.linuxnov.com/calibre-1-26-allows-you-to-import-html-or-docx-as-a-new-book/#comments Sat, 01 Mar 2014 21:08:11 +0000 http://www.linuxnov.com/?p=5942 Calibre is a free and open source e-book library management applications. It supports Linux, MAC OS X and Microsoft Windows platforms. The latest stable release brings some new features, many improvements to the binary installer and several bug fixes. Check what’s new in Calibre 1.26 and installation instructions down below.

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What’s new in Calibre 1.26

  • Now, you can import HTML and DOCX files to Calibre to read as a new book without making a full conversion.
  • Binary installer received many improvements, it now adds a un-installer to remove all created files by the binary installer, Also, it does not ask for the installation directory anymore.
  • Binary installer downloads from HTTPS secure server from github.
  • Metadata download: Add an option to merge the downloaded comments into existing comments, instead of overwriting (Preferences->Metadata download).
  • Edit book: Add an option to automatically beautify individual files whenever they are opened for editing. Look under ‘Editor Settings’ in the Edit Book Preferences.
  • Bulk metadata download: When reviewing downloaded metadata allow hiding the controls on the comments box by right clicking in the comments area. Useful on smaller screens.
  • E-book viewer: When displaying metadata for the book, also display custom column metadata.
  • Check the full list of new features and bug fixes Here.

[How To]: Install Calibre 1.26 E-Book Library Manager

Run terminal, then copy and paste the following commands and it will complete the installation process in a few minutes.

sudo -v
wget -nv -O- https://github.com/kovidgoyal/calibre/raw/master/setup/linux-installer.py | sudo python -c "import sys; main=lambda:sys.stderr.write('Download failed\n'); exec(sys.stdin.read()); main()"

If you would like to install it from the source code, please check the required dependencies and the compiling instructions in the Download page.

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