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Dec
23
2014

Dropbox 3 for Linux Goes Stable With New Qt UI, Setup Wizard

The “problem” with new releases of Dropbox is that most are virtually identical to the last. While good in that no senseless changes arrive solely for change’s sake, it’s bad in that it makes for very droll “news” coverage!

Thankfully this release does have a bit more meat on its free range bones. As we showed you back in July, the UI changes in Dropbox 3.0.x are noticeable — and not just because the blue panel icon is now white! 😉

Another change making the jump from the July preview is the all-new setup wizard. Nothing too fancy here, but a big reduction in the number of hoops one jumps through on a fresh install.

Source:
http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/12/dropbox-3-0-3-stable-linux-desktop-build-released
Submitted by: Joey-Elijah Sneddon

Dec
22
2014

Dota 2 Runs Natively on Mir with the Same Performance as X11

Canonical has been working on the Mir display server for some time, although most of their efforts have been made towards the mobile platform. They are now looking to optimize it for desktop use and nothing reflects the progress made more than a famous game running on Mir.

Mir is already working on the desktop, but users need to have the open source video drivers in order to make it work. Canonical has recently built a new flavor called Ubuntu Next which features Unity 8 and the Mir display server. The new desktop environment needs Mir, so it stands to reason that the updated DE will arrive for regular users when Mir is also ready. It’s not there yet, but it’s taking great strides.

Source:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Dota-2-Runs-Natively-on-Mir-with-the-Same-Performance-as-X11-466662.shtml
Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Dec
21
2014

Year End Core Apps Hack Days Announced for Ubuntu Touch

Canonical is looking to improve the core apps that are already available for Ubuntu Touch and is organizing a new Core Apps Hack Days event that should galvanize the efforts of more developers towards this platform.

Native apps are what Ubuntu Touch needs more than anything and that’s because the team can only deal with the operating system, but the rest of the ecosystem has to come from third-party developers who need to take the rest of the journey.

The guys and gals who build Ubuntu Touch do provide a number of apps, like the Gallery or the Browser, but they can’t spread their efforts in all the directions. This is where Core Apps Hack Days comes into play.

Source:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Year-End-Core-Apps-Hack-Days-Announced-for-Ubuntu-Touch-466699.shtml
Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Dec
20
2014

Elive OS Is a Unique Debian and Enlightenment Combination

Elive, a Linux distribution based on Debian that uses the Enlightenment desktop environment to provide a unique user experience, is now at version 2.4.6 and the developers are getting closer to a stable release.

Elive is a different kind operating system and it will require the user to be a little open-minded because this distro provides an interesting desktop experience. There are very few OSes out there that even share the same kind of desktop, so it’s easy to say that it provides something unique.

The Enlightenment DE is mostly responsible for this, but it’s also the devs merit who managed to make all the necessary changes to turn this into something special.

Source:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Elive-OS-Is-a-Unique-Debian-and-Enlightenment-Combination-466754.shtml
Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Dec
19
2014

Opera 26 released. Install it on Linux Mint 17.1 and Ubuntu 14.10

I don’t quite remember the last time I used Opera browser, but it’s been a very long time ago. I didn’t even think that the company is still developing a Linux version.

So, surprised I was when I read that Opera 26 has been released for Windows, Mac and Linux. Even more surprising is this line from the FAQ about Opera Linux: “Yes, all of the major features found in Opera for Windows and Mac are also available to Linux users, including: Speed Dial, the Discover feature, Opera Turbo, bookmarks and bookmark sharing, themes, extensions and more.”

Source:
http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2014/12/04/opera-26-released-install-it-on-linux-mint-17-1-and-ubuntu-14-10/
Submitted by: LinuxBSDos

Dec
18
2014

Major NVIDIA Stable Driver Released

A fresh NVIDIA driver for the Linux platform has been released and it looks like the devs have a made number of changes and important improvements that really stand out.

NVIDIA seems to be the only company that takes the Linux community seriously, or least this can be deduced from the changelogs and the number of drivers that are released for the platform. AMD and Intel do their share of work with the kernel, but it’s nowhere near the kind of dedication that NVIDIA has. The simple fact that they release often is proof that they really do care about their users.

Source:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/Major-NVIDIA-Stable-Driver-Released-466755.shtml
Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Dec
17
2014

U.S. Marine Corps Wants to Change OS for Radar System from Windows XP to Linux

When it comes to stability and performance, nothing can really beat Linux. This is why the U.S. Marine Corps leaders have decided to ask Northrop Grumman Corp. Electronic Systems to change the operating system of the newly delivered Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) from Windows XP to Linux.

It’s interesting to note that the Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radar (G/ATOR) was just delivered to the U.S. Marine Corps, but the company that built it chose to keep that aging operating system. Someone must have noticed the fact that it was a poor decision and the chain of command was informed of the problems that might have appeared.

Source:
http://news.softpedia.com/news/U-S-Marine-Corps-Want-to-Change-OS-for-Radar-System-from-Windows-XP-to-Linux-466756.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Nov
17
2014

Ubuntu Touch Music App Is Proof That Total Ubuntu Convergence Is Getting Closer – Gallery

While other platforms like Windows or iOS are still working towards their convergence goal, Canonical is already there and the developers now have applications that work both on the mobile and on the desktop platform without any major modifications. One such example is the Ubuntu Touch Music App, which looks and feels native on both operating systems.

For now, Canonical is working on Ubuntu for phones and Ubuntu for desktop. Before long, however, the projects will be folded into a single one, probably in a couple of years. Until then, the biggest change that we’re seeing due to this convergence policy is the fact that applications for Ubuntu Touch don’t really have a problem running on the desktop.

The Ubuntu Touch Music App 2.0 is the same as the one you can find on the mobile platform, but there are some perks if you run it on the desktop. Users can resize it and work much more easily with the playlist, which is a nice thing to have. In any case, it only runs on Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), so that’s the only way to test it.

Source:

http://news.softpedia.com/news/Ubuntu-Touch-Music-App-Is-Proof-that-Total-Ubuntu-Convergence-Is-Getting-Closer-464595.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Nov
15
2014

Canonical Drops Ubuntu 14.10 Dedicated Images for Apple Hardware

Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn) has been available for a couple of weeks and the reception has been positive for the most part, but there is one small piece of interesting information that didn’t get revealed. It looks like the Ubuntu devs don’t need to build specific images for Apple hardware.

Many Ubuntu users will remember that, until the launch of Ubuntu 14.10, there was an image of the OS available labeled amd64+mac, which was technically aimed at Apple hardware.

The Ubuntu devs marked this interesting evolution in the official announcement for Ubuntu 14.10, but it went largely unnoticed.

Source:

http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/Canonical-Drops-Ubuntu-14-10-Dedicated-Images-for-Apple-Hardware-464174.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

Nov
14
2014

Dropbox 2.11.34 Experimental Features a Rewritten UI for Linux Client

Dropbox, a client for an online service that lets you bring all your photos, docs, and videos anywhere, has been promoted to version 2.11.34 for the experimental branch.

The Dropbox developers don’t usually provide too many changes for the Linux platform and the latest update is not all that promising either. In fact, there is nothing specific for Linux, but the branch is an entirely different discussion. This will be a very interesting release when it becomes stable, but until then we can take a closer look at what’s coming.

Source:

http://linux.softpedia.com/blog/Dropbox-2-11-34-Experimental-Features-a-Rewritten-UI-for-Linux-Client-464468.shtml

Submitted by: Silviu Stahie

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