If you ever wanted to tweak or create your Linux distribution, and do not have the required know how, then you definitely need to check out SUSE Studio
. It is a web service that allows creating your custom Linux distribution by following some easy steps. Using this web service, you can create and download your very own Linux operating system with customized applications and features.
As we all know, Epiphany has been the long standing default browser for the Gnome desktop. However, as the Gnome developer’s look forward to making use of cutting edge technology and Gnome improvements, it appears that the time of Epiphany (at least as far as Gnome is concerned), is coming to an end. This is because a prototype of the new Gnome browser has been released for early testing by users. This new browser is likely to be the Epiphany replacement for the new Gnome desktop. Details after the break.
is an open source streaming radio player for Ubuntu Linux that provides streaming via an app-indicator menu applet. Radio Tray comes with support for bookmarks, PLS, M3U, ASX, WAX and WVX playlist formats, and multiple plugins. It can play a number of media formats, which are based on the gstreamer libraries. The aim of this application is to provide internet radio streaming with a minimalist interface, along with the option to add multiple radio streams via internet radio URLs.
Previously, we brought you a detailed review of the Marlin
file browser. Since then, Marlin has been updated with a few additional changes including support for compressing files and extended-actions as well as a few fixes such as making the "Open Terminal extension" functional. In this post, we will take a look at new Marlin updates that make it more handy.
The development on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin is fast-tracking ahead, and perhaps one of the most discussed features among Ubuntu users regarding Precise Pangolin, is it’s scrollbar. The opinion of the overlay scrollbar has always had a mixed reaction. While some seem to like it, others simply can’t stand it. If you are a fan of the overlay scrollbar, then you might be interested in updating your Oneiric scrollbar to the Pangolin one, which is available for OS version 11.10 with all new improvements.
Sometimes it becomes necessary to not just delete confidential files permanently, but to shred them to avoid file recovery. While there are many file shredding applications for Windows (such as Moo0 File Shredder
and Universal Shredder
), there is a shortage of reliable file shredding methods in Linux. Shred File Script
is a Linux script, which allows shredding files in Ubuntu via right-click context menu.
While some of the favorite Ubuntu twitter clients include Gwibber, Pidgin and TweetDeck, there are also other Twitter clients that can be used as a more compact alternative to these applications. One such application is Turpial,
a micro blogging client for Twitter, which integrates with your Ubuntu desktop to provide notifications for new tweets in the form of bubble messages. Turpial provides easy options for replying to messages/mentions, adding favorites, follow/unfollow users, configuring notification frequency time, selecting a custom URL shortening and image uploading service, selecting a default web browser and proxy settings.
Some music players are unable to read CUE files. A solution to this can be to split single lossless audio files into multiple FLAC or MP3 files. Split Lossless
is an open source Nautilus script to split lossless audio files (APE, FLAC, WAVPACK) by CUE to FLAC and MP3 (320kbps or 192kbps) formats. It automatically adds tags to the split files, however, you can also manually edit tags for artist, album, date and genre. Using Split Lossless, you can also trash input files after conversion, and receive bubble message notifications after the process is complete.
Some Nautilus users have been rather annoyed by the positioning of back and forward buttons to the right-hand side of the Nautilus file browser in Ubuntu 11.10. While there might not appear to be any easy way of getting this fixed, a developer has posted a tip on Ubuntu Forums to provide a quick solution. This tip posted by user “nyteryder79”, allows users to shift the back and forward buttons on the Nautilus file browser, back to the left.
Due to frequent Unity issues and UI preferences, many Ubuntu users have installed the Gnome 3 and the classic Gnome (Gnome Fallback) sessions. Although Gnome Fallback session brings many of the Gnome 2 user interface features, it is greatly deprived of the eye candy. If you are an Ubuntu 11.10 user who wishes to obtain a Gnome 2 style desktop with a stylish interface, then try Linux Mint 12
. In this post, we will provide you with the procedure to install Linux Mint 12.
If you want to use the Mac OS X Natural Scrolling
feature on your Linux machine, then we have just the right application for you. Natural Scrolling
is a Linux package that brings you the reverse scrolling feature. Using Natural Scrolling,
you can push your fingers upwards to move the page content upwards, and downwards for down scroll, just like one would on an iOS device. This application is available for both Natty and Onerirc, and can be installed from either the source package or by using the PPA given below.
Ttf mscorefonts installer
is a package for Linux distributions that allows easy installation of Microsoft True Type Core Fonts, like Andale Mono, Arial Black, Arial (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Comic Sans MS (Bold), Courier New (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Georgia (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Impact, Times New Roman (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic), Verdana (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic) etc.
Over time, the Ubuntu login screen menu can end up having a lot of unwanted sessions. For example, you might have installed Linux Mint on your Ubuntu 11.10 machine that you might wish to remove, or you might be willing to remove the Gnome Classic logon session. In this post, we will tell you how to get rid of these unwanted entries to clean up your logon screen drop down menu.
In a previous post, we reviewed Tomboy, which is an open source note taking application that comes pre-installed with Linux distributions like Ubuntu. This time we have Gnote
, a lightweight C++ clone of Tomboy, which is free from mono runtime dependency. It is a part of the GNOME desktop with features like full-text search, inter-note linking, font styling (bold, italic, strikeout, highlight) , bulleted lists and undo/redo options.
is a famous cross-platform download accelerator, which can download content from many famous websites, including Rapidshare, Megaupload etc. It comes with many rich features like parallel streams, captcha recognition, automated file extraction, and more. Since using quicklists is always handy with the Ubuntu Unity Launcher, therefore, it might be a good idea to use a quicklist for JDownloader. Unity-JDownloader
is a JDownloader extension that adds a quicklist to the Unity Launcher.
If you are using the Gnome 3 shell in Ubuntu 11.10, then there are a few components that you will definitely require installing, including Compiz Config Settings Manager, Gnome Tweak Tool
and some beautiful themes like Faenza icons and Plastiq RC2 GTK3 theme. Recently, a script has been released that installs CCSM, the Faenza icons, London Smoke gnome-shell, Plastiq RC2 GTK3 theme, XScreenSaver, GNOME tweak tool all-in-one, and removes the white dots from the Unity login screen.
Using a Live USB for installing or running an operating system can be more useful than a Live CD, as optical drives have a lower read/write rate, and do not allow writing extra information. When it comes to using Live Linux USBs, there are many available tools, such as Linux Live USB Creator
. LiveUSB Install
is a an application for creating Live USB, CD or DVD drives. It works on GNU/Linux and Windows, and allows effortless installation of various Linux distributions. LiveUSB Install supports more than 550 Linux distributions, which includes Android, Fedora, Debian, Zorin, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Pinguy, Xubuntu, Kubuntu and many more.
Ever since the introduction of Unity, the most tricky part of managing Unity-based options has been its customization. Previously, we brought you the Unity Launcher Editor
and the Unity plugin
for Compiz Config Settings Manager
. Recently, a new tool was released for customizing Unity settings in Ubuntu 11.10, known as MyUnity
. This tool provides full customization of Unity features, including the Unity Launcher, Dash, Panel, Desk and Font. MyUnity is a complete customization package for Unity users, and is far more comprehensive than other applications like Unity 2-D Settings
, which are no longer compatible with Ubuntu 11.10. Details after the break.
Normally, when one requires finding information about media or any other file, it can be done by accessing file properties via right-click context menu. However, in order to obtain advanced information about a file, such as codec information, tag data, bit rate, sampling rate, channel(s) etc, then one requires the use of third-party applications. QMediaInfo
is one such application that parses media files. It provides information about more than 40 different attributes of a selected (media) file, right down to the files' track name, genre, duration, codec, file extension and much more.
While tips for advanced configurations are of great help to end users, sometimes, it’s the small tips that one finds more useful. This is because, often apparently minor options can become a bit confusing to configure. In this post, we will provide you with one such tip for configuring time zone settings, allowing you to view multiple clocks within your Ubuntu system tray menu. Hit the jump to read more.