Get Classic Start Menu In Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot

When operating system versions are radically updated users often attempt to find ways to revert back to the classic UI features. We saw this earlier with Windows when the classic start menu was removed from newer Windows distributions such as Windows 7 and was overhauled with Metro Start Menu in Windows 8. In recent months Ubuntu has suffered from the same dilemma after the announcement that Ubuntu 11.10 will no longer have the classic start menu. After the recent release of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot it has become clear that the classic menu has been replaced by Unity 2D and 3D. However, despite the recent Oneiric change it is still possible to get the classic start menu in Ubuntu 11.10. Read More

Audacious Is Lightweight Audio Player For Linux, Supports Drag & Drop

Audacious is an open source audio player for the Gnome desktop which has been designed to provide smooth audio playback with a low memory stamp (approximately 7.3 MB) and decoding correctness. It is compatible with UNIX and Linux operating system with limited support for Windows OS. Audacious is also the default audio player for Lubuntu and  and Ubuntu Studio. It supports a large array of audio formats and also allows creating instant playlists via drag & drop. The playlists can be played and managed within separate tabs instead of a cluttered interface. Audacious also comes with different skins including a Winamp like interface. The supported audio formats include Mp3, FLAC, Ogg, Vorbis, AAC, WAV, TTA, WMA, ALAC and more. Read More

Fix Flash Issues In Ubuntu With Advanced Flash Control Panel

Flash related issues arise due to the frequent updates which change different components of Linux operating systems. It can be quite tricky to be able to install the right Flash Player version for a Linux distribution, as users often end up installing unstable beta versions of Flash which cause functionality issues. Lately, we came across a script known as Flash Doctor which attempts to fix these problems. It automatically fixes Flash related problems, installs flash safely on your Linux operating system such as Ubuntu and, provides an advanced flash control panel to perform differnet Flash specific actions, including, assetcachesize, disable device font enumeration, disable product download, etc. Read More

Automatically Disable Touchpad When Mouse Is Connected [Ubuntu]

Some users prefer using a mouse over the laptop touchpad, whereas, others require switching between the two (e.g. when playing games). It can be a little troublesome to use a mouse while the touchpad is enabled, as one can often end up closing an important window or cancelling an ongoing task accidentally due to a tap on the touchpad. While most laptops provide an option to disable the touchpad by tapping the disable section, it is still inconvenient to continually switch between the mouse and the touchpad. What might be more handy is an application which can automatically disable touchpad when a mouse is connected and vice versa. Touchpad-indicator is an app-indicator applet for Ubuntu which does exactly that. It displays the current status of the touchpad and provides options to automatically disable/enable it when a mouse is plugged in/out. This can help you avoid accidental taps on the touchpad which may result in an unwanted outcome (such as closing an important window). Read More

Tomboy Is Simple Note Taking Application That Syncs With Ubuntu One

Tomboy is an open source cross-platform note taking application available for Windows, Mac, Linux and Unix. Tomboy provides the option to synchronize notes with Ubuntu One and Snowy, which enables viewing and managing the notes from a mobile device such as an Android or iPhone. Tomboy has a simple interface for quickly creating and managing notes within separate notebooks (which are more like folders for organizing multiple notes, similar to Evernote). Notes can be created either in plain text or with highlighted text, along with the utility of inline spell checking. Moreover, it provides hyperlinking of web links and email addresses, as well as other small but useful options such as font styling, bullet lists, undo/redo and support for note synchronization over SSH, WebDAV, Ubuntu One, or Snowy (web application). Read More

Make Updating Ubuntu Easier With Update Manager Indicator

Updating the Ubuntu operating system can sometimes be a headache. Usually, the default update manager pops-up when new updates become available and one often leaves many unwanted updates checked before executing the update process. Update Manager Indicator is a system tray indicator which helps you manage all your available Ubuntu updates and provides an easy drop down menu for selecting desired updates. Update Manager Indicator also provides bubble message (NotifyOSD) notifications for new updates when they become available. Read More

The Complete Guide To Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot [Review]

The fifteenth version of the Ubuntu OS family known as Ubuntu 11.10 or Oneiric Ocelot has arrived. The first beta version of Ubuntu 11.10 was recently released with the stable version coming out in near future. Ubuntu has come a long way since version 11.04. In this post we will explore the new features and changes which have come with Ubuntu 11.10. For starters, we like to mention that Oneiric is much faster than its predecessor and some of the Unity hangs seem to have been resolved. Having said that, some hiccups still need to be sorted out as some legacy hardware users may experience compatibility issues with the new GUI interface. Check out new features and changes after the jump.

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Wally – Automatically Download & Rotate Wallpapers From Online Sources

Wally is a cross-platform wallpaper rotator which allows automatically downloading and switching your desktop wallpaper from multiple sources. Other than changing the current wallpaper from a local folder, it also grabs photos from  FTP server, remote folders, as well as, online sources such as Google, Flickr, Yahoo, Panoramio, Pikeo, Ipernity, Photobucket, Buzznet, Picasa, Smugmug, and Bing. The wallpapers are downloaded according to a user specified keyword and online source. For example, if you were to select deviantArt as your source and enter the keyword as Ocean, Wally would fetch ocean images from deviantArt and rotate them periodically. Wally includes an option to define the precise criteria for setting and downloading desktop background images including everything from the wallpaper size, desktop area, image rotation settings, allocated disk space for downloaded pictures, from image storage history, etc. These features are quite similar to formerly reviewed, FlickrEdit and Pulse. However, Wally is more feature-rich than both of these applications. Wally is a Qt4 based application, available for Windows, Mac and Linux based operating systems. Read More

Disable & Delete Zeitgeist Logs In Ubuntu With Activity Log Manager

Zeitgeist service comes pre-installed in Ubuntu and logs all activity such as files accessed, visited websites, etc. Activity Log Manager Zeitgeist is a GUI based application which lets you gain control of the information that Zeitgeist logs. It allows creating blacklists according to file or application type to disable logging for specified applications and user activities. This ensures that your personal information can be controlled from showing up in Zeitgeist logs. For example, you can use Activity log Manager to disabled logging for visited websites, certain file types (e.g. Libre Office files) and so on. Read More

How To Create Totem Unity Quicklist In Ubuntu Linux

Totem is a GStreamer based media player for the Gnome desktop and comes pre-installed with Ubuntu. One of the features that Totem has lacked since the inception of the Unity launcher is a quicklist. As we all know quicklists provide easy access to major features of an application which is integrated with the Unity launcher. Not having a Unity quicklist has been bit of a short coming for Totem. However, that has now changed. A third-part developer has created a Unity quicklist for Totem which provides Play/Pause, Next, Previous, Volume Up, Volume Down and Mute options. This option makes it handy to run Totem functions right from the Unity Launcher by right-clicking on the Totem icon. Read More

How To Share A Wi-Fi Connection With A System With No Wi-Fi Card [Ubuntu]

Sometimes you may require sharing a wireless internet connection with a computer which has no Wi-Fi adapter. Doing so can become quite tricky as the computer without a Wi-Fi card cannot be connected to a wireless router. In this post we will provide you with a quick tip to explain the procedure to share a wireless internet connection from one Ubuntu system with a Wi-Fi card (e.g. Laptop) to another Ubuntu computer which has no Wi-Fi card (e.g. a desktop PC). Read More

PlexyDesk Transforms Your Desktop Background With Useful Widgets

PlexyDesk is an open source desktop extension for Windows, Mac and Linux based operating systems which transforms the look of the desktop and allows adding QML based widgets. It is not to be mistaken for a desktop environment like KDE or Gnome. Instead, it renders the desktop workspace and allows you to organize it. Currently, it provides a clock widget, photo frame, and file browser on the main sand allows adding extra widgets via drag and drop, which can further change the look and feel of your desktop. Read More

Google Music Frame Brings Google Music To Ubuntu System Tray Sound Menu

A few weeks back we covered Google Music Manager for Linux, which helps users upload songs to the Google Music web service. Unfortunately, Google Music does not currently provide a desktop application to stream music from Google Music. Having said that, 3rd party efforts have already begun to integrate Google Music features with the desktop environment for different operating systems. Google Music Frame is an Ubuntu application which adds Google Music options within the Ubuntu Sound Menu to control your music collection. So far it looks like a perfect Google Music integration in Ubuntu. It also provides NotifyOSD (bubble messages) notifications for currently playing album or song. Read More

Scribes Is Ubuntu Text Editor With 70+ Programming Language Support

Scribes is an open source text editor for Linux based operating systems which has been designed to streamline the workflow of developers. It automates common and repetitive operations by providing hotkey support for indentation, paragraph management, line, word/paragraph selection, option to toggle letter cases, etc. Scribes supports more than 70 programming languages, inlcuding, HTML, Java XML, PHP, SQL, VB.Net, SH, RPM Spec, Python, Prolog, Perl,Pascal, Ruby, gtk-dic, FCL, Open GL Shading Language, C, C# and so on. Other features include, support for remote editing via FTP, SFTP, SSH, Samba, WebDav, automatic word correction, completion and pairing, document switcher, automatic indentation and a skinable interface. Read More

Edit, Merge And Split Subtitles In Ubuntu With Gnome Subtitles

Gnome Subtitles is a subtitle editing application for Ubuntu Linux which makes subtitles file editing, splitting and merging processes a lot easier. It provides the option to add a reaction delay  for the start and end time of the subtitles while you can also increase or decrease the subtitle duration. Gnome Subtitiles supports most commonly used formats including SRT, MacSUB, ViPlay Subtitle File, SubViewer, SubCreator, Panimator, MPSub, AQ Title and lot more. Gnome Subtitles is great for adding, removing and merging subtitle lines, increasing or reducing the time duration of specific subtitles file and manually translating subtitles in other languages. Read More

Ubuntu’s Baobab (Disk Usage Analyzer) Shows Graphical Tree Map Of Directories

Disk usage is one of the primary concerns for Linux users as many Linux distributions come with a large amount of applications, many of which you might never use. Moreover, many directories and subfolders can end up consuming a large chunk of your disk space and it becoms difficult to identify folders consuming the most disk usage. Boabab Disk Usage Analyzer is a GUI based application which comes with Ubuntu distributions to analyze disk space utilization. It is designed for the Gnome based desktop environment and for this reason is also available for a number of other Linux distributions. It can scan the whole file system tree and selected folders to display information about the disk used by specific directories. The disk usage analysis can be performed for both local and remote computers. The disk usage information can be viewed in the colored ring or tree charts. Since some users may find the subfolder structure display and disk analysis a bit confusing to understand using Baobab, for this reason, we are providing you with a complete overview of Baobab (Disk Usage Analyzer) to help you identify unwanted folders which may be eating up your disk space. Read More

dupeGuru ME – Find & Removes Duplicate Songs by Tags, Audio Content

dupe Guru is a cross-platform application which efficiently finds duplicate files on a computer according to file name and file's content. The developers behind dupeGuru have recently launched a new application called dupeGuru ME (Music Edition), which is designed to specifically identify duplicate music files from a very large collection of songs. It scans for not just duplicate songs but can also be configured to locate songs having duplicate tags or meta information within your music directories. Like the standard dupeGuru application, dupeGuru ME also has versions available for Windows, Mac and Linux based operating systems. dupeGuru ME identifies duplicate content using similar words, regular expressions, file content, etc and supports MP3, WMA, AAC (iTunes format), OGG, FLAC, loss-less AAC and loss-less WMA formats. Read More

eMount Creates And Mounts Encrypted Disk Images & Partitions In Ubuntu

eMount is an open source Linux application to create, mount, encrypt and manage disk images and to create encrypted system partitions. The plain or encrpyted disk images can be created from the following supported formats, ext2, ext3, ext4, FAT-16, FAT-32, HFS, HFS+, NTFS, ReiserFS and XFS. When creating an encrypted volume, you can password protect it by entering a pass phrase or by importing a text file.  Disk images (plain or encrypted) can be mounted using eMount to access your data. eMount also supports enlarging disk images from ext2, ext3, ext4, ReiserFS and XFS formats. Other than physical disk images, you can also mount ISO images to view and manage the content. Read More