Ubuntu 11.10 comes with a number of new features and GUI enhancements, which we discussed in an earlier post
. While most Oneiric features are quite easily identifiable, there are also some features which one might not notice immediately. One such feature is the application synchronization capability of Ubuntu 11.10. This functionality allows you to synchronize, identify and install your applications across multiple computers, for example, if you have installed some applications on an office computer, you can sync them with your home computer as well. In this post, we will tell you how to use this synchronization feature to keep your favorite applications updated across multiple Ubuntu computers.
A few days back, Andrea Cimitan provided a demo for some initial improvements to the Ubuntu’s overlay scroll bar that will be included in Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin. The new scroll bar comes with a number of changes, including subtle animations and timeouts, animated jump scrolling feature, a retracting tail when the thumb is hidden, and smart timeout to reduce visual clutter. Recently a PPA (Private Package Repository) was released for this new overlay scroll bar to install it on Ubuntu 11.10, Oneiric Ocelot.
There are numerous ways of forcefully quitting an application in Ubuntu, including using the system monitor. Back in the day, we had an app-indicator applet which allowed performing this task with ease. With the advent of Ubuntu 11.10, this applet no longer works. Furthermore, Gnome 3 has modified the way applications are forcefully exited. Recently, a third-party developer has released a script to integrate Force Quit
functionality to the Unity Launcher.
We have covered a number of handy Ubuntu Unity lens including, Ask Ubuntu
, Google Books
and Unity Place File Search
. Recently, we came across Unity Bookmarks Lens,
which simplifies the process of searching Firefox bookmarks from Unity Launcher Dash. Currently, it only supports Firefox and is compatible with the latest Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot. With Unity Bookmarks Lens,
you can easily search bookmarks and open bookmarked web links from Dash. To search the bookmark, you simply have to open the Dash and type in the bookmark title.
Ubuntu One, despite being the premium synchronization service for Ubuntu, does not have an app indicator. That's the reason why one requires resorting to third-party programs, such as Magicicada,
to view synchronization updates in real time. Ubuntu One Indicator
is an app-indicator menu applet which displays Ubuntu One synchronization stats, providing a Dropbox-like synchronization overview.
Since the inception of Ubuntu 11.10, users have had a number of complains regarding the bugs and UI issues. One such problem is the management of the auto hide feature of the Unity Launcher. While it was fairly easy to disable auto hide for the Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 11.04 with the help of Unity 2D-Desktop Settings
tweak, it does not work with Ubuntu 11.10. Even the Unity Plugin
does not disable the auto-hide feature for Oneiric. In this post we will provide you with instructions to disable the auto hide feature for the Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 11.10.
In a previous post we showed you how to change the Ubuntu 11.04 logon screen image
with the help of Ubuntu tweak. The recent release of Ubuntu 11.10 has replaced the GDM (Gnome Display Manager) with LightDM. For this reason, a new logon screen changer called Simple LightDM Manager
has been released by a 3rd party developer. It is developed keeping in view the LightDM structure for Oneriric and therefore it serves as a quick logon screen tweak for replacing the default Ubuntu 11.10 logon screen image with a custom picture or solid color.
is a sleek and fast GTK3 based file browser that provides a number of unique features such as Dropbox and Ubuntu One integration, color labels for files and folders and more. To acquire Dropbox and Ubuntu One integration, Marlin requires installation of separate plugins which are used to enable the functionality to publish, share and synchronize external folders in Ubuntu One and to fetch previous versions for Dropbox files. Marlin is available in the elementary OS daily PPA, thus it can be installed in Ubuntu 11.04 and 11.10. You can install it on both GTK3 and GTK 2 provided you have a compatible theme for both of them (GTK2 and GTK3).
Unity Launcher quicklists help users perform lethargic functions more quickly. We have covered a number of Unity Launcher quicklists for web services like Facebook
This time we have a Unity Launcher quicklist for the Evernote web service which can help you speed up your note taking tasks. Since Evernote does not have a native Linux application, this quicklist can be of immense utility for Evernote users.
Being able to configure hardware options from the system tray using an applet is much easier than searching numerous hardware settings from the Unity Dash or the Classic start menu in Ubuntu. There are a number of applets which provide the functionality to manage one or two kinds of hardware related settings from the system tray, however, their functionality is quite limited. Jupiter
is an app-indicator applet for controlling power and hardware options of portable Linux computers. It provides quick access to common power and hardware options so that you can toggle settings to keep your laptop resource consumption to the minimum. The available options include settings for power, screen output, resolution, Wi-Fi , and Bluetooth. What makes Jupiter useful is the fact that it allows the utility to manage multiple hardware settings from a single system tray menu.
is an open source application for locating text from within files anywhere in a Linux system. It is based on the Xapian (search engine library) backend which enables it to effectively locate items based on keywords from within almost any kind of document, including compressed archives. Recoll supports file stemming and allows users to perform Boolean searches. The Boolean search method allows combining words and phrases using the words And, Or, Not and Near (also called Boolean operators) to limit, widen, or define the search. Recoll also auto completes the search query to provide results based on possible matches to a semi complete search term. Recoll is not just another indexing and search tool, as it can go as far as locating a keyword even from within an email saved in a mail client (such as Mozilla Thunderbird) , a Libre Office document or a compressed archive.
There are some Twitter clients which are widely used in Ubuntu, such as Gwibber and TweetDeck. However, if you are looking for a minimalist Twitter client with complete Twitter integration, then you might fall in love with Hotot
. It is an open source Twitter client build using Python which has an interface like an iPhone or Android app. Despite its minimalist look it comes with advanced features, such as, Socks Proxy and HTTP proxy support, native notification system support for Gnome and KDE desktop environments, an extension framework to allow third-party extensions and an app-indicator menu. All options appear in a clean and uncluttered interface with compact drop down menus and buttons for accessing options.
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.
Earlier, we reviewed the new features of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot
. Today the Ubuntu 11.10 Beta 2 was launched and now you can update your existing Ubuntu 11.04 operating system to the new and improved Ubuntu 11.10. In this post we will provide you with a complete walkthrough of the upgrade process to update Ubuntu Natty Narwhal to Oneiric Ocelot. Read More
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.
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.
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).
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).
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.
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.