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Ubuntu Releases Patch for Major ‘sudo’ Security Exploit

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 01:52:04 PM

Canonical has issued an urgent security fix to the 'sudo' package after the discovery of a flaw that could give attackers root privileges on Linux systems.

This post, Ubuntu Releases Patch for Major ‘sudo’ Security Exploit, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

KDE Plasma 5.17 Arrives Packed Full of New Features

Tuesday 15th of October 2019 01:29:24 PM

KDE Plasma 5.17, the latest stable version of the popular open source desktop environment is now available to download with various new features.

This post, KDE Plasma 5.17 Arrives Packed Full of New Features, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

ImCompressor is a New, User-Friendly Image Compressor for Linux

Thursday 10th of October 2019 03:47:40 PM

ImCompressor is a lossless image compressor app for Linux desktops. It optimises JEPG and PNG images to reduce image file size but not quality.

This post, ImCompressor is a New, User-Friendly Image Compressor for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

The BlueMail Email Client is Now Available for Linux

Wednesday 9th of October 2019 01:47:09 PM

The BlueMail email client is now available for the Linux desktop as a Snap app on the Snapcraft store. The app is free to use, but is not open source.

This post, The BlueMail Email Client is Now Available for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

First GNOME 3.34 Point Release Goes Live with Oodles of Bug Fixes

Tuesday 8th of October 2019 12:39:43 PM

The first GNOME 3.34 point release has been made available for download. A post-release patch fest, GNOME 3.34.1 features no new features but does include a shed load of bug fixes, band-aids and (less notably) […]

This post, First GNOME 3.34 Point Release Goes Live with Oodles of Bug Fixes, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linus Torvalds Shares His Thoughts on Microsoft’s New-Found Love for Linux

Monday 7th of October 2019 03:20:35 PM

Linus Torvalds was asked if he thinks there's anything to fear from Microsoft's recent embrace of all things Linux and open source — this is what he said.

This post, Linus Torvalds Shares His Thoughts on Microsoft’s New-Found Love for Linux, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Dash to Dock v67 Released, Adds Unity-style ‘Trash’ Icon

Monday 7th of October 2019 02:14:17 PM

Dash to Dock v67 has been released. The popular GNOME Shell extension now supports GNOME 3.34, but drops support for earlier releases.

This post, Dash to Dock v67 Released, Adds Unity-style ‘Trash’ Icon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

ArcMenu v33 Released with HUGE Improvements, GNOME 3.34 Support

Sunday 6th of October 2019 04:41:57 PM

A major update to the ArcMenu GNOME Shell extension is available. ArcMenu v33 adds new menu layouts, custom colours, and other improvements.

This post, ArcMenu v33 Released with HUGE Improvements, GNOME 3.34 Support, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Alexa’s Favourite Operating System is Ubuntu, Apparently [Video]

Sunday 6th of October 2019 03:01:07 PM

A little bit of fluff for your Sunday amusement: it seems Amazon Alexa has rather excellent taste in computer operating systems! Owners of devices like the Amazon Echo Dot have learned that Amazon’s voice-controlled digital […]

This post, Alexa’s Favourite Operating System is Ubuntu, Apparently [Video], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Calibre Sees First Major Release in 2 Years, Adds ‘Distraction Free’ Ebook Viewer

Sunday 6th of October 2019 02:36:38 PM

A new version of Calibre, the open source ebook manager (and then some), is now available to download for Windows, macOS and Linux.

This post, Calibre Sees First Major Release in 2 Years, Adds ‘Distraction Free’ Ebook Viewer, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10 from 19.04, Right Now

Sunday 6th of October 2019 12:42:09 PM

Learn how to upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10 from 19.04 using the 'do-release-upgrade' command both before and after the Ubuntu 19.10 release on October 17, 2019.

This post, How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10 from 19.04, Right Now, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

App Outlet is a ‘Universal Linux App Store’ for Your Desktop

Friday 4th of October 2019 04:03:15 PM

App Outlet is a desktop Linux app that lets users search for and install software available on the Snap store, Flathub, or distributed as an AppImage.

This post, App Outlet is a ‘Universal Linux App Store’ for Your Desktop, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.10 is Out in Two Weeks, But Will You Upgrade? [Poll]

Friday 4th of October 2019 11:56:35 AM

I want to know if you plan to upgrade to Ubuntu 19.10 when it is released on October 17, 2019. And there's no better way to find out that via a poll.

This post, Ubuntu 19.10 is Out in Two Weeks, But Will You Upgrade? [Poll], was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Cawbird is a GTK Twitter Client for Linux (That Should Look Very Familiar)

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 06:16:13 PM

Cawbird is a GTK Twitter app for Linux desktops like Ubuntu that is based on open source code from Corebird, an app no longer actively maintained.

This post, Cawbird is a GTK Twitter Client for Linux (That Should Look Very Familiar), was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Linux Mint Shares Update on Its New “Modern” Logo

Wednesday 2nd of October 2019 01:42:17 PM

Linux Mint unveiled plans to refresh its famous logo with a ‘more modern’ design last year, but since then it’s been pretty quiet about how the effort is going. So you may be interested to […]

This post, Linux Mint Shares Update on Its New “Modern” Logo, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Exaile Music Player Got Its First Release in 4 Years, And I Didn’t Even Notice!

Monday 30th of September 2019 03:29:41 PM

The Exaile music player has scored its first update in 4 years. Exaile 4.0.0 is now uses GTK3, has a faster playback engine, and supports MPRIS 2.2.

This post, Exaile Music Player Got Its First Release in 4 Years, And I Didn’t Even Notice!, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

New Video Demo of the Librem 5 Shows That …It Actually Works Okay?!

Sunday 29th of September 2019 04:13:07 PM

If you're itching for a better look at the Purism Librem 5 now that it's shipping, Purism board member Ben Trister has obliged with a hands-on video.

This post, New Video Demo of the Librem 5 Shows That …It Actually Works Okay?!, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Phew, Ubuntu’s New Light Theme Won’t Be Default After All

Sunday 29th of September 2019 02:27:22 PM

The Ubuntu 19.10 Yaru light theme switch has been reversed, with developers instead choosing to ship the theme preinstalled, but not as default.

This post, Phew, Ubuntu’s New Light Theme Won’t Be Default After All, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Microsoft Edge for Linux Just Got a Lot More Likely

Friday 27th of September 2019 01:11:48 PM

Microsoft Edge for Linux could soon be a reality, with Microsoft Edge devs launching a Linux web development survey to gather feedback on the idea.

This post, Microsoft Edge for Linux Just Got a Lot More Likely, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

Ubuntu 19.10 Flavours Hit Beta, Here’s What’s New

Friday 27th of September 2019 05:07:39 AM

Hot on the heels of the Ubuntu 19.10 beta come freshly spun test builds from Ubuntu’s family of flavours, including Ubuntu MATE and Xubuntu. By now we now have a pretty solid idea of the […]

This post, Ubuntu 19.10 Flavours Hit Beta, Here’s What’s New, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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  • Google USB-C Titan Security Keys Begin Shipping Tomorrow

    Google announced their new USB-C Titan Security Key will begin shipping tomorrow for offering two-factor authentication support with not only Android devices but all the major operating systems as well. The USB-C Titan Security Key is being manufactured by well known 2FA key provider Yubico. This new security key is using the same chip and firmware currently used by Google's existing USB-A/NFC and Bluetooth/NFC/USB Titan Security Key models.

Manjaro | Review from an openSUSE User

There are many flavors of Linux, we call them distributions but in a way, I think “flavor” is a good word for it as some some are a sweet and delightful experience while with others a lingering, foul taste remains. Manjaro has not left a foul taste in any way. In full disclosure, I am not a fan of Arch based Linux distributions. I appreciate the idea of this one-step-removed Gentoo and for those that really like to get into the nitty-gritty bits Arch is good for that. My problem with Arch is the lack of quality assurance. The official repository on Arch Wiki describes the process of how core packages need to be signed off by developers before they are allowed to move from staging into the official repositories. With the rate at which packages come in, it is almost an impossibility that through manual testing software will continue to work well with other software as some dependencies may change. Admittedly, I don’t use it daily, outside of VMs for testing nor do I have a lot of software installed so this is not going to be a problem I am likely to experience. Manjaro, from my less than professional opinion, is a slightly slower rolling Arch that seems to do more testing and the process, from what I understand, is similar. Developers have to approve the packages before they are moved into the official repositories. I also understand that there isn’t any automated QA to perform any testing so this is all reliant on user or community testing, which, seemingly, Manjaro is doing a good job of it. My dance with Manjaro is as part of a BigDaddyLinuxLive Community challenge, to give it a fair shake and share your experience. This is my review of Manjaro with the Plasma Desktop. Bottom Line Up Front, this is quite possibly the safest and most stable route if you like the Arch model. In the time I ran it, I didn’t have any issues with it. The default Plasma Desktop is quite nice, and the default themes are also top notch. The graphical package manager works fantastically well and you do have Snap support right out of the gate. It’s truly a great experience. Was it good enough to push me from my precious openSUSE? No, but it has made for a contender and something about which to think. Read more

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Open source interior design with Sweet Home 3D

Historically, I practiced the little-known fourth principle: don't have furniture. However, since I became a remote worker, I've found that a home office needs conveniences like a desk and a chair, a bookshelf for reference books and tech manuals, and so on. Therefore, I have been formulating a plan to populate my living and working space with actual furniture, made of actual wood rather than milk crates (or glue and sawdust, for that matter), with an emphasis on plan. The last thing I want is to bring home a great find from a garage sale to discover that it doesn't fit through the door or that it's oversized compared to another item of furniture. Read more