Sep 17, 2014

Ozon OS "Hydrogen" Alpha Available For Testing

Numix Project and Nitrux S.A. have released Ozon OS "Hydrogen" alpha yesterday.



Ozon OS Ozon OS "Hydrogen" alpha is based on Fedora 20 and it uses GNOME Shell and Gnome apps by default, customized with various extensions. The newly released alpha is aimed at developers and ships with only part of the Atom Shell: Atom Dock, Launcher and Panel, so it's not really interesting for regular desktop users. However, the beta (and obviously, the final release) should include a lot more exiting stuff.



Here are a couple of Ozon OS Hydrogen alpha screenshots (but, as I said, there's not much to see right now):










Current Atom Shell features include:


  • Atom Dock: intellihide, per workspace task separation and transparent background on App Overview;

  • Atom Panel: display legacy tray icons and appindicators on the top panel;

  • Atom Launcher: a simplified App Launcher with applications sorted by frequency of use.


Many other features are planned, but not yet available.



Besides the extensions mentioned above, Ozon OS "Hydrogen" alpha uses GNOME 3.12 with a custom GNOME Shell theme by default and has the RPMFusion repository enabled - other than that, it's just stock Fedora 20.



According to its roadmap, Ozon OS "Hydrogen" beta will use Fedora 21 as a base and it will use its own GTK and icon (some icon design experiments here and here) theme (along with the rest of artwork: Plymouth, wallpapers, etc. - see how to submit wallpapers for inclusion in Ozon OS HERE) along with various OS tweaks, preinstalled vendor video drivers and so on.



The plan is to release Ozon OS "Hydrogen" (final) a month or so after the Fedora 21 release.





Download Ozon OS "Hydrogen" Alpha




Download Ozon OS "Hydrogen" Alpha:




If you want to download the Ozon OS Atom Shell / extensions and use them with your current Linux distribution, see its GitHub page (the extensions will hopefully be available on Gnome's extensions website soon).



Thanks to Satya and indirectly :), Georgi for the info!







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Keyboard Modifiers State indicator For Ubuntu: Xkbmod Indicator

Unity doesn't ship with a keyboard modifiers state indicator by default, so Abdellah Chelli has recently created such an indicator, called Xkbmod Indicator, useful for users with disabilities who need use sticky keys.







Xkbmod Indicator indicates the state of the following modifier keys: Shift, Caps Lock, Ctrl, Alt, Num Lock, Super and AltGr (and locked AltGr; a red dot means locked).



In its current state, Xkbmod Indicator is considered a prototype, so it may not work as expected, but I didn't encounter any major issues in my test. There is an issue which depends on the theme you're using though: by default, Xkbmod Indicator only supports themes with dark panels such as Ambiance.



However, you can get Xkbmod Indicator to work with any theme if you set it to use labels (text) instead of an image for the indicator. But in that case, only the active keyboard modifiers will be displayed, which will make the indicators shift each time you press a keyboard modifier so that might be annoying:





If you want the indicator to use labels instead of an image, launch Xkbmod Indicator with the "-l" parameter (for instance, if you've used our package, copy the indicator-xkbmod.desktop file from /etc/xdg/autostart/ to ~/.config/autostart/ and change the "Exec" line in this file so that it launches "/usr/bin/indicator-xkbmod -l").





Install Xkbmod Indicator in Ubuntu




To install Xkbmod Indicator in Ubuntu, you can use the main WebUpd8 PPA. Add the PPA and install Xkbmod Indicator by using the following commands:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-xkbmod


Or, if you don't want to add our PPA, simply download the Xkbmod Indicator files from HERE.



Once installed, log out and log back in and Xkbmod Indicator should start automatically.



To grab the source code, report bugs and so on, visit the Xkbmod Indicator GitHub page.







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Popcorn Time 0.3.3 Released With Support External Media Players And Chromecast, More

Popcorn Time 0.3.3 was released today and it comes with quite a few new features, including support for external players such as VLC, XBMC, MPlayer, mpv and others, Chromecast and Airplay support, 3 new themes and more.







As a reminder, Popcorn Time is an open source Netflix-style torrent streaming application for Linux, Windows and Mac. The application allows users to stream movies (with subtitles) and TV series at no cost, and that may be illegal in your country so make sure you read the disclaimer before using Popcorn Time!




The most important change in the latest Popcorn Time 0.3.3 is probably the option to play the videos using your favorite media player such as VLC, XMBC, MPlayer, mpv and more - this can be done from the video page, next to the "Watch Now" button:







Another interesting change in the latest Popcorn Time is Trakt.tv synchronisation: Trakt will now remember your favorite videos for you so you won't lose your favorites if you use Popcorn Time on multiple computers or you remove its database.



Yet another change is the addition of themes support along with 3 new themes: Black & Yellow, Flat UI and Light - here's a screenshot with the new Light theme:






Besides the new features mentioned above, Popcorn Time 0.3.3 also includes the following changes:


  • a huge internal code clean up - unfortunately, because of this you most probably have to reset your DataBase on install;

  • use FontAwesome instead of PNG's: nicer, sharper icons across the UI;

  • get rid of white flash at startup;

  • cleaner settings layout;

  • HTTP Api - can be used to control Popcorn Time from another application;

  • new settings: always on top, start page option, ratings on covers, hide or fade watched items;

  • various UI improvements;

  • resize covers on-the-fly by pressing Ctrl+ and Ctrl- in the cover view;

  • open directly next unseen episode;

  • built-in help;

  • alpha Chromecast and Airplay support (I'm not sure about Airplay but it looks like for now, subtitles aren't supported with Chromecast).






Install Popcorn Time in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10, Linux Mint 17 or Debian




Important: before upgrading to Popcorn Time 0.3.3, remove your old Popcorn Time database or else the application won't work:


rm -r ~/.config/Popcorn-Time



To install Popcorn Time in Ubuntu / Linux Mint and derivatives, you can use the Popcorn Time WebUpd8 PPA. The PPA package automatically downloads Popcorn Time from its website and sets everything up for you.



Add the PPA and install Popcorn Time in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10 (the latest version does not work with Ubuntu 12.04!) / Linux Mint 17 by using the following commands:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/popcorntime
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install popcorn-time




To install Popcorn Time from the WebUpd8 PPA repository in Debian, use the following commands:


su -
echo "deb http://ift.tt/1nuaWzY trusty main" | tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-popcorntime.list
echo "deb-src http://ift.tt/1nuaWzY trusty main" | tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/webupd8team-popcorntime.list
apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys EEA14886
apt-get update
apt-get install popcorn-time
exit






Download Popcorn Time




Important: before upgrading to Popcorn Time 0.3.3, remove your old Popcorn Time database or else the application won't work:


rm -r ~/.config/Popcorn-Time



Download Popcorn Time (binaries available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X) | Popcorn Time source



Arch Linux users can install Popcorn Time via AUR: bin | latest stable | git







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Sep 15, 2014

Opera 25 Beta Released, Linux Builds Finally Available In The Beta Channel

Opera 25 beta was released today and besides new graphical bookmarks and an improved Speed Dial, it finally supports Linux (for now, there are only 64bit debs available for download). This is the first Opera beta release available for Linux since version 12.16, which was released more than a year ago.







Opera for Linux wasn't updated since version 12.16 (July 2013), until June this year, when the Opera developers released Opera for Linux on the Developer stream. But Linux wasn't included in the Opera Beta Channel (previously known as Opera Next) until today - that's because the Opera developers didn't feel it reached the quality they wanted from their products until now.



Besides Linux support, the latest Opera 25 beta includes various changes such as:


  • graphical bookmarks;

  • improved Speed Dial which now uses Coast-style tiles instead of screenshots;

  • integrated PDF viewer;

  • web notifications (supported on Windows and Mac only for now);

  • support for H.264 and MP3 (on Linux, it requires ffmpeg 3.2 or newer).




Here are a few of screenshots with some of these changes:












For those who haven't kept an eye on the Opera development, it's worth mentioning that the web browser now uses the Blink engine and comes with features such as Discover (shows news and other articles in various categories, somewhat like Stumbleupon), tab previews on mouse over and more.





Download Opera Beta




Download Opera 25 Beta (for Windows, Mac and Linux - 64bit debs only for now)



To get the latest Opera features before they are promoted to the Beta Channel, you can use Opera Developer instead.







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