Aug 27, 2015

Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1 Flavors Released

The first beta for the Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf flavors (Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu MATE, Lubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin) was released today. Let's take a quick look at what's new!


Kubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1


Kubuntu 15.10

Kubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1 ships with Plasma 5.4 beta (5.3.95) and KDE Applications 15.08 beta (but the final 15.08 version is already available in the Proposed repository) which includes changes such as:
  • a new Audio Volume applet that works directly with PulseAudio;
  • a new fullscreen Application Dashboard alternative launcher;
  • over 1400 new icons;
  • KRunner now remembers your previous searches;
  • the Networks applet is now able to display network traffic graphs;
  • much improved high DPI support;
  • smaller memory footprint;
  • a new, much faster desktop search backend;
  • new additions to the KDE Frameworks 5-based applications list, including Dolphin, the Kontact Suite, Ark, Picmi and more.
Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:

Kubuntu 15.10

Kubuntu 15.10

Kubuntu 15.10

Kubuntu 15.10

More information and download links


Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1


Xubuntu 15.10

Changes in Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf beta 1:
  • LibreOffice Calc and Writer have replaced Gnumeric and Abiword;
  • a new theme for LibreOffice, libreoffice-style-elementary, is now installed by default;
  • updated packages:
    • xfdesktop4 4.12.2 (changes since 4.12.0, available in Vivid):
      • reinitialize background when reloading desktop;
      • monitor the wallpaper file for changes;
      • add a xfconf settings to center the text on xfdesktop icons;
      • allow dragging desktop launchers to the panel;
      • preserve order when moving multiple icons;
    • Thunar 1.6.10 (changes since 1.6.6, available in Vivid):
      • new tabs and windows inherit the history of the origin view;
      • history is preserved across view changes;
      • remember the last used application when opening files;
    • Catfish 1.3.0:
      • the toolbar has been replaced with a Gtk HeaderBar;
      • the sidebar has been cleaned up and now clearly indicates selected options;
      • the file type and modification date dialogs were replaced with Popover widgets;
    • Gmusicbrowser 1.1.14:
      • added support for Gstreamer 1.x;
      • added an Equalizer Preset widget to change presets;
    • WhiskerMenu 1.5.0:
      • added a profile picture and command which allows editing it via Mugshot;
      • added option to set background opacity;
      • customizable limit for recently used;
    • many other Xfce components were updated with mostly bug fixes - this includes Xfce Power Manager, Xfce Weather Plugin, Xfburn and more.

You'll find a screenshots with some of these changes below:

Xubuntu 15.10

Xubuntu 15.10

Xubuntu 15.10

Also, Xfce Panel Switch, a layout manager for the Xfce Panel, is now available in the official repositories but it's not installed by default in Xubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf beta 1.

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Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1


Ubuntu MATE 15.10

Ubuntu MATE 15.10 Wily Werewolf ships with a combination of MATE 1.8 and 1.10 and it includes the following changes:
  • MATE 1.10 changes:
    • Caja now has an extension manager so plugins can be enabled/disabled at run-time;
      improved multi-monitor support;
      libmatemixer, an audio mixer library for MATE desktop, has been introduced with MATE 1.10;
      CSD and pop-over support;
  • Mate Welcome was updated with various UI improvements, software categories and new applications on the Software page such as AppGrid, Chromium, Disks, Hardinfo, SpiderOakONE, Ubuntu Software Center (which as you probably know, is no longer installed by default in Ubuntu 
  • MATE 15.10) and VeraCrypt;
  • MATE Tweak has gained support for two new panel layouts: Fedora and Mageia;
  • Deja Dup is now integrated with Caja.
Below you'll find a few screenshots with some of these changes:

Ubuntu MATE 15.10

Ubuntu MATE 15.10

Ubuntu MATE 15.10

There are some MATE packages which are still at version 1.8, like Atril, MATE Panel, MATE Control Center, MATE Power Manager, Engrampa, MATE Applets, MATE Faenza Icon Theme, MATE Sensors Applet and MATE User Share.

More information and download links


Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1


Ubuntu GNOME 15.10

Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 Wily Werewolf ships with GNOME 3.16 for the most part and it includes the following changes:
  • GNOME 3.16 includes some important changes, like:
    • a new notification system which has replaced the old Message Tray. The notification history can now be accessed from the date/time menu (Top Bar);
    • legacy "tray" icons are now displayed in a "drawer" that used autohide at the bottom left corner of the screen;
    • the Activities Overview, login/lock screen, system menus and others have received an updated design (including monochrome icons for the applications menu);
    • improved scrollbars, which are now only displayed when needed;
    • Redesigned GNOME Image Viewer, which now uses header bars;
    • many other changes - you can read all about it (including a video) HERE;
  • GNOME Getting Started Guide is now included by default and runs on first login;
  • Shotwell has been replaced with GNOME Photos;
  • GNOME Music is now installed by default (Rhythmbox continues to be installed by default as well).

Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:

Ubuntu GNOME 15.10

Ubuntu GNOME 15.10
GNOME Photos

Ubuntu GNOME 15.10
New GTK 3.6 scrollbars

Ubuntu GNOME 15.10
GNOME Image Viewer

Ubuntu GNOME 15.10
Notification history / events and calendar

Ubuntu GNOME 15.10
GNOME Music

Ubuntu GNOME 15.10
Legacy tray icons

While GTK and GNOME Shell was updated to version 3.16 (3.16.3 for GNOME Shell and 3.16.6 for GTK) and so were many GNOME apps, older versions are still used for some applications, like Files (still at version 3.14.2) and Gedit (the ancient 3.10.4 version is still used)

More information and download links


Lubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1


Lubuntu 15.10

Like the previous version, Lubuntu 15.10 Beta 1 ships with only bug fixes, as LXQt is still in development and not used by default yet.

More information | download


Ubuntu Kylin 15.10 Wily Werewolf Beta 1


Ubuntu Kylin 15.10

Since alpha 2, Ubuntu Kylin (Ubuntu variant for Chinese users) 15.10 Wily Werewolf has only received various bug fixes.




All the Ubuntu 15.10 beta 1 flavors include Xorg server 1.17.2, Mesa 10.6.3 and the 4.1.0-3.3 Ubuntu Linux Kernel, based on the upstream 4.1.3 Linux kernel.

Up next in the Wily Werewolf release schedule: Final Beta (September 24th), in which the main Ubuntu flavor (w/ Unity) should also take part.


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Aug 25, 2015

Play SRT Subtitles On Top Of Any Video With Penguin Subtitle Player

Penguin Subtitle Player is a simple open source Qt5 subtitle player which can be used to display SRT subtitles on top of online video streaming websites that don't support subtitles or don't allow using custom subtitles

You can also use Penguin Subtitle Player to display subtitles on custom positions (like on the black bottom/top bands), or to display multiple subtitles in the same time (since the app can be launched multiple times), for video players or video streaming websites that don't support this by default.

Penguin Subtitle Player

The application, available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, displays a translucent window which is always on top so the subtitles are always displayed above the video, no matter the streaming website / player you use. This includes Flash and HTML5 videos.

Among Penguin Subtitle Player's features are support for over 700 encodings with auto encoding detection, drag and drop support, highly customizable layout (you can change the frame size, background color, opacity, font style) as well as time fine tuning (fast forward/backward with customizable time interval).

Here's Penguin Subtitle Player in action:

Penguin Subtitle Player

In the above screenshot you can see the Penguin Subtitle Player controls but don't worry, these are only displayed when you hove over the app. Also, the subtitle background can be made completely transparent:

Penguin Subtitle Player

There are a few things that still need to be implemented, like subtitle outline and hotkeys support, but according to some bug reports, these are planned features and should be available soon.


Download Penguin Subtitle Player


Penguin Subtitle Player binaries for Linux (64bit only), Windows and Mac OS X can be downloaded from Sourceforge and its source code from GitHub.

Since the Penguin Subtitle Player developer only offers Linux 64bit binaries for download, I packaged the app and uploaded it to the main WebUpd8 PPA, so it's available for both 32bit and 64bit for Ubuntu 14.04, 15.04 and 15.10 (as well as Linux Mint 17.x, etc.). To add the PPA and install Penguin Subtitle Player, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install penguin-subtitle-player
If you don't want to add the PPA, you can download the debs from HERE.

Arch Linux users can install Penguin Subtitle Player via AUR (latest git).

Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.

Also see: Download Subtitles Via Nautilus / Nemo Context Menu With Periscope Or Subliminal


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Aug 24, 2015

Gmail AutoResponder is a Better Alternative to Canned Responses

If you find yourself writing the same email response over and over again – like a technical support request asking for instructions on how to do something or a confirmation email to customers to let them know you’ve received their message – canned responses in Gmail can help you save both time and typing.

The idea is that you compose a email message with the ‘generic’ response and save it in your Gmail drafts. Later, you can quickly insert that pre-formatted template into the body of your email with a click without having to manually write the whole response.

There are however 4 big limitations with Gmail canned responses.

  1. You cannot include file attachments in your auto-response emails.
  2. Canned Response are only available on the Gmail website. If you use Gmail on Android or iOS, or use an email client like Microsoft Outlook, you’re out of luck.
  3. There’s no option to auto-reply messages in bulk. For instance, you cannot select multiple email messages in Gmail and respond to them all with the same template. You’ll have to reply one-by-one manually.
  4. You can easily setup Gmail filters for auto-replying to emails but the recipients will easily know that you’ve sent an automated response. That’s because Gmail adds ‘canned.response’ in the sender’s email. For instance, my email is amit@labnol.org but if I use automated responses, the sender will show up as amit+canned.response@labnol.org.

Meet Email Autoresponder for Gmail, a new Google add-on that works like Canned Responses but without any of the above limitations. Watch this YouTube video (mp4) for a quick tour.

How to Use Gmail Autoresponder

  • Create one or more draft messages in Gmail. You can apply formatting, include logo images, file attachments, and even put HTML signatures in your messages.
  • Install the Gmail add-on and then, inside the spreadsheet, go to Add-ons > Email Autoresponder > Create New Rule to get started.
  • Create mapping rules with the wizard much like how you create filters in Gmail.

For instance, you can have a rule that will auto-respond to all emails labeled “FAQ” with a particular draft message. Or you create an advanced rule that will send an auto-reply to only unread messages in your inbox that are newer than ‘n’ days and have the word ‘support’ somewhere in the subject line. In fact, you can use any of the advanced Gmail search operators to create such a rule.

Gmail Auto Responder

Once you’ve created the rules, the add-on will work in the background. It will activate once every hour, fetch any matching messages from Gmail and will auto-reply using the corresponding draft template. If you have multiple email accounts, like work and personal email account, you can choose to reply from any of your email aliases connect to Gmail.

The add-on runs once every hour but if you cannot wait that long, go to Manage Rules, select the relevant rule from the dropdown and choose Run to send the auto-replies immediately.

Once a reply has been sent, the Gmail add-on applies the label “Responded” to the email thread so you know that the email has been processed and it would be skipped in the next iteration.

Using Gmail Autoresponder on Mobile

If you have to reply to an email on mobile with a pre-written template, just open the email message and apply a Gmail label that you’ve specified in the run. When the add-on runs in the next hour, it will automatically reply to that message with the corresponding draft.

Gmail canned response on Mobile

After the rules are setup, you can close the Google Sheet and it will continue running the background. Simple.

Autorespond to Multiple Emails in a go

Say you have 10 emails in your inbox that you need to auto-reply with a message that is already saved as a draft in your Gmail. Apply any common label to all these messages and then create a rule for this particular label using the add-on. Next go to Manage Rules, select the rule from the dropdown and click Run to auto-reply to all the labeled messages in one go.

Also see: Mail Merge for Gmail with Scheduler


The story, Gmail AutoResponder is a Better Alternative to Canned Responses, was originally published at Digital Inspiration by Amit Agarwal on 24/08/2015 under GMail, Internet.

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