Oct 31, 2012

Ubuntu 13.04: Alpha Releases Dropped, Only One Beta Milestone

For Ubuntu 13.04, all alphas and the first beta release have been dropped from the release schedule, so Raring Ringtail will have only one beta version and obviously, the final stable release.

Nicholas Skaggs, the Canonical QA Community Coordinator, mentions in a blog post that instead of the old milestones, a bi-weekly testing process will be used throughout the development cycle. Also, the ISOs will be automatically 'smoke' tested to make sure there are no more broken installers on the published images. This also means that the daily ISOs will continue to be published as usual.

Further more, the freezes (for instance, when the Feature Freeze takes place, the developers stop introducing new features or packages and concentrate on fixing bugs only) have been moved back a few weeks so the development will continue until late in the release cycle.

The Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail schedule should now look like this:

  • March 28th: beta release

  • April 25th: final Ubuntu 13.04 release

These changes will only affect the main Ubuntu flavor (with Unity), while the other flavors like Xubuntu, Kubuntu, etc., will have complete control over their releases so we might see different release schedules for each Ubuntu flavor.

via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/webupd8/~3/ttfwkCGmZn8/ubuntu-1304-alpha-releases-dropped-only.html

Kazam Screencaster 1.3.2 Gets New UI, Screenshots Support

A new Kazam Screencaster version has been released today, which brings a complete UI overhaul, support for taking screenshots and other new features.

Kazam is a screen recording tool - or better said, it was, because with the latest 1.3.2 version, it's not just for screencasts and it can be used to take screenshots as well: fullscreen (current monitor), all screens, window or area.

The new version also brings a new user interface which lets you easily switch between the screencast and screenshot mode:

The encoder type, framerate and other options have been moved from the main window to a new preferences dialog:

In the preferences, you can select the speakers and microphone source, enable/disable the countdown splash, set the framerate, encoding type, if the files should be automatically saved, the directory where to save the files and the filename prefix. There's also an option to set the screenshot shutter sound (or to turn it off).

Other changes in Kazam Screencaster 1.3.2:

  • Support for Gstreamer 1.0

  • Automatic file saving. You can set the prefix filename separately for screenshots and screencasts

  • Support for selecting a single window to screencast

  • Theme-able shutter sounds. Included sounds: Canon 7D and Nikon D80.

Looking at the source code, the latest Kazam should also support keyboard shortcuts:

  • pause recording: Shift + Control + p

  • finish recording: Shift + Control + f

  • show Kazam: Shift + Control + s

  • quit: Shift + Control + q

However, in my test, the keyboard shortcuts didn't work (I've reported the bug here).

If you want to see some screencasts recorded using Kazam, take a look at our Lubuntu 12.10 and Xubuntu 12.10 videos.

Install Kazam Screencaster in Ubuntu

The latest Kazam Screencaster 1.3.2 is considered an unstable build so it can be installed from the Kazam Unstable PPA, for Ubuntu 12.10 only (for other Ubuntu versions there are older Kazam builds). To add the PPA and install Kazam, use the commands below in a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kazam-team/unstable-series

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kazam

For other Linux distributions, you can download Kazam Screencaster via Launchpad.

Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.

via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/webupd8/~3/XQmxzm4_ihM/kazam-screencaster-132-gets-new-ui.html

Oct 30, 2012

How To Get A Complete GNOME 3 Desktop In Ubuntu 12.10, Without Installing Ubuntu GNOME Remix

If you're using Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity or some other desktop environment and want to switch to a complete GNOME 3 desktop experience without installing Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10, you can do this by simply installing a few packages.

Using the instructions below, you won't just install GNOME Shell, but also the default settings and applications that come with Ubuntu GNOME Remix. There are also some optional steps to install the GNOME 3 applications which are missing from Ubuntu GNOME Remix.

sudo apt-get install full-gnome3-experience

No, the command in the header won't work, but you'll get a complete GNOME 3 experience in Ubuntu 12.10 by following the steps below.

1. Install the Ubuntu GNOME packages

To install the default Ubuntu GNOME Remix packages and get the default settings as well, use the command below. It will install GNOME Shell along with the GNOME3 core applications.

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop ubuntu-gnome-default-settings

When prompted, select GDM as the default display manager.

If you already had GDM installed and the package manager didn't prompt you to choose between LightDM and GDM or you've selected LightDM by mistake, you can run the following command:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdm

And select GDM instead of LightDM (more about changing the display manager, here). You can use LightDM with GNOME Shell, but you won't get the complete GNOME 3 experience - for instance, GNOME Shell won't use the new GNOME 3.6 lock screen.

It is also a good idea to remove the "ubuntu-settings" package:

sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-settings

Note that removing this package, the "ubuntu-desktop" package will be removed as well. This is just a meta package and your system shouldn't be affected by it.

The "ubuntu-settings" package is used to set various Ubuntu defaults, like the window button order, which Rhythmbox plugins are enabled by default and so on.


2. Install missing packages

Even though they are part of the default GNOME 3 application stack, GNOME Documents and Boxes are not installed by default with the ubuntu-gnome-desktop package. Install them using the following command:

sudo apt-get install gnome-documents gnome-boxes

3. Upgrade Nautilus, Totem and other GNOME 3 packages to version 3.6.x

Some packages in the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories aren't updated to the latest 3.6.x version. So, like we wrote a while back, you can use the GNOME3 PPA to upgrade these applications.

Add the PPA using the following command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

Then, launch Software Updater from Dash / menu and use it to upgrade your packages.

The packages that will be upgraded once you add the PPA are: Aisleriot 3.6.0, Brasero 3.6.0, Nautilus 3.6.1 and Totem 3.6.0. The PPA also provides Transmission 0.7.1, Transmageddon 0.23 and Sound Juicer 3.5.0.

4. Remove overlay scrollbars

One thing I've noticed after following the steps above myself, is that GNOME Shell continues to use Ubuntu's overlay scrollbars. If you want to use the GNOME 3 scrollbars instead, remove overlay scrollbars using the following command:

sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar*

Once you're done, restart your computer (a logout may be enough for most stuff, but to get all the changes, including GDM for the login screen, a restart is probably a better idea) and select "GNOME" from the login screen.

some info via Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 release notes

via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/webupd8/~3/6k8jNxt1yfo/how-to-get-complete-gnome-3-desktop-in.html

Remove the Previous Windows Installation after Upgrading to Windows 8

When you upgrade to Windows 8, the program files and folders of the previous Windows installation are moved to the Windows.old folder.

If the Windows 8 upgrade happened smoothly and all your programs are working as expected, it may be a good idea to get rid of the Windows.old permanently as it could be holding tens of Gigabytes of precious disk space.

Windows.old Folder

The Windows.old folder is huge.

How to Delete the Windows.old System Folder

Windows.old is a Windows System folder and hence it cannot be removed using the good old Shift+Delete keyboard shortcut. However, Windows does include a utility to help you get rid of this bulky folder forever. Here’s how:

  1. Press the Windows key + R shortcut to open the Run box. Type cleanmgr here and hit Enter to open the Disk Clean utility.

  2. Select the drive letter where your Windows 8 is installed (most likely C: drive)

  3. On the next screen, click the button that says Clean Up System Files.

  4. The utility will rescan your C: drive but this time, it will add a new option that says “Previous Windows installation.” Select that option and click the OK button.

Remove Windows Installation

Remove the previous Windows installation in Windows 8

The Windows.8 folder will now be deleted giving you plenty of extra disk space for your programs and documents. See more ways to recover disk space in Windows.

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Oct 29, 2012

Xnoise Media Player Gets New Album Art View

Xnoise 0.2.13 has been released today, introducing a new Album Art view, similar to the one available in Banshee or in Rhythmbox through the CoverArt Browser plugin, along with a new application icon created by Reda Lazri.

The new Album Art view can be accessed from the toolbar/menu or by using the CTRL + B keyboard shortcut. There's an integrated search too, which supports searching for artist, album or track name so you don't have to exit the Album Art view to find out on which album you can find a certain track:

xnoise media player
New Xnoise album art view

Other changes in Xnoise 0.2.13:

  • Revamped 'Now Playing' image rendering with reflections

  • Add weblink to keyboard shortcuts in help menu

  • Use symbolic icon in volume slider

  • Implement MPRIS 2 seek

  • Enable support for more media types

  • Mingw compatibility fixes

new xnoise icon
New Xnoise icon

Xnoise is a fast GTK+ media player written in Vala, which supports both music and video files. It features automatic album art fetching, a nice "Now Playing" pane, media keys sypport, plugins for online services like UbuntuOne Music Store, Last.fm, Lyrics as well as Ubuntu integration such as Quicklists, HUD support, SoundMenu integration and notifications.

Here's a video recorded by the Xnoise developer, demoing some of the features available in the latest Xnoise 0.2.13:

(direct video link)

Install Xnoise in Ubuntu

To install the latest Xnoise in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal or 12.04 Precise Pangolin, use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shkn/xnoise

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xnoise

For other Linux distributions, get Xnoise source via GitHub.

via Web Upd8 - Ubuntu / Linux blog http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/webupd8/~3/BRvsXpttGMs/xnoise-media-player-gets-new-album-art.html