Nov 29, 2012

Ubuntu GNOME Remix 13.04 Replaces GNOME Packagekit With Ubuntu Software Center

Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 uses GNOME Packagekit ("Software") as the default package management application, but this will change in Raring Ringtail.

A recent update in Ubuntu GNOME 13.04 Raring Ringtail (currently under development) has removed GNOME Packagekit from the default applications, replacing it with Ubuntu Software Center and Ubuntu's Update Manager.

According to a post on a mailing list by Jeremy Bicha, the main Ubuntu GNOME developer, GNOME Packagekit is currently "pretty disappointing", while Ubuntu Software Center is "one of Ubuntu's best features with ratings and reviews, screenshots, app icons, access to commercial software, and decent search", so even though this change will slightly affect the pure GNOME3 desktop experience that Ubuntu GNOME Remix is trying to achieve, it will definitely provide a better overall default experience.

Further more, this won't be the first GNOME distribution that ships with its own software management application: Mageia and openSUSE do this too.

Also, as you probably know, Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 includes the classic session by default (along with GNOME Shell, which is the default session, obviously). Well, the same 13.04 update brought another pretty major change: even though Ubuntu 13.04 is likely to ship with GNOME 3.6 for the most part, and not 3.8 (which will remove the fallback session), the classic (fallback) session packages were removed from the default Ubuntu GNOME Remix 13.04 Raring Ringtail installation.

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Nov 27, 2012

Hamachi GUI For Linux `Haguichi` 1.0.18 Released

Haguichi is a GUI for the Hamachi Linux client which features fully customizable commands, network list, notifications and an optional Ubuntu AppIndicator.

For those not familiar with Hamachi, this is a VPN tool that's useful for establishing direct links between computers that are behind firewalls. Basically, Hamachi creates a connection over the Internet that emulates a local area network. It can be used for online gaming, remote desktop access, file sharing, etc.

Haguichi 1.0.18, which has been released a couple of days ago, introduces the following changes:

  • Implemented a workaround for addresses being cut off in "hamachi list" command since LogMeIn started using the 25/8 address space. This workaround only works for online members.

  • The IPv6 address of a member is now ignored when an alias is set, because in that case the IPv6 address doesn't work.

  • The network list now immediately reflects network ownership once determined.

  • Improved retrieval of long nicknames.

  • Now using a slightly faster method to check the internet connection.

  • Other minor fixes, improvements and optimizations.

Install Haguichi in Ubuntu

Firstly, download and install Hamachi for Linux. Then, add the Haguichi PPA and install it under Ubuntu using the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/haguichi

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install haguichi haguichi-appindicator

The PPA is available for Ubuntu Quantal, Precise, Oneiric, Natty, Maverick and Lucid and, starting today, for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail.

For other Linux distributions, see the Haguichi downloads page.

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Variety Wallpaper Changer Sees New Release

Variety, a cool wallpaper changer that works with most desktop environments (KDE, LXDE, Xfce and Unity / GNOME Shell), has reached version 0.4.12.

Changes in Variety 0.4.12:

  • quotes support - Variety can fetch quotes from QuotesDaddy and display them on top of the desktop. The quotes are highly customizable: you can change the text color, backdrop color, font, transparency, shadow, placement, and you can also filter quotes by tags or authors or set the interval between quotes

  • customizable appindicator icon: you can now select between dark and light appindicator icons but not only that. In the latest Variety, you can also use the current wallpaper to be used as an indicator icon (so the icon changes with the wallpaper). The icon can also be hidden in which case you can control Variety via keyboard shortcuts or using the Unity quicklists

  • the option to display a digital clock on top of the wallpaper has been enhanced: both the clock and the date font can be customized (the typeface as well as the font size)

  • Preferences take effect immediately

  • Support for XMP/EXIF image ratings

For those not familiar with Variety, here's a quick feature list:

  • should work under KDE, LXDE, Xfce and Unity / GNOME Shell

  • can automatically download wallpaper from Flickr,, as well as NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day.

  • Ubuntu appindicator support; you can scroll over the indicator icon to change the wallpaper

  • can apply fancy filters to the images: grayscale, heavy blur, oil painting, charcoal painting, pointilism, pixellate

  • option to display the time on the desktop, using a nice digital clock

  • clipboard support: can monitor the clipboard for image URLs and fetch them

  • more

Below you can see the latest Variety 0.4.12 in action:

Direct video link

Install Variety wallpaper changer

Variety is available in the Ubuntu Software Center (for Ubuntu 12.04 / 12.10), but the version is quite old so to install the latest version, you can use its official PPA, available for Ubuntu Precise and Quantal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:peterlevi/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install variety

Arch Linux users can get Variety wallpaper changer via AUR.

For other Linux distributions, the Variety source code can be downloaded via Launchpad.

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Google Calendar Indicator Adds Options To Create, Edit And Delete Events, More

Calendar Indicator, an Ubuntu AppIndicator for Google Calendar, has been updated to version

The new version brings options to add, edit and delete Google Calendar events as well as to create new calendars. Until now, Calendar Indicator would only display Google Calendar events in the indicator menu and through notifications.

To edit or remove an existing event, simply click on it in the indicator menu, then click the edit or delete icons. You can also do this by selecting Show Calendar, then double clicking on an event. Creating new events is just as easy: select "Add new event" from the indicator menu.

Another change in the latest Google Calendar Indicator is an option to set the automatic synchronization time - 12 hours by default (there's also an option in the indicator menu to sync with Google Calendar on demand). This change is important because the Google Calendar API used to reach the limit often which was causing Calendar Indicator to stop working.

Google Calendar displays the next 10 events but if you want to see the events for a longer period or for given date, you can select "Show Calendar" from the indicator menu. The calendar has been updated in the latest Calendar Indicator version, and it now looks a lot like the Google Calendar web design:

And finally, the last new feature in this version is the addition of an option in the Calendar Indicator preferences to set the calendar colour, which affects the events colour in the Calendar dialog.

Install Google Calendar Indicator in Ubuntu

The latest Calendar Indicator is available in the main Atareao PPA, along with some other great Ubuntu AppIndicators such as My Weather Indicator, created by Lorenzo from To add the PPA and install Calendar Indicator in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail or 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install calendar-indicator

There are also packages for Ubuntu 12.04, but because of a bug (I've reported it here - hopefully it will be fixed soon), the latest Calendar Indicator can't be installed in Ubuntu 12.04 for now.

If you encounter bugs, report them @ Launchpad.

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