Mar 30, 2013

DockBarX Available As An Xfce Panel Plugin

DockBarX, an application launcher / switcher available for the MATE panel, Avant Window Navigator or as a stand-alone dock, is now available as an Xfce panel plugin.

Thanks to TiZ, who has been working on the Xfce panel port for some time, DockBarX can now be used as an Xfce panel plugin and with it, users can get an icon-only application switcher / taskbar with grouping and group manipulation, pin applications to the panel and, of course, take advantage of the DockBarX plugins: get Unity quicklists, counters and progress bars as well as DockManager integration which can be used to control MPD, Pidgin, Skype, Rhythmbox and so on:

If you're using MATE or want to use the stand-alone dock, see our previous article: DockBarX Sees New Release, Now Available For MATE Desktop Too

Installing and using the DockBarX Xfce Panel plugin in Xubuntu

Before proceeding, please note that this plugin is in its early development stages so you may find bugs. However, I didn't notice any issues in my 1-2 hours test under Xubuntu 12.10 (and a quick test in VirtualBox in Xubuntu 12.04).

The Xfce DockBarX plugin isn't yet available in the official DockBar PPA (but will probably be soon, I'm still waiting a reply from Matias, the DockBarX developer) but you can already install it in Ubuntu 12.04, 12.10 and 13.04 by using the main WebUpd8 PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends xfce4-dockbarx-plugin

For some of the DockBarX plugins you'll also need to install these packages (which are automatically installed, along with some others not used in Xfce if you don't use "--no-install-recommends" in the command above):

sudo apt-get install zeitgeist dockmanager dockmanager-daemon libdesktop-agnostic-cfg-gconf libdesktop-agnostic-vfs-gio

Once installed, right click the Xfce panel, select Panel > Add New Items and add DockBarX. Once you add it, you'll get a DockBarX preferences window that's specific to the Xfce version, which lets you set the background color and alpha transparency (so if DockBarX doesn't look like the rest of the Xfce panel, use this to change its color - you can use the color picker to select the current panel color), select a background image or expand the plugin:

Once you've made the changes you want here, click "Apply" and DockBarX should show up on the panel.

You can further customize the DockBarX appearence (change the theme and many other options) from the menu: Accessories > DockBarX Preference. If the "DockBarX Preference" doesn't show up in the menu (it didn't for me), you can log out and log back in or restart the Xfce panel:

killall xfce4-panel
xfce4-panel &

To move the DockBarX applet on the panel and/or to access its Xfce-specific preferences, right click on the panel and select Panel > Panel Preferences, then on the "Items" tab you can change the plugin placement on the panel or, doubling "DockBarX" you can access its Xfce-specific preferences:

Note: I didn't test it under Ubuntu 13.04 because I can't login to the Xubuntu session, I'm not sure why yet.

For other Linux distributions, get the DockBarX Xfce Plugin source from HERE. You'll also need DockBarX to be able to use this applet.

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Mar 26, 2013

Get A Classic Style Menu In Unity With The Latest Drawers

Drawers, an application that lets you create drawers ("stacks") on the Unity Launcher for quick access (or just to unclutter / better organize the Unity Launcher) to various app shortcuts, files, links and so on, has been updated today with a much requested feature: AppMenu Drawers.

AppMenu Drawers is a new type of drawer which tries to imitate the old GNOME2-style menu, displaying applications grouped by category. These types of drawers can be created for any level of menu hierarchy and the subcategories can easily be accessed via quicklists:

Other changes in the latest Drawers 13.3.1 include:

  • icons can now be up to 128px;

  • drawer color updates with wallpaper changes.

Drawers comes with many useful features, allowing you to add any kind of file types, links and so on to a drawer and it also supports "active drawers" in which the content of a folder is added to a drawer and is constantly monitored for changes so when you add files to that folder, the drawer is updated automatically.

Install Drawers

Drawers is currently available for Ubuntu 13.04, 12.10 and 12.04 and it can be installed from its official PPA, by using the following commands in a terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ian-berke/ppa-drawers
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install drawers

If you encounter bugs, report them @ Launchpad.

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Unofficial Google Drive Client `Insync` Pricing Revealed, Out Of Beta For Windows And Mac

Insync, an unofficial, cross-platform Google Drive client is out of beta for Windows and Mac OSX and with this, the pricing has been revealed.

Since Google hasn't yet released a Google Drive client for Linux and Grive seems to have been abandoned, many Linux users are using Insync. However, the Insync developers have stated that their tool will only be free while in beta, and the price hasn't been known until today.

The Insync Pro edition is available for $9.99 (introductory pricing; one time payment) after a 15 day free trial and there's also going to be a business edition which includes an admin dashboard as well as centralized billing with priority email support.

Insync for Linux is still in beta, so its users can continue to take advantage of this application for free until it's out of the beta. The application supports (comes with separate applets) most Linux desktop environments: Unity, Cinnamon, GNOME Shell, Xfce, LXDE, KDE and even MATE and it's available for Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, Red Hat Enterprise, openSUSE, Debian, Arch Linux, MEPIS and PCLinuxOS.

The price isn't much considering the effort put in by the Insync team to support most Linux desktop environments, but I can also agree with those who aren't willing to pay since Google Drive is a free service after all (unless you've upgraded). What do you think?

For how to install Insync (beta) in Ubuntu, Debian and Linux Mint, see our previous post: Insync Repository Available For Ubuntu, Linux Mint And Debian Users

For other Linux distributions, see the Insync for Linux page.

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Open Source FPS Game `Red Eclipse` 1.4 Brings Graphical And Gameplay Enhancements

Red Eclipse is a cross-platform, open source first-person shooter game that supports both single (against bots) and multi-player modes. The game runs on the Cube Engine 2 and it's very flexible, allowing players to extend the existing game modes (Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, etc.) with "mutators", changing how the game is played.

Red Eclipse 1.4 "Elara Edition" has been released a few days ago and comes with improvements to the gameplay, weapons and more:

  • Vanity items and improved colours: dress up and frag with style;

  • Visible legs in first person: know where you are kicking and parkouring;

  • Enabled multi-coop (one human team and multiple bot teams);

  • Added gauntlet mode (one team tries to run to the other side of a map, other team tries to hinder, switches at half-time);

  • Heads fly off when doing a headshot;

  • New and revamped maps: bringing you even more variety;

  • Better viewing: level flythroughs, improved third and first person cameras;

  • Better menus and other HUD elements: easier to see and read at a glance;

  • New weapon: Mines add a new dimension to the existing gameplay;

  • New mode: attack and defend in Gauntlet, competing for the most laps;

  • Automatic demo recording: for those times you just have to watch it again;

  • User Accounts: donate or contribute, and wear the in-game supporter badge;

  • Improved weapon balance and gameplay rules, bugs fixed, and much more;

See THIS page for a complete changelog.

Below you can watch a video demoing an older Red Eclipse version:

(direct video link)

Thanks to its "mutators", map editor and of course, its gameplay, Red Eclipse is very fun to play with your friends or with the growing online community.

Download Red Eclipse

Red Eclipse is available for Linux, Windows and Mac OS X and it can be downloaded via Desura or from SourceForge.

Arch Linux users can install Red Eclipse from AUR.

If you've downloaded the tar.bz2 archive in Linux, extract it then run "".

Thanks to Jonathan De Nil for the tip!

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