Aug 29, 2014

Ubuntu Flavors 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1 Released

The first beta for the Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicon flavors (Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Lubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin) was released yesterday. Let's take a quick look at what's new.



The article also includes Ubuntu MATE 14.10 beta 1, even though this isn't an official Ubuntu flavor yet.





Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1













Changes in Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn beta 1:


  • The display dialog has been updated, multiple dispays can now be arranged by drag and drop;

  • The power manager can now control the keyboard-backlight and features a new panel plugin, which shows the battery’s status, other connected devices with batteries and controls the display’s backlight brightness;

  • Xubuntu minimal install available – information on installation and testing will follow shortly;

  • Inxi, a tool to gather system information, is now included by default;

  • To allow users to use pkexec for selected applications instead of gksu(do), appropriate profiles are now included for Thunar and Mousepad;

  • The display dialog has been updated, multiple dispays can now be arranged by drag and drop;

  • The themes now support Gtk3.12;

  • The alt-tab dialog can now be clicked with the mouse to select a window;

  • Setting-related menu items earlier available only under Settings manager are now shown and searchable in Whiskermenu;

  • Presentation mode in Xfce4 power manager is now working;

  • apt-offline should work now;

  • Updated packages: Catfish 1.2.1, Xfwm4 4.11.2, xfdesktop 4.11.7, xfce4-panel 4.11.1, lightdm-gtk-greeter 1.9.0, xfce4-appfinder 4.11.0, xfce4-notifyd 0.2.4, xfce4-settings 4.11.3, xfce4-power-manager 1.3.2, Whisker Menu 1.4.0, Light Locker Settings 1.4.0, Menulibre 2.0.5 and Mugshot 0.2.4;

  • XChat was removed from the default installation.









Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1







Changes in Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 Utopic Unicorn beta 1:


  • Includes GNOME Shell 3.12 by default;

  • GNOME Weather and GNOME Maps are installed by default.









Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1













Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1 Plasma 4
Kubuntu 14.10 beta 1 - Plasma 4 ISO












Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1 Plasma 5
Kubuntu 14.10 beta 1 - Plasma 5 ISO



Changes in Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn beta 1:









Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1







For Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn beta 1 there's no changelog available - the wiki page mentions that the "Lubuntu development is currently focused on the transition away from GTK+ to the Qt framework. This is not stable enough for everyday use, so the focus this version is on fixing bugs". For now, Lubuntu 14.10 beta 1 didn't switch LXQt yet.



It's also important to mention that there are no PPC images due to a lack of official testing.








Ubuntu Kylin 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1




Changes in Ubuntu Kylin (an Ubuntu variant for Chinese users) Utopic Unicorn beta 1:


  • Ubuntu Kylin Software Center updated to 0.3.3;

  • Sogou IM updated to 1.1.0;

  • Wiznote updated to version 2.1.12;

  • "Some interesting new features are still under development".









Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Beta 1
















Ubuntu MATE is not an official Ubuntu flavor yet, but it has pretty good chances of becoming one. Here are the changes in Ubuntu MATE 14.10 beta 1 since alpha 2:


  • Added community contributed wallpapers, Plymouth theme, SYSLINUX theme and Ubiquity slides;

  • Added Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE desktop and icon themes;

  • Added Ubuntu MATE LightDM theme;

  • Updated the default Qt4 style to match the Ambiant-MATE theme;

  • Added OpenDyslexic a font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia;

  • Added a screen magnifier for indiviuals with low vision;

  • Added patent-free S3TC compatible implementation that provides texture compression to Mesa;

  • Added service discovery on a local network via the mDNS/DNS-SD protocol suite;

  • Added colord to manage, install and generate accurate colour profiles;

  • Added ntp time synchronisation daemon;

  • Added policykit-desktop-privileges which fixes, among other things, auto mounting of disks without requiring a password;

  • Added a PAM module that will automatically unlock the keyrings using your login password, making gnome-keyring usage transparent without losing its security benefits;

  • Added GVFS backend (FTP, SSH, WebDAV, Samba) to Déjà Dup;

  • Added GStreamer backend to LibreOffice;

  • Fixed installation failures when there is no active Internet connection;

  • Fixed hiding the im-config icon from MATE;

  • Improved support for 3G/4G USB dongles, iPod and MTP devices, on-demand codec installation and hardware detection and support;

  • Updated the language packs in the Live CD based on the Top 10 countries that visit https://ubuntu-mate.org;

  • Removed ffmpegthumbnailer, light-themes and ubuntu-artwork.









All the Ubuntu 14.10 beta 1 flavors include Xorg server 1.15.1, Mesa 10.2.6 and the 3.15.0.6 Ubuntu Linux Kernel, based on the upstream 3.15 Linux kernel which includes mixed mode UEFI support as well as improvements to suspend and resume times and more.



Up next in the Utopic Unicorn release schedule: Final Beta (September 25th), in which the main Ubuntu flavor (w/ Unity) should also take part.







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Aug 28, 2014

(Linux) Deepin 2014.1 Released With Bug Fixes And Minor Enhancements

(Linux) Deepin 2014.1 was released today with numerous bug fixes meant to improve the system stability and performance as well as a few interesting enhancements / new features. Users who have already installed Deepin 2014 don't have to reinstall - a simple upgrade via the Deepin Store or command line (sudo apt-get dist-upgrade) is enough to get the latest Deepin 2014.1.







Deepin, previously known as "Linux Deepin", is a Chinese Linux distribution (a multi-language ISO is available) based on Ubuntu, that ships with its own desktop environment based on Compiz and some unique applications, which integrate with the overall Linux Deepin look and feel.



For more information about Deepin 2014, see our article: (Linux) Deepin 2014 - See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]



Changes in (Linux) Deepin 2014.1:


  • fixed various bugs that caused the Dock to freeze the system;

  • fixed issues with the desktop right click menu;

  • improved multi-monitor support;

  • improved hot corners: when using full-screen applications, the hot corners are automatically disabled so they don't interfere with the app;

  • the Control Center brightness (from the Display module) function should now work properly;

  • the Control Center Network module has received a wireless switch and also, a series of bugs were fixed;

  • Deepin Store should now download software a lot faster;

  • Deepin Movie: improved subtitles display, added new minor features like support for adding a folder recursively;

  • WPS Office was updated to the latest version.




Furthermore, the Dock has revived two new modes: Efficient and Classic. To change the Dock mode, simply right click it and select the mode you want to use.



Also, Deepin Store can now automatically select the best software source mirror (almost 70 software sources are available).



Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:


















Since you can't really get an idea on what Deepin 2014 is all about until you've watched a demo video, here's the Deepin 2014 video I recorded a while back (the video presents Deepin 2014, not the latest 2014.1, but there are very few visual changes in the latest release so it shouldn't matter):





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Download Deepin 2014.1




For more information about Deepin 2014, see our article: (Linux) Deepin 2014 - See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]



Reminder: if you've installed Deepin 2014, you don't have to reinstall - a simple upgrade via the Deepin Store or command line (sudo apt-get dist-upgrade) is enough to get the latest Deepin 2014.1.






* Note that only a few mirrors were updated at the time I posted this article)






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Kazam Screencaster Gets Webcam And YouTube Live Support, On-Screen Mouse Click And Keyboard Indicator

Kazam is a GStreamer-based screen recording and screenshot tool for Linux. The application supports recording the entire screen (with multi-monitor support), a window or an area and features:


  • customizable framerate;

  • option to show/hide the mouse when recording;

  • record sound from speakers and/or microphone;

  • keyboard shortcuts;

  • configurable delay before capturing;

  • automatic file saving;

  • supports mp4 (H264), webm (VP8) and avi (RAW, HUFFYUV and lossless JPEG) video formats.








Kazam 1.5.3 was released recently and it includes some very useful new features:


  • support for webcams: it can record just the webcam or it can display the webcam in a window on top of the screencast;

  • support for broadcasting to YouTube Live;

  • added on-screen keyboard indicator and mouse click indicator;

  • new countdown timer.




Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:












Kazam Screencaster
Kazam mouse click indicator












Kazam Screencaster
On-screen keyboard indicator (notice "Alt Tab" under the Nemo window)












Kazam Screencaster
Kazam webcam options












Kazam Screencaster
YouTube Live options





Kazam demo




Below you can watch a Kazam demo screencast recorded using the latest Kazam:





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Install Kazam Screencaster in Ubuntu / Linux Mint




Kazam is available in the official Ubuntu repositories, but it's an old version so it doesn't have the new features mentioned in this article. To get the latest Kazam in Ubuntu or Linux Mint (and derivatives), you can use a PPA.



To add the PPA and install Kazam Screencaster, use the following commands:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kazam-team/unstable-series
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kazam python3-cairo python3-xlib




For other Linux distributions, grab the latest Kazam (unstable branch) from HERE (BZR).



Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.



For another great Linux screencasting tool, check out Simple Screen Recorder.







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