Oct 31, 2014

Official Atom 64bit RPM And DEB Packages Available For Download [Quick Update]

I'm sure many Atom users already know this, but I didn't get to write an article about it, so here's a quick update: the Atom developers have started providing 64bit DEB packages for more than a month. Also, 4 days ago, they added official 64bit RPM packages.

Of course, this doesn't mean I'll stop maintaining Atom in the WebUpd8 Ubuntu Atom PPA - that's still useful because it makes it easier to update Atom and also, because the PPA offers 32bit packages, which the Atom website doesn't provide for now.

For those not familiar with Atom, this is a "hackable text editor for the 21st Century" developed by GitHub, which is currently in beta. The text editor features Node.js integration, allowing you to seamlessly mix usage of Node and browser APIs. And of course, since it's developed by GitHub, it features built-in Git integration.

For more information about Atom, see THIS article (includes instructions for installing Atom in Ubuntu 32bit+64bit via the WebUpd8 Atom PPA).

thanks to Evante

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Oct 24, 2014

How to Schedule your Gmail Messages with a Google Sheet

Have you ever wanted to write an email now but send it a later date and time? Maybe you are sending birthday greetings and would like the email message to be delivered on the exact day. Or you have written the reply to an email but would like to schedule delivery in the recipient’s time zone when the message is more likely to get read.

Microsoft Outlook has a built-in scheduler to help you delay the delivery of email messages. After you are finished writing an email message and hit the Send button, the message isn’t delivered immediately — it stays in your outbox and is sent at the specified time automatically.

Gmail doesn’t let you schedule a later delivery of email messages but there are browser extensions — like Boomerang and Right Inbox — that let you specify a future send date for your outgoing email messages.

These are however subscription based services that allow you to send only a limited number of scheduled email messages for free per month. The other concern is privacy – you will have to grant read and write access to your entire Gmail account to a third-party to use scheduling inside Gmail.

How to Schedule & Send Gmail Messages Later with Google Sheets

If you are reluctant to provide access to your Gmail account to another service, there’s an alternative – Google Sheets.

What you can do is compose all your emails that you would like to be delivered later in Gmail and then specify the exact delivery date and time for these messages in the Google sheet. The messages would be delivered automatically at the time chosen by you. Internally, there’s a little Google Script that takes care of sending the messages at the appropriate date and time.

Schedule Gmail Messages

Schedule your Gmail – Step by Step

Go to your Gmail mailbox and compose a few test messages that you would like to be delivered later. Your draft messages can have rich formatting, you can add attachments, signatures and even inline images. Make sure that you have included the recipient’s email address in the TO field of the drafts.

  1. Click here to make a copy of the Gmail Scheduler sheet (v2.0) in your Google Drive.

  2. Change the default timezone of your Google spreadsheet. The emails will get scheduled in this timezone.

  3. Inside the sheet, choose Authorize under the Gmail Scheduler menu and grant the necessary permissions. This script is running in your own Google Drive and none of your data is accessible to anyone else.

  4. Choose Gmail Scheduler -> Fetch Messages to import all the draft messages from your Gmail account into the Google Sheet.

  5. Set the scheduled date and time for individual messages in column D of the sheet. You can double-click a cell and use the date picker or you can manually enter the date and time as m/dd/yyyy h:mm:ss in 24 hour format.

  6. Go to Gmail Scheduler -> Schedule Messages and run the scheduler. You can close the spreadsheet and it will send messages at the specified time automatically.

Video Tutorial – Schedule Gmail Messages

Here’s a detailed video tutorial (download) that will walk you through the steps.

Scheduling Gmail messages with Google sheets is easy. Please do note that once a message has been scheduled, you should not edit the corresponding Gmail draft message else that particular message would be removed from the queue.

If you wish to edit the draft or need to change the delivery time once the messages have been scheduled, you can repeat the steps #3 to #5 and reinitialize the queue.

Awesome Google Scripts → Custom Google Scripts →

How to Change the Spreadsheet Timezone

The scheduled date and time that you specify in the cells use the default timezone of the spreadsheet. If you wish to send mails in a different timezone, open the spreadsheet and pick a different timezone under File -> Spreadsheet Settings menu.

This story, How to Schedule your Gmail Messages with a Google Sheet, was originally published at Digital Inspiration on 24/10/2014 under GMail, Internet

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ownCloud Ubuntu Package Affected By Multiple Critical Security Issues, Nobody To Fix It

ownCloud developer Lukas Reschke has sent an email to the Ubuntu Devel mailing list, requesting that ownCloud (server) is removed from the Ubuntu repositories because the package is old and there are multiple critical security bugs for which no fixes have been backported. He adds that:

"Those security bugs allows an unauthenticated attacker to gain complete control about the web server process".

However, packages can't be removed from the Ubuntu repositories for an Ubuntu version that was already released, that's why the package was removed from Ubuntu 14.10 (2 days before its release) but it's still available in the Ubuntu 14.04 and 12.04 repositories (ownCloud 6.0.1 for Ubuntu 14.04 and ownCloud 5.0.4 for Ubuntu 12.04, while the latest ownCloud version is 7.0.2).

Furthermore, the ownCloud package is in the universe repository and software in this repository "WILL NOT receive any review or updates from the Ubuntu security team" (you should see this if you take a look at your /etc/apt/sources.list file) so it's up to someone from the Ubuntu community to step up and fix it. "If nobody does that, then it unfortunately stays the way it is", says Marc Deslauriers, Security Tech Lead at Canonical.

You can follow the discussion @ Ubuntu Devel mailing list.

So, until (if) someone fixes this, if you're using ownCloud from the Ubuntu repositories, you should either remove it or upgrade to the latest ownCloud from its official repository, hosted by the openSUSE Build Service:

For Ubuntu 14.04:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ift.tt/1mWPDcT /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install owncloud

For Ubuntu 12.04:

sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://ift.tt/1avuss0 /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/owncloud.list"
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install owncloud

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Fix Brightness Getting Reset (To A Very Low Value Or Maximum) On Reboot In Ubuntu

If your laptop's brightness is not saved and is set to a very low value or to maximum, each time you reboot and / or when you log out, read on for a fix / workaround.

In both Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10, my laptop's brightness is not saved between sessions and is reset to a very low value after every reboot or logout. I found a workaround (that works for both this issue as well as another issue which is basically the opposite: the brightness is set to maximum after restarting Ubuntu), but it was a bit confusing so I thought I'd improve the steps and share it with you.

Basically, the fix / workaround is to automatically set a custom brightness value each time you boot into Ubuntu. Let's proceed.

1. The first thing you need to do is to find out which ACPI interface (acpi_video) controls the brightness. This can be done by looking into your Xorg log file to see which acpi_video was loaded. To do this via command line, simply use the following command:

grep acpi_video /var/log/Xorg.0.log

The command above should display an output similar to this:

[ 7.385] (--) intel(0): Found backlight control interface acpi_videoX (type 'firmware') for output LVDS1

where "acpi_videoX" is "acpi_video0" or "acpi_video1". This is the acpi_video that controls the brightness, so remember it for the next steps.

If the command above doesn't display any output and you have a folder called "intel_backlight" under "/sys/class/backlight/", then use "intel_backlight" as the ACPI interface for the next steps.

2. Next, set (via keyboard Fn + brightness keys) your laptop's brightness to the level you want Ubuntu to use after when it starts.

3. Now we'll have to get the actual brightness value you set under step 2. To do this, run the following command:

cat /sys/class/backlight/acpi_videoX/brightness

where "acpi_videoX" is the ACPI interface which controls your laptop's brightness, which you find out under step 1.

Remember this value for the next step.

4. The next step is to create a file (as root) called fixbrightness.conf in your /etc/init/ directory - I'll use Gedit below:

gksu gedit /etc/init/fixbrightness.conf

And in this file, paste this:

description "Sets brightness after graphics device is loaded"

start on graphics-device-added
exec /bin/echo BRIGHTNESS_VALUE > /sys/class/backlight/acpi_videoX/brightness

here, you need to:

  • replace BRIGHTNESS_VALUE with the brightness value you got under step 3;

  • replace acpi_videoX with the ACPI Interface that controls your laptop's brightness, which you found out under step 1.

Then save the file.

5. Reboot and the low or maximum brightness issue after reboot / logout should be fixed.

via AskUbuntu but I tried to improve the instructions

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Oct 23, 2014

Ubuntu MATE Sees Its First Release (14.10)

Along with the other flavors, Ubuntu MATE 14.10 was released today. This is an unofficial (it will most probably become an official Ubuntu flavor in the near future) MATE-based Ubuntu flavor, "ideal for those who want the most out of their desktops, laptops and netbooks and prefer a traditional desktop metaphor".

MATE is a GNOME 2 fork which lets you use the old GNOME 2 desktop interface and applications but it also allows you to use new applications so for instance, you can use Gedit 3 if you want, etc.

Like the old GNOME 2, MATE (and thus, Ubuntu MATE) offers a traditional desktop layout with two panels and is highly customizable: themes can be installed or changed from the Appearance dialog (and there are quite a few themes available by default), the panels can be resized and they support autohide and a multitude of applets, the notifications position can be changed and so on:

Ubuntu MATE 14.10
Control center, window preferences and notification settings, with a test notification

Ubuntu MATE 14.10
Panel applets

Ubuntu MATE 14.10
One of the many themes shipped with Ubuntu MATE 14.10 by default

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 includes the latest MATE 1.8 which, compared to MATE 1.6 (available in the Ubuntu 14.04 repositories) includes support for Metacity as window manager, side-by-side tiling and more.

While it includes the default MATE applications such as Caja (file manager), Pluma (text editor) and so on, Ubuntu MATE 14.10 ships with some applications you'll also find in other Ubuntu flavors, like Firefox, Pidgin, Thunderbird, Transmission, LibreOffice, Totem or Rhythmbox, so users coming from Ubuntu w/ Unity should feel at home from this point of view. Also, for the display manager, LightDM is used by default, with the GTK greeter:

Furthermore, Ubuntu MATE uses the default Ubuntu icons and a GTK theme based on Ubuntu's Ambiance so besides the traditional desktop layout, things should look pretty close to Ubuntu's defaults.

It's important to note that because this is the first Ubuntu MATE release and it's not a LTS, the Ubuntu MATE team is going to make Ubuntu MATE 14.04 LTS ISOs available "shortly after Ubuntu MATE 14.10 is released", mentions the Ubuntu MATE FAQ.

Download Ubuntu MATE 14.10

Before installing Ubuntu MATE 14.10, make sure you checkout the official release announcement.

For changes shared with Ubuntu (like Linux Kernel changes, etc.), see our Ubuntu 14.10 release article.

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