Jan 30, 2015

Official Google Drive Linux Client Screenshots Leaked

There are almost three years since Google Drive launched and we have yet to see an official client for Linux. While there are various unofficial clients, none of them is perfect, with Insync probably being the best option, but it costs $15 per Google account and not everybody wants to pay for something Google is offering for free on Windows, Mac and mobile.

After such a long period of time, some may think that an official Google Drive Linux client is never going to be released, however there are a couple of screenshots which indicate otherwise:

The screenshots above are bundled with the official Google Drive Mac client and they first appeared with version 1.18.7821.2489 (I checked the previous version and some random old versions and none contained these screenshots), released on October 30, 2014, which isn't long ago and it most probably means that Google is testing Drive for Linux internally. So we might actually see an official release pretty soon.

Those who want to see this for themselves can download the latest Google Drive for Mac, mount it and look under Google http://ift.tt/1zlRm07/

We'll let you know if we find out more.

Thanks to Francisco!

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Jan 27, 2015

Vivaldi Is A New Chromium-Based Web Browser For Power Users

Vivaldi is a new web browser based on Chromium / Blink, especially created for users who "have problems fitting all their open tabs on one screen". The browser is developed by Vivaldi Technologies, whose chief executive and founder is John von Tetzchner, former Opera CEO and co-founder.

Vivaldi is currently available as a technical preview, for Linux (64bit deb and rpm only for now), Windows and Mac and the current build is intended to show the direction of the product, so it's not a complete product.

"It is not perfect, far from it. Some of the key features we integrate are yet to be implemented, optimization needs to be done. But we hope that you get a glimpse of our product and what you can expect from us".

The new web browser, which is aimed at power users, includes tab stacks, Opera-like Speed Dial which supports multiple folders, as well as a note-taking feature which allows including a screenshot of the current page. Furthermore, Vivaldi features a tool called Quick Commands, that can be used to search through settings, history, open tabs, bookmarks and more with a single keyboard shortcut.

Vivaldi is also pretty customizable - for instance you can disable tab stacking, change the tab cycling order and place the tab bar at the top, left or right side or bottom and even disable it completely and rely on keyboard navigation only.

Here are a few Vivaldi screenshots:

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu
Quick Commands

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu
Vivaldi settings

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu
Tab stacks

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu
Speed Dial

Vivaldi web browser Ubuntu

While the browser is pretty limited for now, it should include quite a few extra features in the future, like a built-in email client, notes/bookmarks/history/session sync, spatial navigation and of course, extensions support. Also, according to a Reuters interview, "a mobile phone and a table version are in the pipeline".

In my quick test, I must say that I was pretty impressed by Vivaldi or, to be more specific, by its built-in tab management features (why did Opera remove tab stacking again?). So I can't wait for its first stable release.

I should also mention that I tested Vivaldi in Ubuntu 14.10 (64bit) and the only issue I encountered was that context menus were not positioned correctly (the menus were sometimes displayed not only in the wrong location, but even on the wrong monitor).

Download Vivaldi web browser

Download Vivaldi (available for Linux - 64bit deb and rpm, Windows and Mac)

Arch Linux users can install Vivaldi via AUR.

Have you tried the new Vivaldi web browser? What do you think?

via Reuters

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Jan 22, 2015

Ubuntu Flavors 15.04 Vivid Vervet Alpha 2 Available For Testing

The second alpha for the Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet flavors (Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Lubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin) has been released. Let's take a quick look at what's new.

As usual, Ubuntu (w/ Unity) doesn't take part in alpha releases. Also, the Ubuntu flavors not mentioned above (like Xubuntu) didn't take part in the Vivid alpha 2 milestone.

Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Vivid Vervet Alpha 2

In Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Vivid Vervet alpha 2, most GNOME components have been updated to the latest 3.14 version - this includes GNOME Shell, GNOME Control Center/Settings Daemon, Nautilus, Maps, Weather, Evince, Terminal and so on. Unfortunately, there are still a couple of apps that are quite old: Gedit and Videos (Totem), which are still at version 3.10.

Here are a few more Ubuntu GNOME 15.04 Vivid Vervet alpha 2 screenshots:

Another minor, but interesting change, is that Numix GTK theme is now installed by default. Adwaita continues to be used by default but Numix GTK theme is now jus a few clicks away:

Kubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet alpha 2

Kubuntu 15.04 will use Plasma 5 by default and unlike Kubuntu 14.10, there will be no alternative Plasma 4 ISO.

The latest alpha 2 ships with KDE Applications 14.12 and Plasma 5.2 beta, which include numerous changes, such as:

  • new components (first release for Plasma 5): BlueDevil, KSSHAskPass, Muon, Login theme configuration (SDDM), KScreen, GTK Application Style and KDecoration;

  • work in progress modules include Touchpad settings and User Manager;

  • option to undo changes made to the Plasma desktop layout;

  • KRunner (to trigger it, use Alt+Space): smarter result sorting, added audio player controls;

  • Breeze window decoration theme is now used by default;

  • many new Breeze icons;

  • new white mouse cursor theme for Breeze;

  • new plasma widgets: 15 puzzle, web browser, show desktop;

  • KDE Frameworks 5-based versions of Kate, KWrite, Konsole, Gwenview, KAlgebra, Kanagram, KHangman, Kig, Parley, KApptemplate and Okteta.

Also, with the switch to Plasma 5, Kubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet now uses SDDM by default, replacing LightDM.

Kubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet alpha 2 screenshots:

Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Vivid Vervet alpha 2

Ubuntu Kylin (an Ubuntu flavor for Chinese users) Vivid Vervet alpha 2 ships with LIM (locally integrated menus) enabled by default, with the new "always-show-menus" featured turned on, so it doesn't use autohide:

Also, the latest Kylin 15.04 alpha 2 release comes with "click to minimize" enabled by default for the Unity launcher, a feature that's of course, also available for Ubuntu (w/ Unity) users, but it's not enabled by default.

According to the release notes, these changes are meant to "make Windows users easier to adapt to the Unity user interface".

Other changes in Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 Vivid Vervet alpha 2 include fixes for the Kylin-specific applications: Ubuntu Kylin Software Center, Youker Assistant, Chinese Calendar and Unity China Music Scope.

Here are a few more Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 alpha 2 screenshots (note that I installed Ubuntu Kylin in English, but some parts are not translated, that's why you'll see a mix of English and Chinese in the screenshots):

More information and download links for Ubuntu Kylin 15.04 alpha 2

Lubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet alpha 2

For Lubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet alpha 2, there's no changelog available - the wiki page mentions that the "LXQt is still in development, so Vivid Vervet is another bug fix release. ". So it looks like LXQt won't make it in Lubuntu 15.04.

All the Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet alpha 2 flavors include Xorg server, Mesa 10.3.2 (but Mesa 10.4.2 is available in proposed) and the Ubuntu Linux kernel 3.18.0-9.10 which is based on the upstream 3.18.2 Linux kernel (for changes in Linux 3.18, see THIS page)

Up next in the Vivid Vervet release schedule: Beta 1 (for opt-in flavors), which should be released on February 26th.

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