June 9, 2018

Google's Linux workstations are switching from Ubuntu to Debian

Like many companies, Google uses a variety of operating systems in-house. macOS and Windows are used by a large number of employees, a modified build of Debian Linux is used on its servers (as of 2014, at least), and Chrome OS and Android devices are commonplace. In work environments where Linux is needed, Google uses a customized version of Ubuntu 14.04 called 'Goobuntu,' which has never been released publicly.
At DebConf in August 2017 (the news didn't catch media attention until now), Google announced that it would switch from Goobuntu to a Debian-based distribution called 'gLinux.' It's based on the upcoming Debian 10 release, and the company has developed a tool for migrating systems from Goobuntu to gLinux.

Google's shift in its preferred Linux distribution is important for two reasons. Firstly, Google will now contribute to the Debian Project instead of Ubuntu, which benefits anyone wanting to use Debian on their own computers. Secondly, Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu) is likely losing one of its largest customers, but it hasn't disclosed details about lost revenue.
gLinux will probably never see a public release, like its predecessor Goobuntu, but it's still interesting to see what the world's top companies use internally.

Source: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/01/19/googles-linux-workstations-switching-ubuntu-debian/

June 1, 2018

FreeOffice 2018 for Linux Released with “Complete Support” For Microsoft Office Files

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SoftMaker FreeOffice 2018 is now available to download for Windows and Linux.
Developed by Germany-based software company SoftMaker, the office suite is both free to download and free to use — so if you’re on the hunt for a free Microsoft Office alternative for Linux you’ll almost certainly want to check it out.

FreeOffice 2018

The new release boasts “complete support” for modern Microsoft office file formats, both opening, editing and saving, as well as continued support older Microsoft Office file formats and the .ODF file formats used in LibreOffice. PDF and EPUB export also features.
FreeOffice 2018 introduces a Microsoft Ribbon UI to compliment the more traditional menu bar UI.
If all of that sounds a little familiar it’s because the app is a free version of the paid-for ‘SoftMaker Office‘ which saw a new release on Linux back in February.
Now, it’s not exactly clear what the differences are between the paid version and the free version. Both have the the same core apps, both offer the option of Microsoft Ribbon UI or traditional menu bar UI, and both support opening, editing, and saving in Microsoft Office file formats like .docx.
“In our view, the new interface and the improved compatibility with Microsoft Office make FreeOffice 2018 a must-have for 2018,” says Martin Kotulla, CEO of SoftMaker.
“If you are looking for a no-cost office package, there is no way around FreeOffice 2018.”

Download FreeOffice 2018

FreeOffice is free to use but does require a (valid) email address to download. But, once you clear that hurdle, you get access to native installers for Ubuntu and Fedora as well as, should you want it, Windows too.
To learn more, or to sign-up and download, head over to the official website:

Source: https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/05/softmaker-freeoffice-2018-download

May 30, 2018

Transfer Files from PC to PC Over Your Local Network

Looking for a simple file sharing app to transfer files from PC to PC using Wi-Fi? If so, we’ve got you covered.
LAN Share is a free, open-source and cross-platform tool that enables you to quickly send files between computers that run Windows and/or Ubuntu Linux.
File transfers happens direct, PC to PC, over your local network or Wi-Fi. No complicated set-up or configurations are required, and you won’t need to fuss around with obscure settings and permissions.
But before I show you more there’s a bit of backstory.

Share Files Between Two Computers Over WiFi

I recently needed to transfer an 8GB disc image from my coffee shop laptop to my main Ubuntu PC. The question was: how?
My first instinct was (like most peoples) to reach for the nearest USB drive. So I did. But, for some infuriatingly unknown reason the ISO took forever to copy through the file manager — and worse: the speed got slower as each second passed!
Impatient, I yanked the USB out (not advised) and fired up my browser to find for a faster way to transfer files from PC to PC without any annoying “middle men”.
Now, I am aware of things like Samba, network shares, local workgroups, and ssh file transfer. But I wanted something simple, something free of complex configurations, and something that didn’t involve uploading files to the internet first.
And I found all I wanted and more in LAN Share.

LAN Share is Open Source Network File Transfer Software

LAN Share is an open-source network file transfer client written in C++ and Qt. It can be used to send a file or folder from one computer to another as well as to receive a file or folder from another computer running the app.
Better yet the app works on both Windows and Ubuntu, meaning you can use it to:
  • Transfer files from Windows to Ubuntu
  • Transfer files from Ubuntu to Windows
  • Transfer files from Windows to Windows
  • Transfer files from Ubuntu to Ubuntu
There are no third-party servers, no cloud services, and no complicated protocol arrangements involved.
Simply install the app on each computer you want to use, use the “Send” menu to select the file(s) or folder(s) you want to send, and select the ‘receiver’ computer from the list.
The only hard requirement is that both computers are on the same local network or Wi-Fi connection.
LAN Share:
  • Works directly, PC to PC
  • Lets you send files between different operating systems
  • Has no file size limits
  • Faster than using a cloud service like Dropbox
Part of why I like this app enough to write about it is the simple, straight-forward interface.
The main window is split in half, with the top section dedicated to “sent” files and the lower “received” files. These show real-time progress bars and metadata when files are actually being sent and/or received.
lan share file transfer app screenshot

Basic controls to pause, skip, and cancel mean managing tasks is easy, and there’s a button to clear out completed tasks.
The Settings button offers access to options to:
  • Set/change device name
  • Set/change ports
  • Set file buffer size
  • Set download folder

Lacks advanced features

If there’s any catch it that’s the this app lacks advanced features and security settings — but as I’m only going to use it at home, I’m okay with that.
What I really appreciate is that files can be transferred between machines running different operating systems. I no longer have to go through the boring process of transferring files from Windows to a USB, then from USB to my Ubuntu machines; I can simply ferry things across over the network!
And tools like this are especially handy if you don’t have a (large enough) USB thumb drive to hand, or you don’t have a working internet connection (so long as your router works, so will this app).
Is this the fastest way to copy a file from Linux machine to Linux machine over a network?
I don’t know, but I do know that it was a lot faster than the lethargic write speed to my USB stick, and far less effort than setting up a network share (plus files you send are not discoverable by anyone else on your network).

Download LAN Share

Installers for Windows 64-bit and Ubuntu are available on the project’s Github page:

Download LAN Share for Windows & Linux

Teleport, NitroShare & Other Alternatives for Network File Transfers

LAN Share is not the only network filesharing software out there. A slate of apps exist for Windows, macOS and Linux, as well as Android and iOS, both free and paid.
Another open source alternative to LAN Share is NitroShare. It works in a similar way to LAN Share but has a couple of extra bells and whistles available, like optional TSL encryption.
For Linux to Linux transfers there’s Teleport, a GTK file sending app with rich GNOME Shell integration. It’s available to install from Flathub.
There are plenty of other ways to transfer files from PC to PC sans a desktop app, such as network maps, Samba shares, SSH and sFTP.
Just use it when you need it.

Let us know what you use

This post looked at just the tool I used to send files over your network. You can let us know what you use to quickly shunt files between computers in the comments section below.

Source: https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/05/transfer-files-ubuntu-windows-wifi-network?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+d0od+%28OMG%21+Ubuntu%21%29

May 12, 2018

Cannot access windows partition from Ubuntu?

This seems to be an issue with windows 10. In windows 10 the kernel and the drivers hibernate by default even when you shutdown the system. To disable this, do the following.

    Open control panel.(win key + r. Type control and hit enter)

    While in icons view, click on power options.

    Click on Choose what the power buttons do on the Left hand side.

    Uncheck turn on fast startup. (you may need to press change settings that are currently unavailable before this)

    Click on save changes.

Source: https://askubuntu.com/questions/806570/cannot-access-windows-partition-from-ubuntu

How to Easily Crop and Resize Images in Linux

Many image editors are available for Linux, from the Photoshop-mimicking GIMP to photo editors like F-Spot. But none of these tools will let you easily crop and resize an image, without distracting you with feature-stuffing bells and whistles. The choice of feature packed image editing apps for Linux is impressive, but as with any platform, they can be slow, or have so many features that you don’t know where to start.
GIMP vs Photoshop: Which One is Right for You? GIMP vs Photoshop: Which One is Right for You? Photoshop is the most popular image editing app out there and GIMP is the best free alternative to it. Which should you use? Read More If you’re just looking for some basic cropping and resizing to help with a project or even to make an image easier to upload to your favorite social networks, try these tools.


Your first stop for a good, efficient image-cropping tool for Linux will probably be ImageMagick.
In short, this has been around for years. You may have already heard of it. ImageMagick has two main options: usage via command line or via the desktop. We’re looking at the latter option as cropping via command line can be hit and miss (although it is often ideal for making those incisive, memorable crops) and certainly isn’t easy.
The ImageMagick app doesn’t have the cleanest UI design, but it is functional and efficient.

How to Easily Crop and Resize Images in Linux muo creative linux croptools imagemagick

Install with:
sudo apt-get install imagemagick

To use ImageMagick to crop, first open the app, or right-click your image and select it from the Open With option. Next, left-click anywhere on the image, and select Transform > Crop. Left-click and drag to create box around the area you wish to crop to, and when you’re happy, click Crop.
Remember to save your changes with File > Save.


Perhaps even simpler to use, and complete with a slick, modern UI, is Gthumb.
Packed with editing tools and image management options (you can view and edit metadata and add tags for easy image search), the crop function is arguably easier to use than the one found in ImageMagick.

How to Easily Crop and Resize Images in Linux muo creative linux croptools gthumb

To get started, install with:
sudo apt-get install gthumb

Once done, launch from the menu, or find the image to crop in your desktop’s file manager and right-click, selecting Gthumb from the Open With option.
In the app, open your image, then select the paintbrush button to begin editing. You’ll see a number of interesting features here that you’ll probably want to try — you’ll find Crop at the bottom, next to Resize and listed under Format.
To crop, click the button and use the overlaid box to drag the boundary of the intended crop until you’re happy. You can also fine-tune the crop using the + and – symbols on the right-hand pane, specifying numerical values for the crop. The aspect ratio of the crop can also be changed, giving you the option of Instagram-style square crops.
When you’re happy with the selection, click Crop. You can Save via the Settings menu.


We’ve looked at two good mouse-based cropping options so far, but what if your requirements are little more time-intensive? The solution here would be to employ a batch processing tool to crop many images with a single command.
While useful, this can have imprecise results, so should only be used with images that are very similar require the same area to be cropped.

How to Easily Crop and Resize Images in Linux muo creative linux croptools phatch
You can install Phatch with:
sudo apt-get install phatch
After installing, you’ll need to launch Phatch from the menu, and click + to create a new batch process. Many options are available here, but to crop some files, begin by selecting Crop. Here, click Mode to change the option to Custom and you’ll be able to specify how many pixels from the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom edges of the images. By default this is measured in pixels (px) but if you prefer this can be changed to % or cm, mm, or even inch.
Click + again to select Save, and pay attention to the In: field, which displays the location of the cropped images.
When you’re ready, click the Execute button (the paper airplane) and browse for the images to be cropped. Phatch does the cropping at the directory level, so ensure your images have been gathered together in a single location. When you’re done, click Batch and wait for the files to be cropped.
You’ll find the cropped images in the destination file, as explained above. The default location for this is on the Linux desktop.

Edit Your Photos

We’ve been looking at lightweight image editing tasks so far, but if you’ve stumbled upon this page looking for something with a bit more power for editing photos, for instance, why not try Darktable or Shotwell? These are two great apps that can really bring out the best in your digital photos.
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GIMP is a great tool. So are Shutter and the various other photo editing apps. But if you want a quick way to simply resize or crop your images, and then export them, then there is no point wasting resources on large, feature-packed apps. You know what you need to do — use the right tools. You wouldn’t put a screw in with a hammer, would you?

Of course, our research brought these apps together. Perhaps you know of some other tools for effortlessly resizing or cropping images. If so, we’d love to hear about them, so tell us in the comments.

Source: https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/easily-crop-resize-images-linux/

April 21, 2018

Improved Flathub Website Makes It Easier to Find Flatpak Apps

It just got a whole heap easier to find and install Flatpak apps on Linux distros like Ubuntu.
A new version of the Flathub website is now live on Flathub.org, albeit in beta.
The improved front-end to what is the de facto Flatpak app store offers search, browsing and install options.

It’s packed with app descriptions, screenshots, browsable categories, search, meta info, and a beautifully fluid design.

Useful curated sections spotlight notable software available through the hub, including:
  • Popular Apps
  • Game Highlights
  • Editor’s Picks
  • New & Updated Apps

Why Use the Flathub Web Interface?

Flatpak is a designed as a universal app packaging and distribution format that works more-or-less the same on any Linux distribution. It is similar to (but has some subtle differences from) Canonical’s Snappy.
Having a universal and easily accessible end-point is important for both app fans and app developers. The online store makes no assumptions about what distro (if any) you might be using.
For example, although Ubuntu and Fedora use GNOME Software as their primary app store Linux Mint uses its own software tool, as does KDE Neon — yet Flatpak apps can run on them all.
While you can search for apps on Flathub using the Ubuntu/GNOME Software app the experience is far from ideal. It’s slow, muddled, and with no granular control over what you see.
In comparison the Flathub web interface is fast, responsive and, with one-click installs (which now work in Ubuntu 18.04 provided you install the Flatpak plugin first), super easy to use.
What I really appreciate over, say, the Snapcraft web interface, is the fact that Flathub lists ‘additional information’ that you may want to know, like version number, update date, publisher, and license.
Naturally the store front-end, which has been spearheaded by Jorge Garcia Oncins, is open-source.You can find it on Github here.

Visit the Flathub Website
If you’re using a well-known GTK theme like Ambiance, Arc or Adapta then Flatpak apps should be able to match it.


If you’ve not used Flatpak or Flathub on Ubuntu before you’ll need to install the following things first:
sudo apt install flatpak gnome-software-plugin-flatpak

You’ll also need to add Flathub to your system:
flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Finally, it’s best to restart your system so that the various changes can take effect fully.

The ‘click to install’ buttons shown on the Flathub website do not work in Ubuntu 17.10. You can install apps from Flathub using the command line or by manually searching them out in the Software app.

Source: https://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/04/new-look-flathub-website

How to Use Pandora on Linux

If you have a subscription to Pandora’s One service, you can download a desktop client for your Windows or Mac computer. You can also find apps for Android and iOS, as well as a Windows modern app in the Microsoft Store.

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But if you’re a Linux user, you’re out of luck. There’s no official Pandora app for the operating system. However, there’s a workaround you can use.

Called Pithos, the app is much less resource-intensive than the web version of Pandora. It runs on Ubuntu, Fedora, and Arch Linux, and can also be installed via Flathub as a Flatpak. Let’s look at the installation process for each distro in more detail.

How to Install Pithos on Ubuntu

To install Pithos on Ubuntu, you need to use a PPA (Personal Package Archives) repo. Doing so ensures you will always receive the app’s latest updates in a timely fashion.
To install the app, open the terminal and enter the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pithos/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pithos

How to Install Pithos on Fedora

Fedora users can install the official RPM that’s available from RPM Fusion. To install the app, type the commands below:
sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-X.noarch.rpm -y
sudo dnf install https://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-X.noarch.rpm -y
sudo dnf install pithos
Note: Replace release-X with the version of Fedora that you are using.

How to Install Pithos on Arch Linux

Although the Pithos developers don’t advertise it, you can install the app via the Arch User Repository. You will need to use the Pacman package manager inside the terminal. To get started, just use the commands below:
sudo pacman -S git
git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/pithos.git
cd pithos
makepkg -si

How to Install Pithos as a Flatpak

If you have Flatpak running on your Linux distro, you can install Pithos via Flathub. Here are the commands you will need:
sudo flatpak remote-add flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo
sudo flatpak install flathub io.github.Pithos
If you’re not sure whether you should sign up for Pandora or use a different service, check out our list of free Pandora alternatives.

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April 20, 2018

5 Things to do after a fresh install of GNU/Linux

So, regardless of what distribution being used, there are things that I do after every single install I do, and I thought perhaps I would share some of them with you; perhaps something I do is missing from your setup and you might like to include it!
I am going to leave out the things that you find in every other list...like "Download your favourite music player!" as this is redundant, and pointless to list.
The list includes the following five suggestions: increase audio quality, making sure the firewall is enabled,

1. Increase audio quality

Pulse Daemon
I’m not going to get into the deeper explanation behind audio and its quality; suffice to say I use expensive headphones, speakers, and every possible opportunity I have to enhance the quality of my sound. So, when I install a new OS, one of the first things I do is make sure that my tunes sound good for while I’m following the rest of my setup. To do so, we need to edit a configuration file for PulseAudio.
sudo nano /etc/pulse/daemon.conf
In this, there are three lines we need to find:
; resample-method = speex-float-1
; default-sample-format = s16le
; default-sample-rate = 44100
The last two lines are above/below eachother, but the first line is a little ways above them in the configuration file.  Edit these, to look like this
resample-method = src-sinc-best-quality
default-sample-format = s24le
default-sample-rate = 96000
NOTE: You MUST ensure that the ; is removed from all three, for this to work. ; signifies a comment, or in this case, deactivated.
After this is done, save and exit the configuration file, and then we need to restart PulseAudio:
pulseaudio -k
pulseaudio --start
Aaaand voila! Your music will now sound better than it would have previously. You'd be surprised.

2. Make sure firewall is enabled.

Most distributions tend to have UFW installed as the default firewall, but not all of them enable the firewall by default. Always always always, make sure you enable the firewall.
The default 'home' setting is usually fine for most people, just simply turn the firewall on, and you're done. However, if there is no firewall installed, you'll want to install 'gufw' which will also include UFW itself, as well as a graphical tool for it.

3. Disable any unnecessary services

Antergos Services Icon
This one varies from distro to distro, on what needs to be disabled or not, but things like printer support are not needed if you don't own a printer, etc.
Typically, GNU/Linux systems do not run a trillion services to shut down like Windows, but always good to look, and see. Most distributions and environments have a services list in the system settings. The Antergos Cinnamon one, looks like the photo above.

4. Install Timeshift

Previously I wrote an article about how to install Timeshift into Linux Mint, but really I would advise installing it into any system you use, if it's not included with the distro. Timeshift is almost crucial for someone like me, who can't run the risk of losing everything in the case of a crash or other mishap. Get it. Use it.
5. Install ClamAV / Clamtk antivirus
Yes, it's true, a GNU/Linux system is far less likely to be infected by a virus than Windows, but it's not invincible. I wrote an article about how to install the ClamAV antivirus with Clamtk GUI and highly recommend it as well.

Source: https://www.ghacks.net/2017/11/04/5-things-to-do-after-a-fresh-install-of-gnulinux/

January 31, 2018

LibreOffice 6.0 Released with ‘Dramatic’ Improvements

You can now download LibreOffice 6.0, the latest major release of this hugely popular free office software.

Did you know: Over 25 million people use LibreOffice worldwide
The release of LibreOffice 6.0 marks the first major update to the productivity suite since the LibreOffice 5.4 release back in July 2017. It also coincides with the anniversary of the very first release of LibreOffice in January 2011.
So, as you’d expect for a celebratory release, there are heaps of improvements on offer.
LibreOffice 6.0 is compatible with more office file formats than ever before, adds a number of new features, and improves the overall user interface.
For more details read on.

LibreOffice 6.0 — Features

Better File Compatability

The headline improvement in LibreOffice doesn’t sound particularly sexy but it is nonetheless a vital part of any office suite: file compatibility.
LibeOffice 6.0 boasts better file compatibility with Microsoft Office documents, lets you open AbiWord and QuarkExpress files in LibreOffice (with zero fuss), and gains ability to export as EPUB ebook files.
Alongside improved file compatibility with Microsoft Office files those upgrading will benefit from a healthy batch of bug fixes, stability tweaks, and the general polish.

New Notebook bar Options

Much has been written about the LibreOffice Ribbon UI — a lot of it by us! In LibreOffice 6.0 the feature (which is actually called the Notebook Bar) gets some welcome improvements.
You’ll find two new Microsoft Ribbon-style Notebook bar options are available in LibreOffice 6.0.
The first is called Groupedbar Full. This, as the name might imply, groups a large number of options together, meaning more buttons are in sight:

Groupedbar Full in LibreOffice 6.0 office suite

There’s also the new Tabbed Compact, which is, in this release, only available in Writer. Tabbed Compact is a streamlined version of the standard Tabbed Notebook Bar and looks great:

Tabbed compact notebookbar in libreoffice 6.0 office suite

The Ribbon UI is one of the best hidden features of LibreOffice, and while it’s still not ready for prime-time use (do keep that in mind) is helps make it easier for more some to switch from Microsoft Office to LibreOffice full time.

Remember: you have to turn on an experimental setting to use this feature, but we’ve written a post which walks you through how to enable the Ribbon UI in LibreOffice.

Elementary Icons Included by Default

The elementary icon set is now included in all versions of LibreOffice 6.0. It’s not (yet) the default icon set (Tango remains in place) but it is included.
So, if you (or something you know) uses LibreOffice on Windows or macOS, but want a little touch of Linux, just enable the elementary icon set via the Tools > Options > View > Icon Style setting. After applying you’ll see elementary’s gentle, soft coloured icons in toolbars, dialogs and menus throughout the suite.

EPUB Export

LibreOffice 6.0 is able to export Writer documents to EPUB. This popular and widely used ebook format is well supported across operating systems and mobile devices so it’s great to see LibreOffice add support for it.

The office suite is also now able to open and import AbiWord, PageMaker and QuarkXPress files too. I’m not sure most of us will need to, but it’s nice to know we can, right?

These file formats are a little more niche than the ubiquitous typical Microsoft Office document file format (OOMXL) but it’s great that see the software cater to them nonetheless.
Better yet, the libraries which support these new export and import formats are being made available as free, open source software in order to allow other applications to make use of them too.

Other changes

There’s a new splash screen shown when you launch the app:

libreoffice 6.0 splashscreen

The new LibreOffice 6 Splashscreen
The redesigned help system now uses your operating system’s default web browser (Firefox on Ubuntu, unless you’ve chosen otherwise) to display help pages. This is a great way to ensure you’re always reading the most up-to-date information.
That said, you don’t have to be online to use LibreOffice help. Most LibreOffice installs include local copies of documentation for offline reference.
A slate of new table styles and gradients are available to prettify documents
It’s now possible to rotate an image in LibreOffice Writer. You previously needed to use an external image editor or app to do this.
LibreOffice 6.0 also improves LibreOffice Online, a cloud-based feature that allows collaborative editing of documents using a web browser.
For a full rundown of every change do see the full release notes.

LibreOffice 6.0 features at a glance

  • Better compatibility with Microsoft Office documents
  • Support for AbiWord, QuarkExpress and PageMaker files
  • Ability to save documents as ePub ebook files
  • Improved ‘Ribbon’ UI
  • Elementary icons included by default
  • New online help
  • OpenPGP document signing/encryption
  • ‘Grammar by’ spellchecking
  • Noto fonts included by default
  • Easier to insert characters

LibreOffice 6.0 Download

You can download LibreOffice for free from the official project website. There you’ll find installers for Windows, macOS and Linux (including Ubuntu).
Download LibreOffice
It’s also now possible to install LibreOffice form Flathub. Click the button below to download the ‘flatpakref’ file, and then double-click on it to open in the GNOME Software app.
Download LibreOffice Flatpak
You may also be able to install LibreOffice 6.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (or later) by using one of the (seemingly endless) PPAs that are available on Launchpad.

Source: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2018/01/libreoffice-6-0-release-download?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+d0od+%28OMG%21+Ubuntu%21%29

December 17, 2017

Linux Mint-Based feren OS Gets Upgraded to Linux Mint 18.2, USB Boot Improved

feren OS is a different Mint based distro with Cinnamon launcher. What separates this distro from the regular Mint Cinnamon 18.2, are the themes & quality wallpapers they have added to make it look like popular desktops for Windows, Apple OS, and Linux.

The developers of the feren OS GNU/Linux distribution based on the popular Linux Mint operating system announced the release of August 2017's snapshot ISO with many enhancements and updated components.
The biggest change in this month's feren OS snapshot is that the entire system was rebased on the recently released Linux Mint 18.2 "Sonya" operating system, which, in turn, is based on the Ubuntu16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) distro. Additionally, the release improves USB boot support and removes a few apps.
The removed apps can be installed manually from the "Recommended Apps" section of distro's Welcome Screen, which received a major update. Support for Nvidia GPUs was improved as well, especially when running the OS directly from the live medium, thanks to the implementation of a new "No Mode Set" setting during boot.
"Just look for the 'No Mode Set' option in the boot menu of the Live CD if you can't boot from the other options and/or have Nvidia drivers," said the feren OS devs in the release announcement. "If you have to once you've installed the OS, hold SHIFT to force the boot menu to appear."
Other than the above, the latest feren OS snapshot ISO images adds a feren-styled window border theme to HighContrast and makes all alternative themes download-only. Sound and microphone issues were fixed as well, along with disappearing mouse cursor issue on Intel GPUs and freezes with ASRock Intel Sky Lake motherboards.

You should check out the full release notes if you're curious to know what exactly was changed in this feren OS 2017 August snapshot, which you can download right now from the official website. Existing users should upgrade their feren OS installations immediately.

Below are my screenshots and link where you can download it.feren OS comes with the Vivaldi browser, Rhythmbox music player, and LibreOffice office suite.I installed the included Linux Arc theme, Firefox and Chromium browsers, Audacious music player, Screenlets, and moved the taskbar to the top.

You can download feren OS here: 


November 16, 2017

Linux Now Powers 100% of the World’s Top 500 Supercomputers

‘The 500 most powerful supercomputers all use Linux.’
That’s according to the latest stats out from supercomputer hawks TOP500, who post a biannual list of the world’s most powerful commercially available computer systems.
Linux has long dominated the TOP500 list, powering the majority of the machines that make it. At last count, back in June, 99.6% (or 498) of the top 500 fastest supercomputers ran Linux,
But as of November 2017 that figure stands at a full 100%: the 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world now use Linux.
The majority of these machines aren’t running your average off-the-torrent desktop distribution, but a bespoke, highly customised, and specialised version of Linux. But a minority do run something more familiar:
  • 5 supercomputers run Ubuntu
  • 20 supercomputers run some form of RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
  • 109 supercomputers run the RedHat affiliated CentOS
The world’s (current) fastest supercomputer is China’s Sunway TaihuLight, which is powered by a colossal 650,000+ CPUs. This beast of a machine, which runs a customised version of Linux called ‘Sunway RaiseOS’, has a processing speed of 93 petaflops — or the equivalent power of 2 million laptops working in unison.
The machine is expected to become 33% faster in the next few years, boosting its processing prowess to over 120 petaflops.
Finally — a machine capable of running more than one Electron app at a time! ;)
via Brendan Gregg
Source: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/11/linux-now-powers-100-worlds-top-500-supercomputers?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+d0od+%28OMG%21+Ubuntu%21%29

October 19, 2017

Xfce Theme Manager: A Single GUI To Change Any Xfce Theme (With Previews)

This is an old article that I found and sharing.

Xfce uses multiple settings GUIs for setting the window border, controls, icons, mouse cursor theme and so on and it doesn't include any thumbnails. However, if you customize your Xfce desktop frequently, you can use a tool called Xfce Theme Manager which allows you to change the themes from a single GUI and it also includes thumbnails so you can see how the theme looks like before applying it.

Xfce Theme Manager allows settings the following:
  • complete Xfce theme (window border, controls)
  • window borders only
  • controls only
  • icon theme
  • cursor theme
  • change the wallpaper

Also, under "Advanced" (screenshot above), you can adjust various settings like backdrop brightness and saturation, window button layout, window title position, change the fonts and the cursor size.

Other features included in Xfce Theme Manager:
  • customizable theme preview size: you can choose between huge, large, medium and small previews;
  • save the current theme (in case you use the window border from one theme and the controls from another theme for instance) which includes the wallpaper, font and so on;
  • install themes using drag'n'drop (the themes must be tar.gz archives);
  • reset the theme.

I did find one annoyance with Xfce Theme Manager though: when installing new themes, you must click the "Rebuild DB" (rebuild the themes database) under "Advanced" or else the newly installed themes won't show up or at least not immediately.

Here are a few more Xfce Theme Manager screenshots:

Install Xfce Theme Manager in Xubuntu

Xubuntu users can install Xfce Theme Manager from a PPA. The packages in the PPA below require Xfce 4.10, which is available by default in Xubuntu 12.10 and 13.04, but it's not available in Xubuntu 12.04 so for it, you'll also need to add the Xfce 4.10 Xubuntu 12.04 PPA! Alternatively, you can also build it from source (download link at the bottom of the post).

That said, let's add the PPA and install Xfce Theme Manager in Xubuntu:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rebuntu16/other-stuff 
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install xfce-theme-manager

Once installed, the application should show up in the Xfce Settings Manager.

If you're not using Xubuntu, you can download Xfce Theme Manager from xfce-look.org.

Source: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/06/xfce-theme-manager-single-gui-to-change.html

October 18, 2017

Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora and elementary OS All Patched Against WPA2 KRACK Bug

Linux Mint, Arch Linux and Solus are also patched.

As you are aware, there's a major WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access II) security vulnerability in the wild, affecting virtually any device or operating system that uses the security protocol, including all GNU/Linux distributions.

Security researcher Mathy Vanhoef was the one to discover the WPA2 bug, which affects the wpa_supplicant and hostapd packages on Linux-based operating systems, allowing a remote attacker to obtain sensitive information like credit card numbers, passwords, usernames, etc. with key reinstallation attacks (a.k.a. KRACK).
This security issues alone is extremely important, and it's been documented over several CVEs, including CVE-2017-13077, CVE-2017-13078, CVE-2017-13079, CVE-2017-13080, CVE-2017-13081, CVE-2017-13082, CVE-2017-13086, CVE-2017-13087, and CVE-2017-13088. Therefore, you need to update your systems immediately.
Canonical announced a few hours ago that it patched the security issue in the Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), and Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr) releases, as well as all official derivatives, including Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio.
In their security notice, Canonical notes the fact that two other security vulnerabilities were patched, both discovered by Imre Rad. The first one (CVE-2016-4476) could allow a remote attacker to cause a denial of service because both wpa_supplicant and hostapd incorrectly handled invalid characters in passphrase parameters.
The second issue (CVE-2016-4477) could allow a local attacker to either execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service because wpa_supplicant and hostapd incorrectly handled invalid characters in passphrase parameters. These vulnerabilities affect all supported Ubuntu releases.
Debian, Fedora, Arch Linux, Linux Mint, Solus and elementary OS also patched
Of course, the wpa_supplicant and hostapd vulnerabilities mentioned above were also patched upstream, in Debian GNU/Linux, and the maintainers of the Ubuntu-based elementary OS and Linux Mint operating system also announced that they patched the issue, urging users to update their installations as soon as possible.
Fedora, Arch Linux and Solus operating systems have also been patched in the last few hours against the critical WPA2 security vulnerability, so, again, you are urged to update your installations immediately if you're using any of these distributions. Other distros may have updated the wpa_supplicant and hostapd packages too.

Source: http://news.softpedia.com/news/ubuntu-debian-fedora-and-elementary-os-all-patched-against-wpa2-krack-bug-518075.shtml