30 Apr 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Chalet OS

Chalet OS is an open source and completely free computer operating system that provides users with a unique style similar with the one of the Microsoft Windows 7 or Vista. It is derived from the popular Xubuntu distribution, anofficial Ubuntu flavor that uses the Xfce desktop environment.


  • OS Type: Linux
  • Based on: Debian, Ubuntu
  • Origin: Serbia
  • Architecture: i386, x86_64
  • Desktop: Xfce
List of included software:
Accessories:Arhive Manager, Calculator, Catfish File Search, File Manager (Thunar), Mousepad Text Editor, Notes, Screenshot, Terminal Emulator, Double Commander, Style Changer, Star tPoint.
Games:2048, AisleRiot Solitaire, PlayOnLinux.
Graphic:GIMP Image Editor, Ristretto Image Viewer, Simple Scan.
Internet:Firefox Web Browser, Great Little Radio Player, Pidgin Internet Messenger, QBitTorrent, Online video downloader.
Office:Dictionary, Document Viewer (Evince), Great Little Book Shelf.
Settings:ChaletOS Style Changer, Default Style Restore,  AutoMount.
Multimedia:Audacious, Brasero, VLC Media Player, PulseAudio Control.
System:BleachBit, Disks, Disk Analizer, GDebi Package Installer, Synaptic Package Manager, Task Manager, GParted, Ubuntu Software Center, Gnome Software Center, Wine, USB Formatter, USB Image Writer, Startup Disk Creator, One Click Maintenance.


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You can download Chalet OS: https://sites.google.com/site/chaletoslinux/download

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29 Apr 2016

Linux Distro To Try: GMac Linux

This week’s Linux Distribution to try is GMac Linux, a Linux distro that’s main purpose is to imitate OS X.


Basically Gmac Linux is a Mac themed Gnome based Linux distro, hince the name Gmac which is a combination of Gnome and Mac.

This was the announcement by the developer after the name change from Pear OS to Gmac.

Friends ,
with project growth and the entry of new developers and designs , we will again change the name and system appearance.

I would like to thank all of you who helped and tested all along the system .

The name is now Gmac (Gnome + Mac)

More screenshots of Gmac:

Screenshot from 2016-04-09 10:54:30 Screenshot from 2016-04-09 10:54:44


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28 Apr 2016

Elementary OS 0.4 Announced, Based on Ubuntu 16.04

The next release of the Elementary OS distribution will be version 0.4 and codenamed Loki, it will be based on the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS operating system.

The announcement on Elementary’s Blog read:

With the recent release of Ubuntu 16.04, the inevitable flood of “When is Loki coming?” posts have begun pouring in. So here we are to help answer the question that some of you know the answer to already, “When it’s ready ;)”. But what exactly does that mean? How do we (and you) know when the 4th major release of elementary OS, code named Loki, will be ready to use?

and then another part of the announcement read:

Currently, elementary OS releases are built using the Ubuntu package repositories (repos). At the beginning of the cycle, we choose a target repo to work from. For Loki, that repo is Ubuntu 16.04. We set up a daily repo where we build our source code against that Ubuntu repo. Sometimes things build straight away and sometimes builds fail because of things like API breaks. We find the causes of the build failures and update our source code until everything compiles.

A beta version of Elementary OS 0.4 is in the works, and it will be coming soon with big promises of many many new features.

Will Elementary 0.4 Loki return as the most beautiful Linux distribution?


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27 Apr 2016

Linux Kernel 3.12.59 LTS Out Now

Linux Kernel developer Jiri Slaby announced the launch of Linux Kernel 3.12.59.

“I’m announcing the release of the 3.12.59 kernel. All users of the 3.12 kernel series must upgrade, the updated 3.12.y git tree can be found at: git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git linux-3.12.y and can be browsed at the normal kernel.org git web browser: http://git.kernel.org/?p=linux/kernel/git/stable/linux-stable.git;a=summary.”

Linux 3.12 will be supported through 2017.

You can download the new kernel directly from kernel.org

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26 Apr 2016

WATCH: Mark Shuttleworth on Advances in OpenStack


Mark Shuttleworth demonstrates advances in OpenStack that enable it to be fast, reliable & economic. To succeed OpenStack needs to be economical, fast, reliable and simple all at the same time. Users want an OpenStack that knows what it is and comes with tooling that enables workloads to move between OpenStack and other platforms as needed by the demands of the business. In this session, Mark Shuttleworth, Product Strategy lead at Canonical accompanied by Doug Balog, General Manager of Power Sy

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25 Apr 2016

Ubuntu Budgie 16.04 Officially Released

The Ubuntu Budgie Remix distro is now available for download.

The announcement came from the Budgie Remix team.

The budgie-remix team are proud to announce the 16.04 release of budgie-remix.

Built upon the superb 16.04 Ubuntu LTS package archive, this is our very first full release using the excellent budgie-desktop from the Solus Project team.

64bit and 32bit ISO’s are available as well as bittorrents for these ISO’s – remember to keep seeding please!

Next step will be the 16.04.1 release of budgie-remix in approximately three months time.

Likewise we’ll be publishing our first alpha 16.10 builds in July, looking forward to the 16.10 release in October.

The Ubuntu Budgie team is working on the 16.10 version, codename Ubuntu Yakkety Yak. It will be available later this year.

The ISOs for Ubuntu Budgie Remix are now available for download.

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24 Apr 2016

Linux Mint 18 Will Feature Cinnamon 3.0

The popular Linux Mint desktop Cinnamon was tagged as a go by developer Clement Lebefvre on the Desktop’s Github page.

It should be rolling out with Linux Mint 18 later this summer, Linux Mint 18 will be codenamed ‘Sarah’.

To view the changes in Cinnamon 3.0, view the chanelog below.

Cinnamon 3.0 Changelog:

* add option to show/hide favbox in menu applet
* Added new default application buttons
* show panel-launchers actions
* tab indents into space indents, more item without dots
* Move sound settings to python as a native module
* Add a custom page to display when no input devices are available or applications are currently playing. Add a custom settings box for the sound effects page to prevent getting a very tall window when opening the settings. Make a few tweaks to the test sound dialog and add the relevant icons.
* Some visual tweaks to the sound settings:
* Sound settings: add mute to all volume controls
* cs_sound.py: Few fixes to the volume slider/mute button:
* layout.js: Remove code for interaction with the screensaver. It was always broken until 2.8.7, where I ‘fixed’ it, and has caused some reported regression where the panels will be hidden after returning from the screensaver.
* cs_sound.py: add padding to the end of stream names in applications page
* Viber stealing focus fix
* magnifier.js: update the lens size as well as shape when we turn on lens mode.
* Generate new desktop files for sound and accessibility
* Touchpad settings: Rename “natural scrolling” to “reverse scrolling direction”
* Fix middle click action in the photo frame
* photoframe: recurse subdirectories
* Sound settings: Fixed device not showing when its icon isn’t found (fixes bluetooth devices not showing up)
* Power settings: Don’t add the Gtk.Stack if it’s empty (Fixes https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon/issues/5194)
* Power settings/applet: Let the user rename battery powered devices
* Power settings: Fix power bars not being aligned
* Startup settings: Fix https://github.com/linuxmint/Cinnamon/issues/5199
* tooltips.js: hide if the stage’s key focus changes – prevents tooltips from becoming stuck if you use the keyboard to switch focus (hit the menu key while a window list preview is showing.)
* cs_keyboard: Add a “wide” style class to the pane separator in the shortcuts page and remove some unneeded padding so this looks a little nicer in most newer themes
* effects: Enable effects on dialogs and menus by default
* Sound applet: Correctly identify changed artwork from Spotify (and add support for new URLs in version 0.27.x)
* Theme settings: Don’t filter themes missing gtk-3.0 if they provide gtk-3.*
* show multi line descriptions in applet about: Fix #5193
* Sound applet: Use wget to download remote artwork covers
* layout: Tweak the handling of menus in the top_window_group to match muffin changes
* Cinnamon Settings: Fixed gi.require_version warnings
* Cinnamon Settings: Remove a couple of old debug output
* Cinnamon Settings: Retire cinnamon-bluetooth (replaced with Blueberry)
* Revert “St-texture-cache: Don’t monitor file changes (should increase performance, might cause regressions in cases where the St texture needs to be refreshed following a file change)”
* panel-launcher: Fix an undeclared variable warning
* Fixed cinnamon slideshow error (Issue #4280)
* Adjust to Muffin API changes for handling fullscreen windows
* Extensions: Fix the “Disable all extensions” not working
* Updated generated files
* Updated pot file
* Packaging: Bumped internal dependencies

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23 Apr 2016

Ubuntu 16.10 Will Be Codenamed Yakkety Yak

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announced the codename of the next major Ubuntu Linux release, Ubuntu 16.10.

16.10 will be the next major release for Ubuntu, due later this year.

The development cycle of Ubuntu 16.10 will start in a few days and it will be launched later this year at the end of October.

In an announcement on Mark’s website,

Mark posted:

Y is for …Yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yakkety yak. Naturally.

Ubuntu 16.10 will have only a Final Beta development build sent to public beta testers, as the rest of the opt-in flavors will also participate in the Alpha 1, Alpha 2, and Beta1 releases.

We will keep readers updated on Ubuntu 16.10 as more developments come.


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22 Apr 2016

Watch: TED Talk About Artificial Intelligence Becoming Smarter than Humans

Artificial intelligence is getting smarter by leaps and bounds — within this century, research suggests, a computer AI could be as “smart” as a human being. And then, says Nick Bostrom, it will overtake us: “Machine intelligence is the last invention that humanity will ever need to make.”

A philosopher and technologist, Bostrom asks us to think hard about the world we’re building right now, driven by thinking machines.

Will our smart machines help to preserve humanity and our values — or will they have values of their own?

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21 Apr 2016

Announcement: Mozilla Firefox Officially the Default Browser for Linux

In a new announcement posted on the Mozilla official website, it was announced that Mozilla Firefox is now the official browser for all Linux and Ubuntu distributions and operating systems.

The announcement was made by Nick Nguyen, VP of Firefox Products.

The announcement read:

At Mozilla, we strive to offer users a great experience based on transparency, choice and trust, and to make Firefox available across many platforms, devices and operating systems. Today, Mozilla and Canonical are renewing their partnership to make Firefox the default browser for Ubuntu users. We are proud to have been a partner of choice for Ubuntu for over a decade. Canonical and Mozilla share a similar heritage as open-source and community-supported organizations.

Ubuntu version 16.04 will include the introduction of the snap infrastructure. With the snap format, we will be able to continually optimize Firefox on Ubuntu. Like our rapid engineering release cycle, snap format will allow us to provide Linux users the most up-to-date features, in particular security patches, even after major Operating System ship dates.

Previously, a static version of Firefox would ship with each new Operating System version for the life-cycle of that OS. With the snap format, new features can be released to users of older OS versions too. Later this year, we will offer Firefox in snap format making it easier to push the browser directly to users rather than relying on an intermediary to accept updates before they reach users.

You can download Firefox here: https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/?scene=2

NOTE: Yes, I do use Mozilla Firefox too.

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