17 Jul 2016

Learn About A Desktop Environment: Cinnamon


Cinnamon is a desktop environment that is based on the GTK+ 3 toolkit. It was released in 2011. The project was originally started as a fork of the GNOME Shell, i.e. a mere graphical shell, but became its own desktop environment in Cinnamon 2.0. Cinnamon was initially developed by (and for) the Linux Mint distribution, with wider adoption spreading to other distributions over time.

Cinnamon includes the following applications: Nemo file manager (fork of Nautilus), Muffin window manager (fork of Mutter), Cinnamon Settings Daemon (for of GNOME Settings Daemon), Cinnamon Session (for of GNOME Session), and Cinnamon Control Center (fork of GNOME Control Center).

Features provided by Cinnamon include

  • Desktop effects, including animations and transition effects;
  • Panels equipped with a main menu, launchers, a window list and the system tray can be adjusted on left, right, upper or lower edge of the screen
  • Various extensions;
  • Applets that appear on the panel
  • Overview with functions similar to that in GNOME Shell; and
  • Settings editor for easy customization. It can customize:
    • The panel
    • The calendar
    • Themes
    • Desktop effects
    • Applets
    • Extensions


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16 Jul 2016

UPDATE: Elementary OS 0.4 Releases Beta 2

The Elementary Team has released the ISOs to Elementary OS 0.4 ‘Loki’ Beta 2.

The official announcement read:

Even though it’s only been a short month since Beta 1, we’ve already fixed over 70 issues that testers have reported to us. Beta 1 testers, make sure to run your updates to receive the following fixes plus everything else listed on this page:

Some of the fixes listed are configuration changes and will not be available to Beta 1 testers as updates. In order to receive the full list of fixes, we highly recommend doing a clean install to test Beta 2.

Now that Loki Beta has been publically released, you’re probably wondering what the next steps are before the final release.

They stated in the announcement that the next goal will be to tackle the Release Candidate 1.

You can download Loki Beta 2 here: https://elementary.io/developer


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15 Jul 2016
14 Jul 2016

Linux Distro To Try: Tails


The Amnesic Incognito Live System (Tails) is a Debian-based live CD/USB with the goal of providing complete Internet anonymity for the user. The product ships with several Internet applications, including web browser, IRC client, mail client and instant messenger, all pre-configured with security in mind and with all traffic anonymised. To achieve this, Incognito uses the Tor network to make Internet traffic very hard to trace.

Tails relies on the Tor anonymity network to protect your privacy online:

  • all software is configured to connect to the Internet through Tor
  • if an application tries to connect to the Internet directly, the connection is automatically blocked for security.

Tor is an open and distributed network that helps defend against traffic analysis, a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security.

Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a network of relays run by volunteers all around the world: it prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you visit, and it prevents the sites you visit from learning your physical location.

Using Tor you can:

  • be anonymous online by hiding your location,
  • connect to services that would be censored otherwise;
  • resist attacks that block the usage of Tor using circumvention tools

Using Tails on a computer doesn’t alter or depend on the operating system installed on it. So you can use it in the same way on your computer, a friend’s computer, or one at your local library. After shutting down Tails, the computer will start again with its usual operating system.

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13 Jul 2016

WATCH: TedX Talk On Learning To Code and Create



Students around the world are told they must ‘Learn to Code!’ This certainlysounds great, but why should you learn to code?

Will it really help you accomplish your personal goals or land your dream job?

We’ll see how learning to code is only a part of joining the digital revolution, but we’ll go further to explore how you can harness technology to your unique way of impacting the world. Learn how you can shape the future by not just learning to code, but learning to create.

Justin Richards is the Founder/CEO of Youth Digital that has taught over 40,000 students how to create with technology. Justin leads a team of 40 passionate people in delivering amazing technology courses for students in over 100 countries. Students as young as age 8 learn how to create everything from apps to mods to fashion collections.

Prior to starting Youth Digital at age 22, he taught technology courses to students in downtown St. Louis. Justin grew up helping his family start computer schools in Romanian orphanages and taught himself to develop and design as a hobby, before turning that passion into Youth Digital. In the end, Youth Digital is a place that Justin would have loved as a child.

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12 Jul 2016

WATCH: How to Install Budgie Desktop In Ubuntu 16.04


This video will help how to install budgie desktop 10 Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 15.10.

As we know, Budgie is the flagship desktop of the Solus Operating System and is part of the Solus Project. Designed with the modern user in mind, it focuses on simplicity and elegance. Written from scratch with integration in mind, the Budgie desktop tightly integrates with the GNOME stack, employing underlying technologies to offer an alternative desktop experience.

Enter the following command to install Budgie Desktop 10 in Ubuntu 15.10/16.04:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossfreedom/budgie-desktop
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

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11 Jul 2016
10 Jul 2016

Linux Distro To Try: BlackLab Linux


Black Lab Linux (formerly OS4 OpenLinux) is a user-friendly desktop and server Linux distribution based on Ubuntu. Some of its most interesting features include support for popular browser plugins, addition of packages for multimedia production, content creation and software development, and an innovative desktop layout based on GNOME Shell. Separate editions with KDE and Xfce desktops are also available. The company behind the distribution also sells a desktop mini-system with Black Lab Linux pre-installed.

What does this system include?  It has a brand new interface designed to work with conventional keyboard and mouse input, as well as make it as comfortable as possible for users with touch screen input.  It also includes a whole host of applications that are geared towards the home user.

Steam Client
Chromium Web Browser
Thunderbird Mail Client
Audacious MP3 Player
Facebook Messenger
OpenShot Video Editor

Many more programs can be downloaded at any time from the BlackLab Softare Center.

You can download BlackLab here: https://sourceforge.net/projects/os4online/files/

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09 Jul 2016
08 Jul 2016

KDE Plasma 5.8 Desktop To Be A LTS Release

KDE Plasma 5.7 was just released a few days ago and you know what that means, time to look for announcements and await updates for the next update, KDE Plasma 5.8.

Kubuntu Founder Johnathan Riddell said a few things about the next anticipated release in a short blog post:

Plasma 5.8 has its Kickoff meeting yesterday and we Kickered the plans into shape.  The big news is it’ll be an LTS release with bugfix releases coming out for 18 months after the .0.  This matches Qt 5.6 which is also on an LTS schedule and we’ll still to 5.6 as the minimum Qt version for Plasma 5.8 LTS.

As an LTS cycle we will focus on stability and performance for the 5.8 release.

The exception is for work on Wayland which won’t get LTS support but we do hope to be feature complete in time for the 5.8 release in October.

We went over the Plasma To Do board and tidied it up and added some new items.

And you can look forward to talks at Akademy by David and other Plasma developers, plus BoF sessions through the week.

To help out with Plasma developing say hi in #plasma on Freenode.

The release of KDE Plasma 5.8 is slated to be released on October 18.

The official release schedule is as following:

KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS will have nine point releases, kicking it off with KDE Plasma 5.8.1, arriving on October 25. After that, KDE Plasma 5.8.2 is set to land on November 1, KDE Plasma 5.8.3 on November 15, and KDE Plasma 5.8.4 on December 23.

The KDE Plasma 5.8 development cycle will continue in 2017 with the fifth point release, KDE Plasma 5.8.5 on January 3, KDE Plasma 5.8.6 on March 7, KDE Plasma 5.8.7 on June 6, KDE Plasma 5.8.8 on October 31, and the last one, KDE Plasma 5.8.9, on April 24, 2018. So yes, KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS will be supported for two long years.


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