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19 Apr 2014, 8:11 pm | Tech Drive-in
How to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 from Ubuntu 12.04/Ubuntu 13.10?
- Before starting with the upgrade process, make sure that your Ubuntu is up-to-date. Check for updates in the Update Manager and install them all.
- Hit ALT + F2 and run the command "update-manager -d" (without quotes).
- Hit ENTER and the following window will pop up.
- See the message on top: "New Ubuntu release '14.04' is available". Hit the upgrade button and you're already on your way. (Note: This was done on an Ubuntu 12.04 machine and FYI the upgrade process went super smooth in my case)
- And the best part is, you can cancel and resume the upgrade whenever you want, up until the point where the upgrade process reach the step: "Installing the upgrades". Enjoy the latest and greatest from Ubuntu.
18 Apr 2014, 7:57 am | Tech Drive-in
New Lock Screen: Ubuntu finally gets a revamped lock screen. The previous lock screen looked like something out of the 90's to be frank. Thankfully the new updated lock screen not only looks good, but actually loads faster and thus easier to use!
Locally Integrated Menus (LIMs): Time to say good-bye to global menus already? Not yet. But locally integrated menus is provided as an optional feature now which is nice. A lot of people with larger displays have been asking for something like LIMs since the introduction of global menus. More details, screenshots and videos here.
Click to Minimize: I have accidentally clicked on apps on Unity launcher expecting the minimize action. I'm sure that many among you must have done the same. Well, our "clicks" has been answered. The latest iteration of Compiz Config Settings Manager (CCSM) has the Click to Minimize feature in the Launcher settings as an experimental addon. Details & Video.
Click to Spread: In fact, this feature is like an extension of Click to Minimize action. When more than one instances of the same Window/App is opened, you can click on its launcher icon in order to initiate the spread animation.
Borderless Windows: Ubuntu's new borderless theme for window decorators look absolutely gorgeous. The default Ambiance and Radiance themes will be borderless in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr". Further details here.
New LIM settings: Locally Integrated Menus are not default yet, but you can easily enable it by going to Settings - Appearance. See screenshot.
Sound Settings: If you've ever used VLC media player, you know what this means already. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS have the capability to raise volume beyond 100%.
New Wallpapers: 11 new community contributed wallpapers. Download them here.
Keyboard Filtering in Unity Spread: We did mention the arrival of Click to Spread feature before, but there's a small twist to the tale. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS has also added keyboard filtering for Unity Spread feature. Video preview.
Even more Launcher customization: You can now resize the launcher to a miniscule 16px value. Not that it is a very useful feature 'n all, but the more customizing options the better.
Nautilus Type-Ahead feature: Very recently, a feature that has been an integral part of Nautilus for a long time was dropped unceremoniously. Remember when you could simply start typing a file name in Nautilus and the focus automagically will be on that file/folder with that name within a particular directory? Well the feature was called type-ahead, and it is back on Ubuntu. I can already hear many sighs of relief out there.
Backspace Key in Back in Nautilus: A previous Ubuntu release replaced the Backspace keyboard shortcut with ALT + Backspace in order to 'go back' a directory in Nautilus. I regarded it as one of the most regressive moves ever, and using Nautilus ever since has been a pain. All that is going to change for good now, Backspace key is the shortcut again!
Better Support for Hi-Res Screens: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS codenamed "Trust Tahr" will have support HiDPI/Retina displays. A little bit delayed but still a welcome move.
Ubuntu One file Service discontinued: Effective from 1st June 2014, Ubuntu One file support will be discontinued. It is no longer possible to purchase storage or music from the Ubuntu One store. The Ubuntu One file services apps in the Ubuntu, Google, and Apple stores have been removed. More information regarding the shut down can be found here.
SSD TRIM Support added: "Finally, SSDs are now being trimmed automatically out of the box. Embarrassingly late, but at least in time for 14.04 LTS," posted Martin Pitt, a leading developer at Canonical, on Google+. Basically, TRIM allows an operating system to inform a solid-state drive (SSD) as to which blocks of data are no longer considered in use and can be wiped internally. More on the subject here.
2 Apr 2014, 11:51 am | Tech Drive-in
Ebuyer to start selling Ubuntu Laptops!Ebuyer will join a niche group of retailers who will sell Ubuntu pre-installed laptops and desktops. Ebuyer.com, being one of the largest online retailers in UK, will be able to add significant value to the Linux hardware scene, we hope.
The HP 255 G1 will be the frist laptop to come pre-installed with Ubuntu. The laptop is already available for pre-order at a £219.99 price-tag. Delivery will commence starting from 25th of April, 2014. The 15.6 inch laptop is powered by an AMD Dual Core E1 processor, has 4GB of RAM and a 750GB Hard Drive.
Head of Consumer Electronics at Ebuyer, Lee Weymouth, believes offering an open operating system will give consumers some much needed variation in the laptop market. "We’re selling the 'No OS' notebook to give customers a wider choice with what operating system they want to install. Windows or MAC OS may be the most popular on the market but there are still options out there and this Ubuntu OS is a great alternative to the big boys," he adds.
UK readers, how big a change is this? How significant a retailer is Ebuyer.com? Please share your comments below. For more info, see the official blog post.
27 Mar 2014, 6:46 pm | Tech Drive-in
Support the crowdfunding campaign for "Project Gooseberry" On January 10, 2011, Blender creator Ton Roosendaal announced that the fifth open movie project would be codenamed "Gooseberry" and that its goal would be to produce a feature length animated film. Here's a teaser video on what its going to look like.
Stupendous effort don't you think? I'm really excited to see what its going to look like eventually. Remember, Project Gooseberry is going to be a full length animated movie unlike the others. Here's that caterpillar shot once again.
Can't get enough of it right? Support Blender Foundation's crowdfunding efforts so that "Project Gooseberry" becomes a reality. Thanks to Ilmari Lauhakangas for the tip.
26 Mar 2014, 3:53 pm | Tech Drive-in
Portal coming to Android via NVIDIA SHIELD gaming consoleNVIDIA SHIELD is an handheld gaming console from NVIDIA which boasts of an open gaming platform. It also runs Android operating system and has over 300 well-supported games from Android. At GPU Technology Conference (GTC) currently being held at Silicon Valley, NVIDIA has announced the imminent arrival of highly-acclaimed Portal video game for NVIDIA SHIELD (and Android) through its partnership with Valve.
"NVIDIA has created a very powerful and unique device with SHIELD," said Doug Lombardi at Valve. “Our companies have a strong history working together and we’re looking forward to Portal‘s arrival on SHIELD."
It is not clear whether Portal will remain an exclusive for NVIDIA SHIELD. Portal will be joining over 300 SHIELD-supported Android games currently available. Recently, Valve had also released Portal on Linux through Steam platform. Purchase SHIELD from NVIDIA Store.
25 Mar 2014, 4:09 am | Tech Drive-in
GOG.com will support Linux officially starting this fall!More than 100 games for Linux through GOG.com by the end of this year, that's what they are promising. Right now, they are performing testing on various configurations, training up their teams on Linux-speak, and generally preparing for the rollout of at least 100 DRM-free titles.
It will, of course, will include games which already have Linux clients, but they will also be bringing a variety of classics that are, for the first time, officially supported and maintained by GOG.com. Also according to the announcement, Ubuntu and Linux Mint will be the officially supported Linux flavours at the start. 'GOG.com Support for Linux' was a widely demanded feature by GOG.com community it seems.
21 Mar 2014, 3:38 pm | Tech Drive-in
Click to Minimize feature for Unity Launcher
Though not enabled by default, 'Click to Minimize' functionality for Unity Launcher has arrived on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Currently, you need to have CCSM installed to enable it.
Pretty neat, don't you think? LIMs, new Lock Screen and borderless windows, new Spread animation and now this. Which among these small tweaks do you think will make the maximum impact? Let us know your opinion in the comments below. Thanks for watching.
16 Mar 2014, 2:40 pm | Tech Drive-in
Gorgeous Lock Screen and Borderless Windows arrives in Trusty Tahr
I mean, look at that. It's a far cry from what we had earlier. The new Unity lock screen is nimble, fast and great-looking, all the the same time. The overall responsiveness is simply mind-blowing. This is how it should have worked from day one. The new lock screen is designed to look like Ubuntu's default login screen even though it is not LightDM based.
Now the window decorators. The default Ambiance and Radiance themes will be borderless in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS "Trusty Tahr". It's yet another small change that will make a big difference in the overall visual appeal of upcoming Ubuntu.
First it was that small change to Unity spread that made headlines. Then the LIMs came and now this, Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is starting to look like a true blockbuster in the making.
12 Mar 2014, 9:31 am | Tech Drive-in
- Jelly Fish - RaDu GaLaN
- Backyard Mushrooms - Kurt Zitzelman
- Berries - Tom Kijas
11 Mar 2014, 8:35 am | Tech Drive-in
Install Google Translate for Terminal in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS
- As we said earlier, to install and make google-translate-cli work properly, you need to have the following packages: "gawk" and "git". Either search for them in Ubuntu Software Center or simply copy-paste the following line to your Terminal.
sudo apt-get install gawk git
- Now, lets get started with installing google-translate-cli in Ubuntu. Simply run the commands below in your Terminal.
git clone git://github.com/soimort/google-translate-cli.git
- Done. Google Translate is now ready. Now you could use either "trs" or "translate" commands to call Google Translate API. (see screenshot above for examples)
- For more examples and usage related instructions, see google-translate-cli homepage.