Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 released

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 has been released yesterday. Being only Alpha 1 there are a lot of packages and features in heavy development, transition or out-right not included at all yet. As such don’t take too much away from this overview – a lot of things are going to change between now and April! But since Unity received an update a couple of days ago, I though you might want to see a new video with Unity in action (thanx to Andrew from WebUpd8)

Unity Desktop

This is the big one. With work only starting on Desktop Unity in October it’s impressive seeing the amount of progress made in such little time.

Unity changes:
  • changing the icon theme will also change the icons in the Unity launcher (“dock”) – this wasn’t working in 10.10. Unfortunately the icons only change after a log out and I can’t do that and keep recording (and if I disable and re-enable Unity, it crashes).
  • the number of open windows is indicated by dots under the icon on the Unity Launcher. Clicking an icon for an application that has more then one window open will trigger an expose effect for the windows
  • right now, clicking the Ubuntu logo will launch Nautilus (applications folder) instead of Dash (about a week ago, this button did nothing). This should change in Alpha 2.


The switch to Compiz from Mutter was certainly a good decision, not only does Unity now feel much more responsive it also looks very, very good.

The panel can also be set to auto-hide and ‘float’.

Ubuntu 11.04 uses Unity by default, however if your graphics card is not supported, it falls back to the classic Gnome look:
Unity Ubuntu 11.04 - no 3d support
However, even if you graphic card supports Unity, you can still login to the classic Gnome because there are 2 sessions you can choose from in GDM: Ubuntu desktop will run Unity (if supported by your hardware) and Ubuntu Classic which is the old Gnome look that supports all hardware and video drivers (which were previously supported by Ubuntu).


Ubuntu ‘Classic’ Desktop

If, for whatever reason, you want/need to revert to the traditional Ubuntu desktop just select ‘Ubuntu Classic Desktop’ from the session menu before logging in.

Sound menu changes

The Ubuntu Sound Menu has had a few minor changes already including new player control buttons and an ‘indented’ cover art frame.


Indicator-datetime is back

My favourite indicator is back – Indicator-Datetime! I’ve absolutely no logical/sane reason as to why I love it so much but it’s there, rocking out with its calendar widget…


Panel applets

I suppose the biggest change most users would recoil in horror at when using the Alpha is the redaction of traditional panel applets; applications using the old system tray are now at a loss.

Network Manager

The Network Manager applet now wears ‘indicator’ clothes. It feels feeble to say that this makes a huge difference to the way the desktop ‘feels’ but it really does.



Download Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Alpha 1
(for testing purposes only!)
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elementary 2.0 eGTK Theme Brings an Optional Dark Panel and Other Improvements

elementary 2.5 was released days ago and the latest elementary theme brings the so awaited dark panel variant. eGTK 2.0 feels a lot more snappier and speedy too.
So what’s new in elementary 2.0?
Update: As Andrew from the WebUpd8 blog have pointed out there’s a small typo error in version numbering. Actually it’s elementary 2.0 GTK theme and elementary 2.5 icon theme respectively.
eGTK 2.0 theme brings in the much awaited dark panel variant. And it looks nice. How to enable dark panel in Ubuntu, steps required are described below elementary 2.0 installation instruction.
Webkit based Midori browser and Gedit also gets some neat touches and they look a lot more integrated with the overall theme. eGTK 2.0 gets new progress bar and a much more refined Nautilus-Elementary as well.
How to Install elementary 2.0 GTK Theme in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat?
The latest elementary 2.0 theme is available in elementaryart PPA already. Do the following in Terminal to install eGTK in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementaryart/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install elementary-theme
elementary 2.5 icon theme is not available in the PPA yet, but you can manually download an install it instead. Download Elementary 2.5 icon theme from HERE
Wanna Enable Dark Panels in Elementary GTK Theme?
After installing, you might have already noticed that, there is no separate dark panel elementary theme. Do the following to enable dark panel in eGTK 2.0 theme.
Open elementary theme gtkrc file. For that, simply type the following in Terminal. I am using Gedit here for the sake of simplicity.
sudo gedit /usr/share/themes/elementary/gtk-2.0/gtkrc
Now, scroll down to the bottom part and change include “Apps/panel.rc” to include “Apps/panel-dark.rc (line 670 to me).
Thats it, save, exit it, and after: killall gnome-panel
If you have installed Elementary 2.0 by manually downloading it without using PPA, you will find specific gtkrc file under /home/$USER/.themes directory.

LibreOffice 3.3.0 Beta 2 is Out!

LibreOffice 3.3.0 Beta 2 is Out!


LibreOffice is drived by the same community, developing the OpenOffice – The Document Fondation – The one that will guide and developing the new fork of OOo.

Linux, Mac and Windows users, get it from here: download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/testing/3.3.0-beta2/

Optionally all *.DEB users can add this repo: download.tuxfamily.org/gericom/README.html and install it from there, and be sure you will be all up to date.

This versions comes with many localizations, not included in the repo!

PS: Debian, Ubuntu, Mint and others deb-based users should remove the old packages first and then install the new ones!



Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is here for You

The Perfect 10


Free and open source apps, safe and fast web browsing, a dedicated music store and much more. Ubuntu brings the very best technologies straight to your desktop.


Browse the web

Ubuntu includes Mozilla Firefox – for fast, safe web browsing. You can also choose alternative browsers including Google Chromium from the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Included software:

Firefox web browser Firefox web browser

Supported software:

Flash Flash Google Chrome

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Create professional documents and presentations

OpenOffice.org is fully compatible with Microsoft Office and has everything you need to create professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations. OpenOffice.org is easy to use, packed with the features you need and completely free.

Included software:

OpenOffice.org OpenOffice.org

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Get all the software you need

The Ubuntu Software Centre gives you instant access to thousands of open-source and carefully selected free applications. And now you can buy apps too. Browse software in categories including: education, games, sound and video, graphics, programming and office. All the applications are easy to find, easy to install and easy to buy.



Featured applications from the Ubuntu Software Centre:

Blender – the world renowned tool for creating 3d artwork, animations and games.
Frozen Bubble – Play solo or join you friends in this addictive game as you try to burst the bubbles before they reach the bottom.
Cheese! – Have fun with your web cam. Use this simple app to take pictures, create special effects and share your photos with your friends.

Email and chat

Get chatting with Empathy. Quickly integrate your chat accounts from Yahoo, Gmail, MSN, Jabber, AOL, QQ and many more. Evolution Mail provides easy, intuitive email.

Included software:

Empathy IM Empathy IM Evolution Mail Evolution Mail

Supported software:

Skype Skype  Thunderbird

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Social from the start

Ubuntu’s new Me Menu lets you access your Facebook and Twitter accounts straight from the desktop. You can connect to all your favourite chat channels and make updates through a single window. Being connected for work or fun has never been so easy.

Included software:

Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Identi.ca Identi.ca

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New in 10.10. Ubuntu’s music player includes an integrated store, so you can buy and download new tracks with just a few clicks. And thanks to Ubuntu One’s file-syncing magic you can stream your music uninterrupted to your Android device or iPhone.

Included software:

Ubuntu One Music Store Ubuntu One Music Store Rhythmbox music player Rhythmbox music player

Support for:

iPhone  Android

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Photo magic

Ubuntu is chock full of apps to help you manage, fix and share your photos with the world, whatever gadget you use to take them. Support for cameras and phones is legendary and all without drivers. And Shotwell allows you to manage and share your pictures easily – on all the most popular photo and social network sites. And did we mention the apps are free?

Included software:

 Shotwell  Flickr  GIMP

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Discover Ubuntu One

Ubuntu One is the personal cloud service that simplifies your digital life. Imagine buying music and getting it delivered to the computers of your choice. Or synchronising your files and notes and accessing them from anywhere. Or consolidating your computer and mobile phone contacts and safely sharing documents and pictures with them. Ubuntu One does all this and more.

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Make, play and edit video

Watch all your favourite content from YouTube, iPlayer, and MSN Player. Play your own videos with Movie Player or use Pitivi to edit your videos.

Included software:

Pitivi video editor Pitivi video editor Movie Player Movie Player

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Start fast with Ubuntu

Ubuntu loads quickly on any computer, but it’s super-fast on newer machines. After loading, opening a browser takes seconds, unlike other operating systems that leave you staring at the screen, waiting to get online.

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Choose from hundreds of games

The Ubuntu Software Centre offers hundreds of games, including puzzles, adventures, tactical challenges and more. All free to choose and free to use.

Supported software:


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Accessibility in Ubuntu

At the heart of Ubuntu’s philosophy is the belief that computing is for everyone, whatever your circumstances. Ubuntu is one of the most accessible operating systems and is fully translated into 25 languages with more being added all the time.

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Weather Screensaver is here for XScreensaver

Today is my request day, though 🙂

Up to another user request for screensaver, showing the weather forecast for the current city,

I decided to run and that request. So here it’s first appearing!

IMPORTANT: The current weather is set to Burgas, Bulgaria, so if you want to change it

go to http://www.rssweather.com/dir find your city and copy and paste the RSS URL into

/usr/lib/xscreensaver/weather like root!

sudo gedit /usr/lib/xscreensaver/weather and replace the RSS URL with your one!

Grab it while it’s hot

Also by adding my repository: sudo apt-get install weather-gl


PS: I’ll be glad if someone tell me how to make the degree sign ° look normal 🙂

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