Amarok 2.0 received a lot of flak for its rather unstable and buggy early releases. But slowly but surely, Amarok 2.0 series is getting better. Latest Amarok 2.3.2 codenamed "Moonshine" was released like a week ago and I have to say, it's a job well done.

amarok 2.3.2 ubuntu ppa

Get ready for yet another Android based tablet. This one is from Dell. The first ever Android tablet was introduced by Samsung, like 2 weeks ago, and it is called Samsung Galaxy Tab. Galaxy Tab had impressive hardware specifications that rivals Apple's iPad and many even consider it as a better alternative. Dell's 7-inch Android tablet is the next in a long line of upcoming Android based hardware.

The level of modification possible with Nautilus is enormous and some of them were included in our 8 not-so-common nautilus hacks and improvements post. And now, we are going to introduce a bunch of useful Nautilus scripts which can further extend the functionality of nautilus in a big way.



Rhythmbox is, as you all know, the default gnome music player and default music player for Ubuntu as well. Canonical integrated Ubuntu One Music Store with Rhythmbox through a plugin with the release of Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" and the implementation works pretty good. The store has a discreet selection of music if you live in UK or USA, for everyone else it's a very small selection of music, but that's another story.

Rhythmbox Icon
OpenOffice's future was doomed from the day when Oracle acquired SUN Microsystems. The eventuality became even more obvious when they pulled the plug on OpenSolaris. Thankfully, OpenOffice is an open source software and leading contributors of the original project has forked OpenOffice and the new project will be called LibreOffice.


As you should know already, the WebM project is dedicated to developing a high-quality, open video format for the web that is freely available to everyone. Latest Open Shot 1.2.2 now has an option to export your videos in WebM format.

If you like playing around with your Terminal, you will love this cute little program that can create a small Matrix style animation in your Terminal.

Twitter desktop clients for Linux keeps growing. The latest hottest entrant is called Hotot. It's pretty hot indeed. Hotot twitter client is still in its early stages of development but already looks quite promising.

We have featured a number of mobile phone concepts before, Nokia Morph Concept Phone for example. But Seabird concept phone from Mozilla is in a league of its own. Seabird is a community driven mobile phone concept that debuted at Mozilla Labs 'Concepts'.

Mozilla Seabird

Avant Window Navigator(AWN) is an awesome dock application for Linux. Over the years, AWN has evolved a lot and is now the almost-perfect dock application for Ubuntu/Linux users.

AWN Lucido Ubuntu PPA

The much anticipated Chrome Web Store will have its debut by the end of this year itself, according to Google. And Chrome Web Store's latest feature addition include integrated Google Checkout and a new Apps Preview for developers.

When you are at your computer and you don't want to get distracted by your mobile phone, Android Notifier app may the one your are looking for. The best thing about Android Notifier is that, it works on Windows, Mac and Linux desktops.

Elegant-Gnome theme pack is as good or even better than Equinox GTK + Faenza Icon Set theme combination that we featured some time ago. Elegant Gnome has droid sans as its default font and it also requires nautilus-elementary to be installed for best results.

Elegant Gnome Theme Pack Ubuntu PPA

Wakoopa is an online service which has a local tracker client specifically for Windows, Mac and Linux users. It tracks your usage of different applications and gives you a detailed picture of how you used it, your most used apps etc. And based on your usage patterns, Wakoopa even recommends new applications you might want to check out.

When you install something in Ubuntu, package files are downloaded for installation but are not automatically deleted after installation is over. Instead the files will be used as a backup in case the application needs a reinstall in the future. But in most cases, this is a sheer waste of space especially if you are using a old laptop or a netbook with minimal amount of disk space.

Engineers and product managers from device and computer manufacturers and designers will meet in Taipei, Taiwan for a free day-long session hosted by Canonical Ltd. on Sept 24, 2010.

Ubuntu Hardware Summit 2010

Open Shot video editor has reached yet another milestone. Open Shot version 1.2.2 is released with a number of bug fixes and new features. Here is how you install latest Open Shot video editor in Ubuntu.

If you are a regular reader of our blog, you probably need no introduction to GNOME Shell and its capabilities. We had a complete review of GNOME Shell before, and we were quite happy with the way it was evolving. GNOME Shell, even though it is still in its early stages of development, was an absolute delight to use.

Clementine is not just another music player for Linux, Clementine is the fork of mighty Amarok 1.4 which used to be my favorite music player once. Clementine is already one of those great triumphs of open source software and underlines the fact that an open source software never really dies.[Clementine Rocks! I Love Open Source!]


In yet another attempt at making it big with Ubuntu Software Center, Canonical announces new Ubuntu application review process. Canonical claims that the new process will make it easier and more accessible for application authors to get their apps in Ubuntu.

Ubuntu Software Center

Who doesn't like quotes especially if it's about Linux and Microsoft. Here are some fascinating, funny, intriguing and totally awesome quotes on technology, Linux and Microsoft.

Incognito Mode or Private Browsing mode allows users of Google Chrome/Chromium to browse the web without a trace of it. Well, almost. I mean, browsing in incognito mode only keeps Google Chrome/Chromium from storing information about the websites you've visited. The websites you visit may still have records of your visit. So how do you make Incognito mode default for Google Chrome and Chromium in Ubuntu, lets explore.

Dropbox is a one among the best online file syncing tool available out there. And unlike Ubuntu One, my other favorite file syncing tool, Dropbox is cross platform as well. So here is how you install Dropbox in Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" and Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat".

While Ubuntu 10.10 installer revamp has caught everyone's attention, Edubuntu on the other hand, is also having a complete installer overhaul. And it looks pretty neat too.

Android 2.2 powered Galaxy Tab was introduced by Samsung recently and is already touted as the most promising Apple iPad rival yet by many industry experts. With its latest entry into tablets, Android is spreading like wildfire.

Samsung Galaxy Tablet

We already introduced a beautiful collection of GIMP tutorials before, it's time for some more. But this time, they are a bunch of GIMP video tutorials and are solely meant for absolute beginners, those who only have the vaguest idea on what GIMP is and what it is capable of.

GIMP Tutorials
While Android is all poised to become the most popular mobile phone OS by 2014, what about the other open source, *truly* Linux, mobile OS platform, MeeGo? Well, MeeGo might just become the most popular open source In-Vehicle Infotainment platform!


Before jumping into any conclusions, let me make it clear to you. There are no active projects currently taken up by Canonical in these areas. Consider these as pure experiments with the future of desktop in mind. Read on.

XBMC is a powerful open source media center application which is the underlying platform of such popular applications like Boxee. (Between, Boxee now supports Live News). XBMC 10.0 "Dharma" beta 2 was released recently and huge improvements are showing up already.
Update: XBMC 10.0 Dharma Beta 3 Released.

Finally, Canonical introduced the new default wallpaper for Ubuntu 10.10 "Maverick Meerkat". After a lot of controversies with regard to the selection of default wallpaper recently, Canonical have done pretty good job with the latest default wallpaper.

Ubuntu 10.10 Default Wallpaper

If you are long time Ubuntu user, then just may be you are also a compiz inspired linux convert, like me. Even now, I don't use a lot a compiz animations in my desktop, but I can't think of a Gnome desktop without Compiz. They are blended together so well. Compiz is nearing another major release and a lot of changes are coming.

Sintel is an independently produced short film, initiated by the Blender Foundation as a means to further improve and validate the free/open source 3D creation suite Blender. Between, if you haven't heard about it yet, you probably haven't heard about 2 previous open source movie projects by Blender namely Elephants Dream and Big Buck Bunny which we have featured here. Update: Sintel Open Movie Released.

Sintel Open Movie Screenshot

Android's 'openness factor' is proving to be the real difference. According to Gartner, Android will become the second most popular mobile operating system by 2010 year end itself. Android and Symbian will together become the dominating force of the mobile phone market with almost 60% market share by 2014.

Android Wallpaper
The year 2010 is proving to be a real goldmine as far as Linux gaming is concerned. Almost a month back, we reported the release of  'Amnesia: The Dark Descent' and 'And Yet It Moves' for Linux. Now Unigine OilRush RTS game joins the fray and announces its Linux version.

As you guys should know already, Shotwell is now the default photo manager for Ubuntu 10.10 instead of F-Spot. Yorba has released Shotwell 0.7.2 with a number of bug fixes and improvements. The latest update is available via ppa for Ubuntu Lucid and Maverick.

Canonical makes another small yet significant change in Ubuntu 10.10. Downloaded DEB packages will no longer open with GDebi package installer by default, instead it opens with Ubuntu Software Center!

Wonder why I didn't knew about Preload before. Install Preload and you will see a visible change in the application loading time for good.

Mozilla Labs is what it name stands for. A place where people come together virtually to produce creative works mostly web based technologies. Mozilla Labs hosts a number of popular projects and involves active community participation.

Mozilla Labs

Yet another important project is going open source. This time, it is the popular robotic software platform called Urbi. Widely popular robotic projects like Segway RMP, Lego Mindstorm, Aldebaran Nao etc. runs on Urbi robotic software platform.

Urbi Open Source Robotic Software

FSF finally responds to the whole Google vs Oracle legal tangle and the threat posed by software patents. FSF lashed out at Oracle for suing Google over various Java patents, even calls the actions by Oracle as 'unjustifiable.' FSF also adds that, "nobody deserves to be the victim of software patent aggression, and Oracle is wrong to use its patents to attack Android".

Free Software Foundation

Brand new Firefox 4.0 is on its final descent. Be it the introduction of awesome TabCandy feature or the new super fast "JaegerMonkey" JavaScript engine, Firefox 4.0 is all over the news for all the right reasons. I think this is the best time to introduce some cool Firefox commercials/videos. Take a look.

Ubuntu 10.10 Installer is going through massive changes. Canonical is leaving no stones unturned and now even the installer slideshow is getting fair amount of attention. Installer slideshow was introduced during the Ubuntu Lucid release and Canonical aims to bring more polish and simplicity to the slideshow feature.

Ubuntu 10.10 Updated Installer Slideshow

Awesome bisgi themes will have a dedicated PPA for Ubuntu 10.10 'Mavercik Meerkat' soon. They have already released the testing PPA for Maverick, with which you can install themes and repost bugs if any. If you are not familiar with bisigi, read our review of 14 stunning bisigi themes for Ubuntu.

Bisigi Eco Theme

Last month, we introduced to you guys, 15 awesome HTML5 demos from around the web. Now we would like to showcase two more HTML5 demos, both of them from Google. Take a look.

Even the seemingly simple right click menu in Ubuntu Gnome is getting designer's attention. Has anybody noticed that, there are already about 20 or so entries in the right click menu of a folder in Nautilus? Somebody has. Take a look at this 'right click menu alternative' mockup.

Ubuntu Right Click Menu Alternative
'Attention to detail' or 'enhanced UI experience' are not the kind of terminologies normally used in the Linux world. At least, that is how it used to be. It's all changing now. KDE 4.0 is a typical example. Developers completely revamped KDE from scratch and gave it a uniform user friendly appearance. Canonical's flagship Ubuntu is the next candidate. A lot of changes already happening and a ton of innovations are in the pipeline.

Ubuntu Logo
SETI or Search for Extra Terrestrial Life is a project that started some 50 years ago. SETI is one of those science projects that had caught the public's imagination like no other. But with the escalating costs and dwindling manpower, SETI needs a new vision. And if things happened during SETIcon, a weekend conference organized by the SETI Institute to honor SETI’s 50th anniversary, are any indication, the new vision could just be 'Open Source'.

I have upgraded my Ubuntu 10.04 to Ubuntu 10.10 beta. Chromium Web Browser was the first thing I installed in my new upgraded Ubuntu 10.10. When I finally launched Chromium, it had a small surprise in store for me. Chromium prompted me with a choice of popular search engines I could use.

Chromium Omnibox

GNOME Shell is Evolving Quite Beautifully
GNOME Shell is a new completely revamped user interface for GNOME. GNOME Shell brings a new window manager called Mutter which is a combination of Metacity and Clutter. This reportedly makes Compiz unnecessary(and incompatible too).

Gnome Shell

Songbird Music Player was among the most beloved Open Source project and it still is for many, except for Linux users. Songbird is still open source, but developers behind Songbird have decided to discontinue support for Linux and the concentrate on Mac and Windows versions of Songbird. Nightingale is a Songbird fork which is undergoing rapid development and is pitched to become the Songbird alternative for Linux users.

Nightingale Music Player