Notepad++ Marks 20th Anniversary with New Release

The open-source text editor Notepad++ is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a new release filled with some neat new features. In Notepad++ 8.6 (the 238th release since 2003, for those keeping count) the Windows-based code tool adds to its extensive feature set with an improved … | Continue reading | 13 hours ago

Blue Recorder, Linux Screencast App, Ported to GTK4

GNOME Shell’s built-in screen recording feature is perfect at capturing short clips but when you need to record longer sessions you should use a dedicated screen recording app. Such tools give you greater control over video quality, output format, sound capture, frame rate, and s … | Continue reading | 1 day ago

Musique Music Player Ported to Qt 6, Refreshes UI

It’s been a while since I last wrote about Musique, an open-source desktop music player for Windows, macOS, and Linux (I first featured it in 2010, back when it was called MiniTunes). Amazingly, the app is still going, and it just received its first major update in almost 3 years … | Continue reading | 3 days ago

GNOME Shell 45.1 Update Arrives in Ubuntu 23.10

The recent GNOME Shell 45.1 update has begun rolling out to users of Ubuntu 23.10. As the first point release issued to GNOME Shell since the GNOME 45 release in September, the update ships with an miscellaneous assortment of bug fixes, code cleanups, and crash remedies. Specific … | Continue reading | 4 days ago

Pano Clipboard Manager Now Works in Ubuntu 23.10

When it comes to Linux clipboard managers few have the panache of Pano, a GNOME Shell extension I first wrote about last year. Pano presents an interactive, easy-to-use dashboard in which to store, search, and organise your clipboard history, similar to the popular macOS app Past … | Continue reading | 6 days ago

Firefox 120 Released with Enhanced Privacy, PIP Snapping, and More

Mozilla Firefox 120 has landed, bringing with it a flurry of new features and improvements. Firefox 120 now supports corner snapping for Picture-in-Picture (PIP) mode on Windows and Linux. This will put a PIP window back in a corner after it’s been moved elsewhere. To try it, hol … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

See System Resource Usage in Ubuntu’s Top Panel

We’re not short of system monitoring tools for Ubuntu, with an array of desktop apps, extensions, widgets, Conky scripts, and command-line tools readily available to us. But if you’re keen to keep an eye firmly fixed on system resource usage the newly launched SystemStatsPlus GNO … | Continue reading | 7 days ago

Inkscape 1.3.1 Released as ‘Biggest Bug Fix’ Update Ever

Inkscape, a free and open-source vector graphics editor, has released a new version which its developers say is the ‘biggest bug fix’ update they’ve ever shared! Alongside 40 bug fixes there are over 30 crash/freeze fixes included in Inkscape 1.3.1, with remedies to address workf … | Continue reading | 8 days ago

Use GDM Settings to Customise Ubuntu’s Login Screen

Ubuntu, like other Linux distributions uses the GNOME Display Manager (GDM) as its, well, display manager, though most of us tend to think of or refer to it as the login screen. To customise the Ubuntu login screen, such as setting a different theme or icon set, changing the logi … | Continue reading | 10 days ago

Linux 6.6 Confirmed as Long-Term Support

Last month saw the release of the Linux 6.6 kernel, a major update stuffed with new features, support for more hardware, and performance improvements. And today that kernel has been officially designated a long-term support release. This was a likely outcome as, based on how thin … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

HandBrake 1.7 Released with AMD & NVIDIA AV1 Encoders + More

A big update to HandBrake, the cross-platform and open-source video transcoder, is available to download. HandBrake 1.7.0 introduces a number of new features that users on Windows and macOS will benefit from, plus a bevvy of Linux-specific buffs. Buffs. I do seem to use that word … | Continue reading | 11 days ago

Vivaldi Web Browser is Coming to Flathub

Fans of the Vivaldi web browser may be excited to hear it’s coming to Flathub officially. A crop of recent code commits indicate the Chromium-based, closed-source web browser is preparing to arrive on Flathub, becoming the next big-name software vendor to adopt Flatpak and Flathu … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

LXQt 1.4 Now Available in Lubuntu Backports PPA

If you use Lubuntu 22.04 and want to upgrade to LXQt 1.4, the latest version of the Qt-based desktop, you can now do so using the Lubuntu Backports PPA. Like the Kubuntu Backports PPA, which brings newer versions of KDE Plasma to those using long-term support editions, the Lubunt … | Continue reading | 12 days ago

Foliate Linux eBook App Ported to GTK4, Adds New Features

Foliate is one of the best ebook readers for Linux and it’s just released a major update. The app has been “rewritten from scratch with the latest platform libraries, GTK4 and Adwaita, with refreshed interface and improved performance,” says the developer. As well as being ported … | Continue reading | 13 days ago

OBS Studio Adds Support for Intel QSV, HEVC & AV1 on Linux

A new version of OBS Studio, version 30.0, has been released with a number of new features and improvements. OBS Studio is free, open-source live streaming and screen recording software that is popular with gamers, streamers, and even educators and businesses due to its powerful … | Continue reading | 15 days ago

TUXEDO Pulse 14 Linux Laptop Refreshed with AMD Ryzen 7

If you’re looking to buy a Linux laptop offering a balance of decent performance and fair price, check out the latest offering from European company TUXEDO Computers. They’ve just launched a refresh of the TUXEDO Pulse 14, their ultra-portable laptop. The latest model is powered … | Continue reading | 15 days ago

Amazon Making its Own Linux-Based OS to Replace Android

Amazon is reportedly working on its own Linux-based OS to replace Android on its Fire TVs, smart displays, and other non-tablet devices. —What’s that? This isn’t Ubuntu related? Oh I know that — but I’m excited! Word of Amazon’s new OS, which is being developed under the codename … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

GNOME Receives €1M Investment from Sovereign Tech Fund

Heard of the Sovereign Tech Fund? I hadn’t, but the GNOME project has bagged itself a whopping €1 million investment from them. GNOME says it’ll be using the cash to “modernize the platform, improve tooling and accessibility, and support features that are in the public interest”, … | Continue reading | 18 days ago

KDE Plasma 6.0 Alpha Released, Plus KDE Frameworks & KDE Gear

Arriving precisely on schedule is the first alpha release of KDE Plasma 6.0, and many of its related technologies. Development on Plasma 6, the next-gen edition of the popular Qt-based desktop environment, has been underway for a while. We’ve had teases, updates, and presentation … | Continue reading | 19 days ago

Zoom Now Supports Ubuntu 23.10 (Unmet Dependencies Error Fixed)

I don’t use the Zoom Linux app (or Zoom in general) but I know many of you do, so you’ll pleased to hear the Zoom Deb installer now works in Ubuntu 23.10. The latest hot-fix release resolves a dependency issue with the deb installer that caused Zoom to not install on Ubuntu 23.10 … | Continue reading | 19 days ago

MusicPod, the All-In-One Linux Music App, Has Improved

MusicPod, an all-in-one music, radio and podcast player for Linux created in Flutter, has matured at a clip since I first looked at it in the spring. The app was already in pretty good form then, able to play local audio files, browse and manage a audio library, create playlists, … | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Fedora Workstation 39 Released with GNOME 45, Linux 6.5 + More

The Fedora Project has released Fedora Workstation 39, the latest version of its flagship desktop Linux operating system. Fedora Workstation 39 brings a number of new features and improvements, including an updated desktop experience with GNOME 45, better hardware support and per … | Continue reading | 20 days ago

Impression Image Writer Adds In-App Distro Downloads

Impression is a excellent image writing tool for Linux desktops, and with its latest release it’s become even more useful. How so? By making it seriously easy to download ISO images for a wide range of Linux distros directly within the app itself, including new-ish versions of Ub … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

GSConnect Adds Support for GNOME 45

A new version of GSConnect, the GNOME Shell extension that integrates with KDE Connect, is now available — and it supports GNOME 45. GSConnect bridges the gap between GNOME Shell and an Android device with the KDE Connect Android app installed to streamline file transfers between … | Continue reading | 21 days ago

System Cleaner BleachBit Sees First Release in 2 Years

BleachBit, the popular free system cleaner, has just released a major update — its first since 2021. For those unfamiliar with it, BleachBit is a free and open-source system cleaner available for Windows and Linux, written in Python and GTK. Like other apps of its type, BleachBit … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

See Weather Conditions in Ubuntu’s Top Panel with this Extension

Keeping an eye on current weather conditions is something a lot of us do, and there are ample ways to get real-time weather information on the Ubuntu desktop. The GNOME Weather desktop app (available in the Ubuntu repos) is a great tool as not only can you open the app to see wea … | Continue reading | 22 days ago

Show Your Ubuntu Pride With This New T-Shirt

The French Ubuntu community is celebrating the release of Ubuntu 23.10 in style, with the launch of a brand new t-shirt. Available in a variety of sizes, the charcoal grey shirt carries a custom design featuring a minotaur (of course) in classic dress looking très mantic. An anci … | Continue reading | 24 days ago

Audacity 3.4 Released with Music Workflows, Time Stretch Tool

A brand new version of Audacity, the open-source audio workstation, has been released. Audacity 3.4 includes a number of new features and improvements, include new music workflows that will greatly enhance the editor’s appeal with musicians. One of the biggest new features in Aud … | Continue reading | 25 days ago

How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 23.10 ‘Mantic Minotaur’

Looking to upgrade to Ubuntu 23.10 from Ubuntu 23.04? Good news: you can! If you’re full up-to-date and you have an active internet connection you can upgrade to Ubuntu 23.10 ‘Mantic Minotaur’ directly. There’s no need to download an ISO, flash it to a USB, wipe your existing ins … | Continue reading | 25 days ago

Papirus Icon Pack for Linux Gets Fresh Update

Papirus, the popular icon pack for Linux desktops, has received a new update for November 2023. The latest version adds new icons for a slew of software, including many apps distributed on Flathub, as well as a redesigned icon for GNOME Console and a revamped animated spinner gly … | Continue reading | 26 days ago

Ubuntu 24.04 Daily Builds Now Available for Download

Daily builds for Ubuntu 24.04 are now available for download. Development on Ubuntu 24.04, which will become the next long-term support release upon its official release in April 2024, kicked off last week. Ubuntu daily builds are pre-release versions of Ubuntu generated every da … | Continue reading | 26 days ago

NVIDIA Linux Driver Now Supports Night Light Feature in GNOME

NVIDIA has released a new driver for Linux that adds support for the Night Light feature in GNOME. Night Light is a feature that reduces the amount of blue light emitted from your display, which can (studies show) help to improve sleep quality, and reduce eye fatigue. It’s availa … | Continue reading | 27 days ago

Decibels is a Linux Audio Player for Non-Music Files

Want to playback a lecture recording, transcribe an interview, or listen to a podcast episode without adding it to your music library? Check out Decibels, a novel new audio player for Linux written in Typescript and GTK4/libadwaita. While Decibels can play music files, it is not … | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Mozilla Makes Firefox Nightly Easier to Install on Ubuntu

Mozilla has announced a new APT repository to make it easier to install Firefox Nightly builds on Debian-based Linux distros, including Ubuntu. This post, Mozilla Makes Firefox Nightly Easier to Install on Ubuntu is from OMG! Ubuntu. Do not reproduce elsewhere without permission. | Continue reading | 28 days ago

Linux 6.6 Kernel Released with Major New Features

A new version of the Linux kernel has been released — and, as ever, it delivers the goods. Linux kernel 6.6 is a big update that deliver a diverse array of improvements, including a new CPU scheduler that promises to improve performance and reduce latency, a new memory-friendly e … | Continue reading | 29 days ago

Discord is Now Verified on Flathub

Discord, the phenomenally popular chat platform, is now verified on Flathub. For years, a Discord Flatpak app has been available on Flathub albeit without any official association, approval, or contribution from Discord itself. However, that’s finally changed. Being verified on F … | Continue reading | 29 days ago

The Best Wallpaper Changer Extension for Ubuntu

Looking for an easy-to-use desktop wallpaper slideshow tool for Ubuntu? The distro doesn’t have a feature to automatically change the desktop background built-in. And while changing your wallpaper manually isn’t difficult I know I often suffer choice paralysis when trying to deci … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Microsoft is Attending Next Week’s Ubuntu Summit

If you’re rocking up to the Ubuntu Summit in Riga, Lativa next week you’ll find yourself in the company of Microsoft. Yes, the makers of Windows (and one-time arch enemy of Linux) has announced it’s attending the Ubuntu Summit. Why? These days Microsoft loves Linux and open sourc … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Ubuntu 24.04 ‘Noble Numbat’ is Now Open for Development

Ubuntu 24.04 development has officially started – and a codename officially confirmed! Last week I invited you you share your Ubuntu 24.04 codename predictions. Several of you suggested the numbat, a small, marsupial anteater native to Australia, as the next release mascot and it … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Linux Mint 21.3 to Feature Experimental Wayland Support

Linux Mint 21.3, the next major release of the popular Ubuntu-based Linux distro, will include experimental Wayland support in the Cinnamon desktop. Wayland is (as I’m sure you know) a modern display server protocol designed to solve the shortcomings in Xorg, a decades old tech a … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Ubuntu 24.04 Release Date Set for April 25, 2024

The next long-term support (LTS) release of Ubuntu, Ubuntu 24.04, is scheduled to be released on April 25, 2024. Launchpad, the home of Ubuntu development, lists this as the official release date (though it, as always, is subject to change). Another important date in the Ubuntu 2 … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Ubuntu Mentioned in Official Doctor Who Spin-Off Series

What do trans-dimensional time and space machines, sonic screwdrivers, and the Linux-based Ubuntu operating system have in common? They’re all used in the Doctor Who universe! Ubuntu is no stranger to the worlds of Doctor Who. The lab of enigmatic character Joshua Naismith is ful … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Firefox 119 Lets You Add Images to PDFs, Import Chrome Extensions

Mozilla Firefox 119 has been released. The latest update to the open-source web browser brings a set of improvements that enhance its usefulness, both for those using it full-time and those looking to make a switch to it. For example, when importing data from Google Chrome Firefo … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

KDE Plasma 6.0 Release Date is Feb 28, 2024

KDE Plasma 6.0, the next major release of the phenomenally popular open source desktop environment, is under rapid development But one question has remain: when will it be released? Last month KDE devs shared a tentative target of February 2024, a window within which the first fo … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

Errands is a Top To-Do List App for Linux Users

To get stuff done you need to get organised, and to-do apps can be a useful tool in helping you do that. There are plenty of terrific to-do list apps for Linux, ranging from focused with no-frills to complex with all-the-frills. In this post I spotlight an ace Linux to-do app I’v … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

7 Spooky Desktop Wallpapers for Ubuntu

There’s a chill in the air – and not just because I left the kitchen window open. It’s Hallowe’en season! All Hallows’ Eve! Samhain! Commercialized creepiness! Whatever you call it, October is the only month of the year you’re free to revel in the revolting, marvel at the macabre … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

How to Display Battery Percentage in Ubuntu’s Top Panel

If you’ve installed Ubuntu on a laptop, you might want to view battery percentage in the top bar. In this post, I’ll show you how to do this. While the Quick Settings menu shows you the percentage of battery remaining, it’s “out of sight” until you click on it. That’s useful for … | Continue reading | 1 month ago

What’s Your Ubuntu 24.04 Codename Prediction?

A new Ubuntu release cycle is about to start which means a new Ubuntu codename is needed. So in this post I’m asking you what your choice would be for the Ubuntu 24.04 codename. Per tradition, the new moniker must start with the letter ‘N’ and follow the adjective and animal (rea … | Continue reading | 1 month ago