Every time there is a new Ubuntu operating system released, it can be a bit tricky to differentiate the new features from the old ones. While the GUI changes are quite apparent and each time the Unity launcher looks more stylish, there are some very basic features that one can easily overlook. Previously I brought you the New Features of Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, and later the process to Upgrade Continue Reading →
Despite the fact that Ubuntu 11.10 uses an app-indicator for displaying Skype menu from the system tray, it does not provide native integration with the Ubuntu messaging menu. Some users find it convenient to have such menus integrated with the messing menu, as anything from Gwibber to Mozilla Thunderbird comes integrated with the Ubuntu messaging menu. Despite no native support for such integration, Skype can be added to the Oneiric Continue Reading →
Among the many Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot enhancements, the most notable ones have come with the GUI interface and some external features, which I discussed in an earlier post. While most of the new features are quite easily identifiable, some great features may not be as noticeable as others. One such functionality is the application synchronization capability of Ubuntu 11.10 (via Ubuntu Software Center). This functionality allows you to identify, Continue Reading →
As Ubuntu 11.10 reaches the end of its development cycle, it has come with a number of glossy and stylish new features. In this post I will walk you through the various changes, upgrades and improvements which have been included with the fifteenth Ubuntu version i.e Oneiric Ocelot. For those of you who may be wondering about the meaning of the code name of this operating system, here is a Continue Reading →
Ubuntu Restricted Extras is a software package which contains essential software which are not pre-installed with Ubuntu due to legal and copyright issues. This package installs support for MP3 and unencrypted DVD playback, Microsoft TrueType core fonts, Flash plugin, and codecs for common audio and video files. Ubuntu restricted Extras depends on some commonly used packages in the Ubuntu multiverse repository. In this post I will tell you how to Continue Reading →
Gespeaker is an open source text to speech translation application for for Linux users. It instantly provides vocal translations of entered text in a selected language.You can change various parameters such as pitch, volume, and speed reading and selected various languages to hear a playback of the entered text in the specified language. Even if the entered text is in a different language (e.g. English), you can get translations in Continue Reading →
GetDeb is a website which provides Ubuntu applications not available from default Ubuntu packages or repositories. GetDeb has often provided PPAs for new or updated versions of software (e.g. VLC and Pidgin) which were not available from the default Ubuntu repository. While GetDeb packages can be installed from getdeb.com, you can install these packages from the Ubuntu Software Center directly by following the below procedure.
Ubuntu beginners always find the Terminal to be quite confusing. CLI Companion is a GUI alternative for the Ubuntu and Debian Terminal which displays Terminal commands in a list and allows running them in a click. Previously performed commands are also stored in a searchable list to be used later on and tab support adds the utility of performing multiple Terminal tasks simultaneously in a single interface.
The default Unity files & folder lens helps in finding items quickly from the Unity Launcher. Unfortunately, it does not provide any option to search for files or folders which have never been accessed. Unity Place File Search is a simple lens written in Python, which retrieves the input search query. It is quite customizable and you can select the directories it searches, the search depth, and patterns to ignore Continue Reading →
I recently reviewed the Gwibber Lens for the Ubuntu Unity Launcher. Google Books Lens is another Unity Launcher Lens for Google Books users, which allows easily searching for books, authors and topics via Google Books. Post Update: This lens has not been very functional and it is advised that users should avoid using it, since it is unlikely to work for most users.