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An Official Yaru Theme for Cinnamon? Oh Yes — Here’s What It Looks Like

I check out work on an official Yaru theme for the Cinnamon desktop environment. How well does Ubuntu's stock theme suit this desktop? I find out.

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Posted on 26 January 2022 | 5:03 am

‘Mutter Rounded’ Gives Apps a Translucent Blur Effect on Ubuntu 21.10

mutter-rounded on ubuntu 21.10It's a bit showy but I can't deny that I'm partial to a bit of translucency on the desktop. This patch for Mutter brings an opaque sheen to GTK apps.

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Posted on 25 January 2022 | 7:14 pm

The Next Ubuntu Wallpaper Contest Needs to Focus on Quality

A new Ubuntu LTS is on the way, and so too is a wallpaper contest to select backgrounds for it. But is it time Ubuntu took wallpapers more seriously?

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Posted on 25 January 2022 | 3:41 pm

GNOME Shell ‘Extensions Manager’ App Gets a Big Ol’ Update

Remember that new app for installing GNOME extensions I wrote about earlier this month? Well, it just got its first major update. And it adds a ton of much-requested features. For those unfamiliar with it, Extension Manager is a desktop app that lets you search, browse, manage, and install GNOME extensions without having to use a web browser. The app is built in GTK4 and libadwaita and is available to install from Flathub. For its first major feature update the tool adds pretty much everything people suggested it add, including a global on/off toggle (just like the official Extensions Prefs […]

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Posted on 24 January 2022 | 2:08 pm

Add Playback Controls to the Spotify Dock Icon in Ubuntu

I show you how to add a right-click context menu to the Spotify icon on the Ubuntu Dock. This lets you access next/prev and play/pause options directly.

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Posted on 24 January 2022 | 4:51 am

Check Out GNOME Shell’s New Look in GNOME 42

We run through the many design tweaks made to GNOME Shell for the GNOME 42 release due for release in March. From darker colours to tighter margins.

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Posted on 23 January 2022 | 6:22 pm

How to Install Papirus Icon Theme on Ubuntu

Give the Ubuntu desktop a new look and feel by installing the Papirus icon theme. The icon set covers thousands of apps and can be installed from a PPA.

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Posted on 23 January 2022 | 4:59 pm

Rearrange the GNOME App Grid into Alphabetical Order

alphabetical app gridThis GNOME extension rearranges the GNOME Shell application grid in alphabetically order, making it easier to find app shortcuts based on their name.

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Posted on 22 January 2022 | 5:15 am

How to Change Ubuntu’s Login Screen Background

Want to change Ubuntu's login screen background? I walk through the steps for changing GDM background to a solid colour, gradient, or custom image.

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Posted on 21 January 2022 | 5:27 am

New Mockups of System76’s Plan for Applets in COSMIC Desktop

cosmic panel designsSystem76's COSMIC desktop environment is under active development. Now, new design documents give us an deeper insight into what they have planned.

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Posted on 20 January 2022 | 11:54 pm

What the ‘Ubuntu Pro’ banner in Ubuntu Means

ubuntu-21.10Canonical is currently promoting a beta Ubuntu Pro for Desktop programme through the Software & Updates app on Ubuntu LTS releases. But what is it?

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Posted on 19 January 2022 | 2:09 pm

OnlyOffice 7.0 Released with Form Filling, Windowed Mode + More

ONLYOFFICE 7.0We look at the new features in ONLYOFFICE 7.0. This open source alternative to LibreOffice continues to impress. Details, and how to install it, inside.

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Posted on 19 January 2022 | 5:04 am

Wine 7.0 Released, This is What’s New (Spoiler: A Lot)

Hear that? It's the sound of a cork popping off the latest release of Wine, the open source compatibility layer that lets Windows apps run on Linux.

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Posted on 18 January 2022 | 11:16 pm

GNOME 42 Alpha Released With New Look, New Apps + More

The GNOME 42 alpha release is available to download with many major changes, ranging from GTK4 ports of core apps like Nautilus to a bold new look.

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Posted on 18 January 2022 | 2:55 pm

‘Burn My Windows’ GNOME Extension Adds 3 New Effects & Random Mode

A couple of new Star Trek-esque effects have been added to the ‘Burn my Windows’ GNOME Shell extension. If you’ve not yet heard about this bling-tactic add-on, it animates closing windows (and optionally dialogs) in some spectacularly over the top ways — just like Compiz of old. Burn My Windows 8 is available from the GNOME Extensions website and it adds there new effects. ‘Energize A’ disperses your windows in a flurry of sci-fi particles: ‘Energize B’ dispatches your windows and dialogs in a way that reminds of the famous Star Trek transporter: The new ‘Wisp’ effects is described as […]

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Posted on 17 January 2022 | 8:43 pm

GNOME Mulls ‘Cleanup’ of Background Settings in Pursuit of New Features

GNOME devs plan a 'big cleanup' of code related to background wallpaper handling in GNOME Shell, which would result in the removal of several features.

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Posted on 17 January 2022 | 5:05 am

‘Rnote’ is a Freehand Note-Taking Tool Built in Rust & GTK4

We go hands on with the Rnote freehand note taking app for Linux desktops. It's fast, stable, and a lot of fun to use. Plus, details on how to install it.

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Posted on 16 January 2022 | 7:36 pm

‘Nordic’ GTK Theme Brings Nord Color Scheme to Linux Desktops

Nord GNOME themeNordic is a GTK theme based on the Nord colour scheme. It's available in several variants and a GNOME Shell theme is also included. More details inside.

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Posted on 16 January 2022 | 3:25 pm

Ubuntu 22.04 Release Date & New Features

Ubuntu 22.04 is due for release on April 21, 2022. In this post we look at the various new features and key changes that are planned for the release. Development of Ubuntu 22.04 is still at a somewhat early stage but we do have a good idea of what to expect from the update developers have codenamed “Jammy Jellyfish”. In this post we rundown everything that’s known so far, from the Ubuntu 22.04 release date to how long it’ll be supported for. And at the very bottom of this article you will find a link to download the Ubuntu 22.04 […]

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Posted on 15 January 2022 | 4:26 am

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS Will Use Linux 5.15 Kernel

a jammy jellyfish with ubuntu logoWe now know what Linux kernel version Ubuntu 22.04 LTS will use when released in April. If you were hoping for the very latest we're here to disappoint…

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Posted on 14 January 2022 | 2:03 pm

Your First Look at System76’s Rust-Based Desktop Experience

If you’ve been itching to hear some progress about System76’s new desktop environment, you’re in luck! Developer Eduardo Flores went hands on with early development versions of several COSMIC components and written about his findings (with copious amount of screenshots) on his blog. “System76’s objective is to create something that is faster, more customizable, and free of the limitations of the GNOME desktop environment, and let’s face it, we’re all curious as to how this desktop will look like,” Eduardo writes. And hey: he’s not wrong! Do keep in mind that everything you see in his (and this) post is […]

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Posted on 13 January 2022 | 3:48 pm

Ubuntu 22.04 May Include GNOME 42, But Few GTK4 Apps

Ubuntu 22.04 may ship with GNOME 42 if all goes to plan, but it won't be carrying many GTK4 apps by default. Ubuntu dev Sebastien Bacher details why.

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Posted on 13 January 2022 | 1:23 am

Warble is a ‘Wordle’ Clone for elementary OS (And It’s Just as Addictive)

warble word game on elementary OSGet your word guessing game on in elementary OS with 'Warble', an open source clone of the über viral word game 'Wordle'. Learn more about it inside.

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Posted on 12 January 2022 | 10:42 pm

KDE Plasma 5.24’s Default Wallpaper is Unveiled

KDE developers share the desktop wallpaper that will ship in KDE Plasma 5.24 this spring. The background was created using open source software tools.

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Posted on 12 January 2022 | 4:52 pm

This App Makes Installing GNOME Extensions MUCH Easier

extension manager thumbnailWant to install GNOME extensions without using a web browser? Check out the new 'Extension Manager' app. Full details on this super handy tool inside.

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Posted on 12 January 2022 | 5:03 am

Ubuntu Brings Full Desktop to Raspberry Pi 4 with 2GB RAM

raspberry pi 2gb ubuntu desktop supportThe full Ubuntu desktop experience can be run on a Raspberry Pi 4 with just 2GB RAM. Ubuntu devs detail the technical wizardry needed to make it possible.

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Posted on 11 January 2022 | 8:01 pm

PinePhone Pro ‘Explorer Edition’ Pre-Orders Go Live

Pre-orders for the PinePhone Pro 'Explorer Edition' are now live on the Pine Store. The powerful upgrade to the original PinePhone costs from $399.

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Posted on 11 January 2022 | 6:55 pm