Learn About Kubuntu Development Today In Kubuntu Tutorials Day

If you have ever wanted to do more than just use Kubuntu or KDE in general, there is good news for you. Today the Kubuntu Team is  organizing the  Kubuntu Tutorials Day (Maverick). It will be held on the freenode IRC chat network in the #kubuntu-devel channel at 18:00UTC (or 23:30 IST).

The session will start off with Jonathan Riddell explaining the visions, aims and general status about Kubuntu 10.04 Maverick Meerkat. After that, Alan Alpert from Nokia, will teach how to work with Qt Quick and QML. To keep up with him, it is recommended that you install the latest Qt Quick from ftp://ftp.qt.nokia.com/qtcreator/snapshots/latest. Rohan Garg will explain how to package and maintain .deb files. There will also be talk from Johan Thelin about how to start coding in Qt and from Ralph Janke on how to track down bugs. In the end, there will be an open question session, where the Kubuntu Team will answers your questions.

So, if you love coding and want to help out, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

You can see the  itinerary  here.

To participate, you will need an IRC client. I  recommend  either XChat or Konversation. You can install them with the command:

sudo apt-get install xchat
sudo apt-get install konversation

Testing The Single Window Mode In GIMP

GIMP is one of the most powerful open-source image editing application, rivaling even some of the commercial application out there. One thing that usually turn off people who have migrated to GIMP from other professional software is the extremely different interface that GIMP has. While other software utilizes a single window interface,  GIMP has a multi-window interface.

The GIMP developers have decided to incorporate a single window interface as well in the next release, i.e GIMP 2.8. Well, these is all old news actually and you might have read about it before.  However, it would be interesting to know how it is coming along. So, I decided to install the latest GIMP release (unstable), i.e. GIMP 2.7.3 and test it out.

Single Window Mode!

This is the multi-window mode that GIMP has always had and it is also the default mode in GIMP 2.7.3. However we are not here to talk about this. So, the single window mode can be enabled at Windows -> Single-window mode.

As you can see, the dockable dialogs like Tool Options, Color etc. are not in their own window anymore. They all have been integrated with the main window in Photoshop-fashion. I must say this looks a lot cleaner and more organized than the multi-window mode. The tabs in the windows in multi-windows mode still remains as tabs in the single-windows mode too. However, right now GIMP cannot remember the single-window mode and always starts with the multi-windows mode. This is just a minor issue and will be fixed before GIMP 2.8.

The position and layout of the docks are completely configurable. You can have them arranged in tabs, as different panels on either side of the image or on the same side, in the same panel one above the other etc. However, you cannot put them below or above the image (and for good reasons).

Image Tabs

One thing that has been  discussed  quite a bit is how different opened images will be handled in the single-window mode. In the multi-window mode, different windows are opened for different images. However this is not acceptable in the single-window mode. Here, tabs comes to the rescue.

In the single window mode, when multiple images are opened, they are all opened in the same window and tabs are introduced to navigate between them.

So, there you have it, a brief tour of the single window mode that will be introduced in GIMP 2.8.

If you want to test it, you can find installation instructions here.

Canonical’s Jerone Young Talks About Ubuntu On ARM Devices [Video]

After joining Linaro, Canonical has been actively trying to make running Ubuntu in ARM devices a better experience.

In this video, Jerone Young, Partner Engineer at Canonical talks about the challenges they are facing at Canonical in making Ubuntu powered ARM laptops and desktops a reality. He also talks about the challenges in realizing a full desktop experience on ARM Powered devices, including full and fast web browsing and full access to most of the most useful Ubuntu applications.

Here is the video:

[via ARMdevices.net]

Minitunes – Yet Another Music Player?

The developer of Minitube, the desktop YouTube player for Linux, has revealed a new music player called Minitunes. There are innumerable music players players available for Linux; many of them no different from the other. Does Minitune stand out or is it just another one of those music players?

Since it is the first release, Minitunes lacks so many features that people usually take for granted in other music players. (No! playing music is not a feature it lacks. :p) If I were to list all the features that Minitunes lack, the list would be a very long one. So, I am going to list just the major features that it still lacks.


There is no way you can search for a song in your library or in the playlist. Simply put, Minitunes does not have any kind of search functionalities yet.

Last.fm Integration

Last.fm integration is one of the chief features many people (including myself) look for in a music player. It allows the world to see what you are listening to. Minitunes does not have Last.fm yet.

Media Device Support

Minitunes does not have the ability to sync with other media devices.

Music Library

The music library in Minitunes is currently very feature-limited. You have only one directory in the library right now. This means if you have your music in two locations like /disk1/music/ and disk2/music/. You can only add one of the two but not both.

So far I have listed only the shortcomings of Minitunes, so it must be “one-of-those-music-players” and a bad one at that, right?

Actually no. Yes Minitunes lacks so many features and I am not going to start using it anytime soon. But that is expected since this is the first release. And it certainly is not just one of the music players which does the same thing. It actually brings something new.

The best thing about Minitubes is its interface. It is visually one of the best interfaces I have seen in a music player. The Minitunes developer have managed to bring a new innovative interface which unclutters everything so that you can enjoy your music. In times it will have most of the features that it currently lacks. It certainly is one music player which holds a lot of promise and one which I will be following enthusiastically.

Minitunes is not yet available in the PPA. But you can use it by downloading the binary from here. It is available for Mac too. Windows version is also expected later on.

So, go ahead try it out. Tell us (and the developer) what you think.

Install Transmission 2.0 In Ubuntu

Transmission is the default bit torrent client in Ubuntu. It is one of my favorite bit torrent clients. Its simple interface is the thing I like the most about Transmission. Although it many seem inferior compared to some other bit torrent clients, it is still a very good client and has all the features most people would need.

With the release of Transmission 2.0, it has just become a lot better. Transmission 2.0 has a number of improvements/changes from the previous version. These includes:

  • More lightweight and faster startup time.
  • “Local peer discovery” to discover peers in the local network.
  • Better tracker announcement.
  • Use of IEC standards.

If you are using Ubuntu, here is how you can install it:

Open the Terminal.

Add the PPA ppa:transmissionbt/ppa with the command:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa

Then update the software list with

$ sudo apt-get update

Finally upgrade with the command

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

Or, if you want to upgrade only Transmission execute  (the above command will update the whole system)

$ sudo apt-get install transmission

[via Tech Drive-In]

Wine 1.2 Release Candidate 6 Released

The sixth release candidate of Wine 1.2 has been released. This release bring about a number bug fixes and some translation updates.

Wine is an application which allows Microsoft Windows programs to run in Unix-like operating systems (Linux, BSD, Solaris etc.).

Wine 1.2 was originally scheduled for release last month but it ran into a number of troubles in the way. Since the fifth release candidate, Wine 1.2 RC6, includes 42 new bug fixes. However there are still 48 other known bugs still left. Unless all these remaining bugs are fixed, the final release is unlikely. You can see the list of remaining bugs here.

You follow the instructions given here to install Wine 1.2 RC6 in Ubuntu 10.04.

If you are using Fedora, install instructions can be found here.

Ubuntu Running In HTC HD2

The developers at XDA have been working on getting Android to run in the HTC HD2 for quite sometime. In their quest, they have reached a major breakthrough by installing and running Ubuntu in the 4-inch device.

As you can see in the picture above, it is the desktop version of Ubuntu that is running.

Although they have reported that Ubuntu is running smoothly, Ubuntu is by no means a good operating system for a phone. Ubuntu is a Linux distro which has been designed for desktop and laptop computers not for phones. So even though it runs fine, you cannot do many functions crucial for a phone like making calls, texting etc. Moreover the interface has been designed for larger screen and will be a real pain to use in a 4-inch screen.

Nonetheless running a desktop OS on a phone is a really great achievement.

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 2 Released

The second alpha of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is finally here. While there is no visual change from Ubuntu 10.04, there are plenty of changes under the hood.

If you want want to download it, here is the link: Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Alpha 2

Remember that this is only an alpha release and is meant for testing purposes only.

Whats new in Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2? Here is a brief description of the changes.

Support For Btrfs

With the second alpha of Maverick, Ubuntu finally supports Btrfs. Btrfs is a new file system with a lot on interesting features like snapshot, roll-back etc. EXT4 is still the default file-system though.

Software Center

The Ubuntu Software Center has now got some changes. Featured applications are shown main screen instead of just a link. There is also a place where new applications will be featured.

The Software Center also has Twitter integration so that you can share your favorite applications with the world.

Aptitude has been removed

Ubuntu 10.10 Alpha 2 no longer comes with aptitude installed. The reason stated for the removal is that it does almost the same function as apt-get and most people seem to prefer apt-get. You can still install it from the repository if you want.

New Application and File Menu in UNE

The Unity interface for Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10 Alpha 2 now has a new applications and file menu. It is now much more functional than the previous one.

Upgrade To KDE SC 4.4.5 In Kubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

KDE SC 4.5 is on its way with the first release candidate having been released a few days back. However, for those who like to stick with stable releases, KDE SC 4.4.5 has just been released. As KDE SC 4.5 will be released very soon, this will be the last update for KDE SC 4.4. Since this is an update, KDE SC 4.4.5 does not have any new features. There are only bug fixes and improvements. You can view the complete changelog here.

For Kubuntu 10.04 users, KDE SC 4.4.5 is already available in the PPA. To upgrade Kubuntu Lucid Lynx to KDE SC 4.4.5, you need to add ppa:kubuntu-ppa/ppa and then upgrade. Here is how to do it:

  • First of all, ensure that the Kubuntu Backport and Kubuntu Beta Backport  are not enabled/present in the Software Sources list. If they are present disable them.
  • Open the Konsole.
  • Add the PPA with the command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/ppa
  • Update the software list with
sudo apt-get update
  • Finally, upgrade to KDE SC 4.4.5 with the command
sudo apt-get upgrade

Download Clementine 0.4 For Ubuntu

Clementine is a cross-platform music player which tries to bring back the goodness of Amarok 1.4 by porting it to Qt4. We have reviewed Clementine a number of times in the past.

Now, there is a new version of Clementine, i.e Clementine 0.4. It has a number of improvements and new features. New features in Clementine 0.4 include:

  • Tabbed playlists
  • Playlist search
  • ProjectM visualisations
  • Magnatune integration
  • ReplayGain volume normalisation
  • Music transcoding

This version has not made it to the repository yet. So to install it in Ubuntu, you have to download it from the links given below:

32-bit deb

64-bit deb