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Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded Available For Download, Includes The Enlightenment 19.2 Desktop

Great news for Enlightenment fans: Bodhi Linux returns with a new release – 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded.

About four months ago, Jeff Hoogland stopped working on Bodhi Linux. However, a couple of day ago, he announced that he’s returning in “full capacity as project manager/lead developer“. Along with his return, Jeff also announced the release of Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded.

Bodhi Linux is a fast, minimalistic Linux distribution based on Ubuntu LTS, which uses the Enlightenment Desktop. The latest Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and it ships with the Enlightenment 19.2 desktop and EFL/Elementary 1.12.2.
Since the Bodhi Linux philosophy is to provide a minimal base only, so that users can install the applications that want to use, Bodhi Linux ships with just a few applications by default. 
Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 includes Midori (web browser) 0.5.9, nm-applet (connection manager applet) 0.9.8 and of course, a few Enlightenment-specific applications like Terminology (terminal emulator) 0.7.0, ePad (text editor) 0.5, ePhoto (picture viewer) 20150116 build, eepDater (update manager) 0.11 and of course, the Enlightenment File Manager.
Here are a few Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded screenshots:

According to Jeff’s announcement, the 3.0.0 release “will have a more uniform look, instead of requiring the user to choose what the system looks like when it first starts up. This makes setup easier for new users, while Enlightenment still allows power users the configuration options they crave“. As a result, there’s only one profile available by default in Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2, unlike the previous releases which included quite a few profiles by default.

It’s also important to mention that there are three Bodhi Linux ISOs available for download: 32bit, 64bit and “Legacy”. The Legacy ISO whips with a non-PAE Linux Kernel (3.2) and i486 support, so it can be used on old hardware.

The stable Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 release should come out next month.

Download Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 “Reloaded”

For support, visit the Bodhi Linux 3 section of its user forums.

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`Albert`: A Fast, Lightweight Quick Launcher For Linux

`Albert` is a relatively new quick launcher for Linux, which might remind you of Alfred (Mac) or Synapse (Linux). Using it, you can quickly launch applications, open files or perform web searches.

Albert quick launcher

Albert features:

  • run applications;
  • open files;
  • open Chromium bookmarks (Firefox is on the todo list);
  • calculate math expressions;
  • search the web;
  • the modules are configurable: you can add/remove web searches, configure which files it should index, etc.;
  • supports fuzzy search (not enabled by default – it can be enabled individually for each module);
  • you can modify the actions taken by pressing the modifier keys;
  • configurable hotkey, maximum history, maximum number of proposals, subtext for selected/unselected item, etc.
  • ships with 3 themes by default.

What makes Albert special is that it’s very fast, lightweight and desktop environment agnostic (it’s based on Qt5, written in C++), so you can use it with whatever DE you want: Xfce, LXDE, LXQt, Cinnamon, Unity (if you don’t like the Dash) and so on.

Here are a few more Albert screenshots:

Albert quick launcher
Pinboard theme

Albert quick launcher
Android theme

Albert quick launcher

Albert quick launcher

To see Albert in action, check out its GitHub page (there’s a gif which demonstrates how Albert works).
Note that Albert is currently in alpha and so you may encounter bugs! In my test, I’ve only encountered one issue (reported here): initially, Albert used about 9-10 MB of RAM on my system but after I’ve set it to index some folders that contain a large number of files (about 280,000), its memory usage increased to about 280-300 MB. So for now, don’t add folders containing a huge number of files to its FileIndex module!
If you encounter other issues, report them @ GitHub.

Install Albert quick launcher in Ubuntu or Linux Mint

To install Albert quick launcher in Ubuntu (15.04, 14.10 or 14.04) or Linux Mint (17.1 or 17) and derivatives, you can use the main WebUpd8 PPA. Add the PPA and install Albert using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install albert

If you don’t want to add the PPA, you can download the debs from HERE.

For other Linux distributions, grab the Albert source code from GitHub.

Note that there’s no option in Albert’s settings to make it run automatically when you login, so you must add it to your startup applications manually.

Thanks to Felix for the tip!

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Lightbox-Style Image Viewer `PhotoQt` 1.2 Released

PhotoQt 1.2 was released recently and it includes some important improvements, like better SVG support, XCF support, better handling of large folders (15,000+ files), shuffle and loop options for the slideshow and much more.

PhotoQt 1.2

For those not familiar with PhotoQt, this is a fast, Lightbox-style Qt5 image viewer which uses GraphicsMagick under the hood (so it supports over 80 file types).

Besides its image viewing capabilities, PhotoQt can be used for some basic image manipulation (flip, rotate, zoom) and file management (rename, delete, move, copy).

PhotoQt also features customizable keyboard and mouse shortcuts, thumbnail cache, can display EXIF information, image slideshow and more.

Changes in PhotoQt 1.2:

  • GraphicsMagick: more thorough testing and fixing;
  • intelligent detection of supported fileformats on first start;
  • color filetype tiles of unsupported formats orange (Qt formats only);
  • better SVG support;
  • added XCF support (depending on XCFtools);
  • added PSB/PSD support (depending on libqpsd);
  • added Loop and Shuffle options in Slideshow;
  • smart preloading of folder, better support for large directories (15,000+ files);
  • add sorting criteria for files (name, natural name, filesize, date);
  • restore support for Trash on Linux;
  • re-worked thumbnail handling: faster, more reliable, new “smart thumbnails” mode;
  • option to stay centered on active thumbnail;
  • dynamically detect supported context menu entries;
  • remember zoom levels/rotation per session;
  • option to fit smaller images in window;
  • improved handling of windowed/fullscreen mode;
  • automatic language detection on first start-up (system locale);
  • change: Main animation is now ‘fade-in’ (+Possibility to disable altogether)
  • wheel sensitivity settings;
  • opt-in to High-DPI pixmaps (Qt >= 5.4.0);
  • re-ordered settings and quicksettings;
  • many other improvements and bug fixes.

For PSD/PSB support, you need libqpsd, which isn’t available in the Ubuntu repositories to if you want to use this feature, you’ll have to compile and install libqpsd manually.

PhotoQt Quick Settings

PhotoQt doesn’t come with a traditional menu and its Quick Settings, General functions and info panes/widgets are displayed on mouse over, so here’s how to access them:
  • Quick Settings -> right edge of the app window;
  • General functions -> top-right (top edge of the app window, near right);
  • File / Exif info -> left edge of the app window.
Also, the application runs in full screen by default but you can set it to run in window mode from the Quick Settings (see above), by enabling “Window mode” and optionally, “Widow decorations”.

Install PhotoQt in Ubuntu 14.04 / 14.10 or Linux Mint 17 / 17.1

Ubuntu 14.04 / 14.10 / 15.04 and Linux Mint 17 / 17.1 users can install the latest PhotoQt by using Sam Rog’s PPA (for Ubuntu 12.04, there’s a older PhotoQt version – 1.0). Add the PPA and install PhotoQt using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:samrog131/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install photoqt
If you don’t want to add the PPA, you can simply grab the PhotoQt deb from HERE.

For other Linux distributions and Windows, see the PhotoQt downloads page.

Report any issues you may find @ GitHub.

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`Caffeine` App Gets Its Indicator Back With New 2.8 Release

Caffeine is a tool used to temporarily prevent the activation of the screensaver / lock screen / sleep mode when using full-screen windows. The application is useful when using video players that don’t do this automatically, when listening to music while not using the computer, etc.

With the 2.7.x release, Caffeine stopped using an Ubuntu AppIndicator, a feature that many considered essential, resulting in various forks being developed. 
Caffeine indicator
Well, there’s no need for that any more because the latest Caffeine 2.8, released today, brings back the Ubuntu AppIndicator, which allows to inhibit the desktop idleness manually. You can continue to use Caffeine without an indicator: simply launch “Caffeine” from the menu / Dash. If you want to use the indicator, launch “Caffeine Indicator” instead:

Caffeine 2.8 also brings some fixes which should get the app to work with most desktop environments again (2.7 only worked in a few, according to the Caffeine developers) as well as a new feature: a new command called “caffeinate” which adds the ability to inhibit desktop idleness for the duration of a particular command – to use it, simply type:
caffeinate COMMAND
and Caffeine won’t allow the desktop to become idle for the duration of “COMMAND”.

Install Caffeine 2.8

The official Caffeine PPA was updated with the latest Caffeine 2.8 only for Ubuntu 14.04 / Linux Mint 17 and 17.1 and derivatives. To add the PPA and install Caffeine 2.8, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:caffeine-developers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install caffeine libappindicator3-1 gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1

Ubuntu 14.10 and 15.04: you can grab the Caffeine 2.8 deb from HERE. Note: make sure that libappindicator3-1 and gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1 are installed (“sudo apt-get install libappindicator3-1 gir1.2-appindicator3-0.1”) because the package is currently missing these dependencies and the Caffeine indicator will fail to start without them (I reported the bug HERE).

Ubuntu 12.04: Unfortunately, Caffeine 2.8 doesn’t work in Ubuntu 12.04. However, you can use the PPA above to install an older version (2.4.1).

If you’re not using Ubuntu / Linux Mint and derivatives, you can download the Caffeine source code via Launchpad (BZR).

Important note: Caffeine is set to start automatically on login, but only the command line version so if you want to start the indicator on login, you’ll have to add “caffeine-indicator” to your startup applications.

Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.

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Always Show Menus Unity Feature Lands In Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

The option to always show the Unity menus, implemented by +Marco Trevisan, has landed in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet.
As you probably know, in the current stable Ubuntu releases (12.04, 14.04 and 14.10), the Unity (global) menus are displayed on mouse over for both the default menu that’s displayed on the top Unity panel and LIM (locally integrated menu), which is displayed in the application titlebar.
With Ubuntu 15.04, there’s a new option (not enabled by default) which allows setting the Unity menus to always be visible:

Unity always-show-menus Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

This option can be changed (at least for now, this is the only way) via Dconf-Editor, by going to com > canonical > unity and enabling “always show menus”.

Right now, you need to restart Unity after changing the menu behavior (to restart Unity, press ALT + F2 and enter “unity” or log out and log back in) but I think this is a bug (I reported it here) because I don’t remember this being required when I first tested the “always show menus” feature about 3-4 weeks ago (it was in a separate branch and not available by default in Ubuntu 15.04 back then), especially since right now, in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, you must also restart Unity if you want to switch to LIM, which is not the case in Ubuntu 14.04 or 14.10. But Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is still in alpha so bugs are to be expected.
Below you can watch a quick video I’ve recorded under Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet (VirtualBox), demonstrating the new “always show menus” Unity feature:

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Besides this feature, the latest Unity update in Vivid also brings a fix for using Dash and HUD on top of full-screen applications (as an example, until now, you couldn’t open HUD or bring up the Dash when using Firefox in full-screen).

If you’re using Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, make sure you update to Unity version “7.3.1+15.04.20150115-0ubuntu1” to be able to use this new feature. Note that if you’re not using the main repositories mirror, it may take a while until the new version is available for you.

In other Unity menus-related news, JAyatana is now installed by default in Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, meaning that the next Ubuntu release will ship with Java Swing appmenu (global menu) support by default.

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