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Ambiance & Radiance Colors Themes Updated With Xfce Fixes

Quick update for Ambiance & Radiance Colors fans: the theme pack was updated (version 14.04.6) today with quite a few Xfce fixes such as: fixed window borders on non-Debian distros, fixed Xfce GTK3 indicator background and more.

Ambiance Colors

For those not familiar with Ambiance & Radiance Colors, this is a theme pack that provides Ubuntu’s Ambiance and Radiance themes in 12 color variations: blue, brown, graphite, green, orange – different from the default orange -, pink, purple, red and yellow, aqua, teal and manila. The theme pack supports Unity, Xfce, MATE, Cinnamon and GNOME Flashback (doesn’t work properly with GNOME Shell).

Changes in Ambiance & Radiance Colors 14.04.6:

  • Xfce: fixed issues with window borders not being rendered properly on Fedora, Arch and Slackware (basically non-Debian distros had a bug for some reason);
  • Xfce: the window borders and menu now blend properly;
  • Xfce: added a work-around (solid color) to get the GTK3 Indicator background in Xfce / Xubuntu to render properly because the Xfce GTK3 Indicator doesn’t support gradients (tip: use a solid background in the Xfce panel settings to get a consistent-looking panel);
  • Xfce: various Radiance theme fixes for better compatibility;
  • All supported desktop environments (Unity, Xfce, MATE, Cinnamon): the toolbar / menubar / toolbar should now blend together – see this image;
  • The PPA now supports Ubuntu 14.10.

Here are a few screenshots with the Xfce bug fixes:

Ambiance Colors

Ambiance Colors

Ambiance Colors

Radiance Colors

For matching icons, see: Humanity Colors.

Install Ambiance & Radiance Colors in Ubuntu 14.04 / 14.10 or Linux Mint 17

Ambiance and Radiance Colors can be installed in Ubuntu 14.04 / 14.10 or Linux Mint 17 (and derivatives: Xubuntu, etc.) by using the RAVEfinity PPA. Add the PPA and install the themes using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ravefinity-project/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ambiance-colors radiance-colors
For other Linux distributions or if you don’t want to add the PPA, you can get the themes from HERE.

To change the theme in Unity, you can use a tool such as Ubuntu Tweak or Unity Tweak Tool


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Pushbullet Indicator Gets (Partial) Universal Copy & Paste Support

Pushbullet Indicator was updated today with a cool new feature: it now partially supports Pushbullet‘s recent universal copy & paste feature.

Pushbullet Universal copy paste

Universal Copy & Paste allows you to copy a link or some text from a device and paste it on another device. For now, this feature only works one way with Pushbullet Indicator: you can copy a link or some text on your Android device and then paste it on your Ubuntu desktop, but it doesn’t work the other way around, because the Pushbullet API doesn’t allow this for now. 

Note: this feature currently only works with Android but the Pushbullet devs are working on getting it on iOS too.
Pushbullet Ubuntu indicator

For those not familiar with Pushbullet, this is a service that lets you easily send files, links, notes, lists, etc. from your iOS or Android device to your desktop or the other way around.  It can be used via Chrome / Firefox extensions and for Windows there’s also a desktop app. Because there was no native Linux app, Lorenzo from created an Ubuntu AppIndicator (and a Nautilus / Nemo extension as a companion for the AppIndicator) to easily use Pushbullet in Ubuntu. 
Besides sending stuff from your mobile device to your desktop and the other way around, about 2 months ago, the indicator also got support for notification mirroring (Android only for now).

Install Pushbullet Indicator in Ubuntu 14.04 or Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon

Before proceeding, firstly install Pushbullet on your Android or iOS device.

Pushbullet Indicator is available in the Atareao PPA for Ubuntu 14.04 and derivatives or Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon (doesn’t work with Linux Mint 17 MATE). Add the PPA and install the indicator using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pushbullet-indicator

Once installed, run Pushbullet Indicator and its settings window will open – set the “Allow access to PushBullet” slider to ON and authenticate with Pushbullet, and your mobile device(s) should show up in the PushBullet Indicator menu. Note that Pushbullet Indicator will ask you to enter the device name – this is the name of your Ubuntu device (e.g. “Ubuntu Desktop”), not the mobile device name.

The PPA also provides Nautilus and Nemo extensions for Pushbullet (which you can use to send files directly from Nautilus or Nemo to your mobile device). Install them using the following commands:

– for Nautilus:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-pushbullet
nautilus -q

– for Nemo:

sudo apt-get install nemo-pushbullet
nemo -q

  • Pushbullet Indicator and the Pushbullet Nautilus and Nemo extensions must be authenticated separately;
  • after adding a new device, you may need to restart the indicator (select “Quit” from the indicator menu and then start it again from the menu / Dash) / Nautilus (to restart Nautilus, type “nautilus -q” in a terminal) / Nemo (to restart Nemo, type “nemo -q” in a terminal).

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Nautilus / Nemo `Folder Color` Extension Gets Support For Custom Colors

Folder Color is a tool that lets you easily change folders icon color, available for Nautilus and unofficially, for Nemo file manager.
Folder Color Nautilus

The purpose of this tool is not to completely change the color of your icon theme but to allow you to easily spot a certain folder or to mark some folders. For instance, you can change your last holiday pictures folder to green so you can spot it easily, change some important folder icon color to black, organize your music folders by using different colors for various artists, organize your documents folders and so on.

Folder Color was updated to version 0.0.16 today, the new version bringing just one, but important, new feature (along with some bug fixes): you can now choose any color for each folder:

Folder Color Nautilus

The old predefined colors are still available so you can continue to select from the default black, blue, brow, cyan, green, grey, orange, pink, purple, red, white and yellow.

The extension uses scalable icons and supports restoring the original icon (simply right click the icon in Nemo / Nautilus and select Folder Color > Default). However, it’s important to mention that the extension only works properly with the default Ubuntu icon theme (Humanity) as well as Humanity Colors.

Note that the new custom folder color should only be used for folders that don’t use a built-in emblem (like the Downloads, Documents, Music, Videos folders) because they will look like regular folders after applying the custom color. This does not occur if you use the predefined colors available with Folder Color – in that case, the Downloads, Videos, Documents, Music, etc. folders will continue to use their custom color.
Since the official Folder Color extension is for Nautilus only and the Nemo Folder Color extension wasn’t updated, I updated it myself with these changes so you can use the latest version of Folder Color with Nemo file manager in Ubuntu easily:
Folder Color Nemo
Nemo Folder Color

Install Folder Color in Ubuntu

To install Folder Color for Nautilus in Ubuntu 14.10, 14.04 or 12.04, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costales/folder-color
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install folder-color

Once installed, restart Nautilus:

nautilus -q

Or, to install Folder Color for Nemo in Ubuntu 14.04, use the following commands (don’t use this PPA in Linux Mint / if you use Cinnamon!):
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/nemo
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install nemo-folder-color

Once installed, restart Nemo:

nemo -q

Then, to use Folder Color, right click a folder in Nautilus or Nemo (depends on which extension you’ve installed), select Folder Color and then either select one of the predefined colors or select Custom to apply your custom color.

Important for Nemo (WebUpd8 Nemo PPA) users: the Folder Color Nemo extension might not work if you don’t fix python-nemo as explained under step 4 from HERE.

Thanks to Costales for the tip!

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Ubuntu Flavors 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1 Released

The first beta for the Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicon flavors (Xubuntu, Kubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Lubuntu and Ubuntu Kylin) was released yesterday. Let’s take a quick look at what’s new.
The article also includes Ubuntu MATE 14.10 beta 1, even though it isn’t an official Ubuntu flavor yet.

Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Changes in Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn beta 1:

  • The display dialog has been updated, multiple dispays can now be arranged by drag and drop;
  • The power manager can now control the keyboard-backlight and features a new panel plugin, which shows the battery’s status, other connected devices with batteries and controls the display’s backlight brightness;
  • Xubuntu minimal install available – information on installation and testing will follow shortly;
  • Inxi, a tool to gather system information, is now included by default;
  • To allow users to use pkexec for selected applications instead of gksu(do), appropriate profiles are now included for Thunar and Mousepad;
  • The display dialog has been updated, multiple dispays can now be arranged by drag and drop;
  • The themes now support Gtk3.12;
  • The alt-tab dialog can now be clicked with the mouse to select a window;
  • Setting-related menu items earlier available only under Settings manager are now shown and searchable in Whiskermenu;
  • Presentation mode in Xfce4 power manager is now working;
  • apt-offline should work now;
  • Updated packages: Catfish 1.2.1, Xfwm4 4.11.2, xfdesktop 4.11.7, xfce4-panel 4.11.1, lightdm-gtk-greeter 1.9.0, xfce4-appfinder 4.11.0, xfce4-notifyd 0.2.4, xfce4-settings 4.11.3, xfce4-power-manager 1.3.2, Whisker Menu 1.4.0, Light Locker Settings 1.4.0, Menulibre 2.0.5 and Mugshot 0.2.4;
  • XChat was removed from the default installation.

Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Changes in Ubuntu GNOME 14.10 Utopic Unicorn beta 1:

  • Includes GNOME Shell 3.12 by default;
  • GNOME Weather and GNOME Maps are installed by default.

Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1 Plasma 4
Kubuntu 14.10 beta 1 – Plasma 4 ISO

Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1 Plasma 5
Kubuntu 14.10 beta 1 – Plasma 5 ISO

Changes in Kubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn beta 1:

Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

For Lubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn beta 1 there’s no changelog available – the wiki page mentions that the “Lubuntu development is currently focused on the transition away from GTK+ to the Qt framework. This is not stable enough for everyday use, so the focus this version is on fixing bugs“. For now, Lubuntu 14.10 beta 1 didn’t switch LXQt yet.
It’s also important to mention that there are no PPC images due to a lack of official testing.

Ubuntu Kylin 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Changes in Ubuntu Kylin (an Ubuntu variant for Chinese users) Utopic Unicorn beta 1:
  • Ubuntu Kylin Software Center updated to 0.3.3;
  • Sogou IM updated to 1.1.0;
  • Wiznote updated to version 2.1.12;
  • Some interesting new features are still under development“.

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Beta 1

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Ubuntu MATE 14.10 Utopic Unicorn Beta 1

Ubuntu MATE is not an official Ubuntu flavor yet, but it has pretty good chances of becoming one. Here are the changes in Ubuntu MATE 14.10 beta 1 since alpha 2:
  • Added community contributed wallpapers, Plymouth theme, SYSLINUX theme and Ubiquity slides;
  • Added Ambiant-MATE and Radiant-MATE desktop and icon themes;
  • Added Ubuntu MATE LightDM theme;
  • Updated the default Qt4 style to match the Ambiant-MATE theme;
  • Added OpenDyslexic a font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia;
  • Added a screen magnifier for indiviuals with low vision;
  • Added patent-free S3TC compatible implementation that provides texture compression to Mesa;
  • Added service discovery on a local network via the mDNS/DNS-SD protocol suite;
  • Added colord to manage, install and generate accurate colour profiles;
  • Added ntp time synchronisation daemon;
  • Added policykit-desktop-privileges which fixes, among other things, auto mounting of disks without requiring a password;
  • Added a PAM module that will automatically unlock the keyrings using your login password, making gnome-keyring usage transparent without losing its security benefits;
  • Added GVFS backend (FTP, SSH, WebDAV, Samba) to Déjà Dup;
  • Added GStreamer backend to LibreOffice;
  • Fixed installation failures when there is no active Internet connection;
  • Fixed hiding the im-config icon from MATE;
  • Improved support for 3G/4G USB dongles, iPod and MTP devices, on-demand codec installation and hardware detection and support;
  • Updated the language packs in the Live CD based on the Top 10 countries that visit;
  • Removed ffmpegthumbnailer, light-themes and ubuntu-artwork.

All the Ubuntu 14.10 beta 1 flavors include Xorg server 1.15.1, Mesa 10.2.6 and the Ubuntu Linux Kernel, based on the upstream 3.15 Linux kernel which includes mixed mode UEFI support as well as improvements to suspend and resume times and more.

Up next in the Utopic Unicorn release schedule: Final Beta (September 25th), in which the main Ubuntu flavor (w/ Unity) should also take part.

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(Linux) Deepin 2014.1 Released With Bug Fixes And Minor Enhancements

(Linux) Deepin 2014.1 was released today with numerous bug fixes meant to improve the system stability and performance as well as a few interesting enhancements / new features. Users who have already installed Deepin 2014 don’t have to reinstall – a simple upgrade via the Deepin Store or command line (sudo apt-get dist-upgrade) is enough to get the latest Deepin 2014.1.

Linux Deepin 2014.1

Deepin, previously known as “Linux Deepin”, is a Chinese Linux distribution (a multi-language ISO is available) based on Ubuntu, that ships with its own desktop environment based on Compiz and some unique applications, which integrate with the overall Linux Deepin look and feel.

For more information about Deepin 2014, see our article: (Linux) Deepin 2014 – See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]

Changes in (Linux) Deepin 2014.1:
  • fixed various bugs that caused the Dock to freeze the system;
  • fixed issues with the desktop right click menu;
  • improved multi-monitor support;
  • improved hot corners: when using full-screen applications, the hot corners are automatically disabled so they don’t interfere with the app;
  • the Control Center brightness (from the Display module) function should now work properly;
  • the Control Center Network module has received a wireless switch and also, a series of bugs were fixed;
  • Deepin Store should now download software a lot faster;
  • Deepin Movie: improved subtitles display, added new minor features like support for adding a folder recursively;
  • WPS Office was updated to the latest version.
Furthermore, the Dock has revived two new modes: Efficient and Classic. To change the Dock mode, simply right click it and select the mode you want to use.
Also, Deepin Store can now automatically select the best software source mirror (almost 70 software sources are available).
Here are a few screenshots with some of these changes:

Linux Deepin 2014.1

Linux Deepin 2014.1

Linux Deepin 2014.1

Linux Deepin 2014.1

Linux Deepin 2014.1

Since you can’t really get an idea on what Deepin 2014 is all about until you’ve watched a demo video, here’s the Deepin 2014 video I recorded a while back (the video presents Deepin 2014, not the latest 2014.1, but there are very few visual changes in the latest release so it shouldn’t matter):

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Download Deepin 2014.1

For more information about Deepin 2014, see our article: (Linux) Deepin 2014 – See What`s New [Video, Screenshots]

Reminder: if you’ve installed Deepin 2014, you don’t have to reinstall – a simple upgrade via the Deepin Store or command line (sudo apt-get dist-upgrade) is enough to get the latest Deepin 2014.1.

* Note that only a few mirrors were updated at the time I posted this article)

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