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PockIt, The Pocket App for Ubuntu Phone, Gets Big Update

If you’re an avid Pocket fan, you can now read your latest must-reads offline on Ubuntu Phone.

PockIt, by Turan Mahmudov, is an unofficial Pocket client for Ubuntu.

Its latest update replaces an older version which did not offer offline reading capabilities.

The app will download all of your Pocket reads straight after you sign in (or sign-up).

With 250+ items in my Pocket account the initial sync task around an hour to complete (hampered by Ubuntu’s application lifecycle policy, which prevents apps from running I’n the background). Each time I switched away to read an e-mail or reply to a tweet the PockIt app would be stopped.

A better first-run solution aside (fetching the most recent ten, and offering an option to ‘download all’ in the settings, would perhaps solve the run-in sync issue) the app is otherwise fantastic.

PockIt works much better as an app than a Scope (though a Scope that lets you browse items, with tags as departments, that then hands off to PockIt could be interesting).

Other features of Pockit: 

  • Offline Reading
  • Dark Mode
  • Filter by ‘All’, ‘Favourites’, ‘Video’ & ‘Image’
  • Choice of two fonts in article view: Arial or Ubuntu
  • Adjustable font size
  • Social sharing integration
  • New: Supports tags

Tag support is not currently present, but the feature is in development and will arrive with the next update. The app does not yet integrate with Ubuntu Online Accounts.

Quick Tip: How To Add Items To Pocket in PockIt

To add a new article to Pocket using PockIt is easy: just share the URL from another app, and select PockIt.  E.g.,: in the Web Browser tap the Share icon > PockIt.

Download PockIt For Ubuntu Phone

This application is powered by Pocket but is not officially provided by Pocket. It’s a free, open-source app and can be installed from the Ubuntu Store on Ubuntu phones and tablets.

View PockIt on UAppExplorer

This post, PockIt, The Pocket App for Ubuntu Phone, Gets Big Update, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Transmission Torrent Client Gets First Update in Over 2 Years

transmission-bittorrent1A new version of open-source BitTorrent client Transmission is now available to download.

Transmission 2.90 is the first major update to the app in over two years and, as such, features many long overdue bug fixes and feature improvements.

Both the Transmission GTK and Qt clients receive attention, including support for GTK+ 3.16 (and up) in the former, and various UI and UX tweaks in the latter, including context menus and sleeker looking progress bars.

Transmission 2.90 introduces support for the MiniUPnPc API v14, CyaSSL/WolfSSL and PolarSSL cryptographic backends, and improves error checking when retrieving metadata.

Bug fixes include:

  • Fix renaming torrent files with common prefix
  • Fix some more thread safety bugs in the tr_list datatype
  • Fix infinite loop when removing torrent data
  • Fix several memory leaks and buffer overflows
  • Fix “prefetch-enabled” value type in settings.json (boolean instead of integer)
  • Fix some issues discovered by static analysis (cppcheck, coverity)
  • Fix invalid JSON encoding for non-printable characters
  • Fix multi-threaded locale use when encoding/decoding JSON data
  • Fix encrypted communication with libevent 2.1+
  • Prevent completed pieces modification by webseeds
  • Allow building against system UTP and DHT libraries
  • Require absolute paths in RPC requests
  • Fix crash on session shutdown (evdns_getaddrinfo_cancel)
  • Retry if RPC server fails to bind to specified address

Download Transmission 2.90

Although Ubuntu offers Transmission (GTK) in its default application set April’s release of Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will ship with the previous stable release, Transmission 2.84, out of the box. The update is also not currently available in the Debian archive.

You can read about the new changes and fixes in Transmission 2.90 over on the Transmission bug tracker. Pre-packaged binaries for Ubuntu are not yet available but you can build the client from source.

This post, Transmission Torrent Client Gets First Update in Over 2 Years, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Abricotine Is A (Awesome) Desktop Markdown Editor for Linux


Abricotine is an open-source markdown editor for Windows, Mac and — hurrah — Linux desktops.

The open-source app allows those of you who like to go mad with Markdown syntax to both write and preview documents directly in the text editor rather than using a separate window or side pane.

Abricotine is written in modern web technologies, including HTML5, CSS3 & Node.js.

It’s this web-savvy base that gives the app some of its more unique features, like web previews for select domains including YouTube, GitHub and Instagram.

Abricotine also features the following:

  • Write in markdown
  • Export documents in HTML
  • Preview text elements (e.g, headers, images, todo lists, etc) while you type
  • View ‘table of content’ in side pane
  • Display syntax highlighting for supported languages
  • Show helpers, anchors and hidden characters
  • Copy formatted HTML in the clipboard
  • Write in a distraction-free fullscreen view
  • Manage and easily beautify markdown tables
  • Search and replace text
  • Support for common formatting keyboard shortcuts

Linux binaries are available to download from the project Github page.

To run the app just download the corresponding .zip archive from the link below, extract, and double-click on the ‘Abricotine’ file inside the folder.

Download Abricotine for Linux

New to Markdown? Check out this great Markdown syntax cheatsheet for help and tips on getting started . 

This post, Abricotine Is A (Awesome) Desktop Markdown Editor for Linux, was written by Scott Bouvier and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Intel Graphics Installer 1.4.0 Released With Support for Ubuntu 15.10


An app with a reputation

A new release of the Intel Graphics Installer for Linux is available for download.

The open-source tool enables desktop Linux users to easily upgrade their Intel graphics drivers for supported hardware to the latest, greatest version.

And the latest and greatest drivers shipping in v1.4.0 are from the 2015Q4 Intel Graphics Stack.

Among the improvements offered:

  • Skylake hardware support
  • Introduction of Broxton support
  • Power management fixes on the kernel driver

Ubuntu 15.10 (and Fedora 23) are officially supported. Ubuntu 15.04 (and Fedora 22) is downgraded to ‘deprecated’ status.

Deprecated status means that the tool can still be used to remove or install an older version of the graphics stack, but will not fetch or install the latest drivers.

No support is provided for the Graphics Installer on Ubuntu 14.10 (or earlier).

For more details, and to grab the update, head over to Intel 01.org’s official release notes. Be sure to pay close attention to the warning about force-installing packages.

This post, Intel Graphics Installer 1.4.0 Released With Support for Ubuntu 15.10, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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The Easy Way to Use Emoji on Ubuntu

emoji picker app on ubuntu 16.04

Emoji, small pictographic representations of people, animals and ‘things’, seem to be the web’s favourite way to express emotion. 

A single, well-timed graphical riposte can shine in ways words (sometimes) can’t. But most of the time they’re about as clearly decipherable as a worn down cave etching!

Either way they’re popular. And as we said back in 2014: ‘popularity breeds ubiquity, ubiquity breeds expectation.’

That’s never been truer than today. People expect to be able to see and type emoji characters out of the box on their Ubuntu desktop, they can, after all, do it on the Ubuntu Phone, Android, Mac OS X, Windows…

But how?

A new, open-source applet created by Jorge S. de Lis makes it easy to view, find and copy and paste Emoji on Ubuntu

EmojiOne Picker for Ubuntu

EmojiOne Picker is a simple, panel-based tool that lists emoji, grouped by theme (e.g., ‘Nature’, ‘Foods’, ‘People’, etc).

Your favourite emoji are a single, simple click away — all 845 characters supported by the Unicode standard, in fact.

When you next need to rebuff a rant with a rage-face or convey your happiness through a collection of cat faces, just open the picker and click on the emoji. It is instantly coped it to your clipboard, ready for pasting elsewhere.


Emoji that you have copied recently are stored in the ‘Recent’ section to speed up finding your most commonly used glyphs.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: this applet isn’t as seamless as the OS X emoji palette that can be opened in any text field by pressing Ctrl+Cmd+Space.

And it’s not.

But when viewed against the current ‘quick’ method for Linux users (which involves Googling, finding, copy and pasting emoticon from a website) you can appreciate how the EmojiOne Picker applet speeds things up 🚗.


Emoji aren’t always colourful in Linux, but they are there.

How to Install EmojiOne Picker on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

That’s what it is and what it does. Now to look at how to install Emoji Picker on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (or later).

The bad news: it’s not quite as straightforward as downloading a .deb file. You can run it in one of two ways: install it “properly”  or run it without installing.

The good news: neither method requires much in way of effort or skill.

You use Emoji. You use Linux – you’re a total champ and you can do this! 💪

Note: while this app should work on desktop environments other than Unity the developer notes that he hasn’t had time to test it. Be sure to report any issues  you encounter on the Github project page. 

Method One: Install a .Deb

To install it ‘properly’ you need to compile a .deb for yourself. A script bundled with the app makes this very easy (and doing it this way gives you a small sense of satisfaction)

  1. Download the EmojiOne Picker from Github and extract
  2. In a new Terminal session ‘cd’ into the extracted directory
  3. Install the equivs package
  4. Run: ‘equivs-build debian_package.ctl‘ in the directory
  5. Install the .deb you just built: ‘sudo dpkg -i emojione-picker*.deb’

You may also need to install python-notify and gir1.2-rsvg-* before installing your self-built .deb (though running ‘sudo apt-get -f install’ post-install will also resolve the dependencies).

Method Two: Run it locally

  1. Download the EmojiOne Picker from Github and extract
  2. Open the extracted directory
  3. Double-click on the ’emojione-picker’ runtime

Depending on your system you may need to manually install python-notify and gir1.2-rsvg-* for the app to work.

Things to be aware of

To run the app after installation press Alt+F2 and enter ’emojione-picker’.

On first run the applet can take a couple of seconds to load emoji in its menus. If you see a narrow blank dropdown after opening it be a little patient.

Although you may see emoji in the menu you might not always see emoji when pasted into a different app or document. This will depend on a number of factors, including whether your system has an emoji font installed, whether the app you’re pasting in supports emoji.

The ttf-ancient-fonts package can display almost all emoji as black and white glyphs on Linux.

This post, The Easy Way to Use Emoji on Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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‘FromScratch’ Is A Smart New Note Taking App for Ubuntu


In need of a simple, but smart note-taking app? FromScratch should find itself at the top of your list, underlined twice for effect. 

FromScratch is a simple note taking tool developed by Kilian Valkhof (TrimageF.lux indicator applet).

It is open source and cross-platform. Builds are available for Windows, Mac and Linux. The app is available for, and developed on, Ubuntu.

Kilian told me via e-mail that he built the app as “the solution for my personal problem of effective note-taking and organising my task list.”

Strength Is In What It Doesn’t Do

FromScratch isn’t an Evernote rival — but then it is not trying to be.

If a fully-featured note-taking GUI masterpiece with a desk tidy full of options is what you’re after, this won’t suit.

FromScratch is, essentially, a digital post it note; a jotter or blank piece of paper. You open the app and write what you want.

There are no folders, categories, tags or lists; no schedules, due dates or syncing service working in the background.

It’s a simple, resizeable space for notes that saves what you write as you write.

A true scratchpad. 

It features:

  • Simple UI
  • Automatic Saving
  • Automatic Indenting
  • Common syntax replaced with symbols, e.g., arrows.

That does mean it lacks some more common basic text editor features, like Markdown support (though you can write your notes in Markdown, you just won’t be able to see them that way) and no formatting options (e.g., bold, underline, strikethrough, etc)

But the app does includes the (awesome) Fira Code font.

FiraCode is a monospace font that lets you type common programmatic ligatures and symbols using regular characters. For example -> becomes →, => becomes ⇒, and != becomes≠, and so on.

For a full list of ligatures supported by the font refer to this excellent cheat sheet:

FiraCode Cheat Sheet


FromScratch is cross-platform and open source. Downloads are available for Linux, OS X and Windows.

It is built upon well-known open source projects, including Electron & React.  Source code is available on Github.

Check out the official app website for more details, or to download a copy for yourself.

This post, ‘FromScratch’ Is A Smart New Note Taking App for Ubuntu, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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OpenShot 2.0 Beta Is Now Available for Public Testing

openshot 2.0 on ubuntu

OpenShot 2.0 has a new beta build available for testing.

The update is the third full beta release of the revamped video editor but only the first to made available for public testing.

Backers of the OpenShot crowdfunding campaign have been able to use beta builds of the hugely revamped non-linear video editor since January.

Among the features, fixes and improvements that are new in OpenShot 2.0.6: –

  • Smoother animations (zooming, panning, rotation)
  • Audio improvements
  • Autosave engine automatically saves your project at set intervals
  • Automatic project back-up and recovery
  • Support for importing/exporting Openshot projects across OSes
  • New audio preview settings
  • Prompt  when the application needs to “restart” for an option to take effect
  • Anonymous metric and error reporting enabled by default (can be disabled)
  • Many, many bug fixes

The OpenShot 2.0.x series also features the following changes:

  • Timeline context menus (e.g., copy/paste, fade, animate, time effects)
  • Split Clip tool (this lets you ‘cut’ a video file in to chunks to use in a project
  • ‘Add to Timeline’ feature (a way to batch add videos or images to timeline)
  • Keyframe editing
  • Tagging
  • Real-time preview support
  • Video snapping
  • Support for custom SVG titles (drop them into /.openshot_qt/title/)
  • New video export wizard

OpenShot 2.0 PPA

The OpenShot Developers PPA provides beta builds in the OpenShot 2.0.x series as well as its required dependencies (libopenshot,

The PPA supports Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, 15.04 and the most recent stable release of Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf.

To install OpenShot 2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04 or later run the following two commands in a new Terminal window:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/libopenshot-daily
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install openshot-qt

Launch the app from the Unity Dash.

Windows and Mac OS X installers are also available for download.

This post, OpenShot 2.0 Beta Is Now Available for Public Testing, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Unified Inbox & Label Editing Arrive in Open-Source E-mail App ‘N1’

nylas n1 logo

The N1 email client is one of our favourite apps

A major update is rolling out to hackable open source e-mail client N1.

So important are the changes that the developers say it is the biggest update made to the extensible email app since its launch last October.

Nylas N1 v4.4.0 brings a bevy of new features with it, including long-awaited support for a unified inbox and a quicker way to edit labels.

We’ll take a closer look at all the changes in a moment. But first a refresher on what the N1 app is and isn’t.

Nylas N1 – An Open-Source Email Client

Although we often refer to the app as ‘Nylas N1‘ it’s actually called ‘N1’.

‘Nylas’ is the name of the company who make the app and the name of the open-source ‘sync engine’ that provides the powerful mail sorting capabilities.

‘N1’ is the open-source desktop client created by Nylas, the front-end that plugs into the sync engine backend.

N1 uses the open-source sync engine to sift through, sort, organise and apply ‘rules’ to your e-mail on the fly. By default, N1 will use a hosted instance of this engine.

It makes getting started with N1 a total cinch: you install the app, login and authorise  your Gmail, Yahoo!, Outlook or other supported e-mail account and the app will copy across all your mail and fetch/send new mails as they arrive).

Having all of your e-mail stored on a remote third-party server is, understandably, a privacy concern for many (though is theoretically no more “risky” than using the new Windows 10 e-mail app or a third-party e-mail client on Android, iOS, etc, it’s simply about trust).

To reassure the worried Nylas do stress that they are:  “…not an advertising company. We don’t sell user data or provide “personalized” ads, and we have no plans to do so.”

The company makes money by providing infrastructure and services to corporate and enterprise clients.

As both the app and the sync engine are fully open-source, the privacy conscious among you can check the code or run a the Nylas Sync Engine locally for peace of mind.

Why Choose Nylas?

The uniqueness of Nylas is not that it is open-source or well designed. It’s that it’s extensible like a web-browser.

New features, plugins and themes can be added to N1 easily. Developers can write extensions in JavaScript, React, NodeJS, Flux and Electron.

Nylas offer an in-depth guide on getting started with N1 extension development for those interested in expanding its feature set.

Nylas N1 4.4: New Features

Nylas N1 on Linux

Recap of what the app is out-of-the-way, let’s run-down the more notable changes arriving in version 4.4.0.

Note: we are only summarising new features/improvements here. We are not providing a comprehensive list of pre-existing features.

Unified Inbox

‘Unified Inbox allows you to see, sift and sort all mail from all of your connected accounts at once’

It’s the big one, this; the long-awaited, much-requested, can’t-believe-it-didn’t-already-have feature of all features.

Unified Inbox allows you to see, sift and sort all mail from all of your connected accounts at once, in the same window.

Debuting along with the unified Inbox are unified Search and unified Drafts, Sent and Trash views.

As someone who has several e-mail accounts I appreciate the boost in workflow a unified inbox brings. I can now tackle all the mail from all the accounts I care about at the same time (and with over 150 nominations to our Cinnamon Theme Showdown, I’ve had a lot to keep on top of!).

Sidebar Tweaks

Through user feedback the account sidebar has been tweaked to add the following features:

  • Right-click on Labels to edit/rename them
  • Collapsible label and folder views
  • Enable unread counts for all accounts when viewing “All Accounts”
  • Rearrange the order accounts using through Preferences > Accounts

Other Changes

Send and Archive

If you archive e-mail conversations after replying to them then rejoice: the latest version of N1 can perform this action automatically.

Nylas say more “send variants” are to come in a future update, including ‘Send Later’, ‘Undo Send’ and an option to choose which send behaviour is actioned by default.

Send As

If you take advantage of the new unified inbox you could get confused about which mail you’re sending a reply from. A new account picket let’s your choose an alias or account before sending.

You can also set a default account to send mail from in Preferences > Sending.

Launch on Login

To receive notification of new e-mail as it arrives you should keep Nylas running in the background. If you’re forgetful you’ll appreciate the option to  set N1 to launch in the background. Head to Preferences to enable this.


  • You can now archive / trash items from the search results view
  • N1 stores mail it us unable to send in your Drafts folder (and auto-sends it when connection is restored)
  • The conversation list is now loaded faster, and makes fewer database queries
  • Unified Contact autocomplete
  • Unified unread count in indicator icon

Bonus tip: if you use N1 on Ubuntu and would like a theme that integrates better with Ambiance check out this one  on Github.

Nylas N1 Ubuntu Theme

N1 with Ubuntu theme and two-column layout enabled

Download Nylas N1 for Linux

‘Like a browser, N1 is designed to be hacked on and extended with plugins and extensions’

The best thing about N1 (and the Nylas engine that powers it is) is that it’s an open-source project. If a feature is missing, if support is patchy, and if something needs fixing anyone can dive in to toy with the code.

Like Firefox and Chrome N1 is designed to be hacked on and extended with plugins and extensions. Developer who are familiar with JavaScript can add whatever feature or change they need and make it available for other users to install, whether it’s a simple color picket for customizing labels or a totally redesigned interface that auto sorts e-mail alphabetically or inserting Nyan cat .gifs into the subject lines of every mail marked spam.

The possibilities and the potential are fantastic.

You can install N1 on both 32bit and 64bit Ubuntu by using the pre-compiled .deb installer linked below.

This deb, which weighs in at around 73MB, also adds the official N1 repository to your Software Sources so that you can receive future updates as and when they become available.

Download Nylas N1 for Linux (.deb)

Installers for Windows and Mac OS X are also available from the official N1 website.

If you like this article please consider sharing it with others via Reddit, your favourite Linux Google+ Community, adding it to Pocket, or posting it on your social media accounts — every share makes us smile! 🙂 

This post, Unified Inbox & Label Editing Arrive in Open-Source E-mail App ‘N1’, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Opera 35 Adds Tab Muting, 32-bit Linux Builds

opera 35 linuxTab muting and a redesigned download page are features arriving with the latest stable update to Opera.

Users of the often-overlooked web browser will  find a small set of other changes on offer.

We’ve made it easier for you to mute the sound from a website so you can continue viewing or reading the page without closing its tab,” the software company explains in a blog post to accompany the release.

And easier it is.

To mute the sound come from a specific website or web app you just mouse over the tab and click the speaker icon. Repeat this step to unmute it.

You can also right-click on a tab to mute all other tabs. This feature come in handy if you regularly listen to music on YouTube or Spotify Web while browsing the web.

The latest version of the browser also comes with a redesigned download page and includes “quick links for the most used file formats: documents, PDFs, images, music, videos, archives and others.”

A warning notification will also appear if exiting the browser with a download still in progress.

Lastly, Opera 35 adds theme, startup behavior and other ‘basic’ options to the Opera > Preferences section.

Opera 35 (Stable) Features

  • Tab muting
  • Improved download interface
  • Download notifications
  • New ‘Basic’ settings panel

Download Opera 35 for Linux

To download the latest Opera stable release for Ubuntu just hit the download button below. It’s available for both 64bit and — rather topically — 32bit system.

Download Opera (Stable) for Linux

This post, Opera 35 Adds Tab Muting, 32-bit Linux Builds, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Firefox 44 Released With Bug Fixes for Better Media Playback

Firefox Banner

Firefox 44, the latest version of Mozilla’s hugely popular open-source web browser, is now available for download. 

Firefox 44 brings a minor set of changes to the web browsing table, with development having focused on security improvements, bug fixes and media playback tweaks rather than ‘new features’.

Firefox 44 Changes & New Features

firefox insecure warning page

The biggest user-facing change in Firefox 44 is one you don’t want to see: a redesigned warning page. 

Firefox shows the clearer, more concise “Your connection is not secure” page for websites with certificate errors or an insecure connection. Mozilla explains further:

“When Firefox connects to a secure website it must verify that the certificate presented by the website is valid and that the encryption is strong enough to adequately protect your privacy. If the certificate cannot be validated or if the encryption is not strong enough, Firefox will stop the connection to the website and instead show an error page.”

Click on ‘Advanced’ to see further information about the issue (previously hidden behind ‘Technical Details’) and to the load the site in spite of the warning(s) thrown (Advanced > ‘Add Exception’)

omg ubuntu firefox extension

Unsigned add-ons, like this one, can still be run

Other Changes:

Enforced Add-Ons Policy Deferred

Add-on signing was due to be enforced in Firefox 44, by removing a hidden toggle to override it.

A last minute change has deferred the removal add-on signing to Firefox 46, as Mozilla explains:

In Firefox 43, we made it a default requirement for add-ons to be signed. This requirement can be disabled by toggling a preference that was originally scheduled to be removed in Firefox 44 for release and beta versions (this preference will continue to be available in the Nightly, Developer, and ESR Editions of Firefox for the foreseeable future).”

“We are delaying the removal of this preference [in beta & stable builds] to Firefox 46.”

The toggle to load unsigned add-ons is still present, news that will please extension developers and all four users of our (severely antiquated) OMG! Ubuntu! Firefox add-on 😉.

(As soon  Firefox support for Chrome extensions arrives we’ll port over our nifty Chrome add-on).

Download Firefox 44 for Linux

If you’re running a supported version of Ubuntu¹ you will receive this update automatically via Ubuntu Software Updater.

Since Ubuntu updates aren’t pushed out in realtime you may need to run a manual check for the update(s).

  1. Open Dash
  2. Search for ‘Software Update
  3. Click ‘Check for New Updates’  button

In addition, Firefox  is available to download on all platforms directly from the Mozilla website.

Download Mozilla Firefox for Linux

¹Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 15.10

This post, Firefox 44 Released With Bug Fixes for Better Media Playback, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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