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You Can Now Edit OpenStreetMap Info In GNOME Maps

gnome maps logoGNOME Maps will support OpenStreetMap editing in its next release.

OpenStreetMap is a free, collaborative project to create an easily editable map of the world — the Wikipedia of maps, if you will.

Version 3.20 of the desktop mapping tool will see other improvements too, including improved translation behaviour and support for custom geo-json map layers.

Expanded place bubbles appear for ‘points of interest’. These pop-overs display basic information, such as a cafe name and its address.

Additional info, including website links and phone numbers, can also be revealed within these location pop-ups by clicking an ‘overflow’ button, as pictured:

gnome maps 3.20 with expanded POI bubble

GNOME Maps with (Editable) POI Bubble

More interestingly though is support for adding and editing OSM points of interest through the GNOME Maps client.

It’s a feature that GNOME Maps developer Marcus Lundblad explains in more detail on his blog:

OSM POI Edit Dialog in GNOME Maps

OSM POI Editing Dialog

“These fields are also possible to edit on OSM now, and if you copy a tel: URL from i.e. a web page, it would […] reformat it into the raw telephone number.

The title of the editing dialog has been adjusted to better communicate the fact the changes are actually uploaded to the public OpenSteetMap database, and not stored locally or something like that.”

GNOME Maps 3.20 will ship as part of the Core Apps suite in the next stable release of the GNOME desktop environment.

GNOME 3.20 is (currently) scheduled for release in March, 2016.

See the official GNOME Wiki page for the GNOME Maps project for more details on the app and its features.

This post, You Can Now Edit OpenStreetMap Info In GNOME Maps, was written by Scott Bouvier 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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Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Will Ship An Older Version Of Nautilus


Nautilus 3.18.4 in Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2

Hold the front pages: Ubuntu 16.04 LTS won’t ship with the latest Nautilus 3.18 as originally intended.

I know: hardly ‘Shiny new Ubuntu tablet‘ levels of news, right?

But the choice of file manager in Ubuntu is important. It’s an app many of us interact with multiple times a day.

So what’s the issue?

Each update to GNOME, somewhat controversially, sees a bunch of old features and options reduced, retired or removed from its core apps. GNOME’s designers and usability folks strive to create a streamlined, simple and modern desktop OS — and you can’t push forward when you’re wading through a decade’s worth of cruft.

It’s a noble goal. It’s hard to argue with the intent.

But at the same time it can be a mite frustrating for users to find a feature present in one version, but stripped out entirely in the next.

Nautilus in GNOME 3.18, and to some degree GNOME 3.16, has been as well received as Madonna arriving late to her own concert — i.e., not very well.

Nautilus has introduced a broad set of changes to its appearance and usability over the past year, including a new file copy dialog, a new ‘other locations’ section, but also new bugs, like crazy default zoom level settings and inconsistent new window spawning,

Suffice to say it’s a mix that hasn’t gone down too well with upstream users. GNOME devs hope to quell concerns with Nautilus 3.20, coming in a few months.

The decision to ship an older version in 16.04 means, sadly, that anyone the feature changes introduced as part of the GNOME 3.18 update will, for now, have to wait a little longer.

Ubuntu’s Sebastien Bacher explains the decision further on Launchpad:

“The new version is going to need more work  which is not going to be done this cycle (some issues/regressions are being handled upstream in 3.20 but we can do that update with our GTK version, also the new copy dialog is a bit much of a change and upstream confirms it’s creating problems that they try to address with more UI changes.”

Equally as critical as the, er, user criticism, it’s not proving easy to hack back in proper menu bar support.

With Ubuntu 16.04 an LTS release the decision (wisely) is to revert back to the older, more reliable Nautilus 3.14.3 for now.

The change is waiting in the Xenial Proposed queue. It should roll out to all Ubuntu 16.04 builds in the coming days.

nautilus with menu bar on show

Nautilus 3.14.3 in Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2

This post, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS Will Ship An Older Version Of Nautilus, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 Released, Available to Download

Xerox Release Schedule Graphic

Today sees the second alpha release of the Ubuntu 16.04 development cycle made available to download.

Alpha 2 arrives a day later than originally planned, and sees just three flavors release builds as part of the milestone.

Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME and Kubuntu sit this alpha out. Why? To paraphrase a recent comment from a Kubuntu dev: “There’s simply nothing to test yet.

‘Xubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME & Kubuntu skip this alpha entirely’

Of the three Ubuntu flavors taking part it is only Ubuntu MATE that boasts a set of changes worth the chore of downloading an ISO for.

Download Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2

Alpha releases are not recommended for general use unless you’re a developer — but then you already know that. Those diving in to test this development releases are advised to use live media or a virtual machine.

Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 updates a host of well-known apps, including Mozilla Firefox 44, the latest stable release of LibreOffice, and various bits and pieces that make up the GNOME software stack.

Linux Kernel 4.3.x ships in this milestone. Ubuntu 16.04 LTS will use the 4.4 Linux kernel by the time of its final, stable release in April.

The majority of changes in Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 are, as with the previous alpha release, under the hood.

For a brief overview of the more not(ic)able changes since the Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 1, roll your peepers over the assembly of pixels below.

Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2

Alpha releases are for development and testing purposes only and do contain bugs.

ubuntu mate 15.04

The second alpha release of Ubuntu MATE keeps up the chocka-changelog of last release.

There are several new community-contributed wallpapers on offer, plus MATE colorized icons for categories, devices and places.

MATE Desktop v1.12, which includes touchpad improvements, and adds support for multi-touch and natural scrolling features.

Ubuntu MATE Welcome v16.04.1 features a new ambiance theme, gains graphics card detection, and stuffs its software recommendation section with a more varied choice of apps and utilities.

Lastly, but by no means least-ly, libraries to support DVD and BluRay playback are pre-installed in Ubuntu MATE 16.04 (but for licensing reasons will still need user configuration to actually play media).

Download Ubuntu MATE 16.04 Alpha 2

Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Alpha 2

ubuntu kylin xenial xerus

Kylin is the official Chinese Ubuntu flavor. We don’t talk about it much, but as the screenshot above clearly shows, there’ll soon be a very big reason to!

Changes shipping in the Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Alpha 2 release are more modest:

  • New version of Kylin Software Center
  • Redesigned China weather indicator
  • Update to Youker personal assistant

Expect substantial UI and UX changes to land in time for the first beta milestone in late February. Among them: an enhanced lock screen & login experience, new first-run wizard and an option to reposition the Unity Launcher at the bottom of the screen¹.

Download Ubuntu Kylin 16.04 Alpha 2

Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2


With all effort focused on honing the new LxQt desktop experience, Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 sees only a modest selection of bug fixes and core package updates.

Among the highlights are:

  • Box icon theme update
  • New version of Lubuntu Software Center
  • Linux Kernel 4.3

As a LTS release, Lubuntu 16.04 also supports the (oft forgotten) PowerPC architecture.

If you have an old iMac or iBook sat collecting dust why not put it to good use by helping to test these new PPC builds?

Download Lubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2

¹Not yet landed

This post, Ubuntu 16.04 Alpha 2 Released, Available to Download, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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How to Install Visual Studio Code in Ubuntu

microsoft-tileA fair chunk of you will know that Microsoft — no hissing at the back — has released a cross-platform code editor that runs on Linux (as well as Mac OS X and Windows). Announced at the Build 2015 event, Microsoft has launched a desktop code editing application on Linux called Visual Studio Code. (If you didn’t know then I […]

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