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Want Longer Battery Life on Linux? Try Fedora

Battery life on Linux is something of a weak spot in my opinion. It’s not abjectly terrible, but it’s not subjectively fantastic, either. So I’m stoked to hear that Red Hat (yes, them again) are hard at work trying to improve Linux battery life. Their engineers have beavered away on battery life variables to find the […]

This post, Want Longer Battery Life on Linux? Try Fedora, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE are Coming to the Windows Store

Ubuntu will soon be available to install from the Windows Store on Windows 10. Nope, I’m not drunk, and you’re not hallucinating. The news was announced by Microsoft’s Terry Myers at the software giant’s annual Build conference for developers. What’s more Ubuntu isn’t the only Linux distribution planned. Microsoft says it is working with SUSE and Fedora to bring their […]

This post, Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE are Coming to the Windows Store, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Fedora 25 Makes It Super Easy to Type Emoji (And I’m Jealous)

smiley emoji thumbnailFedora 25 Workstation makes it incredibly easy to type emoji using just your keyboard. And I’m very jealous. If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you’ll you know how much hassle it can be to see emoji on Linux, much less insert them! And while there’s a nerdy terminal app and an ’emoji picker indicator’, nothing […]

This post, Fedora 25 Makes It Super Easy to Type Emoji (And I’m Jealous), was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Need a New Wallpaper? Fedora 25 Has You Covered

f25-supplemental-wp-chosenI change my wallpaper on a regular basis. But this task often involves spending several hours scouring the ass-end of the internet in an attempt to find something that’s a) decent and b) decently high-res to use. If you’re in the same boat then listen up: you can stop: Fedora has us covered. Fedora 25 Supplemental Wallpapers The Fedora design […]

This post, Need a New Wallpaper? Fedora 25 Has You Covered, was written by Joey-Elijah Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Try Nuvola Player 3 Beta (Cloud Music Player With Tight Desktop Integration)

Nuvola Player is a cloud music player supports various services such as Google Play Music, This is My Jam, Rdio, Deezer, Bandcamp, Spotify, Jango, Mixcloud and KEXP Live Stream.
Its purpose is to integrate these music services with the desktop, providing MPRIS v2 support (integration with the Ubuntu Sound Menu, GNOME Shell MediaPlayer extension, Cinnamon Sound applet, etc.), desktop notifications, multimedia keys support, Unity quicklists as well as an optional tray icon.

Nuvola Player 3

The app also provides various extra features such as integration with audio scrobbling services like last.fm and libre.fm, proxy support as well as an option to prefer dark theme.
I’ve been wanting to write an article about Nuvola Player 3 (currently in beta) for quite some time, hoping it would become stable (the stable release was scheduled for December 2014), but unfortunately it was postponed because of low funding.
However, I decided to publish an article about it anyway, since it comes with some important improvements and it will probably take a while until the stable version is released. Furthermore, the Nuvola Player Launchpad PPAs have a note saying that they are obsolete and Nuvola Player 3 should be used instead.
If you want to help speed up its development, you can make a donation or contribute to its development @ GitHub.
Nuvola Player 3 is a complete rewrite from scratch, containing some important under the hood differences compared to Nuvola Player 2.
Nuvola Player 2 uses GTK3 while Adobe Flash (required by most of the cloud music services supported by Nuvola Player) uses GTK2 and the two cannot live in the same process – “the first generation WebKitGtk+ web rendering engine used in Nuvola Player 2 runs plugins in the same process as the rest of the user interface, so GTK+ 2 based Flash plugins cannot be loaded without conflicts with GTK+ 3“, notes the Nuvola Player documentation.
Because of this, Nuvola Player 2 required some ugly hacks to get it to support Flash, which had various disadvantages, like only supporting the 32bit Flash plugin, high memory usage, crashes, etc.

With Nuvola Player 3, these hacks are no longer needed because it uses WebKit2Gtk+, which allows running plugins in a separate GTK2 process, without the need to install 32bit Flash on 64bit systems. Furthermore, if Flash crashes, it doesn’t crash the whole Nuvola Player 3 app.
Also, Nuvola Player 3 has an updated UI with client-side decorations and AppMenu in GNOME (however, classic window borders are used in desktop environments that don’t fully support CSD, such as Unity).

Other new features available in Nuvola Player 3 include:

  • the ability to run multiple cloud music services in the same time;
  • separate launchers for each service so you can pin it to the Unity Launcher or whatever dock / app launcher you’re using;
  • added a keyboard shortcuts configuration manager;
  • added support for global keyboard shortcuts;
  • reworked command line interface (see “nuvolaplayer3ctl –help” for all the available options);
  • Unity Quick list integration was enhanced to show state of toggle actions (e.g. thumbs up/down, feature request) and radio actions (e.g. star rating).

Unfortunately, Nuvola Player 3 doesn’t yet support some of the services that are available in Nuvola Player 3, such as Hype Machine, Pandora and Logitech Media Server, but they might be added later on, while Amazon Cloud Player, Synology Audio Station and 8tracks are under development and will be added to the repository when ready.

Install Nuvola Player 3 (beta)

Nuvola Player 3 installer

To install Nuvola Player 3, you can use its official installer which adds the Nuvola Player repository and installs the latest Nuvola Player 3 (or Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10 and 15.04, Fedora 20 and 21 – unfortunately, the repository wasn’t updated for Fedora 22 yet -, as well as Debian Sid and Jessie). For complete installation instructions, see THIS page.

Note for Linux Mint users: While Linux Mint is not officially supported, you can simply select Ubuntu 14.04 LTS in the installer and it should work. Howerver, Linux Mint doesn’t install packages listed under “Recommends” and because of this, Flash Player as well as the Nuvola Player 3 services won’t be installed and you’ll have to install them manually (install “nuvolaplayer3-all-services” to get all the Nuvola Player 3 services and one of the following packages for Flash Player: adobe-flashplugin, flashplugin-installer or freshplayerplugin).

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Download Fedora 22 Final CD / DVD / ISO / 32-Bit / x86_64

Hello, Fedora 22 released few days back and now available for download, Sorry for delay in posting of download links, You can download using following Links. Note: Fedora 22 will be using now DNF instead of YUM, YUM IS DEAD ! Download Fedora 22 Workstation 64-Bit Live Image (x86_64): http://download.fedoraproject.org/pub/fedora/linux/releases/22/Workstation/x86_64/iso/Fedora-Live-Workstation-x86_64-22-3.iso Download Fedora 22 Workstation 32-Bit Live […]

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Fedora 22 Released, See What`s New [Workstation]

Fedora 22 workstation screenshots

Fedora 22 Workstation was released today and it ships with the latest stable GNOME 3.16, a new default package manager and other interesting changes. Let’s take a look at what’s new!

GNOME 3.16

Fedora 22 Workstation ships with GNOME 3.16 by default and the most important change in this release is probably the new notification system, which has replaced the old Message Tray.
In GNOME 3.16, the notification history can now be accessed from the date/time menu (the calendar widget from the Top Bar):

Fedora 22 workstation screenshots

… while legacy “tray” icons are displayed in an expandable “drawer” that uses autohide and it’s available in the bottom left corner of the screen:

Fedora 22 workstation screenshots

Furthermore, the notification popups, called “banners”, are now displayed at the top of the screen:

Fedora 22 workstation screenshots

In the screenshot above you should notice a dot next to the date/time indicator – this indicates unread notifications.

Other changes in GNOME 3.16 include:

  • refreshed GNOME Shell theme (including monochrome icons for the applications menu);
  • scrollbars are displayed only when needed (see screenshot below);
  • GTK+ 3.16:
    • OpenGL support;
    • themes can now simultaneously support multiple GTK+ versions, by including version-specific CSS;
    • a new widget called GtkPopoverMenu was added and it can be used for creating menus contained with popovers;
    • many GTK+ Inspector changes including a much improved user interface;
  • GNOME apps:
    • GNOME’s Image Viewer has been redesigned and it now uses header bars;
    • Files (Nautilus) 3.16 comes with bigger icons/thumbnails by default, reorganized menus, improved grid and list views as well as a new popover for changing between views, zoom level and sort order. Also, with the latest Files app, users can now move files and folders to the trash using the Delete key instead of Ctrl + Delete, like in previous versions;
    • Installation of GStreamer codecs, fonts, and certain document types is now handled by Software;
    • Maps can now display information bubbles which show the address, wheelchair accessibility along with links to Wikipedia articles. Also, the latest GNOME Maps comes with built-in Foursquare support, which allows you to check-in;
    • Calculator now displays previous calculations so you can easily copy previous figures;
    • Boxes comes with an updated properties interface, a new menu makes it possible to send keyboard shortcuts that cannot be entered directly into a box and more;
    • smart playlists have been added to Music, so you can view frequently played and recently added tracks. It is now also possible to star your favorite tracks;
    • two new games were added: a sliding blocks game called Taquin and 2048;
    • three new preview applications were added: Calendar (which already comes with Google Calendar sync), Characters (character map application) and Books (e-book viewer) – these are not installed by default in Fedora 22 but are available in the repositories;
    • a new IDE for GNOME, called “Builder”, is now available as an early preview (it’s not installed by default but it’s available in the repositories).

See our GNOME 3.16 article for more information (including a video).
Here are a few screenshots with some of the changes mentioned above, taken under Fedora 22 Workstation:

Fedora 22 workstation screenshots

Fedora 22 workstation screenshots

Fedora 22 workstation screenshots

Fedora 22 workstation screenshots

Fedora 22 workstation screenshots

Other changes

Fedora 22 Workstation includes quite a few under the hood changes, including a new default package manager: DNF (under the hood, it uses an improved dependency solver, called hawkey, along with librepo for repository operations and libcomps for package groups), which has replaced Yum.

DNF provides better performance and memory footprint along with a “strict API definition for plugins and extending projects”, notes the Fedora 22 release announcement.

Most DNF commands are similar to Yum (and /usr/bin/yum now redirects to /usr/bin/dnf, with a deprecation notice) and the same RPM package repositories are used however, there are some differences:
  • updates that don’t work are skipped – this is similar to Yum’s “–skip-broken” (which isn’t available for DNF), but it evaluates the impact of the problem against the entire transaction;
  • repositories that don’t work are skipped;
  • dependencies are not upgraded on package installation;
  • when removing a package, DNF will automatically remove any dependent packages that were not explicitly installed by the user;
  • by default, DNF will check for updates in configured repositories hourly, starting ten minutes after the system boots;
  • unlike with Yum, DNF allows removing all kernel packages, including running package.

Even more changes:

  • the Software tool and PackageKit now support searching for packages in disabled repositories;
  • Fedora 22 introduces the Preupgrade Assistant (not installed by default), a diagnostics utility which assesses the system for possible in-place upgrade limitations and provides a report with the analysis results;
  • GDM uses Wayland by default, instead of Xorg, bringing the transition to Wayland one step closer. The default GNOME session continues to use X;
  • input devices use a new driver: “libinput”, which replaces other drivers such as synaptics, and provides improved support for multi-touch devices and software emulated buttons (this is only installed by default on new Fedora 22 installations);
  • The default console font has been changed to eurlatgr in Fedora 22. The new font has the same typeface as the previously used latarcyrheb-sun16 font, but supports a broader range of characters from the Latin and Greek alphabets as well as some commonly used symbol;
  • The Terminal now notifies you when a long running job completes (this is a Fedora-specific feature, that’s why I didn’t include it in the GNOME 3.16 changes above).

Default packages

Fedora 22 workstation screenshots

Fedora 22 Workstation ships with Firefox 38.0.1, LibreOffice, Shotwell 0.22.0, Rhythmbox 3.2.1, Transmission 2.84, Empathy 3.12.10 along with version 3.16.x of the core GNOME applications (Nautilus, Gedit, Terminal and so on), on top of GNOME Shell 3.16.2 and GTK+ 3.16.3.
Under the hood, Fedora 22 Workstation uses the Linux Kernel 4.0.4, systemd 209, Mesa 10.5.4 and Xorg Server 1.17.1.

Download Fedora 22

Before installing Fedora 22, make sure you check out the common bugs list and the official release notes.

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It’s also important to mention that three new websites were released along with Fedora 22 today:

To easily install codecs, Java and various popular apps that aren’t available in the Fedora repositories, along with tweaks such as improved font rendering, you can use Fedy, a Fedora post-install utility which was updated to version 4.0 recently and it already supports Fedora 22.

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