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Linux 4.13 Released, This Is What’s New

Linux 4.13 kernelLinux Kernel 4.13 is officially out! Announcing the release on the Linux Kernel Mailing List (LKML) Linus Torvalds says: “last week was actually somewhat eventful, but not enough to push me to delay 4.13,” going on to recount some personal issues involving a kidney stone — ouch! “Go get the new kernel,” he encourages. The next release, […]

This post, Linux 4.13 Released, This Is What’s New, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Happy Birthday Linux!

happy birthday linuxHappy 26th birthday Linux! Yes, it’s that time of the year once again, the day which most open-source enthusiasts consider to be the famous kernel’s formal founding. It was on this day 26 years ago that a plucky Fin named Linus Torvalds punched out a small announcement about his ‘hobby’ operating system and shared it with the Minix newsgroup. […]

This post, Happy Birthday Linux!, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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How To Flash Android (Flyme) On Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition
This is a quick guide for how to reflash Fyme OS on Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition. Flyme is based on Android with some redesign along with extras. It doesn’t ship with Google apps, but those are easily installable.

You can flash Flyme 5.1.12G or 6.1.0G (released recently), both based on Android 5.1. To see what’s new in Flyme 6, check out THIS page. Using the steps below, you should receive future Flyme OS updates automatically, so there’s no need to reflash anything manually for any OS updates.

Flash Android (Flyme) On Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition)

Before proceeding, make sure your phone is charged. Also, like with any flashing procedure, this may brick your device, so use these instructions at your own risk! And finally, I should mention that I didn’t yet try to perform a reverse procedure (install Ubuntu Touch back) so if you plan on doing this in the future, you’ll have to figure out how to do it yourself.

1. What you’ll need

1.A. adb and fastboot.

In Ubuntu, adb and fastboot are available in the official repositories. To install them, use the following commands:

sudo apt install adb fastboot

These can also be downloaded from HERE (for Linux, Mac and Windows).

1.B. Flyme firmware (global version).

The Meizu MX4 global firmware is available to download from HERE.

1.C. recovery.img from Flyme OS.

This can be downloaded from HERE or HERE.

Place the firmware along with the recovery image in your home folder.

2. Enable Developer mode on your Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition (About phone > Developer mode).

3. You may encounter an error with adb / fastboot not detecting the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition device. To fix this, open the ~/.android/adb_usb.ini file with a text editor (if it doesn’t exist, create the “.android” folder in your home directory, and a file called adb_usb.ini inside this folder) and paste the following in this file:
0x2a45
… and save the file.

On Windows, this file is available under C:Users<user name>.android

4. Flash the recovery and Flyme OS

4.A. Connect the Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition device to your computer via USB (USB 2.0 is recommended because it looks like there might be issues with USB 3.0), then reboot in bootloader mode and flash the recovery:
adb reboot-bootloader
fastboot flash recovery recovery.img

(or enter the exact path to where you downloaded “recovery.img”)

Note that the phone must be unlocked when doing this. Also, the first time you use adb, the phone will ask if you want to allow the connection – make sure you click “Accept”!
In theory, you should be able to reboot to bootloader by holding volume down + power buttons, and into recovery by holding volume up + power, but these didn’t work for some reason on my device (I don’t remember if only one of them or both), that’s why I used commands instead in this article.

4.B. Next, power up the phone and after Ubuntu Touch boots, run the following command to reboot into recovery:
adb reboot recovery

From the recovery screen (which is in Chinese), you need to get to a screen which displays the “adb sideload” command at the bottom. You get to this by selecting the various options in the recovery screen, but unfortunately I forgot which one (and I didn’t took a picture). So unfortunately I can’t tell you exactly how to get there, but remember that “adb sideload” should be displayed at the bottom when you get to the right option.

Once you get to the screen I mentioned above, run the following command

adb sideload update.zip

(or enter the exact path to where you downloaded “update.zip”)

On the next reboot, your Meizu MX4 should run Flyme instead of Ubuntu Touch. Note that the first boot might take a long time!

Quick Flyme OS tips for new users

Meizu MX4 Flyme

And finally, a couple of tips if you’re new to Flyme OS.
Meizu MX4 has only 1 button, so to perform a “back” function, instead of using a dedicated button, you’ll need to touch the Meizu MX4 button once.
To go to the home screen you’ll have to swipe up on the Meizu MX4 button.
To install Google Play Store and other Google apps, you’ll need the Meizu Google Apps Installer. This is available in the Meizu store, or you can grab an APK from HERE.

Rooting the device is very easy. You’ll need to create a Meizu account and log in to it on the Meizu MX4. Next, go to Settings > Security > Root Permission and agree to the terms. That’s it.

References:

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Audacious 3.9 Released With Qt User Interface Enhancements, More [PPA]

Audacious 3.9 was released recently, bringing much-needed updates to the QT UI, along with various other enhancements.
Audacious 3.9 GTK2 interface
Audacious GTK2 interface

Audacious is a music player available for Linux and Windows, which ships with an extensive list of plugins, along with multiple interfaces: GTK2, GTK3, Qt5 and a Winamp2-like interface. Note that the builds from the main WebUpd8 PPA use the GTK2 and Qt5 interfaces.

As a side note, the GTK2 and GTK3 versions may be dropped in the future, when the Qt5 version is mature enough.
The application is developed with low resource use and high audio quality in mind. It ships with plugins such as global hotkeys, lyrics, MPRIS v2, Scrobbler, Spectrum Analyzer, effects such as Crystalizer, Voice Removal, Crossfade, Extra Stereo, and more. Its Winamp-like interface supports Winamp 2.x wsz skins.

Changes in Audacious 3.9 include:

  • Qt user interface:
    • the Audacious main window is more customizable thanks to the addition of a View menu (includes options to view/hide the main menu, info bar, info bar visualization, status bar as well as remaining time) and additional options in the application settings;
    • configurable playlist columns;
    • drag’n’drop support for playlist entries;
    • improved playlist search bar: it’s hidden until pressing Ctrl + F, and it matches results more intelligently;
    • new controls for stream recording;
    • integrated menu items and keyboard shortcuts for the Playlist Manager and Search Tool;
  • a comments column can now be displayed in the playlist (and it supports sorting by it);
  • improved Search Tool results formatting (bold, italics and capitals highlight different types of results);
  • added support for directories in m3u playlists;
  • added automatic switching between track and album ReplayGain modes when shuffle is enabled / disabled;
  • various other enhancements and bug fixes.

A complete Audacious 3.9 list of changes can be found HERE.

Here are screenshots with the Audacious 3.9 Winamp2-like and Qt interfaces:

Audacious 3.9 Winamp2 interface
Audacious 3.9 Qt interface

Install the latest Audacious in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via PPA

To install / upgrade to the latest Audacious (version 3.9 at the time I’m writing this article) in Ubuntu 17.10, 17.04, 16.04 or 14.04 / Linux Mint 18.x or 17.x, and derivatives, by using the main WebUpd8 PPA, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install audacious

As a reminder, Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) has reached end of life, so Launchpad doesn’t allow uploading new packages for it in any PPA.

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

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Purism to Announce a Linux Phone Soon

Hardware company Purism is best known for being the driving force behind the goal of creating a truly free software laptop — but are they about to launch a Linux phone? Fuelling speculation that, yes, they are, the company accidentally published a blog post earlier today titled: “Phone Campaign Temporary Page“. Oblique title, sure, and as […]

This post, Purism to Announce a Linux Phone Soon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Why Linux Users Often Make the Most Valuable Customers

generic tux linux mascotLinux users are the most valuable customers you can have. That may sound like a collective stroke of the ego, but I do consider it true. We’ve spoken to a lot of software developers over the years, developers making both free and paid-for software. And many of them are often left impressed by the investment […]

This post, Why Linux Users Often Make the Most Valuable Customers, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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