Ubuntu 13.04: Alpha Releases Dropped, Only One Beta Milestone

ubuntu raring ringtail logoFor Ubuntu 13.04, all alphas and the first beta release have been dropped from the release schedule, so Raring Ringtail will have only one beta version and obviously, the final stable release.
Nicholas Skaggs, the Canonical QA Community Coordinator, mentions in a blog post that instead of the old milestones, a bi-weekly testing process will be used throughout the development cycle. He also mentions that the daily ISOs will continue to be published as usual and they will be automatically ‘smoke’ tested to make sure there are no more broken installers on the published images.
Further more, the freezes (for instance, when the Feature Freeze takes place, the developers stop introducing new features or packages and concentrate on fixing bugs only) have been moved back a few weeks so the development will continue until late in the release cycle.
The Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail schedule should now look like this:
March 28th: beta releaseApril 25th: final Ubuntu 13.04 release
These changes will only affect the main Ubuntu flavor (with Unity), while the other flavors like Xubuntu, Kubuntu, etc., will have complete control over their releases so we might see different release schedules for each Ubuntu flavor.

Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.



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    Kazam Screencaster 1.3.2 Gets New UI, Screenshots Support

    A new Kazam Screencaster version has been released today, which brings a complete UI overhaul, support for taking screenshots and other new features.

    Kazam is a screen recording tool – or better said, it was, because with the latest 1.3.2 version, it’s not just for screencasts and it can be used to take screenshots as well: fullscreen (current monitor), all screens, window or area.
    The new version also brings a new user interface which lets you easily switch between the screencast and screenshot mode:


    The encoder type, framerate and other options have been moved from the main window to a new preferences dialog:

    In the preferences, you can select the speakers and microphone source, enable/disable the countdown splash, set the framerate, encoding type, if the files should be automatically saved, the directory where to save the files and the filename prefix. There’s also an option to set the screenshot shutter sound (or to turn it off).

    Other changes in Kazam Screencaster 1.3.2:
    Support for Gstreamer 1.0Automatic file saving. You can set the prefix filename separately for screenshots and screencastsSupport for selecting a single window to screencastTheme-able shutter sounds. Included sounds: Canon 7D and Nikon D80.
    The latest Kazam should also support keyboard shortcuts:start recording: Super + Control + rpause recording: Super + Control + pfinish recording: Super + Control + fshow Kazam: Super + Control + squit: Super + Control + q

    If you want to see some screencasts recorded using Kazam, take a look at our Lubuntu 12.10 and Xubuntu 12.10 videos.

    Install Kazam Screencaster in Ubuntu
    The latest Kazam Screencaster 1.3.2 is considered an unstable build so it can be installed from the Kazam Unstable PPA, for Ubuntu 12.10 only (for other Ubuntu versions there are older Kazam builds). To add the PPA and install Kazam, use the commands below in a terminal:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kazam-team/unstable-series
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install kazam
    For other Linux distributions, you can download Kazam Screencaster via Launchpad.
    Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.

    Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.



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    Dosti Shayari SMS

    Dosti Shayari

    In ankho se sapne churaya na kero
    humari dosti ko azmaya na kero,
    tumhari ek hasi meri dil ki dhadkan hai
    unhe yu na ansuo mein gavaya kero…

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      How To Get A Complete GNOME 3 Desktop In Ubuntu 12.10, Without Installing Ubuntu GNOME Remix

      If you’re using Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity or some other desktop environment and want to switch to a complete GNOME 3 desktop experience without installing Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10, you can do this by simply installing a few packages.
      Using the instructions below, you won’t just install GNOME Shell, but also the default settings and applications that come with Ubuntu GNOME Remix. There are also some optional steps to install the GNOME 3 applications which are missing from Ubuntu GNOME Remix.

      sudo apt-get install full-gnome3-experience
      No, the command in the header won’t work, but you’ll get a complete GNOME 3 experience in Ubuntu 12.10 by following the steps below.
      1. Install the Ubuntu GNOME packages

      To install the default Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 packages and get the default settings as well, use the command below. It will install GNOME Shell along with the GNOME3 core applications.
      sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop ubuntu-gnome-default-settingsWhen prompted, select GDM as the default display manager.

      If you already had GDM installed and the package manager didn’t prompt you to choose between LightDM and GDM or you’ve selected LightDM by mistake, you can run the following command:sudo dpkg-reconfigure gdmAnd select GDM instead of LightDM (more about changing the display manager, here). You can use LightDM with GNOME Shell, but you won’t get the complete GNOME 3 experience – for instance, GNOME Shell won’t use the new GNOME 3.6 lock screen.
      It is also a good idea to remove the “ubuntu-settings” package:
      sudo apt-get remove ubuntu-settings
      Note that removing this package, the “ubuntu-desktop” package will be removed as well. This is just a meta package and your system shouldn’t be affected by it.
      The “ubuntu-settings” package is used to set various Ubuntu defaults, like the window button order, which Rhythmbox plugins are enabled by default and so on.

      Optional
      2. Install missing GNOME 3 packages

      Even though they are part of the default GNOME 3 application stack, GNOME Documents and Boxes are not installed by default with the ubuntu-gnome-desktop package. Install them using the following command:sudo apt-get install gnome-documents gnome-boxesNote: Boxes is only available on 64bit due to a bug!

      3. Upgrade Nautilus, Totem and other GNOME 3 packages to version 3.6.x

      Some packages in the Ubuntu 12.10 repositories aren’t updated to the latest 3.6.x version. So, like we wrote a while back, you can use the GNOME3 PPA to upgrade these applications.
      Add the PPA using the following command:
      sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3
      Then, launch Software Updater from Dash / menu and use it to upgrade your packages.

      The packages that will be upgraded once you add the PPA are: Aisleriot 3.6.0, Brasero 3.6.0, Nautilus 3.6.1 and Totem 3.6.0. The PPA also provides Transmission 0.7.1, Transmageddon 0.23 and Sound Juicer 3.5.0.

      4. Remove overlay scrollbars

      One thing I’ve noticed after following the steps above myself, is that GNOME Shell continues to use Ubuntu’s overlay scrollbars. If you want to use the GNOME 3 scrollbars instead, remove overlay scrollbars using the following command:sudo apt-get remove overlay-scrollbar*

      Once you’re done, restart your computer (a logout may be enough for most stuff, but to get all the changes, including GDM for the login screen, a restart is probably a better idea) and select “GNOME” from the login screen.

      some info via Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 release notes

      Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.



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        Jinke Laut Aane Ki Na Koi Aas Hai Yaaro,
        Wo Najro Se Door Hai To Kya Hua,
        Banke Dil Ki Dhadkan Mere Paas To Hai Yaaro….

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          Jinke Laut Aane Ki Na Koi Aas Hai Yaaro,
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            Xnoise Media Player Gets New Album Art View

            Xnoise 0.2.13 has been released today, introducing a new Album Art view, similar to the one available in Banshee or in Rhythmbox through the CoverArt Browser plugin, along with a new application icon created by Reda Lazri.
            The new Album Art view can be accessed from the toolbar/menu or by using the CTRL + B keyboard shortcut. There’s an integrated search too, which supports searching for artist, album or track name so you don’t have to exit the Album Art view to find out on which album you can find a certain track:
            xnoise media playerNew Xnoise album art view
            Other changes in Xnoise 0.2.13:
            Revamped ‘Now Playing’ image rendering with reflectionsAdd weblink to keyboard shortcuts in help menuUse symbolic icon in volume sliderImplement MPRIS 2 seekEnable support for more media typesMingw compatibility fixes
            new xnoise iconNew Xnoise icon

            Xnoise is a fast GTK+ media player written in Vala, which supports both music and video files. It features automatic album art fetching, a nice “Now Playing” pane, media keys sypport, plugins for online services like UbuntuOne Music Store, Last.fm, Lyrics as well as Ubuntu integration such as Quicklists, HUD support, SoundMenu integration and notifications.
            Here’s a video recorded by the Xnoise developer, demoing some of the features available in the latest Xnoise 0.2.13:

            (direct video link)

            Install Xnoise in Ubuntu
            xnoise media player
            To install the latest Xnoise in Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal or 12.04 Precise Pangolin, use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shkn/xnoise
            sudo apt-get update
            sudo apt-get install xnoise
            For other Linux distributions, get Xnoise source via GitHub.

            Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.



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              GPaste GNOME Shell Clipboard Manager Available For Ubuntu 12.10 (GNOME Shell 3.6)

              gpasteGPaste, a native GNOME Shell clipboard manager, is now available for Ubuntu 12.10 / GNOME Shell 3.6 through the WebUpd8 GNOME 3 PPA.
              GPaste features uris support (remembers copied files, not just text), a command line tool, option to backup / restore clipboard history, image support and other useful options.

              Install GPaste in Ubuntu 12.10
              To install GPaste in Ubuntu 12.10 (with GNOME Shell 3.6), use the following commands:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3
              sudo apt-get update
              sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-gpaste
              Once installed, enable the extension using GNOME Tweak Tool.

              Note: there’s a memory leak when enabling the image support (it occurs when taking a screenshot for instance). For this reason, I’ve disabled it by default in GPaste package available in our PPA but you can enable it from the GPaste settings if you want to use it anyway.
              Unfortunately, the latest GPaste 2.9 doesn’t compile successfully for Ubuntu 12.04, that’s why the latest version is only available for Ubuntu 12.10.

              Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.



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                Tweak Unity With Unsettings 0.08, Now With Ubuntu 12.10 Support

                unsettingsUnsettings, a tool that lets you tweak Unity, has reached version 0.08, getting support for Unity 6 and thus Ubuntu 12.10.
                Unsettings 0.08 brings some new features as well:
                option to force fast minimize animationoption to force low graphics modeshow real name on paneloption to disable online search results in DashUnity WebApps supportUI tweaksmore
                Unsettings can be used to tweak most Unity settings, like disabling the global menu or overlay scrollbars, change the GTK or icon theme and many others. Here’s a list of Unsettings features:Launcher look: change size, opacity, background colourLauncher behaviour: change visibility, reveal trigger, edge responsiveness, reveal pressure, autohide animation, urgent animation, launch animation, backlight modeDash: change size, blur, enable or disable apps available for download, recently used apps, search all files, online search resultsPanel: change opacity, opaque if maximized, show real name on the panel, show/hide battery status and an option to whitelist application to show up in the systrayIndicators: show/hide bluetooth and sound indicators, set which media players are ignored by the Ubuntu sound indicatorFonts: change the font (for the desktop, window title, monospaced, etc.), hinting and antialiasingWindows: set minimize animation, overlay scrollbars behaviour (including an option to disable it), enable/disable global menu, HUD, click to focus, auto raise, set the automaximize valueDesktop: change the number of workspaces, enable/disable icons on the desktop, shortcut overlay, alt-tab behaviour, set the next monitor pressureWeb Apps: enable/disable webapps, set pre-authorized web apps, enable or disable specified web appsThemes: options to change the theme: GTK, window, icon or cursor theme. There’s also an option to force low graphics modeGTK: show mnemonics, display icons in buttons or menus, cursor blink.
                A few more Unsettings screenshots:

                unsettings
                unsettings
                unsettings
                unsettings

                Install Unsettings
                Unsettings 0.08 supports Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and 11.10, but obviously the options available in Unsettings depend on the Unity version you’re using. To add the PPA and install the latest Unsettings, use the commands below:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
                sudo apt-get update
                sudo apt-get install unsettings
                You can also download Unsettings without adding the PPA, from HERE.

                If you encounter bugs, report them @ Launchpad.

                Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.



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                  Tweak Unity With Unsettings 0.08, Now With Ubuntu 12.10 Support

                  unsettingsUnsettings, a tool that lets you tweak Unity, has reached version 0.08, getting support for Unity 6 and thus Ubuntu 12.10.
                  Unsettings 0.08 brings some new features as well:
                  option to force fast minimize animationoption to force low graphics modeshow real name on paneloption to disable online search results in DashUnity WebApps supportUI tweaksmore
                  Unsettings can be used to tweak most Unity settings, like disabling the global menu or overlay scrollbars, change the GTK or icon theme and many others. Here’s a list of Unsettings features:Launcher look: change size, opacity, background colourLauncher behaviour: change visibility, reveal trigger, edge responsiveness, reveal pressure, autohide animation, urgent animation, launch animation, backlight modeDash: change size, blur, enable or disable apps available for download, recently used apps, search all files, online search resultsPanel: change opacity, opaque if maximized, show real name on the panel, show/hide battery status and an option to whitelist application to show up in the systrayIndicators: show/hide bluetooth and sound indicators, set which media players are ignored by the Ubuntu sound indicatorFonts: change the font (for the desktop, window title, monospaced, etc.), hinting and antialiasingWindows: set minimize animation, overlay scrollbars behaviour (including an option to disable it), enable/disable global menu, HUD, click to focus, auto raise, set the automaximize valueDesktop: change the number of workspaces, enable/disable icons on the desktop, shortcut overlay, alt-tab behaviour, set the next monitor pressureWeb Apps: enable/disable webapps, set pre-authorized web apps, enable or disable specified web appsThemes: options to change the theme: GTK, window, icon or cursor theme. There’s also an option to force low graphics modeGTK: show mnemonics, display icons in buttons or menus, cursor blink.
                  A few more Unsettings screenshots:

                  unsettings
                  unsettings
                  unsettings
                  unsettings

                  Install Unsettings
                  Unsettings 0.08 supports Ubuntu 12.10, 12.04 and 11.10, but obviously the options available in Unsettings depend on the Unity version you’re using. To add the PPA and install the latest Unsettings, use the commands below:sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
                  sudo apt-get update
                  sudo apt-get install unsettings
                  You can also download Unsettings without adding the PPA, from HERE.

                  If you encounter bugs, report them @ Launchpad.

                  Originally published at WebUpd8: Daily Ubuntu / Linux news and application reviews.



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