New Icons For Ubuntu Software Center, Nautilus, Software Updater And Unity Launcher Revealed [Ubuntu 13.04]

A bug called “Update the default wallpaper in 13.04” has been reported on Launchpad today, revealing the new Ubuntu 13.04 wallpaper which, like we’re used to, is just a slightly modified version of the previous default wallpaper:
Ubuntu 13.04 default wallpaper
But the bug report I was talking about revealed something a lot more interesting than this: it links to bug reports about some new icons which will be used for Ubuntu Software Center, Nautilus, Software Updater and some launcher icons like the BFB icon (the Launcher icon that’s used to open Dash), or the workspace switcher (the new icon should change depending on which workspace is currently being utilised, but this hasn’t been implemented in Unity yet) which you can see below:
Ubuntu 13.04 new icons
Since the icons don’t exactly express what they do, let me explain: the icon in the middle of the ALT+TAB dialog in the screenshot above is the new Ubuntu Software Center icon, the one on the right of the USC icon is the Software Update icon (the green icon). And the icon on the left of USC, as you’ve probably figured out, is the Nautilus icon.
The new wallpaper / icons have not landed in Ubuntu 13.04 yet and are subject to change.
What do you think? Do you like the new icons?

wallpaper bug via iloveubuntu.net

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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

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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.

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        Lubuntu (w/ LXDE) 12.10 – Quick Overview

        Lubuntu, an official Ubuntu flavour starting with version 11.10 which uses LXDE, a lightweight desktop environment by default, has reached version 12.10.

        I’m posting this article a bit late, since Lubuntu 12.10 was released 5 days ago, but there are too many Ubuntu flavours to cover in just one day.
        Lubuntu 12.10 brings updated artwork, a new session manager, updated file manager which includes an external thumbnailer, along with updated default applications and other changes.
        To see the latest Lubuntu 12.10 in action, watch the video below:

        (direct video link)
        Default applications

        Lubuntu 12.10 ships with applications such as Pcmanfm as the default file manager, Synaptic Package Manager, Lubuntu Software Center, Chromium as the default browser, Pidgin, Transmission, mtPaint for simple image editing, Abiword, Gnumeric, GNOME Mplayer, Xfburn, Audacious and others.
        Lubuntu Software Center
        As you can see, most if not all are lightweight tools, and the result is that Lubuntu requires very low system resources – the Lubuntu wiki mentions that Lubuntu should run even with 128 MB of RAM, though for decent usage, 256MB or RAM or more are required.
        In Lubuntu 12.10, a new default application has been added: Catfish, which can be used to search the file system:
        lubuntu 12.10 catfish
        Another change is the addition of the Xfce notification daemon (xfce4-notifyd), which has replaced the old notification daemon:
        lubuntu 12.10 notifications

        Pcmanfm, the default file manager, has been updated, the new version bringing external thumbnailer support and lots of bug fixes:
        lubuntu 12.10 pcmanfm

        It’s also worth mentioning that, unlike the other Ubuntu flavors, Lubuntu 12.10 continues to offer alternate ISO files for download.

        Artwork
        Lubuntu 12.10 comes with an updated visual identity, which includes:

        – a new wallpaper:

        lubuntu 12.10 wallpaper

        – a new icon theme (it’s not complete yet, and for now it “inherits” icons from the elementary icon theme) called Box:

        You can see some of the new icons in most of the pictures in this post.

        Download Lubuntu 12.10
        Download Lubuntu 12.10 from HERE and make sure to also read the official release notes.

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          Things You Do After Installing Ubuntu 12.10

          ubuntu 12.10If you’ve been following WebUpd8 for a while, you’ve probably noticed that we used to make a post with things to tweak after each Ubuntu release (here are the 12.04 and 11.10 posts). This time, let’s do things differently!
          I’ll start by sharing with you the first things I did after installing the latest Ubuntu 12.10 and you, the readers, can post comments, telling us what you’ve installed / customized / tweaked after installing 12.10, no matter what Ubuntu flavour you’re using.

          What I did after installing Ubuntu 12.10
          The first thing I did after installing Ubuntu 12.10 was to restore my PPAs backup from Ubuntu 12.04. That’s right, I’m addicted to PPAs. That’s because, even though Ubuntu 12.10 has the latest version of most packages, there are some apps which aren’t available in the official repositories that I can’t live without. For this I’ve used Y PPA Manager which imports the GPG keys automatically and can also update the PPAs that work with the latest Ubuntu release.

          Firefox extensions and webapps.

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            Prefer GNOME Shell? Download Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10

            Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 has been released!

            Ubuntu GNOME Remix, a Linux distribution which aims to become an official Ubuntu flavour, uses GNOME Shell as the default “shell” and tries to provide a “mostly pure GNOME desktop experience built from the Ubuntu repositories”.

            Learn more about Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 by watching the video below:

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            GNOME Shell by default
            Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 uses GNOME Shell 3.6.1 by default, along with most of the GNOME 3.6 application stack, so it basically has the features you’ve seen in our GNOME 3.6 post.
            Here’s the new GNOME Shell 3.6 message tray:

            ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshots
            ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshots

            Since GDM 3.6.1 is included as well, you’ll also get the cool new GNOME 3.6 lock screen:

            ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshotsGNOME 3.6 lock screenubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshotsGDM 3.6.1

            Here are a few more GNOME Shell screenshots:

            ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshots
            ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshots
            ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshots

            Default packages
            As you would expect, Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 tries to offer most of the GNOME 3.6 applications: Web (Epiphany) 3.6, Evolution 3.6, Gedit 3.6, etc.
            ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshotsEvolution 3.6
            ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshotsWeb 3.6
            But there are some packages which aren’t updated to version 3.6: Aisleriot, Nautilus, System Settings, and Totem:
            ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshotsNautilus 3.4.2That’s because Ubuntu itself uses older versions of these apps, so Ubuntu GNOME Remix is stuck with them as well. But you can update Nautilus or Totem to version 3.6 by using the GNOME3 Team PPA.

            There are also some GNOME applications which aren’t included by default, like Boxes or GNOME Documents. And you won’t find any of the Ubuntu-specific applications as well: Ubuntu One or Ubuntu Software Center aren’t included in Ubuntu GNOME Remix since they aren’t official GNOME apps.
            Instead of Ubuntu Software Center, it uses “Software” (gnome-packagekit), which includes its own update manager:
            ubuntu gnome remix 12.10 screenshots
            Applications included by default: Web (Epiphany) 3.6.0, Nauilus 3.4.2, GNOME Tweak Tool, Abiword and Gnumeric, Evolution 3.6.0, Cheese, Gwibber, Rhythmbox 2.97, GNOME games, Shotwell, Simple Scan, Transmission, GNOME Packagekit.
            The classic (fallback) session is included by default as well, but is only used if your hardware can’t run GNOME Shell.

            Artwork
            As you would expect, Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 uses the default GNOME 3 artwork: Adwaita for the GTK theme and the GNOME icon theme, along with the official GNOME 3.6 wallpaper.
            But, at least compared to the beta, there is now a Plymouth theme as well as an Ubiquity installer slideshow:

            The slideshow uses images for all the slides except the last one, which is common with the other Ubuntu flavours (which tells the user where he can get support). That’s probably because the work was done by a small team and there wasn’t enough time to get everything ready, this being the first Ubuntu GNOME release.

            GNOME Shell was the missing piece and now, with 12.10, Ubuntu has all the popular DEs covered: from Xfce, KDE and LXDE to GNOME Shell or Unity (although these last 2 are not DEs but “shells”), even though Ubuntu GNOME Remix is not official yet. But let’s hope it will become an official Ubuntu flavour with 13.04 Raring Ringtail.

            Download Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10
            Download Ubuntu GNOME Remix 12.10 – and remember to read the official release notes!

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              Xubuntu 12.10 Released With Xfce 4.10 [Screenshots, Video]

              xubuntu 12.10Xubuntu, the Xfce Ubuntu flavor, has been released today along with the other Ubuntu flavours. It’s a great alternative for those who do not want to use GNOME Shell or Unity and prefer a more traditional layout.
              The latest Xubuntu 12.10 brings updated artwork and default applications and the latest Xfce 4.10.

              Here’s a video I’ve recorded, presenting the changes in Xubuntu 12.10:

              (direct video link)

              Xfce 4.10 by default
              Xfce 4.10, which is used in Xubuntu 12.10, brings many improvements, including:
              – re-written application finder which combines the functionality of the old appfinder and xfrun4:
              xubuntu 12.10
              – a new vertical display mode for the panel, called “deskbar” which switches the applets orientation to horizontal, making the panel behave like a vertical ‘dock’:
              xubuntu 12.10
              – multiple rows support for the panel:

              xubuntu 12.10

              Other Xfce changes include:
              the window manager supports tiling windows when dragging them to the screen edgesthumbnail rendering support for Xfdesktopthe mouse and touchpad dialog is capable of handling basic Synaptics and Wacom properties in the GUI

              Xubuntu 12.10 artwork
              The artwork has received special attention in Xubuntu 12.10. For instance, Greybird, the default Xubuntu 12.10 theme, has got a complete makeover, with re-written GTK3 support:
              xubuntu 12.10

              There’s also a new default wallpaper, updated login screen and Ubiquity slideshow:
              xubuntu 12.10
              xubuntu 12.10

              Default applications
              xubuntu 12.10
              To make Xubuntu 12.10 fit on a CD (unlike Ubuntu), quite a few default applications were removed. In Xubuntu 12.10, you’ll no longer find Synaptic Package Manager, GIMP or Startup Disk Creator installed by default. There are also less games: only Mines and Sudoku are available on the CD.

              Ubuntu Software Center in Xubuntu 12.10The default application selection in Xubuntu 12.10 includes: Firefox 16.0.1, Thunderbird 16.0.1, gMusicBrowser 1.1.9, Parole 0.3.0.3, Thunar 1.4.0, gThumb 3.0.2, Pidgin 2.10.6, Transmission 2.61, Abiword 2.9.2+svn, Catfish search tool 0.4.0.2, XChat 2.8.8 along with Ubuntu Software Center 5.3.14.2, on top of Xfce 4.10.

              Other changes
              It’s also worth mentioning that the offline documentation has been completely rewritten for Xubuntu 12.10.
              Unfortunately, the messaging indicator isn’t available for Ubuntu 12.10. Also, just like for Ubuntu, there isn’t an alternate ISO anymore.

              Download Xubuntu 12.10
              Download Xubuntu 12.10 from http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/ and check out the official release notes!

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                Ubuntu 12.10 Released – See What`s New

                ubuntu 12.10 screenshotsAfter 6 months of development, Ubuntu 12.10 has been released, bringing some exciting new features.
                With Ubuntu 12.10, Unity has gained a “Previews” feature and there’s also an innovative new “webapps” technology which integrates websites tightly with Ubuntu. Read on to find out what’s new in the latest Ubuntu 12.10.

                Ubuntu 12.10 video

                (direct video link)
                There’s an YouTube glitch if you watch the video in 1080p and Flash so either use HTML5 (youtube.com/html5) or don’t set the maximum resolution.

                Unity changes: Dash previews, webapps support, more
                In Ubuntu 12.10, Dash has got a new feature called “Previews” which lets you preview various content that shows up in Dash, via right click. The previews support applications, pictures, videos, music (which can be played directly from Dash), as well as some other file types like PDFs. Not all files are supported and it doesn’t work with folders for now:
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots

                Three new lenses have been added by default in Ubuntu 12.10:
                – A social (Gwibber) lens which can be used to check out the latest Twitter, Facebook, etc. posts and it can even be used to interact with these services, like for instance retweeting or liking a Facebook photo, without leaving Dash:
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots
                And of course, this new lens has previews support as well:

                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots

                – A shopping lens which is built into Dash as an integrated lens and is used to deliver commercial content when you perform a search, under “More Suggestions”:
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots
                This lens uses affiliate links so if you use it to purchase products, Canonical earns a percentage of the sale. Since this lens is installed by default, Dash presents a new legal notice which you can read by clicking its icon, available on each lens, on the bottom right:
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots
                You can turn of this lens, along with all online features available in Dash via System Settings > Privacy:
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots
                – And finally, the third new lens is a photo lens which displays both local and online (Facebook, Flikr, Picasa Web) photos:
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots

                Another cool new Unity feature in Ubuntu 12.10 is the addition of a new “webapps” technology by default. With this, websites like Gmail, Grooveshark, Last.fm, Facebook and many others can integrate tightly with Unity: they will support HUD, you’ll receive desktop notifications, quicklists, ALT-TAB support and they will integrate with the messaging menu:
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots
                Only two webapps are installed by default: for Amazon and Ubuntu One music store (online version), but many others can be installed via Ubuntu Software Center.

                Examples of what the new WebApps technology can do:
                Control Grooveshark from the Ubuntu Sound MenuSee how many unread emails you have in your Gmail or Yahoo Mail inbox from the Ubuntu Messaging MenuGet native desktop notifications for Google+
                For better online integration, there’s also a new Online Accounts dialog in System Settings (not to be confused with the GNOME Shell Online Accounts!), where you can add your Facebook, Google, Yahoo, etc.:
                ubuntu 12.10 screenshots

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                  Ubuntu 12.10 Gets Option To Disable Online Search Results In Dash [Unity 6.8.0]

                  Unity 6.8.0 has been released in the Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal repositories today, along with updated default lenses, bringing many bug fixes as usual, along with an option to disable online results from showing up in Dash.

                  Starting with the latest Unity 6.8.0, you can disable Dash online search results by going to System Settings > Privacy > Search results, and setting “When searching in Dash – Include online search results” to OFF:

                  The option was added to Activity Log Manager (the privacy tool that lets you disable various files or other items from showing up in Dash)

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