Gnome 3.12 is released with lots of new features, improvements and bug fixes. It’s a great news for those who’re stuck with the default desktop environment : Unity. Gnome experience is becoming better with every major release (with 3.*). The default text editor gedit, got lots of design changes; Now, the UI is more clean and minimal.
This video quickly explains all the exciting stuffs in Gnome 3.12.
What’s new in Gnome 3.12 ?
- Now, it’s much easier to find/install applications
- UI improvements for gedit/video applications
- Better support for high resolution display
- App startup time has improved
- More efficient at handling resources
- Folders, that lets you organize apps
Read official announcement at gnome.org
Scribus is a Desktop publishing software, similar to Adobe InDesign. Scribus is a free and open source software, it’s available for all common platforms such as GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, Windows etc.
It has simple and easy to use interface. It has lots of features including Color Separations, CMYK and spot colors etc. Scribus is widely used for creating newsletters, posters, books, brouchures and quality pdfs/presentations.
Where to get Scribus ?
If you’re using a GNU/Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, then you can install it in one simple command (for other distributions you should checkout their repository manual) –
sudo apt-get install scribus
To download/install Scribus on other operating systems, read instructions on official website .
Google Reader is going away (read official news ), If you’re an Ubuntu user, here is a great alternative for you : Liferea. It’s a simple and easy to use application that can be used as an alternative to Google Reader.
Liferea – Linux Feed Reader
Liferea is a feed aggregator for GNOME based distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian etc. You can easily add various sources/subscriptions (your favourite Blogs or News sources) and stay updated from one place. You don’t even need to open a browser (since it’s a Desktop Application), unless full content is not available in your source feed.
Installing Liferea in Ubuntu
Open a terminal and type (or you could search in Software Center, if that’s the way your prefer to install new applications) –
sudo apt-get install liferea
Liferea has lot of cool features, and it’s easily customizable too. Checkout
Tools -> Preferences and there are lot of things you may want to change according to your need, e.g Feed Update settings, Folder Behavior, items in the feed, external browser settings, notification settings, proxy, location of downloaded contents, reading shortcuts and more!
KDE 4.10 is released! It has lot cool new stuffs including the improvements in Plasma workspaces, new widgets built on Qt Quick, better stability, ease of use and performance. Now, the wallpaper engine is based on QML (easier to create and more secure).
New Features/Changes in KDE 4.10
- faster and reliable Meta engine
- improved File Manager (Dolphin)
- new Print Manager
- improved Plasma Workspace
- new Air Theme
- improvements in KWin Window Manager and Compositor
- new appmenu
Read the official announcement for more details (about the new features/improvements)
VPN (Virtual Private Network) connections are great for those who want higher degree of security on the Internet. All of your web traffic will be encrypted. So even if you’re browsing a non-ssl website – your information (e.g login details) is always safe with VPN.
So even if you’re just a web surfer or a heavy torrent downloader you can try VPN to save yourself from the common spy (your ISPs and goverment) and it will also allow you to bypass geographical restrictions (it means if you use a US based VPN then you can browse CBS or Hulu videos from anywhere in the world).
Which VPN provider to choose ?
There are lot of VPN providers, I recommend Private Internet Access (I’m using it – and it’s working great) – it’s good and costs only few bucks a month. If you’re using other VPN provider then you may have to adjust few things according to their recommendation.
Setting up VPN on Ubuntu / Linux Mint
step 1. Go to Network settings and create a new interface for your network – select VPN.
Then a new dialog will appear to select the interface type – select VPN .
step 2. Then select the VPN type – choose PPTP (Point to Point Tunneling Protocol).
step 3. Now – add your VPN account details (gateway, there are various gateway you can choose from here is the list of gateways).
step 4. After adding some basic details for your VPN provider, go to advanced settings and enable MPPE.
step 5. Now – enable VPN and enjoy the higher degree of security
That’s all, your VPN setup is done and you can switch between vpn or direct access – just in single click.
Note: using vpn may slow down your browsing experience, it’s not recommended when your connection speed is too slow.