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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is released!

Ubuntu 14.04 (code named as Trusty Tahr) is released.  It’s a LTS release, so, it will be supported for next 5 years (the earlier LTS edition (12.04) was released two years ago). If you move from LTS to LTS (as I do, for primary development environment), then it’s time to upgrade.

Download Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

What’s new in Ubuntu 14.04 “Trusty Tahr” ?

In the latest Ubuntu 14.04 Desktop edition, the default desktop environment Unity has improved a lot. Now, you can easily change menu bar settings to windows title bar instead of top menu bar, It also supports  high DPI screens and text scaling as well, Improved screensaver and locked screen etc.

So, before switching to alternate desktop environment like Mate/Cinnamon or GNOME, you should give it another try. You may like it. Although, new version of GNOME (3.12) will also be available soon.

Here are some other changes/improvements in this new release.

  • Ships with Python 3 by default, although you can easily install python 2 from the package
  • Linux Kernel 3.13
  • Updates and new features for AppArmor
  • Newer version of Upstart (1.12.1)
  • Latest version of LibreOffice (4.2.3) with lots of new features
  • New Xorg display driver (15.0)

Read official release notes for more details and if you also want to know about the new features for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Server edition.

Parallelly, other flavors of Ubuntu 14.04 are also available. So, if you don’t like the default desktop environment (Unity) in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, then check out these editions :


Brackets – Code editor for web developers!

brackets-logoBrackets is a free and open source, cross-platform code editor from Adobe. It’s specifically designed for web developers. It’s written in HTML/CSS/Javascript.

There are lots of cool features such as live preview for HTML, quick edit, built-in support for css preprocessors etc And it’s dedicated for web development so if you write a lot of HTML5/CSS3/Javascript then you may feel more productive with Brackets. The UI looks clean and minimal.


Getting started with Brackets

If you want to try Brackets – debian package is available for Ubuntu. It’s under active development, so there may be some new features/changes coming into the next release, you should checkout their project page on Github.

Also checkout this video :


Spark – A micro web framework in Java

Spark is a micro web framework in Java, inspired from Sinatra (a popular lightweight web framework in Ruby). Using spark, you can quickly build web applications in Java, with minimal effort (without going through the boring xml configurations steps). If you learning java, then you can learn a lot by reading the source (since, it’s a free and open source framework).



  • its simplicity
  • fast development
  • high productivity (get more done, in fewer lines of code)

Getting started with Spark

1. First setup spark

Download Spark (If you’re using Apache Maven, then it would be much easier for you)

2. Write some code

Code in image ? Ha Ha .. just to remind you that it’s not a good habit to copy/paste code! Type it.

3. Launch

Now, you can see your little app in action :


Recommended Link(s)
Read official – getting started guide for Spark

profile in MediaGoblin

MediaGoblin – a decentralized platform for sharing pictures and videos!

GNU MediaGoblin is a decentralized and open platform for sharing media stuffs (pictures, videos). It’s a free and open source software, built using free and open technologies such as Python, Celery, SQLALCHEMY,  HTML5, CSS3 and so. It’s a GNU project.

profile in MediaGoblin

MediaGoblin is a decentralized software, you can run your own instance and have full control over it or just use any public instance (run by your friend or someone else). It respects your freedom and independence, so it’s a great alternative to sites such as Flickr. It has simple and clean design with features you will love to use. (e.g Markdown support, easy conversation/discussion on your photos, public profile etc)

Want to give it a try ?


Linux Mint 15 – “Olivia” is released!

Linux Mint 15 (code named as Olivia) is released. If you’re  using the the older version of Linux Mint, then follow the upgrade instructions. Linux Mint 15 has arrived with lots of new features and improvements. The first one, you will notice to the login screen itself (HTML animated MDM based login screen) :


Major changes/improvements in Linux Mint 15 ?

  • Improved Desktop Editions (Cinnamon 1.8 and MATE 1.6 – both offers a tons of new great features and improvements)
  • Software Sources, now called MintSources, has been developed from scratch, to support additional features (unstable packages, easy management)
  • MintDrivers, for managing various drivers (e.g for Graphics Card, printers etc)
  • Nemo File Manager – new features and bug fixes
  • Desklets for Desktop, it’s like Android widgets
  • Improved Control Center & more!

Download Linux Mint 15

You can download the appropriate edition (comes with CINNAMON or MATE desktop, for both 32/64 bit computer)

To know more about the new features – read this official page about Linux Mint 15.