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Steam for Linux

Steam Client (Beta) is available for Ubuntu / Linux

“Steam for Linux” – is now available for Ubuntu/Linux platform. They just announced – the limited access beta for the newly launched – “Steam for Linux Client”. Currently, Steam is the leading platform for delivery and management of PC/MAC games.

Now, you can play a lot of cool games in Ubuntu / Linux. it supports free to play games like Team Fortress 2, and dozens of other games are available to play on Ubuntu. checkout the list of games available for Ubuntu right now in this limited beta. Currently, it’s available only for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS but soon it will be available for other platforms.

Steam for Linux

Installing Steam Client in Ubuntu 12.04

  • Download the debian package
  • Then open the *.deb package with gdebi package installer or Ubuntu Software Center. When, the installation will complete, you can start steam client and create an account or sign in to begin.
buy and sell bootstrap themes

BootstrapThemes.me : a marketplace for Twitter Bootstrap Themes!

What is Twitter Bootstrap ?

Twitter Bootstrap is a front end framework (free and open source) for web designers/developers. With bootstrap you can easily create cool looking awesome designs with HTML5, CSS3 and jQuery (cool? yeah!).

If you’re a web designer/developer, then bootstrap may save you a lot of time, instead of working from scratch, you can start working on the top of a solid foundation (960 px grid, styles for buttons, tables, forms etc, jquery plugins, responsive etc comes along with Twitter Bootstrap).

BootstrapThemes.me – where you can buy or sell “bootstrap themes and templates”

 

Twitter Bootstrap gives you a solid foundation to begin, by default it looks cool for mockups and prototypes but the default look is not good for final release. That’s where bootstrap themes comes in.

BootstrapThemes.me

 

There are already few marketplaces for Twitter Bootstrap Themes ? Why another one ?

The problem with the available marketplaces (like ThemeForest) is that – they cut a large percentage of sale (as the service charge). They pay somewhere between 50-70%. All designers start with 50% (until he cross some cut-offs, e.g after 18.75k, he will get 55%, after $75k, he will receive 70%). I didn’t like that, so I created another marketplace for Twitter Bootstrap Themes. They are over-crowded too,

at, BootstrapThemes.me, designers get 70-80% of the sale.

buy and sell bootstrap themes

so whether you’re a designer want to develop themes for bootstrap or a developer looking for bootstrap themes,

visit BootstrapThemes.me for Bootstrap goodies!

 

UPDATE! It’s closed now. But you can checkout my other site about portfolio templates.

Ubuntu 12.10 - Desktop

Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal” Released!

Ubuntu 12.10 (code name: ‘Quantal Quetzal’) stable is out! the ISO (~800MB, for USB/DVD) is available for download. It’s the second major release this year, preceded by Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).

If you want to know about the major changes or features coming in this version, then read – what’s new in Ubuntu 12.10 . In short, graphics performance would be better, you can easily integrate web apps to desktop, improved security (you can enable the entire disk encryption during installation step itself), unity has improved a lot and new packages/apps as usual (Python 3, GIMP, Firefox etc).

Ubuntu 12.10 - Desktop

Download Ubuntu 12.10 ISO

For all download options, visit official download page of Ubuntu 12.10

Get ISO for Desktop Edition

Unity is the default desktop environment, but if you’re not happy with it, then you can try some alternative desktop environments. For absolute beginners, I recommend this article – 10 things to do after installing Ubuntu 12.10, specially if you are facing problem in getting things done on Ubuntu 12.10 or just moved in from Windows 7 or XP.

searching stuffs from Unity Dash

 

checkout cool screenshots of Ubuntu 12.10.

unity-dash-preview

Ubuntu 12.10 (Beta 2) screenshots

Ubuntu 12.10 stable will be released on the 18th of this month, but if you’re curious about the upcoming features in next version, then checkout – what’s new in Ubuntu 12.10 “Quantal Quetzal”, and some screenshots (below) from Ubuntu 12.10 beta 2.

Screenshot Tour of Ubuntu 12.10 [From Beta 2 release]

The Desktop : Unity, the default desktop environment (shell) with few improvements and tweaks (e.g buttons, launcher, graphics effects, panel options etc).

ubuntu-1210 Default Desktop Look

 

Unity Dash : pretty much same, amazon search results ? yeah, it’s certainly new (read more on amazon search results in unity)

searching stuffs from Unity Dash

 

Preview in Unity Dash : (triggered by right click on the unity search result, you can also download/install/uninstall the app, right there without opening software center or package manager)

unity-dash-preview

 

System Settings – did you notice extra options such as Privacy! (Additional Drivers is missing, may be it will be there in stable release, anyway you can get it from software center settings has moved to a new tab in software sources)

system-setting

 

Software Sources (additional driver section, by default open source driver is activated, if the performance is not good then you may try activating proprietary drivers)

additional-drivers

 

Appearance Settings – looks pretty similar to what we have in 12.04!

appearance-settings

 

Workspaces : active workspaces are looking more bright!

ubuntu-1210-workspaces

 

Online Accounts – nicely integrated web apps

online-accounts

Can’t wait to try ? Relax! The final version will be out in 10 days! (if you love experiment, then you may try beta version now but not as your primary OS; I prefer latest LTS release as the primary one(for desktop as well as server))

Update #1 : added the additional driver / software source screenshot and fixed some error! Thanks to Mr. Iceman!

amazon search results in unity

want to Turn-off Amazon search results in Ubuntu 12.10 / Unity Dash ?

In the upcoming version of Ubuntu – 12.10 (final is coming on oct 18th, 2012), when you do a default search in Unity dashboard, it also returns amazon products in results, along with some expected normal results. Of course, Canonical will make some money out of it as it’s like an Amazon Associate program.

There is nothing wrong with that, Ubuntu has always been a free (in freedom as well as in beer) operating system for both Desktop and Server environment, after all they do need to generate some revenue out of it. Paid services such as supports, Ubuntu Advantage, Ubuntu One, premium apps etc also generate revenue for Canonical but it seems like they are looking for few more stable source(s) of revenue – this Amazon experiment indicates that.

amazon search results in unity

Why most of the users don’t like the Amazon product results ?

Amazon products in dash search ?  It may be useful and convenient for some users but most of them simply don’t like this new feature in Ubuntu 12.10. In most of the cases, when users search something in Unity dash, they simply want to search Apps or files, so the amazon product results are simply irrelevant. it looks like an unnecessary clutter in the results and causes some sort of distraction. There are some privacy issues too.

So for most of the users, it’s simply annoying and so they should be able to turn it off (wither in the beginning of installation or later via settings). Unfortunately there is no option available right now (I’m using Ubuntu 12.10 beta 2), so that you can change the settings to turn-off the Amazon products results from the unity dash search. But certainly, it’s going to be available in stable release or may be in next update or in next release (Ubuntu 12.10).

How to Disable Amazon Search Results in Ubuntu 12.10 ?

So until, you get any option for disabling the Amazon products results, you can try this –

privacy-settings-online

0. Disable Online search results entirely in Privacy Settings or simply execute the command –

sudo apt-get remove unity-lens-shopping

1. Try keyboard shortcuts, e.g Super+a for searching applications in Unity dash, Super+f for searching through files and so on. The ads appear with full search mode only (Super)

2. Move away from Unity – try any other desktop environment (or shell) such as Gnome Shell, XFCE, MATE, Cinnamon or KDE. The amazon_related_feature is tightly integrated with unity desktop.

3. If it’s too annoying for you, then better stick to the latest LTS release (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS). After all, it’s an experiment, initially there wasn’t even any plan for disabling this feature but now there is.

I’ll update this post when any better solution will be available!

Update! added that privacy settings option

Update! remove the package from terminal