Today in Open Source: Will Microsoft lose its Android revenue? Plus: Linux Mint 16 Xfce RC released, and a review of openSUSE 13.1 GNOME.
In this tutorial, we will see how to install XAMPP for Linux 1.8.3 with support of PHP 5.5 under the following distros:
Ubuntu 13.10 – Ubuntu 13.04 – Ubuntu 12.10 – Ubuntu 12.04 or older
XAMPP is simply an Apache web server that includes PHP, MySQL and Perl. The latest version has these new features:
The nvidia-prime 0.5 package landed today for Ubuntu 14.04 in the long-standing effort to improve NVIDIA Optimus laptop support under Linux for systems with both Intel and NVIDIA graphics processors…
Linux Mint 16 RC (Xfce) was quietly released. The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 16 ‘Petra’. Linux Mint 16 is the result of 6 months of incremental development on top of stable and reliable technologies. This new release comes with updated software and brings refinements and new features to make your desktop even more comfortable to use. Linux Mint is an Ubuntu-based distribution whose goal is to provide a more complete out-of-the-box experience by including browser plugins, media codecs, support for DVD playback, Java and other components.
More work to properly support Nvidia Optimus landed in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr. 1. nvidia-prime 0.5 has been released today with a new feature that allows users to switch between the integrated and discrete GPU (“prime-select” command line tool). Other changes include:improved hardware detection – make sure the the laptop uses Nvidia Optimus and Nvidia driver >= 319;more robust system to deal with xorg.conf: broken xorg.conf files will be automatically restored to a configuration that works with hybrid graphics;make sure that NVIDIA is always enabled on shutdown – this will avoid issues with the BIOS;more.nvidia-prime is a package that comes with a set of tools to enable Nvidia’s Prime on MUXless systems. Currently, nvidia-prime 0.5 is available in the Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr proposed repository and it will take a while before it’s promoted to the main repositories.2. Thanks to the latest nvidia-prime, we can also see a change in Nvidia Settings that landed about two weeks ago in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr: an additional tab was added, allowing users to switch between GPUs:This tab is only visible if nvidia-prime >= 0.5 is installed. After changing between the Nvidia and Intel GPUs, you’ll need to log out or restart the
Despite Sebastien Bacher’s (software engineer at Canonical) initial proposal to stay on GTK 3.8 for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, GTK 3.10 landed in the Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr proposed repositories.According to an Ubuntu Desktop mailing list message, the rationale behind updating GTK to version 3.10 in Ubuntu 14.04 is to make “app developers happier (and we expect some of them to want to stay on the LTS for some time), and unblock some work for Ubuntu GNOME” and also, this should “bring performance improvement to our Unity menus”.In the same message, Sebastien Bacher explains that Canonical plans to fork gnome-settings-daemon and gnome-control-center for Unity 7 (see: Unity Control Center @ Launchpad) and stay on the current version for Trusty – if that happens, it would benefit Ubuntu GNOME which could ship with the latest GSD/GCC.Furthermore, for Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Canonical wants to add menubars back to GNOME applications that no longer use a traditional style menubar in recent versions, such as Nautilus, Evince, GNOME Calculator and so on: “the plan is to upstream those patches, and to make the menubar be displayed in a conditional way depending of the environment, that’s what is done already in Gedit”. The developers are
Today in Open Source: PCLinuxOS 2013.12 released. Plus: PCLinuxOS 2013.12 MATE screenshot tour, and Linux Mint 16 KDE RC released.
The team is proud to announce the release of Linux Mint 16 “Petra” Xfce RC.
Linux Mint 16 Petra Xfce Edition
Xfce is a lightweight desktop environment which aims to be fast and low on system resources, while still being visually appealing and user friendly. This edition features all the improvements from the latest Linux Mint release on top of an Xfce 4.10 desktop.
New features at a glance:
For a complete overview and to see screenshots of the new features, visit: “What’s new in Linux Mint 16 Xfce“.
Make sure to read the “Release Notes” to be aware of important info or known issues related to this release.
HTTP Mirrors for the 32-bit DVD ISO:
HTTP Mirrors for the 64-bit DVD ISO:
We look forward to receiving your feedback. Thank you for using Linux Mint and have a lot of fun testing the release candidate!
Install HandBrake 0.9.9 Video Converter in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty/13.10 Saucy/13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/12.04 Precise/11.10/11.04/10.10/10.04/9.04/Linux Mint 16/15/14/13/12/11/10/9/8HandBrake is a tool for converting video from nearly any format to a selection of modern, widely supported codecs. HandBrake is an open-source, GPL-licensed, multiplatform, multithreaded video transcoder, available for MacOS X, Linux and Windows. Outputs Formats:File format: MP4(M4V) and MKVVideo: H.264(x264), MPEG-4(ffmpeg), MPEG-2(ffmpeg), or Theora(libtheora)Audio: AAC, CoreAudio AAC/HE-AAC (OS X Only), MP3, Flac, AC3, or Vorbis. AC-3, DTS, DTS-HD, AAC and MP3 pass-thruFeatures:Chapter selection, Chapter MarkersSubtitlesVobsub and Closed CaptionsSRT import and passthruSSA passthru or burn-in (experimental)Constant Quality or Average Bitrate Video EncodingSupport for VFR, CFR and VFRVideo and Filters: Deinterlacing, Decomb, Detelecine, Deblock, Grayscale Cropping and scalingLive Video PreivewBuilt-in presets for common devicesChangelog of 0.9.9:Improved HandBrake pineapple iconImproved Retina-resolution icons within the applicationBlu-ray (PGS) subtitle supportAdditional video framerates (30, 50, 59.94, 60 fps)Double framerate (“bob”) mode for the deinterlace and decomb filtersBetter audio remix
I have collected five icon themes that you can use on Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) or older. I have chosen the themes randomly and I hope you like them. All themes will be installed via PPA, no need to bother yourself in downloading and extracting, just run a few commands in the terminal.
1. Nitrux OS Icon Theme
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/nitrux