Archives For Ubuntu 18.04

gnome shell

The trash can icon is moved from left launcher to desktop icon since Ubuntu switched back to Gnome Desktop.

For those using files context menu or keyboard shortcut to delete file folders, and getting access to trash can via Files (nautilus file browser), the desktop icon is kinda useless and you may want to remove it.

You can easily remove (hide) the trash can desktop icon by doing following steps:

1. Open Ubuntu Software, search for and install Gnome Tweaks, a Gnome 3 desktop configuration tool.

2. Once installed, launch Gnome Tweaks and navigate to Desktop pane. There you can see the toggles to show or hide some desktop icons.

Simply turn off the toggle for Trash and enjoy!

touchpad

Touchpad Indicator is system tray applet to configure laptop touchpad settings and actions in Ubuntu desktop.

With Touchpad Indicator, you can easily:

  • Disable / Enable touchpad with indicator menu or keyboard shortcut.
  • Disable touchpad when mouse is plugged.
  • Disable touchpad while typing.
  • Also do basic settings for natural scrolling, tapping, touchpad speed, etc.

How to Install Touchpad Indicator in Ubuntu:

The software is available in the developer’s PPA for all current Ubuntu releases.

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, do followings steps to install the indicator:

1. Run command to add the PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao

Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then check updates and install the software by running following commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install touchpad-indicator

Once installed, launch it and you’ll see the applet icon in top-right system tray.

Uninstall:

To remove touchpad indicator, run apt command in terminal with remove flag:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove touchpad-indicator

To remove PPA repositories, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

Ubuntu 18.04

The final beta of Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver LTS (Long Term Support) was released a few hours ago.

Ubuntu 18.04 Beta 2 features iso images for Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Cloud products. Also Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu images are available.

The beta includes updated versions of most of core set of packages, including a current 4.15 kernel, and much more. And the final release of Ubuntu 18.04 will be available on April 26.

Download Ubuntu 18.04 Beta2

Notable hanges in Kubuntu 18.04 since the last LTS:

  • Replace Dragonplayer with VLC as default media player.
  • Muon package manager is shipped by default once again.
  • Replace Amarok with Cantata Qt5 as default music player.
  • Drop Telepathy instant messaging client from the defaults.

Notable changes in Xubuntu 18.04 include:

  • Removed the GTK Theme Configuration tool
  • Replaced the Sound Indicator with the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin.
  • Replaced Application indicator with Status Notifier Plugin
  • Replace some desktop applications: Evince -> Atril, File Roller -> Engrampa, GNOME Calculator -> MATE Calculator.

Changes in Ubuntu MATE 18.04 include:

  • MATE desktop 1.20
  • Uses Indicators by default in all layouts.
  • Brisk Menu switches to a dash-style launcher for Mutiny or Cupertino layout.
  • Minimal installation support and more and more other changes.
  • New and updated desktop layouts
  • The xcursor themes have been replaced with new cursours from MATE upstream

Changes in Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 Beta2 include:

  • Introduce Window Shuffler – a brand-new GUI and keyboard based grid tiling
  • Weather Applet now is working again.
  • Budgie Welcome has had a whole series of changes

Notable changes in Ubuntu Studio 18.04 Beta 2 include:

  • Add an option to Ubuntu Studio Controls to set the CPU governor to performance mode
  • Removed zynjacku as this is no longer maintained software
  • Updated versions of main multimedia packages

The beta images for other flavors: Ubuntu Kylin 18.04, LUbuntu 18.04.

Ubuntu 18.04

The first beta of Ubuntu 18.04 Bionic Beaver LTS (Long Term Support) was released last night.

Ubuntu 18.04 Beta 1 features images for Kubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, and Xubuntu.

NOTE the pre-releases of Ubuntu 18.04 are not recommended for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs.

Changes in Xubuntu 18.04 Beta 1 include:

  • Removed the GTK Theme Configuration tool
  • Replaced the Sound Indicator with the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin.
  • Replaced Application indicator with Status Notifier Plugin
  • Replace some desktop applications: Evince -> Atril, File Roller -> Engrampa, GNOME Calculator -> MATE Calculator.

Changes in Kubuntu 18.04 beta 1 include:

  • Replace Dragonplayer with VLC as default media player.
  • Muon package manager is shipped by default once again.
  • Replace Amarok with Cantata Qt5 as default music player.
  • Drop Telepathy instant messaging client from the defaults.

Changes in Ubuntu MATE 18.04 Beta 1 include:

  • MATE desktop 1.20
  • Uses Indicators by default in all layouts.
  • Brisk Menu switches to a dash-style launcher for Mutiny or Cupertino layout.
  • Minimal installation support and more and more other changes.

Changes in Ubuntu Budgie 18.04 Beta1 include:

  • Better font handling for Chinese and Korean users
  • Play mp3 out of the box.
  • New applets available via Budgie settings, Budgie welcome.
  • New exciting GTK+ theme by default called Pocillo
  • Minimal installation.

Future releases of Ubuntu 18.04:

April 5th Final Beta
April 19th Final Freeze / Release Candidate
April 26th Final release of Ubuntu 18.04

gnome shell

It’s been a long time last time I wrote about how to enable “Open as root” or “Open as Administrator” in Nautilus’ context menu.

A Nautilus extension called Nautilus Admin has been created for a period of time. It’s a simply Python script that adds some administrative actions to the right-click menu:

  • Open as Administrator: opens a folder in a new Nautilus window running with administrator (root) privileges.
  • Edit as Administrator: opens a file in a Gedit window running with administrator (root) privileges.

To install the Nautilus extension:

The extension is available for all current Ubuntu releases: Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Simply open “Terminal” either via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher. Then run command:

sudo apt-get install nautilus-admin

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then restart Nautilus via command:

nautilus -q

That’s it. Open nautilus file browser again and enjoy with new context menu options!