Visual Studio Code announced version 1.87 as the new February 2024 release!

The release features voice dictation support in editor. With VS Code Speech extension installed, user can use voice to dictate directly into the editor.

It can be started by pressing Ctrl+Alt+V on keyboard, and stop via Escape key. Or, press and hold the key combination (Ctrl+Alt+V) to enable walky-talky mode, that the voice recognition stops as soon as the keys released.

The VS Code Speech extension now has 26 supported languages support. Each language comes as its own extension. And user can choose between them using accessibility.voice.speechLanguage setting.

Other changes in the release include:

  • Multi-cursor inline completions are previewed and applied at both the primary and the secondary cursor positions.
  • Rename suggestions from Copilot.
  • Pylance extension for Python support now has an Add Imports code action for adding missing imports.
  • Enable sticky scroll by defaul, and increase maximum display number from 10 to 20.
  • GitHub Copilot Chat suggests templates and features when adding dev container configuration files to a workspace
  • Side-by-side preview refactoring – Preview refactorings across files with multi diff editor.

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Prompt, the container-oriented terminal emulator, now is re-named to Ptyxis!

GNOME Developer Christian Hergert announced the Prompt terminal emulator a few months ago. It “marries the best of GNOME Builder’s seamless container support, the beauty of GNOME Text Editor, and the robustness of VTE.” described in the blog post.

Due to name confusion to other product, the terminal emulator now has a new name called “Ptyxis”, according to this postThe extremely nice people at Panic let me know they had a product that might be confused with Prompt and I agreed it could be confusing.

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This is a step by step beginner’s guide shows how to install OnlyOffice Desktop Editors office suite and keep it up-to-date in Ubuntu 22.04. Though the title said for Ubuntu 22.04, it also works in Linux Mint (exclude Snap) and Debian.

OnlyOffice, formerly TeamLab, is a free office suite. The Desktop Editors is offline version, that’s made up of Document, Spreadsheet, Presentation, and PDF Form. Though, it supports collaborative editing by connecting to a cloud service.

The desktop editors is free and open-source (AGPL-3.0-only license) software works in Windows, Linux, and macOS. There’ also mobile version for iOS and Android, though called OnlyOffice Documents. It’s compatible with MS Office (OOXML) and OpenDocument (ODF) formats and supports DOC, DOCX, ODT, RTF, TXT, PDF, HTML, EPUB, XPS, DjVu, XLS, XLSX, ODS, CSV, PPT, PPTX, ODP, DOTX, XLTX, POTX, OTT, OTS, OTP, and PDF-A.

The office suite is available to install in Ubuntu in 4 different ways. Choose any one that you prefer:

  • native .deb.
  • universal Flatpak
  • universal Snap
  • portable AppImage

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This is a step by step beginners guide shows how to install and setup OneDrive client in Ubuntu 22.04 to sync files between local machine and Microsoft cloud.

OneDrive is a file hosting service by Microsoft. It so far does not have an official app for Linux, but there’s a popular free open-source client works in most Linux. And, here’s the basic how to guide for installing and using it in Ubuntu Linux.

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For users switching from Microsoft Windows, there’s now a new Linux Distribution with default theme looks like Windows 10 and/or Windows 11.

It’s Wubuntu (Windows Ubuntu), based on Ubuntu.

It so far includes 2 versions based on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS. One with Windows 11 theme on KDE Plasma 5 desktop, and another with Windows 10 theme on Cinnamon desktop.

Wubuntu with Windows 11 Theme

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Kid3, the free open-source Qt based audio tag editor, release new 3.9.5 version on Saturday.

The release brings keyboard shortcut support for its built-in player. Meaning user can specify custom shortcuts to control play/pause, stop playback, next/previous track playback actions.

The release also added new option to fix the audio output used. And, the code has been modernized for C++17 and now supports TagLib 2.0.

Configure Kid3 shortcut for audio playback

Other changes include:

  • Webp image format support.
  • arm64 support for macOS.
  • Snap package support (available in Ubuntu Software)
  • Clicking again on 1 star makes star rating disappear.
  • Support ‘\|’ to escape string list separators.
  • Support multiple values in APE text items.

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NVIDIA announced the first stable release for 550 series Linux driver this Friday. It’s NVIDIA Driver 550.54.14 released as latest production branch version.

The release brings better support for Wayland, the more security touchscreen and HiDPI friendly display server, that’s already default in Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux with recent GNOME Desktop. They include:

  • NVIDIA VDPAU driver for hardware video acceleration can run in XWayland.
  • Support GNOME ‘Night Light’ and KDE ‘Night Color’ features on Wayland.
  • Support for PRIME render offload to Vulkan Wayland WSI.
  • Add support for virtual reality displays, such as the SteamVR platform, on Wayland compositors support DRM leasing.
  • Fix Source 2 engine games hang on Wayland session.
  • Fix that Wayland apps sometimes run at extreme low frame rate on Maxwell, Volta, and Pascal series GPUs.
  • Fix VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) not working with Wayland.

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Wine, the free open-source software for running Windows apps on Linux, macOS, & BSD, announced a new development 9.3 release this Friday.

The new Wine 9.3 improved proxy configuration reading and writing by using new option to query global proxy settings, and wininet functions to set proxy settings.

The release also introduced a new HID pointer device driver, but only matches with digitizer devices for now, it could later be used for HID mice but for now wine use a different path for that.

Other changes in the release include timezone database update, more exception fixes on ARM platforms, and a total of 23 bug-fixes for apps and games, including Free Download Manager, Final Fantasy XI, Solidworks 2008, Virtual Life 2, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020, and more. For more, see the official release note.

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Tell How Much Free Space Left in Ubuntu 22.04

Last updated: February 24, 2024 — Leave a comment

When going to download or install something that takes much disk space, it’s better to first check if there’s enough free space left in your system.

This is super easy to do the job in Ubuntu & other Linux. And, I’m going to show you how in both graphical and command line ways.

Though the title said for Ubuntu, this tutorial works in most other Linux. The graphical way may vary depends on desktop environment, but the Linux command works in most, including Debian, Fedora, Arch, openSUSE.

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