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Ayatana Overlay Scrollbars 0.2.13 released with Ubuntu-specific texture, enhanced proximity area and more (Ubuntu 11.10 & 12.04)

Ayatana Overlay Scrollbars 0.2.13

Ubuntu's default fancy yet usability-aware scrollbars, Ayatana Overlay Scrollbars, have just been updated to another consistent release, marking a clear, optimized implementation.

What is new in Ayatana Overlay Scrollbars 0.2.13?

  • the thumb gained Ubuntu-specific pointed texture, making it look slicker and more professional then its previous implementations

Nautilus adds extra drag & drop functionality in Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu's default file manager, Nautilus, commonly opens folders by double-clicking on them and allows the launch of a new window from the menu, Nautilus-->File-->New Window

In Ubuntu 11.10, if you drag & drop a file or folder on Nautilus' launcher icon, it opens the home folder unrelated to the location of that particular file.

In Ubuntu 12.04, Nautilus adds an extra behavior, the last updates bringing the ability to open a new window that contains the dragged & dropped file.

Ubuntu 12.04's build failures addressed immediately


Ubuntu 12.04 is definitely an LTS, not only because is released on a two years cadence, but also the commitments to stability and "everything must work".

Precise has adopted an automated test, Jenkins, that stresses the daily builds in order to strengthen them, obviously logging the errors.

What is interesting about Precise's automated test is the response to failures in terms of hours, not days.

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin ALPHA 1 released

Ubuntu 12.04 ALPHA 1

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin has just reached its first milestone, ALPHA 1, marking the first step towards the next LTS.

As expected for an ALPHA release, there are no major changes in Precise ALPHA 1 in terms of UI or features, these are to arrive latter in the cycle.

What is new in Precise ALPHA 1?

Rhythmbox has landed as the default media player in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


The latest updates bring Rhythmbox as the default media player in Ubuntu 12.04 and remove Gbrainy and Tomboy.

This approach has been sketched at UDS-P (and is now available as a blueprint on launchpad) and has as a main goal the use of the lightweight GTK+3 Rhythmbox by default until Precise BETA 1, when the developers will review the status of GTK+3 Banshee (at the moment is a GTK+2 application) and will choose Precise's default media player.

Vala rewritten Zeitgeist 0.9 ALPHA has landed in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Precise Pangolin

Weeks ago, we announced the launching of the new Vala rewritten Zeitgeist 0.9 ALPHA 1 and its availability in the official Zeitgeist PPA.

This faster version has just landed in Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin, intended to deliver a superior experience to 12.04 LTS in terms of faster response and memory usage improvements.

Along with this change, new plugins (datasources) are now installed and activated by default, Gedit's and Totem's.

Mark Shuttleworth talks about the new icon set in (probably) Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Mark Shuttlewoth

A new icon theme is highly anticipated in Ubuntu 12.04, Precise Pangolin, a change expected by numerous Ubuntu users.

Months ago, an "official rumor" stated that, basically, if not in Oneiric, Ubuntu 12.04 will probably receive a new icon theme.

Today, at "Ask Mark" session, an attendee asked Mark Shuttleworth: "Anything about a new icon theme for Precise? The actual icon-theme look very out ofplace with the modern look of Unity"

Unity Gwibber lens 3.3.1 released with user accounts filter (Ubuntu 12.04)

Unity Gwibber lens

Ubuntu's default fancy social networking client, Gwibber, has been updated to version 3.3.1 in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, bringing numerous bug fixes.

Along with stability improvements, the 3.3.1 also comes (not by default) with extra functionality for Unity Gwibber lens, that is now capable to filter the searched&displayed items by user accounts (Twitter, Identi.ca, etc).

How do we install Unity Gwibber lens 3.3.1?
Type in a terminal

Gedit Zeitgeist plugin installed and activated by default in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

Gedit Zeitgeist plugin

Ubuntu's default event logger, Zeitgeist, offers a set of plugins (datasources) for various applications (tomboy, geany, gedit, eog, totem, etc) in order to enhance its productivity (better event logging).

In Ubuntu 11.10, Gedit Zeitgeist plugin can be installed via the official Zeitgeist PPA and then easily activated as a regular plugin (Gedit-->Edit-->Preferences-->Plugin-->check Zeitgeist dataprovider).