• YakYak – A Cross-Platform Google Hangouts Desktop Client

    YakYak  is a free and open source (unofficial) cross-platform desktop client for Google’s Hangouts instant messaging app and it comes right out of the box with a plethora of customization options including native desktop notifications and language translation. There are many unofficial desktop clients that work nicely on Linux distros and YakYak is no exception. It runs without the need for Chrome or Chromium to be installed and is a lot more memory and battery-friendly that a handful of its counterparts. If you are searching for an efficient desktop client for Hangouts then your search has probably ended. Google Hangouts Desktop Client Dark Theme – Google Hangouts Desktop Client Features…

  • Write – A Word Processor for Writing

    Write is a word processor app with which you can write like you would on a paper with a pen using a stylus. It was built by a development team based in the San Francisco Bay area. It has lines on top of which you can enter smart text while significantly maintaining your handwriting. Its ability to recognize lines of written text offers users an array of features not excluding easily adding handwritten links, combining sketches with texts, bookmarking, and the standard open document format. You can pinch or spread out two fingers on the screen to access zoom in and zoom out controls respectively. Double-tapping on the screen will…

  • What’s New in Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark) – Overview

    Ubuntu reportedly has most of the market share of the GNU/Linux so it is obvious that most of the open source community is looking forward to what Canonical’s next flagship distro will officially deliver to us. In as much as Canonical can change their minds with regards to the features 17.10 will ship with at what we feel might be the last minute, there are certain improvements and additions that [so far] have been confirmed will ship with Ubuntu 17.10. With that being said, it is only fair that I make a title to list out the most important features that we will see in Ubuntu 17.10 after its official release…

  • Wanna – A Modern Eye Candy To-Do List App

    Today, we introduce to you a new project that is described in its GitHub page as an implementation of a 21st-century to-do list app. And who will beg to differ when the app is so spectacular it comes along with its own workflow and well-stated philosophy. Wanna is a modern cross-platform and open-source Electron-based To-Do list application with a focus on time management. It features a User Interface that adheres to Google’s Material Design guidelines to offer both a colorful and intuitive application window. Wanna’s Workflow: An idea occurs to you. It can be any type of idea; listening to a great music, doing your school homework, plan for running, reading…

  • WallpaperDownloader – Download and Manage Desktop Wallpapers

    I’ve covered some wallpaper downloaders and managers here before including Random Wallpaper and Desk Changer . But as you probably already know, there is almost always an alternative app, and today we bring you yet another one that is efficient and easy to use. If you haven’t decided on your default wallpaper downloader yet then you should read on. If you are still in the market for a wallpaper downloader then you read on. WallpaperDownloader is an open source Java-based wallpaper downloader that also serves as a wallpaper manager. It features an intuitive-enough UI with controls that allow you to download wallpapers based on preferred screen resolutions, keywords, image size, and…

  • Upterm – An IDE and A Terminal Emulator in One App

    Today we bring you another Electron app whose developers are bent on being unique. Having being termed the terminal emulator for the 21st century, its GitHub page deems Upterm as “an IDE in the world of terminals”. Upterm (previously called Black Screen), is an open-source Electron-based terminal emulator with a plethora of features that easily make it an IDE compared to other terminal apps in the market especially thanks to its interactive shell. It features a Minimal design User Interface reminiscent of Atom Text Editor’s default dark-themed look, smart searching, git integration, code and parenthesis auto-completion, Language Server Protocol support, and a speedy process flow in general, among others. Upterm…

  • The 10 Easiest Ways to Keep Ubuntu System Clean

    The first time I knew anything about cleaning my PC Windows was the only OS I had used and was the only one I knew about. Back then I periodically emptied my recycle bin and accounted for special times to allow my computer’s disk defragment. And even though all Operating Systems, including Windows, have improved their data management techniques now, one still needs to know how to manually initiate disk cleaning and management processes. If it is not to create more space (maybe you have too much space you can be bothered about), it is to improve your computer’s performance. It would be a misconception to think Windows and MacOS…

  • Temps – A Smart Beautiful Weather App for GNU/Linux

    I’ve written on a couple of weather applications before, including Cumulus and Simple Weather Indicator and today I bring you yet another free and beautiful Linux app with thanks to the open source community. It’s reminiscent of Cumulus weather application and it goes by the name of Temps. Temps is a beautiful cross-platform weather application that lives in the menu bar of any desktop. Being true to the open source spirit, it uses code from several open source projects like Menubar, OpenWeatherMap, Electron, and Chart.js, to mention a few. It features a clean User Interface with sans-serif fonts, bold minimalist icons (which were developed by the developer himself), and support for OpenWeatherMap which…

  • Synfig – An Adobe Animate Alternative for GNU/Linux

    Synfig is a professional cross-platform and open source 2D animation software designed to create film-quality animations using vector and bitmap graphics. Its marketing pitch is that eliminates the need to create animations frame by frame and enables the production of high-end quality 2d animation with fewer resources. Just like Adobe Animate, Synfig is used to create interactive animations that are multi-platform and of high display resolutions. Its Skeleton Distortion layer allows for the employment of composite deformations to bitmap artwork. It features the ability to use layered artworks, simulates soft shades with curved gradients, interlink graphical objects, etc. Its User Interface isn’t one that is foreign to Linux users because it…

  • Synergy – Share Your Mouse and Keyboard Between Multiple Computers

    If you are one to use many screens at work or at your workstation at home then you are probably aware of Synergy. After all, it is the most voted Mouse and Keyboard sharing software on Slant. Synergy is a cross-platform app that lets you share your mouse and keyboard across multiple computers as if they are one – thereby providing a single cohesive user experience. Watch how synergy works in the following video. It is mostly used by: Programmers who conveniently separate lines of code and analytics into different screens for easier comprehension. Professional gamers – especially for online and multiplayer games. MRI technicians who would typically have a…