• 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…

  • 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…

  • Atom-IDE – Atom Text Editor on Steroids

    One of the questions beginner developers ask is what the differences between a Text Editor and an IDE (Integrated Development Environment) are. Of course, with time (given some hands-on experience), their question is answered as one either gets a text editor or an IDE. GitHub, in collaboration with Facebook, has decided to blur that line by bringing a set of optional packages that provide IDE-like functionality to Atom as they announced Atom-IDE. Atom-IDE is, therefore,  Atom Text Editor with integrated IDE capabilities like program diagnostics, document formatting, and context-aware auto-completion, which are enabled by installing a set of optional packages. Atom IDE Features in Atom-IDE FOSS: Free to use and download with source…

  • 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…

  • Ardour – An Audio Editor for Recording and Mixing Sounds

    Ardour is a cross-platform Digital Audio Workstation for recording, editing, and mixing sounds and beats. It is so professionally made it can be a contender of the famous Adobe Audition DAW quality-wise. It is professionally used by audio engineers, musicians, soundtrack editors, and composers. I wouldn’t say Ardour features an intuitive-enough User Interface for beginners but those who are familiar with the workings of DAWs will see that its UI workflow isn’t difficult to get up and running with when it’s opened for the first time. Plus, the development team has done their best to keep the User Experience uniform across platforms. Ardour Sound Editing Ardour Sound Mixing Features in…

  • 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…

  • MPS-YouTube – A CLI-Based YouTube Player & Downloader

    mps-youtube is a cross-platform Terminal-based YouTube client app inbuilt with playlist management and an interactive text UI for playing and downloading YouTube content. It is based on another open source terminal-based program,  mps , which can be used to search, stream, and download music as well; and it uses the  pafy library to handle its interfacing tasks with YouTube. You can use mps-youtube to search for YouTube content, stream both audio and video files (using an external player), create local playlists to save your favorite picks, view comments, and download YouTube videos in several formats including mp4, 3gp, flv, webm, ogg, m4a, and m4. Features in MPS-YouTube FOSS: free to download and use with its source code available…

  • PipeWire – Improved Audio & Video Handling on Linux

    PipeWire is a free and open source application created by Wim Taymans who works as the Principal Engineer at Red Hat and is the co-creator of the GStreamer multimedia framework. It has been built from scratch with a particular focus on supporting Wayland and Flatpak in a bid to modernize audio and video processing. This includes support for single frame screenshots, screen capture, local desktop recording to video, and maybe even native casting of Wayland desktops to TVs and Monitors! According to project’s website, its aim is to greatly improve handling of audio and video under Linux. It aims to support the usecases currently handled by both PulseAudio and Jack and at…

  • Exaile – A Powerful Music Player with Management Capabilities

    Exaile Music Player is a lightweight but powerful python-based music player with music management capabilities. It features an extensive plugin support, the ability to automatically fetch song lyrics and album art, stream online radio, and perform advanced track tagging. Like is the case with Nightingale, most of Exaile Music Player’s functionality is enabled by plugin extensions – which isn’t particularly a bad idea because users maintain the option to include only the functionalities they want present in their music player. Exaile Music Player Features in Exaile Music Player FOSS: Exail Music Player is free to download and use and its code is available on GitHub . Cross-Platform: Enjoy a uniform UI/UX…

  • Synapse – A Semantic Launcher for Searching and Launching Apps and Files

    Synapse is a free and open source quick launcher application with which you can easily start applications and access files using the Zeitgeist engine – kinda reminiscent of Ulauncher and Gnome Pie . Here is how, the developer, mhr3, describes it: “It well… searches stuff… If you ever used Gnome Do / Quicksilver / Gnome Launch Box, you’ll feel right at home with Synapse, if not, the only thing you need to do is run Synapse (or press Ctrl+Space to summon it), type what you’re looking for, and Synapse will present you a list of items that match your query.Once you found the item you were looking for, you can…