Ubuntu Community Flavors

As we all know Ubuntu Wily Werewolf was released October 22nd, just a couple of weeks back and with it the rest of it’s community flavors that we all know and love. Today I am just going to talk about three of my favorite ubuntu flavors.

Ubuntu Gnome 15.10

Ubuntu Gnome is an official flavor of Ubuntu that features the Gnome Desktop Environment.


Features of Ubuntu 15.10

GNOME Shell 3.16

Majority of GNOME 3.16 applications

GNOME Getting Started Guide. Runs on first login.

Shotwell replaced with GNOME Photos

GNOME Music is installed by default

Updated Bluetooth stack (BlueZ 5)

Support to use syncevolution with GNOME Online Accounts (GOA)

Adwaita Dark Theme support for Ubuntu Software Centre

New Ubiquity Slide Show

New logo

Experimental wayland session is now available. Install gnome-session-wayland and then select “GNOME on wayland” from login screen (Only works with OSS GPU drivers).

Applications in Ubuntu GNOME 15.10

GNOME Shell. The GNOME desktop environment from where you can search and start applications, switch between windows, etc.

Nautilus (File Manager). An easy to use file manager for organizing your documents, music, pictures, videos and files in general.

Firefox Web Browser. Browse the web with one of the most popular fast, flexible and secure web browsers.

LibreOffice. Create professional documents, spreadsheets, presentations and even more with the open-source office suite.

gedit (Text Editor). A small and lightweight text editor for the GNOME desktop environment.

Ubuntu Software Center. Lets you browse and install thousands of free and paid applications available for Ubuntu.

Tweak Tool. Change advanced settings – appearance, fonts, keyboard and mouse, windows and workspaces. Install extensions, set power options, select startup applications.


Download Ubuntu Gnome 15.10


Kubuntu    15.10

plasma-screen-desktop-2-shadowPlasma 5, the next generation of KDE’s desktop has been rewritten to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup. The fourth set of updates to Plasma 5 (current release, including the fixpack) is the default in this version of Kubuntu.

plasma-screen-desktop-2-shadowPlasma 5, the next generation of KDE’s desktop has been rewritten to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup. The fourth set of updates to Plasma 5 (current release, including the fixpack) is the default in this version of Kubuntu.


KDE Applications 15.08


Kubuntu comes with KDE Applications 15.08 containing all your favorite apps from KDE, including Dolphin. This is the first stability update, and contains bugfixes and translation updates. 107 applications have been ported to KDE Frameworks 5 but those which aren’t should fit in seamlessly.

Non-KDE applications include LibreOffice 5.0 and Firefox 41.


Download Kubuntu 15.10 


Ubuntu Mate 15.10

One of the biggest improvements to the Ubuntu mate Desktop is the multi monitor supports and the new audio mixer library.

New Changes

Fixed update-manager and do-release-upgrade to upgrade from Ubuntu MATE 15.04 to Ubuntu MATE 15.10.

Fixed the openSUSE panel layout, GNOME Main Menu no longer crashes.

Fixed ubi-timezone error in Ubiquity.

Fixed Caja undelete, which was causing Caja to crash or fail to undelete.

Updated MATE Tweak to 3.5.2a

Remove all deprecated GTK properties.

Make irrelevant UI elements insensitive rather than being hidden.

Fix retaining the current theme settings when switching to Metacity.

Fix Plank not being left running when saving a custom theme.

Fix leaving multiple volume applets enabled when switching panel layouts.

Fix CTRL+C not closing MATE Tweak.

Updated Ubuntu MATE Welcome to

Removed Simple Screen Recorder, it is not compatible with Ubuntu MATE 15.10 or any 15.10 flavour.

Remove Synapse, it has an intermitent issue resulting in segmentation fault on Ubuntu MATE 15.10.

Updated the boot screen artwork in the ISO image. Bigger, more consistent, and higher contrast for visually impaired users.

Updated Plank to 0.10.1.

Prepared Ubuntu MATE 15.10 for the Raspberry Pi 2.


Download Ubuntu Mate 15.10


Things To Do After Installing/Upgrading to Ubuntu 15.10

Check for Updates


It might sound crazy for you to do this but updating the system is necessary to keep the OS more stable and secure. Also its good to update the system or any application

before you use them.

Bring you command prompt up and type

apt-get update

After, you would have a lot of output so then type

apt-get upgrade

If you want to install the new updates available for Ubuntu type Y (yes) and hit enter and all done.

Ubuntu upgrade

Install Graphics Drivers

If you are into editing videos, play tons of video games or simply love to watch videos or high definition movies, whether on Youtube or from your own movie library it would be recommended to update your graphic drivers.

In order for you to  install graphics driver (s)

Go to Settings>Software &Updates>Additional Drivers

Let it do its thing , it will search for the latest drivers available for you hardware.

Install Media Codecs 

By default Ubuntu cannot play mp3s and other popular media content, this its sort of an inconvenient but, never the less, its an issue that can easily be resolve.

During the installation Ubuntu gives you an option to  check the  “Enable Restricted Formats”box to install all the necessary media codecs.

If you checked that then everything its cool but in case you forgot to do so you can install multimedia codecs directly from the Ubuntu Software Center or  by doing the following –

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

Adjust Menus Position

The application menus in Ubuntu apps can be a little a bit confusing if you have many programs opened at the same time, do to the auto hide feature.

Install Unity Tweak Tool

Ubuntu comes with a nice looking theme but in case you would like to tweak it a little bit more you can install Unity Tweak Tool, It has more options than the default system settings. It allows you to change wallpapers, themes, icons, workspaces settings and many more.

Install Unity Tweak Tool from the Ubuntu Software Center

tweek tool

Installing Most Have Apps

Although ubuntu comes with many installed apps it does not comes with some of the most popular ones out there, out of the box, such as; VLC Media Player, GIMP, Dropbox, Chrome and Skype among others. If you would like to installed them all you need to do is open Ubuntu Software Center and simply search for your favorite application and install it.

Ubuntu Software

Ubuntu Phone

I was surprised and happy to know that Ubuntu was finally on a phone. Maybe these are old news for some but for me are freshly out of pressed, :). Before I lost my sight back in 2013, I had already heard rumors that Canonical was working on a project to bring Ubuntu to mobile devices. Just a few weeks back I discovered this long expected news.

Note: You can find Ubuntu in phones as well as tablets, which I will be talking about on a post later on.


Life at your fingertips

Ubuntu introduces a new way to enjoy content and services on smartphones, without relying on traditional apps.

Access content and services naturally

For the first time, you can use a phone that revolves around you and the content and services you use the most. Say goodbye to opening and switching between multiple apps and instead, let Ubuntu’s unique scopes bring everything you need to one screen.

Introducing scopes

Ubuntu’s scopes are like individual home screens for different kinds of content, giving you access to everything from movies and music to local services and social media, without having to go through individual apps.

A scope for every facet of life


When you’re out and about, the NearBy scope can help you find where to eat, what bands to see and even which bus to catch.


Listen to music from your library, stream from Soundcloud, download tracks from 7digital, or catch the latest gig with Songkick.


Get the latest news from from a range of different sources. Use the settings in this scope to create a tailored newspaper just for you.


Head back home at any time to see your most important interactions on one screen. Personalize the Today scope so what’s important to you, is right at your fingertips.

Ubuntu Phone

The Ubuntu Store

Beautifully designed features

Ubuntu Phone has been designed with obsessive attention to detail. Form follows function throughout, from the ever-changing welcome screen to essentials like messaging and alarms. And the Launcher puts it all at your fingertips, whatever you’re doing with your phone.


Ubuntu devices

Available now from Meizu and BQ

Ubuntu phones are now available for sale worldwide. You can purchase them directly from BQ and Meizu.

Ubuntu phone is available on a growing range of commercial handsets. Here is a list of their current devices, meet them and learn where you can purchase them.

BQ Aquaris E5 HD

5” Capacitive multi-touch screen with 5 simultaneous-detection points

Dragontrail glass for scratch and impact resistance

13 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual flash

16 GB internal memory with MicroSD slot for extra storage (up to 32GB)

Dimensions 142 x 71 x 8.65 mm

Weight: 134g

Full HD (1080p) camera for super-sharp video recording

Slots for two micro-SIM cards for phone use across multiple networks

BQ Aquaris E4.5

Slots for two micro-SIM cards so you can use your phone on more than one network

Dragontrail glass for scratch and impact resistance

8 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual flash

Full HD (1080p) camera for super-sharp video recording

8 GB internal memory with MicroSD slot for extra storage (up to 32GB)

Dimensions: 137 x 67 x 9 mm

Weight: 123g

Learn how to buy them here

Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition

20.7 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and dual LED flash and separate front-facing camera

5.36-inch screen with Nega liquid crystal technology, and LED backlight module

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with improved damage resistance and toughness

4k video capture at a rate of 30 frames per second

16 GB of internal memory

Available in two colour options – Silver Edge and Gold

Dimensions: 144 x 75.2 x 8.9mm

Weight: 147g


Best Screen Recorder Program for Linux

Would you like to record your desktop, but you don’t know what program to use? Here is a great program for you to try, give it a shot and let me know what you guys think.

Simple Screen Recorder

Simple Screen Recorder

SimpleScreenRecorder is a Linux program that Maarten Baert created to record programs and games. His original goal was to create a program that was just really simple to use, but as he was writing it he started adding more and more features, and the result is actually a pretty powerful program. It’s ‘simple’ in the sense that it’s easier to use than ffmpeg/avconv or VLC, because it has a straightforward user interface.


Graphical user interface (Qt-based).

Faster than VLC and ffmpeg/avconv.

Records the entire screen or part of it, or records OpenGL applications directly (similar to Fraps on Windows).

Synchronizes audio and video properly (a common issue with VLC and ffmpeg/avconv).

Reduces the video frame rate if your computer is too slow (rather than using up all your RAM like VLC does).

Fully multithreaded: small delays in any of the components will never block the other components, resulting is smoother video and better performance on computers with multiple processors.

Pause and resume recording at any time (either by clicking a button or by pressing a hotkey).

Shows statistics during recording (file size, bit rate, total recording time, actual frame rate, …).

Can show a preview during recording, so you don’t waste time recording something only to figure out afterwards that some setting was wrong.

Uses libav/ffmpeg libraries for encoding, so it supports many different codecs and file formats (adding more is trivial).

Can also do live streaming (experimental).

Sensible default settings: no need to change anything if you don’t want to.

Tooltips for almost everything: no need to read the documentation to find out what something does.


IF you would like to try it go to his page and download he has instructions in how to download and install. Simple Screen Recorder should work in any Linux distribution http://www.maartenbaert.be/simplescreenrecorder/  


New Features in Ubuntu 15.10

Ubuntu 15.10 Wallpaper

Updated Packages

As with every new release, packages–applications and software of all kinds–are being updated at a rapid pace. Many of these packages came from an automatic sync from Debian‘s unstable branch; others have been explicitly pulled in for Ubuntu 15.10.

For a list of all packages being accepted for Ubuntu 15.10, please subscribe to wily-changes.

Linux kernel 4.2

Linux 4.2 is another exciting update with the following highlights:

  • New AMDGPU kernel driver for supporting recent and near-term Radeon GPUs
  • Intel Broxton support
  • F2FS file-system encryption support
  • NV-DIMM support

A new kernel for the Raspberry Pi 2 has also landed in the official archive

Ubuntu Desktop

ubuntu 1010

The general theme for 15.10 on the desktop is one of bug fixes and incremental quality improvements as well as a more significant change in the move to systemd as an init system.



Unity has had many bugs fixed and new features added. Locally integrated menus are now available for unfocussed windows. There have been a number of usability improvements to the dash.


  • Various fixes and improvements.
  • Refined integration with the MATE desktop.


  • Firefox is updated to version 41 and Chromium is updated to version 45.
  • MATE is updated to 1.10.
  • Most of the GNOME platform is now based on version 3.16.
  • Blueman 2.0 is now include and used by several flavours along with BlueZ 5.34.


LibreOffice 5.0.1 brings a lot of improvements.

  • Core
    • PDF export supports Time-Stamp Protocol
    • Adobe Swatch Exchange (.ase) support
    • Maintaining invisible content in Emails
  • Writer
    • Emoji and in-word replacement support
    • Style previews in the Sidebar
    • Word-compatible text highlighting
    • Crop an image
    • Better calculation of displayed page number
    • Table Management
    • Toolbar improvements
    • DOC improvements
    • OOXML improvements
    • RTF improvements
    • Image Drag and Drop
    • Optional RSIDs
    • LibreLogo: joining arbitrary points
  • Calc
    • Conditional formatting improvements for XLSX
    • Scientific Format and Number Format
    • Formula engine now supports table structured references, new spreadsheet functions and A:A / 1:1 entire column/row references
    • Crop, change and save an image
    • Toolbar improvements


Install Docky, in Ubuntu 9.10

Hello world is good to be back, firstly I would like to apologize because I have not made any kind of posts at all this do to me going to school and getting caught up with homework and tests and everything else but I am here now and I am going to do my best to bring you what ever I can please accept my apologize again, and now for the posts.

Docky is a fronted for GNOME Do that introduces an entirely new way to interact with Do. Docky helps Do become more directly involved with your desktop by providing a persistent mouse based Dock interface while remaining true to Do’s keyboard only interaction. Being tied directly into Do allows Docky to be adaptive and dynamic. Docky can do whatever Do can and a little bit more.

New Features for Docky:

  • Drag and Drop items onto the Dock (files, folders, and applications from the menu)
  • Drag and Drop remove items from the dock
  • Drag and Drop items into folders on the dock, as well as the trash can.
  • Drag and Drop reordering of items on the dock
  • Image previews of items which support it
  • True parabolic zoom (can be disabled)
  • Click animations
  • Intuitive resizing by dragging on the dock separator
  • Adding and removing “Statistical Items” (items which Do considers relevant to you) from the dock by dragging the left and right edges
  • Window indicators (supports advanced window indicators)
  • Advanced window management features via the Window Manager plugin for GNOME Do
  • The ability to make Docky Automatically Hide when not being hovered. Often referred to as autohide.
  • A full frontend to GNOME Do
  • Add items to docky from GNOME Do searches

Now for the install Part, the fun part (not really)

First we need to add the software source ppa:docky-core/ppa and install the package, we are going to do this in the terminal open it and type this below. Hit enter after each line.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:docky-core/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install docky

This is all now to open Docky go to Application>Accessories>Docky it will open just a simple bar to customize it just drag and drop applications on it. Source, Cheersssssssss!!!!!!!

Canonical announces commercial services for its version control system, Bazaar

Companies and open source projects interested in using Canonical’s popular version control system now have access to a suite of commercial services – Consultancy & Conversion, Training and Support – allowing them to migrate, deploy and manage Bazaar.

Used by Ubuntu and thousands of other open source and commercial projects, Bazaar (bzr) is a version control system (vcs) that supports distributed development environments. Many existing version control systems use a centralised model, a particular challenge to globally distributed ‘chase the sun’ development teams, or environments where there is a frequent need to merge or branch code. Although bzr itself is open source, there is no requirement for commercial projects to make their code publicly available.

Sun Microsystems migrated the code for its MySQL database software a year ago, using bzr conversion and support services. “We wanted to use a tool which suited our distributed contributor model for MySQL, but we needed the reassurance of access to the Bazaar development team through our transition and use of the vcs,” said Jeffrey Pugh, vice president of MySQL Engineering, Sun Microsystems. “We have found bzr works really well for our model, and that the bzr support team and developers have been responsive to our requirements.”

“The increasingly distributed nature of software development has allowed Bazaar to grow in popularity,” said Martin Pool, project manager at Canonical. “Our Consultancy & Conversion, Training and Support services give new and existing customers piece of mind when setting up such a vital piece of infrastructure.”

About the Commercial Services

Bazaar Consultancy and Conversion Services

Canonical consultants and engineers are experienced in converting a wide range of version control systems to Bazaar. Following a thorough analysis, they will design and implement a customised migration process that ensures businesses and development teams can get up and running rapidly.


In addition, Canonical is now offering comprehensive training in Bazaar to get staff up-to-speed quickly and transfer best practice knowledge. Both the content and delivery are tailored to meet the needs of individual teams and development environments, so developers can get the most out of the training sessions.


Canonical’s Global Support and Services Centre works closely with Bazaar development engineers, making it easy to access their expertise. For more complex cases, users are put in touch directly with Bazaar engineers. Companies interested in support should visit http://www.ubuntu.com/support/services.


All commercial services are now available to new and existing customers. While there are no licensing fees for Bazaar, there are standard per-day and per-developer fee options depending on the requirements of each company or project. Price quotes will be provided upon request.

For more information on Bazaar, visit: http://www.canonical.com/projects/bazaar

To make an enquiry about one of the commercial services, visit: https://forms.canonical.com/sales/

About Canonical

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.

Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit http://www.canonical.com.

Source, Cheers!