Archive for August, 2012

New Community Wallpapers Have Been Uploaded to Quantal

Today, the winning wallpapers for the Quantal wallpaper contest were uploaded into the repositories.  Here is the Appearance window as it is after this change:

New Quantal Wallpapers




I think this one is going to be my personal favorite.

Pantano de Orellana

Ubuntu 12.04.1 Released Today

Ubuntu Precise 12.04.1 has been released today, one day behind schedule. The Ubuntu LTS flavors have been released as well.

The new release has numerous updates integrated.  It provides updated installation media so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. Users of Ubuntu 10.04 and 11.10 will be offered an automatic upgrade to 12.04.1 via Update Manager.

Ubuntu 12.04.1 can be downloaded at

Humble Bundle for Android #3 Is Out

Humble Bundle for Android #3 is out and has just added four new games. These are: Anomaly: Warzone Earth, EDGE, Osmos and World of Goo. These are in addition to the original offer: Fieldrunners, Bit.Trip.Beat, SpaceChem, Uplink and (if you pay more than the average) Spirits. All of these games are DRM-free and can be played on Linux, Android, Windows or Mac. They can also be redeemed on Steam and the Ubuntu Software Center.

This sale ends in a few more days, so please take advantage of it while you can!


You may have run across gnome-blog if you have spent any time wandering around Synaptic or the Software Center. It is a very light blog poster – no images or tags, just the ability to add links.

One reason I like to use it sometimes is that it is indeed so light – no clutter. Another reason is that WordPress is among the sites it recognizes. Not all quick bloggers can handle WordPress.

The command to download gnome-blog is simple:

sudo apt-get install gnome-blog

Right now, with Quantal, I have spotted one bug. I tried to use italics – which gnome-blog will normally handle. An error message came up that gnome-blog had closed unexpectedly. I had to reconnect to but I did not lose my post.

Gnome-blog also handles spell checking, absolutely essential in this day and age. If you are looking for a light and easy blog poster, it is worth giving gnome-blog a try.

Non-game Software Coming to Steam

Valve has recently announced that it will be adding non-game software to its offerings on Steam.

The software titles that will be coming to Steam range “from creativity to productivity.” Many of them will make use of popular Steamworks features such as easy installation, automatic updating, and the ability to save to the Steam cloud. The launch date for this expansion is September 5.

In order to use Steam on Linux, you need to install wine and winetricks:

sudo apt-get install wine winetricks

and then use winetricks to install Steam:

winetricks steam

It is best to set up Steam in a 32 bit partition. I am running 32 bit Quantal, to keep from having any problems.


August 2012

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