Archive for February, 2013

Steam for Linux Official Release with Celebration Sale

Steam for Linux is now officially released.  It is available in the Ubuntu Software Center for versions 12.10, 12.04, 11.04 and 10.04:

Steam for Linux in Ubuntu Software Center

Steam for Linux now in Ubuntu Software Center

To celebrate, Valve has launched a Steam for Linux Celebration Sale, where you can save between 50 percent and 80 percent:

Steam for Linux Celebration Sale

Steam for Linux Celebration Sale

A complete list of the games available as part of this sale is at  The sale will end on February 21 at 10:00 am PST.

Raring Will Retire Systray Whitelist

The option that allowed applications that lack App Indicator support to show in the system tray has been removed from Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail).  These applications were hidden by default starting with Ubuntu 11.04 but could be changed by changing gsettings.

Ubuntu’s Matthew Paul Thomas has entered the following bug:

“Mark has asked us to consider retiring the notification area whitelist for 12.10. The application indicator system has been in place for two years now, which should be long enough for applications to adopt it.

“If the whitelist was retired, Java and Wine would be hard-coded as the only software still able to use the menu bar as if it was a notification area, because their developers don’t necessarily know that Ubuntu even exists.”

Of course, there is discussion in the comments, including:

“Thanks for breaking the 5000+ Ubuntu users within our company that “enjoy” using such ancient applications like Sametime, Lotus Notes or Symantec Antivirus. Maybe, in 5 years from now, such applications will accept that unity exist and provide indicators. Today, they dont. Or maybe unity is history in 5 years from now.

“One of the few reasons I found to convince myself to dig into Unity was the fact that such icons would work a bit better than on KDE. Now you really took away one of the remaining “advantages” of Unity.

“Excellent job. Thank you!”

I am torn on this issue.  I have used gsettings myself:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist “[‘all’]”

GetDeb and PlayDeb Sites Are Up Again

On Sunday (February 3) Christoph Korn posted the following to the GetDeb blog:

Sites, and repository up again

Fortunately, we did have an up-to-date backup of the old server at the end. The last days I was busy to get everything set up. The sites are up again and you should be able to browse the packages (none should be lost) as well as to use the repository as usual. If you have problems be sure that “dig” outputs “”.
At the moment I am thinking of doing an online survey for Ubuntu 13.04. You can then vote which packages you like and do not want to miss on GetDeb/PlayDeb. This way unpopular packages can be left out of the repository for Ubuntu 13.04. Currently there are 130 source packages in GetDeb and 170 source packages in PlayDeb which is just too much.
For the most popular packages I am also planning to get them intergrated in the official Ubuntu repositories directly. Or even better to get them integrated in Debian and let Ubuntu just sync them.
So far, you should be able to use GetDeb and PlayDeb as usual. Let me think about the future…Also join the G+ sites:

I’d have a hard time being happier.  I don’t always use these repositories, but I definitely like having them around.  🙂


February 2013

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