Monthly Archives: October 2015

Workaround For /sbin/vboxconfig Not Working With VirtualBox 5.0.8 [Quick Tip]

In Ubuntu, the official Oracle VirtualBox packages (downloaded from the VirtualBox website/repository) often fail to recompile the host Kernel modules after a VirtualBox or Linux Kernel update, so the user must do this manually.
Until VirtualBox 5.0.8, the command to do this was “sudo /etc/init.d/vboxdrv setup” but with the latest version, this command has been replaced and now the application error dialog mentions running “sudo /sbin/vboxconfig” instead.

However, this command does not currently work, or at least that was the case for me (running Ubuntu 15.10) as well as quite a few other users. The workaround is pretty simple though – run the following command instead:
sudo /sbin/rcvboxdrv setup
The command above should recompile the VirtualBox host Kernel modules and get the application to work again.
I’m not sure why dkms fails to rebuild the host Virtualbox (official packages only) kernel module automatically for many users – if you find a fix for this, let us know in the comments!

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Nemo With Unity Patches (And Without Cinnamon Dependencies) Available For Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf, Updated To Version 2.8.0

Nemo 2.8.0 with Unity patches (and without Cinnamon dependencies) is available in the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA. With this update, the PPA now also supports the latest Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf).

Nemo 2.8.0 Unity

The latest Nemo 2.8.0 includes mostly minor enhancements, various bug fixes as well as a new extension:
  • new extension: Nemo Audio Tab (adds an audio tab to the Properties dialog);
  • combine the search bar and query editor (it’s now similar to Nautilus);
  • show comments as tooltips for actions in the action configuration dialog;
  • the Nemo script and action paths are no longer hardcoded;
  • connect-to-server: remember the last connection type;
  • fixed segfault occuring when opening a saved search tree view in the list view;
  • fixed a bug where if the user first tries the SMB method, enters a domain, and then tries another method (e.g, ssh), the code would incorrectly prepend the domain to the username;
  • List View: fixed column sorting when default sort type is “Detailed type”;
  • List View: fixed default sort order bug;
  • fixed a couple of drag-and-drop issues when there are no bookmarks, or when the xdg-bookmark area is empty.

Here’s the new combined search bar and query editor:

Nemo 2.8.0 Unity

For comparison, this is how it looked before Nemo 2.8.0:

Nemo 2.8.0 Unity

For those not familiar with Nemo, this is the default Cinnamon (Linux Mint Cinnamon Edition) file manager, forked from Nautilus, and it has various extra features compared to recent Nautilus versions, such as an extra pane feature, unified and configurable toolbar, treeview sidebar option, built-in “Open as root” and “Open in termina” context menu options, a plugins manager and much more.
The packages in the WebUpd8 Nemo PPA are patched to remove Cinnamon dependencies, re-enable Nemo to handle the desktop, allow Nemo to use GNOME Control Center / Unity Control Center to change the desktop background and add Unity integration similar to Nautilus (quicklists, Unity Launcher progress bar support, etc.).

Install Nemo with Unity patches in Ubuntu

For how to install Nemo with Unity patches in Ubuntu (15.10, 15.04 and 14.04) and optionally set it as your default file manager, see our initial article:
Install Nemo With Unity Patches (And Without Cinnamon Dependencies) In Ubuntu

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Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) Ready For Download

Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) is available for download. Like the previous version, the changes in 15.10 are mostly bug fixes, various quality improvements and updated applications.

Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf

The major changes in this release are the update to GTK 3.16 (as well as most GNOME applications to version 3.16), along with dropping the Unity overlay scrollbars for GTK3 applications in favor of GNOME’s overlay scrollbars.
Unity 7 is in maintenance mode and for this release, it has received only minor enhancements and bug fixes, most of which will most probably be backported to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

Unity / desktop changes in Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf)

The most important visual change in Ubuntu 15.10 is probably the replacement of Unity’s overlay scrollbars for GTK3 applications with GNOME’s overlay scrollbars.
According to Will Cooke, Ubuntu Desktop Manager, the main purpose of this change is “to minimize the maintenance effort”, since both GNOME and Unity overlay scrollbars have the same purpose: to maximize the screen real estate.
The new GNOME overlay scrollbars are only displayed when they are needed: there’s no scrollbar by default but a small scrollbar is displayed when the pointer is moved and a larger scrollbar is displayed when the user wants to interact with it:

Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf
In Ubuntu 15.10, GTK2 applications continue to use the old Unity overlay scrollbars and so does Unity Dash.
It’s also worth mentioning that since the Unity overlay scrollbars caused some parts of various GTK3 applications (mostly apps using client-side decorations) to become black or transparent, this bug should no longer occur in Ubuntu 15.10.
With Ubuntu 15.10, there are also a couple of menu changes. Firstly, there’s a new dconf setting to control the delay to show the menu when pressing the Alt key. And secondly, JAyatana, a package that integrates Java Swing applications with Ubuntu’s global menu and HUD, is no longer enabled by default. This change was also applied to Ubuntu 15.04 recently.
You can still enable JAyatana globally or on a per-app basis – see THIS article for details.

Other Unity changes include:

  • dragging an app from Dash to the Desktop to create a shortcut should now work properly;
  • added option to enable and disable Unity low graphics mode on the fly in CCSM or via gsettings;
  • fixed issues with “Always on Top” windows and Dash / HUD;
  • improved Dash keyboard navigation (you can now use page up/down keyboard navigation in Dash – when using these keys the view scrolls the length of the visible view; category headers that are not expandable are now skipped);
  • It’s no longer possible to shutdown the computer when the screen is locked (this fixed a security issue which allowed the user to interact with programs that were still running for about 3 seconds, according to THIS bug report) ;
  • various other bug fixes and small enhancements – a complete Unity changelog can be found HERE.

Applications / packages

Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf

Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf) has transitioned to GCC 5 and it ships with GTK 3.16 and mostly GNOME 3.16 applications, such as Image Viewer (3.16.3), Totem (3.16.4), Disks (3.16.2), GNOME System Monitor (3.16.0), Evince (3.16.1) and Terminal (3.16.2).
With this release, Image Viewer (Eye of GNOME) was redesigned and it now uses header bars however, under Unity it was patched to use a traditional titlebar and menu. There are also new controls to quickly zoom in and out and the properties sidebar has been refined:

Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf

Not all GNOME apps available by default in Ubuntu were updated to version 3.16 though. Nautilus is still at version 3.14.2 and Gedit is even older, Wily shipping with version 3.10.4.
Ubuntu 15.10 also ships with the following applications: Firefox 41.0.2, Thunderbird 38.3.0, Shotwell 0.22.0, LibreOffice 5.0.2, Transmission 2.84, Deja Dup 34, Rhythmbox 3.2.1, Empathy 3.12.10 and Brasero 3.12.1.
Under the hood, Ubuntu 15.10 ships with Mesa 11.0.2, Xorg server 1.17.2, the Ubuntu Linux Kernel 4.2.0-16.19, based on the upstream 4.2.3 Linux Kernel, PulseAudio 6.0 and systemd 225. I should also mention that with this release, Ubuntu ships with BlueZ 5 (5.35).
Since the Linux Kernel version used in the previous Ubuntu release (3.19 in Ubuntu 15.04), there are quite a few changes, including a new AMDGPU kernel driver for supporting recent and near-term Radeon GPUs, Intel Broxton support, F2FS (Flash-Friendly File System) encryption support, support for Ext4 encryption, experimental support for managing clustered raid arrays, live patching the kernel code (aimed at applying security fixes without rebooting), dm-crypt CPU scalability improvements and more.

Download Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf)

Download Ubuntu 15.10 | official release notes (includes upgrade instructions)

Important: all non-LTS Ubuntu versions are supported for only 9 months!
Unfortunately for this release I didn’t have time to cover the other Ubuntu desktop flavors. You’ll find the official release notes and download links below:

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AT&T rolls out OTA update to LG G4 with bugfixes and performance enhancements

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Owners of AT&T’s LG G4 will soon be receiving an OTA firmware update containing tweaks, bug fixes and the usual performance enhancements. Join us after the break for the change log.

The update brings a host of enhancements to the following areas:

  • Calendar
  • Battery
  • Keyboard
  • LG Backup
  • Camera
  • GPS
  • Exchange Active Sync
  • Security
  • Touch improvements

If you haven’t received the update notification yet, just go to Settings/ General/ About Phone and tap Software Info to see if the update is available for your device. It comes in at 420MB, so if you have a data cap, you might want to think about connecting to WiFi before installing the update that will bump your firmware to build #LMY47D. Let us know if the update improves your experience with the G4.

 

Source: AT&T
Via: AndroidCentral

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Fallout Pip Boy app coming to Windows Phone as well

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Bethesda, developer of the popular gaming series, Fallout, earlier this year announced a limited edition series of its new Fallout 4 game. This edition was the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy edition which would come with both a pip boy sleeve which you could slot your phone in and then use the pip-boy app for a second screen experience.

Originally the app was slated to be released to iOS and Android devices only causing much wailing and gnashing of teeth among Windows Phone Fallout fans.

This week however, in a blogpost on its Website, Bethesda quietly announced that Windows Phone would be getting the Pip Boy app after all.

The Fallout 4 Pip-Boy App is usable in tandem with Fallout 4 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC. The App is supported on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices

This is good news for any Windows Phone user who wants to get the full Fallout 4 experience when it launches, and takes the app gap down by at least one app.

Would you be playing Fallout boy? Let us know in the comments below.

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