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Saturday, 18 February 2017

Polo Preview 2/18

This is a preview of Polo file manager which is in development.

Beta builds will be available for testing next month for people who donate to this project. The final stable release will be available to all users. People who donate will get access to a few (extremely cool) extra features in the final release.

Note: If you have donated to any of my projects in the past and are interested in testing the beta release of Polo, please send me an email and I will add you to the mailing list.

Next development update will be on Feb 26 and the first beta build on March 5 (for donors and beta testers only).

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Preview: Polo File Manager

I've been working on a new dual-pane file manager for sometime after getting frustrated with the file management software on Linux. Most file managers like Nautilus/Gnome Files, Thunar, PCManFM and Nemo feel like copies of each other with some extra features between them. These are good enough for daily use but lack features which are pretty basic. I mean, this is 2017. Why can't I double-click and browse archives like zip and 7zip directly in the file manager - instead of being sent to another app like Ark and File-Roller? Why can't I simply browse my Dropbox and Google Drive accounts and get the files I need - instead of having to install the Dropbox client which ends up synching 10+ GBs of stuff I don't need to my local disk?

On Windows there are excellent dual-pane file managers available for power users such as Altap Salamander and Directory Opus. I don't see why something similar doesn't exist for Linux.

WelI, I have decided to take up this challenge and create a file manager that meets my requirements. Most of the basic functionality is already implemented and some of the new features are in-progress. It will be released once ready. I'm not sure how long that may take since I only get time for this on weekends.

Since this is a one-person project it may take some time before it is stable enough for a public release. I will be posting bi-weekly updates on new features and UI designs on for people who sign up as a sponsor.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Ukuu v17.2.1

Ukuu v17.2.1 is now available.

What's New:

  • GRUB menu timeout interval can now be set from Settings window
  • DEB files will be re-verified after download completes
  • Multiple installed kernels can be selected and uninstalled at once
  • Added a Refresh button to the main window
  • Application will now start even if internet is not connected. Checking for updates and installing kernels requires internet.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

Ukuu v17.1

Ukuu v17.1 is now available.

An option has been added to the settings window to update GRUB so that the GRUB menu is displayed for 2 seconds at boot time. This will help to recover from a bad kernel update by selecting another kernel to boot. When the GRUB menu is displayed, use the menu option Advanced options for Ubuntu to select another kernel and boot from it. After booting successfully, use Ukuu to remove the new kernel that is causing problems.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Introducing Compared

This is a tool to compare text files in two directories. Similar to Meld but has a simpler UI. Files can be double-clicked to open in Diffuse. Directories can be bookmarked for quicker access. I made this tool a while back to help me compare source code files in multiple projects. I’m sharing it in case someone finds it useful. Source is available on Launchpad.