Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Timeshift Updates: New commandline options and LUKS support

Timeshift RSYNC v1.7 and Timeshift BTRFS v1.1 are now available.

What's New

New Commandline Options

Command line options have been updated. New options were added for restoring and deleting snapshots from the command line.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Supreme Conky Theme Pack by Jesse Avalos

Jesse has put together a new theme pack for Conky Manager v2.
Check out the following post on Google+ for download link and instructions.
https://plus.google.com/110188656318786850894/posts/fnhYHrBWiDk

I updated the preview images and made some changes to make widgets display properly on XFCE and Cinnamon desktops. To install the theme pack and previews, download the files from following links and drag-drop it on the Conky Manager window.

Friday, 3 October 2014

Why BTRFS is Amazing

You may have heard of the BTRFS file system. BTRFS is an advanced, next-generation file system which was jointly developed by Oracle, RedHat and other companies.

When I came across BTRFS the first time, I dismissed it as yet another file system like EXT4 and NTFS. There are so many file systems available these days that most people don't care about what they are using. And there really is nothing to care about. The difference between file system formats like EXT3 and EXT4 are of interest only to advanced users. Sure, EXT4 provides journaling and better reliability than EXT3, but for the average user, there is nothing about EXT4 that changes the way they interact with their system on a daily basis.

BTRFS is different. It's such a big improvement over previous generation file systems that it will change the way you use your hard disks.

Upgrade to Linux Kernel 3.16

As you may know, a new version of the Linux kernel is released every 6-10 weeks. Each new version features various improvements, fixes issues, and adds support for newer hardware.

Because of the rapid release cycle, the version of the Linux kernel available in Ubuntu PPAs always lags behind the latest stable kernel that may be available. For example, the stock kernel included with Ubuntu 14.04 is v3.13 (released in Jan 2014) while the latest stable kernel is v3.16 (released August 2014). Ubuntu provides only security updates for the stock kernel and newer kernels are made available in the next Ubuntu release after 6 months.

If you are running Ubuntu 14.04 and wish to upgrade to the latest Linux kernel, you can do so easily by running a few commands. The changes between v3.13 and 3.16 are given in following links:

Linux v3.14
Linux v3.15
Linux v3.16

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Timeshift v1.6

This release which fixes all issues reported by users over the last 6 months. It is strongly recommended to update to this version.

What's New

Cloning

You can now clone your current system on another device using the "Clone" button on the toolbar. This is similar to restoring a snapshot to another device. Only difference is that system files are copied directly to the target device without creating a snapshot. The /etc/fstab entries on the restored system will be updated to point to the target device.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Aptik v1.6

Aptik v1.6 is now available.

Changes

Top toolbar removed

The top toolbar was removed. It was simply duplicating the action buttons on the main window and adding complexity to the UI. The main window now looks much cleaner.

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Timeshift v1.5

A new version of Timeshift is available with following changes:

Changes

Skip bootloader installation

The bootloader installation can be skipped by checking the checkbox on the restore window.

Friday, 15 August 2014

Installers Updated

The installers for Aptik, Timeshift, Conky Manager and Selene have been updated.

The installers can now be used any Linux distribution based on the 3 major Linux families:
1) Debian (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc)
2) RedHat (Fedora, CentOS)
3) ArchLinux (Manjaro, etc)