Saturday, 1 November 2014
Check out the following post on Google+ for download link and instructions.
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
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.
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:
Wednesday, 1 October 2014
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
This release which fixes all issues reported by users over the last 6 months. It is strongly recommended to update to this version.
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
Sunday, 17 August 2014
Friday, 15 August 2014
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)
Sunday, 20 July 2014
Tuesday, 17 June 2014
Audio Tag Support
The tags in the source audio file (like Artist, Album, etc) will be copied to the output file for all audio formats (mp3,aac,opus,etc). Audio tags were not supported in previous versions.
SOX Audio Processing
SOX is an audio processing utility that can apply various effects to the audio like fade-in, fade-out, maximizing volume, etc. Selene can now use SOX to process the audio of the file being converted. These options are available for all output formats. The following options have been added - bass, treble, tempo, pitch, norm, earwax and fade. More effects will be added soon.
Check for Missing Encoders
A new window is added which lists the encoders required by Selene for converting audio and video. Users will be warned if required audio/video encoders are missing on their system.
Ubuntu-based Distributions (Ubuntu, Linux Mint, etc)
Install from PPA for Ubuntu 13.10 (saucy), 14.04 (trusty), 14.10 (utopic).
Run the following commands in a terminal window:
sudo apt-add-repository -y ppa:teejee2008/ppa sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install selene
For any other Ubuntu release, you can install from the DEB files given below.
DEB files are available from following links:
Other Linux Distributions
An installer is available from following links:
Run it from a terminal window with the following commands:
sh ./selene-latest-i386.run #32-bit sh ./selene-latest-amd64.run #64-bit
Depending on the distribution that you are using, you may need to install packages for the following dependencies:
Required: libgtk-3 libgee2 libjson-glib rsync realpath libav-tools mediainfo Optional: vorbis-tools, opus-tools, vpx-tools, x264, lame, mkvtoolnix, ffmpeg2theora, gpac, sox
Support This Project
This software is free for personal and commercial use and is licensed under the GNU General Public License. If you find this software useful and wish to support its development, please consider purchasing a support subscription for $10 or leaving a donation using the PayPal link below. Your contributions will help in keeping this project alive and developing it further.
What you get when you purchase a support license:
- Technical support through email
- Feature requests will be given higher priority
- People who donate $10 or more will be listed on the donations page
Saturday, 14 June 2014
Conky Manager v2 is now available. This is a major update with a completely revamped UI and options.
A big thanks to all who donated to the project. People who donated will receive a complementary user manual via email.
The major changes are summarized below:
New UI with Previews
The main window now displays a list and a preview area.
The default installation contains only a few sample widgets and themes.
Download the following theme pack for more themes.
Themes can be imported using the toolbar button or by dragging and dropping the downloaded file on the main application window.
Saturday, 19 April 2014
It's that time of the year again. A new release of Ubuntu is out and you're debating whether and when to upgrade. Since this is an LTS release (supported for the next 5 years), it's not a question of whether to upgrade. It's a question of when. In this article I'm going to show you a *safe* and *painless* way to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 using Aptik and TimeShift. Aptik will help you backup and re-install your software on the new system. TimeShift will help you restore your previous system in case you decide that you don't want to keep your new system.
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
Saturday, 8 February 2014
Raring users are advised to upgrade.
Monday, 20 January 2014
Saturday, 18 January 2014
Recent changes in TimeShift are summarized below.
A big thanks to everyone who sent in their suggestions and bug reports.
The list of people who have donated to various projects are listed on the Donations page.
Keep Application Settings
The restore window has a new tab which shows a list of applications.
Select the applications for which you want to keep your current settings.
The settings for all other (unchecked) applications will be restored from the snapshot.
For example, if you want to keep your Firefox settings (bookmarks, open pages, etc) select the 'mozilla' item from the Exclude tab.