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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)

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Selene v2.4

What's New

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.

Installation

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.

selene-latest-i386.deb (32-bit)
selene-latest-amd64.deb (64-bit)

Debian

DEB files are available from following links:

selene-latest-i386.deb (32-bit)
selene-latest-amd64.deb (64-bit)

Other Linux Distributions

An installer is available from following links:

selene-latest-i386.run (32-bit)
selene-latest-amd64.run (64-bit)

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
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Saturday, 14 June 2014

Conky Manager v2 Released

Conky Manager v2 is now available. This is a major update with a completely revamped UI and options. A big thanks to everyone who contributed to this project.

Conky Manager v2 Overview

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.

Conky Manager v2 Themes

The default installation contains only a few sample widgets and themes.
Download the following theme pack for more themes.

Official Theme Pack #1 (15 MB)

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

Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 with TimeShift & Aptik

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

Aptik v1.4

What's New

New Look

The main window has undergone some changes. New toolbar is added with buttons for each action.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Ubuntu Raring (13.04) Reaches End of Life

Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail) reached End of Life on January 27, 2014.  Since Raring is no longer supported by Launchpad, there will not be any new builds for Ubuntu 13.04 in the teejee2008 PPA.

Raring users are advised to upgrade.

Monday, 20 January 2014

Introducing Aptik

Aptik is a new tool to simplify re-installation of packages after doing a clean installation of an Ubuntu-based distribution. It can be used while re-installing or upgrading to the next Ubuntu/Linux Mint release.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

TimeShift v1.4

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.

What's New

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.