Download Full Circle Magazine #132 – ELEVEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!

Download Full Circle Magazine #132 – ELEVEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY ISSUE!

Here is an amazing news that, the famous Full Circle Magazine has been published it’s 11 years issue! This is the best magazine on Ubuntu Linux I’ve ever read. I read Full circle every month and learn various Linux news, command and customizations.

  • The regular topics are included in this month too. They are:
  • Command & Conquer
  • How-To : Python, Freeplane, and Ubuntu Touch
  • Graphics : Inkscape
  • Everyday Linux
  • Researching With Linux
  • My Opinion
  • My Story
  • Book Review: Cracking Codes With Python
  • Ubuntu Games: Dwarf Fortress
  • and also News, Qustion & Answers, and much more.

Editor Mr. Ronnie said in this editorial:

Well, plenty to write about this month. First, we have the return of the man, the legend, Greg Walters. Yes, he's back and with more Python. Second, we have the return of Miguel and his Ubuntu Touch series. This was put on hold while the Canonical Ubuntu Touch died off and the UbPorts Touch settled down in its place. Miguel is confident that what you'll learn now will be applicable to UbPorts Touch. Of course, as ever, we still have Freeplane, Inkscape, and the others. No Great Cow Basic this month, but it will hopefully return next month. Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to Charles McColm who's been with us for years with his Linux Labs column and KODI stuff. This month is a stand-in Linux Labs column, which will be the last one. We wish him all the best, and the door is always open for his return. Elsewhere in this issue we have our cover story of how to boot TEN Linux distros from one USB stick, SJ has written a short piece comparing Linux and BSD, and I've fallen down the rabbit hole that is Dwarf Fortress. You may have heard of it as it was the inspiration for a little game called Minecraft. I couldn't possibly write a tutorial that does Dwarf Fortress justice, so I'm just showing you how to get this behemoth up and running.

It's our birthday! Yes, it was ELEVEN YEARS AGO that the first Full Circle hit the virtual Internet shelves. I was hopeful of reaching eleven issues. I never thought it'd be eleven years! With a birthday issue always comes a survey to see what you good people think of us. This time I've tweaked the questions to ask more about what you do with Ubuntu, and other distros, and (of course) what you like/dislike about FCM. The link to the survey is:

All the best, and keep in touch!

Full circle is taking a survey to understand readers mind and everyday Ubuntu using habit. If you interested then plseas heed to this link and complete the survey to help them develop their activity more.

Download Full Circle magazine 132 issue from FCM site both in pdf (5.8MB) and epub format

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Ubuntu MATE 18.04 has released it's final ISOs to download

Ubuntu MATE 18.04 has released its final ISOs to download

I like Mate desktop, because it has lot of options to customize. I could make it as my desire and dream. It is my pleasure that Ubuntu is using MATE as it’s community based flavor for years. The new Ubuntu Mate 18.04 has been released on 26th April 2018.

New things are quite same in core side of Ubuntu main distribution. But antithetical and some functionality has made some great changes.

First of all this version is using MATE Desktop 1.20.1. That means it has transitioned from the GTK 2.24 based MATE 1.12 to the very latest MATE 1.20.1 based on GTK 3.22. So, everybody is waiting for many of the new features.

I am trying to tell some of them one by one:

The File Manager (Caja) has now ready to operate a lot of work. Developers has been added several new features to Caja. Those are:
  • Advanced bulk rename - A batch renaming extension.
  • Encryption - An extension which allows encryption and decryption of files using GnuPG.
  • Hash checking - An extension for computing and validating message digests or checksums.
  • ACL properties - An extension to edit access control lists (ACLs) and extended attributes (xattr). Folder Color - An extension for applying custom colours and emblems to folders and files. Replaced the deprecated caja-gksu with caja-admin which uses PolicyKit to elevate permissions in the file manager for administrative tasks.
Window Manager (Marco)
If hardware/drivers support DRI3 then the window manager (Marco) compositing is now hardware accelerated. This dramatically improves 3D rendering performance, particularly in games. If  hardware doesn’t support DRI3 then Marco will fall back to a software compositor.

Desktop Layouts
Ubuntu Mate developers make an amazing style to use various desktop layouts. It will bring a new kind of desktop experience to a new or older user. They called them diferently according to style and app organization.
  • Familiar - the default experience, a familiar two panel layout with a searchable menu
  • Mutiny - application dock, searchable launcher and global menus similar to Unity 7
  • Cupertino - a dock and top panel with searchable launcher and global menus similar to macOS
  • Redmond - single bottom panel with a searchable menu, similar to the taskbar in Windows
  • Pantheon - a dock and top panel with a searchable menu
  • Contemporary - modernised two panel layout featuring a searchable menu with global menus
  • Netbook - a compact, single top panel layout, ideal for small screens
  • Traditional - two panel layout featuring the iconic ‘Applications, Places, System’ menu
Super Key
It is known as Windows key, but in Mac OS the key is named Super Key. Now super can be used to activate the menus/launchers, and other key-bindings.

(MATE Dock Applet, used in the Mutiny layout, also includes launching or switching to docked items based on their position using in the dock using Super + 1, Super + 2 which will be familiar to Unity 7 users. Super + L is also recognised as a screen lock key-binding along with the usual Ctrl + Alt + L that MATE Desktop users expect.)

Global Menu
The Global Menu implementation has switched from TopMenu to Vala Panel Appmenu which is compatible with GTK, Qt, LibreOffice, Firefox/Thunderbird, Google Chrome, Electron and others.
Global Menus are integrated in the Mutiny and Cupertino desktop layouts but can be added to any panel. You could use it to maximise screen space in any Desktop layout.

Brisk Menu
Brisk Menu is an efficient, searchable, menu for the MATE Desktop is being using for years. It comes first in Solus Project, they are original maintainers of Brisk Menu.
The Mutiny and Cupertino desktop layouts make use of a new dash-style launcher, which enables a fullscreen searchable application launcher while the other layouts present Brisk Menu as a more traditional menu.

All informations are taken from Ubuntu-Mate (Bionic Beaver) 18.04 final release note page. You could get more informations and more screenshots there.

Both 32 bit and 64 bit isos are available to download.

Even you could install it on Apple PowerPC or Rasberry Pi. All ISO’s need different kind of hardware.

So, heed to this Ubuntu-Mate Download page and choose your preferred ISO to use in your own machine.
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Lubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) has been released

Lubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) has been released.
Lubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver) has been released. The good news is all of the default Ubuntu updates were implemented in Lxde version Ubuntu aka Lubuntu. So, there is nothing worry to update. Lubuntu is as fast as it offer since years. No need to buy heavy expensive hardware to run modern operating system and applications in a older computer. Have to remember that older computer means not older then 10 years.

Some artwork has been updated and all core changes are same as Ubuntu main release. Check them in this post...

System Requirements
  • Memory (RAM): To run flawlessly it need at minimum 1 GB of RAM to use, but 2 GB or more RAM recomended for better performance (with web-based applications).
  • Processor (CPU): Need at least Pentium 4, Pentium M, or AMD K8 CPU.1
By the way, we have expected to get this Lubuntu as a LXQT flavoured but developers have changed their mind. LXQT will come with Ubuntu changing it’s name as “Lubuntu Next”. It will take more time to come in front of us.

This version will be support for 3 years.
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Kubuntu 18.04 LTS is ready to download

Kubuntu 18.04 LTS is ready to download

Kubuntu 18.04 is using newer versions of QT, so everybody could feel the new exciting improvements. Krita, Kstars, KDE-Connect, Firefox and LibreOffice and many default softwares are upgraded. The main improvement implements on KDE Plasma. Newer Plasman 5.12 is a LTS and KDE desktop has been developed to make it smoother to use while retaining the familiar setup.

Now New KDE applications is available in the Ubuntu archive
  • latte-dock 0.7.4
  • Falkon 3.0.0 - (was Qupzilla)
  • kio-gdrive - Enables KIO-aware applications (such as Dolphin, Kate or Gwenview) to access and edit Google Drive files on the cloud.
  • peruse - KDE comic reader is available to install

Other notable changes to applications since 16.04 LTS
  • VLC now replaces Dragonplayer as default media player.
  • Muon package manager is now shipped by default as an alternative to Plasma Discover.
  • KTorrent has been updated to the Qt5/KF5 version 5.1.
  • Cantata Qt5 music player is now default and replaces the KDE4 based Amarok. Users should select the 'basic single user setup' in the first run wizard.
  • Telepathy instant messaging client has been dropped from defaults, but it is still available in the archive to install.
  • The installer no longer offers the encrypted home option using ecryptfs-utils. It is recommended to use full-disk encryption instead for this release.
  • Kubuntu switches to a dark Breeze Plasma theme
  • Double-click is now default to open files. To change back to single-click: Systemsettings: Mouse Controls
  • Baloo desktop search and file indexer - default changed to basic indexing only (not file content). Full content indexing can be turned on in Systemsettings: Workspace: Search

BTW, Kubuntu 18.04 will be supported for 3 years.

Download Kubuntu 18.04 (32 bit image is available.)

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Ubuntu 18.04 LTS has been released and ready to download


Ubuntu 18.04 LTS has been released and ready to download
Great news! Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) has published today. This is a LTS (Long Term Support) version. So Ubuntu 18.04 will be supported for 5 years.

What's new!
Ubuntu wouldn't use Unity as desktop manager. So, it use GNOME Shell desktop. But a huge customisations will make the desktop as like unity. It include 'desktop dock' at left sidebar, which work as Unity launcher but not with dash button.
The keyboard friendly HUD (Heads up display) or Global menus has removed.
Windos controls are now back on the right hand side.
Many keyboard shorcuts have changed.
New login and lock screen added.
System settings app changed to GNOME Settings. It is a wider, cleaner and more organised.
The key softwares which are added by default are all updated version
  •     Firefox 59.0.2
  •     Thunderbird 52
  •     Nautilus (aka ‘Files’) 3.26
  •     LibreOffice 6.0.3
  •     Totem (aka ‘Videos’) 3.28
  •     Rhythmbox 3.4.2
  •     Remmina 1.2.0
  •     Shotwell 0.28

Ubuntu 18.04 system requirements:

  •     2GHz dual core processor (or better)
  •     2GB RAM
  •     25GB of free hard drive space
  •     DVD drive or USB port for install
  •     Internet access

But more RAM will give more faster experience.

As a summery Ubuntu 18.04 has

  • New GNOME Shell desktop
  • ‘Minimal’ install option
  • Linux Kernel 4.15
  • Access to Snap apps
  • Support for color emoji
  • Support for Thunderbolt 3
  • LibreOffice 6.1
  • Set of Snap apps by default
  • New ‘To-Do’ app
  • Python 3.6
  • New installs use Swap files by default
  • Optional Wayland session

According to official announcement the 'main' archive of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will be supported for 5 years until April 2023. Ubuntu 18.04 LTS will be supported for 5 years for Ubuntu Desktop, Ubuntu Server, and Ubuntu Core. Ubuntu Studio 18.04 will be supported for 9 months. All other flavors will be supported for 3 years.

There is no 32 but images for older hardware. So if anybody interested to use ubuntu has to use Ubuntu flavours like Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu MATE or Ubuntu Budgie.

Donload Ubuntu 18.04 from official download page.
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