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My Updated 3.18 Packages for GNOME Extensions PDF Print E-mail
February 12, 2016

Updated packages I made for GNOME 3.18 Extensions

 

I started releasing extension updates in 2014 due to a lot of extensions being unmaintained and seemingly break every time GNOME releases a new version of the Desktop Environment (DE). This is my third batch release post for GNOME extensions and these extension packages are for GNOME 3.18.

Most of the time when a GNOME Extension breaks, it didn't actually break but GNOME Shell declares it not compatible whether it works or not. The extension breaks are self-imposed arbitrarily by the GNOME project via hardcoded values in an extension's metadata.json file so if maintainers don't continue to update the metadata.json file for each GNOME release, GNOME Shell automatically deems it broken without any testing to see if it works or not. This forced breakage is incredibly annoying and is the main reason people think extensions break every 6 months, the packages provided on this blog post are still fully functional despite GNOME Shell saying they are incompatible. To correct this issue I just updated the metadata of the extensions so now GNOME Shell will see the current version 3.18 in the supported metadata. GNOME could fix this fundamental issue simply by changing it to a blacklist structure, instead of a whitelist, assuming everything works until tested to fail. The problem with that approach is it would require a team of people to test extensions to see if they work or not so until GNOME creates a team for that . . . this cycle of "everything breaks until updated" will just continue.

The following extension packages are for GNOME 3.18 so if you are using GNOME 3.14 then use these packages and GNOME 3.16 users should use these packages.

 

MT Maintenance Policy:

  • I do not have the time to maintain these extensions in an official capacity with the EGO (extensions.gnome.org) website because that requires me to make a commitment to fix any issues that may arise.
  • However, I am willing to make the commitment to update these packages to each new version of GNOME Shell as long as they continue to work as expected.
  • If an extension breaks in a way that requires a rewrite then I will mark it as broken and future batches will not include that extension.
  • If an extension is picked up by another maintainer, on the official EGO website, then I will mark it as such and it will be removed from future batches.

I originally started making these extension update batches because I was using these extensions on my own setup but I no longer use GNOME as my main DE which is why there was a delay from the GNOME 3.18 release to this batch release. I will try to be more attentive to the updates of 3.20+ versions so these batches will be more timely for anyone who wants these extensions. I am going to continue to maintain these extensions because, based on the download statistics, a lot of people utilize my batches and I don't want to abandon them even though I no longer have need for these extensions.

 

Notes:

1. These updated packages are compatible with the official packages so when the official packages update these will be overwritten and will smoothly transition into the official packages.

2. These updated packages will NOT overwrite your settings so you will not have to start over, they are compatible with existing settings.

 

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How-To Fix Your Bootloader for Changes to Intel Microcode (Arch Linux) PDF Print E-mail
December 25, 2015

Changes to Intel microcode updates - @ ArchLinux.org

 

I recently realized that there are a lot of people still having issues with the microcode issues on Arch Linux regarding the changes to the Intel bootloader so this is just a quick tutorial that explains how to fix it. I wrote this tutorial as a reply on the Antergos Forum over a year ago so I haven't tested this solution in over a year but after looking over it again I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work. Anyway, here is how to fix this issue.

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Featured on Linux Unplugged to talk about KDE and OpenSUSE PDF Print E-mail
July 16, 2015

Linux Unplugged Episode 101 - Will Flash Be Trashed?

 

I was featured on an episode of Linux Unplugged this past Tuesday to talk about my recent experiences with KDE, as a GNOME fanboy, and the new core structure of OpenSUSE with Leap, Tumbleweed and SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE). It was fun to do and even though my throat kind of hurt afterwards, I will most certainly be doing it again. I might not talk as much next time though. :) As a GNOME fanboy, this episode should be interesting to a lot of people, I hope,  to hear why a GNOME fanboy is using and praising KDE. (click "read more" for the video)

 

KDE segment starts at 51:55 with a few minutes talking about the "Week in GNOME" article.

openSUSE segment starts at 1:19:00.

 

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My New Lower Third Graphics for the Linux Action Show PDF Print E-mail
May 24, 2015

My new Lower Third Graphics for the Linux Action Show, Dual Host shot preview


I do not think I have made a blog post about my involvement with the Jupiter Broadcasting before but this is as good a time as any so here we go. I'm a producer for the Linux Action Show and Linux Unplugged that is made by Jupiter Broadcasting at http://jupiterbroadcasting.com. I do a lot of different things for JB including getting interviews, testing, Mumble management and so on. Recently I've been working on graphical overlays for the "lower thirds" of Linux Action Show and episode #366 of LAS is the first episode to be using my new graphics.

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My Updated 3.16 Packages for GNOME Extensions PDF Print E-mail
April 11, 2015

Updated packages I made for GNOME 3.16 Extensions

 

GNOME, desktop environment project, released their latest version of 3.16 recently so I decided to make an update to my previous extension package releases. I made a similar post last year for the GNOME 3.14 Release because some of my extension broke. Unfortunately, some of those extensions are still unmaintained and thus not updated for 3.16 either. I checked the download statistics for my extension packages and as it turns out, a LOT of people appreciate these extension updates I did. My GNOME 3.14 Extension Update Packages have reached the download count of 2,310 Downloads, so far. This motivated me to continue the process and make this post for updating the extensions to GNOME 3.16. You'll find the updated 3.16 packages below.

 

Notes:

1. These updated packages are compatible with the official packages so when the official packages update these will be overwritten and will smoothly transition into the official packages.

2. These updated packages will NOT overwrite your settings so you will not have to start over, they are compatible with existing settings.

 

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My Updated 3.14 Packages for GNOME Extensions PDF Print E-mail
October 16, 2014

Updated packages I made GNOME 3 Extensions I use

 

Update: 11th April, 2015

I've updated the extensions below to be compatible with GNOME 3.16 so if you are a 3.16 user go to the GNOME 3.16 Updates Package blog post to download those.

 

GNOME, desktop environment project, released their latest version recently, about a month ago, and I waited for the packages to become stable in Arch Linux before I updated and that happened today. I updated earlier today and found that many of my installed extensions were no longer working which was unfortunate but not a deal breaker for me because most of the time extensions just need metadata updates which are fairly trivial. I've made some updates to the extensions I use and I thought since they haven't been updated on the official pages yet that I would make the updates and release them publicly if anyone wanted to use them.

 

Notes:

1. These updated packages are compatible with the official packages so when the official packages update these will be overwritten and will smoothly transition into the official packages.

2. These updated packages will NOT overwrite your settings so you will not have to start over, they are compatible with existing settings.

 

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My Installed GNOME 3 Extensions PDF Print E-mail
October 02, 2014

My Installed GNOME 3 Extensions

 

I am a really big fan of the GNOME 3 desktop environment because of many things but one of the biggest factors is the extendability via extensions because it allows so many customization options through these extensions so it can be modified to fit any user's preferences. Here is a list of my favorite/installed GNOME Shell Extensions.

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Apps.Ubuntu.com Should Replace the Ubuntu Software Center PDF Print E-mail
September 08, 2014

Apps.Ubuntu.com Should Replace the Ubuntu Software Center Video

 

Click the thumbnail above to watch the video

 

This video/blog post is to express my opinion about the website Apps.Ubuntu.com should replace the Ubuntu Software Center. The Apps.Ubuntu.com site can do absolutely everything that the USC can do and a lot of things that the USC actually can't do. There are many reasons as to why the USC should be replaced by this website and in the video I address a few of these reasons.

The reasons in the video are:

  • Speed, the website is so much faster and easier to navigate than the USC.
  • Usability, the website can benefit from the browser's Tab Browsing features where as the USC has no ability to do so and it would be wasted effort to make it do it.
  • Search Functionality is a LOT better on the website for many reasons but the biggest reason is that the Search field doesn't randomly disappear for no reason like it does in the USC.
  • App Sharing, on the Website you can share new apps you find on sites like Twitter, Google+ and Facebook but in the USC you can't...AT ALL.
  • The USC has NOTHING that the Website couldn't do in terms of Application Discovery and Management. Yes, to those who just thought to themselves, "what about installed applications?", I already addressed that in the video.
  • The USC could easily be replaced with the USI (Ubuntu Software Installer) that essentially provides the same functionality as Gdebi but through APT commands.

I do acknowledge that the Apps.Ubuntu.com website is not perfect...it has a lot of flaws, just as many as the USC in fact but the potential with the website is far greater than that of the USC.

 

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XBeamMC - Send files from Linux to play on XBMC PDF Print E-mail
November 17, 2013

 

Here is a demo video of the project I am working on that will allow you to send media to play on your XBMC. The project supports multiple hosts and every file format that XBMC supports.

Demo Video: http://youtu.be/s3RM3D9wfxQ

Features:

  • XBeamMC can send local files over the LAN or WiFI via Samba (NFS support planned for the future)
  • XBeamMC supports Direct URLs for streaming media over the internet. This includes any format that XBMC supports and even supports Live HLS streams.
  • XBeamMC will support over 20+ Websites at launch including but not limited to Youtube, Vimeo, DailyMotion, Break, Ustream.tv, TWiT, Revision3, Jupiter Broadcasting, Twitch.tv, IGN, The Onion, College Humor, and many more.

 

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Spotify Linux Themes Updated for Spotify Version 0.9.4.183 PDF Print E-mail
November 15, 2013

Ubuntu Ambiance Theme for Spotify

 

I am pleased to announce that all of the downloads for the Spotify (Linux) themes/download have been updated to version 1.3.0 which is compatible with the latest version of Spotify which is 0.9.4.183.

 

All of the downloads as well as the instructions for the themes/downloads can be found on the Spotify Linux Themes, project page.

 

My next release for this project is planned to be Open Sourcing the themes so anyone who wants to can make their own theme for whatever distro they want. Creating the tutorial is taking FOREVER because Spotify doesn't really have a theming system...essentially they made this has hard as they possibly could.

 
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