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We love Linux, but sometimes we need to use Windows or OS X and a cross-platform editor can be a home away from home.
If you’re already using vim or emacs, you probably won’t be won over by any of these graphical editors and IDEs, but if you’re curious about the world outside your favourite editor, we’ve put together a list of five apps that may be just the productivity boost you’ve been looking for.Sublime Text
When we covered Sublime Text 2 a few months ago, the Command Palette and extensibility were clear advantages over your run-of-the-mill text editor. The Command Palette gives you access to all actions available without touching the menus – a plus for newcomers and for finding that odd function without a shortcut – and the vast community have created a number of “packages” to make Sublime Text a modern, tailored editor.
Since our overview, Sublime Text 3 has continued its steady development, including performance tweaks, an upgrade to Python 3, and deb packages to make installation a cinch in Ubuntu.
If you were dismayed by some of the issues we pointed out in our overview, you’ll probably still want to wait. Most of the bugs haven’t yet been addressed, but are in Brackets’ Trello backlog.
Though there’s still a long way to go before it reaches the breadth of Sublime Text – or even feature parity with its Windows and OS X versions – the growing community and feature set of this cross-platform editor may already be good enough for your web development needs.
Like Brackets, Light Table doesn’t have a native look-and-feel, but it does tout a global menu out of the box (though no HUD support as of yet). If you’re a fan of emacs and Clojure, there are also familiar keybindings if you’re looking for alternative editors for the language. Like Sublime Text, Light Table also comes with a command “bar” for quickly searching through built-in functions and finding their respective shortcuts.
A veritable behemoth amongst the aforementioned editors, the Java-based Eclipse IDE has packages for Java EE, C/C++, and a slew of scripting languages that will almost certainly cover most use cases. Though an IDE is overkill for many, others will find the built-in refactoring and autosuggestions a boon for complex projects.
Amongst Eclipse’s most popular users is tech writer and developer Gina Trapani, who uses it for both Java and PHP projects. Eclipse’s large community means there’s a plugin for just about everything as well, be it your favourite issue management software or testing suite.
JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA comes in several derivatives (WebStorm, PyStorm, RubyMine, and PhpStorm) and in a closed source, paid Ultimate version and open source Community Edition. Moreover, the Android team has worked with JetBrains to develop the Android Studio IDE revealed at Google I/O earlier this year.
Like Eclipse, IntelliJ IDEA is a Java-based IDE that’ll appeal more to Java developers and others using JVM-based languages, but IDE flavours (and their respective plugins for the Ultimate edition) for web development work and popular scripting languages make it an all-around workhorse for polyglot developers juggling multiple projects. Eclipse works just as well – if not better – for many developers, but the various flavours of IDEA are worth checking out if you’re curious.
Have a favourite editor we didn’t cover? Leave a comment with your favourites and their ‘killer’ features.
There are no shortage of apps and tricks for getting notifications from your Android phone to show up on the Linux desktop.
But KDE Connect, a Google Summer of Code project, is by far the most thoughtful, seamless and integrated solution I’ve come across.
With KDE Connect enabled on both your Android device and your KDE desktop you can, for example, see phone battery stats in the same place you see the battery status for your laptop; get notifications pushed to the desktop, and even have clipboard content synced between devices automatically.
Over time more features will be added. At present KDE Connect is able to ‘fuse’ the following between phone and desktop:
- Call & SMS Notifications
- App Notifications & Alerts (Android 4.3+ only)
- Battery status report
- Clipboard syncing
- Media player controls (MPRIS)
- File transfer
Pretty cool, right?
Current KDE Connect is limited to working over WiFi only, so both devices need to be on the same network.
But the developer behind the tool, Albert Vaca, says that more backends are planned for the future: “USB cable, bluetooth, [3G], without the user (or the plugin developers) having to worry about which one is used.”How To Install KDE Connect
It may be pre-beta software but KDE Connect is stable enough for testing already.
You’ll need a couple of things to get it up and running:
- KDE Desktop installed
- Android device
For the latter you’ll also need to side-load the following APK:
Emil Österlund has a concise ‘how to’ on installing it on Ubuntu over on his blog. It gives all the steps you need for pulling, compiling and installing the feature.
KDE Connect will be available to install in Kubuntu 13.10.
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The Cubieboard brings SATA connectivity to a very low price point ARM Single Board Computer (SBC). A recent update, the Cubieboard2 is now out, which replaces the Allwinner A10 CPU from the original Cubieboard (single A8 core) with a dual core Allwinner A20 (two A7 ARM cores). A major convenience of the Cubieboard having been around for a while is that there is a lot of support for running Linux on it.
The TI OMAP5432 is a small single board computer that was released in Q2 of 2013. It has a dual core A15 at up to 1.5 GHz, 2GB of DDR3 memory, 4Gb of flash memory, USB 3.0, a SATA port, 10/100 ethernet, HDMI, and a microSD card slot. The OMAP5432 is released as an Evaluation Module (EVM), so it is not targeted towards end users. We have obtained one of these boards to benchmark the performance of the OMAP5 SoC.
Title: Bomba Kabisa
In this episode: No more Groklaw and no Ubuntu Edge. ZTE's Firefox phone sells out quickly on eBay, and the exFAT filesystem is now open source. And as usual, we also have discoveries, challenges, brains and a ballot!
April 17th 2014 – that’s the tentative date set for the release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
The date, along with those for the various milestones used during a development cycle, are listed on the ‘T’ series release schedule on the Ubuntu Wiki.
All of the dates listed on the wiki (and reprinted below) are subject to change. So, for now, take a mental note of them in pencil rather than ink.
Ubuntu 13.10, currently in progress, is due to land on October 17th.Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Release Dates
In keeping with the release schedules for the last 2 release cycles, Ubuntu (proper) will participate from the final beta milestone onwards.
Ubuntu’s siblings, Xubuntu, Lubuntu, Kubuntu & co, will be available for testing sooner, with two alpha and beta milestones available to them.
- Alpha 1 - December 19th (for flavours)
- Alpha 2 – January 23rd (for flavours)
- Beta 1 – February 27th (for flavours)
- Final Beta – March 27th
- Release Candidate – April 10th
With the final release scheduled for:
- Ubuntu 14.04 LTS – April 17th
Ubuntu One login has been added to the system installer of Ubuntu 13.10.
Its addition allows Ubuntu One settings to be automatically applied during installation rather than, as is the case now, after it, and manually.
Right now the screen, which also allows for new users to sign up for the cloud-storage service, and appears as the final step in the Saucy installer, doesn’t really do much – at least, not for me. Logging in works but the screen simply freezes on what I would assume would be a selection screen for the files/folders I want to have synced on my fresh install.
Canonical merged their various Ubuntu account strands under the ‘Ubuntu One’ branding earlier this year, giving users access to their cloud files, photo backups and app & music purchases via a single login.
Ubuntu may have already chosen 18 shiny new wallpapers for its October release but for lightweight sibling Lubuntu, things are yet to be decided.
That’s where you come in.
The vote runs until September 12th. The winning drapes will be included on the Lubuntu 13.10 disc image and be available to install on any desktop via the Ubuntu Software Centre.
Interested in casting a critical eye over their choices? Hit the button below to head to the poll page.
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