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VeraCrypt is a free and open source disk encryption utility that can create a virtual encrypted disk within a file or encrypt a partition.
This article explains how to encrypt an USB drive with VeraCrypt with step-by-step screenshots.
Ubuntu 18.10, codenamed Cosmic Cuttlefish, is available for download. This release will be supported for 9 months (after which you'll have to upgrade), and brings improvements ranging from updated Gnome to version 3.30 to a new default Gtk and icon theme called Yaru.
The latest GSConnect v13, released today, is a rewrite with with changes to the architecture, settings and default behavior, and it requires Gnome Shell 3.28 or 3.30. The new version includes redesigned settings, Do Not Disturb mode, quick reply from notifications, and other features and improvements.
Shutter screenshot tool was removed from Debian Unstable and Ubuntu 18.10 (to be released tomorrow) recently.
Since I use Shutter daily, I created a PPA for it and its dependencies, so others who prefer it to other screenshot tools can continue to use it.
Marker is a command bookmark manager for the console. The tool lets you bookmark commands and command templates, and easily retrieve them using a real-time fuzzy matcher.
This article explains how to install the latest Tor in Ubuntu 18.04, and using it as a proxy with various applications.
The instructions include steps for setting up Privoxy, in case you want to use Tor with an application that doesn't support SOCKS5 proxies, manually setting up the proxy in case torsocks fails to launch an application, as well as configuring Tor to use country-specific exit nodes.
Turtl is a "secure, encrypted Evernote alternative". The free and open source tool, which is considered beta software, can be used to take notes, save bookmarks, store documents and images, and anything else you may need, in a safe place.
Oracle Java 11, the first long term support release, can now be installed in Ubuntu, Linux Mint and Debian from the Linux Uprising Java PPA.
You can use your Linux desktop to share your wired Internet connection wirelessly, by creating a Wi-Fi hotspot. This allows your computer to act like a wireless router, allowing other devices to connect to the Internet via its Wi-Fi.
A new major version of Variety Wallpaper Changer is out. With the latest 0.7.0 release, Variety was ported to Python 3, while also receiving some improvements like support for setting the Gnome Screensaver / GDM background to match the desktop wallpaper.
Cozy is a free and open source audiobook player for the Linux desktop. The application lets you listen to DRM-free audiobooks (mp3, m4a, flac, ogg and wav) using a modern Gtk3 interface.
TLP is a command line tool and it doesn't come with a graphical user interface, but there is a third-party GTK GUI (written in Python) interface for TLP, called TLPUI.
Nautilus Terminal 3 embeds a terminal into Nautilus (Files, the default Gnome browser), similar to KDE's Dolphin file manager. The terminal automatically changes directories based on the user's navigation in the file browser.
The Tor Project released Tor Browser 8.0 yesterday, which includes a new user onboarding experience, a redesigned circuit display and improved bridge fetching. The new release is based on Firefox 60 ESR.
Rclone is a command line program used to synchronize files and folders to and from multiple cloud storage services, including Amazon Drive, Amazon S3, Google Drive, Google Cloud Storage, Dropbox, Microsoft oneDrive, Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, ownCloud, Nextcloud, DigitalOcean Spaces, and many others (WebDAV and SFTP are also supported). The tool is free and open source software, and is available on multiple platforms, including Linux, Windows, macOS, *BSD, and Solaris. The Rclone 1.43 release adds a new cloud storage backend, Jottacloud, a new copyurl command, reworked configuration for backends, and much more.
Lutris is a tool that helps you install and manage games on Linux. It supports native and Windows-only games (by using Wine and DXVK), as well as emulators.
If you want to see an in-depth media information directly from your file manager, be it Nautilus, Nemo, or Caja, there's an extension for each of these file managers that implements this functionality.
Using Orion you can watch live Twitch streams and past broadcasts, and browse or search games and channels using a nice material user interface. What's more, Orion lets you login to Twitch, so you can chat and follow channels (and receive notifications when a channel you follow goes online).
This article explains how to transition from having a swap partition to a swap file. If you don't need to disable any existing swap partition and all you need is to create a swap file and activate it, simply skip steps 1 and 2.
Joplin is a free and open source note taking and to-do application available for Linux, Windows, macOS, Android and iOS. Its key features include end-to-end encryption, Markdown support, and synchronization via third-party services like NextCloud, Dropbox, OneDrive or WebDAV.
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