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Geary updated with improved design integration and new features

Screenshot from 2014-09-24 17:33:51Within the last week Geary, the standard e-mail client in elementary os, got the long-awaited update which resolves security, stability and design issues. Now the main window uses the GTK headerbar to draw toolbar elements directly into the windows titlebar and you won’t have a second window for writing the mail again. That fits the new design language of elementary os Freya and looks great! At the moment the integration of Geary 0.8 into elementary os Freya isn’t perfect, so you should wait for the update from elementary’s own repositories, but as always here’s the way to test out the new version:

Add Yorba’s stable PPA and update the Geary e-mail client with the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install geary


Netflix for Ubuntu systems available soon

This is important for everybody interested in movies – Netflix is going to be available natively on Ubuntu systems in a few days thanks to their service moving from Silverlight to HTML5. With the latest updates installed your browsers will soon be able to play Netflix streams and display the library – workarounds are no longer needed. That’s great news especially after the launch of Netflix in Europe earlier this month.


oduso beta 1 is alive

Mashnoon Ibtesum announced the beta availability of oduso (formerly INFINITY), a website giving you the ability of installing multiple apps and themes simply at once. You can select your wanted applications from a long list, add your favorite theme if you want, download or copy the generated script file and execute it to apply the changes. You only need to enter your sudo password then. I can say that it worked very good for me!

Today oduso supports elementary OS Luna and Freya as well as Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04, but they said to support other distros in the future too.

Tip of the week – use keyboard shortcuts

Screenshot from 2014-09-25 17_03_53This weeks tip, after the elementary weekly gap, is pretty handy for all users wanting more control of their elementary setup or simply can’t do everything with the mouse or touchpad. There are many hidden features in elementary OS enabled by keyboard shortcuts – for example minimizing windows or activating the multitasking-view. You can even set up own ones. And here’s how: Open the switchboard system settings and navigate to “Keyboard”. There you already see a whole list of shortcut entries for the desktop environment, split into categories. When you click on one entry you can connect the given function to your own keys. Try it out!


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