Looking for memorable and fun Xubuntu stories!

To celebrate Xubuntu’s tenth birthday*, the Xubuntu team is glad to announce a new campaign and competition!

We’re looking for your most memorable and fun Xubuntu story. In order to participate, submit the story to xubuntu-contacts@lists.ubuntu.com. Or you may share an image (photo, drawing, painting, etc) to Elizabeth K. Joseph <lyz@ubuntu.com> and Pasi Lallinaho <pasi@shimmerproject.org>, please restrict your file size to a maximum of 5M.

For example, have you shared Xubuntu with a friend or family member, and had them react in a memorable way? Or have you created Xubuntu-themed cookies, cakes or artwork? No story or experience is too simple to share and don’t be restricted by these examples, surprise us!

Bonus: Share it on Twitter and hashtag it with #LoveXubuntu and during the competition, the Xubuntu team will retweet a posts on the Twitter account for Xubuntu. Additionally, we encourage to share your stories all over the social media!

At the end of the competition, we will select 5 finalists. All finalists will receive a set of Xubuntu stickers from UnixStickers! We will pick 2 winners from the finalists who will also receive a Xubuntu t-shirt! We will be in touch with the finalists and winners after the contest has ended to check their address details and preferred t-shirt size and color (for winners).

Notes on licensing: Submissions to the #LoveXubuntu campaign will be accepted under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license and available for use for Xubuntu marketing in the future without further consent from the participants. That said, we’re friendly folks and will try to communicate with you before using your story or image!

* The first official Xubuntu release was 6.06, released on June 1, 2006.

Xubuntu 16.04 released!

The Xubuntu team is pleased to announce the immediate release of Xubuntu 16.04. Xubuntu 16.04 is an LTS (Long-Term Support) release and will be supported for 3 years.

The final release images are available as Torrents and direct downloads from
http://xubuntu.org/getxubuntu/

As the main server will be very busy in the first few days after release, we recommend using the Torrents wherever possible.

Xubuntu 16.04 LTS release art
Xubuntu 16.04 LTS

Support

For support with the release, navigate to Help & Support for a complete list of methods to get help.

Highlights and Known Issues

Highlights

Known Issues

  • Thunar is the subject of a few bugs, though they all appear to revolve around similar issues. We have 2 patches applied that, while not completely fixing the issue, do lessen the impact.
  • When returning from lock, the cursor disappears on the desktop, you can bring the cursor back with Ctrl+Alt+F1 followed by Ctrl+Alt+F7
  • Mugshot crashes when capturing image with camera. Camera currently disabled.
  • Albatross, Bluebird and Orion GTK+ themes have been dropped since they do not support newer GTK3 versions

For more information on affecting bugs, bug fixes and a list of new package versions (since 14.04 LTS), please refer to the Release Notes.

Thanks to all who have contributed to Xubuntu, not least those who test for us when called upon, and generally anyone can do that for us all. We will name you all in time – you deserve one last mention. Thank you on behalf of all installing Xubuntu – you all rock!

Xubuntu 16.04 Wallpaper Competition Winners!

Today, the Xubuntu team are happy to announce the results of the 16.04 wallpaper competition in preparation for the 16.04 release only a few days from now!

Before we go into the results, we want to thank everyone who contributed to the competition! In total we had 92 submissions, which is over 10% more than for the 14.04 competition. Great work!

While we originally announced that we would be picking 6 winners, we eventually decided to pick a total of 10 winners. With many wallpapers tied on votes, we preferred to have more winners rather than trying to cut down the number to 6 exactly.

Without further ado, here’s the winners in alphabetical order:

Note that the images listed above are resized for the website. For the full size images, make sure you have the package xubuntu-community-wallpapers installed. The package is preinstalled in all new Xubuntu 16.04 installations.

The small details: Wallpapers

In this series the Xubuntu team present some of the smaller details in Xubuntu to help you use your system more efficiently. Several of the features covered in this series are new for those who will be upgrading from 14.04 LTS to 16.04 LTS. We will also cover some features that have been in Xubuntu for longer, for those that are completely new to the operating system.

We have talked about customizing in this series before, but now we take a look at another aspect of it – wallpapers. Many people use personal ones, many just use whatever the default is. Some people don’t like them at all and change to solid or gradient colors. Let’s have a look at what you can do with them in Xubuntu.

If you’ve got the new 16.04 LTS release then you will have close to 20 wallpapers, including the new community wallpaper selection.

Applying different wallpapers per workspace

One of the easiest thing to accomplish is to have seperate wallpapers on your workspaces, so let’s assume for a moment that you have enabled more workspaces. Go to Settings Manager → Desktop and from the Background tab, disable Apply to all workspaces. After that you can set the wallpaper for each wallpaper by moving the dialog to each workspace and picking a wallpaper as you normally would.

Enabling automatically changing wallpapers

If you want, you can set the wallpaper to change automatically. To do this, enable Change the background in the dialog. After that you can tweak the settings: how often you want the change to happen, from somewhere in seconds … to daily. If you use the chronological option it will use all of the wallpapers you have in the selected folder split equally through the day. You can even set it to change at startup only. Finally, you can use the Random Order option to get it all mixed up!

Disabling wallpapers

If you want to use a single color on your desktop instead, set the Style to none. You’ll see the wallpapers become disabled. Now you can simply choose your Color and it will apply across the whole desktop. You can also use a horizontal or vertical gradient. Once you have enabled either of these options from the dropdown you will get to choose two colors.

My media manager: Other alternatives

Xubuntu 16.04 LTS will be the first Xubuntu release without a default media manager. To help those without a favorite one, we’ve put up this series where some of the Xubuntu team members talk about their favorite media managers. Later in the series we discuss some cloud services and other media manager options in the Ubuntu repositories. Enjoy!

In the concluding article of this series, we will go through alternative media managers and audio players found in the Ubuntu repositories along with some comments from their contributors and users. In the second part of the article, we briefly cover some less used alternatives as well as some other topics related to media.

More media managers

Amarok

Amarok is a powerful media manager that integrates well with web services like Last.fm, Magnatune and more. Amarok comes with many features, like support for community-developed scripts, dynamic playlists, context views and more.

Amarok contributor: The people who love Amarok are those who want to dig more deeply into their music; they want to know about the artists, want to rate and tag their music, and have statistics about their listening habits. Amarok users want to be able to stream music as well as listen to their collection on disk.

Read more on the Amarok website.

Note: Amarok uses the Qt toolkit and will pull, relatively, many dependencies when installed on Xubuntu. Installing Amarok on a clean Xubuntu installation will use about 500Mb of additional disk space.

Audacious

Audacious is an audio player based on XMMS. Like its predecessor, it’s designed to be light but configurable and supports Winamp skins. It is extendable through plugins.

Read more on the Audacious website.

Banshee

Banshee is designed for the GNOME desktop it can, amongst other things, import and burn audio CD’s, synchronize music to and from media devices.

Read more on the Banshee website.

Exaile

Exaile is a music player with a simple interface and powerful music management capabilities. It is easily extensible via plugins and is distributed with over 50 plugins adding extensive functionality. Features include tabbed playlists, smart playlists, advanced tagging, album art and lyrics fetching, streaming internet radio, podcasts, ReplayGain, secondary device output support, and more.

Read more on the Exaile website.

Guayadeque

Guayadeque is a lightweight audio player that supports smart playlists and large music collections. Amongst other things, it features extensive labeling tools as well as a smart play mode that adds similar tracks to the queue.

Read more on the Guayadeque website.

Quod Libet

Quod Libet is especially popular with power users, with support for very large libraries, Replay Gain, regular expression & conditional logic searches, Unicode, command-line usage and advanced tag editing. It supports podcasts, internet radios and nearly all music formats and comes with over 80 plugins.

Read more on the Quod Libet website.

Rhythmbox

Rhythmbox is an audio player designed to be easy to use. Inspired by iTunes, it supports internet radios and podcasts, media device integration, music sharing and more.

Read more on the Rhythmbox website.

Tomahawk

Tomahawk is a music player that plays and manages not only your local collection, but also streams from SoundCloud, Spotify, YouTube, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, music lockers and many more. You can even connect Tomahawk with your friends via Jabber, Google Talk or Tomahawk’s new online community, Hatchet, to share your tastes, playlists and collection.

Tomahawk contributor: Tomahawk is basically a music metadata player. In short, given the name of a song and artist Tomahawk will find the right source based on the users available streaming music services and collections. This fundamentally different approach to music enables a range of new music consumption and sharing experiences previously not possible.

Read more on the Tomahawk website.

Note: Tomahawk uses the Qt toolkit and will pull, relatively, many dependencies when installed on Xubuntu. Installing Tomahawk on a clean Xubuntu installation will use about 260 Mb of additional disk space.

More alternatives and related topics

If you didn’t find your favorite player in the list above, don’t worry! In addition to the software mentioned above, there are many more media players and media related applications in the repositories.

If you want to play your media from the command line, try out cmus, moc, or mplayer. Alternatively you can set up MPD, the music player daemon, that allows you to connect several frontends to your music library, even from remote devices.

If you want to make your media available to other devices like your gaming console, you can use one of the UPnP servers available. These include Mediatomb, MiniDLNA and Rygel.

Finally, if you want to produce music on your computer, check out Ubuntu Studio, which is an Ubuntu flavor directed at artists of all kinds and largely based on Xubuntu.

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