Showing posts from February, 2016

60,000 views! Can you feel it?

I'm taking this pause to celebrate a milestone on my blog: Reaching 60,000 views!

Ubuntu 14.04.4 LTS released

Ubuntu 14.04.4 was recently released and it comes with a bunch of bug fixes and security features since 14.04.3

What are the new features in this release?
Support for new hardware and stability.One of the hardware features that really captured my eye is the Hardware stack,.Ubuntu 14.04.04 had the same kernel as Willy werewolf 15.10 of Linux 4.2, which is a huge jump from the 3.19 that Ubuntu 14.04.03 has! 

I confirmed that myself by typing in the commanduname -r into terminal after install. I decided to download Ubuntu Gnome 14.04.04 and give it a test on a virtual machine before installing it, the test was encouraging so I decided to install it.

But, what about 16.04?
I could just wait for Ubuntu 16.04 to roll out in April, but I had too much issues going on anyway. The reason is I had so much troubles with my system, I couldn’t continue with it they way it was. So I decided to remove the system I had and install a fresh one.

The end of Dual booting!! To make space for the distro I …

منظومة حجز موعد استخراج جواز السفر: يوم الحجز

هذه التدوينة هي تجربتي الشخصية من يوم فتح منظومة الحجز، بما أن المنظومة تفتح بشكل دوري كل أسبوع ، أصبحت هذه التدوينة مرجعًا لكل من يريد حجز موعد في منظومة الجوازات، وفيها إرشادات مهمة يجب أن يتبعها من يذهب لإلتقاط صورة الجواز لضمان إتمام العملية بنجاح ودون متاعب.
كما أنها تحتوي على المستندات المطلوبة لحجز الموعد بالتفصيل.

كانت هذه التدوينة تمثل تجربتي الشخصية في عملية الحجز، لكن لأن المنظومة صارت تفتح بشكل أسبوعي قررت تعديلها لتناسب أي مواطن (شخصيًا أخذت مني العملية قرابة العشر ساعات لحجز موعد!).

للدخول على موقع المنظومة الرجاء الضغطهنا. هذا الرابط هو الرابط الرسمي والوحيد من مصلحة اﻷحوال المدنية.

 كيفية الحجز في منظومة موعد الجوازات بعد دخولك على الموقع، يرجى إدخال البيانات وهي: الرقم الوطني لرب اﻷسرة، رقم ورقة العائلة (تجده أسفل الكتيب)، رقم الهاتف الخاص بك.
ثم إختيارالمدينة التي تسكن فيها وموقع التصوير الذي تفضله.
بعد ذلك يتم إختيار الموعد، وطباعة الإيصال.
نظريًا تبدو هذه الخطوات سهلة جدًا ولكنها إستغرقت يومًا كاملًا مني لتنفيذها!
للمزيد من الإرشادات الهامة بعد عملية الحجز إستمر…

A Pomodoro Timer for GNOME

Using a timer is essential for productivity and fitness using a computer, as it helps you maintain focus and mental agility. Let alone preventing RSI which is a serious issue that affects computer users worldwide.

Timer apps on Linux There aren’t many good timers for Ubuntu, but this one is clearly different!
I tried many timers for my productivity use like the timer dockelt on Docky and world timer, I also tried RSI Timer,  but something always felt missing! 
Pomodro timer Pomodro timer is the best of the bunch. 
Availability This timer for Linux only as it supports several distros like: ArchLinux, Debian, Fedora, Gentoo, OpenSuse, Ubuntu and more.
It integrates with the interface and works nicely with the notifications. *Gnome only currently.
Work Flow It’s a must have as it supports a whole work session without the need of manual interfering. It’s better than Gnome clocks which sets one Alarm and the program Alarm that needs a lot of configuration. It’s almost as good as instan…

Ubuntu 16.04 Beta 1 download

Today Ubuntu 16.04 Beta 1 is ready for download on all flavors of Ubuntu, that includes Lubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, and Xubuntu. 

This is the first major milestone for many flavors as Alpha wasn't available to many of them, while this version is far from complete, it gives you a clear idea on how will Ubuntu 16.04 will look and behave.

Now every flavor has it's changes and improvements, but since I'm with Ubuntu Gnome now, here is a list of update and known bugs (Source):
Software Updates
GNOME Shell 3.18 Most of GNOME 3.18 GNOME Software has replaced Ubuntu Software Center GNOME Calendar and GNOME Logs are installed by default GNOME Builder (IDE) is now available in the archives gnome-control-center sharing panel has been fixed Experimental wayland session is now available. Install gnome-session-wayland and then select “GNOME on wayland” from login screen (Only works with OSS GPU drivers).
Known Problems
The prompt asking for media removal is not shown at the end of the inst…

After installing Gnome on Xubuntu 14.04: Reflection!

To end this series on my blog, I choose Gnome as interface, and went through some steps and issues to make it work properly. Now these are some notes and changes I made.

Gnome interface

الموعد الجديد لفتح منظومة حجز موعد استخراج جواز السفر

تحديث بتاريخ الثاني والعشرين من شهر مايو:  تقرر فتح منظومة الجوازات للحجز أسبوعيا بدلًا من كل خمسة وأربعين يومًا، وأضافت المصلحة أن هذا التغيير يأتي خدمة للمواطن وحرصًا على مصلحته. (مصدر) قد تم فتح المنظومة للحجز يوم الخميس الموافق: التاسع عشر من شهر مايو أمام المواطنين للحجز، ومن المفترض أن تفتح مرة أخرى اﻷسبوع المقبل.
للحجز الضغط على هذا الرابط.

هنالك بعض الخطوات المهمة جدًا بعد إتمام الحجز يجب أن تقوم بها، وعدد من المستندات يجب أن تصطحبها معك لمعرفتها قم بزيارة هذه التدوينة.

Fixes to bugs encounterd after moving to Gnome 3.12 on Xubuntu 14.04

I just moved to Gnome and noticed several bugs! First of all I didn't know how to go to sleep mode!
That was very easy, click on the right corner and hold ALT and the power off button will change to sleep. That's great! But now that I can go to sleep mode, the computer won't wake up!

It doesn't show up anything! Just a laminated dark screen and I have to power it off to be able to use the computer! I looked up dozens of pages without finding a single clue, many people assumed it was a video driver issue or something. It wasn't the video driver! The answer was right under my nose! Coming to gnome I noticed that it still used the "ugly" login manager LightDM-GTK-Greeter. So I used the command to change the login manager to GDM, Gnome's default login manager, that's where the problem started! As soon as I chose LightDM-GTK-Greeter and rebooted, I've been able to sleep and wake at will! No problem at all! So that's the fix! Install LightDM-GTK-Greete…

Bugs faced after moving to Gnome 3.12 on Xubuntu 14.04

One of the major issues I felt in Gnome was the extensions installed get disabled after restart (since I can't go to sleep anyway). The fix suggested was to use the "System default".

It didn't fix other issues like the sleep mode not waking up and the classic mode not showing any elements, but I am tackling issues one at the time. Message tray pop ups message tray, it looked big and annoying ( it responds to every mouse gesture no matter how small) Size It's also very big in size, it took 5GB more than XFCE took, even with cleaners like Bleachbit, I was running low on space. No sleep I didn't even know how to go into sleep mode, turns out you need to press and hold ALT while the menu is popped out to go to sleep menu. Doesn't wake up from sleep I couldn't find an explanation for this bug! The computer displays a black screen whenever waking from standby and stays that way until I turn it off manually! No classic mode (just a background) It only loads a mouse c…

Installing Gnome 3.12 on Xubuntu 14.04

In my effort to make some change into my daily work flow, I decided to install a new interface, and then found myself hopping between interfaces, now I had Cinammon running alone on my computer but..

Since I had a thing for Gnome, I decided to install it on my system. Gnome was Ubuntu's default interface until 2011, where it was replaces with Unity, if you go to and download it, you will be getting Unity, there is a fork of Ubuntu (alternative version) that runs the Gnome interface called Ubuntu Gnome. Gnome has a loyal following and many people prefer it over Unity, turns out I do too! (Cinammon is built on Gnome 2). Installing it was very easy as it was in the software center!
After adding the packages from the software center, I was able to login to Gnome 3.12.2 (last version supported by Ubuntu 14.04) Visually I wasn't disappointed at all! It was so good I dropped Docky and Kupfer to enjoy the native features it has! So good I uninstalled Cinnamon the next day! Now I…

اللياقة لمهندس الحاسوب

مع دخول الحاسوب إلى كل مكتب وكونه أهم أداة تعمل عليها (والوحيدة للكثيرين) فإن إستعماله الأمن ظاهريا ينطوي على عدة مخاطر منها إصابات الإجهاد وإرهاق العينين، ولكنني سأتحدث عن ضرر يحدث بشكل بطئ وتقريبا غير ملاحظ للكثيرين!

LibreOffice 5.1 is out! New features in here

LibreOffice 5.1 was released after months of anticipation, it's a milestone release following the big 5.0 and it comes with it's fair share of improvements!
Actually the list is so long I don't know where to begin! for a full list of improvements read the list on this link.
The new interface looks remapped, and I like how it can handle remote files like the files saved on Google drive, there has been work all over, I can see that.
One of the big changes I noticed was the styles menu, which you had to navigate to under format and styling in older versions.

Adding sheet menu to calc with related functions, and image control in impress, with the redesign of master sheets.

Did you install LibreOffice 5.1? Did you like what you saw?

*Update: I had to delete the configuration file of the old versions to fix some old issues like the webpage wizard crash, and to see the changes in looks.

Openshot 2.0.6 beta 3 review

Openshot is a free and open source video editing program, known for it's ease of use, it's popular on Linux (frankly there aren't many other options in that division) and it has been on version 1.4.3 for quite sometime now!

Recently Open shot 2.0 was released as a Beta for people who funded the kickstarter campaign back in 2013, and today it was released for the public. I downloaded it and gave it a spin.

Openshot is cross platform, which means you can enjoy it on any platform you work on, and it's also free of charge, I've been using the older version 1.4.3 and it's easy to use, all you have to do is read the included help file and you are good to go. The new version is even easier to use! What's new with the new version? t comes with it's fair share of improvements, and if you like to read them all you can go to the announcement page on the developer site, I think the most important feature is the autosave and recovery after crashes, it's been qui…

The road to Ubuntu 16.04

Ubuntu 16.04 is just around the corner with only 2 months till the much anticipated release! Read below to find out what makes 16.04 so special?
I'll be posting a special cover getting whatever information I could get and post it here, until the release date.

Ubuntu 16.04 is an LTS (long term support distribution) which means it will have a longer support time than usual distributions (which usually gets around 9 months). 

At the end of last month, the second alpha was released, while being far from ready, the real die hard fans will get it for sure! (not me, not on this connection!) it's not ready for use, but you can get a pretty good idea on how it's going to be! Many flavors skipped this like Ubuntu Gnome!It's going to have the Kernel 4.4 which is in my opinion a huge jump from the last 3.19 shipped with the last LTS (14.04). Which will bring better 3D support and drivers for new hardware!Many improvements and new versions of tools will be shipped, and unity will h…

Ubuntu Tablet! Also a PC!

Ubuntu has been teasing a marketing campaign under the logo Reinvent, people have been speculating for days on what could it mean? Now we know there is a Tablet in the works, and it's out very soon!
The tablet is made by Spanish carrier BQ much like Ubuntu Phone, BQ Aquaris M10 will be available all over Europe directly from the manufacturer, unlike Ubuntu phone which was sold in flash sales..

The specifications of the Tablet are the following10.1 inch display.16GB internal memory plus MicroSD slotFull HD video camera2GB RAM8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 5 megapixel front cameraFrontal speakersMicro HDMI slotDimensions: 246 x 171 x 8.2mmLightweight at only 470g Convergence One of the killer features of this Tablet is convergence, the ability to turn it into a PC once connected to a wireless mouse and Keyboard, with the ability to work on the tablet at the same time for true multi-tasking! 
This also means that the apps developed for the tablet are the same as the deskt…

Android-X86 on PC!

If you want to have a version of Android running on your PC, you came to the right place!
Android is a very popular platform with hundreds of millions (if not billions) of devices running it world wide, today we take a look on how and why to have Android on your computer!

To be able to install Android on your computer you need to download Android-X86, which is a project to port Android into the PC architecture, then prepare it for installation on your computer since Android is Linux at heart.
In this post we shall install it in a Virtual machine so we can test it safely, and if you find it suits your needs you can install it directly on your PC.

Installing Android on PC is easy, with a couple of extra steps added to the usual installation, you can find the steps in here.

Once you install it, it looks something like this! 

Remember to disable the mouse from input integration to be able to use the mouse as touch input!

now that we covered the how, let's take a look at the why!
Why to …