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

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 الضغط هنا. هذا الرابط هو الرابط الرسمي والوحيد من مصلحة اﻷحوال المدنية.


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.

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. 

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.

عاجل: تحديد 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!






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".



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..



Cinammon interface


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!

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.

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). 

Ubuntu 16.04 logo

  • 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 have some new features, most notably canceling the on-line search when inside the unity launcher.

You can tell I'm pretty excited, this is the real news, a system for humans!
You can notice I added  a counter for the release date, almost 73 days to go! (at the time of this writing), and with the launching of the new Ubuntu tablet, the momentum is real!

Ubuntu 16.04, please don't disappoint us!

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..



ubuntu tablet


The specifications of the Tablet are the following

  • 10.1 inch display.
  • 16GB internal memory plus MicroSD slot
  • Full HD video camera
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and 5 megapixel front camera
  • Frontal speakers
  • Micro HDMI slot
  • Dimensions: 246 x 171 x 8.2mm
  • Lightweight 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 desktop.


 Ubuntu tablet convergence

Ubuntu Scops

 It's a new concept that allows you to get services without downloading apps on your tablet.


Final word

The Ubuntu tablet could be a true game changer, being the first ever to run the open source OS, with nice specifications and convergence, could it break into the mainstream market and attract attention outside the open source world? Only time will tell!

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 use Android on PC 

There are several reasons to use Android on PC: You could be a developer and want to test your applications in a safe environment, or you want to have another account on the VM other than your main account installed on your phone. Or you are like me, you don't have an Android phone anymore but feel like messing with some applications :P

It's a fun project to try! Download the ISO and give it a test drive!

Would you install Android-X86 on an old PC of yours? You think it can be your everyday machine?