HeadSet: Your Personal YouTube Player for Ubuntu Desktop

As well known by everyone, today YouTube is home to the largest collection of music in the world. Many of us spend hours listening to the music stored there, but not always using the web browser to listen to the songs is a good idea.

Headset is a free desktop application that gives us the ability to use YouTube as a music source . This will allow you to stream the YouTube audio directly to your desktop. We can think of this application as Spotify without advertisements, with the largest music catalog in the world accessible from outside the web browser.

The Headset user interface is simple to use. Just type a word, the title of a song or the name of the album and select one of the options that will show you the result to start playing it. You can also play lists . With each video that adds this will be added as a new track said queue.

The program has a panel that offers different buttons to add favorites to the songs you like while you listen to them, jump to the previous / next tracks and go to the playlist / track.

The ones listed above are the options you can enjoy while you are not logged in. If you register for a free account you can unlock other features. Some of them are the possibility to create own playlists, tune to ad hoc radio stations, etc.

This is a very fast and simple application with integrated search option. It has a home screen with a popularity list by genres and epochs. The best of your options is perhaps a radio powered by Reddit . In the popular network there are multiple subreddits dedicated to discovering and sharing new music or rediscovering jewels of the past. The radio feature will allow you to treat your music subnets as personal radio stations.

HowTo Download YouTube Audio Straight From Ubuntu Terminal

If you are looking for a tool to download videos from multiple platforms you may already know some popular options like jDownloader. But there is an application as powerful as the above – one of the most interesting is YouTube-dl. Following this guide, you will be able to use it to download Youtube audio straight from the Linux terminal.

Youtube-dl is a small Python-based command line tool that allows you to download videos from platforms like YouTube, Dailymotion, Google Video, Photobucket, Facebook, Yahoo, Metacafe, Depositfiles and some similar sites. The Python interpreter is required to run the program. This program is open source and should run smoothly on any Unix, Windows or Mac OS X based system.

Youtube-dl also allows you to choose the video quality format available to download or let the program automatically download the highest quality video from the indicated portal. It also has support for downloading playlists, options for adding custom or original titles to the downloaded video file. It also has support for using a proxy.

Secure a SSH Login with Google Authenticator on Ubuntu 15.04

You can never be too careful when it comes to online security, especially if you’re dealing with highly sensitive data. Adding an extra layer of security to your linux server it can only be a good thing.

This guide works for Ubuntu 14.04, 14.10 and 15.04.

Google Authenticator is a security application which implements time-based security tokens and it’s also known as ‘two factor authentication’. Every time you’ll login through ssh, it will ask you for your username, password and security code which is generated every 30 seconds by the Google authenticator application. This means that even if an attacker knows your username and password, he will still won’t be able to login.

HowTo Setup OpenVPN on Ubuntu 15.04

Using a VPN is a great way to protect your privacy and security while using (for example) an unsecured wireless connection. VPN basically works like this: When you connect to a VPN, you usually launch a VPN client on your computer, log in with your credentials, and your computer exchanges trusted keys with a far away server. Once both computers have verified each other as authentic, all of your internet communication is encrypted and secured from eavesdropping.

There are a lot of paid VPN providers but we’ll take a look on how to install and use the free OpenVPN service with Ubuntu 15.04.

HowTo Install KDE Plasma 5.3 on Ubuntu 15.04

Ubuntu 15.04 is here, KDE has just released Plasma version 5.3, how do we get them to work together?

If you already have KDE (Kubuntu maybe?) installed, you need to run these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

If you don’t have KDE installed, run these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

How To Install VLC 2.2.0 on Ubuntu 14.04 Using PPA

VLC, the popular video player for every operating system out there, has just published a major update.

What’s new in VLC 2.2.0, codename WeatherWax?

  • Fight the popular vertical video syndrome! VLC automatically detects rotated videos and rotates them using hardware acceleration (on compatible platforms)!
  • This is supported for MP4/MOV, MKV and raw H264.
  • Resume playback where you left off. Supported on all the mobile versions of VLC for quite some time, it is now available on the desktop.
  • Vastly improved support for UltraHD video codecs like VP9 and H265, including encoding.
  • New hardware acceleration mechanism, GPU 0-copy decoding, faster and implementations for Linux, Android, and Raspberry Pi. (Other OSes will have it in 3.0.0)
  • Extensions: supported since a long time, we now feature an in-app downloader for the desktop, like Firefox
  • Subtitles downloading extension…..

VirtualBox and Ubuntu 14.04 Low Resolution (640×480) Fix

The last time I’ve tried to run Ubuntu 14.04.02 in VirtualBox, I got a very low screen resolution of 640×480, and xrandr was reporting it’s the only resolution available; not good because I could only use half of each window. This was the first time I came across this issue and don’t really care what caused it, but, searching around the web, I found various possible quick fixes, not of them actually working.

All you need to do is to install Guest Additions. That’s all! ;-)

HowTo Enable Hibernate Support for Ubuntu 14.10

What is the difference between Sleep (Suspend to RAM) and Hibernate (Suspend to Disk) ?

Entering a Sleep or Hibernate mode could be considered pausing the state of your computer. When restored, it allows you to continue from the same point, having the same programs and documents opened.

Sleep mode: It writes the computer’s state to RAM and cuts power to the rest of subsystems (CPU, hard disk etc). However, RAM is a volatile memory and requires power to maintain its stored information; when the power is interrupted, the data is immediately lost. For a laptop, keeping it in a Sleep state, means that RAM will continue to draw power from the battery, discharging it even when you think the laptop is off.

Hibernate mode: On the other hand, writes the computer’s state onto the hard drive (which doesn’t require power to maintain its information), therefore, in the case of a laptop, no power will be drawn from the battery while it’s in hibernation state.

Now for the tricky part. When entering a Linux OS in hibernating state, the computer’s state is saved to the swap partition which is required to be equal or bigger in size than the computer’s RAM. Linux users, while installing a distribution, set different sizes for their swap partitions, often smaller than their RAM, which will break the whole hibernation process. This is the reason why hibernation is not available by default.