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Ubuntu 20.10 ‘Groovy Gorilla' is available to download now
by Paul Hill
Canonical has announced the immediate availability of Ubuntu 20.10 ‘Groovy Gorilla’. While this version is considered stable and fit to be run as a daily driver, it is not a Long Term Support (LTS) release and will therefore only receive security updates for nine months.
The new version comes with a variety of new software including Linux Kernel 5.8 and GNOME 3.38. Developer tools such as programming languages and compilers have also received updates - this release ships with glibc 2.32, OpenJDK 11, rustc 1.41, GCC 10, LLVM 11, Python 3.8.6, ruby 2.7.0, php 7.4.9, perl 5.30, and golang 1.13.
Another notable point about this upgrade is that Canonical has spun a new desktop image aimed at Raspberry Pi 4 devices that have at least 4GB of RAM. Raspberry Pi’s new Compute Module 4 is also supported by the Groovy Gorilla but you’ll need to have 4GB of RAM and 16GB of eMMC or equivalent SD card storage.
Those who want to download and try the new version can download it from the Ubuntu download page. If you’re running Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and want to upgrade you’ll need to open Software & Updates, head to the Updates tab, and change the Notify me of a new Ubuntu version drop down to For any new version. From there, open the update manager and you’ll be offered the upgrade.
By Abhay V
Microsoft finally brings its Chromium-based Edge in preview form to Linux
by Abhay Venkatesh
Microsoft today announced that Edge is finally available for download on Linux. The Dev channel version of the Chromium-based browser makes it to the platform almost a year after the official announcement and as promised last month.
The Redmond giant says that the release supports Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, and openSUSE distributions. The browser will be updated weekly, just like the Dev channel builds on other platforms. The company has also posted instructions for the process of installing the packages on various distributions using their standard package management tools, for those interested. However, the easier way is to download and install the .deb or .rpm packages from the Insider website here.
As for features, the company is “aiming to provide a representative experience for developers who want to build and test their sites and apps on Linux”. The preview release for Linux currently does not feature many user-facing features such as support for signing into Microsoft accounts – which means that there will be no sync capabilities. However, the company does promise to release these features with a future update.
Considering that the release is still in early development, the firm cautions that there will be many “bugs and unexpected behaviors“ and urges developers to send feedback through the browser. Lastly, the company is also accepting submissions for the Microsoft Edge Bounty Program on Linux for security researchers.
With the addition of support for Linux, the Redmond firms offering is now present on all platforms that support Chromium.
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The best hidden Gboard features that you must know about
by Rajesh Pandey
Gboard is one of the most popular keyboards for Android devices right there and rightfully so because of the sheer number of innovative features it packs. The keyboard is also a perfect example of how virtual keyboards for today's smartphones are more than just a keyboard with the amount of functionality they pack.
If you have been using Gboard only for typing out messages and emails so far, you have been using it wrong then. You can use the keyboard for quick Google search, translations, adding GIFs, and do so much more. Below is a look at some useful Gboard features that you might not know about and which will help improve your overall typing experience.
If you use SwiftKey, you can read about some of its hidden features here.
Custom mini stickers
Forget emoji and GIFs. You can create custom "minis" stickers based on you in Gboard as well. Simply tap the sticker button in Gboard's toolbar, scroll to the right in the toolbar and tap on the cog (Settings) button. Then go to the Browse tab and select the option to create your custom "minis" in the banner at the top. You will then have to click a selfie and then wait for a few seconds for Gboard to create the custom mini stickers.
Quickly add punctuations
You can quickly add punctuations other than a comma or full stop by simply long pressing on the full stop button. A list of the most common punctuations will then pop up and you can slide your finger to select the one you want to use.
Switch to one-handed layout
The displays on Android smartphones are getting taller and wider which makes one-handed typing on them a frustrating experience. Gboard does come with a one-handed layout that you can use in such situations though. You can easily activate one-handed mode in Gboard by long-pressing the "," button and then dragging your finger to the second icon you see. Once activated, you have the option of moving the keyboard to the left or right edge of the display as per your requirement.
Delete words using a gesture
Want to quickly delete a word or a sentence that you just typed? No need to repeatedly press the backspace button. Instead, you can just swipe to the left from the backspace button to select the text you want to delete. The longer you swipe, the more words will get selected and they will be automatically deleted once you lift your finger from the display.
In case you change your mind and want to keep the sentence or word you just deleted, Gboard will automatically show you the deleted word or sentence as a suggestion.
Translate text easily
With Google Translate integration in Gboard, you can easily translate text on the fly without having to leave the current chat window or text compose window. Simply tap the Google Translate icon in the Gboard toolbar and proceed to enter the word or sentence that you want to convert. Gboard can automatically detect the language that you are entering and convert it into a language you want, though you can select the input language manually as well.
Use the keyboard as a trackpad
You can use Gboard as a trackpad as well to quickly move the cursor where you want while formatting or editing text. On iPhone, you need to long-press on the spacebar and then drag your finger around to move the cursor. Gboard has a similar implementation as well. Simply long-press on the spacebar and then drag your finger around to turn the keyboard into a virtual trackpad and move the cursor around easily.
Add fractions easily
Want to quickly add a fraction? Simply long-press on the number and Gboard will show a list of common fractions that you can add easily.
What are some of your favorite Gboard tips and tricks? Drop a comment and let us know!