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January 19, 2013

Linux Help: Your Nexus 7 to Linux Mint via MTP

I recently bought a Nexus 7 and I was quite happy with how it worked and everything. I was about to copy some files over to the device when I suddenly discovered that Linux Mint doesn't detect it at all! Then, I remembered that the latest Android operating system now uses the MTP protocol to transfer files to and from your device.

I quickly loaded up Google and rampaged through the Linux forus, hoping to find a solution. I tried many different suggestions; such as downloading gMTP (failed), using custom scripts (failed), and gvfs just doesn't work.

With all despair, I stumbled upon a post on WedbUp8. It gave a helpful tutorial in connecting your Nexus 7 to Linux by using Go-mtpfs.

Go-mtpfs is a FUSE filesystem, created by a Google employee because "mtpfs was very unstable" for him, which works great.

You can check out the video tutorial below.


To view the full tutorial, hit the source link above in the text and follow the instructions. If you are using Linux Mint 14, you will not need to install the Ubuntu Unity stuff.

Ubuntu One Music Store Plugin Dropped from Ubuntu 13.04


Ubuntu’s default music player won’t ship with the Ubuntu One Music Store plugin in 13.04.

With the Ubuntu One Music Store now available via the web, and all Dash music recommendations linking there, the decision has been taken to retire the Rhythmbox plugin ‘in favour‘ of the web store.

But this change will make the store more discoverable.
No More Music Store in Ubuntu 13.04
The Ubuntu One Music Store plugin debuted in Ubuntu 10.04, and since that time it’s not changed a great deal. It also limited itself to just two media players: Rhythmbox and Banshee.

But now that a link to the Ubuntu One Music Store is pinned on the launcher of Ubuntu 12.10 by default – and is likely to remain in place in 13.04 - every user of Ubuntu can see and access it without needing to open (or even use) Rhythmbox.


Despite the store bidding adieu other features of the Ubuntu One Rhythmbox plugin will remain.

This includes the “auto-sync” feature that automatically adds purchased tracks to your library.

[via OMG! Ubuntu!]

Chrome Beta update fixes issues, has a new icon

Android Central
Since a proper Chrome Beta channel app came into the Play Store, we knew we'd be in for some frequent updates. Alongside a new icon that has a black/white "BETA" tag on it, rather than the angled grey/white one before, this update brings many small fixes:

  • 165783 - Enable compositing scrollable frames on Android
  • 168368 - Chrome progress bar should be displayed as soon as the user clicks a link
  • 165244 - Text handler jumps or disappears when moving
  • 162486 - iframe scrolling broken

There are still some glaring bugs, as is the case with Beta releases, such as yahoo.com page links not working and some intense graphical glitches on certain devices. This is all part of the fun though, and we know what we're getting into when moving to the Beta channel of a browser.

[via Android Central]