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    Google details its protein-folding software, academics offer an alternative

    news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Sunday, 18 July - 13:45 · 1 minute

Image of two multi-colored traces of complex structures.

Enlarge (credit: University of Washington )

Thanks to the development of DNA-sequencing technology, it has become trivial to obtain the sequence of bases that encode a protein and translate that to the sequence of amino acids that make up the protein. But from there, we often end up stuck. The actual function of the protein is only indirectly by its sequence. Instead, the sequence dictates how the amino acid chain folds and flexes in three-dimensional space, forming a specific structure. That structure is typically what dictates the function of the protein, but obtaining it can require years of lab work.

For decades, researchers have tried to develop software that can take a sequence of amino acids and accurately predict the structure it will form. Despite this being a matter of chemistry and thermodynamics, we've only had limited success—until last year. That's when Google's DeepMind AI group announced the existence of AlphaFold , which can typically predict structures with a high degree of accuracy.

At the time, DeepMind said it would give everyone the details on its breakthrough in a future peer-reviewed paper, which it finally released yesterday. In the meantime, some academic researchers got tired of waiting, took some of DeepMind's insights, and made their own. The paper describing that effort also was released yesterday.

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    Sneak Peek of the Next PureOS Release on the Librem 5

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / Purism · Wednesday, 24 March - 16:53 · 3 minutes

With the next release of PureOS, code-named Byzantium, just around the corner, let’s give you a sneak peek of what you can look forward to.

Encryption

Disk encryption will allow for the root disk to be password protected. With this setup, you’ll be asked to decrypt your device before it continues to the phone shell.

Byzantium OS Intro

The default lineup of preinstalled apps is not finalized but is growing. For now, this is what it looks like.

Everything is newer; This release uses the more recent base of Debian Bullseye. On top of that, the codebase between phone, laptop, desktop, and the server will be shared. There was a special repository for the phone that contained additional adaptive applications in the previous release. From this release on, the desktop and phone will use the same adaptive apps and packages.

Files

Also new in this release is the adaptive file manager. Now you’ll be able to manage your home directory with ease.

Other New Apps and App Features

Video decoding using the onboard Video Processing Unit is planned to land in Gnome Web soon. Once added, the Librem 5 will play videos for longer and stay cooler while streaming from the browser.

GPS and Gnome Maps are planned to be supported.

In this release, you can uninstall even the default apps giving you full control of what software runs on your device.

Flipping the camera/microphone hardware killswitch will come with UI feedback.

KDE applications work much better out of the box. This gives users, and developers access to QT tools on top of the default GTK UI toolkit.

Settings

The device settings has many more options and we are working with the community to finish up making these additional settings adaptive.

For those familiar with other platforms, Applications should be very familiar. You can search through your installed apps and manage any Integration settings they might have.

Users with impaired eyesight can look forward to a high contrast mode. We are putting the finishing touches on support in Phosh, but most apps respond well to the high contrast mode. In this release, it’s also possible to test a Screen Reader, giving users audio feedback as they navigate the UI and applications.

Other desktop environments

Desktop-only software isn’t desktop-only anymore. With a few commands, you can install and startup a plasma session on its own screen.

#install 
sudo tasksel install desktop kde-desktop
sudo apt install plasma-wayland-protocols plasma-workspace-wayland kwin-wayland-backend-fbdev kde-standard

#run
sudo systemctl stop phosh
export WAYLAND_DISPLAY=wayland-0
startplasma-wayland --framebuffer --fb-device /dev/fb0 &#or fb1 to select the screen you want it on
plasmashell

Or start KDE like an app from within Phosh.

#login to posh and run
plasmashell

If you’re looking for a classic interface, you can start Mate on the onboard screen.

#mate on PureOS 10
sudo apt install xinit xorg xterm x2x mate

#run X11
sudo systemctl stop phosh
sudo xinit -- -masterfd 9 9<>/dev/dri/card1 &
export DISPLAY=:0
mate-session

While there are too many interfaces to go over here, you can spend hours exploring what each one feels like on the go.

#Other desktops that could be fun:
tasksel# Gnome Xfce Cinnamon Mate LXDE LXQT

This new release of PureOS is already used on the Librem Mini v2 and our Librem 14, and will be made available for your Librem 5 soon.

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    Librem 14 Security Features

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / Purism · Monday, 22 March - 19:54 · 7 minutes

The Librem 14 was designed based on a long wishlist we made to build our dream laptop. When we first announced the Librem 14 we stuck to the features we knew for sure would be part of the first revision. Over the next few months as we worked through prototypes we were able to announce new features such as dual RAM slots and a number of exciting security features. While these features are mentioned on the Librem 14 product page , I thought it would be useful to collect all of the security features of the Librem 14 into a single place.

Hardware

Our previous Librem laptop lines touted a number of unique hardware security features and we have learned many lessons over the years as we use the hardware ourselves and get feedback from security-minded customers. With the Librem 14 we have been able to improve hardware security across the board.

Hardware Kill Switches

Our most famous hardware security feature is our hardware kill switches (HKS), a set of physical switches that disables the webcam and microphone, or WiFi, in hardware. Placing a sticker over a webcam is a nice start, but with HKS you can be sure that your computer isn’t spying on you and can conveniently enable the camera and microphone only when you need it.

We got feedback from a number of customers that having HKS on the side meant you had to crane your neck to see the current state and find the right switch. We also heard that some customers were flipping HKS when inserting their laptops into a case. With the Librem 14 we have moved the HKS back above the keyboard and have added LEDs to make the current state of the hardware obvious at a glance. We have also extended the webcam/microphone hardware kill switch so that it also disables the microphone in the headphone jack .

Ethernet Port

A physical Ethernet port might not seem like a security feature to some people, but for people facing particular threats it’s a critical security feature. The ability to remove the WiFi card completely, or at least keep it disabled with a HKS, and access the network over a physical Ethernet port, means you can completely avoid entire classes of attacks on WiFi cards and protocols.

Firmware Write Protection Switches

Another security feature that’s completely new to the Librem 14 is a set of switches on the motherboard that will allow you to write protect the BIOS and EC firmware . Currently the physical switches are implemented, but we still need to complete some software and configuration work so that they actually trigger write protection.

Librem 14 Firmware Write Protect Switch in the Off Position Librem 14 Firmware Write Protect Switches in the Off Position

Firmware

After the hardware, the next area to focus on for security is the firmware–code that runs on discrete chips on your hardware that straddles the fence between hardware and software. Supply-chain attacks on firmware continue to be a growing concern in the security community so we take a number of additional steps on the Librem 14 to help secure its firmware.

Intel Management Engine

Perhaps one of the most famous bits of firmware on a modern Intel computer is the firmware for the Intel Management Engine (ME)–a chip that initializes Intel hardware and that is required for it to boot. Because the ME has core access to your hardware, because the code is proprietary so it can’t be audited, and because some versions of the ME include Active Management Technology (AMT) that enable IT administrators to control machines remotely over the network, there have been some concerns that the ME might contain secret backdoors. Also, as the features of the ME expand, there have also been concerns that the increased attack surface might allow attackers to exploit flaws in ME firmware and take remote control over a computer.

Like in past Librem laptops we select the simplest version of ME firmware available, without AMT, so that we begin with the smallest possible attack surface. Next we disable the ME by setting what is known as the HAP bit so that after the hardware is initialized the ME is disabled. In the past we have also performed an additional step of “neutralizing” the ME (overwriting most of the ME firmware with zeros, leaving only the bits critical to booting). As the Librem 14 is newer hardware running a newer version of the Intel ME, we haven’t yet been able to neutralize it, but hope to be able to add that in a future firmware release.

PureBoot

PureBoot is the name we give for a suite of technologies we use to secure the boot process. It starts with our boot firmware based on free software projects coreboot and Heads that help you detect firmware tampering when paired with a Librem Key . When you order a Librem 14 with the PureBoot Bundle , we pair the laptop with a Librem Key at our facility so that when you boot the laptop with the Librem Key inserted, the key will blink green if the system is safe, and blink red indefinitely if it detects firmware tampering.

PureBoot also extends into the operating system itself and will detect any tampering in the kernel or boot configuration files and alert you to them before it boots. Finally, PureBoot can even be configured to use your Librem Key to unlock disk encryption.

Embedded Controller

In addition to the Intel ME, another area of concern for firmware security is the embedded controller (EC). This chip manages the keyboard in addition to many other things :

With more tasks assigned to the EC, the software and its capabilities grew which makes it a pretty essential piece these days, especially for laptops. So the first thing the EC needs to do is to control the power up and power down of the machine, which means to enable or disable certain voltage domains, doing that in a controlled fashion honoring dependencies (often some power rails are derived from others), and also taking into account the power supply constraints of the main CPU in certain power modes. This is especially important for low power states like suspend to RAM where you just want to power what is needed. There are also other very interesting peripherals attached to the EC. Of course the EC controls the keyboard matrix, i.e. it assigns keypresses in that matrix to key scan codes sent to the main CPU.

Normally the EC runs proprietary firmware, and like with the ME, due to the level of access the EC has (such as the fact that it controls the keyboard), there is concern over what an attacker could do with backdoored or hacked EC firmware.

Starting with the Librem 14 we are freeing the EC firmware which will not only allow you to audit the firmware for backdoors and security flaws, but also give a Librem 14 owner much more control over their hardware. The blog post I linked above goes into much detail about the EC overall as well as our plans for it.

Software

By default the Librem 14 will ship with PureOS Byzantium–our latest and greatest release of PureOS featuring many security and feature updates while being accessible and convenient for the average user to use. For users who want even more security, perhaps at the expense of some convenience, we also offer Qubes as an operating system option on the Librem 14.

We have a long history of Qubes support on our hardware and treat Qubes as a first class operating system at Purism. Because Qubes makes heavy use of hardware virtualization, the average Qubes users finds themselves running ten or more virtual machines simultaneously, with some users running many more than that. With the 6 core, 12 thread tenth generation Intel i7 CPU, fast NVMe storage, and dual SO-DIMM slots allowing a maximum of 64GB RAM, we believe the Librem 14 is the best laptop for Qubes .

Anti-Interdiction

Finally, some customers face security threats such that having their laptop tampered with during shipment is a real concern. Other customers simply want the peace of mind that their laptop hasn’t been tampered with. Regardless of the reasons, Purism offers a premium anti-interdiction service where we work with a customer over encrypted email to model their particular threats and custom-tailor our anti-interdiction measures both on the hardware itself with glitter nail polish and tamper-evident seals, and on the software with an integrated PureBoot Bundle using customer-supplied secrets.

A close-up of the unique pattern of blue glitter nail polish on the center screw. A close-up of the unique pattern of blue glitter nail polish on the center screw.

Conclusion

We are very proud of the Librem 14 and believe that its combination of hardware, firmware, software, and anti-interdiction features make it one of the most secure laptops you can buy.

Discover the Librem 14

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    Kooha is a Nascent Screen Recorder for GNOME With Wayland Support

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / ItsFoss · Monday, 15 March - 11:50 · 2 minutes

There is not a single decent screen recording software for Linux that supports Wayland display server.

GNOME’s built-in screen recorder is probably the rare (and lone) one that works if you are using Wayland. But that screen recorder has no visible interface and features you expect in a standard screen recording software.

Thankfully, there is a new application in development that provides a bit more feature than GNOME screen recorder and works okay-ish on Wayland.

Meet Kooha: a new screen recorder for GNOME desktop

kooha screen recorder

Kooha is an application in the nascent stage of development. It can be used in GNOME and it is built with GTK and PyGObject. In fact, it utilizes the same backend as the GNOME’s built-in screen recorder.

Here are the features Kooha has:

  • Record the entire screen or a selected area
  • Works on both Wayland and Xorg display servers
  • Records audio from microphone along with the video
  • Option to include or omit mouse pointer
  • Can add a delay of 5 or 10 seconds before start the recording
  • Supports recording in WebM and MKV formats
  • Allows to change the default saving location
  • Supports a few keyboard shortcuts

My experience with Kooha

kooha

I was contacted by its developer, Dave Patrick and since I desperately want a good screen recorder, I immediately went on to try it.

At present, Kooha is only available to install via Flatpak . I installed Flatpak and when I tried to use it, nothing was recorded. I had a quick email discussion with Dave and he told me that it was due to a bug with GNOME screen recorder in Ubuntu 20.10 .

You can imagine my desperation for a screen recorder with Wayland support that I upgraded my Ubuntu to the beta version of 21.04.

The screen recording worked in 21.04 but it could still not record the audio from the microphone.

There are a few more things that I noticed and didn’t work smoothly to my liking.

For example, while recording the counter remains visible on the screen and is included in the recording. I wouldn’t want that in a video tutorial. You wouldn’t like to see that either I guess.

kooha recording

Another thing is about multi-monitor support. There is no option to exclusively select a particular screen. I connect with two external monitors and by default it recorded all three of them. Setting a capture region could be used but dragging it to exact pixels of a screen is a time-consuming task.

There is no option to set the frame rate or encoding that comes with Kazam or other legacy screen recorders.

Installing Kooha on Linux (if you are using GNOME)

Please make sure to enable Flatpak support on your Linux distribution. It only works with GNOME for now so please check which desktop environment you are using.

Use this command to add Flathub to your Flatpak repositories list:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

And then use this command to install it:

flatpak install flathub io.github.seadve.Kooha

You may run it from the menu or by using this command:

flatpak run io.github.seadve.Kooha

Conclusion

Kooha is not perfect but considering the huge void in the Wayland domain, I hope that the developers work on fixing the issues and adding more features. This is important considering Ubuntu 21.04 is switching to Wayland by default and some other popular distros like Fedora and openSUSE already use Wayland by default.

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    App Showcase: Tootle

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / Purism · Wednesday, 10 March - 18:30 · 1 minute

Social media can be a great way to engage with friends and family. But most of the popular services and apps track their users. With Tootle and Librem Social , you can have a great social media experience without your data being exploited for profit.

We at Purism fight against vendor lock-in. We believe you should have full control of your hardware and services. This is the reason we are promoting Tootle with the ability to connect to any Mastodon instance. You are welcome and encouraged to try out Librem Social, but you can take your workflow and even your apps with you if you choose to switch providers.

Once logged in, Librem Social has all the basic features you’d expect from a popular platform. Have fun scrolling your feed or finding more interesting people to follow.

It’s time to take back control of your hardware, data, and social media presence.

Discover the Librem 5

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    Use gImageReader to Extract Text From Images and PDFs on Linux

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / ItsFoss · Monday, 8 March - 15:05 · 2 minutes

Brief: gImageReader is a GUI tool to utilize tesseract OCR engine for extracting texts from images and PDF files in Linux.

gImageReader is a front-end for Tesseract Open Source OCR Engine . Tesseract was originally developed at HP and then was open-sourced in 2006.

Basically, the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) engine lets you scan texts from a picture or a file (PDF). It can detect several languages by default and also supports scanning through Unicode characters.

However, the Tesseract by itself is a command-line tool without any GUI. So, here, gImageReader comes to the rescue to let any user utilize it to extract text from images and files.

Let me highlight a few things about it while mentioning my experience with it for the time I tested it out.

gImageReader: A Cross-Platform Front-End to Tesseract OCR

gimagereader

To simplify things, gImageReader comes in handy to extract text from a PDF file or an image that contains any kind of text.

Whether you need it for spellcheck or translation, it should be useful for a specific group of users.

To sum up the features in a list, here’s what you can do with it:

  • Add PDF documents and images from disk, scanning devices, clipboard and screenshots
  • Ability to rotate images
  • Common image controls to adjust brightness, contrast, and resolution
  • Scan images directly through the app
  • Ability to process multiple images or files in one go
  • Manual or automatic recognition area definition
  • Recognize to plain text or to hOCR documents
  • Editor to display the recognized text
  • Can spellcheck the text extracted
  • Convert/Export to PDF documents from hOCR document
  • Export extracted text as a .txt file
  • Cross-platform (Windows)

Installing gImageReader on Linux

Note : You need to explicitly install Tesseract language packs to detect from images/files from your software manager.

tesseract language pack

You can find gImageReader in the default repositories for some Linux distributions like Fedora and Debian.

For Ubuntu, you need to add a PPA and then install it. To do that, here’s what you need to type in the terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sandromani/gimagereader
sudo apt update
sudo apt install gimagereader

You can also find it for openSUSE from its build service and AUR will be the place for Arch Linux users.

All the links to the repositories and the packages can be found in their GitHub page .

Experience with gImageReader

gImageReader is a quite useful tool for extracting texts from images when you need them. It works great when you try from a PDF file.

For extracting images from a picture shot on a smartphone, the detection was close but a bit inaccurate. Maybe when you scan something, recognition of characters from the file could be better.

So, you’ll have to try it for yourself to see how well it works for your use-case. I tried it on Linux Mint 20.1 (based on Ubuntu 20.04).

I just had an issue to manage languages from the settings and I didn’t get a quick solution for that. If you encounter the issue, you might want to troubleshoot it and explore more about it how to fix it.

gimagereader 1

Other than that, it worked just fine.

Do give it a try and let me know how it worked for you! If you know of something similar (and better), do let me know about it in the comments below.

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    Hola VPN Review: Why You Should Ignore The Free Version & Go For Hola VPN Premium

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / FossBytes · Saturday, 6 March - 06:09 · 5 minutes

Hola VPN review

The internet is rife with VPNs and therefore it becomes important to choose one wisely. If you are in the market for a VPN service provider, chances are you might get befuddled by the sheer number of options available out there. While you can choose from the best VPNs that are rated highly amongst frequent users, there are other lesser-known options as well that could help you hide your digital footprint.

One such VPN is Hola VPN, which has received notorious reviews for its free version, and rightly so. If you are considering Hola VPN, we have all covered all the points that you must consider before investing your money in it. We used the VPN thoroughly, conducted speed tests, read through privacy policies and also tried unblocking geo-restricted websites.

Here is our comprehensive review of Hola VPN.

Let’s start with the basics.

Hola VPN: How Does It Work?

Before we jump into details, you must know that Hola VPN offers two different versions – a free one and a paid one (Hola Premium). Hola VPN is an Israel-based VPN service that offers its free services based on peer-to-peer technology (which is not a VPN per se) and a paid version which is VPN in the truest sense.

Unlike other best free VPNs that limit the bandwidth or number of servers, the Hola VPN free works on peer-to-peer technology and can be considered a proxy service at max. It means you share your bandwidth with others while using the Hola VPN free version. There are chances that other free users are using your IP address to browse the internet “anonymously”.

Hola advertises its browser extensions as “Hola Free VPN Proxy Unblocker – Best VPN” that uses split tunneling technology to unblock geo-restricted websites such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO, and more.

Hola VPN Premium, on the other hand, is a proper VPN service albeit their website does not mention the encryption protocols used by the VPN service. There are around 1,000 VPN servers around the world (1,500 for Hola Ultra Advanced VPN users).

Hola VPN Speed & Performance

As is the case with all the VPNs, speed throttling is an unavoidable issue. Surprisingly, Hola VPN premium impressed me in this regard. In the speed tests I conducted over a couple of US and Europe based servers, the speed throttling was almost negligible and the ping rate was between the range of 40 and 100.

Therefore, I have no complaint regarding speed from Hola VPN Premium. Also, the user interface of the Hola VPN macOS app is friendly and you can connect to the VPN with just one click.

Hola VPN: Unlock Netflix, Amazon, Prime & More

If your primary aim behind buying a VPN (Psst! here’s a nifty VPN buying guide ) is to unblock Netflix, Amazon Prime catalogs of different countries and access websites that are blocked in your region, Hola VPN’s browser extensions are what you should go for.

Notably, Hola VPN browser extensions operate on standard VPN protocols and not peer-to-peer technology.

I successfully unblocked the US catalog of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video US. For free users, it is free to stream Netflix and other video streaming sites for 1 hour. However, you should understand that Hola VPN’s free version is more of a proxy owing to its peer-to-peer architecture therefore unblocking blocked websites is naturally the task it is good at.

Torrenting: A Strict No Go

However, if you’re buying Hola VPN for Torrenting, you’re simply wasting your money as Hola’s official website clearly mentions that they do not support torrenting. It says, “ The use of Bittorrent on our network is not allowed, and we are blocking Bittorrent traffic “.

Security & Logging Policy

This is where things start getting murkier. Hola VPN free can be called a cybersecurity’s antagonist. Besides routing your internet traffic through other peers instead of safe servers, Hola VPN also logs plenty of details from you, thus defeating the entire purpose of using a VPN.

If you’re using the free version of Hola VPN, it’s keeping a log of the following information from you:

  • Log data may include the following information – browser type, web pages you visit, time spent on those pages, access times, and dates.
  • Your personal information including your name, email address, and IP address. If you opt to sign up using a third-party account for instance your Google account, Hola will also keep a log of the information stored by Google.
  • If you’re signing up with a social media account, Hola is accessing your basic information including full name, home address, email address, birth date, profile picture, friends list, personal description, as well as any other information you made publicly available on such account.

Hola says the reason why it logs the personal information of users is that it can report any malicious activity to authorities. The website says, “Th ese measures are probably what make Hola the least attractive VPN for people with malicious or illegal intent to use. They much prefer the various other VPNs that promise not to keep logs “.

Hola Premium, however, has a strict no-log policy. If you are a premium customer, Hola will not store logs of your activity, including no logging of browsing history, traffic destination, data content, or DNS queries.

Interestingly, I had to manually turn on the “No logs” option in my Premium account as it was disabled by default.

To sum up, Hola VPN is intrusive and lacks a proper security mechanism to keep the privacy of its users intact. In fact, the free version mooches the IP address and bandwidth of users without informing them properly. Therefore, if you’re buying a VPN for cybersecurity, my best advice would be to steer clear of Hola VPN free. The paid version has all the features, you’d want in a good VPN therefore, your first choice should be Hola VPN Premium.

Hola VPN Pricing

Hola VPN offers a free service that works on peer-to-peer technology; it’s a proxy service and not a VPN. if you’re opting for the more-secure premium version, here are the prices of Hola VPN:

  • $2.99/mo for 3-year plan
  • $7.69/mo for the yearly plan
  • $14.99/mo for the monthly plan

Importantly, Hola does not support Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies as a payment method.

Hola VPN Conclusion

Everything about Hola except its privacy policies and data logging mechanism is great and I understand how silly it sounds especially when we are talking about a VPN service. If you want a website unblocker, Hola VPN is a great option to go.

For privacy enthusiasts, it could be a nightmare owing to the fact that you’re sharing your bandwidth and IP address with another free user who might be a hacker.

Hola Premium does sound reliable and could be a strong contender for one of the best VPNs out there once Hola fixes the impending issues.

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    You Can Now Install Official Evernote Client on Ubuntu and Debian-based Linux Distributions

    pubsub.do.nohost.me / ItsFoss · Wednesday, 3 March - 05:14 · 3 minutes

Evernote is a popular note-taking application. It was a revolutionary product at the time of its launch. Since then, there have been several such application that allow you to save web clippings, notes etc into notebook formats.

For years, the desktop client of Evernote was not available for Linux. Evernote promised a Linux application some time ago and its beta version is finally available for Ubuntu-based distributions.

Non-FOSS alert!

Evernote Linux client is not open source. It’s been covered here because the application is made available on Linux and we cover popular non-foss applications for Linux users from time to time. This helps with regular desktop Linux users.

Installing Evernote on Ubuntu and Debian-based Linux distributions

Go to the following page on Evernote’s website:

Scroll down a bit to accept the terms and conditions of ‘early testing program’. You’ll see a ‘Install Now’ button appearing on the screen. Click on it to download the DEB file.

evernote early access linux

To install the application from the DEB file , double-click on it. It should open the Software Center app and give you the option to install it.

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Once the installation completes, search for Evernote in the system menu and launch it.

evernote ubuntu

When you start the application for the first time, you’ll need to log in to your Evernote account.

evernote running ubuntu

The first run brings you to the ‘Home screen’ where you can organize your notebooks for even quicker access.

evernote on ubuntu

You may enjoy using Evernote on Linux now.

Experiencing the beta version of Evernote Linux client

There are a few annoyances here and there with the software being in beta.

As you can notice in the image above, Evernote Linux client detected the dark mode in Ubuntu and switched to dark theme automatically. However, when I changed the system theme to light or standard, it didn’t change theme application theme immediately. The changes took into effect only after I restarted Evernote app.

Another issue is about closing the application. If you click on the X button to close the Evernote application, the program goes in background instead of exiting.

There is an app indicator that seems like a way to launch a minimized Evernote application, like Skype on Linux . Unfortunately, that’s not the case. It opens the Scratch Pad for you to type a quick note.

This gives you another note taking application on Linux but it also presents a problem. There is no option to quit Evernote here. It is only for opening the quick note taking app.

evernote app indicator

So, how do you quit the Evernote application? For that, open the Evernote application again. If it is running in the background, search for it in the menu and launch it as if you are opening it afresh.

When Evernote application is running in the foreground, go to File->Quit Evernote.

quit evernote linux

This is something the developers should look to improve in the future versions.

I also cannot say how will the beta version of the program be updated in the future. It doesn’t add any repository. I just hope that the application itself notifies about the availability of a newer version so that users could download the new DEB file.

I do NOT have a premium Evernote subscription but still, I could access the saved web articles and notes without internet connection. Strange, right?

Overall, I am happy to see that Evernote finally made the effort to bring the application to Linux. Now you don’t have to try third-party applications to use Evernote on Linux, at least on Ubuntu and Debian-based distributions. You may, of course, use an Evernote alternative like Joplin that are actually open source.