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How To Mount The Google Nexus 4 on Ubuntu

MTP mounting in Ubuntu

Having trouble trying to mount the Google Nexus 4 on Ubuntu 12.04 or 12.10? Judging by our post-bag over the last few months you wouldn’t be alone.

Like all Nexus models, the Nexus 4 doesn’t come with any form of inbuilt expandable storage. everything saves directly to the flash memory inside.

This might make things quicker to access on your phone, but makes it a little troublesome to access them from within Ubuntu!

Linux being Linux there are, of course, a stack of solutions addressing this, letting you access and transfer files between your computer and your Nexus handset with relative ease.

We’re going to look at two them below.

Sukria’s Steps

We’ll start with the method suggested by perl-hacker and blogger Sukria. Simply because of the two it is arguably the easiest to follow.

It’s aimed specifically at Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and 12.10, and requires the installation of a backported version of the GVFS – the GNOME Virtual File System – that supports the newer MTP protocol used on Nexus devices.

Using Ubuntu 13.04? The good news is that required packages are already available, so you don’t need to follow this step.

Open a terminal and issue the following two commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:langdalepl/gvfs-mtp
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

After installing I’d recommend giving your system a reboot just to make sure everything takes effect. If all has gone well the next time you connect your Nexus you should be able to access it directly in Nautilus.

Manish’s Method

If the steps above don’t work then all is not lost – reader Manish A. S. mailed us with a comprehensive guide to his preferred solution, telling us:

“I have tried many different methods to mount my Nexus 4 on Ubuntu and none have ever truly worked. Finally after much surfing I found the following to work (thanks to XDA Developers).”

He’s prepped a 9-step guide, available to download by hitting the button below:

Nexus 4 Mount Guide for Ubuntu

And a video* tutorial detailing the process from start to finish:

*Our publishing of this video should not be taken as endorsement of his wallpaper

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Ubuntu One Music Store to be Removed from Rhythmbox in 12.04, 12.10

Ubuntu One Music Store in Rhythmbox

Way back in the deep recesses of, er, January we told you that Ubuntu 13.04 would ship without a music store in Rhythmbox, Ubuntu’s default music player.

Not that many people seemed to notice at the time. But that news is today officially confirmed by Canonical.

But it seems that there’s an additional sting in the tail: the Music Store will also be removed from Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Ubuntu 12.10 through a future update.

Changing Times

So what’s prompted this about turn? And why apply it retroactively? The good ol’ conflict between effort and reward seems to be to blame.

The plugin, Ubuntu One devs say, is a bit of a chore to maintain. And with an (arguably far superior) version of the store available online, few are still using the embedded storefront in Rhythmbox. The Online Store is even included as a default item on the Unity Launcher in Ubuntu 12.10 and 13.04.

So it’s being ditched. Erased. Axed.


The Ubuntu One Music Store Is Available Online

It’s a logical, sane, and acceptable decision. The Ubuntu One Music Store is available online in an arguably slicker presentation.

And, through the Unity Dash, music can be perused and previewed – though we’ll need to wait until Ubuntu 13.1o to add ‘purchased’ to that alliterative sentence.

The Unity Dash democratizes access to the store, letting anyone use it regardless of their music player choice. And the online store gives a much more enjoyable shopping experience than that offered by the Rhythmbox storefront.

What’s not Affected

But before anyone reaches for their flaming pitchfork let’s look at what isn’t affected by the change: the cool bits. Yep, the Ubuntu One Music plugin isn’t going away entirely, just the store front.

Music bought from the online store will…

  • continue to sync with Ubuntu One
  • still appear in Rhythmbox (if set up)
  • be available for music streaming subscribers

And the Ubuntu One Music Store can still be browsed from the desktop using the Music lens in the Unity Dash.

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Multi-Monitor Fixes for Unity 2D Heading to Precise

pangolin toy

Ubuntu 12.04 was codenamed “Precise Pangloin”

Ubuntu 12.04 user? Look out for an update coming shortly that brings with it some much needed fixes to the Unity 2D interface.

Multi-monitor fixes make up the bulk of the updates, including:

  • Removing an app launcher now affects all launchers
  • Pips update correctly across launchers
  • Dash once again maximises on multi-monitors set-ups
  • Window focus panel bug fixed

Other fixes include:

  • Invisible system tray items nixed
  • Dragging a file no longer affects Launcer auto-hide
  • Launcher once again responds to changes in icon theme

While none of these changes are going to redefine the computing experience they will nevertheless be appreciated updates to those using Unity 2D on Ubuntu’s most recent Long Term Support release.