opera web browser

Opera web browser 65 was released a day ago with redesigned address bar, improved tracker blocker, and new bookmarks panel.

Opera Browser 65 release highlights:

  • Display the trackers Opera is blocking.
  • Redesigned address bar:
    • current webpage is dimmed while typing in address bar.
    • website titles displayed first, followed by hyperlinks in dropdown suggests
    • display website favicon icon in dropdown layout.
  • New bookmarks panel via the heart icon in the sidebar.

How to Install Opera 65 in Ubuntu:

The Opera team offers snap package (runs in sandbox), available to install in Ubuntu Software:

Also the native Ubuntu .deb package is available for downloading at the link below:

Download Opera for Linux

Grab the .deb package, and double-click to install it.

If you installed Opera via the .deb package, you may also add the official apt repository via following steps to receive future software updates.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the opera repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list'

2. Get the key:

wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

Finally either install Opera via following command or upgrade the browser via Software Updater:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install opera-stable

Uninstall:

For the Opera snap package, simply remove it from Ubuntu Software.

For the Opera apt repository, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove traditional opera package, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove opera-stable

gnome shell

This tutorial shows how to hide the icons of mounted drives / partitions from the left (or bottom) dock launcher in Ubuntu 19.10.

When you plug in a USB drive or browse through an external file partition in Nautilus file browser, a new device icon will appear in the left dock panel in Ubuntu 19.10 Gnome desktop.

To prevent these mounted devices icons from showing, do following steps:

1.) Install dconf editor via Ubuntu Software:

2.) Launch dconf editor, and navigate to org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock.

Then scroll down and find out the key “show-mounts“, and turn off the toggle.

For those familiar with Linux commands, a single command can prevent these mounted devices icons from showing in the left dock.

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock show-mounts false

(Optional) Also you can easily restore the change via command:

gsettings reset org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock show-mounts

digiKam 5.6.0

The free and open-source digiKam image organizer and tag editor released version 6.4.0 a few days ago with extended DPlugins interface.

digiKam 6.4.0 release highlights:

  • 14 new plugins.
  • support native image loader as plugins instead to use hard-coded loader.
  • support HEIF image format as native.
  • RAW import tool as plugin.
  • Image editor clone tool plugin
  • For more, see the release note.

Download DigiKam 6.4.0

There’s no PPA repository, snap package (in test stage), or flatpak package for the latest DigiKam.

So far there’s only Appimage available to make it easy to run DigiKam in Ubuntu.

Download Digikam (appimage)

  • Download the i386.appimage (for 32-bit) or x86_64.appimage (for 64-bit)
  • Right-click and go to file’s Properties dialog, and check the box says ‘allow executing file as program’ in Permissions tab.
  • Finally run the appimage to launch digiKam.

Gscan2pdf, a graphical tool to produce PDF / DjVu from scanned document, released version 2.6.0 a day ago. Here’s how to install it in all current Ubuntu releases.

Gscan2pdf 2.6.0 is a small release. It brings --import-all command line option to imports all pages of the specified file or files. Other changes include:

  • New rotate 180° icon.
  • Import document metadata when opening PDF or DjVu files.
  • Increment/decrement date on save dialog with +/- keys.
  • Fixed reload-recursion bug triggered by unusual environment
  • Some crash fixes, and updated translations.

How to Install gscan2pdf 2.6.0 in Ubuntu:

The official Gscan2PDF PPA has made the new release packages for all current Ubuntu releases, and their derivatives, including Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 19.10, Linux Mint 18.x and 19.x

1. Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jeffreyratcliffe/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. For those who have a previous release installed, upgrade it through Software Updater:

upgrade gscan2pdf

Or run following command in terminal to install or upgrade the software:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install gscan2pdf

How to Remove:

To remove gscan2pdf, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove gscan2pdf

And the PPA can be removed via Software & Updates utility, under Other Software tab.

The open-source HandBrake video transcoder 1.3.0 was released with many great new features. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

HandBrake 1.3.0 was released with updated third-party libraries, new and updated translations, build system improvements, and following new features:

  • Redesigned queue UI
  • New presets for PS4 Pro and Discord
  • Ultra HD Blu-ray discs support (without copy protection)
  • AV1, WebM container encoding support
  • AMD VCE encoding support on Linux
  • Intel QSV low power encoding support (lowpower=1)
  • Added Intel QSV support to Flatpak

There are also other changes, miscellaneous bug fixes and improvements, see the release note.

How to Install HandBrake 1.3.0 in Ubuntu 19.10

The HandBrake official PPA has made the new release packages for Ubuntu 19.04 and Ubuntu 19.10.

1.) Open terminal either from system applications menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo command prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Then install handbrake via command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install handbrake-gtk

3. (Optional) To remove the PPA repository, open Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.
To remove the media converter, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove handbrake-gtk

How to Install HandBrake 1.3.0 in Ubuntu 18.04:

Due to outdated system libraries, the official software PPA does not contain the latest packages for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. However, the latest HandBrake Flatpak (runs in sandbox) package is available for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

1. Open terminal and run command to install flatpak framework is not exist:

sudo apt install flatpak

2. Add Flathub, the official flatpak package repository via command:

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

3. Finally install HandBrake 1.3.0 via flatpak package:

flatpak install flathub fr.handbrake.ghb

4.(Optional) For any reason, you can remove the package via command:

flatpak uninstall flathub fr.handbrake.ghb