Command & Conquer: Red Alert, the old popular real-time strategy game now can be easily installed in Ubuntu 16.04 and higher via Snap package.

Command & Conquer: Red Alert is a real-time strategy game and second release in the Command & Conquer series, having been released in October of 1996. it is also the first game in the Red Alert sub-series that takes an alternative path/story of the main Command & Conquer series.

C&C: Red Alert is set prior to the events in Command & Conquer in an alternative history where the Soviet Union has invaded Eastern Europe and started a new war against the remaining European countries and the United States.

Thanks to Taqi Raza, the game now is available via Snap (containerized software package works securely within most Linux desktop).

Please forgive my global internet speed. I can’t test the game package due to lack of time.

1. For Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10, simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install cncra.

Do install wine-platform (snap) first as the package is running via wine.

2. For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following commands one by one:

Install snapd daemon via command:

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Install wine snap package via command:

sudo snap install wine-platform

Finally install the Red Alert package:

sudo snap install cncra

Replace cncra with cncra2yr for Red Alert 2 Yuri’s Revenge.


To remove the game package, open terminal and run command:

sudo snap remove cncra cncra2yr

Visual Studio Code IDE

Visual Studio Code released version 1.29 recently with a number of significant updates.

VS Code 1.28 release highlights according to the announcement:

  • Multiline search – Search across files with regex multiline expressions.
  • File icons in IntelliSense – Quickly distinguish file types in IntelliSense.
  • Better macOS support – Full screen mode control and Mojave Dark Mode support.
  • Collapsible stack frames – Collapse uninteresting stack frames to clearly see your code.
  • Improved Loaded Scripts view – Displays related resources such as original source files.
  • Updated extension samples – Uniform style and structure, README, and API usage.
  • CI recipe for extensions – Azure Pipelines build recipe for extensions.
  • Preview: List All References – List All References view shows reference search results.

How to Install VS Code 1.29 in Ubuntu:

The easiest way is to install the community maintained Snap (run in sandbox) package from Ubuntu Software:

You can also install the official .deb package which is available for download at the link below:

Download VS Code (.deb)

Grab the deb and install it via either Gdebi package manager or command in terminal(Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/code_*.deb; sudo apt -f install

For those who want to receive updates for VS Code via Software Updater utility, add the Microsoft repository via following steps (64bit only):

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

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

2. Download and install the repository key via commands:

curl | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg

sudo mv microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg

3. Finally install the IDE via command:

sudo apt-get install code

Uninstall Visual Studio Code:

To remove the code editor, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove code

And remove the Microsoft repository by launching Software & Updates utility and navigating to Other Software tab.

Diary Software RedNotebook

RedNotebook, cross-platform desktop diary and journal software, released version 2.8 today with support for internal previews again on Windows.

RedNotebook also released version 2.7 and 2.7.1 in recent days. Here are the changes:

  • Never let search phrases end up in the main text field
  • Fix spell checking
  • Use GtkSourceView for editor to obtain better undo/redo functionality
  • When saving, update the list of tags in the auto-complete list for the search.
  • Fix opening RedNotebook homepage from About dialog

How to Install Rednotebook 2.8 in Ubuntu:

The official PPA contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 18.10.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts or by searching for ‘terminal’ from software launcher.

2. Copy and paste following command into terminal and hit run to add the RedNotebook PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rednotebook/stable

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

3. Finally check updates and install the desktop journal software by running following 2 commands one by one:

sudo apt update 

sudo apt install rednotebook

Ubuntu 18.04 users can skip sudo apt update command since it’s already done while adding PPA.


To remove RedNotebook desktop journal, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove rednotebook

And remove the PPA via Software & Updates utility -> Other Software tab.

PyCharm IDE

PyCharm IDE released version 2018.2.5 today with some important bug-fixes. PyCharm 2018.2.5 features following changes:

  • An issue that causes PyCharm to crash on Ubuntu 16.04 has been resolved
  • Matplotlib 3.0.0 can now be imported in the Python Console
  • Python code now folds correctly after it’s minimized with Ctrl+Shift+Numpad – (Cmd+Shift+- on macOS)
  • Pycharm fails to generate tensorflow skeletons
  • Gnome-Shell crashes upon replace in path confirmation action
  • And other bug-fixes. See the release note.

How to Install PyCharm 2018.2.5 in Ubuntu:

Jetbrains offers official Snap package for Linux desktop. For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install pycharm packages:

For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and install snapd daemon via command:

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Then install PyCharm snap package via command:

sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic

In the command replace pycharm-community with pycharm-professional for professional edition.


To remove the PyCharm snap package, either use Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove pycharm-professional pycharm-community


Linux Mint’s Cinnamon desktop has tagged its 4.0 release for more than a weeks. For those who want to try out new desktop release, here’s how to install Cinnamon 4.0 in Ubuntu 18.04.

Cinnamon 4.0 is not officially announced at the moment. It’s mentioned in the last Linux Mint blog post:

  • New panel layout, you’ll have the option to embrace the change or to click a button to make Cinnamon look just like it did before.
  • Ability to define a different icon size for each of the three panel zones
  • Mint-Y-Dark now is the default Cinnamon theme.
  • Support for mainline kernels was added to the Update Manager.
  • reduced system memory consumption, and various other changes.

Install Cinnamon 4.0 via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut, or from application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:trebelnik-stefina/cinnamon

Type your password (no asterisks feedback) for sudo prompt and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then install Cinnamon desktop via command:

sudo apt install cinnamon

Once installed, log out and login with Cinnamon session.


To remove Cinnamon desktop, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove cinnamon cinnamon-desktop-data nemo

To remove the PPA, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software, or run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:trebelnik-stefina/cinnamon