birdie twitter client

Birdie 2.0, an open-source twitter client for Elementary OS, now is in public beta, available in daily build PPA for test.

This beta release features:

  • An absolutely massive redesign
  • Great new pop-out media viewer
  • Automatically load more Tweets when you reach the bottom (infinite scrolling)
  • A native Instagram photo viewer
  • Circular avatars
  • Direct Messaging with conversation views
  • User account, hashtag, and link highlights
  • The icons in the timeline switcher change to alert you to new mentions and messages
  • Click the home button to return to the top of your timeline
  • Stars are out, hearts are in
  • Higher resolution images throughout
  • and much more!

birdie 2 beta

picture from birdie website

How to install Birdie 2.0 Beta in Freya:

Since it is a beta release, you may run into bugs and crashes. so if stability is crucially important for you, please wait until the final release.

1. Launch terminal from Applications launcher:

launch elementary os terminal

2. Add Birdie daily build PPA by running below command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:birdie-team/daily

Type in your password (no visual feedback when typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

birdie daily build ppa

3. Birdie 2.0 requires the latest version of Granite, so also add elementary OS Daily PPA for the dependencies via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily

4. Finally run commands to update and install birdie, the last command will also install the latest Granite and other dependencies:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install birdie

5. Since the Elementary OS daily PPA contains other unstable updates, it is recommended to remove / disable the PPA after installation.

To do so, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab, then un-check or remove the two PPAs

disable the PPAs

Sigil Epub Ebook Editor

Sigil EPUB ebook editor has reached the 0.9.3 release recently. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 15.10 via PPA.

Sigil-0.9.3 is a major new release that greatly improves Sigil’s ability to work with and generate epub3 ebooks without losing any of its epub2 capabilities. This release also includes a number of bug fixes and stability improvements.

The main bug fixes are:

  • Add a python based updatechecker for Sigil updates to prevent Windows OpenSSL build issues
  • Stop ‘Generate TOC’ from introducing unnecessary spaces in front of class attibute values
  • Use localeAwareCompare to attempt to add Index Entries to build them sorted


– for more see the release note.

Sigil 0.9.3

How to Install Sigil 0.9.3 in Ubuntu:

There’s no official binaries for Linux users. You can install it by either building from the source or using an unofficial PPA.

Here’s a PPA for Ubuntu 15.10 (Ubuntu 16.04 will be support soon). Ubuntu 14.04 is not supported since Sigil requires Qt >= 5.4

1. Add PPA

Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/sigil

Type in your password (no visual feedback just type in mind) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

Sigil PPA

2. After that, upgrade the software via Software Updater, or run below commands one by one in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install sigil

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .debs for sigil-data and sigil packages at the PPA page.

3. (Optional) After installed the editor, you may disable/remove the PPA by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software.

upgrade ubuntu 15.10

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is reaching the end of its life. Its users will no longer receive security notices, critical fixes, or updated packages after today, February 4th, 2016. Even launchpad PPA will build no more packages for Ubuntu 15.04.

Canonical will officially announce the end of Ubuntu 15.04 soon on news page. Users are recommended to upgrade to Ubuntu 15.10, another 9 months support release (ends in July, 2016), or install Ubuntu 14.04, an LTS release with 5 years support.

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

Upgrade to Ubuntu 15.10:

After making a backup of your data, disabling third-party PPAs, and uninstalling the proprietary video drivers, you may press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager” (without the quotes) into the command box.

It should bring up Update Manager and tell you: New distribution release ’15.10′ is available.

upgrade to ubuntu 15.10

Click the Upgrade button and follow the on-screen instructions. See this page for more details.

Or download Ubuntu 14.04 image at:

Opera web browser

Opera web browser for computers has reached version 35, the first stable release for 2016, which features mute tabs, refreshed downloads page, new basic section in setting page, and 32-bit DEB/RPM for Linux users.

Opera 35 lets you mute the sound from a website easily via an option from the tab’s context menu. There’s also an option to mute all other tabs.

mute tab option

The download page has been redesigned. There are quick links in left pane for most used file formats: documents, PDFs, images, music, videos, archives and others.

refreshed downloads

The settings page brings a new basic section with simple settings for start-up behavior, downloads, bookmarks bar, themes, and cookies.

basic settings

And finally Opera Team made 32-bit DEB and RPM binaries for Linux users, available for download at the link below:

Download Opera for Linux


LiVES, free and open-source video editing system and VJ tool, has reached the 2.6.0 release. It features h264/aac, wmv2, ffv1 and mjpeg encodings support to ffmpeg_encoder and a few important fixes.

LiVES is upgrading continually in recent months. The first release in 2.6 series was released yesterday, one week after the 2.4.8 release. And here’s the changelog:

  • Fix crash when applying rendered effects to virtual clips.
  • Add h264/aac, wmv2, ffv1 and mjpeg encodings to ffmpeg_encoder.
  • Fix memory leak in new style gdkpixbuf converter.
  • Fix frame seek bug in avformat decoder with non-zero start time.
  • Autoscroll “Show details” when encoding.
  • Work around a gtk+ crash bug in GtkTextView with lots of text.
  • Show missing libraries in ffmpeg_encoder.
  • Show time remaining estimate for encoding for most encoder formats.
  • OK / Cancel in the file chooser should immediately cancel any preview (regression).
  • Add “Use current clip values” button when entering multitrack.
  • Fix memory leak in pulseaudio input analysis.
  • Minor GUI improvements.

lives 2.6.0

How to Install LiVES 2.6.0 in Ubuntu:

Besides building from the source code, here’s a unofficial PPA available for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and their derivatives.

Follow below steps to add PPA and install the video editor:

1. Launch terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T key. When it opens, paste below command and run to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

Type in your password (no visual feedback just type in mind) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.


2. Have a previous installed? Launch Software Updater and upgrade LiVES after checking for updates.

Or, run below commands one by one in terminal to check updates and install the new release:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lives

3. (Optional) You may disable/remove PPAs after installation by launching Software & Updates and going to Other Software tab.