Vuze BitTorrent Client

Vuze BitTorrent Client, previously Azureus, has recently reached 5.5.0 release with new features and enhancements. Here’s how to install or upgrade it in Ubuntu.

Vuze is written in Java, and uses the Azureus Engine. In addition to downloading data linked to .torrent files, Azureus allows users to view, publish and share original DVD and HD quality video content. Content is presented through channels and categories containing TV shows, music videos, movies, video games, series and others. Additionally, if users prefer to publish their original content, they may earn money from it.

Vuze Bittorrent in Ubuntu

What’s New in Vuze 5.5.0:

According to the release note, the new release brings:

  • A new visual guide
  • Additional tips and suggestions are provided for using Vuze.
  • Allow blocking of local DNS resolution attempts for trackers hosts when using a SOCKS proxy.
  • Shortcut implemented for download location using CTRL+ to save torrents
  • Additions of various console-UI commands to improve usability
  • Added Speed Limit Scheduler features.
  • Configuration pages now have shortcuts to access specific settings quickly

For more, see the Vuze blog.

Install Vuze 5.5.0 in Ubuntu:

For non-install version, download the official package from, extract and finally run the executable from the result folder.

Or you can install Vuze from the Getdeb repository, just download below packages from the link page:

  • “azureus_5.5.0.0-1~getdeb1_all.deb”
  • “vuze_5.5.0.0-1~getdeb1_all.deb”

Vuze packages in Getdeb repository

Once downloaded, open the package via Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button one by one.

LightTable IDE

The Light Table IDE got a fairly major update a few hours ago by releasing the Light Table 0.7.0. And the 0.7.1 release was out just one hour later with few bug fixes.

Light Table 0.7.0 is a big clean up release with lots of little fixes, but there are a number of big changes that warranted it being a more significant version increase:

  • moved to the latest node-webkit and are now able to track nw’s progress directly since the menu changes made it upstream.
  • All plugin metadata is now hosted on github, this means that asking to remove/rename/change urls etc for plugins is just a matter of sending a PR.
  • Instead of having a disconnect between settings and plugins (which are really the same), every user now has a user plugin. This gives you a place to quickly create commands, tabs, behaviors, or whathaveyou without needing to jump through a bunch of hoops. This also means that your complete configuration with plugins and all can be zipped up and sent to someone.
  • Along with the user plugin, we’ve also changed the syntax of behavior and keymap files to make them much easier to both read and share. No more hunting for the right place to paste some behavior you’ve copied from someone else.

via: Light Table blog.

Light Table 0.7.1 in Ubuntu 14.10

How to Install Light Table in Ubuntu:

The official website provides the binary packages for Linux. Here is how to install it in Ubuntu Unity. Tested in Ubuntu 14.10, should also work in Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 12.04.

1. Download the Light Table package from the link below:

Light Table Web Page

Depends on your OS type, select download Linux 32-bit or 64-bit package.

2. Once the downloading process finished. Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, and then run the command below to open the Downloads folder as root (Administrator), so that you have the privilege to extract the package to /opt/ for global use.

gksudo nautilus ~/Downloads

You need to install gksu from Ubuntu Software Center if you don’t have it installed.


When the folder opens, right-click on the package and select “Open With Archive Manager”.

3. Once the package opens, click the Extract button and select extract to Computer -> /opt/.

Extract Light Table to opt

When done, close the Archive Manager and the Downloads folder.

Now you should be able to launch Light Table via command below:


4. If everything’s OK, let’s create an app shortcut so that you can launch it from the Unity Dash or Menu.

Run command below in terminal to create .desktop file and open it with Gedit text editor:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/light-table.desktop

When the file opens, paste below into it and click the save button.

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Light Table
GenericName=Text Editor

Create Light Table Launcher

Finally start Light Table IDE from the Unity Dash or Menu and enjoy!


The digiKam Team recently announced the 4.5.0 release of digiKam Software Collection with bug fixes and new optional dependencies for supporting Kipi plug-ins, face management, and geo-location maps.

“The digiKam Team is proud to announce the release of digiKam Software Collection 4.5.0. This release includes bugs fixes and switch as optional some dependencies as libkipi, libkface, libkgeomap dedicated respectively to support Kipi plugins, Face management, and Geo-location maps. By this way we will be able to port digiKam to KF5/Qt5 step by step.”

-digiKam 4.5.0 release note

digiKam 4.5 in Ubuntu 14.10

Install / Upgrade to digiKam 4.5.0:

Thanks to Philip Johnsson, the 4.5.0 release has been made into PPA, but only available for Ubuntu 14.10 and derivatives.

To add the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, paste the command below and hit enter to run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra

After that, you can upgrade digiKam by running “Software Updater”. Or just install it via the commands below:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install digikam

(Optional) To revert to previous version, install ppa-purge and purge the PPA via:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:philip5/extra

Budgie Desktop Session

The Evolve OS Budgie Desktop session released version 0.8 recently. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04.

Budgie is the flagship desktop of the Evolve OS Linux Distribution. It’s designed with the modern user in mind, it focuses on simplicity and elegance. A huge advantage for the Budgie desktop is that it is not a fork of another project, but rather one written from scratch with integration in mind.

Budgie desktop is nearly one year old and now it works very well in Ubuntu. See the screenshots in Ubuntu 14.10:

Budgie desktop in Ubuntu 14.10

Budgie Desktop in Ubuntu 14.10

Budgie Desktop in Ubuntu 14.10

How to install Budgie Desktop:

The developer has created an official PPA repository that contains Budgie binaries, available for Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 14.10.

To add the PPA and install the session, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:evolve-os/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

Or you can grab the .deb installer directly from the link below if you don’t want to add the PPA.

Budgie Desktop packages in Launchpad Page

Depends on your Ubuntu release edition and OS type, download & install the .deb package with:

  • trusty (or utopic) in name for Ubuntu 14.04 (or Ubuntu 14.10).
  • amd64 (or i386) in name for 64-bit (or 32-bit) system.

Once installed, log out and select login with Budgie session.

Corebird  GTK+ 3 Twitter Client

Corebird, Linux native GTK+ 3 twitter client has reached version 0.9 with great perfermance improvements. PPA’s ready for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, and Linux Mint 17.

Corebird Twitter Client in Ubuntu 14.10 Corebird Twitter Client in Ubuntu 14.10

What’s new in Cordbird 0.9:

  • Mentions, hashtags and links now get highlighted directly in the compose window
  • You can now click the avatar to edit and change the user account.
  • You can now toggle the “autostart” switch in each user account’s settings window.
  • The setting regarding the dark theme is gone (existing configurations will keep working).
  • When viewing an image of a tweet with multiple images/videos attached, you can now use the cursor keys to navigate between them.
  • Avatars in tweets and profiles now show if the user is verified.
  • Lots of the application should now react better to missing network connections.
  • Some things now get immediately applied instead of needing a restart
  • Add a back button in the top of window.
  • UI improvements.

For more, see the release page (Click the suspension points after the version number to view changes).

Install Corebird in Ubuntu:

While there’s no binary packages available for Ubuntu, I’ve made the latest Corebird into my PPA repository, available for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Ubuntu 14.10, and Linux Mint 17.

Corebird depends on GTK+ >=3.12, so Ubuntu 14.04 users need to add the Gnome 3 and Gnome 3 staging PPA for the dependencies and that might broken your desktop, do it at your own risk!

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging

To install it, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install corebird

Install Corebird Twitter Client from PPA

If you don’t want to add the PPA, grab the .deb installer directly from this page.

As a workaround to fix the background transparency bug, I’ve edited the .desktop file so that Corebird window uses the old fat scroll bars instead of the overlay scroll bars.

(Optional) To remove Corebird:

To remove the twitter client as well as the PPA repository:

sudo apt-get remove corebird

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

If you’ve added the Gnome 3 PPA, install ppa-purge from Ubuntu Software Center. Then purge the PPAs via commands below:

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3

sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging