Stellarium released version 0.19.0 today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and higher.

Stellarium 0.19.0 features 5 new sky cultures, many new DSO textures, code refactoring, and many other changes including:

  • Add new type of computation for AstroCalc/Phenomena tool
  • Add GUI options to change constellations and asterisms font size
  • Add Chinese medieval sky culture.
  • Add DSO textures
  • Add scripting graphics tool
  • Add classifications support for sky cultures
  • Add support 2 southern deep sky catalogues
  • Add armintxe, paleolithic sky culture and landscape
  • Add Maya constellations
  • Add 2 Babylonian skycultures

How to Install Stellarium 0.19.0 in Ubuntu:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases

Type user password (no asterisk feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Stellarium from an existing release with Software Updater utility:

Or run following commands to install the software for the first time:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install stellarium

Uninstall:

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

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove stellarium

And remove the PPA via “Software & Updates” utility under Other Software tab.

OpenShot Video Editor

Openshot video editor released version 2.4.4 a few days ago. The stable PPA has built the packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10.

OpenShot 2.4.4 includes fixes and improvements to keyframe scaling, better timeline and preview performance, improved SVG rendering via the resvg library, improved docking & tracks, user-defined Export presets, new translations, constant rate factor support, and various other changes.

How to Install OpenShot 2.4.4 in Ubuntu:

1. Open terminal from software launcher (or press Ctrl+Alt+T), when it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openshot.developers/ppa

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

2. Then run following commands one by one to refresh repository cache and install OpenShot:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install openshot-qt

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, apt-get update is not required.

Uninstall:

To uninstall openshot video editor, run following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove openshot-qt

And remove the PPA by launching “Software & Updates” and navigating to Other Software tab.

Avidemux video editor

Avidemux video editor released a new bug-fix version just 11 days after the last, with decoder fixes and misc small improvements

Avidemux 2.7.3 release highlights:

  • Vapoursynth is now dynamically loaded to avoid error popup
  • ASF/WMV demuxer fix
  • BMP decoder fix
  • Re-enabled PNG decoder
  • Basic save current state when crashing
  • Misc small improvements

avidemux 2.6 ubuntu 14.04

How to Install Avidemux 2.7.3 in Ubuntu:

There are a few ways installing the latest the video editor in all curren Ubuntu releases.

  • Appimage, single executable (enable it in file properties dialog) to launch the editor.
  • Flatpak, community maintained package that runs in sandbox.
  • Native Ubuntu (.deb) packages via an unofficial PPA.

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher, heres how to install Avidemux 2.7.3 via the unofficial PPA.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/avidemux

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

avidemux ppa

2. Then run following 2 commands to refresh package cache and install the video editor:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install avidemux2.7-qt5 avidemux2.7-qt5-data avidemux2.7-plugins-qt5 avidemux2.7-jobs-qt5

Uninstall:

To remove the native Ubuntu .deb package of Avidemux 2.7, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove avidemux2.7-*

And remove the PPA via Software & Updates utility under ‘Other Software’ tab.

Mozilla Firefox

Mozilla Firefox 66.0 was released two days ago. Now it’s available in main repositories of Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10.

Firefox 66.0 release highlights:

  • Block sound auto-play. You can add exceptions, or turn the feature off.
  • Easier search via a redesigned new tab in Private Windows
  • Basic support for macOS Touch Bar
  • Title bar is hidden by default in Linux (Unfortunately I still see it in Ubuntu build).
  • Search from the tab overflow menu
  • Scroll anchoring keeps content from jumping as images and ads load at the top of the page
  • Redesigned certificate error pages
  • Improved extensions to load web page faster
  • Enabled AV1 support on 32-bit Windows and MacOS.

Upgrade to Firefox 66 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, simply open Software Updater and install the updates after checking for updates.

If you don’t see the Firefox updates, go to Software & Updates and make sure the security and updates repositories are enabled in Updates tab.

KeePassX 2 YubiKey support

After two beta releases, KeePassXC password manager 2.4.0 finally goes stable. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher.

KeePassXC 2.4.0 enables coordinate system scaling for high-DPI displays, adds new database wizard, implements advanced search, and

  • Automatic update checker
  • KeeShare database synchronization
  • Improve favicon fetching; transition to Duck-Duck-Go
  • Remove KeePassHttp support
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  • TOTP QR Code Generator
  • Allow toolbar to be hidden and repositioned
  • Increase max allowed database timeout to 12 hours
  • Password generator uses existing password length by default
  • Browser Integration Enhancements

How to Install KeePassXC 2.4.0 in Ubuntu via Snap:

The official snap package (runs in sandbox and auto-updates itself) has been updated.

The snap can be easily installed in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher via Ubuntu Software:

For Ubuntu 16.04, run command to install snapd daemon first:

sudo apt-get install snapd

Then install the snap package via command:

sudo snap install keepassxc

How to Install KeePassXC 2.4.0 in Ubuntu via PPA:

For those who don’t prefer snap packages, the official KeePassXC PPA contains the most recent .deb packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10.

The 2.4.0 release package will be made into PPA in 2 or 3 days. Check the previous link before getting started.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phoerious/keepassxc

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

2. Then upgrade KeePassXC via Software Updater:

or run commands one by one in terminal to install the latest package:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install keepassxc

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA, open Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove KeePassXC .deb package, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove keepassxc