KDE Plasma 5.3

(K)Ubuntu 15.04 users are now able to install or upgrade to KDE Plasma Desktop 5.3 through Kubuntu-backports PPA.

KDE Community does not announce the release of Plasma 5.3 at the moment. According to the beta release, Plasma 5.3 comes with better power management, new Bluetooth applet, improved Plasma widgets, big steps towards Wayland support, and numerous bug-fixes. For more, go to kde.org

Plasma Desktop 5.3

Install or upgrade to Plasma 5.3 in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into Kubuntu Backports PPA, available for Ubuntu 15.04 and its derivatives.

To upgrade it in Kubuntu 15.04, open terminal and run below commands one by one to add the PPA and upgrade the whole system:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kubuntu-ppa/backports

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

For non-KDE users, you may also need to install below package via command:

sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop

Scribus 1.4.5 PPA

The latest desktop publishing software Scribus 1.4.5, Pragha music player 1.3.2, Liferea RSS reader 1.10.15, and Hotshots screenshot tool 2.2.0 are ready in PPAs for Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid.

Scribus is a desktop publishing (DTP) application based on the free Qt toolkit. It is designed for layout, typesetting and to prepare files for professional quality image setting equipment. It can also create animated and interactive PDF presentations and forms.

scribus 1.4.5 in Ubuntu 14.04

While Ubuntu repositories provide an old version, you can install the latest Scribus 1.4.5 via below commands one by one in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install scribus

Or you can grab the .deb installer for Vivid from this page.

Pragha is a Lightweight Music Player for GNU/Linux, based on Gtk, sqlite, and completely written in C, constructed to be fast, light, and simultaneously tries to be complete without obstructing the daily work.

Pragha Music Player

To install it, run below commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/pragha

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install pragha

Or download the .deb installer at launchpad page.

Liferea is an open source feed reader and news aggregator with an embedded graphical browser (supports playing video, audio).

Liferea Feed Reader

While Ubuntu repositories provide an old version, you can install the latest for Ubuntu 15.04 via:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install liferea

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid

After installing the new Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, one of the top things to do is to install audio/video codecs and enable DVD playback.

Due to legal constraints in many countries, Ubuntu does not include these codecs to play mp3, movies, and DVDs out-of-the-box. But we can easily get them from the default repositories through Ubuntu Software Center.

1. Install the codecs to play common audio and video file formats:

Open Ubuntu Software Center, search for and install ubuntu-restricted-extras package. After that, you should be able to play your musics and movies through the default multi-players.

ubuntu-restricted-extras

2 The previous step should also installs libdvdread4, library to read DVDs. If not, install it from Ubuntu Software Center.

libdvdread4

3. To play encrypted DVDs, you also need the libdvdcss2 library by installing it via below command in terminal:

sudo /usr/share/doc/libdvdread4/install-css.sh

enable-encrypted-dvd

You may need to set the region code for DVD drive if it is still not working, by running below command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install regionset && sudo regionset

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid

The final release of Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet and its flavors, e.g., Xubuntu 15.04, Lubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu Gnome 15.04, UbuntuKylin 15.04, Ubuntu MATE 15.04, Ubuntu Studio 15.04, and Kubuntu 15.04 are available for download now!

Ubuntu 15.04 will be supported for 9 months for Desktop, Server, and all its official flavors. It features:

  • Linux Kernel 3.19
  • Updated packages
  • systemd has replaced Upstart as the standard boot and service manager on all Ubuntu flavors except Touch.
  • Unity 7.3
  • Kubuntu 15.04 comes with Plasma 5 and KDE Applications 14.12 as the default
  • Gnome 3.14 for Ubuntu Gnome 15.04
  • Xfce 4.12 for Xubuntu 15.04

Download Ubuntu 15.04 and its flavors

Ubuntu 15.04 Desktop (Unity) and Sever:

http://releases.ubuntu.com/vivid/

Xubuntu 15.04, a lightweight Xfce Desktop based flavor:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/15.04/

Lubuntu 15.04, based on the lightweight LXDE desktop environment:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/15.04/

Ubuntu Gnome 15.04, based on Gnome-shell desktop environment:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/15.04/

UbuntuKylin 15.04, an official flavor for Chinese users:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/15.04/release/

Ubuntu MATE 15.04, a new official flavor based on MATE desktop, the continuation of classic GNOME 2:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/15.04/

Ubuntu Studio 15.04, for multimedia production:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/15.04/

Kubuntu 15.04, based on KDE:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/15.04/

For the official release note and how to upgrade instruction, refer to the Ubuntu wiki page.

Elementary OS Freya

The default file browser in Elementary OS Freya uses single-click to open files and folders, though there’s no option to change this preference.

For those who would like to use double-click to open an item in the file browser, there’s a graphical configuration tool called Elementary Tweaks that may help.

1. Install Elementary Tweaks in Freya

The developer is maintaining a PPA with the latest packages for this tool.

Though the 14.04 build is failed at the moment of writing this tutorial, we can download an earlier version at PPA’s ftp download page:

Download Elementary Tweaks (.DEB)

Depends on your OS type, select download:

  • For 64-bit eOS Freya, download:
    • elementary-tweaks-dbg_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_amd64.deb
    • elementary-tweaks_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_amd64.deb
  • For 32-bit eOS Freya, download:
    • elementary-tweaks-dbg_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_i386.deb
    • elementary-tweaks_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_i386.deb

Then install them one by one, in below order, by opening the .deb package with Software Center:

  • elementary-tweaks_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_i386/amd64.deb
  • elementary-tweaks-dbg_x.x.x~ubuntu14.04.1_i386/amd64.deb

2. Disable single-click and enable double-click

After installing Elementary Tweaks, open System Settings from the dock at the bottom of your screen and then click the Tweaks icon.

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In the next page, select Files from left pane, and finally disable Single Click by clicking the toggle.

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