Google Cloud SDK

Google Cloud SDK has been finally made into Ubuntu Canonical Partners repository, which means you can install it directly from Ubuntu Software Center or by running apt-get command.

Google Cloud SDK is the command line tools for Google App Engine, Computer Engine, Cloud Storage, BigQuery, Cloud SQL, and Cloud DNS.

For Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10 and future releases, you can follow below steps to install the Google Cloud SDK:

1. Add Canonical Partners repository.

Open Software & Updates, or Software Sources for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and navigate to Other Software tab. Check the boxes that says “Canonical Partners”

Enable Canonical Partners repository

2. Checking for updates by running Software Updater from the Unity Dash:

Checking for Updates

3. Finally install Google Cloud SDK via Synaptic Package Manager. Or click the button below to bring up Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.

Click to install Google Cloud SDK

For command line, just run commands below one by one:

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties

sudo add-apt-repository "deb $(lsb_release -sc) partner"

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install google-cloud-sdk

That’s it. Enjoy!

Colorize Folder Icons

Folder Color, simple Nautilus extension to colorize folder icons, now adds support for Cinnamon’s Nemo and Mate’s Caja File Manager.

Folder Color is a simple extension to customize your Ubuntu / Linux Mint folder icon, create colorful and unique folder icons for your computer to classify and manage your folders highly efficient.

The project was originally designed for Ubuntu Nautilus file browser. Now, it supports Caja – default for Mate Desktop in Linux Mint and Ubuntu Mate, and Nemo – default for Linux Mint Cinnamon.

Colorize Nautilus Folder Icons (Ubuntu)

Colorize Nautilus Folder Icons (Ubuntu)

Colorize Nemo Folder Icons (Linux Mint Cinnamon)

Colorize Nemo Folder Icons (Linux Mint Cinnamon)

Install Folder Color in Ubuntu/Linux Mint:

The developer has made the binary packages into PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint 13/17.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, do:

1. Add PPA

Paste the command below into terminal and hit Enter to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:costales/folder-color && sudo apt-get update

Type in your user password when it asks, note that there’s no visual feed back.

2. Install the extension:

Select install below package via your Package Manager or by running the given command:

  • For Ubuntu Nautilus file browser, install folder-color:
    sudo apt-get install folder-color
  • For Linux Mint Cinnamon’s Nemo file brower, install folder-color-nemo:
    sudo apt-get install folder-color-nemo
  • For Linux Mint/Ubuntu Mate’s Caja file browser, install folder-color-caja:
    sudo apt-get install folder-color-caja

Tip: For those don’t want to add the PPA, grab the .deb installer directly from the launchpad page. Note that folder-color-common need to be installed first.

3. Apply changes

Finally restart your file browser by either logging out and back in or running the command below and re-open it:

  • For Nautilus run: nautilus -q
  • For Nemo run: nemo -q
  • For Caja run: caja -q

4. Fix Caja issue

For Mate Caja file browser, if you don’t see the Folder Color in context menu, run command to fix:

For 32-bit:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/i386-linux-gnu/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib /usr/lib/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib

For 64-bit:

sudo ln -s /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib /usr/lib/girepository-1.0/Caja-2.0.typelib

And finally restart caja by running caja -q.


Install Latest Blender in Ubuntu

While Ubuntu repositories provide an old Blender version, you can always follow this tutorial to install the latest release from the official package. Tested in Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and it should work in Ubuntu 10.04 and higher.

Blender is a professional free and open-source 3D computer graphics software product used for creating animated films, visual effects, art, 3D printed models, interactive 3D applications and video games.

So far the latest stable release is Blender 2.72b, which was released a week ago. See the new features in its website.

Blender 2.72b in Ubuntu 14.10

While Blender in Ubuntu Software Center is old and there’s no PPA repository that always provides the latest binaries, follow the steps below to install the latest release with new features and bug fixes:

1. Click the link below to bring up Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button to install the package libsdl1.2debian:

Click to install libsdl1.2debian

2. Download Blender for GNU/Linux from the official link below. You may first check your OS type, 32-bit or 64-bit, by clicking on “About This computer” from shutdown menu (top-right corner gear button).

3. – a). For single use – If you have only one user on the Ubuntu system, just extract the package to user Downloads folder and run the executable from the result folder:

Run Blender Executable

3. – b). To make all users to be able to run the blender release, extract the package to /opt/ directory.

To do so, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, run command below to open your Downloads folder as root/administrator:

gksudo nautilus ~/Downloads

Install gksu from Ubuntu Software Center if need. Type in your user password when it asks.

When the folder opens, do:

  1. Right click on Blender package and select open with Archive Manager.
  2. When Archive Manager opens, select Extract to computer -> /opt/

When done, you should see the blender folder under /opt/. For shot, I’ve rename it from “blender-2.72b-linux-glibc211-x86_64″ to “blender”.


4. Create a launcher for Blender so that we can start it from the Unity Dash or App Menu.

Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run command to create .desktop file and edit it with Gedit text editor:

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/blender-2.7.desktop

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

[Desktop Entry]
GenericName=3D modeller
GenericName[de]=3D Modellierer
GenericName[fr]=modeleur 3D
GenericName[ru]=Редактор 3D-моделей
Comment=Create and edit 3D models and animations
Comment[de]=Erstellen und Editieren von 3D Modellen und Animationen
Comment[fr]=Création et édition d'objets 3D et animations
Comment[ru]=Создание и редактирование трёхмерных моделей и анимаций

Depends on step 3, you may replace path to Exec & Icon (words in red).

Create Blender Launcher

When done, you should be able to open Blender from the Unity Dash or App Menu. Enjoy!

Not clear enough? See the video:

Sticky Notes in Ubuntu

Ubuntu has an open-source sticky notes app called indicator-stickynotes. Just like Google Keep and Windows’ Sticky Notes, it allows you to jot down thoughts, lists, and reminders on desktop.

Indicator-stickynotes is meant for Ubuntu’s Unity interface. It has also been tested on the GNOME Shell, XFCE/Xubuntu, KDE/Kubuntu, MATE/Mint, and Cinnamon/Mint interfaces, but support for these platforms is not guaranteed.

Sticky Notes in Ubuntu

Install Sticky Note Indicator:

The program has been made into the developer’s PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and their derivatives such as Linux Mint, Elementary OS Luna.

To add the PPA and install the app, run commands below one by one in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:umang/indicator-stickynotes

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install indicator-stickynotes

Or you can grab the .deb installer to make the install process easier:

Download the .deb installer

Once downloaded, double-click on the package to open it with Ubuntu Software Center and click install the program.

Rhythmbox Music Player

Rhythmbox is the default music player for Ubuntu Unity and Gnome. It has reached version 3.1 while Ubuntu 14.04/14.10 still provides Rhythmbox 3.0.x.

Rhythmbox 3.1 comes with assorted bug fixes, GTK 3.14+ compatible, and now it includes an AppData file. It’s worth upgrading the player if you have upgraded to Gnome 3.14 or ever encountered below bugs:

  • “Edit > Preferences > General > Visibile Columns > BPM” missing mnemonic
  • UPNP servers do not get removed after they become unavailable
  • SendTo plugin does not work with music files containing apostrophe
  • Rhythmbox incorrectly reads the year tag of m4a files
  • support libsecret 0.18 (SecretUnstable to Secret API change)
  • rhythmbox crashes upon “Jump to Playing Song”
  • Song properties dialog “Basic” tab, “Comment” keyboard mnemonic is same as “Composer”
  • Notification disappears when I pause my music
  • New Radio Paradise URLs
  • The latest rhythmbox needs atleast libglib 2.34
  • Wording used for importing music in import screen is not clear
  • rhythmbox crashes with SIGSEGV due to double free in rb_podcast_parse_channel_free
  • rhythmbox / audioscrobbler fails if built from separate build dir
  • Inequal sizing and alignment in rhythmbox UI.
  • grilo: Do not free GrlRegistry
  • rhythmbox-client –stop
  • Rhythmbox 3.0.2 crashes if attempting to load pls stream before any other type
  • AAC tags are improperly parsed for the “year” field
  • daap source compilation failure with ubuntu 14.04
  • Rating stars are not vertically aligned in GtkTreeView listing
  • Rhythmbox crash when adding songs to a playlist
  • Right-clicking on song causes Segmentation fault
  • song-info ui files need update
  • is in wrong location

How to Upgrade Rhythmbox:

Thanks to fossfreedom, the 3.1 release has been made into PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivatives.

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

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:fossfreedom/rhythmbox

After that, launch Software Updater (or Synaptic Package Manager) and you’ll see Rhythmbox available for upgrade after checking for updates.

Upgrade Rhythmbox Music Player