RawTherapee Raw Image Processor

The open source raw image processing program RawTherapee 4.2 has been released recently with new features and speed, stability and memory usage optimizations.

RawTherapee is an advanced program for developing raw photos and for processing non-raw photos. It is non-destructive, makes use of OpenMP, supports all the cameras supported by dcraw and carries out its calculations in a high precision 32bit floating point engine. RawTherapee supports JPEG, PNG, and TIFF as output format for processed photos.

RawTherapee 4.2 in Ubuntu 14.04

What’s new in RawTherapee 4.2:

  • RawTherapee-4.2 includes many speed, precision, stability and memory usage optimizations. As such, users of 32-bit operating systems may now find that they can enjoy more stability while using the most memory intensive tools. Of course users of 64-bit systems benefit from this as well. Refer to the full changelog for more information.
  • Powerful color toning tool.
  • Curve control of luminance noise reduction.
  • Median filter in the noise reduction tool.
  • Film simulation tool using Hald CLUT pattern files.
  • Command-line option to define bit depth of output TIFF/PNG file.
  • Multiple improvements to dead/hot pixel handling, see RawPedia.
  • Filename of currently opened image shown in the titlebar.
  • Clip control for the flat-field correction tool.
  • Demosaic method “Mono” for monochrome cameras, and “None” for no demosaicing.
  • Copy/paste processing profile keyboard shortcuts for right-handed users using Ctrl/Shift-Insert.
  • Update to dcraw 9.22 1.467
  • New or improved support for:
    • Canon EOS 7D
    • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
    • Canon PowerShot G7 X
    • Canon PowerShot SX60 HS
    • Fujifilm cameras using the X-Trans sensor
    • Fujifilm X30
    • Hasselblad H4D-31
    • Hasselblad H4D-50
    • Hasselblad H4D-60
    • Hasselblad H5D-40
    • Hasselblad H5D-50c
    • Mamiya Leaf Credo 40
    • Mamiya Leaf Credo 50
    • Mamiya Leaf Credo 60
    • Mamiya Leaf Credo 80
    • Monochrome cameras such as Leica Monochrome
    • Nikon D610
    • Nikon D700
    • Nikon D750
    • Nikon D800E
    • Nikon D810
    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5
    • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
    • Phase One IQ250
    • Phase One P40
    • Phase One P65+
    • Sony Alpha ILCE-5100
    • Sony NEX-C3

Install / Upgrade RawTherapee in Ubuntu 14.04:

Thanks to Dariusz Duma, the binary package has been made into PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Linux Mint 17.

To add the PPA and install RawTherapee 4.2, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install rawtherapee

Install RawTherapee from PPA

For those who don’t want to add the PPA, grab the .deb installer directly from the Launchpad Page.

Ubuntu 14.10 Hibernate

The Hibernate option is available in Beta and Alpha releases of Ubuntu 14.10, but the final release removed this option in the Unity desktop.

This quick guide is going to show you how to re-enable this feature so that you can hibernate your machine from the shutdown menu (top-right gear button).

hibernate ubuntu 14.10

1. Before getting started, you may run command below in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to test if hibernate works in your case:

sudo pm-hibernate

After you computer turns off, switch it back on. Did your open applications re-open? If hibernate doesn’t work, check if your swap partition is at least as large as your available RAM.

2. To re-enable hibernate, run command below to edit the configuration file:

sudo nano /var/lib/polkit-1/localauthority/10-vendor.d/com.ubuntu.desktop.pkla

When the file opens in the terminal window, scroll down to find out the section started as:

“[Disable hibernate by default in upower]“ and “[Disable hibernate by default in logind]“

Change the value of ResultActive to yes in both.

enable-hibernate-conf

3. To save the changes, press Ctrl+X and type y and finally hit Enter.

When everything’s done, restart your computer.

Tips:

1. If previous steps do not work for you, replace the command in step 2 with:

sudo nano /etc/polkit-1/localauthority/10-vendor.d/com.ubuntu.desktop.pkla

2. Thanks to Cruz, you can add below lines into the configuration file to make Hibernate work for multiple users:

[Re-enable hibernate for multiple users by default in logind]
Identity=unix-user:*
Action=org.freedesktop.login1.hibernate-multiple-sessions
ResultActive=yes

3. If you want to hibernate your laptop when lid is closed, run command to edit the configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/systemd/logind.conf

Add HandleLidSwitch=hibernate as a new line into the end and save the file. It will work at next boot.

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn

Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn and its flavors including the newest Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Gnome, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Kylin, and Ubuntu Studio were officially released today.

According to the release note, there have been updates to many core packages, including a new 3.16-based kernel, a new AppArmor with fine-grained socket control, and more.

Ubuntu Desktop has seen incremental improvements, with newer versions of GTK and Qt, updates to major packages like Firefox and LibreOffice, and improvements to Unity, including improved High-DPI display support.

Ubuntu Server 14.10 includes the Juno release of OpenStack, alongside deployment and management tools that save devops teams time when deploying distributed applications – whether on private clouds, public clouds, x86 or ARM servers, or on developer laptops. Several key server technologies, from MAAS to Ceph, have been updated to new upstream versions with a variety of new features.

Kubuntu 14.10:

Kubuntu 14.10 comes in two flavours, the stable Plasma 4 running the desktop we know from previous releases, and a tech preview of the next generation Plasma 5 for early adopters.

See: www.kubuntu.org/news/kubuntu-14.10.

Lubuntu 14.10:

Lubuntu 14.10 mainly features:

  • General bug fix release as we prepare for LXQt.
  • Many LXDE components have been updated with bug fix releases.
  • An update of the artwork (more icons, theme update, more compatibilities …).

See: wiki.ubuntu.com/UtopicUnicorn/ReleaseNotes/Lubuntu

Xubuntu 14.10:

Xubuntu 14.10 features new Xfce Power Manager plugin in panel and ittems in the newly themed alt-tab dialog can now be clicked with the mouse.

See: wiki.ubuntu.com/UtopicUnicorn/ReleaseNotes/Xubuntu.

Other Flavors:

Ubuntu Gnome 14.10: wiki.ubuntu.com/UtopicUnicorn/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuGNOME

UbuntuKylin 14.10: wiki.ubuntu.com/UtopicUnicorn/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuKylin

UbuntuStudio 14.10: wiki.ubuntu.com/UtopicUnicorn/ReleaseNotes/UbuntuStudio

rabbitVCS

Quick tutorial shows how to install RabbitVCS, easy version control for Linux, in Ubuntu 14.04/Ubuntu 14.10 for Nautilus, Gedit, Thunar, Nem

RabbitVCS is a graphical front-end for version control systems available on Linux. It integrates into file managers to provide file context menu access to version control repositories. The project was originally called NautilusSvn, but due to the desire to support file managers in addition to Nautilus and more version control systems, it was renamed to RabbitVCS.

RabbitVCS extension for Nautilus

Install RabbitVCS in Ubuntu:

While Ubuntu repositories provide an old version of RabbitVCS, the latest release is always available in its official PPA.

1. To add the PPA, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, paste the command below and hit enter to run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rabbitvcs/ppa

Type in your user password when it asks and there is no visual feed back.

2. After that, install RabbitVCS extension via Synaptic Package Manager (install it from Ubuntu Software Center), and receive future updates by running running regular updates via Software Updater.

  1. Install and then launch Synaptic from the Unity Dash or App Menu.
  2. Click the Reload button to update package lists.
  3. Search rabbitvcs
  4. Highlight rabbitvcs-nautilus3, rabbitvcs-gedit, or rabbitvcs-thunar
  5. and mark for installation.

  6. Finally click the Apply button to install it/them.

Install RabbitVCS from PPA

Once installed, log out and back in.

Install RabbitVCS extension for Nemo:

For Linux Mint Nemo file manager, you can install the extension by running the commands below one by one in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tsvetko.tsvetkov/cinnamon

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install nemo-rabbitvcs

Supports for Linux Mint 17 and 13.

Emacs 24.4 in Ubuntu 14.04

GNU Emacs has finally reached version 24.4 with many new features and improvements. The most notable is that the text editor brings a built-in web browser.

GNU Emacs is the most popular and most ported Emacs text editor, and it was created by Richard Stallman for the GNU Project.

The latest release Emacs 24.4 was released a few hours ago. The new release features:

  • A built-in web browser (M-x eww)
  • Improved multi-monitor and fullscreen support
  • “Electric” indentation is enabled by default
  • Support for saving and restoring the state of frames and windows
  • Emacs Lisp packages can now be digitally signed
  • A new “advice” mechanism for Emacs Lisp
  • File notification support
  • Pixel-based resizing for frames and windows
  • Support for menus in text terminals
  • A new rectangular mark mode (C-x SPC)

Emacs 24.4 in Ubuntu 14.04

How to Install Emacs 24.4 in Ubuntu:

At the moment of writing this tutorial, there’s no PPA repository that contains Emacs 24.4. Fortunately, it’s not hard to build it from the source tarball. I’ve done it successfully in 64-bit Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Below steps will show you how:

1. If have the old Emacs 24.3 installed, you may first remove it from Ubuntu Software Center so that you can install the new version over it.

2. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal, or open it from the Unity Dash.

Open Terminal to run commands

3. Run command below to install the build-essential:

sudo apt-get install build-essential

4. Install the required dependencies:

sudo apt-get build-dep emacs24

While the installing process, you’ll be asked to configure the Postfix.

5. Now download Emacs 24.4 from its official FTP download page.

Emacs FTP download Page

6. Extract the source and go into the result folder in terminal:

cd ~/Downloads && tar -xf emacs-24.4.tar.* && cd emacs-24.4

7. Finally compile the package by running commands below one by one.

./configure

make

sudo make install

Once done, you should be able to launch Emacs by running emacs or emacs-24.4 in terminal and lock the shortcut to the Unity Launcher.