The final release of the open source kart racing game, SuperTuxKart 1.0, was announced. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04

SuperTuxKart 1.0 is a major release that features:

  • Play online with up to 10 other players.
  • Multiple game mode: normal race, time trial, soccer mode, battle mode and the new Capture-The-Flag mode
  • Create your own server, or join a public server.
  • Replace the old mansion track with the new upgraded Ravenbridge Mansion track.
  • Add the Black forest add-on to the official STK track set!
  • And numerous bug-fixes, performance improvements, and more.

How to install SuperTuxKart 1.0 in Ubuntu:

The dev PPA now is building the packages at the moment for all current Ubuntu releases. You’ll be able to install the package via following steps in a few hours.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stk/dev

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue adding the PPA.

2. For Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint, you need to run command to refreah system package cache:

sudo apt update

3. Finally install the game via command:

sudo apt install supertuxkart

Once installed, open the game from your system application launcher and enjoy!

Uninstall:

To remove SuperTuxKart, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove supertuxkart supertuxkart-data

To remove the PPA, open Software & Updates -> Other Software, and remove the repository line:

HP Linux Imaging and Printing

This tutorial is a rewritten of the previous ‘Fix ‘No WiFi Adapter Found’ for HP Laptops with Ubuntu 18.04‘, since wireless will stop working after installed or upgraded to a new Linux Kernel.

Following steps will install the newest Realtek rtlwifi codes including rtl8192ce, rtl8192cu, rtl8192se, rtl8192de, rtl8188ee, rtl8192ee, rtl8723ae, rtl8723be, rtl8821ae, rtl8822be and rtl8723de in Ubuntu with DKMS (Dynamic Kernel Module Support) support. So it will work in each kernel on your system.

This may not work if you already installed the drivers and broke things up. I would recommend to do the steps in a clean install of Ubuntu desktop.

1. Connect your laptop to a wired network, and then open terminal from application menu.

2. Run command to install some required tools:

sudo apt install git build-essential dkms

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

3. Now grab the rtlwifi_new codes via command:

git clone -b extended https://github.com/lwfinger/rtlwifi_new.git

4. Add the source to the tree for builds with DKMS support.

sudo dkms add ./rtlwifi_new

5. Finally install the drivers via command:

sudo dkms install rtlwifi-new/0.6

6. If everything works OK, Wifi should work immediately (it works in my case in Ubuntu 19.04).

If not, try commands to load the new installed module (rtl8723de in the case):

sudo modprobe -r rtl8723de && sudo modprobe rtl8723de

7. And Wifi works after reboot without doing any configuration, at least in my case in Ubuntu 19.04.

If not, try command to write it into configuration file (replace 3 to 1, 2 or 4 if signal is weak).

echo "options rtl8723de ant_sel=3" | sudo tee /etc/modprobe.d/rtl8723de.conf

In addition, if you happened to update your system with newest Kernel packages without reboot. You need to reinstall the kernel packages to get the module work after reboot.

gnome shell

Ubuntu 19.04 Disco Dingo was finally released. This quick tip is going to show to how to remove the trash can icon and user home folder from the default Gnome desktop.

1. First open Ubuntu Software, search for and install the Gnome Tweaks configuration tool.

2. Launch Gnome Tweaks. It used to have “Desktop Icons” tab in the left pane.

In Ubuntu 19.04, the Desktop icons settings has been merged into Extensions.

  • Select Extensions in left pane.
  • Click the gear button to configure Desktop icons.
  • In popup dialog, turn off the toggles to disable desktop icons.

As we still need flash player to view some websites, here’s how to install Pepper Flash or Adobe Flash in Ubuntu 19.04 for Firefox or Opera web browser.

Install Pepper Flash in Ubuntu:

Google maintained Pepper Flash is available in Google Chrome browser by default.

For Firefox or Opera users, you can install the plugin without installing Google Chrome in Ubuntu via following steps.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app laucher.

2. When terminal opens, run command to install the Pepper Flash:

sudo apt install pepperflashplugin-nonfree

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

3. Then install the plugin adapter to make it work in Firefox or Opera:

sudo apt install browser-plugin-freshplayer-pepperflash

Finally restart your web browser and enjoy!

Install Adobe Flash in Ubuntu:

For choice, you can install Adobe Flash plugin from Canonical partners repository.

1. Open application menu, search for and launch Software & Updates. Then navigate to Other Software tab, and enable ‘Canonical Partners’ repository.

2. Refresh system package cache via command:

sudo apt update

3. And finally install the flash plugin:

sudo apt install adobe-flashplugin

That’s it. Enjoy!

The default media player of Xfce and XUbuntu, Parole 1.0.2, was released recently with many bug-fixes and translation updates.

According to the changelog, Parole 1.0.2 fixed following bugs:

  • Improved support for missing Gstreamer plugin installers
  • Fixed compiler error -Wcast-function-type with GCC 8
  • Fixed disabling vendor-enabled plugins
  • Fixed crash when disabling plugins
  • Fixed play button sensitivity items are added to playlist.
  • Fixed Appstream validation by removing em tags
  • Fixed plugin active state when reopening the Plugins dialog
  • Resolved g_type_class_add_private warnings

How to Install Parole 1.0.2 in Ubuntu 18.04:

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application launcher. When it opens, run following commands to install the media player from PPA repository.

1. Paste below command and hit run to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:unit193/xfce

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

2. Then either upgrade Parole via Software Updater:

upgrade parole media player

or install the package via command:

sudo apt install parole

Linux Mint 19 needs to refresh package cache first via sudo apt update command.

3. As the PPA contains many other Xfce packages and libraries, you may remove the PPA afterwards by going to Software & Updates -> Other Software.

Uninstall Parole

To remove the media player, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove parole

That’s it. Enjoy!