This quick tutorial shows how to install the latest GNU Emacs 26.1 in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Linux Mint 18,x, 19.x, and their derivatives.

While Ubuntu ships old versions in its universe repositories and don’t provide future updates, a stable PPA repository maintained by Kevin Kelley contains the 26.1 packages with mailutils, systemd, and xwidgets support for all current Ubuntu releases.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kelleyk/emacs

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

2. Then install Emacs26 either via Synaptic package manager, or by running following commands one by one in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install emacs26

For text-only interface, replace emacs26 with emacs26-nox in the last command. And Ubuntu 18.04 and higher can skip apt update command.

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

How to Remove:

To remove Emacs26, open terminal and run commands:

sudo apt remove --autoremove emacs26 emacs26-nox

The PPA can be removed by going to Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

gnome shell

The Alt+Tab keyboard shortcut allows to quickly switch between opened applications in Ubuntu desktop. However, only one app icon shows in the switcher even mutliple windows of the application are opened.

For those who want to separate all opened windows in Alt+Tab switcher, this quick tutorial will show you how.

1. Open Settings from left panel or application menu.

When it opens, navigate to Devices -> Keyboard.

2. Scroll down and find out the line “Switch windows“, then click and set its keyboard shortcut to Alt+Tab.

That’s it.

To revert the change, look for Switch applications and set its value to Alt+Tab.

Alternative to the default LibreOffice, WPS office is an office suite with user interface similar to Microsoft Office, and supports Microsoft document formats.

WPS Office is developed by Zhuhai-based Chinese software developer Kingsoft. The office suite is made up of WPS Writer, WPS Presentation, and WPS Spreadsheet.

Though there’s official Ubuntu packages available in the WPS download page, the snap (containerized software package) make it easier to install WPS in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

Simply open Ubuntu Software, search for WPS and you’ll see 3 packages available.

All the 3 snap packages are the latest (10.1.0.6757 at the moment) and maintained by community. Choose install one you preferred.

Once installed, launch it from application menu and enjoy!

In addition, for Ubuntu 16.04 who want to install WPS snap package, run command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt install snapd && sudo snap install wps-office

TeamSpeak, the number one choice VoIP communication system for Online Gaming, now is easy to install and update its Linux client via the Flatpak package in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut, or from application menu.

2. Paste below command and run to install flatpak framework:

sudo apt-get install flatpak

3. Add flathub repository, which hosts a large list of flatpak applications:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

4. Finally install TeamSpeak client via command:

flatpak install flathub com.teamspeak.TeamSpeak

Once installed, launch the software from application menu and enjoy!

Uninstall:

To remove the TeamSpeak flatpak package, run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall com.teamspeak.TeamSpeak

Qmmp Qt-based multimedia player

Qmmp, Qt-based multimedia player, released version 1.3.0 with many new features, improvements, and bug-fixes.

Qmmp 1.3.0 release highlights:

  • Add history plugin.
  • Add mono to stereo converter
  • Add mpg123-based decoder
  • Add PulseAudio volume control
  • Add cover edition feature
  • Add playlist reading/writing optimization
  • Add TAK support
  • Add feature to send listened tracks to ListenBrainz
  • Improvements to skinned plugin, qsui plugin, http plugin, stream browser.
  • Removed mpris1 support, and various other changes.

Qmmp

How to Install Qmmp 1.3.0 in Ubuntu:

Qmmp 1.3.0 is available to install via its official PPA, for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Linux Mint 18.x and 19.x.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, and then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa

Input your password (no asterisks feedback while typing) and hit Enter to continue.

2. If a previous version exists, upgrade Qmmp using Software Updater:

Or run commands to install or upgrade Qmmp and its plugins:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

For qt4 version, use qmmp-qt4 and qmmp-plugin-pack-qt4 instead in the last command.

Uninstall:

You can manage the PPA repository via Software & Updates utility, under Other Software tab.

To remove Qmmp music player, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove qmmp qmmp-*