Rhythmbox

The 3.2 release of Rhythmbox, Ubuntu’s default music player, was announced just a few hours ago with some new features, bug fixes and translation updates.

According the the changelog, Rhythmbox 3.2 brings a Soundcloud plugin, support for disc and track total tags, ability to clear, re-fetch and manually set cover art using the song info window.

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There are also some bugs has been fixed in the new release:

  • same songs played after reading a playlist
  • no easy way to unselect the browse by album,artist,genre option
  • Unclear string “in” for translation
  • rhythmbox skips one or two songs after playing certain songs
  • configure warning: ‘INCLUDES’ is the old name for ‘AM_CPPFLAGS’ (or ‘*_CPPFLAGS’)
  • Add track count and disc count to the database
  • data: Add Vorbis aliases as supported mime-types
  • Failure to build with tdb 1.3
  • Crash when right clicking the track list in the library
  • Rhythmbox fails to import MP3 files with ID3 v2.4 tags created by PicardQT
  • Tracks with no embedded covert art show a random cover art from the music collection
  • Right click on any file in ‘Tracks list’ clashes the application
  • Duplicate symbol _rb_metadata_iface_xml
  • gdkx.h explicitly included; prevents building on Mac
  • symbolic icon is broken

How to upgrade to Rhythmbox 3.2 in Ubuntu:

The new release is available in fossfreedom’s PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04, and Linux Mint 17.

1. First open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run below command to add the PPA:

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

Add rhythmbox PPA

2. After adding the PPA, launch Software Updater (or Update Manager) and install available updates for Rhythmbox after checking for updates.

upgrade rhythmbox via software updater

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MuseScore, a free and open-source music composition and notation software, has reached a new major release, MuseScore 2.0, with great new features and improvements.

MuseScore is a scorewriter for Windows, OS X, and Linux. It’s main purpose is the creation, editing and printing of various types of musical scores in a “What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get” (WYSIWYG) environment.

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MuseScore 2.0 comes with a brand new start center to simplify score browsing and creation, an inspector window to provide easy access to properties of individual notes and other elements, and customizable palettes to allow you to group your most commonly-used score symbols together.

MuseScore 2 also brings:

  • a new continuous view mode
  • some powerful new editing tools.
  • New notation styles and elements
  • layout, playback, import and export improvements.

For more, see what’s new in MuseScore 2.

How to install/upgrade MuseScore 2.0 in Ubuntu:

The new release has been made into its official PPA, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17, Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 15.04.

To install it, open terminal from the Dash/Menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:mscore-ubuntu/mscore-stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install musescore

Linux Kernel 3.19.3

The third release of Linux Kernel 3.19 series was released yesterday by Greg Kroah-Hartman. All users of this kernel series were urged to upgrade as soon as possible.

Linux Kernel 3.19.3 comes with many fixes and enhancements for ARM, ARM64, PowerPC, s390, SPARC, and x86 architectures, fixes to the FUSE and NILFS2 file systems, updated drivers for Radeon and Intel graphics cards, sound and networking improvements. See the changelog for details.

How to Upgrade to Kernel 3.19.3:

For Desktop users, first check out your OS type, 32-bit (i386) or 64-bit (amd64), then download and install the packages below in turn:

  • linux-headers-3.19.3_xxx_all.deb
  • linux-headers-3.19.3-xxx-generic_3.19.3-xxx_i386/amd64.deb
  • linux-image-3.19.3-xxx-generic_3.19.3-.xxx_i386/amd64.deb

from the kernel.ubuntu.com.

After installing the kernel, you may run sudo update-grub command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to refresh grub boot-loader.

If you need a low latency system (e.g. for recording audio) then download & install below packages instead:

  • linux-headers-3.19.3_xxx_all.deb
  • linux-headers-3.19.3-xxx-lowlatency_3.19.3-xxx_i386/amd64.deb
  • linux-image-3.19.3-lowlatency_3.19.3-xxx_i386/amd64.deb

For Ubuntu Server without graphical UI, you may run below commands one by one to grab packages with wget and install them via apt-get:

For 64-bit system run:

cd /tmp/

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.19.3-vivid/linux-headers-3.19.3-031903_3.19.3-031903.201503261036_all.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.19.3-vivid/linux-headers-3.19.3-031903-generic_3.19.3-031903.201503261036_amd64.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.19.3-vivid/linux-image-3.19.3-031903-generic_3.19.3-031903.201503261036_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.19.3-*.deb linux-image-3.19.3-*.deb

For 32-bit system run:

cd /tmp/

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.19.3-vivid/linux-headers-3.19.3-031903_3.19.3-031903.201503261036_all.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.19.3-vivid/linux-headers-3.19.3-031903-generic_3.19.3-031903.201503261036_i386.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v3.19.3-vivid/linux-image-3.19.3-031903-generic_3.19.3-031903.201503261036_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.19.3-*.deb linux-image-3.19.3-*.deb

Uninstall Linux Kernel 3.19.3:

If for some reason, the new kernel does not work properly for you, reboot with the previous Kernel (Grub boot loader -> Advanced -> select previous kernel) and run below command in terminal to remove the Linux Kernel 3.19.3:

sudo apt-get remove linux-headers-3.19.3-* linux-image-3.19.3-*

Ubuntu 15.04 Beta

The beta 2 release of Ubuntu 15.04 Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products was announced today, codenamed “Vivid Vervet”.

Ubuntu 15.04 comes with Linux Kernel 3.19. The default desktop Unity 7.3 brings many bug-fixes and locally integrated menus for unfocused windows. This release also ships Compiz Window Manager 0.9.12 with Nvidia fixes, fully MATE desktop support.

Before Ubuntu 15.04 final to be released on April 23, there will be also a RC release on April 16.

Download Ubuntu 15.04:

This beta release includes images from not only the Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Core products, but also the Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio, Xubuntu, and a new official flavor Ubuntu MATE.

Here are the download links for:

Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, Core: releases.ubuntu.com/vivid/

KUbuntu 15.04: cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/vivid/

LUbuntu 15.04: cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/vivid/

Ubuntu Gnome 15.04: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/vivid/

UbuntuKylin 15.04: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/vivid/

UbuntuStudio 15.04: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/vivid/

Xubuntu 15.04: cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/vivid/

Ubuntu MATE 15.04: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/vivid/

Ubuntu 15.04 Beta2 official release note is here.

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Valentina is an open source pattern making program for clothing. It allows pattern creation using either standard sizing tables or an individual’s set of measurements. It blends new technologies with traditional methods to create a unique pattern making tool.

Currently, there is a lack of affordable software tools designed for creating patterns. Some people faced with this problem resort to using CAD tools or graphical editors designed for other purposes. However, these tools are inadequate when performing certain pattern making tasks (e.g. adding seam allowance, truing a dart, walking a seam). Moreover, these programs are good enough to create a pattern in a single size, but when you want to make changes for another person, you can’t do it quickly. You need to create the pattern from scratch. This is where traditional methods of pattern drafting can be very useful. Why can’t you tell a program how to change the pattern so you don’t need to do it ever again?

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How to install Valentina in Ubuntu:

Open terminal from the Dash/Menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run commands below one by one to install the software from PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dismine/valentina

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install valentina

Or you can download the .deb binary from PPA packages page and install it via Ubuntu Software Center.

Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17 are supported so far!