weechat-logoWeeChat, Wee Enhanced Environment for Chat, is a free and open-source IRC client designed to be light and fast.

The client uses a curses frontend, and there are remote interfaces for Web, Qt, Android and Emacs. It can be used and navigated using a keyboard alone but also supports mouse input. The client can be heavily customized via configuration files and using various plugins and scripts.

WeeChat’s features include:

  • IPv6
  • SSL
  • Proxy connections
  • The screen can be split up to display multiple windows at the same time.
  • Incremental text search
  • Aspell support for spell checking
  • Scripting support for many languages (Perl, Python, Ruby, Lua, Tcl, Scheme with GNU Guile)
  • FIFO pipes for remote control
  • Support for multiple character encodings
  • User-defined aliases and shortkeys

WeeChat works on most platforms and operating systems, including Linux, Mac OS X, BSD, Solaris, Windows. While Ubuntu repositories provide an old version, you can install the latest packages and receive future updates of WeeChat by following below steps.

Install/Upgrade WeeChat in Ubuntu:

1. Open terminal from the Dash/Menu, or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to add WeeChat official PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:nesthib/weechat-stable

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2. After adding the PPA, launch Software Updater utility. After checking for updates (automatically), you can upgrade WeeChat by installing available updates:

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3. If you don’t have a previous version installed, search for and install WeeChat from Ubuntu Software Center after checking for updates (via Software Updater, or sudo apt-get update command.)

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Cinnamon 2.6

The 2.6 release of Mint’s Cinnamon desktop environment has reached feature-freeze. The stable release is planned for the end of this month.

Cinnamon 2.6 brings some exciting new features, include:

  • support for systemd
  • panel support for multiple monitors
  • support for new GTK headerbar (client-side decorations)

Cinnamon 2.6 will be made into the Romeo repositories for Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca and LMDE 2 Betsy.

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Install Cinnamon 2.6 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 15.04 users, before it’s made into a stable PPA (I’ll update the PP once a stable PPA is available) you can now try out the new release through the Gwendal LE BIHAN’s nightly build PPA .

To add the PPA, open terminal and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly

Then update system package cache and install the desktop environment via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cinnamon

Once installed, log out and select login with Cinnamon.

(Optional) To remove this DE, run:

sudo apt-get purge cinnamon* nemo-* cjs muffin* python-nemo

Also remove the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:gwendal-lebihan-dev/cinnamon-nightly

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Avidemux, a free and open-source video editor, sees a new release after more than one year since the last.

Avidemux 2.6.9 brings some new features such as:

  • x265 support
  • Qt5 support
  • Compatibility with newer VAAPI.
  • Simple support for nvenc (linux).

The new release also brings updated ffmpeg libraries, better compatibility with Dash file, Flv., AvsProxy improvements, and plenty of bug-fixes.

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How to install Avidemux in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 15.04, the new release has been made into GetDeb repository. To install or upgrade the software, follow below steps:

1. Add GetDeb repository. Open Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

Click on the Add… button and paste below line for 15.04:

deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu vivid-getdeb apps

For 14.04, use below line instead:

deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu trusty-getdeb apps

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2. Open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to get the keyring:

wget -q -O- http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

3. Finally install the software via Synaptic package manager, or by running below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install avidemux2.6

Above command installs the GTK version, for Qt version, run:

sudo apt-get install avidemux2.6-qt

That’s it. Enjoy!

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Ardour, free digital audio workstation application, has reached the 4.0 release for almost one month. The new release brings many technical improvements, as well as new features and over a thousand bug fixes.

Ardour is a hard disk recorder and digital audio workstation application intended to be suitable for professional use. The 4.0 release has vastly reduced the memory consumption, brings better OS X support, updated user interface, JACK is no longer required, though it’s still usable with Ardour. For more changes, see the official news page.

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How to Install Ardour 4 in Ubuntu 14.04:

There’s finally a PPA repository that contains the Ardour 4 packages for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. To add the PPA, and install/upgrade the software, run below commands one by one in a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dobey/audiotools

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ardour

Or you can directly download the .deb installer from the PPA page.

For help, please go to Ardour forums.

Oracle virtualbox

The 28th bug-fixes release of VirtualBox 4.3 series has been released recently with rdesktop (RPD client) and some crash issues fixed.

For Linux users, VirtualBox 4.3.28 fixed a crash on restoring the VM state on X11 hosts, crash on Linux guest shutdown, host crashes on Linux 3.19 and newer (activated SMAP), and solved the compile issue on Kernel 4.1.

For Microsoft’s proprietary Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), the new release also fixed IPv6 support for RDP on Linux host, fixed incompatibility with rdesktop 1.8.3, and rdesktop-vrdp switched to version 1.8.3.

Other changes in VBox 4.3.28:

  • VMM: fixed a Guru Meditation when rebooting certain guests (for example Solaris doing fast reboot) by fixing the implementation for INIT IPI
  • VMM: added some information for diagnosing rare VERR_VMX_INVALID_VMXON_PTR Guru Meditations (VT-x only)
  • GUI: HID LEDs sync: prevent synchronization if VM window has no focus (Windows and Mac OS X hosts only)
  • GUI: fixed drag and drop moving the cursor between guest screens on certain hosts
  • Storage: don’t crash if creating an asynchronous I/O context fails (e.g. when starting many VMs) and show a proper error message
  • Floppy: several fixes
  • Audio: improved the behavior of the volume control for the HD audio device emulation
  • USB: increase the number of supported drivers from 3 to 5 (Windows hosts only)
  • PS/2 keyboard: synchronize the LED state on VM restore (Windows and Mac OS X hosts only)
  • NAT Network: when running multiple NAT networks with multiple VMs, only stop the respective services when stopping VMs
  • NAT: don’t kill UDP bindings on ICMP errors
  • NAT: bandwidth limit now works properly with NAT
  • BIOS: fixed the returned size value of the VBE 2.0 PMI function 0Ah
  • Guest Control: fixed parameter quoting in Windows guests
  • Webcam passthrough improvements for Linux (V4L2) hosts to support more webcam models
  • API: don’t fail starting a VM with VBOX_E_INVALID_OBJECT_STATE under certain conditions
  • API: be more verbose on VBOX_E_INVALID_OBJECT_STATE if a medium is attached to a running VM
  • API: fixed a bug which could result in losing certain screen resize events with multi-monitor guests
  • Windows hosts: more hardening fixes
  • Solaris hosts: fixed using of VNIC templates with Crossbow based bridged networking to be compatible with vanity interface names
  • Mac OS X hosts: fixed crash during VM termination under rare circumstances
  • Windows Additions/WDDM: improved video memory utilization and allow more/bigger guest screens with large resolutions (including HiDPI)
  • X11 Additions: prevent flickering when updating mouse cursor
  • Solaris Additions: fixed incorrect usage of ‘prtconf’ while installing Guest Additions (Solaris 10 only)

How to Upgrade Virtualbox 4.3.28:

Depends on your OS edition and type, 32-bit (i386) or 64-bit (amd64), the official Linux installers are available for download at the link below:

Download VirtualBox for Linux

If you want to add VBox official Linux repository and receive future updates, do below steps:

1. Open terminal from the Dash or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T. When it opens, run command to add VBox repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

2. Run command to download and install the keyring:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

3. Finally upgrade VBox 4.3 via Software Updater , or install it for the first time via below 2 commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-4.3