Qmmp Qt-based multimedia player

Qmmp, a Qt-based multimedia player with Winamp-Like user interface, has reached the 1.1.0 (Qt5) and 0.10.0 (Qt4) releases with many new features, performance improvements, bug fixes, and translations updates.

Qmmp 1.1.0 and 0.10.0 features:

  • new internal audio converter
  • MacOS X support
  • wildmidi 0.4.0 support
  • support for XMIDI and MUS (id Software) formats
  • new plugin: soxr-based resampler plugin, Qt Multimedia output plugin, WASAPI output plugin.
  • multi-thread support in the audio converter plugin
  • https support in the http plugin
  • feature to scrobble http streams
  • and more…

The new releases also bring improvements to skinned interface, simple user interface (qsui), wavpack, ffmpeg, ladspa, and DirectSound output plugins. Following issues has been fixed:

  • unity/compiz support
  • metadata encoding issue in the http plugin
  • unicode support under windows
  • disc number parsing

Qmmp 1.10.0

How to install Qmmp 1.1.0 or 0.10.0 in Ubuntu:

1. Add PPA.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), paste the command below and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa

qmmp-ppa

Type in password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit continue.

2. Update package caches.

Checking for updates via Software Updater or by running the command below in terminal:

sudo apt update

If you have a previous Qmmp version installed, just upgrade it via Software Updater.

3. To install Qmmp run command:

sudo apt install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

The command will install Qmmp 0.10.0 (Qt4 version) in Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 15.10 and their derivatives. For Ubuntu 16.04, the 1.1.0 (Qt5 version) will be installed.

To install Qt4 version in Ubuntu 16.04, run command:

sudo apt install qmmp-qt4 qmmp-plugin-pack-qt4

Sigil

Sigil, an open-source and multi-platform ePub ebook editor, has reached the 0.9.6 release with some new features and various bug fixes.

New features added in Sigil 0.9.6:

  • create sgc-nav.css stylesheet for nav and allow templates in Prefs Dir for user to control it
  • add General Setting to allow user to set own temporary directory location
  • add Qt Stylesheet support – Recognize and load “qt_styles.qss” file if stored in Sigil Preferences folder
  • extend the plugin interface to add support for epub3 bindings elements
  • add option + forward delete shortcut to active Metadata Editor remove

It also brings a lot of bug-fixes in the release, see sigil website for details.

sigil epub editor

How to install Sigil 0.9.6 in Ubuntu:

There’s no official binary releases for Linux. While Ubuntu Software provides an old version, you may either build the latest release from source or use a third-party PPA.

And here are my personal builds of Sigil 0.9.6, available for Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 15.10:

Download sigil-data and sigil (.deb)

Download and install the .deb package for sigil-data and then sigil package (i386 for 32bit, amd64 for 64bit).

For those who prefer adding PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/sigil

sudo apt update

sudo apt install sigil sigil-data

To manage PPAs, go to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software.

Komodo X 10

Komodo Edit, Active State’s open source text editor, has reached the X (10) release. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04 with Unity integration.

Komodo Edit X (10) Features:

  • new user interface that is skinnable using the color scheme editor
  • a start wizard on first launch
  • new default keybindings and other editors’ keybindings support including Atom, Eclipse, Emacs, IntelliJ, Sublime, Vi.
  • PHP and JavaScript codeintel and other improvements.
  • and much more
Komodo start wizard

Komodo start wizard

Komodo Edit 10

How to Install Komodo Edit 10 in Ubuntu:

The official download page provides non-install packages for Linux, but it lacks a shortcut icon for Ubuntu.

To install this editor with Ubuntu integration, use Mystic-Mirage’s PPA repository:

1. Add PPA.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mystic-mirage/komodo-edit

Type your password when it asks, though there’s no visual feedback, and hit Enter to continue.

Komodo PPA

2. Now install the editor via your system package manager, or run commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install komodo-edit

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package from HERE (i386 for 32bit, amd64 for 64bit), and click install via Ubuntu Software.

Oracle Virtualbox 5.0.22

A new maintenance release for Virtualbox 5.0 series was announced a few days ago with various fixes and improvements.

Virtualbox 5.0.22 fixes build failure on Linux Kernel 4.7, mouse pointer offset in Linux client fullscreen mode, a potential Linux guest panic on AMD hosts, a potential hang with 32-bit EFI guests on Intel CPUs.

It also adds X.org 1.18 support for Solaris additions, brings fixes for certain Intel Atom hosts and certain 32-bit guest, adds a new I/O-APIC implementation fixing several bugs and improving the performance under certain conditions. For more details, go to the changelog page.

Download & install Virtualbox 5.0.22 in Ubuntu:

1. Download the pre-compiled package for your Ubuntu release from (i386 for 32-bit, amd64 for 64bit):

Virtualbox Linux Downloads

2. If you installed the stock version of VBOX from official Ubuntu repository, you have to remove it first via Ubuntu Software, or by running the command below in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt remove virtualbox virutalbox-*

3. Finally install the new version by opening the package via Ubuntu Software, or run the dpkg command in terminal:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/virtualbox-5.0_5.0.22-*.deb

4. (Optional) For those who'd like to receive future updates of VBox along with other software updates via Software Updater utility, paste the 2 commands below and run one by one in terminal to add Virtualbox Linux repository:

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

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

You can manage the PPA later via System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software.

SMplayer 16.6

SMPlayer, open-source Qt front-end for MPlayer and MPV, has reached the 16.6 release with some great new features including a tablet mode and high-DPI support.

High DPI screens are supported now in SMPlayer. You can turn on/off this feature and manually adjust the scale factor by navigating to Preferences -> Interface -> High DPI.

SMPlayer High DPI

There’s a new ‘tablet mode’, available in menu Options, that brings support for 2 in 1 computers with touch screens.

SMPlayer tablet mode

SMPlayer 16.6 also brings:

  • Option to send video to an external screen.
  • Global shortcuts support, enable it in Preferences -> Keyboard and mouse
  • Settings are remembered for online streams.
  • built with Qt 5 by default.

How Install /Upgrade SMPlayer in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and Ubuntu 16.10, the most recent build can be installed from the PPA by following the steps below one by one:

1. Add PPA.

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and paste the command below and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

Smplayer PPA

2. If you have a previous release installed, you can upgrade it by launching Software Updater:

upgrade SMPlayer

Or run the commands below one by one to do update and install in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes

3. (Optional) To revert back to the stock version of SMPlayer in your Ubuntu release, purge the PPA via ppa-purge by running command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:rvm/smplayer