Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak

The final beta of Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety Yak has been released, features images for Ubuntu Desktop, Server, Cloud, and Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, and Ubuntu Studio flavors.

Ubuntu 16.10 beta2 ships Linux Kernel 4.8, and its flavors features:

  • Kubuntu 16.10 ships plasma 5.7 and kde applications 15.12
  • LXQt images are postponed until Lubuntu 17.04
  • Ubuntu Gnome 16.10:
    • includes Gnome 3.20
    • Many apps updated to Gnome 3.22 while core system is still at 3.20
    • Most GNOME apps now have a Keyboard Shortcuts popup available in the app menu.
    • LibreOffice 5.2 is included.
    • experimental wayland session
    • new desktop wallpapers.
  • Ubuntu Mate 16.10 ships MATE desktop 1.15.1, the 1.16 release will be available via updates soon.

The final release of Ubuntu 16.10 Yakkety to be released on October 13th, 2016.

Download:

Ubuntu 16.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/yakkety/

Kubuntu 16.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/16.10/

Lubuntu 16.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/16.10/

Ubuntu Gnome 16.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-gnome/releases/16.10/

Ubuntu Kylin 16.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/16.10/

Ubuntu Mate 16.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/16.10/

Ubuntu Studio 16.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/16.10/

Ubuntu 16.04 LTS can now be upgraded to Ubuntu 16.10 Beta2 via update-manager with –dev-release option.

via: fridge.ubuntu.com

Typora markdown editor

Typora is a minimal yet powerful markdown editor for Linux, Windows, and OS X.

Typora gives you a seamless experience as both a reader and a writer. It removes the preview window, mode switcher, syntax symbols of markdown source code, and all other unnecessary distractions. Replace them with a real live preview feature to help you concentrate the content itself.

typora-markdown-editor

Typora features:

  • Github Flavored Markdown and extra functions including code, fences, tables, lists, footnotes, math blocks, etc.
  • The real live preview.
  • Shortcut keys
  • Native features on mac, such as auto-save, version control, spell check, etc.
  • Custom themes controlled by css files.
  • Export as PDF or HTML.
  • And much more.

Install Typora in Ubuntu:

The software offers an official Linux repository for Ubuntu, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run the commands below one by one to install it in Ubuntu 16.04:

1. Add Typora Linux repository via command:

sudo add-apt-repository 'deb https://typora.io linux/'

typora Linux repository

2. Setup the key:

sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys BA300B7755AFCFAE

3. Finally update and install this simple markdown editor:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install typora

The repository key has an unsigned issue so you can not receive updates from the repository via Software Updater. You may remove it by launching Software & Upates -> Other Software tab after installed Typora.

remove-typora-repo

And the Typora markdown editor can be removed via command:

sudo apt remove typora && sudo apt autoremove

Audacious music player

The Audacious audio player has reached the 3.8 stable release recently. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04 via PPA.

The 3.8 release features the ability to run multiple instances of Audacious. Instances are numbered and can be started with audacious -2, audacious -3, and so on; once running, they can be controlled with audtool -2 , audtool -3 , and so on. Each instance remembers its own configuration.

Audacious 3.8 also brings new audtool commands, improvements for Windows support and Cuesheet support, features port to Qt interface, and various bug fixes.

  • support adding remote folders (ftp, mtp, etc.)
  • drag & drop from search tool into playlists.
  • Option to display MMM:SS instead of H:MM:SS
  • Audio effects and equalization can optionally be applied to a stream recording
  • Album artist support for FLAC and Vorbis files (read-write)
  • Support for the freedesktop.org startup notification protocol
Audacious 3.8  multiple instances

Audacious 3.8 multiple instances

Install Audacious 3.8 in Ubuntu:

The webupd8team has been maintaining the Audacious packages via PPA for very long time. I’d recommend you to use this PPA though the 3.8 release is not available at the moment, check out the PPA page.

Once it’s available, run the below to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8

Then upgrade Audacious via Software Updater.

While Audacious 3.8 is not available in any PPA at the moment, I’ve uploaded my personal build into PPA, available for Ubuntu 16.04 and Linux Mint:

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

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

mupdf-unofficial-ppa

2. Then launch Software Updater, and do “partial upgrade” since the 3.8 release uses the new library versions.

Or just run command to install or upgrade Audacious player:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install audacious

3. (Optional) Uninstall Audacious 3.8 from the PPA and downgrade to the stock version in Ubuntu 16.04, run command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

HP Linux Imaging and Printing

HPLIP, HP Linux Imaging and Printing, just reached the 3.16.9 release a few hours ago with new printers support.

HPLIP is a free, open-source HP-developed solution for printing, scanning, and faxing with HP inkjet and laser based printers in Linux. While Ubuntu 16.04 offers HPLIP 3.16.3, the latest 3.16.9 has been released with following new printers support:

  • HP OfficeJet Pro 8732M All-in-One Printer
  • HP OfficeJet 8702 All-in-One Printer
  • HP OfficeJet 6960 All-in-One Printer
  • HP PageWide 377dw Multifunction Printer
  • HP PageWide 352dw Printer
  • HP PageWide Managed Color MFP E58650 series
  • HP PageWide Managed Color E55650 series

How to install HPLIP 3.16.9 in Ubuntu:

1. Download the installer (hplip-3.16.9.run) from the link below:

Download HPLIP (.run)

2. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:

cd ~/Downloads/ && chmod +x hplip-*.run && ./hplip-*.run

Then command navigates to the Downloads folder, give permission to run the installer, and finally start the installer.

3. Follow on screen prompts and restart your computer or re-plug your printer when everything’s done.

hplip-install-complete

Firefox 49

Mozilla Firefox browser has now reached the 49 release, features HTML5, Reader Mode, and video performance improvements, and Firefox Hello removement.

Mozilla Firefox 49 release highlights:

  • Removed Firefox Hello
  • Add features to Reader Mode:
    • Controls that allow users to adjust the width and line spacing of text
    • Narrate, which reads the content of a page out loud
  • Improved video performance for users on systems that support SSSE3 without hardware acceleration
  • Added context menu controls to HTML5 audio and video
  • Other Windows, Mac improvements and various security fixes.

Firefox 49

How to upgrade to Firefox 49 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives. The new firefox release will be made into the official Ubuntu updates & security repositories, check the launchpad page.

At that time, you can easily upgrade Firefox browser using the Software Updater (or Update Manager in Mint) utility:

upgrade firefox 46