Install BirdFont Editor in Ubuntu

BirdFont is a free font editor that lets you create vector graphics and export TTF, EOT & SVG fonts. It’s an open-source editor written in Vala.

BirdFont is developed by Johan Mattsson with a good number of people contributing translations and patches. The editor now is at version 1.3 and has around 42 000 lines of code.

BirdFont Editor in Ubuntu

BirdFont has been made into default Ubuntu repositories since 14.10 Utopic. But the packages are old at the moment.

I’ve upload the latest build into PPA with the debian files belong to Ubuntu official. The PPA so far supports Ubuntu 14.10 and derivatives, such as Linux Mint 17.

To install the latest BirdFont (1.3 so far) in Ubuntu:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, paste the commands below and run one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/birdfont

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install birdfont

Install BirdFont Editor via PPA

After that, you can receive future updates through Software Updater.

For those who don’t want to add the PPA repository, grab the .deb package directly from THIS PAGE.

To get started using the editor, please read the official tutorials.

Nvidia 343.22 ubuntu 14.04

Nvidia has just announced a new version of graphics driver 343.22 for Linux with new GPUs support and various fixes.

According to the release highlights, Nvidia 343.22 added support for GeForce GTX 970 and GTX 980, removed support for G8x, G9x, and GT2xx GPUs, and motherboard chipsets based on them. Ongoing support for new Linux kernels and X servers, as well as fixes for critical bugs, will be included in 340.* legacy releases through the end of 2019.

The new drive contains various fixes and/or new features:

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the “sync to vblank” setting from being honored for EGL applications.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause some OpenGL programs to encounter out of memory during a mode switch.
  • Fixed a bug that prevented the NVIDIA OpenGL driver from honoring the __GL_SHADER_DISK_CACHE_PATH environment variable.
  • Fixed a bug that caused disabled displays to be implicitly included in the target selection for some queries and assignments on the nvidia-settings command line interface, in the absence of any explicit target selection.
  • Added a new attribute to the NV-CONTROL API to query the current utilization of the video decode engine.
  • Fixed a bug where the Exchange Stereo Eyes setting in nvidia-settings didn’t work in certain stereo configurations.
  • Worked around a Unigine Heaven 3.0 shader bug which could cause corruption when tessellation is enabled by implementing an application profile that uses the “GLIgnoreGLSLExtReqs” setting.  See the documentation for the __GL_IGNORE_GLSL_EXT_REQS environment variable for more details.
  • Fixed a memory leak when destroying EGL surfaces.
  • Added support for multiple simultaneous EGL displays.
  • Fixed a bug that could cause nvidia-installer to unsuccessfully attempt to delete the directory containing precompiled kernel module interfaces, on packages prepared with –add-this-kernel.
  • Updated nvidia-installer to log uninstallation to a separate file from the installation log, and to attempt uninstalling previous driver installations using the installer program from the previous installation, when available.

Install or Upgrade to Nvidia 343.22 in Ubuntu:

NOTE: Ubuntu provides “nvidia-current” driver, available in Software Center, which may interact better with your distribution’s framework, and you may want to use this rather than NVIDIA’s official package.

There are two ways installing this driver in your Ubuntu system, using the official .run installer or a third-party PPA repository.

To install Nvidia 343.22 via official installer:

1. Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal, run command below to download the driver:

For 32-bit system, run:

cd ~/Downloads/ && wget http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86/343.22/NVIDIA-Linux-x86-343.22.run

For 64-bit system, run:

cd ~/Downloads/ && wget http://us.download.nvidia.com/XFree86/Linux-x86_64/343.22/NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-343.22.run

download-nvidia

2. , run command to remove the previous driver and install latest update-dev package:

sudo apt-get purge nvidia*; sudo apt-get install nvidia-331-updates-dev

When done, restart your computer.

3. When back, press Ctrl+Alt+F1 (or F2~F6) to switch to command console and log in with your user name and password.
There will no visual feedback when typing a password, just type in mind and hit enter.

4. When you’re logged into command console, stop the graphics session by running the command below:

sudo service lightdm stop

For Ubuntu Gnome edition and Linux Mint, you may replace ligthdm with gdm or mdm

5. After the graphics session closed, you can now starts the official Nvidia installer, by running below commands:

chmod +x ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-343.22.run && sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-343.22.run

Follow the onscreen prompt and done!

6. (Optional) To uninstall this driver, run below command in console:

sudo sh ~/Downloads/NVIDIA-Linux-*-343.22.run --uninstall

To install the driver from PPA repository (easier way):

First check out the PPA page to see if the packages are ready: xorg-edgers PPA. Check out the package version of “nvidia-graphics-drivers-343″.

Once the driver is made into the PPA, you can run below commands one by one to install it in Ubuntu 14.04 or Ubuntu 14.10:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install nvidia-343

That’s it. Enjoy!

digikam 4.3.0 ubuntu 14.04

digiKam, an advanced digital photo management application for KDE, now is at version 4.3.0. The new release brings three new features and 144 bug fixes.

The new release includes some new features:

  • New option to display all non geo-located images from collections.
  • New notification event when kio-slave cannot be started. OSX event notifier is now used to dispatch notifications under Mac.
  • New action to exclude items without rating with items filter

There are also various bug fixes. See the official release note for details.

digiKam 4.3.0 in Ubuntu 14.04

Install digiKam 4.3 in Ubuntu 14.04:

Thanks to Philip Johnsson, the guy has built the latest packages into PPA, available for both (K)Ubuntu 14.04 KDE 4.13 (default version) and KDE 4.14 (upgrade through Kubuntu Backports PPA).

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, do:

1. For those who have upgrade to KDE 4.14.x through Kubuntu Team’s backports PPA, run below command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/kubuntu-backports

For those who are using the default KDE version (4.13), run below command instead:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:philip5/extra

2. After added PPA, run update and install or upgrade digiKam:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install digikam

Install digiKam from PPA in Ubuntu 14.04

Install enlightenment e19 Ubuntu 14.04

Enlightenment 0.19.0 stable has been released recently. One of the best new features in E19 is the full wayland support.

In this quick tutorial I’ll show you how to install the Enlightenment window manager 0.19.0 (E19) in Ubuntu easily with a bash script. Tested in Ubuntu 14.04.1 64-bit.

E19 in Ubuntu 14.04

Enlightenment E19 session in Ubuntu 14.04

Before getting started, you may take a look at what’s new in the latest E19 release:

  • greatly improved wayland support
    • E_WL_FORCE environment variable for forcing output types
  • e_uuid_store: Add infrastructure to store window/surface properties.
  • Add a tiling profile.
  • per-screen desklock logo visibility config
  • Tiling: Merge the tiling module rework..
  • check udisks1 DevicePresentationHide flag
  • ACTIVATE_EXCLUDE window active hint policy
  • show video resolution in filepreview widget
  • add fileman option to clamp video size for video previews
  • handle xrandr backlight using a single, accurate handler
  • blanking options for wakeup on events (urgent + notify)
  • packagekit module for package manager integration
  • ibar now optionaly triggers its menu on mouse in
  • selective redirection toggling
  • new focus option “raise on revert focus”
  • add PIN-style desklock for lokker module
  • make desklock hookable, break out current desklock into module, move pam stuff to separate file
  • revive personal desklock passwords
  • allow moveresize visuals to be replaced
  • allow desk flip animations to be handled completely externally
  • E16-style live pager returns!
  • comp config is no longer a module
  • E_FIRST_FRAME env variable
  • new compositor API
  • add E_MODULE_SRC_PATH for setting current module src path without needing to install modules
  • use non-recursive makefiles for entire build system
  • filemanager popups no longer span multiple monitors
  • system operations no longer dim screen until action has begun
  • window stacking and focus restore is more accurate across restarts
  • gstreamer1 is now used for media previews
  • improved multiple monitor setup reliability
  • shaped windows now render more accurately

Install Enlightenment E19 in Ubuntu 14.04:

Thanks to batden, there’s now a bash script to make it easy to install / upgrade / uninstall the E19 (git version) in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. All you need to do is download & install the script and answer on screen prompts during the installing process.

1. To download the script, right-click the link below and click “Save link as …” and save the file nineteen.sh to Downloads folder..

Right-click me and select ‘Save link as …’

You can also download the script from the ubuntuforums thread.

2. After you downloaded the script, make it executable and run it.

To do so, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

cd ~/Downloads/ && chmod +x nineteen.sh && ./nineteen.sh

Install Enlightenment e19 in Ubuntu 14.04

3. When the script starts, type a number to select install, update, or uninstall E19 (see above picture.) and hit Enter.

After that, it will pop up a information dialog and then ask you to insert your user password. Not that, terminal does not give visual feed back when typing a password, just type in mind and hit enter.

4. After that, the script will update & upgrade your system, download all Enlightenment packages, and finally compile them on your system. Depends on your internet connection, the process will cost a few minutes.

During this period of time, it will ask two or three questions, so don’t go too far away!

5. When everything’s done, you should see something like below.

e19-installation-done

Restart your computer and select log in with Enlightenment when you’re at Unity Greeter and enjoy!

BleachBit ccleaner ubuntu

Looking for a computer cleaning software? Well, BleachBit is the best free and open source cleaner for Linux desktop.

BleachBit was originally designed for GNU/Linux to free cache, delete cookies, clear Internet history, shred temporary files, delete logs, and discard junk you didn’t know was there. It’s the best Linux alternative to Windows’ CCleaner.

BleachBit is started in 2008, it’s written in Python and uses PyGTK. Since version 0.5.0, it added support for Windows XP, 7, and 8.

Bleach Cleaner in Ubuntu

Features:

  • Simple operation: read the descriptions, check the boxes you want, click preview, and click delete.
  • Multi-platform: Linux and Windows
  • Free of charge
  • Free to share, learn, and modify (open source)
  • No adware, spyware, malware, or browser toolbars
  • Translated to 61 languages
  • Shred files to hide their contents and prevent data recovery
  • Shred any file (such as a spreadsheet on your desktop)
  • Overwrite free disk space to hide previously deleted files
  • Portable app for Windows: run without installation
  • Command line interface for scripting and automation
  • CleanerML allows anyone to write a new cleaner using XML
  • Automatically import and update winapp2.ini cleaner files (a separate download) giving Windows users access to 1700+ additional cleaners
  • Frequent software updates with new features

Download & Install BleachBit:

1. For Ubuntu and other Linux distributions, you can always download the latest installer from its website:

Download BleachBit for Linux

2. For Ubuntu, select download the package matches your release version. The package is a .deb file.

3. To install it, double click to open the .deb file with Ubuntu Software Center and click the install button.

Once installed, start the cleaner from Unity Dash. You can change the language from its Preferences window. Enjoy!