Gnome Twitch App

Gnome Twitch is an open-source and unofficial Twitch app for watching Twitch on your GNU/Linux desktop. Allow user to enjoy favorite streams without the hassle of flash or the web.

Gnome Twitch is new project created a few weeks ago. It’s based on GTK 3 and uses gstreamer 1.0 to handle audio and video playback.




gnome twitch in Elementary OS Freya

Gnome Twitch can be installed in Elementary OS Freya, but streams does not play in my case!

Install Gnome Twitch in Ubuntu:

Gnome Twitch is available in GetDeb repository for Ubuntu users. The current build is for Ubuntu 15.04, it also works on Ubuntu 15.10 (tested on beta 2).

1. Select download the .deb package from the link below

Download Gnome Twitch (amd64.deb for 64-bit, or i386.deb for 32-bit OS)

2. Click the package to open with Software Center and finally install the software.

3. If the audio/video playback does not work, install below packages one by one in Software Center:

  • gstreamer1.0-plugins-base
  • gstreamer1.0-plugins-good
  • gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad
  • gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly
  • gstreamer1.0-libav

Or just run below command in terminal to install them via apt-get:

sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-plugins-base gstreamer1.0-plugins-good gstreamer1.0-plugins-bad gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly gstreamer1.0-libav

Corebird GTK+ 3 Twitter Client

Corebird, Linux native GTK+3 twitter client, has reached the 1.1 release with lots of enhancments and bug fixes.

Changes in Corebird 1.1 according to the release note:

  • Tweets now get hidden/shown more correctly
  • Corebird now saves an application-wide list of snippets that you can use to insert common phrases or longer unicode emoticons. It can be found in the application settings in the “Snippets” tab.
  • Corebird now supports showing quote tweets in timelines as well as creating quote tweets. This replaces the old “Quote” item for tweets which would simply copy the original tweet’s text.
  • Media links and trailing hashtags can now be hidden via the “Tweets” tab in the application settings.
  • Profiles can now also show followers and followees
  • Twitter removed the 140 char limit on Direct Messages and so did we
  • Lots of other small enhancments and bug fixes
corebird-eos corebird-eos1

Corebird 1.1 now requires GTK >=3.16. Ubuntu 15.10 user can install the new release from PPA by running below commands one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install corebird

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the installer package from this page.

  • “corebird_1.1-1~15.10_amd64.deb” for 64-bit OS
  • “corebird_1.1-1~15.10_i386.deb” for 32-bit OS


SMPlayer, Qt front-end for MPlayer, got a new release a few days go with many great new features and improvements.

SMPlayer 15.9 brings support for MPV, 3D stereo formats, MPRIS2, and MKV ordered chapters and precise seeking. It also brings better YouTube support, ability to stream videos from DailyMotion, Vimeo, Vevo,and more(besides Youtube). SMPlayer now uses new H2O theme as the default theme.

For more details, see


Install / Upgrade SMPlayer in Ubuntu:

SMPlayer PPA has built the new release for Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives, e.g, Linux Mint 13/17.x, Elementary OS Freya and Luna.

1. To add the PPA.

Open terminal from the Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer


2. After that, launch Software Updater (or Update Manager) and upgrade SMPlayer after automatically checking for updates.


Don’t have a previous version installed? Just search for and install smplayer in Software Center. Or run below commands one by one in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes smplayer-skins

Laptop Mode Tools

Laptop Mode Tools, power saving tool for Linux laptop, got a new release two days ago. Here’s how to install/upgrade it in Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 15.04, and Ubuntu 14.04.

This is a point release of Laptop Mode Tools 1.68 that updates details about runtime-pm in manpage, reverts “Drop out reload” feature, offers a more descriptive log error, repairs issues with stdout descriptor, and brings a couple of bug-fixes.

laptop mode tools configure interface

Install Laptop Mode Tools 1.68.1:

NOTE: Laptop Mode Tools conflicts with TLP (they are doing the same thing). You have to remove TLP if installed before installing this software!

Besides building it from the source tarball, you may install the binary package from my personal PPA. Just open terminal from the Dash, Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T key. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install python-qt4 laptop-mode-tools

Or download the .deb installer (98K) directly from THIS PAGE.

Once installed, run below command in terminal to launch the configuration UI (see above pic.):

gksu lmt-config-gui

Install gksu from Software Center if need. That’s it.

Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF reader officially added Linux support a few days ago. The .run installer available for download in its website for Linux 32-bit & 64-bit.

Foxit Software announced that its PDF reader is officially available for the Linux and Mac platforms in the middle of September. Features include:

  • Open multiple PDFs at the same time in tabs.
  • Open password protected PDF files
  • View PDF files in single page, continuous, facing, or facing continuous mode
  • Support page rotation, text search
  • Print PDF documents to physical printers
  • Microsoft RMS support
  • Annotate PDF support, more in release page


Install Foxit PDF Reader in Ubuntu:

The installation is quite easy and I’ve done that via below steps in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

1. Download the installer from this page.

Click “Free Download” and select Linux 32-bit or 64-bit, check out your OS type at top-right shutdown menu -> About This Computer.


2. Extract the downloaded .tar.gz archive and run the result .run installer from its context menu.

run Foxit installer

Tip: Don’t see the “Run” option? Do below steps:

  • Go to File Browser menu Edit -> Preferences -> Behavior tab
  • check the box that says “Run executable text files when they are opened”
  • apply changes via nautilus -q command in terminal, or log out and back in.

3. After running .run file, the setup wizard pops up. Follow the wizard and done.


The uninstaller is available in the installation folder, you can simply run the file to bring up Foxit Reader uninstall wizard as want.