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VLC 2.2.2, the second bugfix release for VLC 2.2 series, was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 15.10 Wily via PPA.

VLC 2.2.2 “Weatherwax” is the second update to VLC’s 2.2 release series.

It fixes numerous security issues, notably in the MP4, RealRtsp and Sparkle modules, but also important crashes for the MXF, ADPCM, Telextext, Skins and Qt modules.

It also improves our codec support by adding new formats and providing faster decompression.

More than 100 fixes for issues reported for 2.2.1.

Full support of Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan.

For a complete list of changes, see the ChangeLog.

Install VLC 2.2.2 in Ubuntu 15.10:

The new release has been made into Software Center for Ubuntu 16.04. Below is how to install VLC 2.2.2 in Ubuntu 15.10 using a third-party PPA repository.

1. Add PPA

Open terminal from App Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nicola-onorata/desktop

VLC 2.2.2 PPA

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

2. Launch Software Updater and upgrade VLC after checking for updates.

upgrade VLC

Or run below commands one by one in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install vlc

3. (Optional) To revert back the 2.2.1 release, purge the PPA via ppa-purge tool:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:nicola-onorata/desktop

If everything goes OK, you may disable or remove the PPA via Software & Updates -> Other Software tab, since the PPA contains many other packages you may not want.

slowmoVideo icon

Here’s how to install SlowmoVideo, an open-source software to create slow-motion videos, via PPA in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives.

slowmoVideo uses ffmpeg for reading and writing video files, and GPU-KLT+FLOW and OpenCV for calculating the optical flow so it does not simply make your videos play at 0.01× speed. You can smoothly slow down and speed up your footage, optionally with motion blur.

Features:

  • Videos in any format supported by ffmpeg can be loaded. Image sequences can also be loaded, so, if you did a timelapse with too few frames, slowmoVideo may help as well.
  • slowmoVideo does not work with a constant slowdown factor but with curves that allow arbitrary time accelereation/deceleration/reversal.
  • Motion blur can be added, as much as you want.

slowmovideo

How to Install SlowmoVideo in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 15.10 users who’ve GetDeb repository added, you can install the software via Synaptic or apt-get command.

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Linux Mint 17.x, and upcoming Ubuntu 16.04, slowmoVideo is easy to install via this unofficial PPA.

1. Add PPA.

Launch Terminal from App Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/slowmovideo

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

slowmovide ppa

2. Install slowmovideo via Synaptic package manager, or by running below commands one by one:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install slowmovideo

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package from This Page (14.04 needs ffmpeg).

3. (Optional) To remove the PPA, launch Software & Updates and go to Other Software tab. SlowmoVideo can be removed via either Synaptic Package Manager or below command:

sudo apt-get remove slowmovideo

For more, read the documentaton.

birdie twitter client

Birdie 2.0, an open-source twitter client for Elementary OS, now is in public beta, available in daily build PPA for test.

This beta release features:

  • An absolutely massive redesign
  • Great new pop-out media viewer
  • Automatically load more Tweets when you reach the bottom (infinite scrolling)
  • A native Instagram photo viewer
  • Circular avatars
  • Direct Messaging with conversation views
  • User account, hashtag, and link highlights
  • The icons in the timeline switcher change to alert you to new mentions and messages
  • Click the home button to return to the top of your timeline
  • Stars are out, hearts are in
  • Higher resolution images throughout
  • and much more!

birdie 2 beta

picture from birdie website

How to install Birdie 2.0 Beta in Freya:

Since it is a beta release, you may run into bugs and crashes. so if stability is crucially important for you, please wait until the final release.

1. Launch terminal from Applications launcher:

launch elementary os terminal

2. Add Birdie daily build PPA by running below command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:birdie-team/daily

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

birdie daily build ppa

3. Birdie 2.0 requires the latest version of Granite, so also add elementary OS Daily PPA for the dependencies via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/daily

4. Finally run commands to update and install birdie, the last command will also install the latest Granite and other dependencies:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install birdie

5. Since the Elementary OS daily PPA contains other unstable updates, it is recommended to remove / disable the PPA after installation.

To do so, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab, then un-check or remove the two PPAs

disable the PPAs

Sigil Epub Ebook Editor

Sigil EPUB ebook editor has reached the 0.9.3 release recently. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 15.10 via PPA.

Sigil-0.9.3 is a major new release that greatly improves Sigil’s ability to work with and generate epub3 ebooks without losing any of its epub2 capabilities. This release also includes a number of bug fixes and stability improvements.

The main bug fixes are:

  • Add a python based updatechecker for Sigil updates to prevent Windows OpenSSL build issues
  • Stop ‘Generate TOC’ from introducing unnecessary spaces in front of class attibute values
  • Use localeAwareCompare to attempt to add Index Entries to build them sorted

……

– for more see the release note.

Sigil 0.9.3

How to Install Sigil 0.9.3 in Ubuntu:

There’s no official binaries for Linux users. You can install it by either building from the source or using an unofficial PPA.

Here’s a PPA for Ubuntu 15.10 (Ubuntu 16.04 will be support soon). Ubuntu 14.04 is not supported since Sigil requires Qt >= 5.4

1. Add PPA

Open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/sigil

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

Sigil PPA

2. After that, upgrade the software via Software Updater, or run below commands one by one in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install sigil

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .debs for sigil-data and sigil packages at the PPA page.

3. (Optional) After installed the editor, you may disable/remove the PPA by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software.

upgrade ubuntu 15.10

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet is reaching the end of its life. Its users will no longer receive security notices, critical fixes, or updated packages after today, February 4th, 2016. Even launchpad PPA will build no more packages for Ubuntu 15.04.

Canonical will officially announce the end of Ubuntu 15.04 soon on news page. Users are recommended to upgrade to Ubuntu 15.10, another 9 months support release (ends in July, 2016), or install Ubuntu 14.04, an LTS release with 5 years support.

Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet

Upgrade to Ubuntu 15.10:

After making a backup of your data, disabling third-party PPAs, and uninstalling the proprietary video drivers, you may press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager” (without the quotes) into the command box.

It should bring up Update Manager and tell you: New distribution release ’15.10′ is available.

upgrade to ubuntu 15.10

Click the Upgrade button and follow the on-screen instructions. See this page for more details.

Or download Ubuntu 14.04 image at: releases.ubuntu.com/trusty/