Microsoft Edge web browser now is available to install for testing purpose in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and other Linux.

The initial preview release aims to provide a representative experience for developers who want to build and test their sites and apps on Linux.

Some end-user features and services may not yet be fully enabled. So far it supports local accounts only, and does not support signing in via a Microsoft Account or AAD account, or features which require signing in. These features will be available in a future preview.

How to Install Microsoft Edge in Ubuntu:

Go to the link below and download Linux .deb package:

Microsoft Edge Insider

Then install the package via ‘Software Install’ menu option, Gdebi, or command:

sudo apt install ./Downloads/microsoft-edge-dev

Installing the deb package will also setup its official apt repository on your system. If you want to manually add the repository, run following commands one by one.

  1. Open terminal from app launcher and run command to install the key:
    wget -O - https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | sudo apt-key add -
  2. Then add Edge for Linux repository:
    sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/edge stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft-edge-dev.list'

After adding the apt repository, check update and install the web browser via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install microsoft-edge-dev

Remove Microsoft Edge:

To remove the apt repository, open Software & Updates and remove the relevant repository line under Other Software tab.

To remove the web browser, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove microsoft-edge-dev

Virtualbox

Oracle VirtualBox 6.1.16 was released as a new maintenance release with Kernel 5.9 support for Linux host and guest.

Virtualbox 6.1.16 changelog:

  • Fixed random memory corruption and XMM register state corruption inside the VM when Hyper-V is used
  • Fixed VMSVGA 3D support with Linux guests when Hyper-V is used
  • Fixed some Qt related crashes on macOS Big Sur
  • Fixed network integration not working behind some proxies
  • Mask out remote wake capability to avoid unresponsive devices
  • Fixed issues with audio playback after host goes to sleep
  • Keep transferring data if the status line monitoring fails
  • Fixed blocking a re-connect when TCP mode is used
  • Fixed inability of guests to use the last timer
  • Fixed detection of system locale when running ‘VBoxManage unattended install’ without –locale
  • macOS host: Installer on Big Sur is now reminding user that system has to be rebooted to load the installed KEXTs
  • Support kernel version 5.9
  • Linux guest: Workaround to improve resizing of 32-bit VMs with VMSVGA graphics controller, and do not try to use RandR version 1.3 due to bugs causing the X server to hang
  • Linux guest: Fixed VBoxService crashing in the CPU hot-plug service under certain circumstances during a CPU hot-unplug event.
  • Fixed Guest additions build for RHEL 8.3 beta

How to Install VirtualBox 6.1.16 in Ubuntu:

The official .deb packages are available for download at the link below:

Download VirtualBox

If you’ve already added the Oracle apt repository for Linux, install the updates simply via Software Updater.

Or add the apt repository by running following commands one by one:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T), paste below command and run to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

For Linux Mint, you HAVE to replace $(lsb_release -sc) in the command with bionic for Mint 19.x, or xenial for Mint 18.x, or focal for Linux Mint 20.

2. Then download and install the repository key via command:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

3. Refresh system package cache via command:

sudo apt update

4. Finally install Virtualbox 6.1:

sudo apt install virtualbox-6.1

Uninstall:

To remove it, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove virtualbox-6.1

And go to Software & Updates -> Other Software to remove apt repositories.

Firefox web browser 82.0 was released today with improved picture-in-picture, faster page loading and start-up time.

Firefox 82.0 release highlights:

  • New look and position for the Picture-In-Picture button.
  • Picture-In-Picture now has a keyboard shortcut for Mac users.
  • Improve resource usage during video playback, battery life for Windows user.
  • 20% faster when loading websites with flexbox-based layouts.
  • 17% quicker when restoring a session.
  • 10% quicker when opening new windows in Windows.
  • Explore new articles when you save a webpage to Pocket from the Firefox toolbar.
  • WebRender support on more Windows machines.
  • Various security fixes and more.

Get Firefox 82 in Ubuntu:

The latest packages will be made into security & updates repositories for all current Ubuntu releases in a few days.

At that time, you can upgrade Firefox through the Software Updater utility:

If you can’t wait, download the Linux package from mozilla website.

qBittorrent

qBittorrent BitTorrent client 4.3.0 was released as a new major version with new features and various bug-fixes.

The new release uses Qt 5.15.1 which offers far better HiDPI support. Theming support has been enhanced, however previous theme bundles will not work properly before the provider updated them.

What’s new in qBittorrent 4.3.0:

  • Many UI elements colors are themeable now
  • Allow changing GUI icons from theme bundles
  • Notify user when torrent moving finished
  • Shortcut CTRL + I opens Statistics window
  • Add RSS functionality in Web UI
  • Drop “.unwanted folder” feature
  • Expose libtorrent peer_turnover, max_concurrent_http_announces, no_connect_privileged_ports settings
  • And various bug-fixes

How to Install qBittorrent 4.3.0 via PPA in Ubuntu:

The official qBittorrent PPA has built the new release packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and derivatives.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal by either pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or searching for “Terminal” from application menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. If an old version was installed on your system, upgrade it via Software Updater,

upgrade qBittorrent

or run following commands to install /upgrade qBittorrent in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install qbittorrent

Uninstall:

To remove qBittorrent PPA, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software, or run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

To remove the bittorrent client, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove qbittorrent

MuseScore, free open-source sheet music player and editor, released version 3.5.2 with bug-fixes.

MuseScore 3.5.2 release highlights:

  • Fix unexpected page stretching in “Edit style” dialog.
  • Fix an issue of harmony playback preferences.
  • Fix audio export (FLAC, OGG, WAV) on Windows
  • Fix a potential crash that could occur when resizing the Piano Roll.
  • Edits to system text/tempo marking after save and reload of score did not propagate to all parts.

Download / Install MuseScore 3.5.2 in Ubuntu:

Single executable Appimage package is available for download:

MuseScore Appimage

Right-click on the Appimage, then go to Properties -> Permissions, check the box ‘Allow executing file as program’. Finally run the Appimage to launch MuseScore 3.5.2 and enjoy!

Also MuseScore flatpak package has been updated, and you can install it via following commands.

1.) Open terminal and run command to install flatpak framework in Ubuntu:

sudo apt install flatpak

2.) Add the flathub repository which hosts the flatpak package:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

3.) Finally install MuseScore via command:

flatpak install flathub org.musescore.MuseScore

If an old version of this package installed, update it via command:

flatpak update org.musescore.MuseScore

(Optional) To remove MuseScore flatpak package, run command:

flatpak uninstall org.musescore.MuseScore