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This is a beginner’s guide shows how to remove the ‘Show Applications’ app menu icon from the dock in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10.

Why to remove the icon:

The default ‘Show Applications’ app launcher is always a bit slow when I clicking on the 9 dots icon on left dock to show the app menu, even after disabled animation and changed privacy settings.

And I only use it to search for and open applications, which can be done alternatively via the top-left Activities button.

In brief, it’s slow and I use Activities button to search for and open applications.

How to Remove it:

If you’re familiar with Linux command, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run command:

gsettings set show-show-apps-button false

That’s it.

You can alternatively open Dconf Editor (install via Ubuntu Software if you don’t have it) and navigate to “org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock”.

Then turn off the toggle for the key ‘show-show-apps-button’.

(Optional) To restore the change, either use Dconf Editor or run command:

gsettings reset show-show-apps-button

Editing files regularly with the default text editor in Ubuntu? Without looking your documents through Files (Nautilus file browser), gedit offers a built-in file browser mode to make life easy.

And this is the beginner’s guide shows you how to enable this built-in file browser mode in Gedit text editor.

1. First open the text editor either from system applications menu or by click opening a document file.

2. When the editor opens, go to menu (the icon after Save button) -> View, and enable Side Panel. You can alternatively press F9 on keyboard to toggle ‘Side Panel’ on / off.

3. After enabled ‘Side Panel’, click on the ‘Documents’ button in window’s header and select ‘File Browser’.

4. That’s it. You now have a file tree in the left panel of the text editor window, allows to easy access user files / folders, bookmarks, and full file system.

Syncthing-gtk, GTK3-based GUI and indicator for Syncthing, was removed from Ubuntu 20.10 Groovy’s main repository due to old Python library dependencies.

For those sticking to this program, the Python 3 port now works in progress. It has been made into main repository for the next Ubuntu 21.04 Hirsute Hippo. And you can download & install the package in Ubuntu 20.10.

1. First download the .deb package from the link below:

syncthing-gtk in Ubuntu 21.04 repo

As Ubuntu 21.04 still in active development, the package is being updated (might be). Check the package building page if the previous button does not work.

2. Once you get the package, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and install it by running command:

sudo apt install ./Download/syncthing-gtk_0.9.4.4+ds+git20200927+d09a2ef-3_all.deb

Tip: if you type the command manually, hit tab key after typing syncthing-gtk will auto-complete the file name in terminal window.

Once installed, launch the software from your system application menu and enjoy!

(Optional) And if you want to remove the package, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove syncthing-gtk

Wine Stable

The new wine development version 5.22 was released a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10.

Wine 5.22 release highlights:

  • C runtime libraries converted to PE.
  • Use fontconfig cache for faster startup.
  • Video playback improvements.
  • 3DES cipher support.

There are also various bug-fixes to programs including Rome Total War, Cobra 11 Nitro, Rainbow Six, Age Of Empires III, Call of Duty, WinRar, Black Ops 4, and more.

How to Install Wine 5.22 in Ubuntu:

Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, or by searching for ‘terminal’ from system application menu. When it opens, run following steps one by one.

1.) Run command to enable 32 bit architecture (if you haven’t already):

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

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

2.) Install the repository key by running command:

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -

3.) Add wine repository via command (for Ubuntu 20.04 and Linux Mint 20):

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb focal main'

NOTE: You may replace focal in the code with:

  • groovy for Ubuntu 20.10.
  • bionic for Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19.x

4.) For Ubuntu 18.04 and Linux Mint 19.x only, libfaudio0 library is required to install from a third-party repository by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cybermax-dexter/sdl2-backport

5.) Finally install Wine 5.22 via command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-devel

NOTE: installing the latest development release will automatically remove the stable version (if installed).

Uninstall wine:

You may remove the PPA by launching Software & Updates utility and navigating to Other Software tab.

To remove wine 5.22, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove winehq-devel

Gmusicbrowser, an open-source jukebox for large music collections, released version 1.1.16 a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Mint 20.

Gmusicbrowser 1.1.16 is the first release in over 5 years. And now it’s working on GTK3 port.

Changes in version 1.1.16 include:

  • Fix not working with perl >=5.24
  • Add support for .opus files
  • Add option to simplify tree in folder pane
  • Add option to ignore articles when sorting
  • Add has_picture and has_lyrics optional fields
  • Add artist_has_picture and album_has_picture virtual fields
  • PictureBrowser: add embedded picture mode (+ all files mode)
  • PictureBrowser: add “Reset view position when file changes” option
  • Add option to some fields to show a “find songs with same …” menu item
  • Add support for mp2 extension and change mp3 filetype
  • Update AppStream metadata
  • Update picture sources for picture finder plugin
  • Add for lyrics plugin
  • Various bug-fixes and translation updates

How to Install gmusicbrowser 1.1.16 in Ubuntu:

The software offers official .deb binary package available to download at the link below:


Just grab the package and click install either via Gdebi package installer or “Software Install” context menu.

Install gmusicbrower via its official apt repository.

The software has an official apt repository for Debian, Ubuntu, Linux Mint based systems. You can add the repository then install the software and receive future package updates via Software Updater utility.

1. Add gmusicbrowser apt repository:

Run command in terminal to add its official repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb ./" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/gmusicbrowser.list'

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks for sudo prompt and hit Enter.

Then download & install the key via command:

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -

2. Refresh package cache & install the software:

Run command in terminal to update your system package cache:

sudo apt update

And finally install it via command:

sudo apt install gmusicbrowser

Uninstall gmusicbrowser:

To remove the music collections manager, simply open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove gmusicbrowser

To remove its apt repository, open Software & Updates -> Other Software tab and remove the repository line.