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gnome shell

This quick tutorial is for those who want to remove the top and left panel, instead use Microsoft Windows style a single bottom panel in Ubuntu 18.04 Gnome desktop.

Without installing other desktop environments, e.g., Cinnamon and KDE, this can be done easily via Gnome shell extensions called dash to panel.

Dash to panel combines the top panel and left dock launcher into one single panel. So your Ubuntu deskop will look like:

1. To install the extension, search for and install Dash to Panel extension in Ubuntu Software utility:

Once installed, restart your machine to apply changes.

2. To configure the panel appearance, either use Gnome Tweaks or right-click on application menu and select “Dash to Panel Settings”.

That’s it. Enjoy!

qBittorrent

The third bug-fix release for qBittorrent 4.1 was released a day ago with new features, some bug-fixes, web UI and search improvements.

qBittorrent 4.1.3 release highlights:

  • Preselect name without extension when renaming files
  • Allow setting seq & first/last from context menu without metadata
  • Show “N/A” if there is no scrape
  • Save option about tracker favicons under correct key
  • When file data are unreachable pause torrent and show “Missing Files” status
  • Don’t disable DHT when using force proxy
  • Correctly save torrent queue position/state/priority changes in fastresume
  • Fix icon height/width ratio
  • Fix values sorted wrong in “Last Activity” column
  • Replace png icons with svg
  • Various Web UI improvements
  • Refactor in searchjob to always color visited entries
  • Set “enter” as shortcut to download the selected torrents in search job
  • Add regex option in the search filter’s context menu
  • Fix GUI scaling issue on Linux

How to Install qBittorrent 4.1.2 in Ubuntu:

The official qBittorrent PPA maintains qBittorrent binary packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and derivatives.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or searching “Terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run:

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

Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. To upgrade from a previous release, launch Software Updater and you’ll see qBittorrent available for upgrade after checking for updates.

upgrade qBittorrent

Or run commands below to install /upgrade it from terminal:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install qbittorrent

Uninstall:

To remove qBittorrent PPA, 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

The Postman Linux app now is easy to install in Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 18.04 via Snap package, containerised software package that bundles most required dependencies and auto-updates itself.

Postman is the complete toolchain for API developers, used by more than 3 million developers and 30000 companies worldwide. Postman makes working with APIs faster and easier by supporting developers at every stage of their workflow, and is available for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux and Chrome users.

Ubuntu Software utility contains the snap packages from snappy store. Simply search for and click install Postman in Ubuntu Software.

Or open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install the Postman snap package:

snap install postman

NOTE for Ubuntu 16.04 users first time installing a snap package, first make sure snapd is installed:

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Once the snap package is installed, launch the Postman app from software launcher and enjoy!

Battle For Wesnoth in Ubuntu

Battle for Wesnoth 1.14.5, an open source, turn-based strategy game, was released a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04.

Changes in Battle for Wesnoth 1.14.5 include:

  • Fix AI ignoring teleport locations when moving leader to leader goals.
  • Heir to the Throne:
    • S6: Allow canceling an attack when a move+attack spawns enemy units
    • S6: Change the trigger for spawning undead reinforcements
    • S17: Add dialog explaining the lava game mechanic and an easter egg
  • Liberty, S3: Add story and war drums music
  • Northern Rebirth:
    • S12: empty sides are hidden
    • S13: allied leaders whose death causes defeat won’t leave their keep and
      the lich brothers and Krash got more gold
  • Sceptre of Fire:

    • S4: a cave entrance has been added.
    • S5: Gryphon Riders are now available starting form S5 (formerly S3).
    • S7: it’s now impossible to kill all pursuers.
  • Secrets of the Ancients: Fix dialog said by wrong unit & revert previous fix
  • The Hammer of Thursagan: S10: Fix objectives requiring too much of the player
  • The South Guard:
    • S2: the case where Deoran is not sent to the Citadel is handled better.
    • S2: enemy units will no longer neutralize villages instead of capturing or burning them. This also means certain units will no longer be hidden in the Game Stats list.
    • S4: bodyguards are never spawned next to other units, and always in forest.
    • S5: zombies have now one castle with two leaders.
    • S6a: mermen leave after this scenario and will no longer be available.
    • S7a & S8a: a certain hero may now die.
  • Under the Burning Suns: New graphics for Eloh.
  • And various other changes and bug-fixes

How to Install Battle for Wesnoth 1.14.5 in Ubuntu:

The flathub repository contains the Flatpak package of the game. You can install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04 via following steps:

1. (For Ubuntu 16.04 only), open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:alexlarsson/flatpak

sudo apt-get update

2. Install flatpak framework via command:

sudo apt-get install flatpak

3. Add flathub repository:

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

4. Finally install the flatpak package of Battle for Wesnoth:

flatpak install flathub org.wesnoth.Wesnoth

Once installed, launch the game either from software launcher, or by running command flatpak run org.wesnoth.Wesnoth

(Optional) 5. To remove the game, run command:

flatpak uninstall org.wesnoth.Wesnoth

Wine 1.8 PPA

Wine 3.0.3, the open-source compatibility layer to allow Windows programs to run on Unix/Linux, was released a few days ago as a new stable release.

Wine 3.0.3 fixed 52 known bugs, including fixes for Windows PowerShell, iTunes 12, Adobe Premiere Elements 14, Max Payne 3, ProPresenter 4, and various other application fixes. For more, read the announcement.

How to Install Wine 3.0.3 in Ubuntu:

Wine has an official apt repository so far with the latest packages for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the repository key:

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key && sudo apt-key add Release.key

Type your password (no asterisks feedback due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter.

2. Add wine repository via command:

sudo apt-add-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/

For Linux Mint 19, use following command instead (replace bionic with xenial for 18.x):

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ bionic main'

3. Finally check updates and install wine stable packages:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable

NOTE: If you get the unmet dependencies issue while installing Wine, try aptitude instead via command:

sudo apt install aptitude; sudo aptitude install winehq-stable

For more details, see the official documentation.

Uninstall:

To remove wine-stable package, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove wine-stable wine-stable-amd64

To remove Wine repository, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.