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Geary email client reached the 0.12.2 bug-fix release earlier today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10.

Geary is a Gnome email client, which was originally developed by the Yorba Foundation. The latest release so far is Geary 0.12.2 that include following bug-fixes:

  • Fix being unable to remove attachments from a draft.
  • Ensure drafts are removed when composer from address changes accounts.
  • Workaround composer info label being too long.
  • Ensure embedded composer is always scrolled to when opened.
  • Don’t display quote expander buttons when printing a message.
  • Fix composer detach button position and visibility.
  • Actually fix second multipart/digest message body not being displayed.
  • Ensure gnome-control-centre knows in advance Geary uses notifications.
  • Fix gnome-shell notifications missing an icon under flatpak.
  • Fix message body quote button styling under WebKitGTK 2.20.
  • Don’t show unused header widgets when showing a message via notifications.
  • Work around present() not actually raising windows under Wayland.
  • Reduce CPU use when idle.
  • Fix some serious run-time memory leaks.

How to Install Geary 0.12.2 in Ubuntu:

The software has an official PPA repository contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:geary-team/releases

There’s no visual feedback while typing your password due to security reason.

2. Then upgrade Geary from an existing release via Software Updater:

or run commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade the email client:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install geary


To remove Geary email client, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove geary

And open Software & Updates then navigate to Other Software tab to remove PPAs.

Kid3 audio tag editor 3.6.1 was released earlier today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and/or Ubuntu 14.04.

This bugfix release improves the speed when saving with a lot of unchanged files in the directory. It fixes wrong parsing of the xid atom when using the Mp4v2Metadata plugin, scrolling to the opened file when using a custom sort order in the file list and avoids changing the file name extension when setting file names from the tags.

Kid3 3.6.1 changelog:

  • Faster saving when many files are unchanged.
  • Do not change file extension when creating file name from tags.
  • Support for cross building.
  • Fix parsing of xid atom with Mp4v2Metadata plugin.
  • Scroll to opened file after sorting file list.
  • Avoid recursion when automatically applying format.

Kid3 Audio Tagger

How to Install Kid3 3.6.1 in Ubuntu:

The developer maintains a PPA repository with the latest packages for all current Ubuntu releases.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ufleisch/kid3

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

Kid3 PPA

2. Then run following commands to install or upgrade the audio editor:

sudo apt update 

sudo apt install kid3-qt

For KDE users, replace kid3-qt in the last command with kid3 for better integration.

To upgrade Kid3 from an existing release, simply install the updates via Software Updater:

upgrade kid3 via software updater


To remove the PPA, launch Software & Updates and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab.

To remove Kid3 tag editor, either use system package manger or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove kid3 kid3-*

This quick tutorial is going to show you how to install Sopcast Player in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

SopCast Player is designed to be an easy to use Linux GUI front-end for the p2p streaming technology developed by SopCast.

Sopcast Player in Ubuntu Unity

There are a few PPAs contain the Sopcast player packages. Although there’s no Ubuntu 18.04 package available at the moment, you can install the .deb for Ubuntu 17.10 as a workaround.

1. Download and install the dependency package sp-auth:

Download sp-auth (.deb)

For beginners, it’s recommended to install Gdebi package installer from Ubuntu Software, then install .deb packages with Gdebi.

2. Then download and install the sopcast player package built for Ubuntu 17.10:

sopcast player (.deb)

Once installed, launch the software from your application launcher.

I can’t get access to any sopcast channels due to the Great Firewall, so I’m not sure if video streaming works.

For those who want to install Notepad++ text editor in Ubuntu, though there’s already a Linux alternative called Notepadqq, a snap package of Notepad plus plus running with Wine now is available.

Snap is an universal Linux package format with almost all required libraries bundled in its installation file. And wine is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on Linux.

1. To make things easy, the latest Notepad++ 7.5.6 runs with wine has been made as snap package, so it can be easily installed via Ubuntu Software:

or you can open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and install the snap via Linux command:

snap install notepad-plus-plus

2. After installed the snap package, you may install some plugs via commands:

sudo snap connect notepad-plus-plus:process-control

sudo snap connect notepad-plus-plus:removable-media

sudo snap connect notepad-plus-plus:hardware-observe

sudo snap connect notepad-plus-plus:cups-control

Finally launch the text editor from your application launcher and enjoy!

NOTE for Ubuntu 16.04 users first time installing a snap package, you may install the snapd daemon first via command:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

gnome shell

The Gnome login screen normally shows a list of available users to log in as. For those who want to disable showing the user list, and manually type a username to login with, below I will show you how.

Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, when it opens, run following commands one by one:

1. Run command to get access to root:

sudo -i

Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then switch to user gdm, which is required to run gsettings to configure gdm settings.

su gdm -s /bin/bash

3. Finally hide user list from login screen using Gsettings:

gsettings set org.gnome.login-screen disable-user-list true

After that, restart your computer and enjoy!

How to Restore

To restore the change, open terminal and re-do previous steps, except running the last command with:

gsettings set org.gnome.login-screen disable-user-list false