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Aptik backup tool

To simplify re-installation of software packages after upgrading or re-installing Ubuntu, aptik is a simple tool allows to backup software sources (PPA), installed software, and other user data with just a few clicks.

Aptik features:

  • Backup and restore Launchpad PPAs.
  • Backup and restore installed software.
  • Backup and restore downloaded packages (apt cache).
  • Backup and restore themes and icons from /usr/share directory.
  • Backup and restore application settings.
  • Backup and restore user home directory data (.config excluded)
  • One-click backup and restore user selected items.

While doing backup and restore (exclude one-click backup / restore), it lists available items and allows you to choose which to backup / restore. Some backups are encrypted with given passwords.

Aptik backup utility

How to Install Aptik in Ubuntu:

To install the utility in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and derivatives, either run the commands below in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to get it from the developer’s PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install aptik

or grab the DEB package (amd64 for 64bit, i386 for 32bit) from THIS PAGE.

Tip: The DEB packages for Ubuntu 16.04 also works on Ubuntu 16.10.


To remove aptik, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run the following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove aptik && sudo apt-get autoremove

The PPA can be removed by Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.


Oracle Virtualbox has released a new update for the Virtualbox 5.1 series with fixes to Linux 4.10 and Windows 10 hosts.

According to the changelog, Virtualbox 5.1.14 features:

  • fixed emulation of certain instructions for 64-bit guests on 32-bit hosts
  • properly handle certain MSRs for 64-bit guests on ancient CPUs without VT-x support for MSR bitmaps
  • fixed a crash with multimonitor setups under certain conditions
  • allow cloning of snapshots when the VM is running
  • fixed compatibility with the Storage Performance Development Kit
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a crash under rare circumstances
  • VBoxManage: added a sanity check to modifymedium –resize to prevent users from resizing their hard disk from 1GB to 1PB
  • another fix for recent Windows 10 hosts
  • Linux 4.10 host fixes
  • Linux Additions: fixed protocol error during certain operations on shared folders

Oracle Virtualbox

Download / Install Virtualbox 5.1.14 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases and derivatives, the official DEB packages are available for download at the link below:

Download Virtualbox for Linux

Choose download the deb package matches your Ubuntu edition and system type, then click install it via Ubuntu Software App.

For those who want to upgrade from an exist Virtualbox 5.1.x release, you can add the Vbox Linux repository via following steps:

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

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

You may replace xenial in the code with your Ubuntu code name, e.g., yakkety for Ubuntu 16.10, trusty for Ubuntu 14.04 and Linux Mint 17.

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

2. Then setup the keyring via command:

wget -q -O - | sudo apt-key add -

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

After adding the repository, you can launch Software Updater (Update Manager) and upgrade Virtualbox once a new release is out.

upgrade virtualbox


Disk Indicator is a simple system tray indicator applet for managing devices in Ubuntu.

The simple tool allows you to quickly access disk partitions and mount points. It also allows mount / unmount devices, view disk usage, and mount ISO images.


The software is developed by Tony George, the man behind Timeshift (system restore app). You can easily get this applet by adding the developer’s PPA:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa


So far the PPA contains the packages for Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and their derivatives.

2. Then update and install the disk indicator:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install indicator-diskman

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the DEB package from HERE.

How to uninstall:

To remove the applet, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run the command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove indicator-diskman && sudo apt autoremove

The PPA can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

Telegram Desktop

The Telegram Desktop App finally reached the 1.0 release! Here’s how to install it via PPA or Snap in Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 17/18 and derivatives.

The popular instant messaging app, Telegram 1.0 for desktop, was released a few days ago with a fabulous new design. It features:

  • Consistent material design
  • Smooth animations
  • Support for custom themes
  • Auto sync messages from phone with computer using Telegram’s encrypted cloud.
  • Ability to start typing on phone, then continue on computer.

Telegram Desktop 1.0

Install Telegram Desktop App via Snap in Ubuntu:

1. First time installing an app using SNAP package? You may need to install snapd via command (for one time):

sudo apt install snapd

2. The snap build of Telegram Desktop so far misses system tray icon for Ubuntu Unity.

To install the Telegram snap package in Ubuntu 16.04 and higher, simply open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo snap install telegram-sergiusens

Type in password (no visual feedback) and hit Enter. It will automatically download the snap package and install it in your system.

install Telegram Snap

Uninstall Telegram (Snap):

To uninstall it, simply run the snap command with remove option:

sudo snap remove telegram-sergiusens

Install Telegram Desktop via PPA in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, including Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint and Elementary OS, Telegram is also available as .deb package in an unofficial PPA.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/telegram

Type in password (no visual feedback) and hit Enter.

2. Then search for and install the app via Synaptic Package Manager:

install telegram synaptic

or just run the commands below one by one:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install telegram


To uninstall it, simply run apt command with remove option:

sudo apt remove telegram && sudo apt autoremove

And the PPA can be removed by launching Software & Updates and navigating the Other Software tab.


The open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape 0.92 was finally made into PPA repository available for Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubunu 14.04.

Inkscape 0.92 was released two weeks ago with Mesh Gradients, many SVG2 and CSS3 properties support, several new path effect and new extensions.

A distribution-independent snap package for Inkscape 0.92 is available, however, the snap build has an old look on the window’s toolbar, scrollbar, and menus.

inskcape 0.92 installed via snap

inskcape 0.92 installed via snap

To make the editor look smooth, you may wish to install the .deb package from Inkscape PPA. So it will be:

Inkscape 0.92 via deb

Inkscape 0.92 via deb

1. If you have installed Inkscape 0.92 via the snap package, remove it via Ubuntu Software App, or using the command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo snap remove inkscape

2. Then run command to add the Inkscape official PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository


3. Finally install the new release via Synaptic Package Manager or running the commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install inkscape

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package from the PPA packages page.