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The Budgie desktop environment 10.3 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and/or Ubuntu 17.04.

The Ubuntu Budgie team announced the release of Budgie 10.3 as the final release of the 10.x series. And the Qt 5-based Budgie Desktop 11 is now under development.

Budgie 10.3 features:

  • Supports the downloading of artwork for the MprisClient.
  • New and improved Alt-Tab keyboard app switcher.
  • Adds a couple of customization options for the Clock Applet.
  • Option to choose a left or right window button layout.
  • Various Budgie applets bug fixes and more.

How to Install Budgie 10.3 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04 & Ubuntu 16.10:

The budgie-remix PPA contains the Budgie Desktop 10.3 for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10 and derivatives.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:budgie-remix/ppa

Type in your password (no visual feedback due to security reason) when prompts and hit enter.

2. Then check updates and install the desktop environment via commands:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install budgie-desktop budgie-indicator-applet

3. After that, you may remove the PPA repository because it contains a newer version of Nautilus for Ubuntu 16.04. To do so, go to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

For Ubuntu 17.04:

For Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty, the backports PPA is available.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntubudgie/backports

2. Then check updates and install the desktop via commands:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install budgie-desktop budgie-indicator-applet

Once installed, log out and choose log in back with Budgie.

Uninstall:

To remove the Budgie desktop environment, simply run following command in terminal:

sudo apt remove budgie-desktop budgie-indicator-applet && sudo apt autoremove

To remove the PPAs, go to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

Luminance HDR

Luminance, a complete workflow for HDR imaging, finally got a new release more than three years after the last.

Luminance HDR is a graphical user interface (based on the Qt5 toolkit) that provides a complete workflow for HDR imaging. It supports following HDR formats: OpenEXR (exr), Radiance RGBE (hdr), Tiff formats: 16bit, 32bit (float) and LogLuv (tiff), Raw image formats (various), PFS native format (pfs). And it supports JPEG, PNG, PPM, PBM, TIFF, FITS LDR formats.

The latest Luminance HDR 2.5.0 features:

  • Two brand new tonemapping operators: ferradans and mai
  • Optional automatic adjustment of LDRs levels
  • Greater EV values range in HDR Creation Wizard
  • Restore load/save curves in HDR Creation Wizard
  • Better HiDPI support
  • Better CLI interface
  • Fix various crashes
  • “Fast Export”, which renders current image in full size
  • List version of supported cameras for RAW files (and some libraw info)
  • Export to HTML (Create a webpage with embedded HDR viewer)
  • Better printing support and print preview in Help Browser
  • A new “Dark Theme” (beta) and native platform icons support
  • Switch UI full screen (F11), show LDRs and HDRs images full screen (F10)
  • Portuguese (Brazilian) translation
  • Other small impovements and bugfixing as usual

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and their derivatives, the 2.5.0 release is available via the PPA repository.

To install it, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching “Terminal” from start menu, and then do following steps:

1. Run command to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dhor/myway

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

2. If you have a previous release installed, now launch Software Updater (Update Manager) to upgrade it:

Or run following commands to check updates and install Luminance HDR:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install luminance-hdr

How to Uninstall:

The PPA repository can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab. To remove the software, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove luminance-hdr

MPV media player logo

MPV, an open-source MPlayer and MPlayer2 based media player, has reached the 0.25 release two days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.

MPV 0.25 drops support for OS X 10.7 and earlier. Support for some optical media functionality (DVD/CD) is now disabled by default. More parts of the player are now licensed under LGPL. New features include:

  • TOOLS: add acompressor.lua script for runtime acompressor ffmpeg filter control
  • dvb: add support for DVB-T2
  • lavfi: support hwdec filters for –lavfi-complex
  • macOS: initial Touch Bar support
  • osc: add volume button (mouse wheel to change volume)
  • sub: add SDH subtitle filter
  • vo_opengl: add experimental vdpauglx backend
  • vo_opengl: implement videotoolbox hwdec on iOS

There are also lots of bug-fixes, minor enhancements, and other changes in this release. See the release note for details.

MPV

How to Install MPV 0.25 in Ubuntu 16.04:

MPV does not provide official Linux binaries, but it refers to a third-party PPA which so far offers the 0.25 release for Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18, and derivatives.

To install it, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, do:

1. add the PPA repository via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/mpv-tests

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

2. If you have a previous release installed, you can now launch Software Updater and upgrade the software after checking for updates:

Or just run commands to install it for the first time:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install mpv

Uninstall:

For any reason, you can remove the PPA easily by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab. And remove the player via command:

sudo apt remove mpv && sudo apt autoremove 

This quick tutorial is going to show you how to install the latest Google Earth in Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus by adding the Google Earth Linux repository.

Although you can download Google Earth, Google Earth Pro, or Google Earth Enterprise Client packages from their direct web pages, here’s how to add the single Linux repository, select install one of them, and receive automatic updates via update manager.

Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “Terminal” from the start menu. When it opens, run following commands one by one:

1. Run command to download and install the Google keyring:

wget -q -O - https://dl.google.com/linux/linux_signing_key.pub | sudo apt-key add -

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

2. Then run command to add Google Earth for Linux repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://dl.google.com/linux/earth/deb/ stable main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/google-earth.list'

3. Finally, you can search for and install google-earth via Synaptic Package Manager after clicking Refresh.

Or run command to check updates and install Google Earth:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install google-earth-stable

For choices, you may replace google-earth-stable in command with:

  • google-earth-pro-stable for Google Earth Pro edition.
  • google-earth-ec-stable for Google Earth Enterprise Client.

Uninstall:

To remove the repository, simply go to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

To remove Google Earth, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run command:

sudo apt remove google-earth-* && sudo apt autoremove

Wine Stable

Wine 2.0.1, the first point release of the Wine 2.0 stable, was released one day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives.

Wine 2.0.1 has a total of 47 bug-fixes including fixes to Need For Speed, QQ 2013, SC2, git for Windows, incorrect GPU detection, and other bug-fixes. Besides the nearly four dozen fixes, Wine 2.0.1 also deprecates the wineinstall tool.

How to Install Wine 2.0.1 stable in Ubuntu:

The official Wine repository has moved away from launchpad, the new repository now provides both the latest development and stable Wine packages.

To add the repository, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following commands one by one:

1. Download the key:

wget https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key

2. Add the key to your system:

sudo apt-key add Release.key

3. Add the new Wine repository:

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

After added the repository, install Wine Stable 2.0.1 either via following commands:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install winehq-stable

Or use Synaptic Package Manager:

NOTE: I’ve got an unmet dependencies issue while installing winehq-stable package in Ubuntu 16.04. It can be fixed by manually run command:

sudo apt install libasound2-plugins:i386