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HP Linux Imaging and Printing

HPLIP, free and open-source HP developed Linux drivers for HP printers, has reached the 3.17.7 release with some new printers supported.

New supported printers in HPLIP 3.17.7:

  • HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2635 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2636 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2675 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2676 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2677 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2678 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet 2620 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet 2621 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet 2622 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet 2623 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet Ink Advantage 2200 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet 3722 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet Ink Advanatge 3789 All-in-One
  • HP DeskJet Ink Advanatge 3790 All-in-One

How to Install HPLIP 3.17.7 in Ubuntu:

The official .run installer is available for download at the link below:

Download HPLIP (.run file)

After downloaded the .run installer, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command to install it:

cd ~/Downloads/ && chmod +x hplip-3.17.7.run && ./hplip-3.17.7.run

Follow the terminal prompts to build HPLIP and setup your devices.

gnome shell

Gnome-Pro, a new GTK+ theme made by paulxfce, is a great theme for Gnome 3 Desktop with GTK > = 3.20.

A clear and easy-on-the-eyes theme that is meant for those who use the Gnome-desktop professionally on a daily basis. The focus in this theme is compatibility: GTK-2 applications and GTK-3 applications look virtually the same. Libre-office, Scribus, Evolution, Geary, Planner, GnuCash, LaTeXila, Geany, the Gimp, Inkscape,…

Chrome, firefox, Web and Opera have no issues with this theme.

About the looks, you will notice some Elementary-theme, Arc-theme and Gnome-OSX.

How to Install Gnome-Pro theme in Ubuntu 17.04:

The theme so far works on Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and it requires a few theme engines to work properly.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, when it opens, run command to install theme engines:

sudo apt install gnome-themes-standard gtk2-engines-murrine

2. Window buttons should be moved to right corner via command:

gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout ":minimize,maximize,close"

3. Download the theme file from the link below:

Download Gnome-Pro (Files pane)

4. Extract the tarball, and move the theme folder into .themes in the root of your user directory.

Press ctrl+h to view hidden file folders, and create .themes folder if it’s not exist.

5. Finally select the theme via Gnome Tweak Tool. Log out and back in to apply changes.

brackets code editor

The brackets text editor has reached the 1.10 release recently. Here’s how to install it in all current Ubuntu releases including Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and their derivatives.

Brackets 1.10 features:

  • Supports more than 40 different file encodings. You can Open/Save files with different encodings.
  • Search history support
  • CSS code hints support @rule and pseudo selector/element code hints.
  • Provides CSS code hints in style attribute value in html.
  • Forward/Backward navigation in edit history
  • Ability to Enable/Disable default extensions
  • HTML menus are replaced with native menus in Linux.

brackets in ubuntu

How to Install Brackets 1.10 via PPA in Ubuntu:

Although there are official .deb binaries available in the release page, an Ubuntu PPA repository is a good choice to keep the software up-to-date easily via Software Updater utility.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command to add the brackets ppa maintained by webupd8 team.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/brackets

2. Then install the editor via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install brackets

Or upgrade it through Software Updater if you have a previous release installed:

check updates

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA repository, simply launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove the text editor, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove brackets

JetBrains’ IntelliJ IDEA IDE has reached the new massive 2017.2 release a few days ago with many new features, performance improvements and important bug-fixes.

IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2 features:

  • Smarter code completion and control flow analysis
  • New inspections and refactorings
  • Java 9 module diagrams
  • Debugger: filtering arrays, collections, and maps
  • Kotlin 1.1.3 support
  • Groovy 2.5.0 support
  • VCS: reverting and rewording commits, formatting commit messages
  • native look and feel in Windows 10
  • Better HiDPI support for multiple display setup on Windows
  • JavaScript and TypeScript improvements and more.
  • See announcement for details.

IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2 splash

Download IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2:

The official Linux binaries are available for download at the link below:

Download IntelliJ IDEA

Extract the tarball, run idea.sh from bin folder to launch the IDE, and you may manually create an application launcher for it.

Install IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2 in Ubuntu via PPA:

An installer script, originally created by Marcel Kapfer, is available to automatically download the source tarball, extract to /opt, and create application launcher.

All you need to do is open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install intellij-idea-community

replace intellij-idea-community in the code with intellij-idea-ultimate for ultimate version.

For those who don’t to add the PPA, grab the installer script from the link below:

intellij-idea-community_xxx.xx_all.deb

intellij-idea-ultimate_xxx.xx_all.deb

Then install it via Gdebi package manager or using dpkg command:

Once installed, launch the IDE from Unity Dash, Gnome launcher, or other app launcher and enjoy!

Wine Stable

The second maintenance release for the Wine 2.0 stable series was released recently with a total of 62 bug-fixes.

These 62 bugs fixed in Wine 2.0.2 include some Steam client problems, compilation issues on older GCC, and a range of games, e.g., Mortal Kombat X, Final Fantasy X, Aliens vs. Predator (2010), Secret Files 3 demo, Rollcage Redux 1.3.8, Steep (Ubisoft), Silence, Gauntlet, and more.

How to Install Wine 2.0.2 in Ubuntu:

The wine repository offers the official binaries for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and their derivatives. Do following steps to add the repository and install Wine 2.0.2:

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 visual feedback while typing 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 18.x, use following command instead (replace xenial with trusty for 17.x):

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

3. Finally check updates and install wine stable packages:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends 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

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