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GnuCash

Personal and small-business financial-accounting software GnuCash 4.0 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04.

GnuCash 4.0 comes with updated dependency libraries, system requirements (Ubuntu 18.04, MacOS 10.13, Windows 8.1), code improvements, and many new features:

  • command line interface for Windows.
  • Two menu items are added to the View menu when a Bill, Invoice, or Voucher tab has focus
  • A new Transaction Association dialog.
  • Allow Associations to be added to invoices.
  • The OFX file importer can now import more than one file at a time.
  • Support for UK VAT and Australian GST added to the Income-GST report.
  • New invalid maps dialog in the Import Map Editor.
  • Enable adding notes to budgets.
  • Support for AQBanking Version 6.
  • And much more other changes, see news page for details.

How to Install GnuCash 4.0 in Ubuntu:

The latest flatpak package has been made into Flathub repository for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

1. Setup flatpak.

If you’re first time installing a flatpak package, you may first run following commands to get start.

1.) Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install flatpak framework:

sudo apt install flatpak

Type your password (no visual feedback) for sudo prompts and hit Enter.

2.) Add flathub repository via command:

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

2. Install GnuCash flatpak package.

Then you can install the flatpak package by running command:

flatpak install flathub org.gnucash.GnuCash

If an old version of the flatpak package was installed, update it via command:

flatpak update org.gnucash.GnuCash

Uninstall:

To uninstall the GnuCash package installed via flatpak, run command:

flatpak uninstall org.gnucash.GnuCash

Since Ubuntu 20.04 has dropped Qt4 and old Python2 libraries, Puddletag audio tag editor is no longer available to install.

There are a few alternatives (e.g., easytag and kid3 tag editor) available in main Ubuntu repositories.

If you persist in installing Puddletag in Ubuntu 20.04, the development of PyQt5 & Python 3 branch has started. And I’ve uploaded it into PPA for testing. For any issue, report to this page.

Install Puddletag Python3 & PyQt5 version:

The new branch is still in development. Not all functions are implemented yet. And there may have bugs. Use it at your own risk!

If you still want to install the previous Python2 & Qt4 package, leave a comment and I’ll write in another tutorial.

1.) Open terminal either from system application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When terminal opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Then refresh system package cache and install the editor via command:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install puddletag

Uninstall Puddletag & PPA:

To remove the PPA, either go to Software & Updates > Other Software, or run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

And remove puddletag by running command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove puddletag

Mixxx, free DJ Mixing software, finally released new stable version 2.2.4, though the PPA package is being available for a few weeks.

Mixxx 2.2.4 brings a number of bug-fixes and some controller mappings:

  • Add controller mapping for Native Instruments Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3
  • Add controller mapping for Soundless joyMIDI
  • Add controller mapping for Hercules DJControl Inpulse 300
  • Add controller mapping for Denon MC7000
  • Add controller mapping for Stanton DJC.4

Install Mixxx 2.2.4 in Ubuntu:

The official Mixxx PPA contains the new release packages for all current Ubuntu releases.

1. Open terminal either from app launcher or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mixxx/mixxx

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

2. If an old version of Mixxx was installed on your system, upgrade the DJ software using Software Updater:

Or run commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade the software:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install mixxx

Uninstall:

You can easily remove the software by running command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove mixxx

And remove the PPA repository via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

The new major PPSSPP 1.10 was released yesterday. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 18.04 via PPA.

PPSSPP 1.10 is the tenth major release since v1.0. Release highlights include:

  • Graphics and compatibility fixes
  • Screen inset (notch) support on Android
  • Analog stick support for menu navigation
  • Support more languages in in-game dialogs
  • Simple multiplayer chat
  • Add PPSSPP-specific CWCheat
  • Reintroduce Cardboard VR, allow more resolutions.
  • Ghost in the Shell graphics fixed.
  • VSync now supported on all backends.
  • Camera supported on Windows, Linux and Mac.
  • Darkstalkers fixed and working through software rendering. SW rendering fixed on GLES 2.0
  • Allow rebinding of right touch screen analog
  • Mappable auto rotating analog stick to pass some game checks
  • Touch control position can now be snapped to a grid
  • HiDPI retina display support
  • Rapid-fire on touch control
  • Toggle mute button.
  • Add option to resize game icons and more
  • Add toggle mode to combo button
  • SDL mouse support, Qt menu upgrades.
  • Some minor kernel module support.
  • Fixed fullscreen toggling with Vulkan in SDL builds
  • Assorted minor performance improvements, game load speedup, crash fixes.

How to Install PPSSPP 1.10 in Ubuntu:

The PPSSPP stable PPA seems to be abandoned. There’s an unofficial PPA that contains the 1.10 packages for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Linux Mint 19.x, 20.

1.) Open terminal either from system application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When terminal opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xuzhen666/ppsspp

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Then refresh system package cache and install PPSSPP via command:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install ppsspp

You may also install the SDL version via sudo apt install ppsspp-sdl.

Uninstall PPSSPP:

To remove the PPA, either go to Software & Updates > Other Software, or run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:xuzhen666/ppsspp

To remove the Sony PSP emulator, run command:

sudo apt remove ppsspp ppsspp-sdl

Krita

For those prefer DEB package, the latest Krita 4.3.0 now is available to install via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Linux Mint 19.x, 20.x.

Krita 4.3.0 was released a week ago with over 1000 bug-fixes and many new features. It’s available as Snap, Flatpak, and Appimage package formats. Now Krita Lime PPA is updated with the DEB packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04.

How to Install Krita 4.3.0 via PPA in Ubuntu:

1. Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or by searching for ‘terminal’ from system application menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then upgrade Krita via Software Updater:

upgrade krita

or run command one by one in terminal to install or upgrade the painting software:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install krita

Uninstall:

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

To remove Krita, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove krita krita-*