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Parole, a modern simple media player for the Xfce desktop, has now reached the 0.9.0 release with a fresh set of features and fixes.

What’s new in Parole 0.9.0:

  • New “mini mode”, activated from the right-click menu.
  • New play and replay icons in the player content area. Clicking on these will play or replay your media (finally)!
  • Most deprecated API calls have been dropped or replaced. We’re not dropping GtkStatusIcon yet, the notification area lives on in Xfce!
  • Double buffering with the X11/XV video outputs has been reenabled. Ubuntu has been carrying this patch for a while now.
  • The window title and content title are now set to the playing filename if no ID3 tags are found.
  • Plugins can now be loaded by name instead of full path (plugin-name.so).
  • The desktop file and related AppStream have been updated to the now-standard “reverse-DNS” convention (org.xfce.Parole)
  • Translation updates.

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How to Install Parole 0.9 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Besides building from the Parole source tarball, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, users can install the 0.9.0 release from PPA repository (unofficial):

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

parole ppa

2. Then upgrade the software via Software Updater (Update Manager) if a previous release is installed:

upgrade parole media player

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

Uninstall:

For any reason you can easily restore Parole media player to the original version available in Ubuntu Software App, by running command in terminal:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Blender 2.78b

Blender 2.78b, a 2.78a release-compatible update was announced yesterday with important speedups, especially in Cycles and for Dependency graph.

BLender 2.78b comes with Cycles Speedups that were announced last month. Most notable will be faster rendering of Motion blur with hair, which has a 5-10 time speedup – important for production rendering. Also there are various bug-fixes.

Blender 2.78b

How to Install Blender 2.78b in Ubuntu:

Blender is now available as SNAP package, first install snapd via command sudo apt install snapd in terminal, then you’re able to search for and install blender-tpaw in Ubuntu Software.

blender SNAP

For those who don’t like the SNAP version, Blender 2.78b is also available in Thomas Schiex’s PPA, supports for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and derivatives.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit enter.

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2. Then you can upgrade Blender from an existing version via Software Updater (or Update Manager) after checking for updates.

upgrade to blender 2.78

Or install blender package either via Synaptic Package Manager or via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install blender

Uninstall:

If you installed blender from PPA repository, run the following command in terminal to remove the PPA and downgrade Blender to the stock version available in Ubuntu main repositories.

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:thomas-schiex/blender

Linux Kernel

For those who want to test the latest Linux kernels, Ukuu (Ubuntu Kernel Upgrade Utility) offers a simple interface with list of the “mainline” Kernels and allow user to one-click download and install a selected kernel release.

The mainline kernels are provided by Ubuntu Kernel Team for testing and debugging purposes. They are not supported and are not appropriate for production use. You should only install these if they may fix a critical problem you’re having with the current kernel. Read more about mainline kernels.

ubuntu kernel upgrade utility

Ukuu features:

  • Fetches list of kernels from kernel.ubuntu.com
  • Displays notifications when a new kernel update is available.
  • Downloads and installs packages automatically

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How to Install Ukuu in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Linux Mint 17 & 18, and based systems, you can install the tool from the developer’s PPA.

Just open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut, and run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:teejee2008/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ukuu

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

Uninstall:

To remove the utility, simply run apt-get command with remove flag in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove ukuu

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

In addition, if the new kernels do not work properly on your machine, you can easily go back to the old (stable) kernel by:

  • reboot your computer.
  • go to Grub boot-loader (press & hold Shift key while booting if don’t see the menu)
  • in Grub menu, select Advanced Options and select boot the old stable kernel.
  • finally use Ukuu to remove mainline kernels.

GIMP 2.8.20

GIMP image editor 2.8.20 stable was released one week ago. Now it’s finally available in PPA repository for Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 12.04, and their derivatives.

GIMP 2.8.20 fixed the weird initial user interface language selection on mac OS. For Windows, an annoying oscillating switching between different input devices has been fixed.

  • Avoid D-Bus error message when built without D-Bus support
  • fix OS X min required conditional in gimpimagewindow.c
  • Saving to existing .xcf.bz and .xcf.gz files didn’t truncate them and could lead to unnecessarily large files
  • Text layer created by gimp-text-fontname doesn’t respect border when resized
  • Flow on Paint Dynamics editor dialog: the ‘y’ axis is indicating ‘Rate’ instead ‘Flow’
  • Vertical ruler shows artifacts if the status bar isn’t showing
  • Tablet stylus misbehaves when crossing the edge of a dock in multi-window-mode
  • Disable the new “automatic window tabbing” feature introduced on mac OS Sierra
  • Improve the visiblity of slider handles with dark themes
  • Make it harder to switch to renaming if selecting already selected items in resource lists
  • make toggling to color picker mode of paint tools more robust
  • call gimp_file_entry_set_filename() with filename encoding

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How to Install GIMP 2.8.20 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The new release has been made into the PPA repository, available for all current Ubuntu releases and derivatives.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

add GIMP PPA

2. You can then upgrade the editor from a previous release via Software Updater utility:

gimp-software-updater

Or install GIMP either via Synaptic Package Manager or command:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gimp

Uninstall:

To restore GIMP to the stock versions available in Ubuntu main repositories, open terminal and purge the PPA via ppa-purge tool:

sudo apt-get ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

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Kodi, formerly known as XBMC, finally reached the new stable 17.0 release. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu via PPA.

Kodi 17.0, code-name “Krypton”, brings updated default UI, better organisation of settings, and many under-the-hood changes on Video Player, Music Library, PVR, audio on Android, and thousands of small bug-fixes and improvements to stability.

Kodi 17.0 features:

  • New default skins “Estuary” for TV, and “Estouchy” for touchscreen devices.
  • New default web interface
  • New inputstream add-ons with more protocols support.
  • hardware-accelerated DVD playback
  • Numerous improvements to Live TV and PVR functionality
  • Android implementation, and a wide variety of other changes.

Kodi Media Center 17

How to Install Kodi 17 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The Kodi Team announced that the official PPA will be updated soon with the new packages, available for Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and Linux Mint 17 & 18.

At that time, you can follow the step below to install Kodi 17:

1. Open terminal from app launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key, when it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

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

kodi ppa

2. Then you can upgrade Kodi Media Center from an existing version, by launching Software Updater:

upgrade Kodi

Or install it via following commands in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install kodi

Once installed, you can either launch Kodi from app launcher or log with Kodi session when you’re in login screen.

Uninstall:

To uninstall Kodi 17 and restore to the stock version in your Ubuntu repository, purge the PPA via ppa-purge tool via command:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:team-xbmc/ppa