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This quick tutorial will show Ubuntu beginners how to show or hide the battery percentage in Ubuntu 18.04 top-right system tray.

I’ve already written about this while the default System Settings utility does not have an option for the function. And in Ubuntu 18.04 you can do it easily via Gnome Tweaks tool.

1. Gnome Tweaks is one of my must-have applications, specially for configuring Gnome 3 desktop.

To install it, search for and install ‘Gnome Tweaks’ in Ubuntu Software:

2. Then launch the tool, navigate to Top Bar settings page. There you can see the option for turning on / off battery percentage.

That’s it. Enjoy!

converseen batch image resizer

Converseen, an open-source batch image converting and resizing software, reached 0.9.7 release. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04.

Converseen is written in C++ with Qt5 libraries. Thanks to Magick++ it supports more than 100 image formats.

With converseen, you can:

  • Carry out a single or a multiple conversion.
  • Resize one or multiple images.
  • Compress images for your web pages.

Converseen 0.9.5

How to Install Converseen 0.9.7 in Ubuntu:

The latest version 0.9.7 was released yesterday with translation updates, various bug-fixes. To install it in Ubuntu 18.04 and/or Ubuntu 16.04, do:

1. Open terminal by either pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or searching for “terminal” from software launcher. When it opens, run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

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

2. Then upgrade Converseen via Software Updater:

upgrade converseen

or install the image converter / resizer via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install converseen


To remove Converseen image converter and resizer, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove converseen

To remove the PPA you added in step 1, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

gnome shell

Want to display internet speed in Ubuntu panel? I used to use an indicator applet in Ubuntu when the Unity desktop was the default. Now in Ubuntu 18.04 this can be done via a Gnome shell extension.

The Gnome shell extension system is a replacement for the “applets” or “widgets” system. Extensions can add their own items to the top panel. And NetSpeed extension display internet speed in Gnome panel.

To install NetSpeed extension, simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install “netspeed”:

It displays internet speed in top-right system tray area once you installed the extension. For settings, go to Ubuntu Software -> NetSpeed -> Extension Settings.

That’s it. Enjoy!

beebeep scure lan messenger

BeeBEEP is an open-source, peer to peer, lan messenger that works on Windows, Mac OS, Linux, OS/2 and eComStation.

With BeeBEEP, you can talk and share files over local area network without a server. It supports offline messengers, messenger history, and messengers are encrypted based on Rijndael Algorithm.

For Windows and Mac OS, the official binaries are available for download at sourceforge.

How to Install BeeBEEP in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, the latest BeeBEEP now is available as Snap package. Simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install beebeep.

Or open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install BeeBEEP snap package:

snap install beebeep

Once installed, open it from software launcher and enjoy!

Cantata MPD client 2.3.2 was released a few days ago. Now you can easily install it via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives.

Changes in Cantata 2.3.2 include:

  • Store actual song path for local files (mainly affects windows)
  • When using Track Organizer to rename music tracks, rename any other files that have the same basename as the music file.
  • Install cantata.png to use as Windows tray icon.
  • Remove internal Samba share mounting code, this had some privilege escalation issues, and is not well tested.
  • Use 32-bit unsigned int to store output IDs.
  • When marking podcast episodes for download, and ‘show only unplayed’ is checked, then only download unplayed episodes.
  • Fix smart playlists with a rating range and no song include/exclude rules.
  • Enable proxy config settings page by default.
  • Add Brazilian Portuguese translation
  • Fix ‘Locate In Library / Album’ for albums with musicbrainz ID.
  • Check HTTP stream URLs are valid URLs, and scheme starts with http.
  • Due to reports of crashes in libvlc code, default to using QtMultiMedia for HTTP stream playback on Linux builds (already default for Mac/Win).
  • Use “:/” as root path for windows folder browse, seems to then list each drive.
  • If a dynamic playlist has rating 0..5 stars, then include all songs (even those without an explicit rating).
  • Ubuntu icon theme is now named Yaru, so install there.
  • Don’t install Yaru icon by default.

How to Install Cantata 2.3.2 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, you can install Cantata 2.3.2 via the unofficial PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata-qt

Input your password (no asterisks feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. For those who have a previous release installed, upgrade Cantata via Software Updater:

or install it for the first time via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cantata mpd


To remove cantata MPD client either use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove cantata

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