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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.

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.

Virtualbox

Oracle Vritualbox got an update for its 5.1 series earlier today with lots of bug-fixes.

For Linux users, Virtualbox 5.1.24 brings fixes to Kernel 4.12 and Kernel 4.13, fixes for loading shared libraries, fixes for kernel modules built with gcc-7, makes 2D video acceleration available for older Linux distributions.

Other changes in Virtualbox 5.1.24 include:

  • VMM: mask the VME CPUID capability on AMD Ryzen processors.
  • VMM: emulate more SSE2 instructions
  • VMM: properly clear the TF and AC flags when dispatching real-mode interrupts
  • GUI: fixes to make the mini-toolbar work with recent versions of KDE / Plasma
  • GUI: fixed a potential crash when a VM with multiple screens is running in full screen / seamless mode and a host screen is removed.
  • GUI: fixed initial size hints for guests which set intermediate sizes before responding
  • GUI: prevent stopped screen updates or black screen on reboot in a multi-screen setup under certain conditions
  • Audio: many improvements for Windows 10 guests
  • Storage: fixed possible crash when using Intels SPDK
  • API: use the correct file name of the VM machine state if the VM settings directory is renamed, for example during grouping / ungrouping a VM
  • API: return the correct error code if powering up a VM fails
  • API: video recording did not automatically start at VM start when enabled in the VM settings
  • API: when relocating a medium, check that the target path is fully qualified
  • EFI: fix for VMs with more than 3504MB RAM
  • Host-only adapter: correctly determine IPv4 netmasks on Windows hosts
  • NAT network: properly do the refcounting for starting / stopping the NAT / DHCP services if the NAT network is changed while the adapter network connection type is anything else but NAT network
  • VBoxManage: fixed controlvm videocapfile
  • Windows hosts: fixed crashes if driver verifier is enabled

Download / Install Virtualbox:

The official Linux binaries (i386 for 32-bit, amd64 for 64-bit) for Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04 are available for download at the link below:

Virtualbox Linux Download

If you have a previous 5.1 series installed, and enabled the Virtualbox Linux repository, you can simply upgrade Virtualbox via Software Updater:

upgrade virtualbox

To manually add the VirtualBox Linux repository, do:

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

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -cs) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

for Linux Mint 18.x, replace $(lsb_release -cs) in the code with xenial

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

2. Download and install the gpg key:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

To install virtualbox 5.1 for the first time, run command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.1

LibreOffice 5.3.4

LibreOffice 5.3.4, the fourth release for LibreOffice 5.3 family, was announced more than 2 weeks ago. It’s finally made into PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and Ubuntu 17.10.

LibreOffice 5.3.4 integrates over 100 patches, with a significant number of fixes for interoperability with Microsoft Office RTF and OOXML documents. See HERE for details.

LibreOffice 5.3.4

Install LibreOffice 5.3.4 via PPA in Ubuntu:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa

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

LibreOffice Fresh PPA

2. Then launch Software Updater and upgrade LibreOffice after checking for updates:

How to restore:

To revert back to the stock version of LibreOffice in your Ubuntu, purge the PPA via command:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:libreoffice/ppa