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Krita 4.1.7 was released a few days ago as a new bug-fix release for the Krita image editor 4.1 series. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10.

Krita 4.1.7 release highlights:

  • Fix a bug that might help wifi connection (due to bug in Qt’s network manager).
  • Fix an instant crash issue in Linux due to a bug in Qt 5.12
  • Fix showing wrongly that there is no audio support in the animation timeline audio menu
  • Remember whether anti-aliasing was enabled in selection tools
  • Add a shortcut to activate the text tool
  • Make the toolbars movable again
  • Make Select by Color Range check the entire image
  • Enable HiDPI support by default
  • Allow krita to import more than file at a time when started from a file manager
  • Fix using the scrollwheel in comboboxes on Linux
  • Fix the calculation of Average Desaturation
  • Do not crash when exporting Compositions
  • Make the move tool show the correct cursor in all modes
  • Let the move tool move invisible layers
  • Fix a crash in the artistic color selector

Krita 4.1.7

How to Install Krita 4.17 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and Linux Mint 19.x, do following steps to install the latest release from Krita Lime PPA.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

Type your user password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Krita via Software Updater:

upgrade krita

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

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-*

Download Appimage for Ubuntu 16.04

For 64-bit Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18.x, grab the appimage from the link below:

Download Krita (.appimage)

Then right-click and make the appimage file executable from its ‘Properties’ dialog. Finally run the file to launch Krita.

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox announced new stable 64.0 release a few hours ago with new features and performance improvements.

Mozilla Firefox 64.0 features:

  • Better recommendations: You may see suggestions in regular browsing mode for new and relevant Firefox features, services, and extensions based on how you use the web (for US users only)
  • Ability to select multiple tabs from the tab bar and close, move, bookmark, or pin them quickly and easily
  • New Task Manager page (about:performance) lets you see how much energy each open tab consumes and provides access to close tabs to conserve power
  • Enable link time optimization (Clang LTO) for Mac and Linux.
  • Add Share web pages option for Windows in the Page Actions menu
  • Added option to remove add-ons using the context menu on their toolbar buttons
  • Various security fixes and many other changes.

Install the Latest Firefox in Ubuntu:

The Firefox 64.0 packages for Ubuntu Linux will be available in 2 or 3 days.

At the time, Firefox snap package (available in Ubuntu Software) will automatic update to the 64.0 release.

To upgrade from the default Firefox packge, launch Software Updater and Firefox 64 package will be there once published.

Brave web browser is a free and open-source software based on Chromium. It features faster page loading speed, and blocks ads and trackers by default.

Brave has an official apt repository that supports for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Linux Mint 18.x, 19.x so far.

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

curl -s https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/brave-core.asc | sudo apt-key add -

Type user password (no asterisks feedback) and hit Enter.

2. Then add the apt repository via command:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com `lsb_release -sc` main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave.list'

For Linux Mint, replace `lsb_release -sc` in the code with xenial for Mint 18.x, bionic for Mint 19.x.

3. Finally refresh system cache and install the web browser:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install brave-browser brave-keyring

Uninstall:

To remove the Brave web browser, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove brave-browser brave-keyring

And remove the apt repository via Software & Updates -> Other Software:

FlightGear 2018.3 was finally released with many exciting new features, enhancements and bugfixes including usability improvements to the launcher, better visuals for AI and MP aircraft.

FlightGear 2018.3 release highlight according to the changelog:

  • Flightplan loading within the launcher.
  • Chinese, Russian and Italian translations for the launcher and UI
  • Improved support for the state of the aircraft depending on starting location
  • Improved joystick configuration and binding options.
  • Multiple Levels of Detail (LoD) for MP and AI aircraft. To improve performance, low-detail models are used when the viewer is far from the MP aircraft.
  • Fallback models to display in the case where a viewer does not have the MP aircraft installed.
  • Many improvements to AI models including new liveries, timetabled movements
  • Support for retrieving Canvas images over HTTP.
  • Improved cloud rendering with stronger Mie scattering on cloud fringes, improved scattering on cirrus clouds
  • Improved scenery for Hawaii, the default location for this release.
  • New scenery for Jan Mayen, situated northeast of Iceland. Including the active volcano of Beerenberg (2277m).
  • FG1000 glass panel display, based on the Garmin G1000
  • Improved Replay handling of AI aircraft and carriers – judge your own carrier landings.
  • KC-130 tanker aircraft for air-to-air refueling
  • Significant Aircraft updates

Download / Install FlightGear in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher, FlighGear 2018.3 will be available to install either via Ubuntu PPA, or Flathub repository (run in sandbox).

PyCharm IDE

PyCharm IDE released version 2018.3.1 one day ago with various bug fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04 and higher.

PyCharm 2018.3.1 release highlights:

  • A fix for the recently added WSL support in PyCharm 2018.3
  • An issue where PyCharm couldn’t correctly authenticate over SSH using a passphrase-protected private key has been resolved.
  • A few fixes for Docker and Docker Compose
  • Fixes for the embedded terminal
  • Many fixes coming from WebStorm, DataGrip and IntelliJ IDEA

How to Install PyCharm 2018.3.1 in Ubuntu:

Jetbrains offers official Snap package for Linux desktop, which keeps the IDE always up-to-date.

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install pycharm packages:

For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and install snapd daemon via command:

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Then install PyCharm snap package via command:

sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic

In the command replace pycharm-community with pycharm-professional for the professional edition.

Uninstall:

To remove the PyCharm snap package, either use Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove pycharm-professional pycharm-community