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Audacious music player

Audacious music player 4.0.4 was released 2 days ago with further improvements to the new Qt5 UI. Ubuntu PPA updated for all current Ubuntu releases.

Changes in the Qt interface include:

  • Add keyboard shortcuts for Open/Add Folder
  • Fix files being moved instead of copied when dragged to a file manager

For the Qt Winamp interface, some old features are added back:

  • Enable window snapping to screen edges
  • dragging files from file manager

There are also translation updates and more bug-fixes, see Audacious 4.0.4 release note.

How to Install Audacious 4.0.4 in Ubuntu:

The unofficial PPA contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

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

2. Then run commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade the audio player:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install audacious audacious-plugins

Uninstall:

You can easily remove the PPA either by going to Software & Updates utility -> Other Software tab, or by running command:

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

To remove audacious, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove audacious audacious-plugins

Modern GTK3 eBook reader Foliate 2.2.0 was released today with many great new features. Here’s how to install it via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

Foliate 2.2.0 is a new major release that features:

  • New library tab:
    • showing recent books and reading progress.
    • Search books by metadata
    • E-book discovery with OPDS
  • New eBook format support:

    • FictionBook (.fb2, .fb2.zip)
    • Comic book archive (.cbr, .cbz, .cbt, .cb7)
    • Plain text (.txt)
    • Unpacked EPUB files
  • Improved layout, text-to-speech, image viewer, annotations.
  • Important security fix. Recommend to “Allow Unsafe Content” for old version.
  • Support for StarDict dictionaries.
  • And many other features, see release note for more details.

How to Install Foliate 2.2.0 in Ubuntu:

The software is available to install either via Snap package (in Ubuntu Software) or Flatpak package, both run in sandbox.

For those prefer Ubuntu .deb package, run following commands one by one to install it via the PPA repository.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/foliate

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

2.) Then refresh package cache and install the eBook reader:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install foliate

NOTE if you’ve installed an old version via the .deb package downloaded from github release page, remove it first due to different package name by running command:

sudo apt remove com.github.johnfactotum.foliate

Uninstall:

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

To remove Foliate ebook reader, simply run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove foliate

Android Studio 4.0 was released a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, Ubuntu 20.04.

Android Studio 4.0 features a new Motion Editor, improved Layout Inspector, Clangd support for C++, smart editor features, enhancements to the CPU Profiler, Java 8 language library desugaring in D8 and R8, and much more other changes. See the release note for more.

How to Install Android Studio 4.0 in Ubuntu:

The containerized Snap package is available to install in Ubuntu Software for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher:

Don’t like Snap application? You can also install Android Studio 4.0 easily via Ubuntu Make.

1.) Install the latest Ubuntu Make:

  • Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA which contains the latest Ubuntu Make packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lyzardking/ubuntu-make

  • Then install or upgrade Ubuntu Make via command:
    sudo apt update && sudo apt install ubuntu-make

  • 2.) Install Android Studio via command:

    umake android --accept-license

    It automatically downloads the software package and dependencies from Google and installs on your system for single use by default.

    3.) Once installed, launch the IDE from ‘Show Applications’ menu. Restart you machine if you don’t see the icon, or run sh ~/.local/share/umake/android/android-studio/bin/studio.sh command to launch it from terminal.

    Uninstall:

    You may remove Ubuntu Make PPA by running command:

    sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:lyzardking/ubuntu-make

    And remove Android Studio via command:

    umake android --remove

    Small and highly customizable twin-panel Sunflower file manager released version 0.4 after many years of development.

    Sunflower 0.4 brings new interface based on GTK3. The code is ported to Python3. As a result of this rewrite performance has gone up as well.

    There are still many issues in the new release. Emblems are completely missing, drag and drop is broken and keyboard shortcuts are broken due to some upstream problems. And these will be fixed in upcoming weeks.

    How to Install Sunflower 0.4 in Ubuntu:

    The file manager offers official .deb package that works on Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

    Download Sunflower

    Grab the Ubuntu package and click install either via Software Install or Gdebi package installer.

    Once installed, search for and launch Sunflower from ‘Show Applications’ menu and enjoy!

    Transmission BitTorrent

    Transmission, Ubuntu’s default BitTorrent Client, released new major 3.00 version a days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 19.10, Ubuntu 18.04.

    Transmission 3.00 features:

    • Allow RPC server to listen on IPv6.
    • Limit incorrect authentication attempts to prevent brute-force attacks.
    • Add Peer ID for Xfplay, PicoTorrent, Free Download Manager, Folx, Baidu Netdisk torrent clients
    • Make transmission slightly faster by adding TCP_FASTOPEN support
    • Add support for mbedtls and wolfssl, LibreSSL
    • Add queue up/down hotkeys
    • Improve Qt UI look on hi-dpi displays
    • And much more other changes.

    How to Install Transmission 3.00 in Ubuntu:

    The official Transmission PPA has built the packages for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 19.10, Ubuntu 18.04.

    packages for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 16.04 are broken at the moment of writing, check the PPA link before getting started.

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

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:transmissionbt/ppa

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

    2. Then launch Software Updater (update manager) and upgrade the torrent client:

    How to Restore:

    For any reason, you can restore the BitTorrent client to the stock version by running command in terminal:

    sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:transmissionbt/ppa