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For those who want to manually create desktop shortcut launcher in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Arronax is a good choice with graphical user interface.

Other than creating .desktop file via Linux command, Arronax offers a graphical interface to create (and also edit) desktop shortcut for application, executable file, or URL.

Arronax features:

  • Nautilus, Nemo and Caja integration. Right-click file to create or edit launcher.
  • Drag & drop support to select icon, file, etc.
  • MIME types, keywords, and Quicklist support.

How to Install Arronax in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher, open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or from application menu, and run following commands one by one.

1. Run command to add the software PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/stable

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

2. Then install the tool as well as file manager integration via command:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install arronax arronax-*

You may replace arronax-* with arronax-nautilus, arronax-nemo, arronax-caja depends your system default file manager.

Once installed, either launch Arronax via system application menu, or by right-clicking on executable file in browser.

Uninstall:

To remove the software, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove arronax

And remove the PPA via Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

ICQ, the popular chat application, is available for Linux as an official Snap package.

ICQ is a cross-platform instant messaging and VoIP client that features:

  • securely encrypted calls
  • high-quality video calls
  • speech-to-text for voice messages
  • ability to create your own stickers
  • animated 3D masks and video calls
  • groups and channels
  • chat synchronization across all devices

Image via twitter.com/snapcraftio

To install ICQ Snap in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher:

Simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install the ICQ package (it’s beta at the moment):

To install ICQ snap in Ubuntu 16.04:

Ubuntu 16.04 can install the snap package after installed the snapd daemon.

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command to install snapd:

sudo apt-get install snapd

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

Then install ICQ snap package via command:

sudo snap install icq-im --beta

(Optional) To uninstall the snap package, run command:

sudo snap remove icq-im

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 67.0 was released today with performance improvements and some new features.

Firefox 67.0 release highlights according to the release note:

  • Page load and start up improvements.
  • Suspend unused tabs when memory is running low (400M).
  • Toolbar and toolbar overflow menu are both fully keyboard accessible.
  • Ability to run different Firefox installs side by side by default
  • Usability and security improvements for private browsing.
  • Firefox will protect you against running older versions of the browser.
  • Upgrading to AV1 decoder known as ‘dav1d’
  • Enable FIDO U2F API, and permit registrations for Google Accounts

Upgrade to Firefox 67 in Ubuntu:

Firefox 67 will be made into Ubuntu universe repositories in 2 or 3 days. Check HERE, and do following to upgrade it once available.

For all current Ubuntu releases, simply open Software Updater and install the updates after checking for updates.

If you don’t see the Firefox updates, go to Software & Updates and make sure the security and updates repositories are enabled in Updates tab.

DVDStyler 3.0.4

Open source DVD authoring tool DVDStyler 3.1 was released a day ago with enhancements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and their derivatives.

DVDStyler 3.1 release highlights:

  • Added some new buttons (movie, settings, etc.)
  • Added possibility to create a new button from SVG file
  • Added possibility to edit buttons
  • Added frame-text button and template
  • Fixed functionality of command “call last menu;” if specified for a chapter
  • Added support of HD videos (experimental, can be activated in settings)
  • Fix compiling issue with FFmpeg 4.
  • Many other bug-fixes.

How to Install DVDStyler 3.1 in Ubuntu:

NOTE for Ubuntu 16.04! System default FFMPEG library is old for DVDStyler 3.1.

Ubuntu 16.04 users have to run command to add the PPA that contains FFMPEG 4 libraries.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/ffmpeg-4

DO NOT do following steps if you want to keep Ubuntu default FFmpeg libraries in Ubuntu 16.04

Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app menu. When it opens, do following steps one by one to install DVDStyler from the unofficial PPA:

1. To add the PPA, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/dvdstyler

Type user password (no asterisk feedback due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

DVDStyler PPA

2. After that, either search for and install dvdstyler via Synaptic (or other) Package Manager, or run the commands one by one in terminal to update and install the tool:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install dvdstyler

With the PPA repository added, you can receive future updates via Software Updater once a new release is out and made into PPA.

upgrade DVDStyler

How to Uninstall:

To remove DVDStyler, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run the command below in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove dvdstyler dvdstyler-data

And the PPA can be removed by going to System Settings -> Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

Full featured LaTeX editor TexStudio 2.12.16 was released a few hours ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04, and their derivatives.

TexStudio 2.12.16 is a small release with only bug-fixex, including some fixes for tool-tip preview by MeanSquaredError.

How to Install TexStudio 2.12.16 in Ubuntu:

There’s a PPA repository that contains the latest packages for all current Ubuntu releases and derivatives.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:sunderme/texstudio

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) from sudo prompt and hit Enter to add the PPA.

2. If an old version was installed in your system, remove the texstudio-doc, texstudio-l10n (if any) package before upgrading the software:

sudo apt-get remove texstudio-doc texstudio-l10n

3. After adding the PPA, you can either upgrade the editor via Software Updater:

or run commands in terminal to install or upgrade the software:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install texstudio

Uninstall:

To remove the LaTeX editor, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove texstudio

And go to Software & Updates -> Other Software to remove PPA repositories.