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Although they are not officially announced, VLC media player 2.2.7 (and 2.2.8 with single fix) now are available for download. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives.

Changes in VLC 2.2.7 include:

  • Fix flac heap write overflow on format change
  • Fix crash in libavcodec module (heap write out-of band) (CVE-2017-10699)
  • Fix infinite loop in sami subtitle
  • Fix AAC 7.1 channels detection
  • Fix potential crash in ASX parser
  • Fix AVI read/write overflow
  • Fix compatibility with Mac OS High Sierra
  • Fix regression in ASS subtitle decoding for Mac OS
  • Fix crash during automatic update in Mac OS X. Some users might need to manually update to the newest version.
  • Fix Direct3D9 output with odd offsets
  • Fix crash in MTP
  • Support libupnp 1.8

And VLC 2.2.8 fixed AVI invalid pointer dereferences for demuxers.

VLC 2.2.7

Install VLC 2.2.7 in Ubuntu 16.04/14.04:

There are quite a few PPAs with VLC packages for Ubuntu. At the moment, you can install VLC 2.2.7 in Ubuntu easily via Jonathon F’s PPA.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jonathonf/vlc

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

VLC 2.2.5 PPA

2.Remove old VLC version, if you installed it from Ubuntu Software, to avoid a package conflict:

sudo apt remove --autoremove vlc vlc-nox

3. Finally run commands in terminal to check updates and install VLC 2.2.7:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install vlc

How to Restore:

To restore VLC media player to the stock version in your main Ubuntu repository, run command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:jonathonf/vlc

The open source kart racing game, Supertuxkart 0.9.3, was released earlier today. The new release features in-game screen recording and Android support.

Supertuxkart 0.9.3 release highlight:

  • Reduced RAM and VRAM usage, reducing load times.
  • New mesh format optimized for space and hardware skinning
  • Code refactoring of both render pipelines
  • New karts Wilber, Hexley, Kiki and updated Konqi.
  • New tracks Cornfield Crossing and Candela City
  • Physics improvements and various physics bugfixes
  • Kart GFX improvements (exhaust and headlight)
  • In-game screen recording powered by libopenglrecorder
  • High quality mipmap generation by Stragus
  • New smoother camera
  • New Grand Prix win scene
  • Gamepad configuration bugfixes
  • 3 Strikes Battle: added spare tire karts
  • Various improvements (see the release note)

How to Install Supertuxkart 0.9.3 in Ubuntu:

There’s a stable PPA contains the new 0.9.3 release for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and next Ubuntu 18.04.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stk/dev

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

2. If you have a previous release installed, just upgrade it via Software Updater.

Or run commands in terminal to install or upgrade to Supertuxkart 0.9.3:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install supertuxkart

Uninstall:

You can launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab to disable or remove the PPA.

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

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove supertuxkart

Corebird Twitter Client

GTK+ 3 twitter application, Corebird, reached the 1.7.3 release a few hours ago with performance improvements and translation updates.

Changes in Corebird 1.7.3 include:

  • Increase maximum tweet length to 280 characters
  • Increase maximum name length to 50 characters and improve certain parts of the UI to cope better with longer names
  • Fix the emoji button not showing up in the compose window
  • Update translations

How to Install Corebird 1.7.1 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 17.04 and Ubuntu 17.10, you can install the new release from the PPA repository.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

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

2. Then upgrade Corebird if you have a previous release installed via Software Updater:

upgrade corebird

Or simply run following commands to install or upgrade Corebird:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

For Ubuntu 16.04, due to the outdated GTK+ library, choose to install the snap package (The 1.7.3 snap will be available in a few days).

Uninstall:

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

To remove Corebird, use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove corebird

VidCutter, the simplest & fastest video cutting and joining application, has reached the 5.0 release with great new features and other changes.

VidCutter 5.0 release highlights:

  • New ‘SmartCut’ feature introduced for frame accurate cuts.
  • New progress bars on clips in timeline
  • New “View keyframes” button option available under Video Info
  • New app icon
  • Improvements to stream mapping, and standard quick cutting.
  • countless more improvements and fixes, see here.

How to Install VidCutter 5.0 in Ubuntu:

The developer’s PPA contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and their derivatives.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ozmartian/apps

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

2. Then update and install the app via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install vidcutter

Remove VidCutter:

To remove the software, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove vidcutter

And remove the PPA via Software & Updates utility under ‘Other Software’ tab.

SMplayer

The SMPlayer media player reached the 17.11.2 release earlier today with a few bug-fixes for KDE users.

SMPlayer 17.11.2 fixed:

  • A crash that may happen on KDE when the global menus are activated.
  • SMPlayer won’t cancel logout in KDE.
  • The seek function in the MPRIS2 code has been fixed.

SMPlayer with Mac skin

How to Install SMPlayer 17.11.2 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and derivatives, the latest SMPlayer packages are available in the PPA repository.

1. Search for and launch “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rvm/smplayer

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it asks and hit Enter.

Smplayer PPA

2. Then upgrade SMPlayer using Software Updater (or Update Manager):

upgrade smplayer

or run commands in terminal to install (or upgrade) the media player:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install smplayer smtube smplayer-themes

Uninstall:

To remove SMPlayer, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove smplayer smtube smplayer-*

And remove the PPA via “Software & Updates” utility under Other Software tab.