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Geary email client 0.13 was released today with great new features, performance improvements, and numerous bug fixes.

The key feature in Geary 0.13 is that email accounts added via GNOME Online Accounts now is supported.

Other changes in the new release include:

  • Unread email count now is updated correctly.
  • Conversations load faster, smoother with better feedback
  • Reduce background sync CPU usage.
  • user interface, composer, and server compatibility improvements
  • Internal links in HTML email now work
  • Support ordered and unordered lists in the composer
  • Show an in-application notification when email has been sent
  • Improve privacy when sending email using an alias

How to Install Geary 0.13 in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher

The new release has been made into its official PPA, available to install in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Linux Mint 19, and their derivatives.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:geary-team/releases

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

2. Then either upgrade Geary from previous release via Software Updater (Update Manager):

or run command in terminal to install Geary:

sudo apt install geary

Note Linux Mint 19 may need to run command sudo apt update before installing geary.


To remove the Geary email client, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove geary

To remove the PPA, go to Software & Updates -> Other Software tab.

Qmmp Qt-based multimedia player

Qmmp, Qt-based multimedia player, released version 1.3.0 with many new features, improvements, and bug-fixes.

Qmmp 1.3.0 release highlights:

  • Add history plugin.
  • Add mono to stereo converter
  • Add mpg123-based decoder
  • Add PulseAudio volume control
  • Add cover edition feature
  • Add playlist reading/writing optimization
  • Add TAK support
  • Add feature to send listened tracks to ListenBrainz
  • Improvements to skinned plugin, qsui plugin, http plugin, stream browser.
  • Removed mpris1 support, and various other changes.


How to Install Qmmp 1.3.0 in Ubuntu:

Qmmp 1.3.0 is available to install via its official PPA, for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Linux Mint 18.x and 19.x.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, and then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa

Input your password (no asterisks feedback while typing) and hit Enter to continue.

2. If a previous version exists, upgrade Qmmp using Software Updater:

Or run commands to install or upgrade Qmmp and its plugins:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

For qt4 version, use qmmp-qt4 and qmmp-plugin-pack-qt4 instead in the last command.


You can manage the PPA repository via Software & Updates utility, under Other Software tab.

To remove Qmmp music player, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove qmmp qmmp-*

Visual Studio Code IDE

Visual Studio Code IDE 1.31 was released recently with new features, tree UI improvements, menu updates, and more.

Visual Studio Code 1.31 release highlights:

  • No longer required to reload VS Code when you install or enable an extension.
  • New tree widget
  • Improved keyboard navigation
  • Added cut command in Explorer context menu.
  • More navigation actions added to Go menu.
  • Added keyboard navigation in Linux with custom menus
  • Full multiline issue details in the Problems panel.
  • References: Show History command for the References view.
  • Semantic selection for HTML, CSS, and JSON.
  • Terminal text automatically reflows as panel width changes.
  • Custom user input for task and debug configuration.

How to Install VS Code 1.31 in Ubuntu:

The easiest way is to install the community maintained Snap package, containerized software package, which available in Ubuntu Software:

The 1.31 snap package is not available at the moment, though it auto-updates itself once you installed it.

You can also install the official .deb package which is available for download at the link below:

Download VS Code (.deb)

Grab the deb and install it via either Gdebi package manager or command in terminal(Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/code_*.deb; sudo apt -f install

For those who want to receive updates for VS Code via Software Updater utility, add the Microsoft repository via following steps (64bit only):

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

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

2. Download and install the repository key via commands:

curl | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg

sudo mv microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg

3. Finally install the IDE via command:

sudo apt-get install code

Uninstall Visual Studio Code:

To remove the code editor, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove code

And remove the Microsoft repository by launching Software & Updates utility and navigating to Other Software tab.

Vivaldi web browser released version 2.3 today with great new features, performance improvements, numerous bug-fixes.

Vivaldi 2.3 release highlights:

  • Option to automatically create a tab stack: ‘Settings → New Tab Position → As Tab Stack with Related Tab’
  • Add an option to show frequently visited pages in the URL Drop-Down: “Settings → Address bar → Address Field Drop-Down Menu → Include Frequently Visited Pages”
  • Custom screenshot file name
  • Save webpage as MHTML is enabled
  • Spinner favicon when a tab is loading
  • Passwords should be viewable in Settings
  • Add confirmation dialog on exit
  • Middle-click on tab Trash pastes buffered text into History search field
  • See the release note for more details.

How to Install Vivaldi 2.3 in Ubuntu:

The official Ubuntu .DEB packages are available for download at the link below:

Download Vivaldi (DEB)

Grab the deb matches your OS, then install it via Ubuntu Software or Gdebi package manager. Or run command in terminal:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/vivaldi-stable_2.3*.deb

In addition, after installed the .deb package, you can enable Vivaldi apt repository (Softare & Updates -> Other Software) to receive future updates through Software Updater:

Flowblade video editor 2.0 was released a day ago with the largest changes to workflow and UX.

Flowblade release highlights:

  • Select between 1 – 9 tools to be available via tool menu and shortcut keys 1-9
  • Configurable timeline behaviours: drag’n’drop, composiors autofollow
  • Option to choose between two Workflow Preset options:Standard workflow, file style workflow.
  • New tools: Keyframe tool, Multitrim tool combines Trim, Roll and Slip tool into one, Cut tool, and Ripple Trim tool.
  • Overwrite tool’s name was changed to Move
  • New custom theme requires GTK+ > = 3.22
  • Keyframe editing updates, Edit Action updates, and more.

How to Install Flowblade 2.0 in Ubuntu 18.04:

Flowblade offers official .deb package available for download at:

Flowblade release

After downloaded the deb package, click install it via Gdebi (available in Ubuntu Software) package manager and enjoy!