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Mozilla Firefox 75.0 was released today. Ubuntu security & updates repositories has published the packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

Mozilla Firefox 75.0 comes with revamped address bar, which brings clean search experience. On Linux, the behavior when clicking on the Address Bar and the Search Bar changes: a single click selects all without primary selection, a double click selects a word, and a triple click selects all with primary selection.

The new release also brings official Flatpak support, improves HTTPS compatibility, and various security fixes. See release note for details.

Install Firefox 75 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases and derivatives, Firefox 75.0 has been made into the security & updates repositories.

Simply launch Software Updater (Update manager) and install available package updates.

For Ubuntu 20.04, Firefox 75.0 package now is available as pre-release updates for testing. It will go stable soon.

Ubuntu 18.04

The Beta release of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS is now available to download, and/or upgrade from an old Ubuntu edition.

Ubuntu 20.04 is a Long Term Support release with 5-year support. It’s scheduled to be officially released on April 23rd.

The new LTS features:

  • Linux 5.4 Kernel.
  • Gnome 3.36.
  • New dark mode setting.
  • Show computer’s vendor logo on startup.
  • WireGuard Support out of the box.
  • And WiFi (RTL8723DE) works out of the box in my HP laptop

Download / Upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04:

The 64-bit desktop and sever images are available to download at the link below:

Download Ubuntu 20.04

Though I would recommend to do a fresh install of the new LTS, you can now upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04 beta (then upgrade to final from beta) directly from Ubuntu 18.04 and or Ubuntu 19.10.

The Beta release may contain bugs. Don’t Do This on product machine before Ubuntu 20.04 goes stable!

1.) First make backup of all your important data.

2.) Disable all third-party PPAs (Software & Updates -> Other Software)

3.) open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install system updates.

sudo apt update

sudo apt upgrade

You may need to restart to apply the updates.

4.) Finally run command and click “Upgrade” to get started.

sudo update-manager -d

If you’re running on Ubuntu server without an UI, run sudo do-release-upgrade -d instead.

QQ for Linux, the popular instant messaging apps developed by Tencent, released the second Beta on April Fools’ Day.

The development of QQ on Linux is quite slow. It has been 5 months since the last release. QQ for Linux 2.0 Beta 2 features:

  • Stability improvements.
  • Group chat support.

The new beta now is much more stable than the first release, though it so far only supports for sending texts, emoji, files, and taking screenshots.

If you’re looking for QQ Linux package with full (or most) functionality, I’d recommend Deepin Wine QQ, or community build QQ Flatpak package.

For testing purpose, you may download QQ for Linux (64-bit) at the link below:

QQ for Linux

Simply double-click the package to install it via Ubuntu Software and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove the IM, simply open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo apt remove linuxqq

fre:ac audio converter

Fre:ac audio converter 1.1 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

Fre:ac 1.1 is a new major release with tons of new features. Highlights include:

  • Official Linux, Mac OS, and 64-bit Windows binaries.
  • Support for dark mode on Windows and macOS
  • A reworked conversion engine with support for multi-threading and parallel processing
  • An integrated tag editor with support for cover images
  • An extension for simultaneous output to multiple formats
  • Support for new codecs including Opus, Apple Lossless, Monkey’s Audio, WavPack and others
  • Support for DSP filters and lossless file verification
  • Support for multi-channel audio
  • Support for managing multiple configurations
  • Support for writing log files

How to Install Fre:ac 1.1 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply search for and install freac snap package (runs in sandbox) via Ubuntu Software:

For Ubuntu 16.04, the official .AppImage is available to download in github releases page:

fre:ac releases

Grab the .appimage, i686 for 32-bit os and x86_64 for 64-bit os, then make it executable via file Properties -> Permissions -> ‘Allow executing file as program’, and finally run it to launch the audio converter.

Free-software planetarium Stellarium 0.20.0 was released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

Stellarium 0.20.0 brings GUI refactoring and updating, code refactoring (related to Solar system), and many improvements in the code of plugins.

Changes in the release include:

  • Added Almagest skyculture
  • Added support INDIGO for Telescope Control plugin
  • Added displaying last updated TLE for users
  • Added a SIMBAD lookup name query to the Search Dialog
  • Added Cross-origin (CORS) support to Remote Control plugin
  • Slightly improves rendering of Saturn viewed from Pan
  • Allows arbitrary viewpoints by keyboard action
  • Added new nomenclature items
  • Added new type of planetary feature
  • Added German set of navigational stars
  • Added comet C/2019 Y4 (ATLAS) as potential superbright comet (a Great Comet)

There are also tons of other new features and bug-fixes. See release note for details.

How to Install Stellarium 0.20.0 in Ubuntu:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stellarium/stellarium-releases

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

2. Then either upgrade Stellarium from an old version with Software Updater utility:

Or run following commands to install or upgrade the software from terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install stellarium

Uninstall:

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

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove stellarium

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