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VLC media player 2.2.5 was released recently with a great number of improvements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 16.04.

It has been almost one year since the last VLC 2.2.4 was released on June 2016. VLC 2.2.5 features:

  • Fix green line rendering on Windows with AMD drivers
  • Fix mp3 playback regression on macOS and 64bit Windows leading to distortion for some media
  • Fix screenshots size
  • Improved lua scripts for various websites
  • Various security improvements in demuxers and decoders
  • Security hardening for DLL hijacking environments
  • Fix scrolling sensitivity on Sierra
  • Fix screen recording on Windows
  • See the changelog for details.

VLC 2.2.5

How to Install VLC 2.2.5 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Besides building VLC 2.2.5 from the source tarball, Ubuntu 14.04, 16.04, and Linux mint 18 users can install it from the unofficial 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. (IMPORTANT) Remove old VLC version to avoid a package conflict:

sudo apt remove vlc vlc-nox

3. Finally run commands in terminal to check updates and install VLC 2.2.5:

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

GIMP 2.8.22

GIMP, The GNU Image Manipulation Program, got another maintenance release for the 2.8 series a few hours ago with drawing performance improvement and 10 years old CVE bug fixed.

GIMP 2.8.22 release highlights:

  • improve drawing performance in single window mode, especially with pixmap themes
  • Fix CVE bug in the ICO plug-in which allowed context-dependent attackers to cause a denial of service (crash) via an ICO file with an InfoHeader containing a Height of zero.
  • Avoid creating wrong layer group structure when importing PSD files
  • Prevent a crash in PDF plug-in if images or resolution are large
  • stop parsing invalid PCX files early and prevent a segmentation fault
  • Fixes for Mac OS, translation updates and build fixes.
  • See the changelog for details.

GIMP 2.8

How to Install GIMP 2.8.22 via PPA in Ubuntu:

Otto Meier promised to maintain the latest GIMP packages in the PPA repository, so far, available for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04.

Although GIMP 2.8.22 is NOT available in the PPA at the moment of writing (be patient, there’s always a small delay for maintainer to test and upload the packages), you can add the PPA via following steps:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

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

GIMP PPA for 16.04

2. After that, upgrade GIMP once the new release is published in the PPA:

For those who want to build GIMP from the source, grab the tarball from HERE.

How to Restore:

For any reason, you can easily restore GIMP to the official build (old) in main Ubuntu repositories, by running command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Linux Kernel

Linux 4.11 Kernel was officially released on April 30th. Linus Torvalds announced in lkml.org:

So after that extra week with an rc8, things were pretty calm, and I’m much happier releasing a final 4.11 now.

We still had various smaller fixes the last week, but nothing that made me go “hmm..”. Shortlog appended for people who want to peruse the details, but it’s a mix all over, with about half being drivers (networking dominates, but some sound fixlets too), with the rest being soem arch updates, generic networking, and filesystem (nfs[d]) fixes. But it’s all really small, which is what I like to see the last week of the release cycle.

Linux 4.11 Kernel release highlights:

  • Enable frame-buffer compression by default for Skylake device and newer.
  • Adds DP MST audio support in Intel’s DRM driver.
  • Initial Geminilake graphics support.
  • ASPEED AST2500 display support.
  • Better Turbo Boost Max 3.0 support.
  • New ARM SoCs and boards support.
  • Realtek ALC1220 is now supported
  • Radeon/AMDGPU and various other DRM driver updates.
  • Improvements and updates to KVM, Xen, TurboStat, Raspberry Pi, TPM2, and more.

How to Install Kernel 4.11 in Ubuntu:

The mainline kernel PPA built the Linux 4.11 build .deb packages a few days later, available for download at the link below:

The mainline kernels do not include any Ubuntu-provided drivers or patches. They are not supported and are not appropriate for production use.

Download Linux 4.11 Kernel (.deb)

You can also use UKUU, a simple graphical tool to install latest Linux Kernels in Ubuntu.

To get Linux 4.11 Kernel from command console, run following commands one by one:

for 64-bit system:

cd /tmp/

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11/linux-headers-4.11.0-041100_4.11.0-041100.201705041534_all.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11/linux-headers-4.11.0-041100-generic_4.11.0-041100.201705041534_amd64.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11/linux-image-4.11.0-041100-generic_4.11.0-041100.201705041534_amd64.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

for 32-bit system:

cd /tmp/

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11/linux-headers-4.11.0-041100_4.11.0-041100.201705041534_all.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11/linux-headers-4.11.0-041100-generic_4.11.0-041100.201705041534_i386.deb

wget http://kernel.ubuntu.com/~kernel-ppa/mainline/v4.11/linux-image-4.11.0-041100-generic_4.11.0-041100.201705041534_i386.deb

sudo dpkg -i *.deb

After installed these debs, restart and enjoy!

Uninstall:

To remove Linux Kernel 4.11, first restart and select boot with previous kernel (from Grub boot-loader -> Advanced Options) and then run command:

sudo apt-get remove linux-headers-4.11* linux-image-4.11*

Corebird Twitter Client

Corebird, native Linux twitter desktop app, has reached the 1.5 release a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, Linux Mint 18.

Corebird 1.5 brings tons of bug-fixes and various improvements:

  • Add “save as” option in right-click menu to download attached media.
  • Profiles use the profile background color set in the Twitter settings if no banner is set
  • The tweet compose window now features a “favorite image” view that allows users to save often sent images and quickly add them to tweets
  • The media dialog now shows Previous/Next buttons to quickly switch between multiple media attachments.
  • The Vine support has been removed since the project is discontinued
  • Allow text selection in Direct Messages
  • New –account parameter allows opening the window for the given account only
  • Support tweets with up to 50 replied-to users.
  • Add back verified icons next to user avatars
  • Redesigned account creation UI

Corebird Twitter Client

How to Install Corebird 1.5 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Besides building from the source, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04 and derivatives can install Corebird 1.5 from the unofficial PPA.

Update: rebuilt for Ubuntu 16.04, so corebird 1.5 works without Gnome Staging PPA

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/corebird

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

2. If you have a previous release installed on your system, launch Software Updater and upgrade Corebird after checking for updates:

upgrade corebird

Or run the commands in terminal to check updates and install corebird:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install corebird

Uninstall:

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

To remove Corebird twitter app, either use your system package management software or run command:

sudo apt remove corebird && sudo apt autoremove

If you installed Corebird 1.5 in Ubuntu 16.04, remove Gnome3 Staging PPA if everything works, or remove Corebird and downgrade GTK+3 libraries via command:

sudo apt remove corebird && sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:gnome3-team/gnome3-staging

MuseScore 2.1, a free music notation software, was released today with new note input modes and a huge list of bug-fixes.

According to the release note, MuseScore 2.1 brings than 350 new features, improvements, and bug fixes. It mainly features:

  • New note input modes:
    • Rhythmic input: enter rhythm first, pitches later.
    • Semi-real-time MIDI input – a limited form of real-time input.
  • Much better support for SFZ sample libraries in Zerberus synthesizer
  • New “Regroup Rhythms” command under Layout menu
  • And so many bug fixes, improvements.
  • There are also known incompatibilities with the 2.0 release. See the release note.

How to Install MuseScore 2.1 in Ubuntu:

MuseScore has an official stable PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and higher.

Though the PPA is not ready for the new release at the moment, you can download the AppImage from the link below:

Download MuseScore AppImage

Then make the file executable from its context menu -> Properties window:

Finally run the file to start MuseScore 2.1:

run MuseScore AppImage