Archives For News

The open source video transcoder HandBrake 1.1.2 was released a day ago with various bug-fixes.

Changes in HandBrake 1.1.2 include:

  • Fixed Blu-ray title name where reading from raw device
  • Improved handling of broken units in Blu-ray source (skip and continue reading)
  • Fixed rare crash related to preview images, anamorphic, and default preset values
  • Fixed jitter produced by 59.94 fps to 29.97 fps frame rate conversion
  • Fixed duration of silence buffers (may improve audio/video sync for some sources)
  • Updated libraries: libdvdread 6.0.0, libdvdnav 6.0.0 (DVD decoding)
  • Fixed potential crash where $HOME directory is missing
  • Fixed legacy preferences causing preset window being shown at every launch
  • Fixed preset name and menu display on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
  • Fixed default destination file name for Blu-ray source to not include MPLS number
  • Fixed queue reloading in Flatpak sandbox
  • Fixed toolbar icons alignment and use correct art for lower pixel density
  • And some fixes for Mac OS and Windows.

How to Install HandBrake in Ubuntu:

The software has an official PPA repository for current Ubuntu releases. As usual, HandBrake 1.1.2 will be available via PPA a few days later.

At that time, open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or from software launcher, and run following commands one by one to install the latest handbrake:

1. Run command to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

Type your password (no asterisks feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Refresh system repositories cache via command:

sudo apt update

3. Remove Ubuntu build of handbrake if installed:

sudo apt remove --autoremove handbrake

4. Finally install the video transcoder from the PPA:

sudo apt install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

Uninstall:

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

To remove HandBrake, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

In addition, the latest HandBrake also available as Flatpak (containerised software package) for 64-bit Ubuntu.

Liferea Feed Reader

A new bug-fix release for Liferea 1.12 series was released today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and derivatives.

This is a bugfix release. It includes an important bug fix that solves a possible endless loop on using “Next Unread” which several users experienced as endless high CPU usage. If you are affected by this: please upgrade!

This release also switches the keyring integration from GnomeKeyring to libsecret and introduces a flatpak JSON.

Changes in Liferea 1.12.5 according to the changelog:

  • Webkit browser now supplies ‘Liferea’ component in user agent
  • Added “Mark All As Read” button to headerbar plugin
  • Added flatpak JSON
  • Added item list column drag and drop reordering
  • Move from GnomeKeyring to libsecret
  • Correct instapaper sharing link
  • Update sharing links
  • Fix consistent over usage of CPU (trigger by “Next Unread” loop)
  • Dropping Inoreader support (API broke)

How to Install Liferea 1.12.5 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19, 18.x, the new release is available in the unofficial PPA repository.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type your password (no asterisks feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Liferea via Software Updater utility:

upgrade Liferea via Software Updater

or run commands one by one to install the Linux feed reader:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install liferea

Finally launch the news reader from your application launcher and enjoy! (Log out and log back if you don’t see the icon).

Uninstall Liferea:

As the PPA also contains many other software packages, you may remove it by launching Software & Updates and navigating to Other Software tab.

If you want to remove the Liferea news reader software, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove liferea

For those who want to play League of Legends in Ubuntu desktop, the game has been made into Snap, containerised software package designed to work within most Linux desktop.

The game package is based on wine platform, and it is using the wine-base-staging to use the latest changes released from winehq.org.

The snap so far is available for testing purpose. If you’re interested in this, do following steps to help testing it in Ubuntu 18.04 or Ubuntu 16.04:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key or by searching for ‘terminal’ from software launcher.

2. When terminal opens, run command to install the wine platform if you don’t have it:

snap install wine-platform-i386

3. Then install the Lol snap package via command:

snap install leagueoflegends --edge --devmode

NOTE for Ubuntu 16.04, install snapd via command sudo apt install snapd if previous commands do not work.

4. Once installed, launch the game from your software launcher.

On first launch you’ll be prompted to choose the game installer region and the download process starts:

Lol will finally launch if everything goes well. And you can report issues at snapcraft.io.

Uninstall:

To remove Lol snap package, run command in terminal:

snap remove leagueoflegends

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 62.0 was released a day ago with new features, performance improvements, and various security fixes.

Firefox 62.0 release highlights:

  • Firefox Home (the default New Tab) allows to display up to 4 rows of top sites, Pocket stories, and highlights
  • “Reopen in Container” tab menu option appears for users with Containers that lets them choose to reopen a tab in a different container
  • A preference allows users to distrust certificates issued by Symantec. (go to about:config in the address bar and set the preference “security.pki.distrust_ca_policy” to 2.)
  • Added FreeBSD support for WebAuthn
  • Improved graphics rendering for Windows users without accelerated hardware
  • Support for CSS Shapes, allowing for richer web page layouts. This goes hand in hand with a brand new Shape Path Editor in the CSS inspector.
  • CSS Variable Fonts (OpenType Font Variations) support, which makes it possible to create beautiful typography with a single font file
  • AutoConfig is sandboxed to the documented API by default. You can disable the sandbox by setting the preference general.config.sandbox_enabled to false.
  • Added Canadian English (en-CA) locale, and various bug-fixes.

Download / Install Firefox in Ubuntu:

As usual, Ubuntu Mozilla Team will publish the new Firefox release packages through Ubuntu security & updates repositories.

So just wait and Firefix 62 will be available for upgrade via Software Updater in 2 or 3 days.

upgrade firefox

Jetbrains announced the release of IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2.3 a day ago with various bug-fixes and some improvements for v2018.2.

IntelliJ IDEA 2018.2.3 release highlights:

  • Ability to open HTML files in Edge using the Open in Browser action.
  • Fixed IntelliJ IDEA freezes.
  • Git: The built-in SSH doesn’t fail when Git protocol version 2 is enabled.
  • Fixed regressions in Mercurial support.
  • Docker: the IDE now validates Command line options and reports unknown options.
  • Docker: volume mounting now works on Windows using Linux containers.
  • Minor Gradle bug-fixes.

How to Insall the Latest IntelliJ IDEA in Ubuntu:

It’s quite easy to install the latest IDEA packages in Ubuntu since Jetbrains offers official snap (containerised software package) package in snappy store.

Simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and you’ll see IDEA ultimate and community packages available for install.

NOTE for Ubuntu 16.04 users who never installed a snap package, make sure snapd is installed by running command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open