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Wine Stable

The 3.4 development release of Wine, an open-source compatibility layer to allow Windows programs to run on Unix/Linux, was released a day ago.

Changes in Wine 3.4 include:

  • More Vulkan support, including integration with the X11 driver.
  • Better handling of privileged instructions on x86-64.
  • Hex edit dialog improvements in RegEdit.
  • Assortment of patches merged from wine-staging.
  • And a total of 45 bug fixes.

How to Install Wine 3.4 in Ubuntu:

The official .deb packages will soon be available in Wine’s apt repositories for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and their derivatives.

Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run following commands one by one to and the repository and install Wine:

1. Add the official wine repository via command:

sudo apt-add-repository

For Linux Mint 18.x, use following command instead to add the repository:

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb xenial main'

2. Install the GPG key to be able to receive software updates:

wget -nc && sudo apt-key add Release.key

3. Finally update and install the latest Wine development release:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-devel

If you got dependencies issue, install aptitude (sudo apt-get install aptitude) and replace apt-get in last command with aptitude.

Read more about installing Wine in Ubuntu.


To remove wine dev release, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove winehq-devel

And you can remove the repository via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.

Enlightenment E22

The second bug-fix and stability release of Enlightenment E22 was announced last night. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 14.04.

Bug fixes in Enlightenment 0.22.2 include:

  • systray related crashes
  • luncher: popup focus issue.
  • Login with wrong password possible! “Authentication via PAM had errors setting up the authentication session. The error code was 11”
  • BSD CPUClock bryce gadget – arrow moves in the opposite direction
  • luncher preview issues
  • e moves and resizes maximized windows on restart
  • Copy Paste freezes E.
  • Better check for evas gl support
  • Black flicker between E’s splash screen and desktop
  • moving gadgets around multiple times crashes E
  • make it simpler to report bugs
  • wayland / xwayland issues
  • Make Bryce Less like a pogostick
  • lockscreen gadgets are not shown on “startup lockscreen” and “suspend lockscreen”
  • window borders doesn’t accept edje icons
  • For more, go to the news page

How to Install Enlightment E22.2 via PPA in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases and derivatives, Enlightenment 0.22.2 is available for install via the PPA repository.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:niko2040/e19

Type in your password and hit Enter to add the E21 PPA, though it contains e19 in its name.

2. Then check updates and install the window manager via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install enlightenment

If everything goes well, log out and select log back with Enlightenment session.


The PPA can be removed via the Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab. To remove Enlightenment, simply run command:

sudo apt-get remove enlightenment && sudo apt-get autoremove

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox reached the new stable 59.0 release last night. The new release focus on improvements to page loading time, firefox screenshots, and more.

Changes in Firefox 59.0 include:

  • Faster load times for content on the Firefox Home page
  • Faster page load times by loading either from the networked cache or the cache on the user’s hard drive (Race Cache With Network)
  • Improved graphics rendering using Off-Main-Thread Painting (OMTP) for Mac users (OMTP for Windows was released in Firefox 58)
  • Drag-and-drop to rearrange Top Sites on the Firefox Home page, and customize new windows and tabs in other ways
  • Added tools to annotate and crop your Firefox Screenshots
  • Enhanced WebExtensions API including better support for decentralized protocols and the ability to dynamically register content scripts
  • Improved Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities.
  • Implemented RTP Transceiver to give pages more fine grained control over calls
  • Implemented features to support large scale conferences
  • Added support for W3C specs for pointer events and improved platform integration with added device support for mouse, pen, and touch screen pointer input
  • Added the Ecosia search engine as an option for German Firefox
  • Added the Qwant search engine as an option for French Firefox
  • Added settings in about:preferences to stop websites from asking to send notifications or access your device’s camera, microphone, and location, while still allowing trusted websites to use these features
  • And various security fixes.

Upgrade to Firefox 59 in Ubuntu:

The distribution builds will be available in a few days, check the link before doing following steps.

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.10, simply launch Software Updater (Update Manager) and you’ll see Firefox in the update list after checking for updates.

upgrade firefox

If you don’t see the Firefox update, make sure “security” and “updates” repositories are enabled by Software & Updates utility:

That’s it. Enjoy!

HP Linux Imaging and Printing

HPLIP, an HP developed Linux drivers for HP inkjet and laser based printers, reached the 3.18.3 release with new devices and Linux distributions support.

HPLIP 3.18.3 added following new devices support:

  • HP DesignJet Z2600 PostScript
  • HP DesignJet Z5600 PostScript
  • HP PageWide XL 8000ps Printer
  • HP PageWide XL 8000 Blueprinter
  • HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer
  • HP PageWide XL 5000 MFP
  • HP PageWide XL 5000 Blueprinter
  • HP PageWide XL 4500 Printer
  • HP PageWide XL 4500 MFP
  • HP PageWide XL 4000 Printer
  • HP PageWide XL 4000 MFP
  • HP PageWide XL 5100ps
  • HP PageWide XL 5100ps MFP
  • HP PageWide XL 5100ps MFP Blueprinter
  • HP PageWide XL 6000ps
  • HP PageWide XL 6000ps MFP

The new release also added support for Manjaro 17.1.4 (64 bit), Fedora 27 (64 bit), and Linux Mint 18.3 (32 bit and 64 bit)

Download / Install HPLIP 3.18.3:

To install the software, download the package “” from the link below:

HPLIP Download Page

Then open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or search for “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

cd ~/Downloads/ && chmod +x && ./

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

Then follow the terminal outputs, answer some questions to build and install HPLIP on your system. When everything is done, plug/re-plug your printers and enjoy!

LiVES, free and open-source video editor and VJ tool, reached the 2.8.8 release today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04.

Changes in LiVES 2.8.8 include:

  • Fix “undo render to same clip” after rendering to selection.
  • Add new libav_stream playback plugi
  • Set openGL playback plugin (if present) as the default for new installs.
  • (Multi monitor support) always show dialog windows on the gui monitor.
  • Re-enable audio recording from external sources (was inadvertantly disabled).
  • Fix possible problems with layout reloading (regression).
  • Reset to correct playback position when stop is pressed during / after pause (multitrack),
  • Increase size of playback area in multitrack mode.
  • Increase preview window size for video part open.
  • Add quick transcode menu option (beta).
  • Keep showing framebar when not playing (can be overriden in prefs).
  • Show audio source in framebar (overridden by pref).
  • Optimise redrawing of audio waveforms in clip editor.
  • Implement external audio trigger for recording.
  • Theme fixes for buttons.
  • Various optimisations.
  • Scale many widget sizes based on screen resolution.
  • Fix crash in multitrack parameter adjustment for effects with repeated channels.
  • Ctrl + mouse scroll can be used to zoom in / out in multitrack.
  • Disable ctrl-q (quit) accelerator during playback to prevent accidental triggering.
  • Updates for libav 3.5.

How to Install LiVES 2.8.8 in Ubuntu:

Other than building the software from source, you can install it from unofficial PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Linux Mint 18.x and their derivatives by following steps:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

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


2. Then upgrade the software from an existing release via Software Updater:

or simply run commands in terminal to install or upgrade LiVES:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lives lives-plugins


To remove the software, simply run commands:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove lives lives-plugins

The PPA can be removed via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.