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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

Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin LTS (Long-Support Term) reached the end of its life yesterday on April 28 2017.

The news team announced on the Ubuntu Fridge a month ago:

Ubuntu announced its 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) release almost 5 years ago, on April 26, 2012. As with the earlier LTS releases, Ubuntu committed to ongoing security and critical fixes for a period of 5 years. The support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 12.04 will reach end of life on Friday, April 28th. At that time, Ubuntu Security Notices will no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 12.04.

If you want to upgrade your Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installation, you may first upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, supported until April 2019, and then to Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, supported supported until April 2021.

For users who can’t upgrade immediately, Canonical has announced an extended support package for Ubuntu Advantage customers:

Following the end-of-life of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, Canonical is offering Ubuntu 12.04 ESM (Extended Security Maintenance), which provides important security fixes for the kernel and the most essential user space packages in Ubuntu 12.04. These updates are delivered in a secure, private archive exclusively available to Ubuntu Advantage customers.

All Ubuntu 12.04 LTS users are encouraged to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. But for those who cannot upgrade immediately, Ubuntu 12.04 ESM updates will help ensure the on-going security and integrity of Ubuntu 12.04 systems.

Users interested in Ubuntu 12.04 ESM updates can purchase Ubuntu Advantage at http://buy.ubuntu.com/

Firefox 53

Mozilla Firefox has reached the 53.0 release. It features two new ‘compact’ themes and separate process for graphics compositing.

Firefox 53.0 release highlights:

  • Graphics stability for Windows users with compositor process separation (Quantum Compositor)
  • Two new ‘compact’ themes available, dark and light
  • Reader Mode now displays estimated reading time for the page
  • New visual design for audio and video controls
  • Drop Windows XP, Vista, and 32-bit Mac OS X support.
  • Drop Linux support for processors older than Pentium 4 and AMD Opteron
  • Various security fixes. See the release note

Firefox Compact Themes

Install Firefox 53 in Ubuntu:

The new release will be made into official Ubuntu repository soon, available for Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives.

Just keep your Ubuntu up-to-date by installing regular updates via Software Updater, and you’ll get Firefox 53 once it’s published in THIS PAGE.

For non-install version, go to the official FTP download page:

Download Firefox 53

Grab the Linux package, extract and run executable file to launch Firefox 53.

The open-source video transcoder HandBrake 1.0.7 was released hours ago. It’s official PPA now provides the latest packages for Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty.

By releasing version 1.0.4, 1.0.5, and 1.0.6 within a few hours, the developer finally announced HandBrake 1.0.7 to supersede previous releases.

HandBrake 1.0.7 changelog:

  • Video:
    • Fixed decoding of raw video in Matroska/MKV
    • Fixed time stamp handling for containerless raw video
    • Fixed memory leaks in OpenCL
    • Fixed x265 2-pass encoding where video frame rate is altered by filters
    • Improved handling of very small amounts of sync jitter (~1 tick)
    • Improved handling of AVI files with broken indices
  • Audio: Further refined fix for Libav crash encoding AAC at very high bitrates
  • Subtitles
    • Removed fontconfig dependency on Mac and Windows; libass now uses CoreText/DirectWrite
    • Improved subtitle font selection when burning in SRT/SSA subtitles
  • Command line interface: Fixed preset subtitle burn defaults override
  • Build system: Updated MinGW-w64 build script for improved compatibility with hardened GCC
  • Linux:
    • Fixed video preset control not updating
    • Fixed audio passthru masks not updating until preset save
    • Fixed application of SRT subtitles offset
    • Updated translations: af, cs, ja_JP, ru, sk, sv
  • Windows; Fixed When Done option not updating/resetting correctly

How to Install HandBrake via PPA in Ubuntu:

The official HandBrake PPA provides the new 1.0.4 release at the moment for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 17, 18, and Elementary OS Loki.

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

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

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

2. Then check updates and install the new release via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

If you have a previous released installed, you may also upgrade it using Software Updater:

How to Remove:

The PPA repository can be removed or disabled by launching Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab. And handbrake can be removed via command:

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