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Free and open-source musical notation software MuseScore 2.3 was released with new features and numerous bug fixes.

MuseScore 2.3 release highlights:

  • Implement extensions to provide an easy way to install soundfont, templates and instruments.xml
  • Add buzz roll tremolo stem
  • Add a more flexible way to choose noteheads in drumset for percussion instrument
  • Implement filters in Zerberus
  • Add ability to have a different MIDI pitch for drum instrument based on articulation or tremolo
  • Implemented flams and crush notation for unpitched percussion

And there are lots of bug-fixes, see the release note for details.

There are always some delay for new release being made into PPA or snap package. CHECK the PPA links before getting started.

Or go straightly to the bottom links for appimages if you can’t wait.

Install MuseScore via PPA in Ubuntu:

The software has a stable PPA contains the most recent MuseScore packages for all current Ubuntu releases.

Open terminal (either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for terminal from app launcher) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mscore-ubuntu/mscore-stable

Then you can upgrade the software via Software Updater, or run command to install the latest MuseScore:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install musescore

For more details, see this how to tutorial.

Install MuseScore snap package in Ubuntu:

The software offers official snap package. Snap is an universal Linux package format that runs in sandbox and it auto-updates itself once a new release is published in snappy store.

The snap application can be easily installed in Ubuntu Software:

Download MuseScore appimage:

While PPA and Snap packages are always delayed for a few days, MuseScore 2.3 Appimages, single executable to run the software, are available for download:

MuseScore Appimage (64-bit)

MuseScore Appimage (32-bit)

Select download the appimage matches your OS type, and:

  1. go file Properties -> Permissions tab.
  2. check the box says “Allow executing file as program
  3. finally click Run the appimage to launch MuseScore.

Cinnamon

Linux Mint 19, a popular Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, was officially released today for Cinnamon, MATE, and Xfce editions.

Linux Mint 19, codename “Tara”, is a long term support (LTS) which will be supported until 2023. It ships with Linux kernel 4.15 and based on Ubuntu 18.04.

Linux Mint 19 features:

  • Ships with Cinnamon 3.8, MATE 1.20, Xfce 4.12 for respective editions.
  • TimeShift now is used for performing OS system snapshots (system restore points).
  • Brand new welcome screen.
  • Various improvements to Update Manager and Software Manager.
  • Great improvements for HiDPI support
  • The multimedia codecs now include the Microsoft fonts.
  • All the Mint tools support HiDPI, GTK3 and Python3.
  • XApps, Artwork, and many other improvements.

 

Download Linux Mint 19

opera web browser

Opera 54 stable was released today with some new features. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu.

Opera 54 release highlights:

  • Display news feed below your regular Speed Dial folders (enable it in Easy setup).
  • Add “Update and Recovery” in Opera Menu to check browser updates, and reset browser settings.
  • Updated to Chromium version 67.0.3396.87.

How to Install Opera 54 in Ubuntu:

The opera website offers official .deb binaries for Ubuntu Linux, available for download at the link below:

Download Opera for Linux

If you have a previous release installed, and enabled the official Opera Linux repository, upgrade it via Software Updater:

To manually add the Opera for Linux repository, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, when it opens, run commands:

1. Add the opera repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list'

2. Get the key:

wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

Finally either install Opera via following command or upgrade the browser via Software Updater:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install opera-stable

Wine Stable

Wine 3.0.2, a new bug-fix release for the stable Wine 3.0 series, was announced a day ago with numerous bug-fixes.

Wine 3.0.2 contains a total of fixes for the applications including Empire Earth, World of Warcraft, the Microsoft .NET Framework, Autodesk Fusion 360, BattlEye, Adobe Premiere, Maya 2018, VLC, Rogue-Killer.

How to Install Wine 3.0.2 in Ubuntu:

Wine has an official apt repository for all current Ubuntu releases. You can add the repository via following steps, though wine 3.0.2 packages will be available in two or three days.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the repository key:

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key && sudo apt-key add Release.key

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

2. Add wine repository via command:

sudo apt-add-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/

For Linux Mint 18.x, use following command instead (replace xenial with trusty for 17.x):

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ xenial main'

3. Finally check updates and install wine stable packages:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable

NOTE: If you get the unmet dependencies issue while installing Wine, try aptitude instead via command:

sudo aptitude install winehq-stable

For more details, see the official documentation.

Uninstall:

To remove wine-stable package, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove wine-stable wine-stable-amd64

To remove Wine repository, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 61.0 was released a few hours ago with further more performance improvements, new features, and safer online experience.

Firefox 61.0 release highlights:

  • Faster page rendering with Quantum CSS improvements and the new retained display list feature
  • Faster switching between tabs on Windows and Linux
  • WebExtensions now run in their own process on MacOS
  • Ability to add search engines to the address bar “Search with” tool from the page action menu.
  • On-by-default support for the latest draft of the TLS 1.3 specification
  • Access to FTP subresources inside http(s) pages has been blocked
  • Improvements for dark theme support across the entire Firefox user interface
  • Added support to allow WebExtensions to hide tabs
  • Improved bookmark syncing

Download / Install Firefox 61

Ubuntu Mozilla team will package the new Firefox release, and publish it in updates / security repositories.

The new release packages will be usually available in a few days, at that time you can install it via Software Updater.