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VideoLAN finally announced the release of VLC media player 2.2.8.

VideoLAN and the VLC development team are happy to publish version 2.2.8 of VLC media player today.

This release fixes a security issue in the AVI demuxer. Additionally, it includes the following fixes, which are part of 2.2.7: This release fixes compatibility with macOS High Sierra and fixes SSA subtitles rendering on macOS. This release also fixes a few security issues, in the flac and the libavcodec modules (heap write overflow), in the avi module and a few crashes.

For macOS users, please note: A bug was fixed in VLC 2.2.7 concerning the update mechanism on macOS. In rare circumstances, an auto-update from older versions of VLC to VLC 2.2.8 might not be possible. Please download the update manually from our website in this case.

The source tarball was available more than a week ago. It’s been made into main repository of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

For Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 16.04, I’ve wrote about how to install VLC 2.2.7 via PPA, which now contains VLC 2.2.8.

VLC is also available as Flatpak for Ubuntu 16.04 and higher. Install latest Flatpak via PPA, then open terminal and run command to install VLC via Flatpak:

flatpak install --from https://flathub.org/repo/appstream/org.videolan.VLC.flatpakref

The second bug-fix release for QupZilla 2.2 series was release a few hours ago. The new release features following changes:

  • updated available user agent strings
  • added support for “font” option in AdBlock
  • fix build with Qt 5.10
  • fix build on macOS < 10.12
  • fix showing irrelevant domain completions in locationbar
  • fix showing site icons on some systems
  • fix clearing visited links when clearing history
  • fix using system network proxy configuration
  • fix saving window geometry when closing app with Ctrl+Q shortcut
  • fix various issues with web page not being focused after restoring session
  • fix AutoScroll plugin not being able to scroll to all directions in some cases
  • Linux: add StartupWMClass to desktop file
  • Windows: fix possible isssue with uninstaller removing more files than it should

Download / Install QupZilla 2.2.2 in Ubuntu:

QupZilla can’t be built into .deb packages in all current Ubuntu releases due to outdated Qt5 libraries.

So far, the easiest way to run QupZilla in Ubuntu is to use the Appimage, a non-install single executable file:

Download QupZilla Appimage

Download the file, make it executable from its Properties window, and finally run the Appimage to launch QupZilla web browser:

QupZilla 2.2 Appimage

Don’t see the “Run” option even after made the Appimage executable? Go to file manager’s menu Edit -> Preferences -> Behavior -> Choose the option says ‘Run executable text files when they are opened’.

MAME (Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator) reached the 0.192 release. Here’s how to install it via PPA in Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10.

MAME is a free and open source emulator designed to recreate the hardware of arcade game systems in software on modern personal computers and other platforms.

The latest MAME 0.192 was release a few days ago with following changes:

  • Supports Oriental Legend 2 and Knights of Valour 2 New Legend
  • The MCU for Ping Pong King is simulated
  • Flower and Taito’s abstract maze game Marine Date are emulated better.
  • Missing graphics in the Merit Megatouch games fixed.
  • graphical fixes for FM Towns
  • heaps of improvements for the Tatung Einstein
  • No-Slot Clock support for the Apple //e family
  • support for some Brazilian CoCo clones from Prológica and Codimex.
  • The ACI Destiny Prodigy, Mephisto RISC 1MB and Mephisto RISC II chess computers are now working.

How to Install MAME 0.192 in Ubuntu:

There’s an unofficial PPA contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 17.04, and Ubuntu 17.10 so far. Unfortunately, Ubuntu 16.04 build is not updated any more since version 0.189.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:c.falco/mame

Input your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue adding the PPA.

2. Then upgrade the emulator via Software Updater utility if you have a previous release installed.

or run commands one by one in terminal to install it:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install mame

Uninstall:

To remove MAME emulator, run following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove mame

To remove the PPA, launch ‘Software & Updates’ utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

Free and open-source video cutting and joining software, Vidcutter 5.0.5, was released a few hours ago.

The new release is mainly for users of the AppImage binary which has been overhauled and tested on Ubuntu 14.04, 15.04 + KDE Neon.

Other changes include:

  • AppImage contains latest nightly binary of FFmpeg so SmartCut will work properly.
  • fixed timeline slider tooltip displaying issue.
  • Removal of Python 3 OpenGL module to allow app to work on Linux distros containing older 3.0.1 versions of the module.

How to Install Vidcutter 5.0.5 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 14.04 users, grab .Appimage from the ‘Downloads’ section in the link below:

Vidcutter on Github

The Appimage is a single file with most run-time and dependency libraries bundled. To run it, do:

  • Right-click and go to its Properties -> Permissions window.
  • Check the box says ‘allow executing file as program’.
  • And right-click and run the Appimage to launch Vidcutter.

For Ubuntu 16.04 and higher users, Vidcutter can be installed via its official PPA.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ozmartian/apps

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

2. Then install Vidcutter either via your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install vidcutter

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA, open ‘Software & Updates’ utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove the video cutting software, either use your system package manger or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove vidcutter

Liferea Feed Reader

The open-source Liferea feed reader finally reached the new stable 1.12.0 release after months of development. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04.

Liferea 1.12.0 release highlights:

  • Wide view is now default view
  • HTML view now has a ‘View Image’ context menu
  • Redesign of the wide view: large icons with teaser text for better using 16:9 screen ratios and making Liferea usable on touchscreen
  • Optional AMP / HTML5 rich content fetching feature
  • Upgrade to WebKit2: This is an important security improvement!
  • Added a “Do Not Track” preference (disabled per-default)
  • Reordered columns in ‘Normal’ email-like view to have the date column always at the end
  • Plugins switched to Python3 libpeas loader
  • Full screen support for videos
  • Simplified external browser support
  • Experimental support for InoReader and Reedah online services
  • Added category/folder support for TheOldReader
  • Added folder auto-removal for TinyTinyRSS & TheOldReader
  • Removed libindicate, libnotify code, tray icon code (re-added as a plugins)
  • Some important bug-fixes.

Liferea 1.12.0

How to Install Liferea 1.12.0 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04 and higher, you can easily install the new release from this PPA repository.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type your password (no visual feedback while typing) when it asks 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

Uninstall Liferea:

To remove the software, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove liferea

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