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TLP, an advanced power management tool for Linux, released version 1.3 beta for testing. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

If you’re just looking for how to save your Ubuntu laptop battery life, simply open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard and install the stable version of TLP by running command:

sudo apt install tlp

This command line tool comes with a default configuration already optimized for battery life, so you may just forget it afterwards.

TLP 1.3 Beta comes with new configuration scheme. System wide user configuration file /etc/default/tlp is replaced by /etc/tlp.conf. And settings are read in the following order:

  1. Intrinsic defaults
  2. /etc/tlp.d/ – Drop-in customizations
  3. /etc/tlp.conf – User configuration

For more about the beta release, see the github releases page.

How to Install TLP 1.3 Beta in Ubuntu:

The software has an official PPA repository for the beta releases. So for, it supports for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

1.) Open terminal either from application launcher or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:linrunner/tlp-beta

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2.) If you already installed an old version, open Software Updater and upgrade the package.

Or run command in terminal:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install tlp

Uninstall:

You can run command in terminal to purge the PPA which also downgrade TLP to the stable version available in Ubuntu main repository:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:linrunner/tlp-beta

To completely remove the TLP power management tool, run command:

sudo apt remove tlp tlp-rdw

Mozilla Firefox 72.0 was released today. Picture-in-picture video now is available for Linux and Mac OS.

“Picture-in-picture” feature allows web video to be played in a “pop out” window. Simply select the blue icon from the right edge of a web video to pop open a floating window so you can keep watching while working in other tabs.

Other changes in Firefox 72.0 include:

  • Block fingerprinting scripts by default for all users
  • Replaces notification request pop-ups with speech bubble in address bar.
  • Remove support for blocking images from individual domains.
  • Various security fixes.

Download / Install Firefox in Ubuntu:

You’ll be able to upgrade the pre-installed Firefox to the latest 72.0 release in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and Ubuntu 19.10, through the Software Updater in 2 or 3 days (check the building page).

Or install the Firefox 72 Snap package (runs in sandbox) simply from Ubuntu Software. It can be installed alongside pre-installed Firefox, and will automatically update to the latest.

Also Mozilla Firefox website offers non-install (extract and run the executable) tarball for all Linux desktop.

KeePassX 2 YubiKey support

KeePassXC, KeePass cross-platform community edition, released version 2.5.2 a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 19.10 via PPA.

KeePassXC 2.5.2 features significant stability and usability improvements. Changes in the release include:

  • Show UI warning when entering invalid URLs
  • Option to use an entry only for HTTP auth
  • Disable the user interface when merging or saving the database
  • Ability to hide protected attribute after reveal
  • Improve GUI tests reliability on Hi-DPI displays
  • Fix crashes when saving a database to cloud storage

How to Install KeePassXC 2.5.2 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, KeePassXC Snap package (runs in sandbox) can be easily installed via Ubuntu Software.

For those prefer native Ubuntu .deb package, open terminal from application menu or press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, and run following commands one by one:

1.) Run command to add the official PPA, which so far supports for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phoerious/keepassxc

Type user password (no asterisk feedback due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then upgrade KeePassXC from previous release via Software Updater:

or run commands one by one in terminal to install the password manager:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install keepassxc

Uninstall:

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

To remove KeePassXC .deb package, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove keepassxc

3D kart racing game SuperTuxKart 1.1 was finally released today after one RC release.

Compared to the previous RC release, SuperTuxKart 1.1 adds ability to change the touchscreen controller type in race paused dialog.

A summary of the new changes according to the release note:

  • Improved online multiplayer play
    • Fix network lags in various scenarios when playing online
    • Add AI support to local networking servers
  • UI enhancements
  • A new arena: Pumpkin Park
  • Mobile enhancements and iOS support
  • Complex text layout and emoji support
  • Story mode timer for speedrunners
  • Generic polish and minor improvements

How to install SuperTuxKart 1.1 in Ubuntu:

The new release package should normally be made into the official PPA in 2 or 3 days, available for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher. CHECK HERE before getting started.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stk/dev

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then either upgrade SuperTuxKart from an existing version via Software Updater:

or install the game via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install supertuxkart

Once installed, open the game from your system application launcher and enjoy!

Uninstall:

To remove SuperTuxKart, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove supertuxkart supertuxkart-data

To remove the PPA, open Software & Updates -> Other Software, and remove the repository line:

Shotwell Photo Manager

Shotwell 0.30.8 was released today as the latest stable version. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

Shotwell 0.30.8 comes with updated translations and some bug-fixes, including:

  • Fix keyboard shortcut for adding tags
  • Fix Tumblr publishing issue
  • Fix month name translation in date/time chooser

Shotwell 0.23.5

How to install Shotwell 0.30.8 in Ubuntu:

If you’re OK with the flatpak package, which runs in sandbox, Shotwell 0.30.8 flatpak is available HERE.

Also Shotwell stable PPA maintains native .deb packages for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, and v0.30.8 will be available in a few days (You may check the PPA link before getting started).

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yg-jensge/shotwell

2. To upgrade Shotwell from a previous, launch Software Updater and install available updates.

upgrade shotwell

NOTE: To undo the installation, and downgrade shotwell to the stock version in your Ubuntu repository, run command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:yg-jensge/shotwell