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Krita

Digital painting software Krita 4.0.3 was released yesterday, and version 4.0.2 was released a few days earlier with numerous bug-fixes.

Krita 4.0.2 fixed more than 50 bugs since the 4.0.0 release, including:

  • Fix canvas update issues when an animation is being rendered to the cache
  • Fix playback in isolated mode
  • Fix keeping “eraser switch size/opacity” option when saving the brush
  • Fix saving state of the selection masks into .kra
  • Read multilayer EXR files saved by Nuke
  • Some crash issue fixes and various user interface improvements.

And Krita 4.0.3 was released with:

  • sometimes copy and paste between images opened in Krita 4.0.2 would cause crashes
  • Krita can open .rw2 RAW files
  • The splash screen is updated to work better on HiDPI or Retina displays
  • Fix a crash in KisColorizeMask and more.

How to Install Krita 4.0 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 17.10 and Ubuntu 18.04, the new release is available in Krita Lime PPA.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

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

2. Then install or upgrade Krita via following commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install krita

or upgrade Krita through Software Updater if a previous version was installed.

upgrade krita

3. (Optional) To remove the PPA repository, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Krita, run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove krita

Install Krita in Ubuntu 16.04

The latest Krita package is not made into PPA for Ubuntu 16.04 due to outdated system libraries. However, a single executable Appimage is available for 64-bit system:

Download Krita 4.0 (.appimage)

Grab the .appimage, and run the file to launch Krita after making it executable (Properties -> Permissions).

gnome shell

For those who want to change the look and feel of the left panel “Ubuntu Dock” in Ubuntu 18.04, Dash to Dock is a Gnome extension that replaces left panel with Mac OS style Dock application launcher.

Dash to Dock is a popular Gnome extension that Ubuntu Dock (the default left panel) is forked from. With it, you can get Ubuntu 18.04 desktop looks like:

1. First time to install a Gnome extension? Then you need to install an add-on for your web browser:

click install add-on for Google Chrome, Chromium, Vivaldi

click install add-on for Firefox

click install add-on for Opera

Then open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install native connector get the add-ons to work.

sudo apt-get install chrome-gnome-shell

2. Then go to Dash to Dock extension page in your browser, and turn on the toggle to install it.

The left panel changes to dock launcher once you installed the extension.

To change its appearance, right-click on Show Applications icon or use Gnome Tweak Tool to go to the settings.

opera web browser

Opera web browser 53 stable was released earlier today with improvements to tab’s display and the address bar.

Opera 53 optimized and made the tabs’ favicons more visible when a plenty of tabs are open. And click on a tab will make it more visible and easier to manage.

Also there’s some fresh, sharpened coloring done to the address bar.

How to Install Opera 53 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 your system package manager or upgrade the browser via Software Updater.

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 60 was released a few hours ago with new enterprise features, Web Authentication / YubiKey support, and new tab enhancements.

“Firefox 60 offers something for everyone and a little something extra for everyone who deploys Firefox in an enterprise environment. This release includes changes that give you more content and more ways to customize your New Tab/Firefox Home. It also introduces support for the Web Authentication API, which means you can log in to websites in Firefox with USB tokens like YubiKey.”

Firefox 60 release highlights:

  • Added a policy engine that allows customized Firefox deployments in enterprise environments.
  • Enhancements to New Tab / Firefox Home.
  • Redesigned Cookies and Site Storage section in Preferences
  • Added support for Web Authentication API.
  • Applied Quantum CSS to render browser UI
  • Added an option for Linux users to show or hide page titles in a bar at the top of the browser.
  • Improved WebRTC audio performance and playback for Linux users
  • Enhanced camera privacy indicators.
  • And various security fixes.

Install / Upgrade in Ubuntu:

Ubuntu offers the latest Firefox packages though the updates and security repositories.

Once Firefox 60 packages (check the build page) are published in the repositories, you can install or upgrade it via Software Updater:

upgrade firefox

KeePassX 2 YubiKey support

KeePassXC, a cross-platform community fork of KeePassX, reached the 2.3.2 release a few hours ago with various bug-fixes.

KeePassXC 2.3.2 release highlights:

  • Enable high entropy ASLR on Windows
  • Enhance favicon fetching
  • Fix crash on Windows due to auto-type
  • Fix dark tray icon changing all icons
  • Fix --pw-stdin not using getPassword function
  • Fix placeholders being resolved in notes
  • Enable auto-type start delay to be configurable
  • Browser: Fix native messaging reply size
  • Browser: Increase maximum buffer size
  • Browser: Enhance usability and functionality
  • SSH Agent: Parse aes-256-cbc/ctr keys
  • SSH Agent: Enhance usability and functionality

How to Install KeePassXC in Ubuntu:

The software team offers appimage (single executable), snap (universal Linux package format), and official KeePassXC PPA for all current Ubuntu releases.

NOTE that the 2.3.2 packages are on the way, please check the link or package version before getting started.

The appimage is available for download at:

KeePassXC Download page

Once you get it, right-click and make it executable in file’s Properties -> Permissions, finally run the appimage to launch the software.

The snap package is available in Ubuntu Software:

Also PPA repository is available with the traditional .deb packages. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run following commands one by one to add PPA, and install / upgrade the software:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phoerious/keepassxc

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install keepassxc

You can then manage the PPA repository via Software & Updates -> Other Software.