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A new maintenance release for Oracle VirtualBox 5.2 was released a day ago with audio and Linux additions fixes.

VirtualBox 5.2.22 release highlights according to the changelog:

  • Fixed a regression in the Core Audio backend causing a hang when returning from host sleep when processing input buffers
  • Fixed a potential crash in the HDA emulation if a stream has no valid mixer sink attached
  • Fixed an incompatibility with recent versions of Windows 10
  • Fixed a number of brigded networking driver crashes for Windows hosts.
  • Linux Additions:
    • Disable 3D for recent guests using Wayland
    • Fix for rebuilding kernel modules for new kernels on RPM guests
    • Further fixes for Linux 4.19
    • Fixed errors rebuilding initrd files with dracut on EL 6
    • Fixed 5.2.20 regression: guests not remembering the screen size after shutdown and restart

How to Install Virtualbox 5.2.22 in Ubuntu:

1. Remove old Virtualbox if any, by opening terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and running command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove virtualbox virtualbox-5.1

2. Download & install the latest Virtualbox package from the link below:

Download VirtualBox for Linux

Finally install the downloaded package via Gdebi (install it via Ubuntu Software) package manager.

3. If you’ve added the Oracle VBox repository, you can directly install the 5.2 release from Synaptic Package Manager or via apt command.

To add the repository, do:

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

for Linux Mint 19, replace $(lsb_release -sc) with bionic in the code.

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

Setup the keyring so to trust the updates from the repository:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Finally install virtualbox 5.2 via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.2

With the repository added, you can simply install the future 5.2 series updates via Software Updater.

GIMP extra color palettes

GIMP image editor 2.10.8 was released yesterday with rendering improvements, various bug-fixes and plugins ported to new iterator API in GEGL.

GIMP 2.10.8 announcement is not ready at the moment. Here’s the changes according to the NEWS file:

  • Use adaptive chunk size instead in GimpProjection when rendering the projection asynchronously, to provide a better trade-off between throughput and responsiveness dynamically, based on how fast the processing is.
  • In all selection tools, show error on attempt to subtract-from/intersect-with empty selection.
  • Fix text along path not working with vertical text.
  • Fix Text tool’s frame position when undoing a move operation.
  • Streamline Text tool’s drawing blocking/unblocking logic.
  • When moving a text layer using the text tool (through alt+drag), don’t change the layer’s box mode to “fixed”, which is unnecessary, since the layer’s size isn’t affected.
  • Transform and deformation operations now maintain color for fully transparent pixels, making unerase and curves manipulation of alpha channel more reliable.
  • All transform tools now apply changes when you save or export/overwrite an image without pressing Enter first to confirm changes.
  • Fix wrong application position when painting on a drawable whose origin is above/to the left of the image’s origin, and there’s a selection active.
  • Port all plug-ins to the new iterator API in GEGL.
  • Improve automatic detection of HEIC/HEIF files.
  • Improve RawTherapee discovery by looking up registry key

How to Install GIMP 2.10.8 in Ubuntu:

The latest GIMP Ubuntu packages will be available via following 3 ways: (Be patient, the packages will be available in a few days):

Method 1. Otto Meier’s PPA maintains most recent GIMP packages for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 18.10.

Adding the PPA (open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command) allows to upgrade the stock GIMP version to the latest.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Method 2. GIMP also available Snap, containerized software package, for Ubuntu 16.04 and higher.

You can check available GIMP snap package version via command: snap find gimp.

To install the snap package, simply search for and install GIMP snap from Ubuntu Software. Or run command in terminal:

snap install gimp

Method 3. GIMP flatpak, containerized software package, is available for Ubuntu 16.04 and higher. See HERE for details.

Ruby, interpreted object-oriented scripting language, now can be installed easily in Ubuntu 16.04 and higher via Snap package.

The official Ruby snap, containerised software package, was finally released for Linux Desktop. While Ruby is always old in Ubuntu universe repositories, Ruby snap is always updated!

How to Install Ruby Snap in Ubuntu:

1. (Only required for Ubuntu 16.04) Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to make sure snapd daemon is installed:

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

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

2. For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, directly install the Ruby snap from Ubuntu Software:

or install it via command (also works in Ubuntu 16.04):

snap install ruby --classic

3. Once installed successfully, check via command /snap/bin/ruby --version:

That’s it!


FFmpeg multimedia libraries released version 4.1 today with a lot of new filters, codec decoders, and more.

FFMPEG 4.1 release highlights according to the changelog:

  • support for AV1 in MP4
  • support mbedTLS based TLS
  • AV1 parser
  • SER demuxer
  • ATRAC9 decoder, ilbc decoder, IMM4 video decoder
  • AVS2 video decoder via libdavs2
  • Brooktree ProSumer video decoder
  • MatchWare Screen Capture Codec decoder
  • WinCam Motion Video decoder
  • RemotelyAnywhere Screen Capture decoder
  • AVS2 video encoder via libxavs2
  • pcm vidc decoder and encoder
  • decoding S12M timecode in h264
  • deblock filter, tmix filter, amplify filter, fftdnoiz filter
  • aderivative and aintegral audio filters
  • pal75bars and pal100bars video filter sources
  • adeclick filter, adeclip filter
  • libtensorflow backend for DNN based filters like srcnn
  • vc1 decoder is now bit-exact
  • lensfun wrapper filter, colorconstancy filter, 1D LUT filter (lut1d), cue and acue filters
  • transpose_npp filter, amultiply filter, acrossover filter
  • Block-Matching 3d (bm3d) denoising filter
  • audio denoiser as afftdn filter
  • sinc audio filter source, chromahold filter, setparams filter, vibrance filter
  • xstack filter, (a)graphmonitor filter, yadif_cuda filter

Download FFMPEG 4.1:

There’s no PPA package or Snap at the moment to make installing FFmpeg 4.0 easy in Ubuntu.

Download the source tarball:

Download FFMPEG (source)

CopyQ clipboard manager 3.7.0 was released a few hours ago with enhancements and many bug-fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.10.

CopyQ 3.7.0 release highlights:

  • New option to show notes beside item content
  • Removed option to show icon instead of notes
  • Only plain text is Copied/Pasted from menu if Shift key is pressed
  • Customizable shortcut for Item context menu
  • Remove unmaintained Data plugin (can be replaced with a script)
  • Allow to set icon to tab groups in tree view
  • Allow export even if a tab group or an unloaded tab is selected
  • Automatic commands are no longer run in clipboard monitor context
  • Omit aborting monitor by calling abort() from automatic commands
  • Omit aborting automatic commands by changing configuration
  • Updated icons (Font Awesome 5.4.2)
  • Various bug-fixes
  • X11: Faster and safer clipboard checking and synchronization
  • X11: Prioritize checking clipboard before selection

Install Copyq 3.7.0 in Ubuntu:

The official PPA repository has made the latest packages for all current Ubuntu releases and their derivatives.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) from application launcher and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hluk/copyq

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

2. After added the PPA repository, install CopyQ either via Synaptic package manager or by running commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install copyq

Once installed, start the clipboard manager from application launcher and you’ll see the icon in system tray area.


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

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove copyq

To remove PPA repositories, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.