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Oracle Virtualbox 5.1.16, a new maintenance release for the 5.1 series, has been released with the most recent Kernel compile fixes.

According to the changelog, Virtualbox 5.1.16 features:

  • Fix general protection fault when running VBox in KVM.
  • Another fix for handling certain MSRs on ancient CPUs without VT-x support for MSR bitmaps
  • Fix errors when restoring a saved state with SMP guests on hosts without the CPUID/HTT bit set
  • Fix a bug in call gate emulation
  • FWAIT instruction fix
  • Fix a sporadic guest hang under certain conditions
  • Hide the mini-toolbar from the taskbar and the pager on certain X11 hosts
  • Better error handling on the global settings / network / host-only / DHCP server settings
  • Fixes for full-screen with multiple screens
  • Host-only Network: fixed host-only adapter creation issue preventing VirtualBox installation on Windows 10 hosts
  • NAT network: fixed two potential crashes in the DHCP server
  • ICH9: fixed incorrect initialization of the primary bus for PCI bridges
  • Storage: LsiLogic fix for Windows 10
  • USB: fixed not being able to attach certain USB devices having invalid characters in the device strings
  • USB: several fixes for the USB/IP support
  • VBoxSVC: fixed another crash during shutdown under rare circumstances
  • VBoxSVC: fixed a stack overflow on Windows debug builds only.
  • OVF: when importing an appliance handle more than 10 network adapters if the OVA was created by VirtualBox
  • OVF: fixes for exporting and importing appliances with many disks
  • VBoxManage: fixed regression with modifyhd –resize
  • rdesktop-vrdp: source code tarball fixes
  • Linux Installers: do not rebuild kernel modules unnecessarily
  • Linux hosts: added an action for opening the VM manager window to the .desktop file
  • Linux hosts / guests: Linux 4.11 compile fixes
  • Linux Additions: added vboxsf FS modules alias
  • Linux Additions: fix for the shared folders kernel module to compile on Linux 4.10
  • Linux Additions: properly install the Linux kernel module override rule on distributions without /etc/depmod.d
  • Windows Additions: fixed a crash with recent Windows 10 builds if 3D is disabled

Download / Install Virtualbox 5.1.16 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

For Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and their derivatives, the DEB packages are available for download at the link below:

Virtualbox Linux Download

For those who want to install and receive future updates via VBox Linux repository, do following steps:

1. Open terminal and run command to add the VBox repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb xenial contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

Replace xenial in the code via yakkety for Ubuntu 16.10, trusty for Ubuntu 14.04, or precise for Ubuntu 12.04.

2. Then download and install the keys via command:

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

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

3. For those who have a previous 5.1 release installed, now launch Software Updater to upgrade it to the latest:

upgrade virtualbox

Or run commands to install virtualbox 5.1:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.1

Deluge BitTorrent Client

The Deluge BitTorrent client 1.3.14 was release one day ago. Users with previous release installed are highly recommended to upgrade to this release.

For WebUI, Deluge 1.3.14 contains a fix for CSRF vulnerability that has the real potential to compromise your machine. For Windows user, the package now includes libtorrent 1.0.11 which should fix crashing on startup.

  • Fixed ‘Too many files open’ errors.
  • Added support for python-geoip for use with libtorrent 1.1.
  • Fixed a single proxy entry being overwritten resulting in no proxy set.
  • Added tracker_status translation to UIs.
  • [GtkUI] Strip whitespace from infohash before checks.
  • Add missed feature autofill infohash entry from clipboard.
  • Backport bind interface option for server.
  • Security: Fixed WebUI CSRF Vulnerability.
  • [Console] Fix decode error comparing non-ascii (str) torrent name.
  • Fixes for splitting magnets from file.
  • Remove duplicate magnet extension when splitting.

How to Install Deluge 1.3.14 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The new release has been made into the official PPA, available for Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, Linux Mint 13, 17, 18, and their derivatives.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:deluge-team/ppa

Type in your password (no visual feedback) and hit Enter

Deluge PPA

2. Then upgrade Deluge using Software Updater (Update Manager):

upgrade deluge bittorrent

Or install it for the first time via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install deluge

How to Restore:

To restore deluge BitTorrent client to the stock version in your Ubuntu main repository, open terminal and run command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:deluge-team/ppa

Skype 5.0 for Linux

Skype 5.0 for Linux has been announced a few hours ago. It’s now in the beta stage.

What’s New in Skype 5.0 for Linux:

  • Calls to mobiles and landlines with Skype credit
  • one-to-one VIDEO CALLS support from Linux to Skype for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac.
  • View shared screens from other Skype desktop clients
  • Unity launcher now shows the number of unread conversations
  • online contacts in contact list now include Away and Do Not Disturb statuses.

Skype for Linux Beta

How to Install Skype 5.0 for Linux in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

The new release can be installed from the Skype apt repository, simply open terminal from Unity Dash, App Launcher, or via Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut key and run following commands one by one:

1. Make sure you have ‘apt-transport-https’ installed by running command:

dpkg -s apt-transport-https > /dev/null || bash -c "sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install apt-transport-https -y" 

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter.


2. Download and install Skype GPG key via command:

curl | sudo apt-key add -

3. Add Skype apt repository to your system via command:

echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-stable.list

4. Finally, install Skype for Linux either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running following commands in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install skypeforlinux

How to Remove:

For any reason you can remove Skype for Linux either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running the command:

sudo apt remove skypeforlinux && sudo apt autoremove

And you can remove the Skype repository via Software & Updates -> Other Software.



The next Ubuntu 17.04 Zesty Zapus has reached the beta 1 release earlier today. The beta 1 features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu GNOME, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu Studio, and Xubuntu.

This Zesty Zapus snapshot includes the v4.9 kernel and features:

  • Kubuntu 17.04 comes with Plasma 5.9, and KDE Applications 16.12.1
  • Ubuntu Budgie 17.04:
    • budgie-desktop stable release v10.2.9
    • Latest GNOME 3.24 applications (in beta) together with GTK+ 3.22 window manager
    • AppIndicator support is now default
    • Terminix is the default terminal
  • Ubuntu Gnome 17.04 includes GNOME 3.24 Beta, Flatpak 0.8, the Software app 3.22 which now supports Flatpak.

Download Ubuntu 17.04 images:

Xubuntu 17.04:

Ubuntu Studio 17.04:

Ubuntu Kylin 17.04:

Ubuntu Gnome 17.04:

Ubuntu Budgie 17.04:

Lubunu 17.04:

Kubuntu 17.04:


Blender 2.78b

Blender 2.78b, a 2.78a release-compatible update was announced yesterday with important speedups, especially in Cycles and for Dependency graph.

BLender 2.78b comes with Cycles Speedups that were announced last month. Most notable will be faster rendering of Motion blur with hair, which has a 5-10 time speedup – important for production rendering. Also there are various bug-fixes.

Blender 2.78b

How to Install Blender 2.78b in Ubuntu:

Blender is now available as SNAP package, first install snapd via command sudo apt install snapd in terminal, then you’re able to search for and install blender-tpaw in Ubuntu Software.

blender SNAP

For those who don’t like the SNAP version, Blender 2.78b is also available in Thomas Schiex’s PPA, supports for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, and derivatives.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender

Type in your password (no visual feedback) when it prompts and hit enter.


2. Then you can upgrade Blender from an existing version via Software Updater (or Update Manager) after checking for updates.

upgrade to blender 2.78

Or install blender package either via Synaptic Package Manager or via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install blender


If you installed blender from PPA repository, run the following command in terminal to remove the PPA and downgrade Blender to the stock version available in Ubuntu main repositories.

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:thomas-schiex/blender