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Bookworm is a simple eBook reader with a modern user interface. It’s so far supports EPUB, PDF, MOBI, CBR, and CBZ file formats.

Bookworm ebook reader so far features:

  • Toggle between a grid view and a list view for the library.
  • An info button provides “Contents”, “Bookmarks”, and “Search Results” in three tabs.
  • Dark theme, cache support.
  • Keyboard shortcuts to navigate pages, change font size, enter/exist full screen.
  • And see its web page for more.

How to Install Bookworm in Ubuntu:

The ebook reader has an official PPA repository for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, and derivatives.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

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

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

2. (For ubuntu 16.04 only) While Bookworm was originally designed for Elementary OS. Ubuntu 16.04 needs following PPA to install the libgranite3 library:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-os/stable

3. Finally check updates and install Bookworm as well as all its dependencies via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install bookworm

4. And remove the dependency PPA after all:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:elementary-os/stable

Uninstall:

To remove Bookworm ebook reader, run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove bookworm

And remove the PPA via “Software & Updates” utility, under Other Software tab.

Ubuntu 17.10

The first Beta of Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark was announced last night. The beta features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu.

It was announced in the Ubuntu-release mailing list:

The first beta of the Artful Aardvark (to become 17.10) has now been released!

This milestone features images for Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio and Xubuntu.

Pre-releases of the Artful Aardvark are *not* encouraged for anyone needing a stable system or anyone who is not comfortable running into occasional, even frequent breakage. They are, however, recommended for Ubuntu flavor developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting, and fixing bugs as we work towards getting this release ready.

Ubuntu 17.10 Beta 1 features:

  • Plasma desktop 5.10.5 in Kubuntu 17.10.
  • Change from ifupdown to netplan for networking in Lubuntu 17.10 Beta1
  • Budgie Desktop 10.4, replace GNOME Photos with gThumb, Nautilus 3.24 support etc. in Ubuntu Budgie
  • Ubuntu MATE 17.10: Different panel layouts to mimic Unity 7, macOS, Windows interface.
  • Ubuntu MATE 17.10: Complete Super key support, improvements to Global Menu, Heads-Up Display, and more.

Download Ubuntu 17.10:

LUbuntu 17.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/lubuntu/releases/artful/

KUbuntu 17.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/artful/

Ubuntu Kylin 17.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntukylin/releases/artful/

Ubuntu Budgie 17.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-budgie/releases/artful/

Ubuntu MATE 17.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mate/releases/artful/

XUbuntu 17.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/artful/

UbuntuStudio 17.10: cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/artful/

According to the release schedule, there will be a final beta on September 28th, Final Freeze (Release candidate) on October 12th, and Ubuntu 17.10 will be finally released on October 19th.

Skype for Linux

Microsoft announced the next generation of Skype in preview for Linux a day ago.

The new Skype Preview, version 8.5, is released to unstable channel in official Skype repositories. It will receive regular updates and eventually becomes the new Skype.

The new Linux client is going to get the same features as the Windows and Mac versions for the first time, so that is the reason for changing the client version number.

Starting today, the next generation of Skype is available in preview on Linux shortly after it was introduced for Windows and Mac. It’s not yet complete and we need your feedback. We’re committed to providing a Skype experience you love, enhancing the way you talk, text, and experience the world—all from the comfort of your desktop.

Skype Preview delivers most of the great features of our next generation mobile experience but is specifically designed with desktop in mind, to take full advantage of the larger screen. Skype Preview puts chat front and center—making this the most expressive Skype ever. You can also do more together in group calls, with real-time screen and photo sharing.

Skype preview

The official download link for Skype Preview is available at:

Download Skype Preview (.deb)

For those who want to keep updating the new Skype in preview, add the unstable repository via following steps:

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T, and run command to make sure ‘apt-transport-https’ is installed:

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 while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Grab and install the repository keyring via command:

curl https://repo.skype.com/data/SKYPE-GPG-KEY | sudo apt-key add -

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

echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://repo.skype.com/deb unstable main" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/skype-unstable.list

Finally upgrade Skype via “Software Updater” utility, or run commands to check updates and install the client:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install skypeforlinux

Uninstall:

To uninstall skype preview, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove skypeforlinux

And remove the Skype unstable repository using “Software & Updates” utility, under Other Software tab.

JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2.3 was release one day ago with some new features, usability improvements, and numerous bug-fixes.

According to the release note, IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2.3 fixed bugs and improved usability to SQL database, docker, UML, CSS modules, JavaScript, and more.

IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2 splash

Download / Install IntelliJ IDEA 2017.2.3:

The official source tarballs (non-install) are available for download at the link below:

IntelliJ IDEA for Linux

Just extract and run executable file to launch the IDE.

An unofficial PPA is also available which contains an install script that automatically:

  • downloads the official source tarball via wget.
  • extracts to /opt/ for global use.
  • installs icon and application shortcut for Ubuntu integration.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

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

2. Then check updates and install the script:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install intellij-idea-community

For the ultimate edition, use intellij-idea-ultimate in the last command.

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package directly from PPA packages page.

Uninstall:

To uninstall IntelliJ IDEA installed via the script in PPA, run command:

sudo apt-get remove intellij-idea-community intellij-idea-ultimate

And remove the PPA via “Software & Updates” utility, under Other Software tab.

Budgie Desktop 10.4 for Ubuntu and Debian users was released earlier today. It has been made into main repositories of Ubuntu 17.10. And here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04 via PPA.

Budgie 10.4 is considered a major release on our 10.x series, with significant improvements to applets, panels, and personalization of Budgie. This release also introduces polish to Alt+Tab, animations, and Budgie Menu!

Budgie 10.4 features:

  • maximize and unmaximize animations for applications.
  • Alt+Tab switcher now prefer the theme icon instead of the X11 icon
  • New ‘Night Light’ applet which can help reduce eye strain
  • Places indicator, workspace applet, and other applet improvements.
  • Searching in App Launcher has been completely overhauled.
  • vertical panels can be set on the left or right.
  • Budgie panel now has dock mode.
  • Budgie Settings now is a dedicated application
  • See other more changes in the release note.

How to Install Budgie 10.4 in Ubuntu via PPA:

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

  • For Ubuntu 16.04, run command:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:budgie-remix/ppa
  • For Ubuntu 17.04, use another PPA:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntubudgie/backports

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

2. Then check updates and install budgie desktop 10.4 via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install budgie-desktop

Once installed, log out and select login with Budgie Desktop session:

Uninstall:

To remove Budgie desktop, run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove budgie-desktop budgie-indicator-applet

The PPA can be removed via “Software & Update” utility under Other Software tab.