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VLC media player got a new maintenance release for VLC 3.0 series a few days with numerous bug-fixes. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04.

According to the changelog, VLC 3.0.3 contains following changes:

  • Update subtitles display while paused
  • Enable srt support on binary builds
  • Allow videotoolbox hardware decoding to be disabled
  • Disable VideoToolbox for 10bits H.264
  • Fix VideoToolbox with some invalid HEVC streams
  • Fix subsdec wide character support
  • Fix 1st order Ambisonics in AAC
  • Miscellaneous ogg improvements & bugfixes, including oggds
  • Fix forced tracks selection
  • Fix tracks detection issues with DolbyVision and Bluray streams
  • Fix crashes on Direct3D11
  • Fix tooltip display on some desktop environments
  • Fix spurious movement of the main Window
  • Fix playlist being displayed in fullscreen
  • Fix numerous issues on fonts fallback and font shaping
  • Fix subtitles toggle through hotkeys
  • Fix buffer over-read in avcodec audio encoding with non-default layouts
  • Numerous 3rd party libraries updated, fixing security issues

How to Install VLC 3.0.3 in Ubuntu:

The official snap package of VLC 3.0.3 is available in Ubuntu Software:

or you can run command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) to install the snap:

snap install vlc --classic

It automatically upgrade to VLC 3.0.3 if an old version of the snap package was installed.

NOTE for Ubuntu 16.04 uses who never installed a snap package, first run command in terminal to install snapd daemon via command:

sudo apt-get install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Qmmp Qt-based multimedia player

Qmmp, a Qt audio player with winamp or xmms like interface, has reached the 1.2.2 release a few days ago.

Qmmp 1.2.2 is the Qt5 release that:

  • fixed build with Qt 5.11;
  • fixed memory leaks.

A little different to previous releases, there’s no update for Qt4 release (Qmmp 0.11 series) along with Qmmp 1.2.2.

Qmmp

How to Install Qmmp 1.2.2 in Ubuntu 18.04/16.04:

The software has an PPA repository that offers the Qmmp 1.2.2 packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and Ubuntu 18.04.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, and then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa

Input your password (no visual feedback while typing) and hit Enter to continue.

2. If a previous version exists, upgrade Qmmp using Software Updater:

Or run commands to install or upgrade Qmmp and its plugins:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

Uninstall:

You can manage the PPA repository via Software & Updates utility, under Other Software tab.

To remove Qmmp music player, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

FlightGear flight simulator 2018.2.1 was released more than a week ago. Now it’s finally made into PPA for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 16.04, and/or Ubuntu 14.04.

FlightGear 2018.2.1 contains many exciting new features, enhancements and bugfixes, including improved support for addons, improvements to the YASim FDM, and user experience improvements to the launcher.

  • Cessna 550 Citation II – detailed modelling of avionics, improved MP model display, improved flaps modeling
  • Cessna Citation X – avionics improvements, improved MP model display
  • North American P-51 Mustang
  • Piper J3 Cub – improvements to water behaviour
  • Saab 37 Viggen – Autopilot, HUD and TI improvements
  • Cessna 172P – FDM, 3D Model, Sound improvements
  • FG1000 glass panel display, based on the Garmin G1000

flightgear flight simulator 2.12 ubuntu

How to Install FlightGear 2018.2 in Ubuntu:

The software has a PPA repository contains FlightGear packages for all current Ubuntu releases.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts and by searching for “terminal” from application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:saiarcot895/flightgear

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

2. Then upgrade FlightGear via Software Updater, if a previous version exists.

or run command in terminal to install or upgrade the flight simulator:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install flightgear

Uninstall:

To remove FlightGear flight simulator, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove flightgear

And launch Software & Updates -> Other Software tab to remove the PPAs.

qBittorrent

qBittorrent BitTorrent client 4.1.1 was released a day ago with important fixes in the version of libtorrent used. It fixes SOCKS5 issues and tracker announces about downloaded/uploaded data.

Changes in qBittorrent 4.1.1 include:

  • Add ‘Moving’ state for torrents being relocated/moved
  • Show rechecking progress
  • Add option to remember last used save path
  • Torrent name is also renamed if the content was renamed in the “Add New Torrent” dialog
  • Relax behavior of “Download first and last piece first”. It applies to all files and not only to the previewable
  • Fix issues with translatable strings
  • Fix displayed tracker messages
  • Make settings file recovery more robust
  • Retry saving settings when operation failed
  • Fix deletion of old logs
  • Fix adding multiple torrents at once from WebUI
  • Improve “Run External Program” behavior.
  • Suppress multiple I/O errors for the same torrent
  • Replace raster qbt logo with vector version
  • Fix open destination folder with Nautilus > 3.28
  • Web UI, RSS and other changes.

How to Install qBittorrent 4.1.1 in Ubuntu:

The official qBittorrent PPA contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04, and derivatives.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or searching “Terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

Type in your password (no visual feedback while typing due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. To upgrade from a previous release, launch Software Updater and you’ll see qBittorrent available for upgrade after checking for updates.

upgrade qBittorrent

Or run commands below to install /upgrade it from terminal:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install qbittorrent

3. (Optional) To uninstall the 4.1.1 release and revert to the stock version of qBittorrent in Ubuntu repository, do:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

Curlew Multimedia Converter

Free and open-source multimedia converter Curlew 0.2.5 was released today with great new features and enhancements.

Curlew is a GTK3 software written in Python and uses ffmpeg/avconv for media encoding. The latest Curlew 0.2.5 features:

  • Add option to include all audio tracks of file.
  • Add support for merging files.
  • Add Fade In/Out filter feature.
  • Add paste “from the Clipboard” feature.
  • Use Home directory as default converting destination.
  • Hide unused page/widget.
  • Add xplayer to players list.
  • Colored buttons (Convert/Close).
  • Removed CSD option.
  • Deleted stdeb config files and use native debian packaging system.
  • Fix disabled convert button issue.
  • Bug fixes, code enhancements, and translation updates.

How to install Curlew 0.2.5 in Ubuntu:

The software offers pre-compiled .deb package available for download at the link below:

Download Curlew (.deb)

To install the .deb package in Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 18.04, either use Gdebi package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/curlew_0.2.5-1_all.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

Uninstall:

To remove the software, simply run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove curlew