uGet download manager

uGet download manager reached the 2.2.1 release a few days ago with less memory usage and some bug-fixes.

uGet 2.2.1 was released silently in its project page with following changes:

  • reduce memory usage.
  • mega plug-in: completed size should not be ‘-1’ if file size > 2G on a 32-bit system.
  • adjust speed limit independently without enabling global speed limit.
  • fix that can’t get 1080p video from YouTube.
  • update translation files.

How to Install uGet 2.2.1 in Ubuntu:

There’s no announcement and official PPA updates at the moment of writing.

However, the .deb packages for Ubuntu 14.04 trusty, Ubuntu 16.04 xenial, Ubuntu 17.10 artful, and Ubuntu 18.04 bionic are available at:

uGet 2.2.1 (i386.deb for 32bit, amd64.deb for 64bit)

Download the .deb that matches your Ubuntu edition, and click install it via Ubuntu Software, Gdebi, or by running command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/uget_*.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

Once installed, open the download manager from your application launcher and enjoy!

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox reached the new stable 59.0 release last night. The new release focus on improvements to page loading time, firefox screenshots, and more.

Changes in Firefox 59.0 include:

  • Faster load times for content on the Firefox Home page
  • Faster page load times by loading either from the networked cache or the cache on the user’s hard drive (Race Cache With Network)
  • Improved graphics rendering using Off-Main-Thread Painting (OMTP) for Mac users (OMTP for Windows was released in Firefox 58)
  • Drag-and-drop to rearrange Top Sites on the Firefox Home page, and customize new windows and tabs in other ways
  • Added tools to annotate and crop your Firefox Screenshots
  • Enhanced WebExtensions API including better support for decentralized protocols and the ability to dynamically register content scripts
  • Improved Real-Time Communications (RTC) capabilities.
  • Implemented RTP Transceiver to give pages more fine grained control over calls
  • Implemented features to support large scale conferences
  • Added support for W3C specs for pointer events and improved platform integration with added device support for mouse, pen, and touch screen pointer input
  • Added the Ecosia search engine as an option for German Firefox
  • Added the Qwant search engine as an option for French Firefox
  • Added settings in about:preferences to stop websites from asking to send notifications or access your device’s camera, microphone, and location, while still allowing trusted websites to use these features
  • And various security fixes.

Upgrade to Firefox 59 in Ubuntu:

The distribution builds will be available in a few days, check the link before doing following steps.

For Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 17.10, simply launch Software Updater (Update Manager) and you’ll see Firefox in the update list after checking for updates.

upgrade firefox

If you don’t see the Firefox update, make sure “security” and “updates” repositories are enabled by Software & Updates utility:

That’s it. Enjoy!

Gscan2pdf, a simple GUI tool to produce PDFs or DjVus from scanned documents, reached the 2.0 release a few days ago. The new release has switched from GTK+ 2 to GTK+ 3.

Changes in Gscan2PDF 2.0 (and 2.0.1) include:

  • Fixed editing OCR output
  • Fixed displaying image after undoing
  • Fixed displaying image after deleting page
  • Fixed text in progress bars
  • Fixed warning message clearing all pages if no scanner detected
  • Switch from gtk+-2 to gtk+-3, requiring the reimplementation of GtkImageview in pure Perl, as C library not compatible with gtk+-3.
  • Fixed ghosting if flatbed only source option but not set.
  • Fixed setting preferences if frontend not set to libsane-image-perl and no scanner available.

How to Install Gscan2pdf 2.0.1 in Ubuntu:

The developer’s PPA contains the new release packages for Ubuntu 18.04 so far. Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 17.10 packages are in process.

Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, do following steps:

1. Add the PPA via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jeffreyratcliffe/ppa

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

gscan2pdf ppa

2. For those who have a previous release installed, upgrade it through Software Updater:

upgrade gscan2pdf

For the first time, you can either install it via Synaptic Package Manager or by running following commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gscan2pdf

How to Remove:

To remove gscan2pdf, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove gscan2pdf

And the PPA can be removed via Software & Updates utility, under Other Software tab.

HP Linux Imaging and Printing

HPLIP, an HP developed Linux drivers for HP inkjet and laser based printers, reached the 3.18.3 release with new devices and Linux distributions support.

HPLIP 3.18.3 added following new devices support:

  • HP DesignJet Z2600 PostScript
  • HP DesignJet Z5600 PostScript
  • HP PageWide XL 8000ps Printer
  • HP PageWide XL 8000 Blueprinter
  • HP PageWide XL 5000 Printer
  • HP PageWide XL 5000 MFP
  • HP PageWide XL 5000 Blueprinter
  • HP PageWide XL 4500 Printer
  • HP PageWide XL 4500 MFP
  • HP PageWide XL 4000 Printer
  • HP PageWide XL 4000 MFP
  • HP PageWide XL 5100ps
  • HP PageWide XL 5100ps MFP
  • HP PageWide XL 5100ps MFP Blueprinter
  • HP PageWide XL 6000ps
  • HP PageWide XL 6000ps MFP

The new release also added support for Manjaro 17.1.4 (64 bit), Fedora 27 (64 bit), and Linux Mint 18.3 (32 bit and 64 bit)

Download / Install HPLIP 3.18.3:

To install the software, download the package “” from the link below:

HPLIP Download Page

Then open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or search for “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

cd ~/Downloads/ && chmod +x && ./

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

Then follow the terminal outputs, answer some questions to build and install HPLIP on your system. When everything is done, plug/re-plug your printers and enjoy!

LiVES, free and open-source video editor and VJ tool, reached the 2.8.8 release today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Ubuntu 18.04.

Changes in LiVES 2.8.8 include:

  • Fix “undo render to same clip” after rendering to selection.
  • Add new libav_stream playback plugi
  • Set openGL playback plugin (if present) as the default for new installs.
  • (Multi monitor support) always show dialog windows on the gui monitor.
  • Re-enable audio recording from external sources (was inadvertantly disabled).
  • Fix possible problems with layout reloading (regression).
  • Reset to correct playback position when stop is pressed during / after pause (multitrack),
  • Increase size of playback area in multitrack mode.
  • Increase preview window size for video part open.
  • Add quick transcode menu option (beta).
  • Keep showing framebar when not playing (can be overriden in prefs).
  • Show audio source in framebar (overridden by pref).
  • Optimise redrawing of audio waveforms in clip editor.
  • Implement external audio trigger for recording.
  • Theme fixes for buttons.
  • Various optimisations.
  • Scale many widget sizes based on screen resolution.
  • Fix crash in multitrack parameter adjustment for effects with repeated channels.
  • Ctrl + mouse scroll can be used to zoom in / out in multitrack.
  • Disable ctrl-q (quit) accelerator during playback to prevent accidental triggering.
  • Updates for libav 3.5.

How to Install LiVES 2.8.8 in Ubuntu:

Other than building the software from source, you can install it from unofficial PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.10, Linux Mint 18.x and their derivatives by following steps:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/lives

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


2. Then upgrade the software from an existing release via Software Updater:

or simply run commands in terminal to install or upgrade LiVES:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install lives lives-plugins


To remove the software, simply run commands:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove lives lives-plugins

The PPA can be removed via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab.