The fifth bug-fix release for the lightweight Parole media play 1.0 series was released a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

Parole is a simple media player for Xfce desktop that is based on the GStreamer framework, and designed with simplicity, speed and resource usage in mind.

Parole 1.0.5 is a small release with translation updates and following bug-fixes:

  • Fix creation cleanup of thumbnails
  • Fix volume hotkeys in fullscreen
  • Fix compiler warnings

How to Install Parole 1.0.5 in Ubuntu:

The unofficial PPA has made the new release packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

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

2. Then either upgrade the media player via Software Updater utility:

upgrade parole media player

or run following commands to install / upgrade it:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install parole

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

Uninstall:

You can remove the PPA repository either via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab, or by running command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

To remove Parole media player, either use Ubuntu Software or run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove parole

Brave web browser 1.0 stable was finally released. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

Brave is an open-source Chromium based web browser features faster page loading speed, and blocks ads and trackers by default.

Brave 1.0 was announced 2 days go. And here’s how to install it via the official apt repository.

1.) Open terminal either from application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to make sure curl is installed:

sudo apt install apt-transport-https curl

Type user password when it prompts (no asterisk feedback) and hit Enter.

2.) Download and add the repository key via command:

curl -s https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com/brave-core.asc | sudo apt-key add -

3.) Add the official brave apt repository (64-bit support only):

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://brave-browser-apt-release.s3.brave.com $(lsb_release -sc) main" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/brave.list'

NOTE for Linux Mint 19.x, you have to replace $(lsb_release -sc) in the code with bionic (or xenial for Linux Mint 18.x).

4.) Finally refresh package cache and install the web browser via command:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install brave-browser

Uninstall:

To remove the Brave web browser, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove brave-browser

And remove the apt repository via Software & Updates -> Other Software:

opera web browser

Opera web browser 65 was released a day ago with redesigned address bar, improved tracker blocker, and new bookmarks panel.

Opera Browser 65 release highlights:

  • Display the trackers Opera is blocking.
  • Redesigned address bar:
    • current webpage is dimmed while typing in address bar.
    • website titles displayed first, followed by hyperlinks in dropdown suggests
    • display website favicon icon in dropdown layout.
  • New bookmarks panel via the heart icon in the sidebar.

How to Install Opera 65 in Ubuntu:

The Opera team offers snap package (runs in sandbox), available to install in Ubuntu Software:

Also the native Ubuntu .deb package is available for downloading at the link below:

Download Opera for Linux

Grab the .deb package, and double-click to install it.

If you installed Opera via the .deb package, you may also add the official apt repository via following steps to receive future software updates.

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

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://deb.opera.com/opera-stable/ stable non-free" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/opera.list'

2. Get the key:

wget -O - http://deb.opera.com/archive.key | sudo apt-key add -

Finally either install Opera via following command or upgrade the browser via Software Updater:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install opera-stable

Uninstall:

For the Opera snap package, simply remove it from Ubuntu Software.

For the Opera apt repository, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove traditional opera package, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove opera-stable

gnome shell

This tutorial shows how to hide the icons of mounted drives / partitions from the left (or bottom) dock launcher in Ubuntu 19.10.

When you plug in a USB drive or browse through an external file partition in Nautilus file browser, a new device icon will appear in the left dock panel in Ubuntu 19.10 Gnome desktop.

To prevent these mounted devices icons from showing, do following steps:

1.) Install dconf editor via Ubuntu Software:

2.) Launch dconf editor, and navigate to org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock.

Then scroll down and find out the key “show-mounts“, and turn off the toggle.

For those familiar with Linux commands, a single command can prevent these mounted devices icons from showing in the left dock.

gsettings set org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock show-mounts false

(Optional) Also you can easily restore the change via command:

gsettings reset org.gnome.shell.extensions.dash-to-dock show-mounts

digiKam 5.6.0

The free and open-source digiKam image organizer and tag editor released version 6.4.0 a few days ago with extended DPlugins interface.

digiKam 6.4.0 release highlights:

  • 14 new plugins.
  • support native image loader as plugins instead to use hard-coded loader.
  • support HEIF image format as native.
  • RAW import tool as plugin.
  • Image editor clone tool plugin
  • For more, see the release note.

Download DigiKam 6.4.0

There’s no PPA repository, snap package (in test stage), or flatpak package for the latest DigiKam.

So far there’s only Appimage available to make it easy to run DigiKam in Ubuntu.

Download Digikam (appimage)

  • Download the i386.appimage (for 32-bit) or x86_64.appimage (for 64-bit)
  • Right-click and go to file’s Properties dialog, and check the box says ‘allow executing file as program’ in Permissions tab.
  • Finally run the appimage to launch digiKam.