gnome shell

This quick tutorial is for those who want to pin application shortcut icons to the default Gnome Desktop in Ubuntu 18.04, while you can’t drag and drop icons from applications menu to the desktop.

1. First, open Gnome Tweaks (if not available, install it via Ubuntu Software) and navigate to Desktop tab and enable ‘Show icons’ on desktop.

2. Open Files (Nautilus file browser) and navigate to Other Locations -> Computer -> usr -> share -> applications.

There drag and drop any application shortcut to the desktop.

Click to run the desktop icon, and select ‘Trust and Launch’. The shortcut icon will display correctly once the application launches.

To remove a desktop shortcut, simply move the icon to trash. Only the shortcut will be removed, not the original item.

That’s it. Enjoy!

KeePass2

KeePass Password Safe 2.40 was released a few days ago with some new features and various improvements.

KeePass 2.4.0 release highlights:

  • Added automatic completion support for the user name box and the auto-type sequence boxes in the entry editing dialogs
  • Added automatic completion support for the URL and user name boxes in the ‘Open From URL’ dialog
  • Added option ‘Group path’ in the ‘Find’ dialog
  • Added read-only mode for the entry string dialog
  • The internal data viewer now supports zooming images via Ctrl+Add, Ctrl+Subtract, and the mouse wheel with Ctrl.
  • Added option ‘Remember master password (in encrypted form) of a database while it is open’
  • Enhanced compatibility check for DLL plugins.
  • Added URL opening event for plugins.
  • On Unix-like systems: added support for opening the local help file with KChmViewer.
  • Added workaround for initial input focus problem in the master key prompt dialog.
  • Added workaround for Mono not always raising the FormClosed event properly.
  • TrlUtil now remembers the last translation file directory.
  • There are also various bug-fixes and code optimizations.

How to Install the Latest KeePass in Ubuntu:

As usual, the PPA will update the new release packages a few days later than the release date. CHECK THE PPA LINK before getting started following steps.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jtaylor/keepass

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

KeePass2 PPA

2. Then upgrade KeePass password safe via Software Updater if you have a previous version installed:

upgrade KeePass2

Or run commands to install / upgrade the software:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install keepass2

Uninstall:

The PPA repository can be removed via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab. To remove KeePass password safe, simply run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove keepass2

shutter screenshot

Shutter screenshot tool got a maintenance release a day ago with some bugs fixed. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04.

Shutter 0.94.2 includes following changes since the 0.94 release:

  • Remove ITmages, Minus, TwitPic upload plugins since the services down.
  • Fix error in vygme plugin
  • Add support for Gyazo uploads
  • Fix insecure perl system calls
  • Use reverse-DNS style AppStream ID
  • Convert all JSON modules to JSON::MaybeXS instead of discouraged JSON modules
  • Fix the issue that right click > “show in folder” results in “There was an error executing xdg-open”

How to Install Shutter 0.94.2 in Ubuntu:

It seems the official Shutter PPA won’t update for the new release packages. So I uploaded the packages into an unofficial PPA with support for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 16.04.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/shutter

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

2. Then upgrade Shutter via Software Updater utility:

or run commands one by one in terminal to install or upgrade the tool:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install shutter

For Ubuntu 18.04, the PPA also includes libgoo-canvas-perl to fix the ‘Edit’ option. And for system tray icon, run command:

sudo apt install libappindicator-dev && sudo cpan -i Gtk2::AppIndicator

Unintall

For any issue, you can revert back to Ubuntu build of Shutter by purging the PPA via command:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/shutter

The open source video transcoder HandBrake 1.1.2 was released a day ago with various bug-fixes.

Changes in HandBrake 1.1.2 include:

  • Fixed Blu-ray title name where reading from raw device
  • Improved handling of broken units in Blu-ray source (skip and continue reading)
  • Fixed rare crash related to preview images, anamorphic, and default preset values
  • Fixed jitter produced by 59.94 fps to 29.97 fps frame rate conversion
  • Fixed duration of silence buffers (may improve audio/video sync for some sources)
  • Updated libraries: libdvdread 6.0.0, libdvdnav 6.0.0 (DVD decoding)
  • Fixed potential crash where $HOME directory is missing
  • Fixed legacy preferences causing preset window being shown at every launch
  • Fixed preset name and menu display on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr
  • Fixed default destination file name for Blu-ray source to not include MPLS number
  • Fixed queue reloading in Flatpak sandbox
  • Fixed toolbar icons alignment and use correct art for lower pixel density
  • And some fixes for Mac OS and Windows.

How to Install HandBrake in Ubuntu:

The software has an official PPA repository for current Ubuntu releases. As usual, HandBrake 1.1.2 will be available via PPA a few days later.

At that time, open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or from software launcher, and run following commands one by one to install the latest handbrake:

1. Run command to add the PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases

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

2. Refresh system repositories cache via command:

sudo apt update

3. Remove Ubuntu build of handbrake if installed:

sudo apt remove --autoremove handbrake

4. Finally install the video transcoder from the PPA:

sudo apt install handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA repository, open Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove HandBrake, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove handbrake-gtk handbrake-cli

In addition, the latest HandBrake also available as Flatpak (containerised software package) for 64-bit Ubuntu.

Liferea Feed Reader

A new bug-fix release for Liferea 1.12 series was released today. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and derivatives.

This is a bugfix release. It includes an important bug fix that solves a possible endless loop on using “Next Unread” which several users experienced as endless high CPU usage. If you are affected by this: please upgrade!

This release also switches the keyring integration from GnomeKeyring to libsecret and introduces a flatpak JSON.

Changes in Liferea 1.12.5 according to the changelog:

  • Webkit browser now supplies ‘Liferea’ component in user agent
  • Added “Mark All As Read” button to headerbar plugin
  • Added flatpak JSON
  • Added item list column drag and drop reordering
  • Move from GnomeKeyring to libsecret
  • Correct instapaper sharing link
  • Update sharing links
  • Fix consistent over usage of CPU (trigger by “Next Unread” loop)
  • Dropping Inoreader support (API broke)

How to Install Liferea 1.12.5 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19, 18.x, the new release is available in the unofficial PPA repository.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for ‘terminal’ from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type your password (no asterisks feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter.

2. Then upgrade Liferea via Software Updater utility:

upgrade Liferea via Software Updater

or run commands one by one to install the Linux feed reader:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install liferea

Finally launch the news reader from your application launcher and enjoy! (Log out and log back if you don’t see the icon).

Uninstall Liferea:

As the PPA also contains many other software packages, you may remove it by launching Software & Updates and navigating to Other Software tab.

If you want to remove the Liferea news reader software, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove liferea