Midori Broswer 0.5.9 Ballet

Midori web browser now can be easily installed in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04 and higher via Snap package.

Midori is a light-weight web browser that uses Webkit rendering engine with GTK user interface. It is the default browser in the SliTaz Linux, Bodhi Linux, and Trisquel Mini.

The software maintainer has made the web browser into Snap package, which runs in sandbox and auto-updates itself once a new release is published.

Midori Broser in Ubuntu

How to Install Midori in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install midori:

For Ubuntu 19.04, there are two Midiro packages in Ubuntu Software. Check packages details, and install the one from Snap Store.

For Ubuntu 16.04, first open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and install snapd daemon first:

sudo apt-get install snapd

Then install Midori snap package via command:

sudo snap install midori

Uninstall:

To remove Midori web browser, either use Ubuntu Software (Ubuntu 18.04 and higher) or run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove midori

Avidemux video editor

Avidemux video editor released version 2.7.2 today with new demuxers / encoders, bug-fixes, and various other changes.

Avidemux 2.7.2 release highlights:

  • Native AviSynth demuxer (MSVC++ 64 bits Windows builds only)!
  • VapourSynth demuxer to directly load .vpy scripts
  • FFmpeg-based VA-API HW accelerated H.264 encoder (Intel/Linux)
  • FFmpeg-based VA-API HW accelerated HEVC encoder (Intel/Linux)
  • FFmpeg 4.x compatible
  • Allow to cancel indexing of MKV files
  • Add decoding support for multichannel Opus audio
  • Other enhancements, and many bug-fixes.

How to Install Avidemux 2.7.2 in Ubuntu:

Appimage:

The software offers Linux universal binaries (non-install executable to launch the software) in its download page:

Avidemux download (Linux, Universal binaries)

Once you get it, do:

  • right-click and go to file Properties -> Permissions -> allow executing file as program.
  • right-click and select run the Appimage.

Flatpak:

Avidemux is also available as flatpak, see the Flathub page for more details.

Native Ubuntu package:

There’s also an unofficial PPA contains the latest 2.7.2 packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and higher.

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/avidemux

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

avidemux ppa

2. Then run following 2 commands to refresh package cache and install the video editor:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install avidemux2.7-qt5 avidemux2.7-qt5-data avidemux2.7-plugins-qt5 avidemux2.7-jobs-qt5

Uninstall:

To remove the native Ubuntu .deb package of Avidemux 2.7, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove avidemux2.7-*

And remove the PPA via Software & Updates utility under ‘Other Software’ tab.

gnome shell

This quick tutorial shows how to get Mac OS style auto-resize dock launcher in Ubuntu 18.04, without installing extensions, e.g., Dash to Panel or Dash to Dock.

The left panel in Ubuntu 18.04 is called “Ubuntu Dock“. It is forked from Dash to Dock extension and less customizable via System Settings. There are only auto-hide, panel position, and icon size settings.

To get more settings for Ubuntu Dock, there’s a graphical tool called Dconf Editor.

1. First search for and install dconf editor from Ubuntu Software:

2. Launch dconf editor, and navigate to org/gnome/shell/extensions/dash-to-dock. And turn off the switch for ‘extend height’.

Then you’ll see an auto-resize Mac OS style dock launcher instead of the extended panel.

Audacity audio editor 2.3.1 was finally released and restored Linux support which was missing in 2.3.0.

Audacity 2.3.1 brings over 20 bug-fixes and following new features / improvements:

  • Microfades are now an opt-in feature. They were always on in 2.3.0.
  • The advanced vertical zooming option is now available in the View->Zoom menu.
  • Regular interval labels now support range labels.

How to Install Audacity 2.3.1 in Ubuntu:

There’s an unofficial PPA contains the 2.3.1 packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04, and their derivatives, e.g., Linux Mint 18.x and 19.x.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

Type user password (no asterisk feedback due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to add the PPA.

2. If you have a previous version installed, you can upgrade Audacity via Software Updater after adding the PPA.

upgrade audacity

or run following commands one by one to check updates and install (or upgrade) audacity 2.3.1:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install audacity

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA repository, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to ‘Other Software’ tab.

To remove Audacity audio software, either use system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove audacity audacity-data

Nvidia Linux driver

NVIDIA driver 418.43 for Linux was released 2 weeks ago with G-SYNC Compatible (a.k.a. FreeSync / Adaptive-Sync) support. Now you can install it in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher via the “Graphics Drivers” team PPA.

NVIDIA driver 418.43 is the first stable release in the 418 series, and it features:

  • New GPUs support:
    • GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
    • GeForce RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design
    • GeForce RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design
  • Initial support for G-SYNC Compatible monitors.
  • Support for stereo presentation in Vulkan.
  • NVIDIA optical flow support.
  • NVIDIA Video Codec SDK 9.0 support
  • Various Vulkan and OpenGL fixes
  • See the release note for more details.

How to Install NVIDIA Driver 418.43 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04, you can do following steps to add the PPA and install the latest NVIDIA 418 drivers.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:graphics-drivers/ppa

Type user password (no asterisk feedback due to security reason) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue adding PPA.

2. For Linux Mint 19, you may need to run command to refresh system package cache:

sudo apt update

3. Launch Software & Updates utility, and navigate to Additional Drivers tab.

Then choose using “NVIDIA driver metapackage from nvidia-driver-418” from the list and click Apply Changes.

In addition, if the driver does not install after clicking ‘Apply Changes’, try running command in terminal:

sudo apt install nvidia-driver-418 nvidia-settings

For unmet dependency issue, try removing old NVIDIA proprietary drivers first.