Diary Software RedNotebook

RedNotebook, cross-platform desktop diary and journal software, released version 2.8 today with support for internal previews again on Windows.

RedNotebook also released version 2.7 and 2.7.1 in recent days. Here are the changes:

  • Never let search phrases end up in the main text field
  • Fix spell checking
  • Use GtkSourceView for editor to obtain better undo/redo functionality
  • When saving, update the list of tags in the auto-complete list for the search.
  • Fix opening RedNotebook homepage from About dialog

How to Install Rednotebook 2.8 in Ubuntu:

The official PPA contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, and Ubuntu 18.10.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcuts or by searching for ‘terminal’ from software launcher.

2. Copy and paste following command into terminal and hit run to add the RedNotebook PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:rednotebook/stable

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

3. Finally check updates and install the desktop journal software by running following 2 commands one by one:

sudo apt update 

sudo apt install rednotebook

Ubuntu 18.04 users can skip sudo apt update command since it’s already done while adding PPA.


To remove RedNotebook desktop journal, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove rednotebook

And remove the PPA via Software & Updates utility -> Other Software tab.

PyCharm IDE

PyCharm IDE released version 2018.2.5 today with some important bug-fixes. PyCharm 2018.2.5 features following changes:

  • An issue that causes PyCharm to crash on Ubuntu 16.04 has been resolved
  • Matplotlib 3.0.0 can now be imported in the Python Console
  • Python code now folds correctly after it’s minimized with Ctrl+Shift+Numpad – (Cmd+Shift+- on macOS)
  • Pycharm fails to generate tensorflow skeletons
  • Gnome-Shell crashes upon replace in path confirmation action
  • And other bug-fixes. See the release note.

How to Install PyCharm 2018.2.5 in Ubuntu:

Jetbrains offers official Snap package for Linux desktop. For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, simply open Ubuntu Software, search for and install pycharm packages:

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

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

Then install PyCharm snap package via command:

sudo snap install pycharm-community --classic

In the command replace pycharm-community with pycharm-professional for professional edition.


To remove the PyCharm snap package, either use Ubuntu Software or run command in terminal:

sudo snap remove pycharm-professional pycharm-community


Linux Mint’s Cinnamon desktop has tagged its 4.0 release for more than a weeks. For those who want to try out new desktop release, here’s how to install Cinnamon 4.0 in Ubuntu 18.04.

Cinnamon 4.0 is not officially announced at the moment. It’s mentioned in the last Linux Mint blog post:

  • New panel layout, you’ll have the option to embrace the change or to click a button to make Cinnamon look just like it did before.
  • Ability to define a different icon size for each of the three panel zones
  • Mint-Y-Dark now is the default Cinnamon theme.
  • Support for mainline kernels was added to the Update Manager.
  • reduced system memory consumption, and various other changes.

Install Cinnamon 4.0 via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:trebelnik-stefina/cinnamon

Type your password (no asterisks feedback) for sudo prompt and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then install Cinnamon desktop via command:

sudo apt install cinnamon

Once installed, log out and login with Cinnamon session.


To remove Cinnamon desktop, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove cinnamon cinnamon-desktop-data nemo

To remove the PPA, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software, or run command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:trebelnik-stefina/cinnamon

GIMP extra color palettes

GIMP image editor released version 2.10.8 a few days ago. Now you can install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Linux Mint 18.x / 19.

GIMP 2.10.8 release highlights:

  • Adaptative chunk size when rendering projections, improving responsiveness dynamically
  • Detection of RawTherapee (version 5.5 and above) improved on Windows
  • XCF compatibility information in the Save dialog more understandable and discoverable
  • Various performance log tools added and log recording made available in the Dashboard dock
  • Port all plug-ins to the new iterator API in GEGL.
  • Improve automatic detection of HEIC/HEIF files.
  • And many other changes.

GIMP 2.10 Splash

How to Install GIMP in Ubuntu via PPA:

For Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and Linux Mint 19, you can upgrade the official GIMP package to 2.10.8 via PPA.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

Type your password (no asterisks feedback) for sudo prompt and hit Enter to continue.

2. After adding the PPA via step 1, launch Software Updater (Update Mananger) to update GIMP package:

or simply run command to install the latest GIMP from the PPA:

sudo apt install gimp

3. (Optional) To remove the PPA repository, either go to Software & Updates -> Other Software, or run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:otto-kesselgulasch/gimp

How to Install GIMP in Ubuntu via Snap:

Due to dependency issue, the PPA does no longer support Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18.x. As an alternative, you can install GIMP Snap package, containerized software package with all dependencies bundled.

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, skip following steps and install ‘GIMP snap’ directly from Ubuntu Software Center.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install snapd daemon:

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

2. Then install GIMP snap package via command:

sudo snap install gimp

Note you may have two GIMP icons in app launcher, as the snap co-exist with the legacy GIMP package. You can either remove old GIMP package, or run the snap via command snap run gimp.

3. To remove the snap package, run command:

sudo snap remove gimp

In addition, GIMP also available as flatpak package that GIMP download page refers to all Unix-like systems.


A new maintenance release for Oracle VirtualBox 5.2 was released a day ago with audio and Linux additions fixes.

VirtualBox 5.2.22 release highlights according to the changelog:

  • Fixed a regression in the Core Audio backend causing a hang when returning from host sleep when processing input buffers
  • Fixed a potential crash in the HDA emulation if a stream has no valid mixer sink attached
  • Fixed an incompatibility with recent versions of Windows 10
  • Fixed a number of brigded networking driver crashes for Windows hosts.
  • Linux Additions:
    • Disable 3D for recent guests using Wayland
    • Fix for rebuilding kernel modules for new kernels on RPM guests
    • Further fixes for Linux 4.19
    • Fixed errors rebuilding initrd files with dracut on EL 6
    • Fixed 5.2.20 regression: guests not remembering the screen size after shutdown and restart

How to Install Virtualbox 5.2.22 in Ubuntu:

1. Remove old Virtualbox if any, by opening terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and running command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove virtualbox virtualbox-5.1

2. Download & install the latest Virtualbox package from the link below:

Download VirtualBox for Linux

Finally install the downloaded package via Gdebi (install it via Ubuntu Software) package manager.

3. If you’ve added the Oracle VBox repository, you can directly install the 5.2 release from Synaptic Package Manager or via apt command.

To add the repository, do:

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

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb http://download.virtualbox.org/virtualbox/debian $(lsb_release -sc) contrib" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/virtualbox.list'

for Linux Mint 19, replace $(lsb_release -sc) with bionic in the code.

Virtualbox Official Linux repository

Setup the keyring so to trust the updates from the repository:

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox_2016.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

wget -q https://www.virtualbox.org/download/oracle_vbox.asc -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Finally install virtualbox 5.2 via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install virtualbox-5.2

With the repository added, you can simply install the future 5.2 series updates via Software Updater.