Visual Studio Code IDE

Microsoft VS Code IDE has reached the 1.15 release recently. 64-bit installation now has no size limit for large files.

Visual Studio Code 1.15 release highlights:

  • Large file improvements. No size limit on 64-bit, and 300MB limit on 32-bit.
  • Full search for Release Notes, Markdown preview, and Extensions.
  • Source code auto-indenting and new Emmet support.
  • User definable syntax highlighting colors
  • A color picker to easily create colors in your CSS, SASS, and Less files.
  • Added Loaded Scripts explorer
  • Support for Markdown preview plugins
  • See the release note for details.

Visual Studio Code 1.15

How to Install VS Code 1.15 in Ubuntu:

The official .deb package for Debian/Ubuntu is available for download at the link below:

Download VS Code (.deb)

Then install it via either Gdebi package manager or command (Ctrl+Alt+T):

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

For those who want to receive updates for VS Code via Software Updater utility, add the Microsoft repository via following steps (64bit only):

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

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

2. Download and install the repository key via commands:

curl | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg

sudo mv microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg

Install VS Code Snap app in Ubuntu:

Microsoft Visual Studio Code is available via Snap app in Ubuntu, though it’s not updated to version 1.15 at the moment of writing, see how to install VS Code vis Snap in Ubuntu.

The Vivaldi web browser reached the 1.11 stable release today with new application icon and accessibility improvements.

Vivaldi 1.11 release highlights:

  • Advanced reader mode with font, text size, column width and line height, and background setting at the top.
  • Apply custom theme to the reader mode.
  • Turn off animated GIFs easily from the Status Bar.
  • Adjustable mouse gesture sensitivity
  • Optional Speed Dial buttons
  • And the new application icon.
  • See the release note for details.

Download / Install Vivaldi Browser:

For Ubuntu, it offers the DEB package available for download at the link below:

Download Vivaldi Browser

For those who have installed a previous release, and enabled the Vivaldi Linux repository, upgrade the browser via Software Updater:

To manually add the repository, run command to edit the source file:

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vivaldi.list

When the file opens, un-comment or add (if empty) the following line and save it:

deb stable main

opera web browser

Opera web browser has reached the new stable 47 release earlier today. It mainly features a handful of useful improvements.

What’s new in Opera 47:

  • Ability to export everything from your Speed Dial, bookmarks bar and other folders
  • Smoother background loading of news
  • Opera now retains up to 32 recently closed tabs
  • Video playback fixes in Windows 7 and Mac OS.
  • User interface gained refined visuals for better readability.
  • .scf files added to “risky file protection” for Windows.
  • updated to Chromium 60.

Download / Install Opera 47:

The opera website offers official .deb binaries for Ubuntu Linux, available for download at the link below:

Download Opera for Linux

If you have a previous release installed, and enabled the official Opera Linux repository, upgrade it via Software Updater:

To manually add the Opera for Linux repository, open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, when it opens, run commands:

1. Add the opera repository:

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

2. Get the key:

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -

Finally either install Opera via Synaptic Package Manager or upgrade the browser via Software Updater.

Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 55.0 was released earlier today. The new release features WebVR support, faster start time, updated address bar and more.

Firefox 55.0 release highlights:

  • Windows support for WebVR.
  • Option to enable Hardware VP9 acceleration on Windows 10 Anniversary Edition.
  • Significantly faster startup times when restoring lots of tabs.
  • Search with any installed one-click search engine directly from address bar.
  • Added support for stereo microphones with WebRTC
  • Made the Adobe Flash plugin click-to-activate by default
  • And see the release note for more.

Firefox 55 one-click search

How to Install Firefox 55 in Ubuntu:

Although Mozilla website offers non-install version Linux binaries, the best way to get the latest Firefox in Ubuntu is using Software Updater to upgrade it through Ubuntu main (security & updates) repository.

NOTE that there will some delay for the new release being published in main repositories, check the build page.

upgrade firefox 46

The security and updates repositories are enabled by default. If you don’t see the Firefox updates even after Ubuntu published it in these repositories, check out the Updates tab in Software & Updates utility.

Green Recorder, a simple GTK+3 screen recorder for Linux Wayland and X, has reached the 3.0 release with tremendous updates and new features!

What’s new in Green Recorder 3.0:

  • GIF format support! Optimized and at least 10x better than normal ffmpeg recording with GIF.
  • Ability to choose the audio input source.
  • Add Preferences to set default values.
  • Reorganized the graphical user interface.
  • Reorganized the code and made it much clearer and simpler.
  • Add play button to play recorded video.
  • Introduced a better detection method for running display server.
  • Various fixes and edits everywhere.

Green recorder 3.0

How to Install Green Recorder 3.0 in Ubuntu:

The new release is available in its official PPA for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 17.04, Ubuntu 17.10, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and add the PPA via command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:fossproject/ppa

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

2. Then install the recorder app either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install green-recorder

The binary packages are very small in size. For those who don’t want to add the PPA, grab the .deb package from PPA page. Ubuntu 14.04 and Ubuntu 16.04 need to install python-pydbus package first from the link page.


To remove the screen recording application, either use Synaptic package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove green-recorder

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