To do a fresh Ubuntu install, I’m always first burning the ISO image into USB drive, and then boot up with the USB drive and install Ubuntu into hard disk.

I used to use Unetbootin to create the startup USB drive. However, it has been dropped from Ubuntu repositories since Ubuntu 18.04 LTS. And Unetbootin .bin package is not well burning the ISO image in my case.

In this quick tutorial, I’m going to tell you that the default Gnome USB Creator can do the job easier and more straightforward:

1. First download Ubuntu iso from releases.ubuntu.com, and plug-in your USB drive.

2. Search for and launch usb creator (Start Disk Creator) in application menu:

3. When it opens, click the Other button and choose the downloaded ISO image.

Finally click the Make Startup Disk button to start burning the ISO into selected USB drive.

That’s it! When everything’s done, boot the USB drive in your machine and try or install Ubuntu.

MuPDF Ubuntu 16.04

MuPDF 1.14.0, a lightweight PDF, XPS, and E-book viewer, was released today with new features, UI improvements and other changes.

Changes in MuPDF 1.14.0 include:

  • Added “Source Han Serif” CJK fallback font.
  • Added more scripts to the Noto fallback fonts.
  • Multi-page PNM support.
  • “mutool show” now supports a path syntax for selecting objects to show.
  • New annotation editing mode in mupdf-gl.
  • Can create, edit, and delete most annotation types.
  • Can create appearance streams for most annotation types, Tx form fields, Ch form fields.
  • And UI improvements, API changes, and other more.

How to Install MuPDF 1.14.0 in Ubuntu:

The unofficial PPA contains the most recent MuPDF packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 18/19 so far.

MuPDF 1.14.0 package is delayed due to a building issue. I’ll update the PPA once a patch for the issue published.

UPDATE: The new release package now is ready to install via following steps in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and their derivatives.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

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

2. Then install mupdf and mupdf-tools packages either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running following commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install mupdf mupdf-tools

If you have a previous release installed, simply launch Software Updater to upgrade the tool after checking for updates.

To use the PDF/XPS viewer, right-click on your file and select open with MuPDF. You can also set MuPDF as default in the Properties window.

Uninstall:

To restore MuPDF to the stock version available in your Ubuntu’s main archive, run command in terminal to purge the PPA:

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

Krita

The latest Krita digital painting 4.1.3 is finally available to install via Krita Lime PPA. Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19, and Ubuntu 18.10 are supported so far.

Krita 4.1.3 is a pretty important release includes about a hundred fixes. All users are urged to update as soon as possible.

Krita new welcome screen

For Ubuntu 18.10, Krita 4.1.3 can be installed easily via Ubuntu Software. For Ubuntu 18.04, do following steps to install it:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

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

2. Then upgrade Krita via Software Updater:

upgrade krita

or run command in terminal to install or upgrade the painting software:

sudo apt install krita

Uninstall:

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

To remove Krita, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove krita krita-*

gnome shell

For Ubuntu 18.04 default Gnome desktop, this quick tutorial is going to show you how to integrates maximized application window with the top panel, by removing the title bar, and moving the title and buttons to the top panel.

All the work can be done via Gnome Shell extension called No Title Bar.

1. Open Ubuntu Software, search for and install No Title Bar extension.

2. The extension takes effect once you installed it. To tweak the appearance, click Extension Settings in Ubuntu Software.

The extension does not work for Gnome 3.30 at the moment, Ubuntu 18.10 users can build it from the source code.

Audacity audio editor and recorder 2.3.0 was released one day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18 and 19.

New features in Audacity 2.3.0 according to the release note:

  • New feature – “Punch and Roll Recording”
  • Pinned-play-head can now be repositioned by dragging
  • Play-at-speed now can be adjusted whilst playing.
  • Toolbars controlling volume and speed can now be resized for greater precision
  • Macros (formerly ‘Chains’) substantially extended
    • New Macro palette
    • Macros can be bound to keyboard keys
  • New commands: New ‘Tools’ menu, and new ‘Scriptables’ commands
  • Nyquist gains AUD-DO command
  • Nyquist effects are now translatable and translated
  • More dialogs have help buttons now
  • Increased legibility of trackname display
  • Half-wave option for collapsed tracks
  • Sliding Stretch
  • Dialog (option) for entering labels
  • And numerous bug-fixes.

Audacity 2.3.0

How to Install Audacity 2.3.0 in Ubuntu:

Audacity 2.3.0 for Linux is considered ‘experimental’ and may crash. I’ve revert the PPA package to Audacity 2.2.2.

For Ubuntu 16.04 and higher, the new release package can be easily installed from this third-party PPA.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/audacity

Type your password (no asterisks feedback while typing) 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 2.3.0:

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