VLC media player 3.0.7 was released a day ago. The new release features numerous security fixes and many improvements.

VLC 3.0.7 release highlights:

  • Improvements on the Blu-ray support, notably for menus
  • Improve MP4 support
  • Improvements for HDR support on Windows, including for HLG streams
  • Improve Chromecast support with new ChromeCast apps
  • Fixes for UPnP discovery on MacBooks with a TouchBar
  • Fixes for some 10bit and 12bit rendering on Windows 10
  • And numerous security fixes.

How to Install VLC 3.0.7 in Ubuntu:

The official VLC 3.0.7 snap package (containerised software package) is available in Ubuntu Software for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04, and higher.

For Ubuntu 16.04, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and make sure snapd daemon is installed.

sudo apt-get install snapd

Then install VLC 3.0.7 snap package via command:

sudo snap install vlc --classic

Once installed, open VLC from your system application launcher and enjoy!

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

sudo snap remove vlc

VLC 3.0.7 PPA:

For those who are looking for traditional VLC .deb package, the unofficial PPA contains the latest VLC 3.0.7 packages for Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 18.04.

Pencil2D is an open-source application to make 2D hand-drawn animations in Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

Pencil2D features:

  • open source and free to use even commercially!
  • layers support (separated layer for bitmap, vector and soud part)
  • bitmap drawing, vector drawing, and sound support
  • For more, go to Pencil2D website.

How to Install the Latest Pencil2D in Ubuntu

While Ubuntu universe repositories only provide an old version, the latest Pencil2D flatpak package is available to install via following steps:

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu.

When terminal opens, run command to install flatpak daemon:

sudo apt install flatpak

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

2. Add flathub repository via command:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

3. Finally you’re able to install Pencil2D from the flathub repository via command:

flatpak install flathub org.pencil2d.Pencil2D

Once installed, open the tool from your system application menu and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove the Pencil2d flatpak package, simply open terminal and run command:

flatpak uninstall org.pencil2d.Pencil2D

Kxstitch cross stitch

KXStitch, KDE software to create cross stitch pattern and chart, released version 2.2.0. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 19.04.

KXStitch is a program that lets you create cross stitch patterns and charts. Patterns can be created from scratch on a user defined size of grid, which can be enlarged or reduced in size as your pattern progresses. Alternatively you can import images from many graphics file formats which will allow you to reduce the number of colors and to restrict the conversion to full stitches or optionally use fractional stitches. You may also use images as backgrounds allowing you to trace over them. These imported images can then be modified using the supplied tools to produce your final design.

KXStitch 2.2.0 was released silently. No release note, no changelog. According to the project commits, it’s a bug-fix release with fixes for Qt 5.11 compile issue, importing images for V6 of ImageMagick, and many other issues.

KX Stitch PPA for Ubuntu

How to Install KXStitch 2.2.0 in Ubuntu:

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:ubuntuhandbook1/kxstitch

Type user password (no asterisk feedback while typing) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2. Then check updates and install the software either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running commands:

sudo apt install kxstitch

Uninstall:

To remove KXStitch cross stitch software, either use Synaptic or run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove kxstitch

The PPA can be removed via “Software & Updates” utility under “Other Software” tab.

Ubuntu 18.04

This quick tutorial shows beginners how to disable Ubuntu purple splash screen on boot, instead, print kernel startup messages in black and white.

The default Ubuntu splash screen on boot with the indicator meter of progress:

1. To get started, open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or by searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu.

When terminal opens, run command to open grub configuration file via text editor:

sudo gedit /etc/default/grub

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

2. When the file opens, do:

  • Find out the line says GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash"
  • Remove splash from in double quotes to disable purple splash screen.
  • Also remove quiet to enable kernel startup messages.
  • There might be other parameters in the quotes, leave them unchanged

In the case (see picture) the line should be finally changed to

GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT=""

3. (Optional) If you ever tried plymouth themes, make sure plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text is not installed.

sudo apt remove plymouth-theme-ubuntu-text

4. Finally apply changes by running command:

sudo update-grub2

At the next boot you’ll see the text only startup messages.

Virtualbox

This quick tutorial shows how to share a folder in Virtualbox Ubuntu host and get access within Windows virtual machine.

One of the top things after installed a virtual machine via VirtualBox is how to transfer files between host OS and guest OS. And this can be done via Shared Folder feature.

1. In Virtualbox (6.0.8 in the case), open Settings of the Windows Guest OS. Then do:

  • Navigate to Shared Folders in left pane.
  • Click ‘Adds new shared folder’ button in the right.
  • In next pop-up dialog do:
    • Folder Path, choose a folder in the Host OS to share with.
    • Folder Name, auto generated after chosen folder.
    • Enable ‘Auto-mount‘.
    • Enable ‘Read-only’ if you DON’T want to add/edit the folder files in Guest.
    • Mount point:, leave it empty.

2. Boot up the Guest OS (Windows 7 in the case), and then go to menu Devices -> Insert Guest Additions CD image.

If you don’t see the Guest window menu, press right-Ctrl + C on keyboard.

3. Open Computer, you’ll see CD Driver marked as ‘VirtualBox Guest’.

4. Go to the CD Driver and click install the exe file to bring up guest addition install wizard.

5. Follow the install wizard until done.

6. Finally reboot the Windows guest OS, and shared folder should be there in ‘Computer’