Liferea Feed Reader

Liferea (Linux Feed Reader) 1.12.6 was released day. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.10.

Liferea 1.12.6 is a new bug-fix release which resolves several usability problems.

  • Add confirmation dialog when adding duplicate subscription
  • Fix that when resuming from sleep feeds were being fetched before Wifi came up
  • Fix Headerbar plugin “Mark All Read” button is not feed-specific
  • Fix scrollbars not always present in the headline area
  • Fix that Next update overrides HTML5 enrichment
  • Fix overly wide label in enclosure preferences dialog
  • Dropped unencrypted warning from auth dialog (not true anymore)
  • Adding translatable tooltips for the headerbar plugin

How to Install Liferea 1.12.6 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and derivatives, the new release packages are available in an unofficial PPA repository.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

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

2. Then upgrade Liferea via Software Updater utility:

upgrade Liferea via Software Updater

or run commands one by one to install the Linux feed reader:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install liferea

Finally launch the news reader from your application launcher and enjoy! (Log out and log back if you don’t see the icon).

Uninstall Liferea:

As the PPA also contains many other software packages, you may remove it by launching Software & Updates and navigating to Other Software tab.

If you want to remove the Liferea news reader software, either use your system package manager or run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove liferea liferea-data

HP Linux Imaging and Printing

HPLIP, HP developed Linux drivers for HP inkjet and laser based printers, released version 3.18.12 a few hours ago with new devices and Linux Distros support.

According to the release note, HPLIP 3.18.12 adds support for 64-bit Ubuntu 18.10 and Debian 9.6.

Also following new devices are supported:

  • HP Tango
  • HP Tango X
  • HP Scanjet Pro 2000 S1

Download / Install HPLIP 3.18.12 in Ubuntu:

To install the software, download the package “hplip-3.18.12.run” from the link below:

HPLIP Download Page

Then open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or search for “terminal” from app launcher. When it opens, run command:

cd ~/Downloads/ && chmod +x hplip-3.18.12.run && ./hplip-3.18.12.run

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

Then follow the terminal prompts, answer some questions to build and install HPLIP on your system. When everything is done, plug/re-plug your printers and enjoy!

Gscan2pdf, GTK tool to produce PDF / DjVu from scanned document, released version 2.2.0 recently. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.10, Ubuntu 18.04, and Ubuntu 16.04.

Gscan2pdf 2.2.0 release highlights according to the changelog:

  • Check validity of device blacklist regex when applying preferences
  • Modify preference “Force new scan job between pages” to only take effect when scanning from flatbed.
  • Fixed crash switching frontend option in Edit/Preferences between libimage-sane-perl and scanimage.
  • Fixed visibility of scan widgets when switching from libimage-sane-perl to scanimage.
  • Collect all warning and error messages in one dialog.
  • Be more tolerant of errors whilst fetching options.
  • Use default text if the title of a group of scan options is empty.
  • Lock panning of image and OCR output views
  • Translation updates.

How to Install gscan2pdf 2.2.0 in Ubuntu:

The official Ubuntu PPA has made the new release packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, and their derivatives.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:jeffreyratcliffe/ppa

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

2. For those who have a previous release installed, upgrade it through Software Updater:

upgrade gscan2pdf

For the first time, you can either install it via Synaptic Package Manager or by running following commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gscan2pdf

How to Remove:

To remove gscan2pdf, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove gscan2pdf

And the PPA can be removed via Software & Updates utility, under Other Software tab.

Wine Stable

Wine, an open-source compatibility layer allows to run Windows apps on Linux, released the new stable version 3.0.4 a day ago with lots of bug-fixes.

Wine 3.0.4 added a lot of icons in Shell32, and fixed 47 bugs affecting Total Commander, SuperPower 2, ODB++ Viewer, Wechat, World of Warcraft, Total War, Wargaming Game Center, Overwatch, and more.

How to Install Wine 3.0.4 in Ubuntu:

The new release packages will be made into official Wine apt repository in a few days.

At that time, you can do following steps to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching it from app launcher. When it opens, run command to add the repository key:

wget -nc https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/Release.key && sudo apt-key add Release.key

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

2. Add wine repository via command:

sudo apt-add-repository https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/

For Linux Mint 19, use following command instead (replace bionic with xenial for 18.x):

sudo apt-add-repository 'deb https://dl.winehq.org/wine-builds/ubuntu/ bionic main'

3. Finally check updates and install wine stable packages:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install --install-recommends winehq-stable

NOTE: If you get the unmet dependencies issue while installing Wine, try aptitude instead via command:

sudo apt install aptitude; sudo aptitude install winehq-stable

For more details, see the official documentation.

Uninstall:

To remove wine-stable package, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove wine-stable wine-stable-amd64

To remove Wine repository, launch Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

wireshark

The popular network packet analyzer Wireshark released version 2.6.5 yesterday afternoon with numerous bug-fixes.

Following vulnerabilities, bugs has been fixed in Wireshark 2.6.5:

  • The Wireshark dissection engine could crash.
  • The DCOM dissector could crash.
  • The LBMPDM dissector could crash.
  • The MMSE dissector could go into an infinite loop.
  • The IxVeriWave file parser could crash.
  • The PVFS dissector could crash.
  • The ZigBee ZCL dissector could crash.
  • VoIP Calls dialog doesn’t include RTP stream when preparing a filter.
  • Closing Enabled Protocols dialog crashes wireshark.
  • Unable to Export Objects → HTTP after sorting columns.
  • DNS Response to NS query shows as malformed packet.
  • Encrypted Alerts corresponds to a wrong selection in the packet bytes pane.
  • ESP will not decode since 2.6.2 – works fine in 2.4.6 or 2.4.8.
  • Wireshark tries to decode EAP-SIM Pseudonym Identity.
  • Infinite read loop when extcap exits with error and error message.
  • OPC UA Max nesting depth exceeded for valid packet.
  • TShark 2.6 does not print GeoIP information.
  • ISUP (ANSI) packets malformed in WS versions later than 2.4.8.
  • Handover candidate enquire message not decoded.
  • TShark piping output in a cmd or PowerShell prompt stops working when GeoIP is enabled.
  • ICMPv6 with routing header incorrectly placed.
  • IEEE 802.11 Vendor Specific fixed fields display as malformed packets.
  • text2pcap -4 and -6 option should require -i as well.
  • text2pcap direction sensitivity does not affect dummy ethernet addresses.
  • MLE security suite display incorrect.
  • Message for incorrect IPv4 option lengths is incorrect.
  • TACACS+ dissector does not properly reassemble large accounting messages.
  • NLRI of S-PMSI A-D BGP route not being displayed.

Install Wireshark 2.6.5 in Ubuntu:

Balint Reczey maintains the Wireshark packages for Ubuntu. The new 2.6.5 package will be published in Ubuntu universe repository.

Make sure the security and updates repositories are enabled in Software & Updates -> Updates.

Once the new release package is published, you’ll receive Wireshark updates through Software Updater.