Mozilla Firefox released the latest stable 71.0 a day ago. Here’s what’s new and how to install it in Ubuntu.

Firefox 71.0 release highlights:

  • Lockwise (integrated password manager) improvements.
  • More information about blocked trackers
  • Picture-in-Picture video support for Windows. Pop video into a separate small window and always on top.
  • Native MP3 decoding for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.
  • Various security fixes and more.

Download / Install Firefox in Ubuntu:

You’ll be able to upgrade the pre-installed Firefox to the latest 71.0 release in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10, through the Software Updater in 2 or 3 days (check the building page).

Or install the Firefox 71 Snap package (runs in sandbox) simply from Ubuntu Software. It can be installed alongside pre-installed Firefox.

Also the official non-install Linux package (run the executable from the tarball) as well as Firefox 71.0 release note are available at the link below:

Firefox 71 Release Note & Download

Linux Mint 17 Rebecca Xfce

Without installing Linux Mint 19.x, you can try out Cinnamon Desktop 4.2 in Ubuntu 19.04 or Ubuntu 18.04 via the PPA repository.

Cinnamon 4.2 features less RAM usage, Muffin optimizations, switch VSYNC on or off without restart, faster application menu, samba improvements, and many other improvements.

Install Cinnamon 4.2 via PPA in Ubuntu:

NOTE the PPA contains UNOFFICIAL (though probably the next best thing after official) builds of Cinnamon releases for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 19.04 so far.

1. Open terminal either from application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon

Type user password (no asterisk 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.

Uninstall:

To remove Cinnamon desktop, run command:

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

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

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:embrosyn/cinnamon

Wine Stable

Wine 4.21 was released a few days ago as the latest development release of the compatibility layer allows to run Windows apps on Linux and Mac OS.

Wine 4.21 release highlights:

  • HTTP proxy configuration through DHCP.
  • Parameter block support in D3DX9.
  • A few more dlls converted to PE.
  • And a total of 50 bug-fixes.

How to Install Wine 4.21 in Ubuntu:

1. Open terminal by either pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard or searching for ‘terminal’ from application menu. When it opens, run command first to enable 32-bit support:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

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

2. Grab and install the repository key via command:

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

3. Then add Wine repository for Ubuntu 19.10:

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

For other Ubuntu releases, replace eoan in the code with:

  • bionic for Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 19.x
  • disco for Ubuntu 19.04

3. Install unmet dependence: faudio

The wine devel package requires libfaudio0 library which is not available in Ubuntu repositories.

As a workaround, run command to add the third-party PPA

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cybermax-dexter/sdl2-backport

4. Finally run command to install Wine 4.21, which will automatically install the required libfaudio0 libraries.

sudo apt install --install-recommends winehq-devel

Once installed, run winecfg to bring up the configuration window and check Wine version.

NOTE: If you have unmet dependencies issue, try command sudo aptitude install winehq-devel to get a workaround.

Uninstall:

Open Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab. Then remove the PPA, and Wine apt repository lines.

To remove Wine devel package, run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove winehq-devel

Googler, power tool to Google (Web & News) and Google Site Search from the command-line, released version 4.0 a few days ago.

It shows the title, URL and abstract for each result, which can be opened in a browser from the terminal. You can also integrate it with a text-based browser.

With Googler, you can also print content of results to terminal or listen to new directly, search error on StackOverflow in terminal, stream YouTube videos on desktop.

For other features and the latest changes, see Googler on github.

How to Install Googler in Ubuntu:

The latest Googler can be easily installed in Ubuntu Software. It’s snap package runs in sandbox and maintained by the community.

For those prefer Ubuntu .deb package, download the software developer maintained package from the link below:

Googler Releases

Krita

Krita 4.2.8 was released a few days ago as a new bug-fix release with a lot of work done on vector shapes, the transform tool and, especially, saving on Windows.

Krita 4.2.8 includes following bug-fixes and/or improvements:

  • Save the preferences when closing the preferences dialog.
  • Save the last used export settings.
  • Possible to save the “All” tag as the current tag.
  • Show the correct blending mode in the brush preset editor.
  • Remove “Show Decorations” option from the transform tool.
  • Remove the CSV export filter
  • Rewrite “auto precision” option in brush preset editor.
  • Make Separate Channels work.
  • Disable adjustmentlayer support on the raindrop filter.
  • Possible to use .kra files as file layers.
  • Fix Rec2020 display format.
  • Add hi-res input events for pan, zoom and rotate.
  • Always ask Windows to synchronize the file systems after saving a file.
  • Fix wrong aspect ratio on loading SVG files.
  • And many crashes, and other bug-fixes, improvements.

How to Install Krita 4.2.8 in Ubuntu:

The Krita Lime PPA has built the packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kritalime/ppa

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

2. Then upgrade Krita via Software Updater:

upgrade krita

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

sudo apt update

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-*