Cantata MPD client 2.3.2 was released a few days ago. Now you can easily install it via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and derivatives.

Changes in Cantata 2.3.2 include:

  • Store actual song path for local files (mainly affects windows)
  • When using Track Organizer to rename music tracks, rename any other files that have the same basename as the music file.
  • Install cantata.png to use as Windows tray icon.
  • Remove internal Samba share mounting code, this had some privilege escalation issues, and is not well tested.
  • Use 32-bit unsigned int to store output IDs.
  • When marking podcast episodes for download, and ‘show only unplayed’ is checked, then only download unplayed episodes.
  • Fix smart playlists with a rating range and no song include/exclude rules.
  • Enable proxy config settings page by default.
  • Add Brazilian Portuguese translation
  • Fix ‘Locate In Library / Album’ for albums with musicbrainz ID.
  • Check HTTP stream URLs are valid URLs, and scheme starts with http.
  • Due to reports of crashes in libvlc code, default to using QtMultiMedia for HTTP stream playback on Linux builds (already default for Mac/Win).
  • Use “:/” as root path for windows folder browse, seems to then list each drive.
  • If a dynamic playlist has rating 0..5 stars, then include all songs (even those without an explicit rating).
  • Ubuntu icon theme is now named Yaru, so install there.
  • Don’t install Yaru icon by default.

How to Install Cantata 2.3.2 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, you can install Cantata 2.3.2 via the unofficial PPA.

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/cantata-qt

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

2. For those who have a previous release installed, upgrade Cantata via Software Updater:

or install it for the first time via commands:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cantata mpd

Uninstall:

To remove cantata MPD client either use system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove cantata

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

Video cutting and joining software VidCutter 6.0 was released a day ago with great new features and performance improvements.

VidCutter 6.0 release highlights:

  • Add video filters -> BLACKDETECT in app menu: create clips via black frame detection.
  • Automatic chapters created per clip in your list
  • Add “Edit chapter name” option to right-click on a click option.
  • External media file joins issue were fixed.
  • Added new “Enable use of PBOs” setting under the Video category
  • OSD (on-screen display) text defined for all user actions + standardised OSD case and wording/format.
  • Improvements to Snap, Appimage, Flatpak, and UI.

How to Install VidCutter 6.0 in Ubuntu:

The Appimage is available for download at the release page (see the previous link). And the snap package is on the way.

To install the traditional .deb packages, VidCutter 6.0 is available via the developer’s PPA for Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 16.04.

1. Open terminal by either 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:ozmartian/apps

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

2. Then install VidCutter either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running 2 commands in terminal:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install vidcutter

Uninstall:

You can remove the developer’s PPA repository via Software & Updates -> Other Software:

And remove VidCutter .deb package via command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove vidcutter

opera web browser

The latest Opera web browser now is available to install easily via Snap package in Ubuntu.

Snap is containerised software package, designed to work securely within most Linux desktop. It bundles most required dependencies and auto-updates itself.

Opera announced its snap packages for Linux users, so that you can:

  • install Opera (snap) in Ubuntu Software.
  • always has up-to-date Opera application (since it auto-update itself)

For Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 18.04 users you can now install Opera snap in Ubuntu Software:

Or run command in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) instead to install the snap:

In addition to Ubuntu 16.04 users who never installed snap package, you may need to install snapd first via command:

sudo apt install snapd snapd-xdg-open

HP Linux Imaging and Printing

HPLIP 3.18.7, a new monthly release of HP developed Linux drivers for HP inkjet and laser based printers, was released a few hours ago.

HPLIP 3.18.7 added 64-bit Fedora 28 and following new printers support:

  • HP Smart Tank 350
  • HP Smart Tank Wireless 450
  • HP Ink Tank 310
  • HP Ink Tank Wireless 410
  • HP Ink Tank 115
  • HP DesignJet Z6 24in
  • HP DesignJet Z6 44in
  • HP DesignJet Z6dr 44in
  • HP DesignJet Z9 24in
  • HP DesignJet Z9 44in
  • HP DesignJet Z9dr 44in

The new release also added support for CDS feature and fixed a few bugs:

  • Supplies and status information are not displayed in the hp-toolbox for Ruby
  • HPLIP Google Reported Issues related to models.dat file on PPD mapping
  • HPLIP Google Reported Syntactical Issues related to models.dat file

Download / Install HPLIP 3.18.7 in Ubuntu:

To install the software, download the package “hplip-3.18.7.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-3.18.7.run && ./hplip-3.18.7.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!

For open-source graphic driver users, the latest Mesa 18.1.5 now is available in Ubuntu-X team PPA for Ubuntu 18.04.

Mesa 18.1.5 was released a few days ago with RADV Radeon Vulkan driver fixes, a number of Intel ANV Vulkan driver fixes, and some fixes to i965, RadeonSI, and even R600g driver.

You can now install Mesa 18.1.5 in Ubuntu 18.04 via following steps:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/updates

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

2. After adding the PPA, do system update via command:

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

apt-get update is not required any more in Ubuntu 18.04 since adding PPA automatically refreshes system repositories.

3. Finally check your driver version via command:

glxinfo | grep "OpenGL version"

Uninstall:

To restore changes and downgrade to the default drives shipped in Ubuntu 18.04, run command:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntu-x-swat/updates