Qmmp Qt-based multimedia player

Qmmp, Qt-based multimedia player, released version 1.3.0 with many new features, improvements, and bug-fixes.

Qmmp 1.3.0 release highlights:

  • Add history plugin.
  • Add mono to stereo converter
  • Add mpg123-based decoder
  • Add PulseAudio volume control
  • Add cover edition feature
  • Add playlist reading/writing optimization
  • Add TAK support
  • Add feature to send listened tracks to ListenBrainz
  • Improvements to skinned plugin, qsui plugin, http plugin, stream browser.
  • Removed mpris1 support, and various other changes.

Qmmp

How to Install Qmmp 1.3.0 in Ubuntu:

Qmmp 1.3.0 is available to install via its official PPA, for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 18.10, Linux Mint 18.x and 19.x.

1. Open terminal via Ctrl+Alt+T or from app launcher, and then run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:forkotov02/ppa

Input your password (no asterisks feedback while typing) and hit Enter to continue.

2. If a previous version exists, upgrade Qmmp using Software Updater:

Or run commands to install or upgrade Qmmp and its plugins:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qmmp qmmp-plugin-pack

For qt4 version, use qmmp-qt4 and qmmp-plugin-pack-qt4 instead in the last command.

Uninstall:

You can manage the PPA repository via Software & Updates utility, under Other Software tab.

To remove Qmmp music player, either use your system package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove qmmp qmmp-*

This quick tutorial shows how to install the latest KiCad 5.0.2, open-source electronics design automation suite, in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Linux Mint 18.x and 19.

KiCad is an open source software suite for Electronic Design Automation (EDA). The programs handle Schematic Capture, and PCB Layout with Gerber output.

The latest release so far is KiCad 5.0.2. Ubuntu users can easily install it from js-reynaud’s PPA.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut or from application menu. When it opens, paste below command and hit run:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:js-reynaud/kicad-5

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

2. If you’ve installed an old version, upgrade the software via Software Updater (Update Manager):

Or run commands one by one in terminal to check updates, and install KiCad:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install kicad

You can skip apt-get update command for Ubuntu 18.04 and higher

Uninstall:

To remove KiCad EDA, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove kicad kicad-*

To remove the PPA added in step 1, open Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

Krita

The latest release of digital painting software Krita 4.1.7 now is available to install in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, and higher via Snap package.

Snap is a containerized software package runs in most Linux desktop. It bundles most required libraires and auto-updates itself.

Krita 4.1.7

For Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, the official Krita package can be easily installed via Ubuntu Software:

How to Install the Latest Krita in Ubuntu 16.04:

For Ubuntu 16.04, besides running the non-install Appimage file, run following commands one by one to install the latest Krita snap package.

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and install the snapd daemon:

sudo apt-get install snapd

2. Then install Krita snap via command:

sudo snap install krita

To access outside of user home directory, you may add --classic in the end of the command.

Uninstall Krita Snap package:

To remove the snap, run following command in terminal:

sudo snap remove krita

Visual Studio Code IDE

Visual Studio Code IDE 1.31 was released recently with new features, tree UI improvements, menu updates, and more.

Visual Studio Code 1.31 release highlights:

  • No longer required to reload VS Code when you install or enable an extension.
  • New tree widget
  • Improved keyboard navigation
  • Added cut command in Explorer context menu.
  • More navigation actions added to Go menu.
  • Added keyboard navigation in Linux with custom menus
  • Full multiline issue details in the Problems panel.
  • References: Show History command for the References view.
  • Semantic selection for HTML, CSS, and JSON.
  • Terminal text automatically reflows as panel width changes.
  • Custom user input for task and debug configuration.

How to Install VS Code 1.31 in Ubuntu:

The easiest way is to install the community maintained Snap package, containerized software package, which available in Ubuntu Software:

The 1.31 snap package is not available at the moment, though it auto-updates itself once you installed it.

You can also install the official .deb package which is available for download at the link below:

Download VS Code (.deb)

Grab the deb and install it via either Gdebi package manager or command in terminal(Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/code_*.deb; sudo apt -f install

For those who want to receive updates for VS Code via Software Updater utility, add the Microsoft repository via following steps (64bit only):

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the repository:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb [arch=amd64] https://packages.microsoft.com/repos/vscode stable main" > /etc/apt/sources.list.d/vscode.list'

2. Download and install the repository key via commands:

curl https://packages.microsoft.com/keys/microsoft.asc | gpg --dearmor > microsoft.gpg

sudo mv microsoft.gpg /etc/apt/trusted.gpg.d/microsoft.gpg

3. Finally install the IDE via command:

sudo apt-get install code

Uninstall Visual Studio Code:

To remove the code editor, either use Synaptic Package Manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove code

And remove the Microsoft repository by launching Software & Updates utility and navigating to Other Software tab.

Vivaldi web browser released version 2.3 today with great new features, performance improvements, numerous bug-fixes.

Vivaldi 2.3 release highlights:

  • Option to automatically create a tab stack: ‘Settings → New Tab Position → As Tab Stack with Related Tab’
  • Add an option to show frequently visited pages in the URL Drop-Down: “Settings → Address bar → Address Field Drop-Down Menu → Include Frequently Visited Pages”
  • Custom screenshot file name
  • Save webpage as MHTML is enabled
  • Spinner favicon when a tab is loading
  • Passwords should be viewable in Settings
  • Add confirmation dialog on exit
  • Middle-click on tab Trash pastes buffered text into History search field
  • See the release note for more details.

How to Install Vivaldi 2.3 in Ubuntu:

The official Ubuntu .DEB packages are available for download at the link below:

Download Vivaldi (DEB)

Grab the deb matches your OS, then install it via Ubuntu Software or Gdebi package manager. Or run command in terminal:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/vivaldi-stable_2.3*.deb

In addition, after installed the .deb package, you can enable Vivaldi apt repository (Softare & Updates -> Other Software) to receive future updates through Software Updater: