Gnome image viewer and organizer gThumb 3.8.2 was released a few days ago with app menu improvements. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher.

gThumb 3.8.2 uses menu instead of popovers for menu buttons on the header bar, so the drop-down menu now has icons, and accelerator keys.

Gnome shows focused application’s icon and name with a drop-down menu in the top panel. In gThumb 3.8.2, the top panel app menu options are merged into the header bar menu button.

The new release also improved webp support. You can now open webp image from files’ context menu (‘Open With Other Application’). Or simply set gThumb as default image viewer to open webp in file’s Properties dialog (‘Open With’ tab.).

gThumb 3.8.2 changelog:

  • Use menus instead of popovers for menu buttons on the header bar.
  • Align menus to the right for menu buttons on the right side.
  • Search: show the matching files during the search operation.
  • Rename dialog: activate on enter.
  • Added image/webp support in .desktop file.
  • Translation updates and some bug-fixes.

How to Install gThumb 3.8.2 in Ubuntu:

While gThumb in Ubuntu main repository is always old, Dariusz Duma’s PPA maintains the latest software packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Linux Mint 19.x.

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:dhor/myway

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) for sudo prompt and hit Enter to continue.

2.) If an old version was installed, upgrade it using Software Updater:

or run commands in terminal to install or upgrade the image viewer:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install gthumb

Uninstall:

To remove the PPA, either open Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab, or run command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:dhor/myway

And you can remove gThumb via command:

sudo apt remove gthumb gthumb-data

CopyQ, an open-source clipboard manager with editing and scripting features, released version 3.9.3 a few days ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

CopyQ 3.9.3 features new loadTheme() script function loads theme from INI file. And there are also following changes in the release:

  • Currently selected item stays on top on PageUp/Down
  • Skips using a command from a disabled plugin
  • Logs information on slow menu filters and display commands
  • Fix taking screenshots on multiple monitors
  • Fix duplicate show/hide tray menu items
  • Fix moving synchronized items to top when activated
  • Performance improvements and other fixes.

How to Install Copyq 3.9.3 in Ubuntu:

The official PPA repository has made the latest packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Linux Mint 18.x, 19.x.

1. To add the PPA, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) from application menu and run command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hluk/copyq

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

2. Then install CopyQ either via Synaptic package manager or by running commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install copyq

Once installed, start the clipboard manager from application menu and you’ll see the icon in system tray area.

Uninstall:

To remove the software, either use Synaptic package manager or run command:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove copyq

To remove PPA repositories, launch Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab.

Though it’s not officially announced at the moment, Kodi (formerly XBMC) 18.5 was released earlier today, available to install via PPA in Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

Kodi 18.5 is a bug-fix release contains following changes:

  • Support shoutcast over https
  • Add dual support for Artist Slideshow 2.x and 3.x
  • Fix screensaver not going black when video is paused.
  • Fix that Kodi 18.4 does not skip commericals
  • Make archive files work via UPnP
  • Fix scrollbar in skin settings.
  • Fix loading external subtitles in custom folder.
  • Fix that user-provided joystick configuration not applied.
  • Fix “queue item” and “play next” for STRM files with Plugin URL
  • Fix screen rendering issue in mac OS.
  • Fix crash issue when changing the artwork of multipart video files.
  • Fix the filename of the default studios icon.
  • Clear resume bookmarks also when marking as unwatched
  • Stop PVR services on logoff to avoid PVR reminder pop-up on login screen.
  • Add addon settings support for property condition (basic conditions only)
  • Fix wrong sort order list for music playlists node
  • Fix watched videos not being hidden

How to Install Kodi 18.5 in Ubuntu:

The Kodi stable PPA has made the new release packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

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:team-xbmc/ppa

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

2. Then either upgrading Kodi from an existing version via Software Updater:

upgrade Kodi

or refresh system package cache and install Kodi 18.5 via commands:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install kodi

Uninstall:

To remove the Kodi PPA repository, simply open Software & Updates -> Other Software.

To remove Kodi, run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove kodi kodi-data kodi-bin

The fifth bug-fix release for the lightweight Parole media play 1.0 series was released a day ago. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

Parole is a simple media player for Xfce desktop that is based on the GStreamer framework, and designed with simplicity, speed and resource usage in mind.

Parole 1.0.5 is a small release with translation updates and following bug-fixes:

  • Fix creation cleanup of thumbnails
  • Fix volume hotkeys in fullscreen
  • Fix compiler warnings

How to Install Parole 1.0.5 in Ubuntu:

The unofficial PPA has made the new release packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.04, and Ubuntu 19.10.

1. Open terminal either via Ctrl+Alt+T or by searching for “Terminal” from application menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

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

2. Then either upgrade the media player via Software Updater utility:

upgrade parole media player

or run following commands to install / upgrade it:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install parole

For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb package from HERE.

Uninstall:

You can remove the PPA repository either via Software & Updates utility under Other Software tab, or by running command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

To remove Parole media player, either use Ubuntu Software or run command:

sudo apt remove --auto-remove parole