Archives For Ubuntu 18.10

Avidemux video editor

The latest Avidemux video editor 2.7.1 now can be installed in Ubuntu 18.10 easily via PPA (unofficial) repository.

The new package name has been renamed to avidemux2.7, thanks to Thanh Tung Nguyen. Unfortunately, I can’t build the VapourSynth plugin at the moment due to lack of time (I’m new to computer languages, and one small issue can take me a few hours to solve).

1. For Ubuntu 18.04 and Ubuntu 16.04 with avidemux2.6 installed, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and remove it first via command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove avidemux2.6-qt avidemux2.6-plugins-qt

2. Add the PPA repository by running command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/avidemux

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

3. Finally install Avidemux 2.7.1 via command:

sudo apt install avidemux2.7-qt5

For Ubuntu 16.04, run sudo apt update to refresh cache first.


To remove the software package, run command in terminal:

sudo apt remove --autoremove avidemux2.7-qt5

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

Ubuntu 18.04

Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish was finally released today. Here’s how to upgrade from Ubuntu 18.04 to Ubuntu 18.10.

Ubuntu 18.10 is a short-term release with 9 months support. It features Linux 4.18 kernel, X.Org Server 1.20.1, Mesa 18.2.2, and new default desktop theme ‘Yaru’.


Before getting started, you need to do some preparations:

  1. Backup your bookmarks, documents, and other important data.
  2. It’s recommended to remove proprietary drivers and use the open-source drivers instead.
  3. Purge or remove third-party PPA repositories (Software & Updates -> Other Software)

To upgrade to Ubuntu 18.10:

1. Open Software & Updates and navigate to Updates tab.

Then select “For any version” from the drop-down menu of ‘Notify me of a new Ubuntu version’

2. Install all available system updates by running commands in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

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

3. Start Update Manager and you’ll see Ubuntu 18.10 available for upgrade (Restart first if required):

sudo update-manager -c

4. Click the Upgrade button and confirm in the next release note dialog:

The upgrading process starts and it may take a few hours depends on your device and internet speed.

Grub Customizer, the graphical tool for configuring Grub boot-loader, got a new release a few days ago. The PPA adds support for Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish.

Grub Customizer is a simple tool that features:

  • add, remove, edit boot-loader menu entries.
  • Set default OS entry, kernel parameters, etc.
  • Change background image, text font, resolution, etc.
  • Reinstallation of the bootloader to Windows MBR

The most recent 5.1.0 release features:

  • New app icon
  • command option -v to display version info.
  • Traslation updates and some internal changes

How to Install Grub Customizer 5.1.0 in Ubuntu:

For Ubuntu 18.10, and current 3 Ubuntu LTS releases (14.04, 16.04, 18.04), install the new release packages via following steps:

1. Open terminal either from App Launcher or via Ctrl+Alt+T keyboard shortcut. When it opens, paste below command and run to add the official PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:danielrichter2007/grub-customizer

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

2. Then update package lists and install the software:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install grub-customizer

You can skip sudo apt-get update in Ubuntu 18.04 and higher, since step 1 adding PPA do it automatically.

Once installed, launch it from application menu and enjoy!


To remove the software, run command in terminal:

sudo apt-get remove --autoremove grub-customizer

And open Software & Updates and navigate to Other Software tab to remove third party PPA repositories.