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TV-Lite is a free open-source IPTV player with Sopcast and Acestream handling capabilities, which runs in Linux and Windows.

TV-Lite aims to be a replacement for the older TV-Maxe. It so far uses VLC for media playback, and need Acestream and / or Sopcast for this program to be able to handle the respective stream types.

How to install TV-Lite in Ubuntu via PPA:

There’s an Ubuntu PPA maintains the software packages for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, and Linux Mint 20.

1.) Open terminal from system application launcher, and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tv-lite/ppa-git

2.) You can then install the player via command:

sudo apt install sp-auth tv-lite

Once installed, open the player from system app menu and you can add following line into Menu -> “Manage subscriptions” for free TVs.

How to Remove TV-Lite:

To remove the IPTV player, open terminal and run command:

sudo apt remove sp-auth tv-lite

And remove the Ubuntu PPA via command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:tv-lite/ppa-git

Youtubedl-gui is a simple new graphical interface for the popular command-line YouTube downloader youtube-dl.

The tool is quite simple to use, just paste the video URL, select audio quality and format, video resolution and format, and click download! And of course, there’s an option to change the destination folder of your downloads.

Once you click download, a small dialog will pop up with the process bar.

How to Install Youtubedl-gui in Ubuntu:

Just note for legal reasons you need permission to download videos from youtube.

The software developer maintains an Ubuntu PPA contains the packages for Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, and Linux Mint 20.

Open terminal from system application launcher and do following steps one by one:

1.) Run commands one by one to install the latest youtube-dl if you don’t have it:

sudo wget -O /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

sudo chmod a+rx /usr/local/bin/youtube-dl

2.) Add the developer’s PPA by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mordec13/youtubedl-gui

3.) Finally install the tool:

sudo apt install youtubedl-gui

Uninstall Youtubedl-gui:

For any reason, you can remove the software easily via command:

sudo apt remove youtubedl-gui

And remove the Ubuntu PPA either via Software & Updates -> Other Software or by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:mordec13/youtubedl-gui

KDE announced a new chat application NeoChat, a Matrix client for Desktop and Mobile, in its January 2021 apps update.

Matrix is an instant messaging system similar to Whatsapp or Telegram, but uses an open and decentralized network for secure and privacy-protected communications.

NeoChat is a fork of Spectral, another QML client, and uses the libQuotient library to interact with the Matrix protocol. It features an elegant and responsive user interface allows to adapt to any screen size automatically and gracefully. It works on both Desktop and Mobile, and will be installed by default on PinePhone KDE edition.

Apart from sending and responding to messages, NeoChat also features:

  • upload image, audio, video files.
  • room chat and private chat support.
  • emoji picker integration.
  • Drag and drop copying support.
  • Built-in image editor with crop and rotate images support.

The chat app so far is in version 1.0 and some features are not implemented, including encryption support, video call, editing messages.

How to Install NeoChat in Ubuntu Linux:

Besides building from the source tarball, it’s so far only available as universal Linux flatpak package.

1.) Open terminal and run command to install flatpak daemon if you don’t have it.

sudo apt install flatpak

2.) And add the flathub repository which hosts the flatpak packages:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

3.) Finally install the instant messaging app via command:

flatpak install flathub org.kde.neochat

Uninstall NeoChat:

To remove the chat app, run command:

flatpak uninstall org.kde.neochat

QuickWall is a free and open-source tool to grab the latest wallpapers from Unsplash and set as your desktop background.

It works with nitrogen, feh background setter as well as Xfce, KDE, Gnome, Unity. Besides setting wallpapers from Unsplash, it can also change your theme (seems only for terminal theme) based on the wallpapers.

How to Install QuickWall in Ubuntu:

1.) Open terminal from system application menu, and run command to install the Python package installer:

sudo apt install python3-pip

2.) Then install the software via command:

pip3 install QuickWall

How to Use QuickWall:

It’s easy to user the tool though it’s running in command line. For Ubuntu with default Gnome desktop, you can get it work with one of following commands:

QuickWall --setter gnome
QuickWall --random --setter gnome
QuickWall --search "SEARCH_TERM" --setter gnome

The wallpaper are default saved to user’s .cache/QuickWall folder. You can change the location by adding --dir flag in command:

QuickWall --dir ~/Downloads --setter gnome

For more command usage:

usage: QuickWall [-h] [--version] [--clear-cache] [--setter SETTER] [-d]
                 [--remove-id ID] [--dir DIR] [--id ID] [--random]
                 [--search TERM] [--migrate] [--set-lockscreen]

QuickWall - Quickly set latest wallpapers from Unsplash directly from
the commandline.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --version             show the program version number and exit
  --clear-cache         Clear the cache from the cache folder
  --setter SETTER       Wallpaper setter to be used. Currently supported
                        ones: nitrogen, feh, xfce, kde, gnome, unity
                        (default: nitrogen)
  -d, --disable-blacklist
                        Disable adding the image to blacklisted ones.
  --remove-id ID        Remove the passed ID from the blacklist.
  --dir DIR             Directory to download the wallpapers
  --id ID               Get a photo by its ID.
  --random              Get random wallpapers.
  --search TERM         Show wallpapers based on the passed term
  --migrate             ONLY FOR EARLY USERS. Move the files from
                        ~/.QuickWall to ~/.cache/QuickWall.
  --set-lockscreen      Set lockscreen wallpaper (currently for KDE)

Uninstall QuickWall:

To remove the software, simply run command:

pip3 uninstall QuickWall

Planner is a free and open-source task manager with Todoist support. It’s designed for Linux with a stylish user interface.

The software is written in Vala programming language with GTK+ 3 framework. It can synchronize your Projects, Task and Sections thanks to Todoist. And it supports for offline mode, everything will be synchronized when reconnected.

The Planner UI is highly customizable. It supports light, night, and dark modes, allows to adjust font size, button layout, and toggles on / off system window decoration.

  • Drag and drop to sort your tasks wherever you want.
  • Progress indicator for each project.
  • Drag and Drop and create your tasks wherever you want.
  • Create reminders, keyboard shortcuts, export database, and more.

How to Install Planner in Ubuntu Linux:

For elementary OS, it’s available in the AppCenter. For other Linux, the task manager is available via Flatpak package.

1.) Open terminal and run command to install flatpak daemon if you don’t have it:

sudo apt install flatpak

2.) Then add the flathub repository, which hosts the software packages:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub

3.) Finally install the Planner flatpak package via command:

flatpak install flathub com.github.alainm23.planner

Uninstall Planner:

To remove the package, simply run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall com.github.alainm23.planner