The official LibreOffice Fresh PPA finally made the LibreOffice 7.1 packages for Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 20.10.
LibreOffice, Ubuntu’s default office suite, released version 7.1 almost a month ago. The new release features new Additions Dialog to better integrate extensions, new User Interface select dialog, new widget with styles preview in tabbed Notebookbar.
LibreOffice Math gets full support of HTML colors, and new examples in Element pane. The Writer application features faster find/replace, a new Style Inspector, and better detection of Unicode in documents. LibreOffice Impress gains new animation presets and adds “Pause/Resume” and “Exit” buttons.
How to Install LibreOffice 7.1 via Ubuntu PPA:
For Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Mint 20, firstly open terminal and run command to add the PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa
Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.
After that, open Software Updater and you’ll see the package updates for office suite after checking for updates.
Just install all the updates and done!
How to Restore:
For any reason, you can restore the office suite to the original pre-installed version, by running command in terminal to purge the PPA:
For those prefer installing apps via the classic apt method, you can now install Blender 2.92 via PPA in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, and also Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04.
The open-source 3D modeller software Blender 2.92 was released a few days ago. Features “a completely new workflow for editing meshes, new physics simulation methods, faster Cycles rendering, better compositing with Eevee, and so much more.”
Blender offers official Snap package, which runs in sandbox, and is available to install directly from Ubuntu Software. As well, a Linux portable package is available to download in its website. For those prefer the classic deb packages, Thomas Schiex’s PPA has made it for Ubuntu 20.04 and Ubuntu 20.10 users.
1. Add Blender PPA:
Firstly open terminal from system application launcher. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thomas-schiex/blender
Type user password, no asterisk feedback, when it asks and hit Enter to continue.
The PPA does not support for Ubuntu 16.04 and Ubuntu 18.04, but another PPA do! It however requires a few more PPA for updated libaries, see the PPA description for detail.
2. Install or update Blender:
If you have an old version of Blender packages installed via apt method, open Software Updater (Update Manager) and update the software:
Or run commands in terminal to install / update the package:
sudo apt update
sudo apt install blender
3. Fix missing libLLVM-6.0.so.1 issue:
Blender 2.92 does not start in my Ubuntu 20.04, and it outputs an error when running from terminal:
/usr/lib/blender/blender: error while loading shared libraries: libLLVM-6.0.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory
This can be easily fixed by running command:
sudo apt install libllvm6.0
Not sure if the problem exists in Ubuntu 20.10, but libllvm6.0 is not available in the Groovy repository.
To remove the Ubuntu PPA, open Software & Updates and go to Other Software tab, then remove the relevant line.
To remove Blender installed via apt, run command in terminal:
This is a simple tutorial shows how to set the priority of a certain package and/or apt repository in Ubuntu, Debian, Linux Mint.
In Ubuntu, we install software packages from different sources, including Ubuntu universe repositories (using Ubuntu Software), Ubuntu PPAs (e.g., LibreOffice, Kodi, GIMP, and more), apps’ own apt repositories (e.g, Chrome, VirtualBox, Opera, and more).
We can even install apps from other Linux Distributions. For instance, installing Linux Mint’s IPTV player, Web App Mananger, and Chromium Browser (in deb format) in Ubuntu is possible.
Why setting priority:
However, installing from mixed software sources may cause following questions:
Lock a package in specified version.
More than one repositories have the same package, but you want to install or receive package updates from a certain repository.
Install only one or two packages from the repository, but refuse all others.
Create and set package priority:
By adding a rule file under /etc/apt/preferences.d/ directory, and pinning a priority will fix the issues.
Just open terminal from system app launcher, and run command to create and edit a config file (replace gedit for other system):
The Kodi media center 19.0 now is available to install via its official Ubuntu PPA.
Kodi 19.0 “Matrix” is a new major release for the open-source home theater software. Though it’s not officially announced at the moment of writing, the PPA packages has been updated, available for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, Linux Mint 20.x and derivatives.
What’s New in Kodi 19.0:
There are many new features in the release. And here are some big changes:
AV1 Codec support.
New color for subtitles and ability to change opacity.
static HDR10 and dynamic Dolby Vision HDR support.
Move to Python 3 for addons.
New functions in the PVR.
How to Install Kodi 19.0 via PPA:
Open terminal either from system app launcher or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run following commands one by one to get the new release packages.
Type user password when it asks, with no asterisk feedback, and hit Enter to continue.
2. Install / Update Kodi.
The Software Updater utility will prompt you to run a “partial upgrade” since the dependency packages switched from Python 2 to Python 3. So it’s recommended to install or upgrade Kodi by running terminal commands.
Firstly refresh system package cache, if you’re on Ubuntu 18.04, via command:
sudo apt update
Then install Kodi via command:
sudo apt install kodi
If you’re going to upgrade Kodi, the previous command may not update the add-ons, so I recommend to run apt upgrade instead:
sudo apt upgrade
How to Downgrade:
You can purge the Ubuntu PPA as well as downgrade Kodi to the stock version available in Ubuntu main repositories. To do so, run command: