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Firefox 55

Mozilla Firefox 85.0 was officially released today with improvements to privacy protection, bookmarks, and password manager.

Firefox 85 introduces a fundamental change in the network architecture. It now partitions network connections and caches, including HTTP cache, image cache, favicon cache, HSTS cache, OCSP cache, style sheet cache, font cache, DNS cache, HTTP Authentication cache, Alt-Svc cache, and TLS certificate cache. So it protects you from supercookies.

Since this release Adobe Flash is no longer supported, and there is no setting available to re-enable Flash support.

Other changes in Firefox 85 include:

  • Remember user preferred location for saved bookmarks
  • Display bookmarks toolbar by default in new tab.
  • Easy access to all of your bookmarks via a toolbar folder.
  • An option to remove all of saved logins.
  • Various security fixes.

How to get Firefox 85 in Ubuntu:

For all current Ubuntu releases, simply wait! The new Firefox package will be published in Ubuntu security & updates repositories in next a few days.

At that time, you can easily update the browser through Software Updater (Update Manager)

For those can’t wait, go to the release page which also includes a download button:

Firefox 85 Release Note

Krita

Krita, free open-source painting program, released version 4.4.2 yesterday with some key new features though it’s mainly a bug-fix release.

Krita 4.4.2 comes with over 300 changes. New features in the release include:

  • SVG Mesh Gradients implementation.
  • Mesh transform allowing complex transformations
  • New gradient fill layer type to quickly create a variety of gradients non-destructively.
  • New halftone filter
  • Updated macOS integration plugins
  • A paste shape style action under the edit menu.
  • Added a toolbar button for Wraparound Mode
  • New brushes.
  • Improved HiDPI support.
  • Various bug-fixes, stability and performance improvements.

How to Get Krita 4.4.2 in Ubuntu:

The non-install Appimage package is available to download at the link below:

Download Krita (.appimage)

Just grab the package, right-click and go to its Properties dialog, then add ability to executing as program in Permissions tab. And finally click run the Appimage to launch Krita.

Krita also has an official PPA though it still offers version 4.4.0 packages at the moment.

The VideoLAN team announced the release of VLC 3.0.12 as the thirteenth version of the “Vetinari” branch.

The new release features native support for Apple Silicon hardware, the M1 processor in new versions of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and Mac mini.

Other changes in VLC 3.0.12 include:

  • Fix audio distortion when starting playback on macOS
  • Fix crashes with Direct3D video filters
  • Fix adaptive streaming resolution settings handling
  • Add support for RIST protocol
  • Visual improvements on macOS Big Sur
  • Several web interface fixes
  • YouTube &Vocaroo scripts updates
  • And some security issues

How to Install VLC in Ubuntu:

VLC offers official Ubuntu binary via Snap package, which can be installed directly through Ubuntu Software.

Just install the package which will update automatically to the latest though it’s still 3.0.11 at the moment of writing.

MuseScore, free open-source sheet music player and editor, released the new major version 3.6 with many new features, improvements and bug-fixes.

New features in MuseScore 3.6 include:

  • New default notation fonts “Leland”
  • New default text font “Edwin”
  • New dialog suggests trying out the new engraving defaults
  • Automatic score ordering and bracketing
  • Automatic vertical justification of staves
  • Added Mountain Dulcimer instrument and 3-string tab presets
  • Added portamento for FLUID synthesiser
  • Added Petaluma notation font
  • Added mnemonics for “Save”, “Save As” and “Resource Manager”

The new release also features many UI and performance improvements including:

  • Improved the vertical staff justification algorithm
  • Improved functionality and appearance of ‘Add Palettes’ button
  • Implemented a new “Export” dialog
  • Added extended fermata symbols to MusicXML I/O
  • Added heavy, reverse end and heavy double barlines
  • Added a harmony duration interpretation
  • Added support for triple sharp and triple flat

And much more other improvements, tons of bug-fixes. For details, see the link below.

How to Get MuseScore 3.6 in Ubuntu Linux:

For Linux users MuseScore 3.6 is only available as Appimage package so far.

MuseScore in Github (Appimage)

Just grab the package, right-click and go to its Properties. Under ‘Permissions’ tab check the box which says ‘Allow executing file as program‘. Finally click run the Appimage to launch the scorewriter.

KeePassX 2 YubiKey support

KeePassXC, cross-platform community fork of KeePass password manager, release version 2.6.3 a few days ago with new features and improvements.

KeePassXC 2.6.3 features Argon2id KDF and version 2 XML key files support. Other changes include:

  • Improve CSV Import/Export
  • Support empty area dragging of app window.
  • Display default Auto-Type sequence in preview pane.
  • Remove strict length limit on generated passwords
  • Hide key file path by default when unlocking database
  • Document support for managed Microsoft Edge
  • Prevent clipboard history and cloud sync.
  • Various bug-fixes.

How to Install KeePassXC 2.6.3 in Ubuntu:

The Latest KeePassXC is available in Ubuntu Software via Snap package. The official download page also offers non-install Appimage package.

For those prefer the classic apt method, the official upstream PPA has made the new release packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 20.10.

1.) Open terminal either by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard, or by searching for ‘terminal’ from system application launcher.

When terminal opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phoerious/keepassxc

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

2.) Then either update the software package using Software Updater

or run command to install the software:

sudo apt update && sudo apt install keepassxc

Uninstall:

You can run the PPA repository simply by running command in terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:phoerious/keepassxc

And if you want, remove keepassxc password manger via command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove keepassxc