Shortwave, free and open-source internet radio player for Gnome, released version 2.0.0 today.

The new release introduces a mini player mode. It is a super compact window widget with a few control buttons, and displays the current radio station and playing song name.

Other changes in Shortwave 2.0.0 include:

  • Show system notification when start playing a new song.
  • Redesign the station details window, and add ability to copy the stream URL.
  • Improved keyboard navigation of the user interface.
  • Prevent system from going suspend or hibernate during audio playback.

And Shortwave now is built as GTK4 application. For the UI, you’ll see the bottom corners rounded.

How to Install Shortwave 2.0.0 in Ubuntu:

The radio player is available in Ubuntu Software as Snap package, it is however not updated at the moment of writing.

Besides building from sourceļ¼ˆimpossible as it depends GTK4), so far the only way is installing the containerised Flatpak package.

1.) Open terminal either from system application menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command to install the flatpak daemon if you don’t have it:

sudo apt install flatpak

2.) Add the flathub repository which hosts the flatpak package:

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Then install Shortwave flatpak package via command:

flatpak install flathub de.haeckerfelix.Shortwave

Once installed, launch the internet radio player from your system application menu and enjoy!

(Optional) To remove Shortwave, simply run command in terminal:

flatpak uninstall --delete-data de.haeckerfelix.Shortwave

Myxer is a modern new volume mixer application for the PulseAudio sound server. It’s a lightweight and powerful replacement for your system Volume Mixer written in Rust with GTK toolkit.

Myxer can manage audio devices, streams, and even card profiles. And it offers option to show individual audio channels.

As a GTK tool, the software adapts to your selected app theme so that it fits seamlessly into your stock applications.

How to Get Myxer in Ubuntu:

The app so far offers only single executable file, along with the source tarball, which can be downloaded from the link below:

Download Myxer

Just grab the file, and add executable permission in file’s Properties dialog.

And finally run command to launch the tool (In the case, the file is saved in user’s Downloads folder).

./Downloads/Myxer

If you like Myxer, you can move the file to system bin folder, so that you can simply run Myxer command anywhere to launcher it.

sudo mv ~/Downloads/Myxer /usr/local/bin/

(Optional) To remove it,simply run command:

sudo rm /usr/local/bin/Myxer

Warzone 2100, real-time tactics hybrid computer game, released version 4.0.0 a few days ago with tons of changes.

The new release of the open-source 3D real-time strategy game features new graphics backend support:

  • New support for Vulkan 1.0+, OpenGL ES 3.0 / 2.0, DirectX (via libANGLE, OpenGL ES -> DirectX), Metal (via MoltenVK, Vulkan -> Metal)
  • In addition to the existing support for OpenGL 3.0+ Core Profile, OpenGL 2.1 Compatibility Profile

Other features include:

  • New “Factions” for multiplayer / skirmish
  • Higher-res terrain textures, backdrops
  • New Music Manager, + Lupus-Mechanicus’s new soundtrack album
  • Support for “script-generated” / “random” maps (and two new built-in maps that take advantage of this: 6p-Entropy and 10p-Waterloop)
  • Scrollable room chat, and many other UI / widget improvements
  • Updated / smarter AI bots (Bonecrusher, Cobra)
  • New “headless” mode (for --autogame, --autohost, --skirmish)
  • JS API enhancements, + a new “Script Debugger”
  • Removal of Qt as a dependency, + a new embedded JS engine: QuickJS
  • Quality-of-Life / smoothness improvements
  • Hundreds of bug fixes

For more details, see the ChangeLog file in the github project page.

How to Install Warzone 2100 4.0.0 in Ubuntu:

The game offers official Snap package, which can be easily installed from Ubuntu Software:

Don’t like the containerized software package? For Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Linux Mint 19/20, and based systems, grab the classic DEB package from the link below:

Download Warzone 2100

Then open terminal from system app launcher, and run command to install the deb package:

sudo apt install ./Downloads/warzone2100*.deb

Want to get Google search suggestions in your system search results? There’s now an extension to enable the feature in Gnome Desktop.

Google Search Provider is the extension inspired by DuckDuckGo Search Provider. With it, typing any keyword in the Activities overview or ‘Show Applications’ search box will display Google search suggestions. And you can click to open the result in your favorite web browser.

How to Install the Extension in Ubuntu:

The Gnome Shell extension so far supports Gnome 3.36 & 3.38, so it should work in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 20.10, and the upcoming Ubuntu 21.04.

1.) Firstly open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to install the chrome-gnome-shell package if you don’t have it:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

2.) Next go to the extension web page in web browser, and turn on the toggle icon to install it.

If you don’t see the toggle icon, click the link “Click here to install browser extension” and refresh the web page afterward.

Uninstall Gnome Shell Extension

To remove the extension, either go to the web page again or use Extensions tool, which can be installed via sudo apt install gnome-shell-extension-prefs command.

CPUFetch is a simple command line tool, a bit similar to Neofetch, but for fetching CPU architecture in Linux, Windows, macOS, and Android.

The tool outputs the manufacturer logo (e.g., Intel, AMD) along with basic CPU info, including:

  • CPU name.
  • Micro-architecture.
  • The semiconductor technology in nanometer (nm).
  • Max frequency.
  • Number of cores and threads.
  • Advanced Vector Extensions (AVX)
  • Fused-Multiply-Add (FMA)
  • L1, L2, L3 cache sizes.
  • Peak performance.

It supports custom colors and offers a few styles (themes). With it, you can easily take screenshot of the CPU information and share with your friends.

How to Install CPUFetch in Ubuntu:

CPUFetch so far do not offer an Ubuntu binary package. However, it’s easy to compile it in Linux.

1.) Firstly open terminal from system app launcher. When it opens, run command to clone the source:

git clone https://github.com/Dr-Noob/cpufetch

Install git via sudo apt install git command if you don’t have it.

2.) Then navigate to the source folder via cd command, and compile it via make:

cd cpufetch && make

3.) You are finally be able to run the tool via ./cpufetch command in this directory!

To be able to run via cpufetch command anywhere in terminal, copy the executable file to /usr/local/bin:

sudo mv ~/cpufetch/cpufetch /usr/local/bin/

Uninstall:

To remove the source folder, run command:

rm ~/cpufetch -rf

And remove the executable file via command:

sudo rm /usr/local/bin/cpufetch