This simple tutorial shows how to install Chatterino, a Twitch Chat app with enhanced features, in Ubuntu 22.04, 20.04, 23.10 via PPA.
Chatterino is a free and open-source chat app for Twitch.tv. With it, you can connect as many channels as you like to, either in tabs or in single tab side-by-side.
The client supports features, such as Chat Replies by right-clicking a message and choose “Reply to message”.
Left clicking a user will open dialog for user info, message history, as well as buttons to block, ignore highlight, etc. And, right-click on user allows to @ mention him/her in message.
It supports emotes from BetterTTV, FrankerFaceZ, and 7TV, allows to drag’n’drop image or paste image from clipboard to upload to custom service, such as imgur.com, though not enabled by default.
Other features include:
Link preview (not enabled by default)
Ignore or highlight messages
Search, filters, regular expressions
How to Install Chatterino via Ubuntu PPA
The app provides Windows .exe, macOS .dmg, Ubuntu .deb and Linux .AppImage packages for downloading in its Github releases page.
For Ubuntu/Linux Mint users, the official PPA is a better choice to keep the app up-to-date. Which, so far supports Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 23.04, & Ubuntu 23.10 on amd64 (Intel/AMD) and arm64/armhf (Apple M1/M2, Raspberry Pi) devices.
1. First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. Then, run command to add the PPA:
Though, it’s universal Linux package format that runs in sandbox.
For users who prefer the classic .deb package format, The Debian/Ubuntu Games Team maintains an Ubuntu PPA with the latest stable/devel release (1.16.x stable at the moment) of the game packages. Which, so far supports Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 22.10, and their derivatives.
1. First, either search for and open a terminal from start menu or press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal.
2. When terminal opens, paste the command below and hit Enter to add the PPA repository.
RetroArch game emulator has reached 1.16.x release series. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 23.10, Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 20.04 via PPA.
The new 1.15.0 release feature steam support for macOS user, though macOS 10.13 or later is required. Also, it supports Apple’s native Gamepad protocol MFi, includes Vulkan video driver that is HDR capable for macOS users.
The new release also features Append Preset and Prepend Preset, allows to stack shader presets now on top of each other. Meaning user can mix various shader presets and then save it as a new preset.
Another big change is the alternative system to runahead – preemptive frames. Which, works by rerunning core logic to “rewrite history” before the current frame. Frames are only rerun when the controller state changes. Runahead is still available, and user can choose which one to use.
Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is building the popular Steam game platform as Snap package!
The Ubuntu developer team is going to improve gaming experience on this popular Linux distribution. The first step is to simplify the process of setting up gaming environment. As the number 1 game platform, Steam to be first one they focus on.
Meaning Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, and Ubuntu 22.10 can easily search for and install Steam as snap package from Ubuntu Software:
Steam in Ubuntu Software as Snap package
Or, user can press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run the single command to get it:
snap install steam --beta
The command also work in Ubuntu 18.04, though --beta flag is required at the moment, because the package so far is in earlier stage for testing purpose.
After installed the package, just search for and launch it from ‘Activities’ overview screen:
It automatically install updates and setup runtime, and finally launch the client app for you.
As some users do not like Snap package, there are a few other ways to install Steam app in Ubuntu.
Option 1: Steam Installer
By searching in Ubuntu Software, you’ll see a “Steam Installer” package. Which is an empty package that automatically download steam package from its server and set it up in Ubuntu.
Steam Installer in Ubuntu Software
The package however is a 32-bit package which will also install a list of 32-bit libraries as dependencies.
Option 2: Steam’s official .deb package
Steam website offers official .deb package available for Debian/Ubuntu based systems.
Ubuntu starts working on its official Steam package as Snap. Meaning user can now directly search for and install the game platform from Ubuntu Software. Besides that, there are also an installer script in Ubuntu Software, official .deb package from steam website, and Flatpak package available for choices.
The free open-source kart racing game, SuperTuxKart, released the new stable 1.4 version. Here’s the new features and how to install guide for Ubuntu Linux.
SuperTuxKart 1.4 fixed a dependency bug for MacOS user, meaning it’s now running again for macOS ranging from 10.9 to 10.14 (Mavericks to Mojave).
The release also introduced experimental support for Vulkan renderer, for low CPU usage and better multi-platform support. User may try it out by either typing “/vulkan” in networking lobby and restart the game, or starting the game with --render-driver=vulkan argument.
A new character Godette, the mascot of the Godot Engine, is introduced in the release. And, the Konqi now has a newer and maturer look.
New Godette character
Other changes include:
Lap trial mode
ARMv7 build for Windows
Implement HiDPI support in SDL2 properly.
Make sky particle always fall vertically.
Updated Battle Island and Cave X.
New textures in Shifting Sands.
Add track searching to network track screen
Allow using real addon karts
Add left side ghost replay difficulties
How to Install SuperTuxKart 1.4 in Ubuntu
The game is available in Ubuntu Linux via Snap, Deb, and Flatpak package, though they all are not updated at the moment of writing.
In case you can’t wait to try it out, download the portable tarball from releases page.
Select download the ‘SuperTuxKart-1.4-linux-x86_64.tar.xz’ for modern 64-bit PC/laptop, and arm64 (or armv7) package for mobile device. Then, just extract and run the executable file to start the game.
Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, and Ubuntu 22.10 user can directly search for and install the game from Ubuntu Software app. Though it’s a Snap package runs in sandbox and still in v1.3 at the moment of writing, it updates automatically once the maintainer publish the new package.
SuperTuxKart in Ubuntu Software
For those prefer the native .deb package format. The game has an official PPA with all current Ubuntu releases support.
1. First, open terminal either from start menu or by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard. When it opens, run command:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stk/dev
Type user password when it asks (no asterisk feedback) and hit Enter to continue.
2. Then update and install the game:
sudo apt update && sudo apt install supertuxkart
After that, you can always get the latest game packages by receiving updates via Software Updater (Update Manager).
For snap package, simply remove it using Ubuntu Software.
For the PPA package, open terminal and run command:
0 A.D., the free open-source RTS game of ancient warfare, got a new release update a few days ago.
It’s 0 A.D. Alpha 26, code-name ‘Zhuangzi’, features new civilization: The Han, which was the second imperial dynasty of China. It has beautiful new art, unique technologies, buildings, as well as new gameplay strategies to explore.
The release also introduced 2 new map: Tarim basin – an endorheic basin in Northwest China, Xinjiang region; and Yangtze (aka Chang Jiang) the longest river in Asia.
New civilization: The Han with new art, unique technologies, buildings
Other changes in the release include:
Units now have a slight acceleration
26 new music tracks including two themed for the Han
Add player search to the lobby
option to share allies the parts of the map discovered.
Want to play some games in Ubuntu desktop? Gamebuntu is a new project to make life easier for beginners!
Without searching for how to tutorials and struggling with Linux commands, Gamebuntu is an all-in-one app makes it possible to single click to install Steam, Heroic / Epic Game launcher, Minigalaxy GOG client, and/or Lutris game clients.
Install Game Clients via Single clicks!
The app also offer buttons to easily install other useful apps for setting up Ubuntu for gaming. They include:
OBS Studio for streaming purpose
Discord for chatting
MangoHUD for system details, frame time and FPS counter.
GameMode to optimize game performance,
OpenRGB to configure coolers and RAM modules with RGB.
For those prefer the native DEB package for Ubuntu based systems. I’ve uploaded the packages into this unofficial PPA for Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 21.04, Ubuntu 21.10, and Linux Mint 20, etc.
Besides 64-bit package for modern PC and 32-bit for old PC (Ubuntu 18.04 only), there are also armhf/arm64 packages for devices such as Apple Silicon and Raspberry Pi.
1. Add the Ubuntu PPA:
To add the PPA, firstly press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal (or search from start menu). When it opens, run command:
Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.
SuperTux also has an official daily PPA which builds the game packages almost every day. You may use the PPA instead for the bleeding edge version:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:supertux-dev/daily
2. Update package cache:
For Ubuntu 18.04 and some Ubuntu based systems, user may need to manually update the system package cache via command:
sudo apt update
3. Install / Upgrade SuperTux:
The package in PPAs is a little bit different. The stock versions in Ubuntu repository built the package into supertux and supertux-data. Apology for being lazy, the PPA packages built into single supertux.
Which means, upgrading from the stock Supertux version to v0.6.3 using “Software Updater” may not work. Instead, user need to run the command in terminal to install or upgrade the game package:
sudo apt install supertux
How to Remove or Downgrade SuperTux:
For any issue, user may purge the PPA repository which also downgrade the game package to the stock version in Ubuntu repository (change PPA name depends which one you use):