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The popular VLC media player has reached version 2.1.x with some fantastic new features, bug fixes and performance improvements. However, the official PPA for Ubuntu 13.10 and earlier is stuck at version 2.0.8.

There’s now a third-party PPA that provides the most recent build of VLC (it’s 2.1.2 so far) to Ubuntu 12.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04, and Ubuntu 13.10 users. The PPA is maintained by djcj

install vlc 2.1.2 ubuntu 13.10

The PPA is not officially endorsed, supported or otherwise backed by the Videolan team. Use it at your own risk!

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below to add the PPA and install VLC.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:djcj/vlc-stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install vlc

If you don’t like the PPAs, directly download & install the DEBs from the launchpad page.

Linux Deepin 2013, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring based Linux distribution was released today. It brings Game Center, Face Recognition, Deepin Terminal and other new features, improvements as well as bug fixes.

As you may know, Linux Deepin (previously Hiweed Linux) uses a highly customized GNOME Shell as the default desktop environment. It was initially created for Chinese users only, but there are now ISO images for English language.

What’s New in Linux Deepin 2013:

Deepin Terminal is shipped as the default terminal emulator for Linux Deepin 2013. The features of Deepin Terminal include vertical and horizontal split, workspace switching, SSH connection tool, font resizing and background transparency adjustment, etc.

Linux Deepin Terminal

Deepin Game Center is a platform for online flash games. It aspires to give flash game lovers a one-stop experience. Unfortunately, games are mostly in Chinese.

Linux Deepin Game Center

Other changes:

  • In Linux Deepin 2013, you can choose to log in using face recognition.
  • An improved Deepin Software Center
  • The improved notification center no longer prompt for blacklisted application
  • Resize, move DSnapshot selected area using arrow keys.
  • notification center no longer prompt for blacklisted applications.
  • the default color of window manager changed from blue to black.
  • Improved power management
  • the “Windows” key to bring up launcher
  • Improved automount of removable devices
  • Files dragged from removable devices to hard disk will be copied rather than moved.
  • Various bug fixes.

Download: Linux Deepin 2013

Screenshot Tour:

The latest Linux Kernel LTS 3.10.18 has been released today. Similar to Kernel 3.11.7, this kernel brings lots of updates and bugfixes for USB, wireless drivers, ARM, ipv6, tcp. See the changelog for details.

This tutorial shows you how to install / upgrade Linux Kernel 3.10.18 in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, Linux Mint and Elementary OS.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens:

1. Run commands below one by one to download the DEBs:

For 32 bit system:




For 64 bit system:




2. Once downloaded, both 32 bit and 64 bit system can use commands below to install them:

sudo dpkg -i linux-headers-3.10.18-*.deb linux-image-3.10.18-*.deb

Restart your computer and done!

If for some reason, ths kernel does not work properly on your system. Remove Linux Kernel 3.10.18 via:

sudo apt-get purge linux-headers-3.10.18-* linux-image-3.10.18-*

The free & open-source BitTorrent client FrostWire has released v5.6.6 with important bugfixes on meta search. It’s highly recommended to update.

See what’s new in FrostWire 5.6.6:

frostwire (5.6.6) stable; urgency=high

  • Fixes ExtraTorrent meta search.
  • Polish translation 100% updated.
  • New support for anonymous user experience statistics.

Download FrostWire for Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Because FrostWire depends on Java, so you need to install OpenJDK from Ubuntu Software Center. Or install oracle Java via PPA. Then double-click on downloaded package to install via pop-up Ubuntu Software Center.

Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander Final is to be released on October 17th. Now it’s in beta stage.

This tutorial is going to show you how to upgrade your Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail to Ubuntu 13.10.

Before getting started:

Before you getting started any upgrade process, you need to do:

1.) Backup your important files, documents, bookmarks.

2.) If you’ve installed proprietary drivers manually directly from the manufacturers website then the recommendation is to remove these drivers first and revert to the open-source drivers before upgrading.

3.) Purge third-party PPAs via ppa-purge. Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run command to install ppa-purge:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

Then remove any ppa as well as downgrade installed packages. For example, purge ubuntu-x-swat ppa:

sudo ppa-purge ubuntu-x-swat/x-updates

You can use Y PPA Manager to add/remove/purge your PPAs on Ubuntu.

Upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10:

To get started upgrading process:

1.) Update system:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

2.) Press Alt+F2 key combination on your keyboard, type in update-manager -d and open it.

3.) The software-updater is checking for updates and then downloading repository information.

4.) Once done, you’ll see below window where it says “However, Ubuntu 13.10 is now available (you have 13.04)”. Click on Upgrade button and the instructions afterwards.

Ios 7 style icons theme for Ubuntu & Elementary OS

Last updated: September 26, 2013

This tutorial is going to show you an icon theme called ieos7, which is based on Mac Mountain Lion.

This theme is created for Elementary OS Luna. I’ve tested it on Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Unity, and it works.

For Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and Elementary OS Luna, you can install this icons by running below 3 commands one by one in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:elementary-br/projects

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ieos7-icons

For other Ubuntu editions, directly download and install the ieos7-icons DEB package from

Once installed, use Unity Tweak Tool, Gnome Tweak Tool or other system tools to apply the theme.


This tutorial shows how to install the latest Sweet Home 3D 4.1 in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint 13 Maya, 15 Olivia via PPA.

Sweet Home 3D 4.1 was released with a few improvements and bug fixes. See changelog:

  • Optimized Export to OBJ format feature for big exports.
  • Moved the aerial view point of view closer to the first piece of furniture added to an empty home.
  • Added support for full screen mode under Mac OS X.
  • Fixed a printing bug that didn’t always show the expected pages.
  • Updated the Online version to ensure it won’t display an additional security warning when run with latest Java version.
  • Increased the default maximum memory used by the program to 640 MB, and made this size grow up to 1024 MB for Windows 32 bit installer version according to the available RAM in the system.
  • Fixed a bug in Sweet Home 3D, the portable version of Sweet Home 3D (119 MB), the Furniture Library Editor (12,3 MB) and the Textures Library Editor (784 kB) that prevented the deletion of some temporary files under Windows at program end.
  • Automatically deleted the private working folder of Sweet Home 3D at program end when it stops normally.
  • Accepted absolute paths in system property to simplify the way to specify where the private working folder of Sweet Home 3D should be.
  • Added com.eteks.sweethome3d.swing.fixedPrintMargin system property to be able to force a print margin (expressed in centimeters) when customized margins entered in page format dialog box aren’t taken into account.
  • Fixed a bug that kept displaying the available updates of a library even once it wasinstalled.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented program launch when the name of imported libraries contained a very long string of digits.
  • Updated Spanish help pages.
  • Replaced JRE 6u43 by JRE 6u45 in Sweet Home 3D installers bundled with Java.
  • Other minor bugs fixes and enhancements.

While the default version in Ubuntu 13.04 and Ubuntu 12.04 are 3.7 and 3.4, the latest now is available in GetDeb repository.

To add the repository, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

sudo sh -c 'echo "deb $(lsb_release -sc)-getdeb apps" >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/getdeb.list'

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

For Linux Mint users, see this post to enable getdeb repository.

After that, run commands to update and install Sweet Home 3D:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install sweethome3d


MythTV, the Digital Video Recorder and home media center has reached a new stable release 0.27. Now it features Airplay photo sharing. This tutorial shows what’s new and how to get it in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy.

Highlights of MythTV 0.27:

  • Support has been added for streaming music stations in mythmusic
  • Airplay photo sharing is now available
  • Airtunes OSD has been implemented
  • The Interactive TV support has been improved for the users in UK and Ireland
  • The recording scheduling interface has received a number of important improvements

Other changes:

  • Remove the Timeslot and Weekslot recording rule types.
  • Remove the Channel Record recording rule type. Add a This channel filter to maintain that functionality. Automatically convert existing Channel Record rules to All Record rules with the This channel filter enabled.
  • Provide accurate position/duration/seeking with non-constant frame rates. Note that to get the benefit of these changes for preexisting recordings, it may be necessary to run “mythcommflag –rebuild” on affected recordings.
  • Remove the AutoRecPriority feature.
  • Remove redundant “All Programs – ” text in Watch Recordings screen.
  • Improve the group filter display on the Watch Recordings screen.
  • Default to local time for mythshutdown --setwakeup, use --utc if required.
  • As promised in the 0.26 Release Notes, the legacy CEA-608 teletext (not closed-captioning) support has been removed.
  • The Set Recording Priorities screen has been removed (use the “Manage Recording Rules” screen.)
  • The Reschedule higher priorities setting has been removed. The scheduler now always does this.
  • Use recording rule priority as the primary scheduling priority.
  • The Delete Recordings screen has been removed.
  • Change the ADJUSTSTRETCH action to also support toggling.
  • In mythtv-setup/Capture cards, some Card type: names have been changed/corrected. The list was also reordered.

Card type name changes

Old 0.27
HDHomeRun DTV tuner box HDHomeRun networked tuner
DVB DTV capture card (v3.x) DVB-T/S/C, ATSC or ISDB-T tuner card
Analog V4L capture card Analog capture card
MJPEG capture card (Matrox G200, DC10) Analog to MJPEG encoder card (Matrox G200, DC10, etc
MPEG-2 encoder card Analog to MPEG-2 encoder card (PVR-150/250/350, etc)
H.264 encoder card (HD-PVR) HD-PVR H.264 encoder
USB MPEG-4 encoder box (Plextor ConvertX, etc) Analog to MPEG-4 encoder (Plextor ConvertX USB, etc)

Install MythTV 0.27 via PPA:

The new release is available in Ubuntu Software Center for Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy. For Ubuntu 13.04 Raring and Ubuntu 12.04 Precise, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. WHen it opens, run below commands to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mythbuntu/0.27

sudo apt-get update

After that, you can read this Ubuntu Document to install / setup MythTV on your system.

MythTV 0.27 release note:

PAC Manager 4.5.3 has been released with bug fixes and improvements. This tutorial shows how to install / upgrade it in Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.04 and Linux Mint.

As you may know, PAC is a Perl/GTK replacement for SecureCRT/Putty/etc. It provides a GUI to configure SSH/Telnet connections. The latest release 4.5.3 has following changes:

  • Added support for SOCKs proxies!
  • Added support for defining proxies configuration PER CONNECTION! :)
  • Added an option to “Auto save” every PAC change in realtime, without user interaction
  • Added preliminary date/time information on disconnections
  • Added support for Perl 5.18
  • Fixed a minor bug with PAC substitution variables
  • Changed PAC’s behaviour to prevent password from appearing on “ps” command for RDP (both rdesktop and xfreerdp commands)

Install PAC Manager 4.5.3:

Download the Deb and double-click to install via pop-up Ubuntu Software Center.


Or you can run below commands to install the downloaded package in terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T):

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/pac-; sudo apt-get -f install


Gparted 0.16.2 has been released with important bug fixes and language translation updates. Here’s how to install or upgrade in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and Linux Mint 13 Maya, 15 Olivia.

Key changes include:

  • Fix crash if click apply before pending operations fully displayed
  • Fix FAT16/32 labels are sometimes shown corrupted
  • Fix regression which broke linux-swap resize
  • Fix to not hide the progress of the tools used (e.g., ntfsresize)

GParted is a GTK+ front-end to GNU Parted and the official GNOME Partition Editor application besides Disks. It’s available in Ubuntu Software Center, but old. The GetDeb repository contains the latest packages for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise and their derivatives.

Install / Upgrade Gparted:

First click the link below to download the getdeb package, then double-click to install it via pop-up Ubuntu Software Center. It will add getdeb repository to your system.

Download GetDeb package

Then, run below command in terminal to update and install it. Or you can use Synaptic Package Manager to upgrade the Gparted if you have it installed.

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install gparted