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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.

As you may know, Wine 1.7.11 development version has been released a few hours ago. Wine 1.7.11 introduces Uniscribe support in the RichEdit control, support for Slim Reader and Writer locks and condition variables, several D3D command stream goodies, an optional Start Menu implemented in the desktop mode, and improved support for vertical fonts metrics.

This new testing release, which should not be used on production machines, also fixes issues with various Windows applications, including Adobe Lightroom 4, Spotify, Foxit Reader 6, .NET Framework 4.0, and Internet Explorer 7.

So how to install Wine 1.7.11 in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint and their derivatives?

The latest release will be available soon in Wine PPA, and we can press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal and run below commands one by one to add the PPA and install or upgrade Wine 1.7.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-wine/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install wine1.7 winetricks

Wine 1.7.11 Release Note

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.


Dolphin Emulator 4.0, the newest major release of the most compatible & performant GameCube and Wii Emulator comes with about 2500 changes.

New Features in Dolphin 4.0:

  • Beta support for the Wii official online multiplayer.

    This is a feature that has been coming for a long time. More than two years ago, Matthew Parlane and Shawn Hoffman started working on emulating the Wii Wi-Fi networking API in order to run Wii online multiplayer games inside Dolphin. While it was not an easy change in itself, it also required a lot of modifications to core components of the emulator to be implemented properly (for example asynchronous IPC HLE) and a lot of debugging. It is now working well enough that we are releasing it to the public as a beta: don’t expect everything to work, but popular games like Mario Kart Wii or Super Smash Bros Brawl can be played online right now.

  • Alpha support for ARM/Android

    About two years ago, Ryan Houdek began the implementation of an ARM port of Dolphin, designed to run on powerful mobile phones and other ARM devices in the future. After a long time spent making Dolphin work well on both ARM and x86, Dolphin can now emulate GameCube and Wii games on recent Android phones. This support is still in early alpha stages: crashes happen, it’s slow on Qualcomm hardware because of graphics drivers issues, and it is still missing a ton of features. Nowadays, Dolphin on Android is a two man project: Mathew Maidment is helping Ryan with the UI and making the Android version actually usable.

  • Global User directory on Windows

    This is not exactly a major feature, but it is a big change in how Dolphin works on Windows, and requires user interaction to move from the old configuration system to the new one. Before 4.0, Dolphin configuration was stored next to Dolphin.exe, often causing issues when upgrading to a new version of Dolphin. New versions of Dolphin use a centralized location to store the configuration for all builds, usually My Documents\Dolphin Emulator. The documentation article linked above explains the details of this move, as well as what you need to do to migrate your old configuration to the new system (if you were using Dolphin before).

  • New AX DSP HLE emulation code

    DSP HLE is the main audio emulation technique used in Dolphin. Before 4.0, it was extremely inaccurate and full of bugs, mostly due to how it was implemented. Dolphin 4.0 introduces a full rewrite of the audio emulation used in 99% of games, fixing hundreds of audio related bugs in Dolphin. On the flip side, it is now required to run a game at full speed to get full speed audio out of it, which is a direct consequence of fixing these bugs.

  • A new look has been designed by MaJoR for Dolphin (new icon, new icon theme)
  • Wii Balance Board and GC Steering Wheel support
  • Wii Remote support improvements
  • Fastmem is an optimization for Dolphin’s CPU emulation, which was previously only implemented on Windows. Now it supports for Linux and OS X
  • New OpenAL audio backend
  • The Dolphin OpenGL video backend was rewritten by Markus Wick in order to use newer features of OpenGL and be GLES3 compatible. As a result, the OpenGL backend is now the fastest Dolphin video backend on NVIDIA cards.
  • NetPlay stability and usability improvements
  • Mac OS X support enhancements
  • In addition to shipping with a new default icon theme, Dolphin now allows you to make your own themes and share them with other people.
  • official release note

Download & Install Dolphin Emulator:

The official website provides 64-bit deb only for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail. The PPA contains 32-bit version. Due to the dependency problem, this version won’t work on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise.

Download: Dolphin Emulator 64-bit Deb

For 32-bit, run below commands one by one in terminal (Ctrl+ALt+T) to install it from PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:glennric/dolphin-emu

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install dolphin-emu dolphin-emu-master

If you’re on Ubuntu 13.10 & Ubuntu 12.10, try the DEB from

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: