Archives For Ubuntu 13.10

XBMC 13.1

XBMC 13.1, the first bug-fix release of XBMC 13 Gotham, was finally announced after released two betas and a release candidate.

This 13.1 release contains only fixes compared to previous 13.0, and no new features. It can be safely installed on top of any previous XBMC releases.

  • Fix resume point of certain PVR items begin stale on playback.
  • Fix weirdness when certain TVs query XBMC’s UPnP server and it starts running a bunch of add-ons which cause popups on the XBMC machine.
  • Fix crash at exit while airplay is playing
  • Better recovery of VDPAU on errors.
  • Fixes for cropping of interlaced content using VDPAU.
  • Fix for FLAC tracks with large embedded images not playing.
  • Fix for crash if librtmp wasn’t available.
  • Fix for ffmpeg building on linux using later versions of librtmp.
  • Fix for broken m4a, mp4 playback with paplayer.
  • Fix for the hint text not being shown in editcontrols once unfocused.
  • Fix minor memory leak in PlayMedia builtin function.
  • Fix albumartist use in song smartplaylists.
  • Use unique client broadcast UID in the PVR api.


Install XBMC 13.1 in Ubuntu 14.04 / 13.10 / 12.04:

Important notice: 1. It’s always recommended to backup your current userdata before upgrading. 2. Due to changes related to the add-on system and skin improvement, certain plugins, scripts and skins may become incompatible when upgrading from XBMC 12.x.

To install or upgrade, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:team-xbmc/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install xbmc

This tutorial is going to show you how to install the cross-platform open-source messaging service Telegram in Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10 and Linux Mint 16 via PPA.

Telegram uses your phone number as your user ID that allows to send messages, photos, videos and files of any type (doc, zip, mp3, etc) to people who are in your phone contacts and have Telegram. Unlike WhatsApp, Telegram is cloud-based and heavily encrypted.

Telegram only provides official applications for Android and iOS. It has an open API so here comes the UNOFFICIAL web application webogram and below will show you how to install this app with Unity integration.

telegram unofficial client Ubuntu

Disclaimer: This is an alpha version of the Telegram UNOFFICIAL web application. It may have undetected security issues, and there is definitely a load of bugs to fix, features to add and so on. So if you want 200% secure and fully functional communication, don’t use this yet! You can always find Telegram official mobile applications here:

Implemented functionality list:

  • Sign in by phone number + SMS code, or phone call
  • View list of existings chats (up-posting) with infinite scrolling
  • View messages history for each chat/group (bottom-posting) with infinite scrolling
  • View brief profile info
  • View/edit group info
  • View/edit members list
  • View media in messages: photo, video
  • Download documents from messages
  • Emoji display in all browsers (Chrome, non-OSX ones)
  • Emoji keyboard
  • Send plain-text messages to user or group
  • Send files (photos or documents) via attach icon or drag’n’drop
  • Desktop notifications
  • Create new group
  • Edit group participants
  • Settings
  • Edit profile/userpic
  • Contacts
  • Edit, delete, forward messsages

Unsupported at the moment:

  • Registration
  • Contacts add/edit
  • Secret chats
  • Search messages
  • a lot more…

Install the unofficial Telegram app:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costales/unity-webapps-telegram

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install unity-webapps-telegram

webogram on github.

Change Folder Color in Ubuntu

Want to change the color of your folders in Nautilus file browser to get a better visual layout? Well, there’s a small extension for Nautilus can do the job in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy and Ubuntu 12.04 Precise.

See my file browser:

Change Folder Color in Ubuntu

So far, the tool support following colors: Blue, Light Blue, Pink, Black, Yellow, Violet, Orange (Ubuntu’s default), Green, Gray, Red. Also there’s an option to reset to default.

To install this simple tool, Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:costales/folder-color

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install folder-color

Don’t like Ubuntu PPA? Download & install the .deb package from launchpad page.

Once installed, restart Nautilus via:

nautilus -q

Finally you’re able to change a folder color in its context menu:

Different folder color ubuntu


Indicator Stickynotes is a simple application similar to Windows Sticky Notes that allows you to jot down thoughts, lists, and reminders.

Indicator Stickynotes is meant for Ubuntu’s Unity interface. It has also been tested on the GNOME Shell, XFCE/Xubuntu, KDE/Kubuntu, MATE/Mint, and Cinnamon/Mint interfaces, but support for these platforms is not guaranteed.

Sticky Notes Ubuntu 13.10

Install Indicator Stickynotes:

This simple app is hosted on The developer has created a PPA that provides the app packages for Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10 and Ubuntu 12.04.

To install it, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the command below to add the PPA:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:umang/indicator-stickynotes

After that, update package lists and install the Sticky Notes Indicator:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install indicator-stickynotes

Once installed, start the app from Unity Dash or Menu and enjoy!


geary 0.6.0 ubuntu 13.10

Yorba has announced the 0.6.0 release of its Geary IMAP mail client recently. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy.

Changes in Geary 0.6.0:

  • Basic search scope operators, such as from:john
  • An oft-requested “save sent mail” option for non-Gmail users
  • Separate actions for archive, trash, and delete
  • Much improved server support — if you found Geary unusable in the past on a Dovecot or other non-”cloud service” server, I’d urge you to give it another go
  • Many stability, speed, and interface improvements and bugfixes

geary main window

Install Geary 0.6.0:

For Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run the commands below one by one and it will install Geary from Yorba’s Stable PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:yorba/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install geary

For other Ubuntu releases, you may build it from the source code: geary-0.6.0.tar.xz