Archives For November 30, 1999

Pidgin PPA Ubuntu

The instant messaging program Pidgin 2.10.9 has been released recently. It mainly fixed problems logging into some servers including and

The default Pidgin versions in Ubuntu universe repositories are quite old (See Pidgin changelog history). The Pidgin Developers PPA provides the most recent version of Pidgin for Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 12.10, and Ubuntu 12.04. Here’s how to add the PPA and install / upgrade your Pidgin from it.

To get started, press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open the terminal. When it opens, run the command below to add Pidgin PPA to your system:

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:pidgin-developers/ppa

After that, update your system package lists and then you’re able to install packages from the PPA:

sudo apt-get update

Now install the Pidgin:

sudo apt-get install pidgin

That’s it. Enjoy!

For the Off-the-Record (OTR) plug-in, which is designed for use with Pidgin ensures authenticated and secure communications between Pidgin users, just search for and install pidgin-otr from Ubuntu Software Center. Finally enable the plugin from Pidgin menu Tools -> Plugins.

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

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.

Keystroke is a Qt based keystroke visualization tool for Linux. This is a new KDE project just created a few days ago. It is helpful when creating screencasts where you want to show what you are typing. E.g. when using vim.

See the video:

This keystroke visualization tool only works on K Desktop Environment (KDE). For Ubuntu users, you can easily install it by running the commands below one by one in terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T to open the terminal):

sudo add-apt-repository -y ppa:samrog131/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install keystroke

This will install the tool in (K)ubuntu 14.04, (K)ubuntu 13.10, (K)ubuntu 12.10, and (K)ubuntu 12.04.

Once installed, search for and run keystroke-gui in the start menu and then type anything to see the magic!

keystroke on github

Want to emulate Nexus, Galaxy, or other Android Phone/Tablet on Ubuntu Desktop? Well, you may already know the handy tool Genymotion.

Genymotion is a complete set of tools that provides a virtual environment for Android. It can be very useful for developers, testers, salesman or even gamers. Genymotion is free for personal use. For full features, you need to buy a license.


  • OpenGL acceleration to achieve the best 3D performance
  • Enable full screen option and improve your experience
  • Be precise in your UI development with the “pixel perfect” functionality
  • Start multiple virtual device at the same time
  • Override virtual device identifiers
  • Directly command virtual devices sensors with Genymotion Shell
  • Fully compatible with ADB. You can control your virtual device from the host
  • Manage sensors: Battery level / status, GPS, Rotation, Camera

Since 2.1:

  • supports copy/paste from the host to the virtual device, or from the virtual device to the host using Android builtin copy/paste feature.
  • Android 4.4 support



Install Genymotion:

1. This Android Emulator requires Virtualbox, so first search for and install virtualbox in Ubuntu Software Center.

2. Register (free).

3. Download the installer after your login the website. Not sure Linux 32 bits or 64 bits? Go to System Settings -> Details and you’ll see the OS type:

4. If you save the installer in the default Downloads folder, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

cd ~/Downloads/

chmod +x genymotion-2.1.0_x64.bin


It first navigate to Downloads folder, then give executable permission, and finally start the installer. Of course you need to change the file-name to yours.

5. According to the previous picture genymotion has been installed to “/home/handbook/Downloads/genymotion”.

So run below command to start it:


This simple tutorial shows how to upgrade your system from Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy to Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr for both Desktop and Server editions.

Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty is scheduled to be released on April 17th. At the moment of writing this article, the alpha release is available to upgrade in Saucy’s updater for testing purpose.

Important: Production machines please wait until the Ubuntu 14.04 final is released. By then, we can follow below steps to upgrade our systems.

Before starting any upgrades, you need to:

  • Backup important files, documents, bookmarks and other data.
  • If you’ve manually installed proprietary drivers directly from the manufacturer’s website, then before upgrading I recommend removing these drivers first and reverting to the open-source drivers
  • Open Software & Updates utility from Unity Dash. Disable all third-party repositories under Other Software tab.

Desktop Upgrade:

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

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

Now start the updater via -d option:

sudo update-manager -d

The Software Updater will open and tell you your system is up to date and a new release Ubuntu 14.04 is available.

Click on the Upgrade button and confirm again in next window. Software Updater will fetch and install the files and prompt you to remove unnecessary applications.

Finally you’ll be asked to restart your computer to finish the upgrade. That’s it.

Upgrade Ubuntu Server:

NOTE: Please backup your configuration files if you’re running any services on Ubuntu server.

For Ubuntu Server edition, we need to install the update-manager-core first by executing the command below:

sudo apt-get install update-manager-core

Then edit the config file:

sudo vi /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades

Make sure there’s a line that says “Prompt=normal” or “Prompt=lts”.

Start the upgrade process by:

sudo do-release-upgrade -d

Follow the on-screen prompts and you’re done!.

QtWebKit browser QupZilla 1.6.0 has been released a few days ago. Here’s how to install it via PPA in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint and their derivatives.

This release comes with new TabBar implementation that supports scrolling through all tabs when tabs don’t fit at all into TabBar. So it means, no more overflowing of tabs!

LocationBar received new completion feature – inline completion. You can now write only first letter and the most used domain will be completed. Once you see the completion, you can just press Enter and load the site.

For details, see the changelog:

  • added support for Proxy Auto-Config (PAC)
  • added option to open another private window from private window
  • added option to detach tabs from window
  • added delete action in edit context menu on page
  • added possibility to remove EasyList from AdBlock
  • added inline domain completion to urlbar
  • added KWallet password backend plugin
  • added Gnome-Keyring password backend plugin
  • added StatusBar Icons plugin that adds extra icons to statusbar
  • added support for POST method in search engines manager
  • added context menu for translating webpage
  • added possibility to export bookmarks to html file
  • great performance improvement for matching basic rules in AdBlock
  • themes can now be loaded from profile directories
  • pagescreen can now save output into number of formats, including PDF
  • proxy exceptions now supports wildcards (*, ?)
  • cancel upload when trying to upload non-readable files
  • select previous / next engines with ctrl+up/down in websearchbar
  • ask user first before closing all but the current tab from tabbar
  • last 2 sessions are now backuped in profile directory
  • always show tab previews after a small delay
  • GreaseMonkey: added icon in statusbar
  • GreaseMonkey: added support for GM_Settings
  • GreaseMonkey: fixed userscripts when first loading plugin
  • GreaseMonkey: run userscripts in all frames on page
  • oxygen: set rounded corners for tooltips
  • oxygen: workaround for transparent background of tooltips
  • X11: Set correct WM_CLASS property to windows
  • fixed: size of preferences dialog on low-res screens
  • fixed: loading plugins with relative paths in portable build
  • fixed: displaying a lot of RSS feeds in RSS widget in locationbar
  • fixed: enabling disabled rules in AdBlock now works everytime
  • fixed: parsing OpenSearch files with XML declaration
  • fixed: don’t show urls multiple times in url completer
  • fixed: drag & drop moving folders under bookmarks toolbar
  • fixed: files with relative paths can now be opened from command line
  • fixed: issues with overflowing tabs, it is now possible scroll through all tabs

Install QupZilla Browser:

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

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nowrep/qupzilla

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qupzilla

For Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty, the latest version is available in Ubuntu Software Center.

Gmusicbrowser is an open-source jukebox for large collections of mp3/ogg/flac/mpc/ape files. This tutorial will show you how to install the latest version, so far it’s gmusicbrowser 1.1.11, in Ubuntu via PPA.

Gmusicbrowser 1.1.11 was released a few days ago, and here’s the changelog:

  • improve search responsiveness (improve responsiveness of SimpleSearch)
  • add auto-update mode that keeps browser lists sorted and filtered (on by default, can be disabled in the songlist/songtree option menu)
  • picture finder plugin: update google image, add bing and yahoo, various small changes
  • albuminfo plugin: update and fix parsing of Allmusic’s pages
  • various improvements to song properties and mass-tagging dialogs
  • gstreamer : add option to monitor pulseaudio’s volume, off by default as it is unstable due to thread problems with the libraries
  • close-to-tray option no longer depends on the use-tray option
  • various improvements and small fixes to error dialogs asking to retry
  • fix default filters “added today” and “played today” doing the opposite of what they say (only fixed for new users, if you were affected you have to edit them to fix it)
  • add a new-page button on TabbedLists/Context/NB (can be disabled with newbutton=0)
  • better handling of vertical scripts in vertical tabs
  • fix combo boxes for setting artist options in the misc tab of preferences
  • fix dialog for selecting label icons up-scaling small icons
  • dbus API: make CurrentSong output more fields
  • songtree: add $discname group variable
  • translation updates: Chinese(Taiwan), Finnish, German, Korean, Russian, Spanish

Install gmusicbrowser in Ubuntu:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands one by one. It will always install the latest packages from launchpad PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:andreas-boettger/gmusicbrowser-daily

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gmusicbrowser

Currently the PPA supports Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint and their derivatives.

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

Frogr is a Gnome app allows to manage your accounts in the Flickr image hosting website. It supports all the basic Flickr features, including uploading pictures, adding descriptions, setting tags and managing sets and groups pools.

You see, the GUI is simple and very easy to use. Right click on an image file allows you to edit the picture details.

How to Install Frogr:

Frogr is available in Ubuntu Software Center by default, but the default versions are old. To install the latest version, press Ctrl+Alt+T to open terminal. When it opens, run below commands one by one:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mariospr/frogr 

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install frogr

This will install the app from its official PPA. So far, it supports Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint, Elementary OS Luna.

The free and open source bittorrent client qBittorrent 3.1.5 has been release a few hours ago. Let’s see what’s new and how to install or upgrade to new version in Ubuntu 13.10, Ubuntu 13.04, Ubuntu 12.10, Ubuntu 12.04, Linux Mint and their derivatives.

qBittorrent 3.1.5 Mainly Fixed below bugs:

  • Fix compilation with Qt 4.7. Closes #1215.
  • Third attempt at fixing saving settings on OS shutdown.
  • Preview now correctly uses the selected file.
  • Allow to resize the columns in Add New Torrent dialog.
  • Ensure that at least one column in the tranferlist is always visible.
  • Ensure that the options window will always be placed onscreen.
  • Delete temporary files after they aren’t needed.
  • Correctly detect libtorrent version.
  • Various code cppcheck fixes
  • Remove isohunt search engine and update thepiratebay url
  • Fix rss settings corruption when checking regexp and going to other rule.
  • Don’t count paused torrents for the autoshutdown.
  • LINUX: Fix notifications with xfce4-notifyd.
  • OSX: Added basic retina support. Closes #1251. (Sébastien Lavoie)
  • OTHER: Sync translations from Transifex.

Install qBittorrent 3.1.5 in Ubuntu:

Press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When it open, run below commands one by one will install qBittorrent from its official PPA repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:qbittorrent-team/qbittorrent-stable

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install qbittorrent

If you don’t like the PPAs, download & install the .deb packages from 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