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Audacious 3.9 Released With Qt User Interface Enhancements, More [PPA]

Audacious 3.9 was released recently, bringing much-needed updates to the QT UI, along with various other enhancements.
Audacious 3.9 GTK2 interface
Audacious GTK2 interface

Audacious is a music player available for Linux and Windows, which ships with an extensive list of plugins, along with multiple interfaces: GTK2, GTK3, Qt5 and a Winamp2-like interface. Note that the builds from the main WebUpd8 PPA use the GTK2 and Qt5 interfaces.

As a side note, the GTK2 and GTK3 versions may be dropped in the future, when the Qt5 version is mature enough.
The application is developed with low resource use and high audio quality in mind. It ships with plugins such as global hotkeys, lyrics, MPRIS v2, Scrobbler, Spectrum Analyzer, effects such as Crystalizer, Voice Removal, Crossfade, Extra Stereo, and more. Its Winamp-like interface supports Winamp 2.x wsz skins.

Changes in Audacious 3.9 include:

  • Qt user interface:
    • the Audacious main window is more customizable thanks to the addition of a View menu (includes options to view/hide the main menu, info bar, info bar visualization, status bar as well as remaining time) and additional options in the application settings;
    • configurable playlist columns;
    • drag’n’drop support for playlist entries;
    • improved playlist search bar: it’s hidden until pressing Ctrl + F, and it matches results more intelligently;
    • new controls for stream recording;
    • integrated menu items and keyboard shortcuts for the Playlist Manager and Search Tool;
  • a comments column can now be displayed in the playlist (and it supports sorting by it);
  • improved Search Tool results formatting (bold, italics and capitals highlight different types of results);
  • added support for directories in m3u playlists;
  • added automatic switching between track and album ReplayGain modes when shuffle is enabled / disabled;
  • various other enhancements and bug fixes.

A complete Audacious 3.9 list of changes can be found HERE.

Here are screenshots with the Audacious 3.9 Winamp2-like and Qt interfaces:

Audacious 3.9 Winamp2 interface
Audacious 3.9 Qt interface

Install the latest Audacious in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via PPA

To install / upgrade to the latest Audacious (version 3.9 at the time I’m writing this article) in Ubuntu 17.10, 17.04, 16.04 or 14.04 / Linux Mint 18.x or 17.x, and derivatives, by using the main WebUpd8 PPA, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install audacious

As a reminder, Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak) has reached end of life, so Launchpad doesn’t allow uploading new packages for it in any PPA.

For other Linux distributions and Windows, see the Audacious downloads page.

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Purism to Announce a Linux Phone Soon

Hardware company Purism is best known for being the driving force behind the goal of creating a truly free software laptop — but are they about to launch a Linux phone? Fuelling speculation that, yes, they are, the company accidentally published a blog post earlier today titled: “Phone Campaign Temporary Page“. Oblique title, sure, and as […]

This post, Purism to Announce a Linux Phone Soon, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Why Linux Users Often Make the Most Valuable Customers

generic tux linux mascotLinux users are the most valuable customers you can have. That may sound like a collective stroke of the ego, but I do consider it true. We’ve spoken to a lot of software developers over the years, developers making both free and paid-for software. And many of them are often left impressed by the investment […]

This post, Why Linux Users Often Make the Most Valuable Customers, was written by Joey Sneddon and first appeared on OMG! Ubuntu!.

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Tool To Create Bootable Windows USB Stick From Linux `WinUSB` (Fork) Renamed To `WoeUSB`, Sees New Release

The WinUSB fork we covered a while back was renamed to WoeUSB recently, while also seeing quite a few releases for the past few days.

WoeUSB

WoeUSB / WinUSB is a tool that can be used to create a bootable Windows installer USB stick from an ISO or DVD. The application supports Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, as well Windows 10, and can be used either with a GUI or from the command line.

As for supported bootmodes, WoeUSB / WinUSB can create a bootable Windows USB installation stick using the following:
  • Legacy / MBR-style / IBM PC compatible bootmode;
  • Native UEFI booting is supported for Windows 7 and later images (with a limitation: only FAT filesystem can be used as the target filesystem).

Since it was forked from Colin Gille’s WinUSB, the application has seen a major code refactoring, bug fixes as well as some minor new features. The changes include:
  • support for both wxWidgets 2 and 3;
  • use pkexec instead of gksudo for privilege escalation;
  • UEFI boot support;
  • numerous bug fixes.

Some newer WoeUSB changes include:

  • support customizing the –label of the newly created filesystem in –format mode;
  • implement checking on target filesystem in –install mode;
  • command line: check if target media is busy before continuing and bail out when the target partition is mounted;
  • support Linux distributions that uses “grub2” as prefix name, such as Fedora;
  • –install and –format installation options are deprecated in favor of –partition and –device, to be more clear what both options will do. The old options will still be available until WoeUSB v3.0;
  • from now on, GRUB will pause when the ENTER key is used before starting to load Windows. This is useful if you want to see if there are errors in the GRUB loading stage.

Also, since the application name has changed, the executables have changed as well: “woeusbgui” for the GUI and “woeusb” for the command line tool.

You can see what’s new in each new WoeUSB release (there were 13 new releases for the past 2 days) on GitHub.

Despite the major code refactoring and numerous bug fixes, I still encountered an error using the WoeUSB GUI, which I also found in the original WinUSB. When the Windows USB stick is completed, WoeUSB displayed the following message: “Installation failed ! Exit code: 256”. This bug was closed on GitHub and it looks like it doesn’t affect the actual Windows USB stick in any way.

In my test, I was able to install Windows 10 64bit in VirtualBox (on an Ubuntu 17.04 host) despite this error.

Install WoeUSB in Ubuntu or Linux Mint via PPA

WoeUSB is available in the main WebUpd8 PPA, for Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10, 16.04 or 14.04 / Linux Mint 18.x or 17.x. To add the PPA and install WoeUSB, use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install woeusb

If you don’t want to add the PPA, you can grab the latest WoeUSB deb from HERE (you’ll only need the “woeusb” deb; the “winusb” deb is there as a transitional dummy package, so those that had the old fork installed will receive the new WoeUSB package as an update).

For how to build WoeUSB from source, report bugs, etc., see its GitHub page.

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Why Oracle Java 7 And 6 Installers No Longer Work

Oracle Java
Because I’ve received more than 50 emails about this, I though I’d make a post about it, to clear things up for everybody.
While Oracle Java 6 and 7 are not supported for quite a while, they were still available for download on Oracle’s website until recently.

However, the binaries were removed about 10 days ago (?), so the Oracle Java (JDK) 6 and 7 installers available in the WebUpd8 Oracle Java PPA no longer work.

Oracle Java 6 and 7 are now only available for those with an Oracle Support account (which is not free), so I can’t support this for the PPA packages.

From the Oracle Java downloads page:

“Updates for Java SE 7 released after April 2015, and updates for Java SE 6 released after April 2013 are only available to Oracle Customers through My Oracle Support (requires support login).

Java SE Advanced offers users commercial features, access to critical bug fixes, security fixes, and general maintenance”.

It’s highly recommended you update to Oracle Java 8. Check out the following articles for how to install Oracle Java 8 in Ubuntu (or Linux Mint and derivatives) or Debian via PPA.
If you have an Oracle Support account and you really need Oracle JDK 6 or 7, you can get the installers from the WebUpd8 PPA to work by downloading the binaries and placing them in the following folder:
  • /var/cache/oracle-jdk6-installer/ for JDK 6 (you’ll need version 6u45)
  • /var/cache/oracle-jdk7-installer/ for JDK 7 (you’ll need version 7u80 for 32bit and 64bit or 7u60 for arm)

… and then install the oracle-java6-installer or oracle-java7-installer package.

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Pandora Radio Client Pithos 1.3.0 Released, Available In PPA

Pithos 1.3.0 was released recently and is now available in its official PPA, for Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10 and 16.04. The new version brings support for MPRIS playlist and tracklist interfaces, improved accessibility UI, and more.
Pithos

Pithos is a Pandora Radio (only available in Australia, New Zealand and the United States) client that supports Pandora features such as love / ban / tired, allows creating, editing and switching between stations, and more.
The application integrates tightly with the desktop, providing notifications, MPRIS v2 support (it integrates with the Ubuntu Sound Menu / GNOME Shell, etc. ), media keys, can inhibit the screensaver and so on.

Pithos 1.3.0 includes a complete MPRIS implementation thanks to the addition of playlist and tracklist MPRIS interfaces.
With the GNOME Shell Media Player Indicator extension, Pithos exposes the current playlist and station list in the indicator (these need to be enabled in the extension settings):

Pithos

Pithos

This feature does not work with the Ubuntu Sound Menu due to an upstream bug.
Another change in Pithos 1.3.0 is the addition of a new plugin that allows controlling the systemd logging level (or completely disabling it) for Pithos. The logs since last reboot can be printed by running Pithos with the “–last-logs” command line argument.

Other changes in Pithos 1.3.0 include:

  • added dynamic rating and cover icons based upon theme colors;
  • added symbolic icon;
  • added man page;
  • improved handling playlist expiration;
  • improved search in stations list;
  • improved UI accessibility;
  • improved libsecret support;
  • removed libnotify dependency in favor of a custom notification implementation (the reason for this is that libnotify does blocking I/O);
  • fixed disabling keybindings plugin when using keybinder;
  • fixed notification icon trying to load on Wayland;
  • fixed failure to reconnect on login expiration;
  • fixed some plugins not being enabled by default;
  • fixed handling error on MPRIS plugin failure.

Also, compared to the Pithos version available in the official Ubuntu / Linux Mint repositories (1.1.2 for Ubuntu 17.04 and 1.1.1 for Ubuntu 16.04 / Linux Mint 18), the application has received quite a few improvements, including a keyboard shortcuts window, more quality options, the password is now stored with libsecret, along with bug fixes. 
The UI was also updated to use header bars and the stations dropdown now uses a popover.
Pithos currently has only 2 contributors and it could use more devs. If you can help, see its GitHub page.

Install Pithos in Ubuntu 17.04, 16.10 or 16.04 / Linux Mint 18.x

An older Pithos version is available in the official Ubuntu repositories. To install it, simply use the following command:
sudo apt install pithos

Ubuntu 16.04, 16.10 or 17.04 / Linux Mint 18 users can install the latest Pithos by using its official PPA. To add the PPA and install Pithos, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pithos/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pithos
If you don’t want to add the PPA, you can grab the deb from HERE.
For installing Pithos in other Linux distributions (including Flatpak), see the install section on its homepage.
Report any bugs you may want @ GitHub.

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