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[Quick Tip] Improve Battery Life in Ubuntu 18.04 / Higher

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For laptop users who want to get better battery life, besides using a lightweight desktop environment, you can use power management tool called TLP. TLP brings you the benefits of advanced power management for Linux without the need to understand every technical detail. TLP comes with a default configuration already optimized for battery life, so you may just install and ...

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Make App Window Transparent in Ubuntu 18.04, 18.10

This quick tutorial is going to show you how to make any application window in Ubuntu Gnome transparent. Since Ubuntu 18.04 switched to Gnome 3 desktop, you can no longer set transparent application window with CCSM utility. As a workaround, you can run following steps to set any application window opacity in Ubuntu 18.04, and Ubuntu 18.10. 1. Open terminal ...

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How to Create RAR File Archive in Ubuntu 18.10, 18.04

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Since Ubuntu switched to Gnome 3 Desktop, the default Nautilus file browser does not support compressing files into rar archive even after installed rar and unrar packages. For those who want to create RAR archive and add password protect, this quick tutorial may help. Install rar and unrar packages to get RAR support First of all, you need to open ...

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Install Ubuntu 18.10 New Desktop Theme in Ubuntu 18.04

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Ubuntu 18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish is scheduled to be released today. Ubuntu 18.10 ships with new default Desktop theme called ‘Yaru’. Yaru, formerly known as Communitheme, is the theme that is shaped by the community on the Ubuntu hub. It contains: a GNOME Shell theme a GTK2 and GTK3 theme an icon & cursor theme, derived from the Suru icon theme. ...

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MPV Media Player 0.29.1 Released with Numerous Fixes

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MPV 0.29.1, an open-source media player forked from MPlayer and mplayer2, was released a day ago with many bug-fixes and minor enhancements. MPV 0.29.1 adds a new command option –cocoa-cb-sw-renderer to control whether or not to fall back on software rendering on macOS. And the new release also includes following changes: Fix for A-V drift on seeking. Fixes to remove ...

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Vivaldi Web Browser 2.0 Released! (How to Install)

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Vivaldi web browser reached the new major 2.0 release today with sync, resizable tab tiling, floating web panels and over 1,500 improvements since the first version of Vivaldi. New features in Vivaldi 2.0: Implement Syncing of Bookmarks, settings, etc. Add options to support for floating/overlay panels Make tiled tabs resizable List layout for Visual tab cycler Add predefined shortcuts for ...

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SMPlayer 18.9.0 Released with ‘Cast to Smartphone/tablet’ Support

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SMPlayer media player 18.9.0 was released today with YouTube fix and a new option. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04. SMPlayer 18.9.0 adds “Cast to -> Smartphone/tablet” option in Play menu (Experimental). When you click the option, it pops up a dialog with a QR code that you can either scan to play the current video ...

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Gnome MPV (MPV Frontend) 0.15 Released with Enhancement

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Gnome MPV 0.15, a simple GTK+ frontend for MPV media player, was released a day ago with enhancement. Here’s how to install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04. Gnome MPV 0.15 release highlights: Set default screenshot directory to XDG_PICTURES_DIR Improve handling of –window-scale, –autofit, –autofit-larger, and –autofit-smaller Add command line option for setting WM_ROLE Add context menu item for removing ...

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How to Install LibreOffice 6.1 in Ubuntu 18.04, 16.04

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The default LibreOffice office suite reached the new major 6.1 released a few days ago. Here’s how you can install it in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18/19, and derivatives. According to Libreoffice 6.1 release note, the new release brings new icon themes and app icons, better KDE integration, reworked image handling, improvements to Excel 2003 XML import, continued ...

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How to Install MPV 0.29 in Ubuntu 18.04 LTS

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MPV 0.29.0, a free and open-source media player based on MPlayer and mplayer2, was released a few days ago. And now you can easily install it in Ubuntu 18.04 via PPA. MPV 0.29.0 was released with following changes: ao/openal: Add better sample format and channel layout selection ao/openal: Add support for direct channels output cocoa-cb: initial implementation via opengl-cb API ...

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