Canonical Releases Ubuntu Developer Tools Center, Makes It Easy To Install Android Studio And Android SDK In Ubuntu

Canonical wants to make developers who create applications for platforms other than Ubuntu feel at home. In a recent article posted on his blog, +Didier Roche, Software Engineer at Canonical, writes: “Ubuntu loves developers and we are going to showcase it by making Ubuntu the best available developer platform!“.

To achieve this, the Ubuntu Developer Tools Center was created, a project to enable quick and easy setup of common developers needs on Ubuntu. For now, Canonical is focusing on Android developers, but more will follow, like Go developers, web developers, Dart and more.

Android Studio Ubuntu Developer Tools Center
Android Studio installed in Ubuntu 14.04 using UDTC

Ubuntu Developer Tools Center is currently in alpha and right now, it allows installing the latest version of Android Studio along with the latest Android SDK and their dependencies, enable multi-arch on 64bit machines as well as integrate Android Studio with the Unity Launcher.

Ubuntu Developer Tools Center (UDTC) will always target the latest Ubuntu development version along with the latest Ubuntu LTS (long-term support) version. Right now, Ubuntu 14.04 users who want to install UDTC will have to use the official Ubuntu Developer Tools Center PPA (see installation instructions below), but in the future it should be available in the official Ubuntu 14.04 (backports) repositories. As for Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, UDTC is already available in the repositories.

Install Ubuntu Developer Tools Center with Android Studio and Android SDK in Ubuntu

Ubuntu Developer Tools Center is currently in alpha so you’ll encounter bugs! Report them @ Launchpad or GitHub.

Before proceeding, if you’ve used the unofficial Android Studio PPA maintained by Paolo Rotolo, purge the android-studio package:

sudo apt-get purge android-studio
sudo rm -r "/usr/share/android-studio"

1. Install Ubuntu Developer Tools Center

Ubuntu 14.10: as I said, UDTC is already available in the Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn repositories so to install it, use the following command (or search for it in Ubuntu Software Center, Synaptic, etc.):
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-developer-tools-center

Ubuntu 14.04: Ubuntu Developer Tools Center is available in an official PPA maintained by Didier Roche. Add the PPA and install UDTC using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:didrocks/ubuntu-developer-tools-center
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-developer-tools-center

2. Install Android Studio and Android SDK using UDTC

Ubuntu Developer Tools Center

To install Android Studio and Android SDK, simply run the following command:

udtc android

Then, select to accept the license (“a”) and UDTC will do the rest, installing Android Studio and Android SDK.
UDTC will only ask for your your password if it needs to install some required dependencies which aren’t installed on your system.

via / more info @ didrocks

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 Exaile 3.4.0 Released With New Plugis, Other Changes [PPA]

In case you were wondering, Exaile, a music player that exists since 2006, is not dead yet. A new Exaile version – 3.4.0 “We’re not dead yet” -, was released today and is, according to its developers, the best release of Exaile yet.

Exaile 3.4.0 Ubuntu

The release announcement mentions that many users have asked if the project is dead because there aren’t frequent releases and the answer to that is that Exaile is “a mature, stable audio player, and does much of what we want it to do, and does it well” and “the current development team uses Exaile on a regular basis, and will continue to add improvements and fix bugs as needed“.

For those not familiar with Exaile, this is a music player designed with Amarok 1.4 (probably the best Linux music player) in mind, but for GTK+, which comes with many of KDE’s Amarok 1.4 features, along with some extras. The application includes a numerous number of plugins, including: cover art search (, Amazon), iPod Support, Dynamic Playlists, Equalizer, Karaoke, ReplayGain, Desktop Cover, Mini Mode, Moodbar, Multimedia Keys, LyricsMania, Icecast Radio, Podcasts, AudioScrobbler, NotifyOSD, Streamripper, Group Tagger, Alarm Clock, Inhibit Suspend and more.
Exaile plugins
Exaile plugins

Changes in Exaile 3.4.0:

  • audio output device can now be switched while playing songs;
  • improved unicode support;
  • an option has been added to disallow playback while another song is playing;
  • UDisks/UDisks2 support;
  • covers: cover manager improvements, saving to disk;
  • playlists can be shown in multiple panes;
  • the left tab panels are now closable;
  • BPM counter plugin has better UI integration;
  • enhanced smart playlists: create playlists based on other playlists and support for filtering over 20 different tag types;
  • a simpler plugin API is available (but the old one still works!);
  • plugin manager doesn’t show users potentially broken plugins anymore;
  • new plugins: Icecast Radio, lyricsmania, mono output, playlist analyzer, Soma.FM;
  • fixes/improvements for various plugins.

Also, with this release, Exaile officially supports Mac OSX.
Unfortunately, a couple of plugins were removed from Exaile 3.4.0 because they were broken: Lyricsfly and ShoutCast.
It’s also important to mention that the Exaile developers announced that the application development has moved to GitHub.

Install Exaile 3.4.0 in Ubuntu

The latest Exaile 3.4.0 is available in the main WebUpd8 PPA (for Ubuntu / Linux Mint and derivatives) – add the PPA and install it using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install exaile exaile-plugin-contextinfo exaile-plugin-ipod exaile-plugin-moodbar exfalso

(the last command above installs Exaile along with some Exaile plugins which are not installed by default)

For other Linux distributions, Windows and Mac OS X, download Exaile from GitHub.

If you encounter bugs, report them @ GitHub!

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