June 22, 2017

20 Best Themes For Ubuntu In 2017

Do you feel like tweaking your Ubuntu desktop? I got you covered. Sometimes you need to mix things up on your desktop to remove the old and boring and get things looking quite fresh, new and exciting. Ubuntu allows you to install new themes and apply them in order to alt your desktops appearance and outlook. All you need is to install the Unity Tweak tool to get going. Join me let us take a look at 20 themes to transform your desktop to give it a different and appealing feel.

1. Windows 10 Theme

 

Feels quite strange that I am starting with a Windows 10 theme for your Ubuntu but I believe it's worth it. If you admire the appearance of Redmond’s latest operating system, you can mimic the theme on your Ubuntu desktop. If you are looking for something really transforming and prevent unwanted attention, the Windows 10 theme might just be the one. Check out the installation instructions and download link from this link.
windows 10 theme for ubuntu

2. Macbuntu

Straight from Redmond and to Cupertino. Apple’s MacOS has always been quite stunning and if you want your Ubuntu desktop looking like that, there is a theme available. The Macbuntu theme allows you to setup your desktop with wallpapers, shells, icons and fonts that will have you spotting a Mac on “not a Mac”. Check out our previous post on Macbuntu Transformation.
macbuntu theme for ubuntu

3. Numix theme

Numix is quite popular when it comes to theming on Linux. They provide a few themes, wallpapers and icons set to transform your Linux desktop and Android even. Numix offers a combination of light and dark elements. Get your favorite Numix theme and icon set from here.
numix theme for ubuntu linux

4. Arc Theme

Now coming home, let us look at Arc theme. Arc theme provides some pretty awesome transparent elements to transform your Ubuntu desktop. Arc theme is available in 3 different variants; Arc, Arc Dark and Arc Darker. Check out this link for installation instructions.
arc theme for ubuntu linux

5. Ultra-Flat 2.0 theme

Ultra-flat theme is a modification of the very popular Numix theme. It introduces flat rounded window buttons and grey selection color. It also comes with a modified version of Flattr icon theme to complete it. Get Ultra-flat theme from here.
ultra flat 2.0 ubuntu theme

6. Aurora Theme

Another awesome theme available for your Ubuntu desktop is the Aurora theme.  Aurora brings a sweet blend of grey and dark colours to your desktop. It also comes with clean bluish coloured icons to complete the colour blend.
aurora theme for ubuntu linux

7. Vimix

Vimix is a flat Material Design theme for GTK 3 and GT2 based desktop environments including Unity and Gnome. Vimix comes with darker variants alongside some very flat and colorful icon sets including blue, red and dark colours. Get installation instructions from here.
vimix ubuntu theme

8. Libra

Libra is a very transforming theme for your Ubuntu desktop. It is available in Light and Dark variants. It looks so modern and will bring a very different appeal to your desktop. Get Libra form here.
libra ubuntu linux theme

9. Vivacious Colors Gtk Theme Suite

Vivacious is another modern theme for your Ubuntu desktop. It is clean and comes with 4 different styles (Light, Dark, Blackout and Fusion). There are also 13 different vibrant colors to go along with each of the styles. Visit this link for installation instructions.
vivacious colors gtk theme suite

10. Yosembiance

Yosembiance adds a gentle touch of smoothness and flatness to the typical Ambiance theme that ships with Ubuntu. So if you want a theme very much Ubuntu with just a touch of MacOS, Yosembiance is just the one. Yosembiance comes in Atomic, Kraken and Ubuntu all with options in Blue and Orange. Get Yosembiance from here.
yosembiance linux theme

11. Paper

Paper is another sweet theme that builds on the Material design. It is available for multiple desktop environments including Ubuntu Unity. It comes alongwith its own icon set based on bold colors and simple geometric shapes.
paper theme for ubuntu

12. Candra OS Theme

This is the default theme that ships with Candra OS and available for your Ubuntu desktop. Candra offers a flat and minimalistic theme available in dark and light versions. Get the Candra OS theme from here.
candra os theme for ubuntu

13. Delorean

Delorean is a highly polished glass and metal theme showcased within dramatic contrasts. It is designed to be sleek and less complicated than its previous incarnation. It's unfocused state resembles a pencil sketch, while its focused state sports multi-toned metallic surfaces.It comes in two versions Light and Dark.
delorean ubuntu theme
Image courtesy of Noobslab

14. Ceti theme

Ceti is a dark theme with the white and blue combination based on Vertex theme which makes desktop more elegant. Get Ceti theme from here.
ceti ubuntu theme

15. Flatabulous Theme

Flatabolous is a very colorful theme for your Ubuntu desktop based on the Ultra-Flat theme. Get Flataboulous theme from here.
Flatabulous Theme

16. Moka & Orchis Gtk Themes With Moka & Faba Icons

Moka & Orchis Gtk Themes

17. Vertex

Vertex is a theme for GTK 3, GTK 2, Gnome-Shell and Cinnamon based desktop environments . Themes for the Browsers Chrome/Chromium and Firefox are included, too. The theme comes with three variants to choose from. The default variant with dark header-bars, a light variant, and a dark variant. Get Vertex from here.
vertex theme for ubuntu

18. Zutikwo

Another beautiful and colorful theme for your Ubuntu desktop. Get Zukitwo from here. There is also Zukitre and Zukiwi themes available with minor differences.
zutikwo theme for ubuntu

19. xperia-dark

Xperia-dark is a simple Ambiance based theme for ubuntu.It comes with pleasing colours that let you explore beautifully. It has an ideal combination of beauty and simplicity. Get it from here.
xperia-dark theme

20. Ferret

This theme is based on "Orchis gtk theme". Just admire the beauty and simplicity. Get it from here.
ferret theme for ubuntu

Conclusion

This carefully selected themes will transform your desktop this new year. There are tons of awesome themes available for Ubuntu online. I am sure you have hundreds of your own ones so share your favorite themes with us in the comments.


Source: http://www.linuxandubuntu.com/home/20-best-themes-for-ubuntu-in-2017

May 14, 2017

Using Pidgin for multiple chat protocols simultaneously in GNU/Linux

Pidgin is a wonderful application used for connecting to multiple chat protocols through a single application, making it much easier to chat to more people at once, and saving on system resources at the same time.
I’m a multitasker, I always have multiple windows open and multiple things on the go simultaneously, but one thing I can’t stand is having to use multiple apps with similar purposes, separately, when I can find a way to link them all together.
Pidgin satisfies this for me, and allows me to have my Skype, Facebook Messenger, and almost any other messaging related service all under all one handy little application.
Note: Piding is a cross-platform application. It is available for Linux, but also for Windows.

Installing Pidgin

Pidgin
Depending on your distro of choice, you can install pidgin by using your GUI package management tool, or try the following commands:
Ubuntu/Debian/Mint:
sudo apt install pidgin
Arch Linux/Manjaro:
sudo pacman -S pidgin
If you’re using a different distribution not listed, use your typical installation command when choosing to go the CLI route.

Install the necessary plugins for Skype and Facebook Messenger

The next thing we need to do, is install the packages needed for Facebook Messenger, and Skype. They are purple-facebook and purple-skypeweb. However, these are not available in the official repositories for Ubuntu, and so we will use a PPA, which is a community made repository. Arch users have it much easier since both packages are available via pacman.
For Arch users:
sudo pacman -S purple-skypeweb purple-facebook
For Ubuntu users, we first need to add the PPA, and install the Facebook plugin:
sudo sh -c "echo 'deb http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/jgeboski/xUbuntu_$(lsb_release -rs)/ /' >> /etc/apt/sources.list.d/jgeboski.list"
cd /tmp && wget http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/jgeboski/xUbuntu_$(lsb_release -rs)/Release.key
sudo apt-key add - < Release.key
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install purple-facebook
Next, we add another PPA for the Skype plugin:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install purple-skypeweb pidgin-skypeweb
Once everything is said and done, open Pidgin and add new accounts. When selecting the protocol, you want to select “Facebook” NOT “Facebook (xmpp)”, and you’ll want to use “Skype (HTTP).”

Final Thoughts

Pidgin also has the ability to connect to other protocols, such as but not limited to:
  • AIM
  • Battle.net
  • Bonjour
  • Google-Talk
  • Hangouts
  • ICQ
  • IRC
  • Steam
  • Zephyr
There are multiple other plugins available for Pidgin across the net, so other chat programs you use may quite likely be able to be added as well.
I personally only use Pidgin for Skype and Facebook, I prefer to use a command line IRC client connected to one of my VPS’ for my IRC use, that way even when my laptop is shut down, my IRC client is connected 24/7 remotely, and I can SSH into a my server, connect to a screen session I have with the IRC client, and snap into my IRC chat anytime I want.
Something to note about Pidgin and Skype however, is that video and audio calls are not supported. If a friend of yours tries to call you, they will be notified you are unavailable, but you will not even see that they called you, so adding your account to Pidgin is only useful for text conversations.
It can be rather helpful to have everything connected at once like this though, rather than having your web browser open for Facebook, Skype, and however many other chat programs included!  Happy chatting!

Source: https://www.ghacks.net/2017/05/14/using-pidgin-for-multiple-chat-protocols-simultaneously-in-gnulinux/

April 23, 2017

HandBrake 1.0.3 Has Been Released

For those who don’t know, HandBrake is an open-source multiplatform multithreaded video transcoder. It is used for converting DVD or Bluray discs to formats like MP4, MKV, H.264, MPEG-4 or other formats. You can also encode audio files like AAC, MP3, Flac, AC3 etc



The latest version available is HandBrake 1.0.3, which brings only bug-fixes and stability improvements.
All platforms:
Video:
  • Fixed H.264 decoding using Libav where the initial GOP was dropped
  • Fixed 2-pass x265 encoding where the source header incorrectly specifies frame rate
  • Fixed 2-pass encoding with bob deinterlace and constant frame rate
  • Fixed a seek issue in Libav while reading MKV sources with embedded subtitles
  • Fixed multiple issues preventing Libav from opening WMV sources properly
  • Fixed miscellaneous issues in Libav
  • Fixed memory leaks in OpenCL
  • Improved sync for streams delayed by a large amount
Audio:
  • Fixed a Libav crash encoding AAC at very high bitrates
  • Fixed a potential hang in Libav while decoding AAC
  • Improved Libav audio sync with MP4 sources containing edit lists
  • Improved mapping of single channel layouts to single channel layouts
Linux:
  • Fixed a potential crash when selecting video encoders
  • Fixed various controls not applying values properly

Installation instructions:

Up to date handbrake packages are available via some third party PPA, so installing the software and keeping it up to date on Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, Linux Mint 18.x, Linux Mint 17.x and derivative systems is easy. Just add the PPA to your system, update the local repository index and install the handbrake-gtk or handbrake-cli packages, depending on what you need to install:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stebbins/handbrake-releases
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install handbrake-gtk


Or, to install only the command-line tool, do:
$ sudo apt-get install handbrake-cli

Optional, to remove handbrake, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove handbrake*

Source: http://linuxg.net/install-handbrake-on-ubuntu/

April 22, 2017

This Simple Tweak Will (Apparently) Make Firefox Faster

Want to make Firefox faster on Linux? There’s apparently an easy way to do just that.
Forcing Firefox to use hardware acceleration on Linux results in a noticeable boost in the application’s overall responsiveness, according to a recent post on Reddit.
I can’t say I’ve ever noticed Firefox to be particularly unresponsive on my system, but then I probably don’t use it enough to be able to tell.
Naturally this fix is not going to improve a flaky internet connection, but it might result in an appreciable boost in interaction and general responsiveness.

Enable Hardware Acceleration in Firefox

Firefox comes with hardware acceleration disabled on all Linux distributions (alright, citation needed, but anecdotally this does seems to be the case).
Firefox 57 will apparently be the first release to enable hardware acceleration in Firefox on Linux out of the box — but as Firefox 53 has only recently popped out of the release hatch, that’s still some way off.
So, to enable hardware acceleration in Firefox on Linux, right this flame-tailed second (but first be aware that WebGL has security risks or something).
Pop open your browser, type about:confg in the address bar, and hit enter/return.

Using the search box to find the layers.acceleration.force-enabled setting. Double-click on the ‘false’ listed under the ‘value’ column to set it to ‘true’.


Be sure to quit the browser completely before relaunching it.
Now, with layer acceleration turned, carry on your web browsing as normal. Do things feel fractionally faster? Is switching between multiple tabs more fluid?
I’m interested to know, so share your experiences in the comments.
PS. If things go wonky after enabling this (e.g., screen blanks, unresponsiveness, high CPU usage, etc) just repeat the steps above, this time changing  the ‘value’ setting from ‘true’ to ‘false’.


Source: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/04/small-tweak-makes-firefox-linux-run-much-faster?

April 8, 2017

Install MakeMKV Beta in Ubuntu to Play DVD/Blu-rays Discs

MakeMKV is tool converts video clips from DVD / Blu-ray disc into a set of MKV files, preserving most information, so that it can be played on your favorite OS with VLC or MPlayer.
MakeMKV is proprietary software with a free 30-day trial. It’s free to use while in beta, and it’s been in beta for a few years. The software features:
  • Reads DVD and Blu-ray discs
  • Reads Blu-ray discs protected with latest versions of AACS and BD+
  • Preserves all video and audio tracks, including HD audio
  • Preserves chapters information
  • Preserves all meta-information (track language, audio type)
  • Fast conversion – converts as fast as your drive can read data.
  • No additional software is required for conversion or decryption.
  • Available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux
  • Functionality to open DVD discs is free and will always stay free.
  • All features (including Blu-ray decryption and processing) are free during BETA.
How to Install MakeMKV (Beta) in Ubuntu via PPA:
Besides building MakeMKV from source, an Ubuntu PPA for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 15.10, Ubuntu 14.04, and Ubuntu 12.04 is available to make it much easier to install.
1. Add PPA
Launch terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and paste below command and run to add PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:heyarje/makemkv-beta
 
Type in your password (no visual feedback when typing) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.


MakeMKV Beta PPA


2. Update and install the tool via:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install makemkv-oss makemkv-bin
 
For those who don’t want to add PPA, grab the .deb packages for both makemkv-bin and makemkv-oss from THIS PAGE.
Once installed, launch it and register the software by going to Help -> Register. Get the Beta key from this forum post.
You can now select your Blu-ray disc drive in MakeMKV window, and click the Steam icon on the toolbar.


MakeMKV


Wait the converting process to be finished, or play the given url (looks like below) while it’s being decoded in background using VLC or MPlayer:

http://localhost:51000/stream/title0.ts
 
 





vlc-open-network-stream




Source: http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2016/03/install-makemkv-play-dvd-blurays/

February 9, 2017

February Desktop

It has been a while since I posted my current Linux desktop. My favorite Linux distros are Ubuntu Mate 16.04 and ChalletOS 16.04 (64-bit versions). The XFCE features and included applications in ChalletOS have won me over and it now is my favorite Linux distro. It looks polished based on the included Styles theme changer, includes classy icon and font sets, and everything works great. Included "must have applications" are Audacious Music Player, Synaptic Applications Manager, and the Firefox browser. Recent posts for ChalletOS speak about the Windows 7 easy transition to Linux. But ChalletOS is based on XFCE. You can add as much new applications as you like from Synaptic Applications Manager. I have added LibreOffice 5.3, Deluge bittorrent client, Rhythmbox Music Player, Caja File Manager, Devedee video creator, Screenlets desktop gadgets, and the Chrome browser. Below are my desktop screenshots. Enjoy.

























You can download ChalletOS here:

https://sites.google.com/site/chaletoslinux/download/64bit

February 8, 2017

Use Google Hangouts With Extra Features In Pidgin With Purple Hangouts Plugin (Ubuntu PPA)

Purple Hangouts is a libpurple plugin which adds support for the proprietary protocol that Google uses for its Hangouts service.

Using it, you can get extra Google Hangouts features that aren't available through the XMPP interface in Pidgin and other applications that use libpurple.

Among the extra features (compared to using XMPP) provided by Purple Hangouts are group chats, self messages, synchronized history between devices and SMS support via Google Voice.

You can see a feature comparison between using Google Hangouts in Pidgin via XMPP and using the Purple Hangouts plugin, HERE.


To use it (after installing the plugin, obviously - see below) in Pidgin select Accounts > Manage Accounts, click "Add" and from the "Protocol" drop-down, select "Hangouts":


Then enter your username and click "Add".

For authentication, Purple Hangouts uses Google OAuth, and upon adding your username in the Pidgin Hangouts settings and clicking "Add", an authentication box should pop up and a new page should open in your default web browser, asking you to authorize the application with Google.

After authorizing it, a code is displayed in the web browser. Copy this code and paste it into the Pidgin authorization box:


That's it!

Tip: install Unicode Emoji for Pidgin. 

For a complete experience, I recommend installing Unicode emoji for Pidgin. Download unicode-emoji from HERE (click "Download ZIP" in the top right) and extract the downloaded archive in the ~/.purple/smileys/ folder (if it doesn't exist, create it).

Once installed, restart Pidgin, go to Tools > Preferences and on the Themes tab, select "Hangouts" for "Smiley Theme":




Purple Hangouts is not considered stable yet, so you'll find missing or incomplete features and bugs. Report any bugs you may encounter @ BitBucket.


Install Purple Hangouts in Ubuntu via PPA


Ubuntu, Linux Mint (and derivatives) users can install Purple Hangouts by using the main WebUpd8 PPA. To add the PPA and install Purple Hangouts, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install purple-hangouts pidgin-hangouts
 
If you don't want to add the PPA, grab the deb files from HERE (you'll need both purple-hangouts and pidgin-hangouts).

Purple Hangouts is also available in a Fedora Copr repository. Arch Linux users can install Purple Hangouts via AUR.

See the Purple Hangouts BitBucket page for source and installation instructions for other Linux distributions as well as Windows downloads.


Source: http://www.webupd8.org/2016/04/use-google-hangouts-with-extra-features.html

February 7, 2017

Chat With Your Skype Friends From Pidgin With SkypeWeb Plugin (Ubuntu PPA)

SkypeWeb Plugin for Pidgin` allows communicating with your Skype contacts using the SkypeWeb protocol. Right now, the Pidgin plugin doesn't support voice or video calls.

Developed by Eion Robb, the Skype4Pidgin developer, SkypeWeb Plugin for Pidgin has a major advantage over the old Skype4Pidgin plugin: it doesn't require Skype to run in the background.


According to its GitHub page, the plugin supports Live email address logins (as well as regular logins), group chat, file transfers, and allows setting "mood" messages. Unfortunately I couldn't find a complete list of features.

Voice and video calls support might be added later on, after the developer finishes implementing this in another plugin he's working on, Purple Hangouts (which allows using Google Hangouts in Pidgin, with extra features compared to the XMPP interface).


Install SkypeWeb Plugin for Pidgin


To make it easier to install, I uploaded the latest SkypeWeb Plugin for Pidgin (Git) to the main WebUpd8 PPA. Add the PPA and install the plugin in Ubuntu 16.04, 15.10 or 14.04 / Linux Mint 18 or 17.x by using the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt update
sudo apt install pidgin-skypeweb purple-skypeweb





For other Linux distributions and Windows, see the instructions on the SkypeWeb Plugin for Pidgin GitHub page (binaries available for Windows and packages for Fedora, CentOS/RHEL, Arch Linux along with instructions for building it from source).

Once installed, to add your Skype account in Pidgin select Accounts > Manage Accounts from the menu, click "Add", and from the Protocol drop-down, select "Skype (HTTP)":


Then simply enter your Skype username and password.

Report any bugs you may find @ GitHub.

More Pidgin plugins in the main WebUpd8 PPA:

February 6, 2017

Screenlets (Desktop Widgets) Fixed For Ubuntu 16.04, Available In PPA





Screenlets desktop widgets Ubuntu 16.10

Screenlets, a widget framework for Linux, was updated to work with Ubuntu 16.04 recently, and new packages are available in its official PPA.

The Screenlets package was removed from the official Ubuntu 16.04 (and newer) repositories because it no longer worked, however, Hrotkó Gábor fixed various issues that prevented the application and some of its widgets from working, and uploaded a new version to the official Screenlets PPA, for Ubuntu 16.04.

While the PPA doesn't officially support it, you can also use it in Ubuntu 16.10.


According to Hrotkó, he could not fix everything, so you will find bugs / screenlets that don't work, but most things should work now. One issue is that the indicator icon doesn't show up in Ubuntu (with Unity). This does work on my computer, but it doesn't work on a fresh Ubuntu installation, and I couldn't yet figure out why.


Quick Screenlets intoduction


Screenlets Ubuntu 16.10

Screenlets is a framework that allows adding widgets to your desktop. The Screenlets PPA provides numerous screenles (desktop widgets), such as RSS readers, weather, clock, countdown, a Conky-like system information widget, folder view, calendars, sensors, and much more.

The application allows creating multiple screenlets (widgets) of the same type, each with its own individual settings.

Note that Screenlets requires an X11-based composite manager, so for instance if you run Lubuntu, you'll need something like Xcompmgr or Compton, or else the widgets won't show up on your desktop.

Using Screenlets is fairly easy: launch Screenlets, select the screenlet you want to add to the desktop and check the "Start / Stop" option on the left to start it (you can also double click the screenlet).

To get the screenlet to start automatically on login, make sure to also check the "Auto start at login" option:

Screenlets


Install Screenlets in Ubuntu 16.04 or 16.10


To add the Screenlets PPA and install Screenlets as well as all the available widgets in Ubuntu 16.04, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:screenlets/ppa
sudo apt update
sudo apt install screenlets screenlets-pack-all

To install Screenlets and all the available widgets from the same PPA in Ubuntu 16.10, you must add the PPA and then change it to point to Xenial instead of Yakkety (there are no Ubuntu 16.10 packages yet). To do this, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:screenlets/ppa
sudo sed -i 's/yakkety/xenial/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/screenlets-ubuntu-ppa-yakkety.list
sudo apt update
sudo apt install screenlets screenlets-pack-all


Source: http://www.webupd8.org/2017/02/screenlets-desktop-widgets-fixed-for.html

February 3, 2017

How to Install LibreOffice 5.3 in Ubuntu 16.04, 14.04

LibreOffice 5.3, a new stable series of the open-source office suite, was released today on February 1. The official binaries are available for download. And Ubuntu PPA will build the packages soon.

What’s New in LibreOffice 5.3:

  • Many UI/UX improvements and the MUFFIN interfaces (Microsoft Ribbon UI)
  • First source release of LibreOffice Online, that offers basic collaborative editing of documents in a browser
  • Faster rendering performance
  • New text layout engine
  • And much more, see the release note.

LibreOffice Writer with Sidebar

 

How to Install LibreOffice 5.3 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint

Although LibreOffice website offers official DEB binaries, the best way to install or upgrade to LibreOffice 5.3 in Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 14.04, and Linux Mint 17 & 18 is using the LibreOffice Fresh PPA.
Once the PPA updated with the new packages, follow the steps below to install it:

1. Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:libreoffice/ppa


Type in your password when it prompts and hit Enter.


LibreOffice Fresh PPA

2. After that, launch Software Updater (Update Manager) and after checking for updates you’ll see new release of LibreOffice packages available:

Or also look in Synaptic Manager for the new versions.


upgrade LibreOffice office suite

Source: http://tipsonubuntu.com/2017/01/31/install-libreoffice-5-3-ubuntu/

How to Install LibreOffice 5.3 on Ubuntu (With One Command)



Wondering how to install LibreOffice 5.3 on Ubuntu? We’re gonna show you — and all it takes is a single command.


And no, before any wisecrackers chip in, we don’t mean using the venerable ‘apt update && apt upgrade‘ command combo. LibreOffice 5.3, the latest stable release, is not available in the standard Ubuntu archives (excepting Zesty, which is in development).

Instead, we’re going to show you how to install LibreOffice 5.3 on Ubuntu as a Snap app.
This will leave your existing LibreOffice install (assuming you have one) untouched and in place should you want to continue using it alongside the newer, snap-ier version. You’ll be able to benefit from all of the latest features (including the experimental LibreOffice Ribbon UI) right away.

Install LibreOffice Snap App

On Ubuntu 16.04 LTS and above it takes a single command to download LibreOffice 5.3 and install it on your system:

sudo snap install libreoffice

This fetches the very latest stable release of the office suite. You won’t silently updated to a bleeding edge release in the background using this command, which is a risk you run if you’ve installed the app using the --edge flag.

The download starts as soon as you hit return, and is roughly around ~300MB in size. Keep this in mind if you’re on a slow or capped data connection or happen to be running low on disk space.

Why Use LibreOffice Snap?

Asking why use the LibreOffice Snap over a PPA? It’s a fair question.
For me, answering as me, and only me, the single biggest upside to the LibreOffice Snap versus a PPA is convenience. I don’t need to hunt down the correct PPA, add it to Ubuntu’s software sources, wait for the PPA maintainer to add the relevant packages, then update and upgrade.

With Snappy it takes one command (and a couple of minutes of waiting) and bam: it’s done.
But there’s also an insurance factor. New releases of any app introduce new, unseen bugs. With Snappy I can run the latest version alongside the old version without any sort of conflict — perfect if a rather annoying issue presents itself.

There are a couple of drawbacks too, though.
For one, I couldn’t get the ‘insert image’ picker to find any folder outside the Snap’s sandbox. The Snap version simply couldn’t see my ~/Pictures folder — or any folder, come to that. This may be an issue with my install. Your own mileage may vary.
This doesn’t solely affect folders and directories. You’ll also notice that far fewer fonts available to the app when running in a sandbox. This is partly by design. You can (however) make things integrate a little better by letting the app run unconfined:

sudo snap install libreoffice --devmode

Secondly, regardless of which way you install it, if you have LibreOffice installed from the archives you’ll end up with duplicate entries in the Dash.
If you’re not using a custom icon theme it might not be immediately clear which is the apt version and which is the snap version. There is a logic though: in general, the second set is the Snap version, and the former the apt, e.g., if you type ‘Writer’ and see two Writer icons, the second of these is the Snap version.

The snap version also doesn’t allow you to pare back the suite. I never use Draw, for example, and apt remove it after a fresh install. I can’t do that with a snap, not without removing the entire suite. Keep that in mind if unwanted apps bug you.

Other than that there seems to be no perceptible difference in performance; global menus and HUD work just fine;  and so on.

Source: http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/02/install-libreoffice-5-3-ubuntu-snap?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+d0od+%28OMG%21+Ubuntu%21%29