Hi! I heard so many positive things about Ubuntu, so that I want to try it out now. I'm just not sure whether to start with Gnome-based Ubuntu or KDE-based Kubuntu. Are there any other differences besides the desktop? I don't care how it looks, it should just work and most of all be simply to use. I have no linux experience so far, just Windows. What do you recommend for a newbie like me? Which distro is more matured?
Ubuntu has a history of semi-weird codenames for their releases (Warty Warthog, Hoary Hedgehog, Breezy Badger, Dapper Drake). The people in #ubuntu-offtopic on IRC regularly make parodies on these names. Their brainfarts are collected at http://wiki.kaarsemaker.net/UbuntuNames.
There are some really funny ones, like Horrible Hippopotamus, Nutritious Nightingale, or Spastic Swan.
Feel free to add more on that list if you know some more Ubuntu-like names.
Not being completely happy about the Gtk2:TrayIcon module problem. I came back to the problem again tonight. I spent a lot of time constantly downloading perl modules that failed to install due to some missing dependency, so that was largely a waste of time. I then decided that there must be some way of installing some of this stuff via synaptic. I had looked earlier with regards to some of the other modules I was having trouble with, but this time around I happened to notice a libgtk2-trayicon-perl package in the repository. I slap my forehead, and utter a common exclamation attributed to Homer Simpson, and then crossing my fingers I install the package. I then went and changed the config file for Zim in my $HOME directory to enable the tray icon. Starting up Zim I was pleased to see I now had tray icon functionality. :) Yay! Zim has been one of those 'dependency hell' installations that I have heard so much about. It sure looks good when its working though.
When I first started mucking around on Ubuntu, I managed to bust my installation a few times. I became quite proficient at re-installing and having two hard drives installed, I was always running two copies of Ubuntu so that I could always have one that was functioning. I soon learnt the usefulness of having my /home on a seperate partition, so that my user settings survived the process and also I became proficient at transferring my downloaded .deb files in my /var/cache/apt/archives over to my new install, so that I could avoid downloading them all again (I'm on a dialup connection so this is painful). I started hanging out in the #ubuntu channel on IRC, and was soon taken under the wing by one of the regulars there who was more proficient at linux than I was, and instructed in the methods of 'how to do thing without breaking your box'. Since then I have been fairly careful with what I have installed on my system. I would always favour installation of software from the ubuntu repositories over trying to install the latest versions from source, and never leaving non-ubuntu sources sitting in my sources.list after I had acquired whatever particular package I was after.
I've just signed up to see how things work over here at Ubuntux. I am a regular contributor on the Ubuntu Forums and hang out a bit in the Ubuntu IRC support channel. I'm hoping to find some interesting blog entries relating to Ubuntu. :)
The Ubuntu developer have released a new preview of the upcoming version "Dapper Drake". It fixes bugs and brings some new components.
It still uses kernel 2.6.15 and brings the new modular X.Org 7.0. Besides the new functions this new version brings, the modularity brings some positive aspects to updating X.Org. In future there is no need to download the whole X-Window-System any more, but only parts of it which leads to smaller file sizes of updates.
The third preview called "Flight CD 3" contains the current GNOME developing version 2.13.4, which has been customized optically to the Ubuntu look. You'll find revised menus, a brand-new logoff screen and improved update notifications. A small icon in the systray informs you about a required reboot after having installed major updates.
The installer has become even quicker and supports network cards, which require a firmware image. If installing on a USB stick GRUB and the kickstart support work correctly again.
By using Squashfs and Unionfs the Live-CD is smaller and quicker and from now on only the Launchpad.net project will be used for reporting bugs in the distribution.
The Flight CD 3 for Ubuntu 6.10 can be downloaded from the official website, a Flight CD 3 for Kubuntu 6.10 and a Flight CD 3 for Edubuntu 6.10 is also available. Ubuntu 6.04 is going to be released in April 2006 as final version.
nUbuntu or Network Ubuntu is a project to take the existing Ubuntu distribution and remaster it as a LiveCD and Full Install with tools needed for penetrating testing servers and networks. The main idea is to keep Ubuntu's ease of use and mix it with the popular penetrating testing tools used by penetrating testers. Besides usage for network and server testing, nUbuntu will be made to be a desktop distribution for advanced linux users.
The nUbuntu stable release is now online and can be downloaded from the project homepage. Along with removing unnecessary packages, the menu structure has been reorganized for ease of use.
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Is anyone interested? I will tell you anyway. Question. I want a computer? How many people have said this, this Christmas? (thousands ) XP Home or XP Pro? How many people have said this, this Christmas? (thousands ) Shall we have an operating system that works straight out of the box? How many people have said this, this Christmas?(very few if any at all) Shall we buy a book that will tell us how to use our new computer? Bet you the book wont tell them how many times it will lock up for no reason at all, wont tell them how much crap they are going to get the moment they connect to the World Wide Web. Viruses,data miners,trackers,adds and all manner of unwanted rubbish, wont tell them that they have now got to buy loads of overpriced applications to make the damn thing work. Good thing we bought our new computer from a nice big shop cause at least we know where to take it every time our expensive O/S packs in. STOP we know better don't we, our O/S was free,our apps were included in the installation, our machine doesn't keep locking up, it just works!!! Must be a catch? YES which distro do we use? We use one that is up to date, easy to configure and has a large amount of support everywhere (loads of brill sites like this one) got a problem? post a question, get more answers than you can read.
Picking up on Friedrich.s blog, why not have a go at designing new wallpaper for BREEZY and then move on to DAPPER. I would guess a lot of us are using 1024x768 , so if this was made the standard size for submissions everybody could have a go. If anyone likes the idea lets get started!!!!!
Nothing is easier than taking a screenshot with Ubuntu. You can do it directly within the menu.
On this site we have a screenshot section, so you can show us how your Ubuntu or Kubuntu desktop looks like. Doesn't matter what language you are using. Let's see who has the nicest Ubuntu desktop :)
For uploading go to "create content" in the menu on the left side and select image.
Good night from France,
i'm using the Firefox 1.5 i've just installed manually in my /usr/local/ directory hierarchy because i have not found it yet as package for the latest stable ubuntu.
First, you need to download the firefox archive file on Get Firefox
After downloading the needed file, it was very simple because it's just a matter of executing only 3 commands :
tar -xzvf firefox-1.5.tar.gz
sudo mv firefox /usr/local/
sudo ln -s ../firefox/firefox /usr/local/bin/
That's all folks !
Because /usr/local/bin is before /usr/bin in the default user PATH shell variable you don't have to modify your default firefox icon on the gnome launch toolbar. The default firefox launching shortcut points to the "firefox" command so it will the "/usr/local/bin/firefox" before the packaged "/usr/bin/firefox" command.
Have an happy new year and happy using of you newly locally installed Firefoxof the next generation than 1.0
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Another release candidate of the next Ubuntu version called Dapper Drake has been released. The "Flight CD 2" gives a preview of the new version based on linux kernel 2.6.15.
Because of this kernel change the release has been slightly delayed, as is requires udev 071 or newer. That's why Canonical has updated Udev and removed the old Hotplug. Own Hotplug rules have to be rewritten to Udev rules manually. Because of that change the hardware detection should be even better now. Even the PCMCIA infrastructure has been switchted to Udev so that the Cardmgr isn't required any more, even though some old config files are still being used.
Dapper Drake uses a new bootloader based on gfxboot. It integrates the language selector, which should be a great benefit for the Live-CD. The standard resolution of the framebuffer has been set to 640x480 pixels, so that the installer is going to be displayed on all systems correctly now. The APT- and user configuration within the installer has also been improved.
With Ubuntu 5.10 there already has been a special version of Ubuntu for servers.
For the upcoming version 6.04 a newly founded server team plans to further optimize the server edition of Ubuntu. It is being planed to test server hardware with Ubuntu in depth. Also the quality of the kernel shall be ensured to establish Ubuntu as a reliable server platform. IBMs DB2 has already been certified with Ubuntu.
Ubuntu 6.04 will be released in April 2006 and brings a longer support period. Canonical plans a commitment to security updates for three years for the desktop version and 5 years for the server version. Currently Canonical is looking after some new members for their Server team.