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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.
VMWare offers a free product called Browser Appliance, which is a virtual PC with Ubuntu Linux 5.10. It is aimed for safer surfing in a safe virtual environment using Firefox 1.5. The download is 258 mb in size.
To use the preinstalled Ubuntu image you need the free VMWare Player, which has now been released as a final version. The VMWare Player is available for Linux and Windows and allows starting existing images. To create new images you need the full product.
After every reboot the browser settings like history and saved passwords are being lost, as the image always starts in its original condition. This feature can also be deactivated.
I would like to report that Ubuntu 5.10 works better out of the box on my DELL Inspiron 9300 than Mandriva 2006 PowerPack i've downloaded on the Mandriva Club.
I've seen there are differents 9300 models, mine is a Centrino with an ATI Mobility Radeon X300 ad 1GB of RAM.
I was very happy to see that everything works without configuring anything :)
Have a nice day,
Hi Ubuntu fans!
I'm in need of a good search engine. I mean Google does alright, but isn't there a specific search engine out there especially for Linux or Open Source?
As I'm using Ubuntu as my main operating system I sometimes just want to have search results in this area. Even better would be a search engine only for Ubuntu, of course :)
So leave me a comment if you know something about it...
i'm still alive even if i've not posted here but i'm happy to have read early comments to my first blog entry so I take time now to post some news about my Ubuntu projects.
I've not yet the need for aMule so i've not tried it yet and that's not on my priorities.
I'm still working on modeling an Ubuntu Server fresh install to include groupware support given by the eGroupWare suite and would like to know if anybody know about a Ubuntu Groupware Server derivative from the new Ubuntu Server version because I would like to propose an Install CD which can install only by using the files available on the CD a complete groupware server using Ubuntu for the OS and eGroupware for the groupware suite.
If anybody is already interested by this type of project or have URLs about this type of project, please just comment below to get in touch with me.
Ubuntu and its founder, Mark Shuttleworth, both won awards at the Linux New Media Awards at last week's Linux World Expo in Frankfurt, Germany.
The Best Debian Derivative Distribution award was judged by a 200-member international jury from industry and the Open Source community. This is a significant award as it recognises the effort that the Ubuntu team have put into working with Debian in order to produce an easy to use desktop environment, suitable for everyone.
This award follows on from several other prestigious awards that Ubuntu has won since the launch of the latest release, 5.10 in October this year.
If you're currently not using Firefox, check out the new Firefox with Google Toolbar. This is an offer from Google, they have enhanced Firefox with their useful toolbar. So Firefox gets even better, a highly recommended download!
The KDE Project is happy to announce a new major release of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. Many features have been added or refined.
Notable changes include:
- Konqueror is the second web browser to pass the Acid2 CSS test, ahead of Firefox and Internet Explorer
- Konqueror can also now free web pages from adverts with its ad-block feature
- SuperKaramba is included in KDE, providing well-integrated and easy-to-install widgets
- Kopete has support for MSN and Yahoo! webcams
- The edutainment module has three new applications (KGeography, Kanagram and blinKen)
For a more complete log of changes, complete with screenshots and explanations, see the KDE 3.5 visual guide to new features.
I've found some beautiful Ubuntu wallpapers for Xmas.
If there is more out there, please let me know.
More Ubuntu and Kubuntu wallpapers and artwork can be found at Ubuntuforums.org.
A new Ubuntu derivative is under development. It's called Gnubuntu and only uses software which follows the Free Software Foundation (FSF) guidelines. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu distribution, agreed this with GNU-founder Richard Stallman.
Stallman supports the idea, but isn't happy with the name. Anyway, the name Gnubuntu will be kept, the corresponding domain gnubuntu.org is already registered - but with no content on it yet.
The new distribution will only contain Ubuntu packages, which follow the Free Software Foundation guidelines. Most of the linux distributions already consist mostly of free software, but they also contain binary packages without the corresponding source code or commercial applications. One exception is the Ututo distribution, which already consists only of free software completely. Shuttleworth wants to ask these developers to join the Gnubuntu development.
I've found two interesting Linux magazines, which can be downloaded monthly as PDF file. You can leave your email address on their website to be informed about new issues (subscribers get the link earlier).
These magazines are not exclusively about Ubuntu linux, but Ubuntu and Ubuntu applications often take part of it. So if you're interested in Linux related distributions and applications, it's definitely worth a try.
The Ubuntu developer have released a first preview of their new Ubuntu version with codename Dapper Drake. It features some improvements on the installer and plenty of new packages taken from Debian unstable. Kubuntu, the KDE variant, has also been updated.
There are now 5.219 updated packages, 4.064 of them coming from the debian unstable branch. Plenty of them should bring new features to the distribution, but unfortunately Canonical made no detailled declaration what packages are affected.
The installer has been updated and includes some improvements. It now detects multi processor systems better and doesn't offer any partitioning for CD and DVD burners any more. Additionally FAT filesystems won't be mounted at locations, where errors could occur.
This first version of Dapper Drake is just a preview version mainly aimed at developers. The final version will be released not before April 2006.
Since my last entry I've gotten VLC to work great on both my machines, Dell 4600c and Inspiron 6000. DVD playback is great, don't forget to enable DMA though. It doesn't seem to be enabled by default. I have the wireless working on my Inspiron 6000 using WEP security. Breezy found the new Intel Pro 2200b/g card in it and installed everything. All I had to do was activate the card and put in my SSID and key. Presto everything is working great. Network setup is graphical just like in Windows, which is great for the Linux newbie like myself.
The more I use Breezy B. the more I'm impressed. It's been a little over a month now, I only get on my windows pc to do my graphics work because I'm familiar with the software, and for my personal finances, Quicken, enough said.
I was amazed when I got my 5 copies of Breezy in the mail, free of charge, each with an install and live disc. I don't think I will be buying any Windows OS again. I've given all my copies away to the college students next door, all CS students, they love Ubuntu, and all have used Linux extensively in their studies. I'm a newbie and I suppose easily impressed, but this distro is the first one I've been able to even get my wireless working on my laptop! NDISWrapper does not work for me, I'm sure it's because I'm not installing and setting it up correctly. I'm glad Ubuntu has drivers for the INtel Pro 2200 B/G mini PCI. My laptop has a Celeron processor and 512mb ram. It can get a little sluggish at times with Windows XP, Ubuntu on the other hand just flies around on it. I don't think I've ever seen an hourglass. So far I've been able to find all the apps to do what I do except for Quicken. Gimp will no doubt do the graphics work, but I am reluctant to change right now.