OpenOffice.org 2.0: A Choice for A Real Change
OpenOffice 2 has been released today. You can download it from the official website. It is being offered in more than 60 languages for many operating systems (including Linux).
The suite now also offers a database module, Base, to complement the word processor (Writer), spreadsheet manager (Calc), presentation manager (Impress) and drawing tool (Draw) modules. These give all users the tools they need to be productive in the modern world. Free for all, OpenOffice.org offers everyone the enduring freedoms to use, study, improve and share the software.
To find out more about the features visit the website OpenOffice.org 2.0 Features.
Microsoft doesn't support the free office fileformat OpenDocument in its Office suites. They don't even want to implement it in the future. The Australian group "Open Source Victoria" (a cooperation of more than 100 companies) wants to change that. They want to develop a plugin to teach Microsoft Office handling with OpenDocument.
The plugin is called "OpenOpenOffice" (short: O3) and is based on the MS-Office filters of OpenOffice.org. It is not yet clear when the plugin will be finished and under what conditions (licence etc.).
Details about the project can be found at http://www.phase-n.com/openopenoffice.
Their motto: "OpenOpenOffice opens OpenDocument documents in Office". If Microsoft will not add OpenDocument to Office, the
Ubuntu 5.10 has now been released in a Server version with a special kernel, which supports systems with more than one CPU, and without any desktop environment. Included software packages are Apache, Bind, MySQL, PostgreSQL, PHP, Samba, OpenLDAP and Zope.
The installation with 400 MB required space is very slim. It installs just the needed software packages, to have a easier to supervise system. To have better control, it also boots in text mode. Canonical points out, that the installation is also very secure. While installing there are no open ports and network services will only be started when explicitly installed.
As always Canonical offers security updates for the next 18 months for free.
Ubuntu 5.10 in the Server edition can be downloaded from now on for the x86-, PowerPC- and AMD64 platforms. Give it a try and please give us feedback about your experiences.
VMware offers with the VMware player a program for free, which is capable of running preinstalled virtual machines on Linux and Windows. The player runs not only VMware machines, but also Microsoft Virtual Machines and Symantec LiveState Recovery Disks. With this licence free software it is not possible to create virtual machines. For that purpose you still need the VMware Workstation, GSX Server or ESX Server.
VMware is offering preinstalled virtual machines based on Red Hat and SUSE Linux in its Virtual Machine Center as free downloads. VMware is also offering a Virtual machine based on Ubuntu in its Browser Appliance Virtual Machine Center. It's no full Ubuntu, but a basic version dedicated to run as a secure browsing environment (download size: 200mb). See screenshot.
Hopefully there will be a virtual machine based on the full Ubuntu 5.10 offered soon. Please report if you find one for download.
I was so happy with Breezy on my desktop I thought I'd try my Dell Inspiron 6000 on my wireless G network. All went happily with the install. Power settings, sound, graphics all perfect. The hitch came when I tried to setup my wireless connection and my Broadcom based Dell 1370 mini-pci was not recognized. I have made several attempts to get NSISWrapper to work without success. I'm not losing faith however. I'm so new I just need more time to fine tune this and I'm sure it will work, everyone on the forums writes of success.
Another problem is DVD playback; movies. I will try Mplayer and see if that solves my problem. I'd appreciate any feedback on my wireless and DVD problems. Enjoying Ubuntu Breezy Badger immensely!
I had purchased SUSE Linux desktop previously and installed it on my Dell 4600c. I was frustrated by the trouble I had getting this install to work, and more frustrated with the volumonous documentation. I stumbled across Hoary by accident and thought why not, it sounds good. It installed perfectly, 1st try dual boot with WinXP. I've since upgraded to Breezy and it just works. All hardware was identified and installed correctly by both distros. The ease of adding packages with adaptic is amazing. I'm quickly becoming a Linux user instead of a Linux dabbler thanks to Ubuntu!
London 18th October 2005: The popular Ubuntu operating system is moving from strength to strength, winning awards across the globe for the best Linux distribution. This time, it's the readers of the Linux Journal who have chosen Ubuntu as their favourite.
In the November edition of the Linux Journal, Ubuntu beat the more established distributions in this year's Reader's Choice awards.
In the Linux Journal review, Steve Hastings wrote that "Ubuntu Linux is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to run Linux on a desktop system. It's easy to install and to administer. Everyone from beginners to experts can use and appreciate it. And it's free"
Canonical Ltd is again extremely proud that within a year of launching Ubuntu, it is the favourite Linux for so many people. Combining stability with the latest versions of desktops and applications, Ubuntu continues to grow its user base by being the most flexible and most appealing Linux environment for both end users and servers.
surely some of you have tried Ubuntu. We have users on this site who are very new to Linux and also users who have used Linux for more than 5 years. It doesn't matter how much Linux experience you have, you're hear to learn and to get help. Or maybe you want to find out the lastest news about Ubuntu.
Remember: You can create yourself a user and have your own blog on this site. This enables you to write your experiences, get feedback and maybe even find some new friends. Your blog will surely be read hundreds of times! You will even get promoted to the front page. There's no nicer way to learn Linux and specifically Ubuntu.
I'm looking forward to have some postings of you online soon :)
Since 3 days I'm using Ubuntu 5.10 nonstop now. The installation was easy without any problems. All hardware components on my laptop have been detected successfully.
The improvements to Ubuntu 5.04 make sense and are very useful. The look'n'feel generally is a little bit better, even though I still don't like the standard brown wallpaper.
I tried other brandnew distributions like SUSE 10.0 as well. But no distribution is as fast as Ubuntu 5.10 and has a comparable concept. I don't want to miss the apt thing with Synaptic, for example.
One thing that bothers me, is that Nautilus has no command line, where I can enter a path manually (like the KDE Konqueror). Is there a solution for that?
I ordered Ubuntu 5.10 CDs maybe two weeks ago. Now I logged in again (under https://shipit.ubuntu.com) to see the status and there is no entry under "Previous requests you made".
Does that mean the CDs are already on its way or is my request lost and therefore I'll have to request the CDs again?
Do you want to have a look at the brandnew Ubuntu 5.10? Please have a look at our screenshot section.
If you have a nice Ubuntu desktop, you might want to upload screenshots there as well.
You can download Ubuntu 5.10 DVD Covers here: http://www.pegasus.rutgers.edu/~pax/.
Just print them out and put it together with your Ubuntu CD/DVD in an empty DVD case.
My Acer Travelmate 291LMi always has troubles with the graphics under Linux (at least when first installing). As I bootet Ubuntu 5.10, the graphical welcome screen within GRUB was not visible. When I continued the installation with ENTER, the screen went black forever.
Then I tried the boot parameter "linux vga=771". With that it works just fine, as with most Linux distributions. Maybe you have the same problem under some notebooks and it helps you.
There are installation CDs, live CDs, and combination DVDs for three architectures.
The major new features are:
* Thin Client Integration: Ubuntu is the first distribution in the world to include deeply-integrated thin client technology. This allows you to deploy Ubuntu in large scale networked environments or, for example, in classrooms, with a lightweight Ubuntu image booting over the network. All Ubuntu management tools work for the thin client image as well as for the server.
some Ubuntux artwork on a french site: http://www.tatane.com/index.php/ubuntux-ubuntu-artwork
Thanks for that! Although I'm not sure the author knows this site :)