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.
Hello everybody from France,
i've discovered this site by searching on Google for Ubuntu blogs because i wanted to write a blog dedicated to my Ubuntu experience with desktops and notebooks but also with servers. It's on this site i've discovered the new Server version of Ubuntu and i'm currently doing my tests and futures demos with this new version on VIA Mini-ITX PC with a slim case to show it as a slim server.
I will try to maintain her on my blog a log of what actions i've tried with my Ubuntu servers but also with my Ubuntu desktops.
This weekend, i will try the Ubuntu version of eMule which i think is aMule.
The next week, i have to show how to synchronize Outlook and web calendars using eGroupware on an Ubuntu central server, a PocketPC and notebook.
So i will write more during the next days.
I should start off saying that I'm a university student with a few years of working on unix systems before finally setting up a linux system of my own. After doing some research on dual boot laptop experiences (http://www.linux-laptop.net/ ), I deceided to got with an XP/ubuntu setup on a Dell Inspiron 9300.
The dual boot setup was surprisingly simple. I reparitioned the XP NTFS to give me about 7 gigs of uncommited space, and then just booted up the ubuntu 5.1 installer. One small issue is that uppon startup ubuntu seems to want to sync its clock up with one over a network connection. I'd like to turn that feature off, but I have yet to find out how.
I'm still new to linux, and currently I'm exploring the different applications offered. I hope to eventually create a more personalized version of the workspace I have with my university's Sun boxes.
now we have an official Ubuntux channel. It's #ubuntux.org at Freenode (servername: irc.freenode.net). Everyone who wants to get involved may join.
For the beginning we need graphical artists (for banners etc.), bloggers (writing about their experiences, news, tips'n'tricks, etc.), forum posters (howtos, everything what Ubuntu beginners could want to know). See you @ IRC :)
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.