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Ubuntu install problems

So...got my 5.10 disks today and did a typical install on an older system (AMD k6/500mhz, 256mb ram/diamond 6 viper 16 mb vcard, etc). The install seemed to go well, got the partitions all set. Went to do restart after install, and now I get nothing but a black screen/blinking cursor after the vcard post. I can get into the bios by pressing f10, but I  can't see and post info (drives installed/mem test). So I tried to reinstall from cd, but it seems that it hangs before it posts and therefore never reads the cd drive/no hard drive activity lights. Any thoughts?

New Ubuntu Book available

This is the first book of its kind to cover the hottest new Linux distribution, and will teach you how to make the most of your Ubuntu desktop. First, the book introduces you to the world of Linux and the open source community, and then outlines Ubuntu installation and configuration in detail. You'll learn how to wield control over your newly installed operating system. Then you'll learn about system customization opportunities and fun tasks like listening to audio CDs and MP3s, viewing movies, performing office and Internet-related tasks, and maintaining your Ubuntu system in general.
 

 
The book comes with a CD containing the complete Ubuntu distribution. You are encouraged to take full advantage of this powerful operating system by inserting the disk into the drive, and then following closely along with the supplementary material.
The book is called Beginning Ubuntu Linux: From Novice to Professional and will officially be released on March 20, 2006. But it can already be ordered on the Amazon website, shipping within 24 hours.

Gnome 2.14 has just been released

Today, the GNOME Project celebrates the release of GNOME 2.14, the latest version of the popular, multi-platform Free desktop environment.

Released on schedule, to the day, it is the culmination of six months effort by GNOME contributors around the world: hackers, documentors, usability and accessibility specialists, translators, maintainers, sysadmins, companies, artists, users and testers. Due to their hard work, it is another great release to be proud of - thanks very much to every contributor!

You'll find plenty of information about GNOME 2.14 in the extensive release notes, linked from the 2.14 start page.

All about GNOME 2.14: http://www.gnome.org/start/2.14/

Some of the key new features:

1. The creation of an admin suite, including a lock down editor, Pessulus, and a user profile editor, Sabayon

2. A new search bar, called Deskbar, which can search through local files, programs and contacts as well as on the web

Dapper Gnome Error

I am relieved that in addition to Ubuntu, I installed Kubuntu. My KDE desktop is more than useful, it is essential as last week's updates damaged my Gnome. Now when I log into Gnome the splash screen appears, does its thing, then the panels try to load. The panels appear, flash eleven times, and then disappear. it leaves me with an empty brown desktop with nothing on it but a mouse cursor. The only control available is ctrl-alt-backspace.  If those keys are pressed while the panels are still flashing, the system returns me to the GDM login screen. If I wait until the panels stop flashing, ctrl-alt-backspace puts me at a login prompt in a shell. I have to then reboot to get back into GDM. Is this part of the reason the release date was moved back?

Mysql Database backup script

A script to take daily, weekly and monthly backups of your MySQL databases using mysqldump. Features - Backup mutiple databases - Single backup file or to a seperate file for each DB - Compress backup files - Backup remote servers - E-mail logs – More http://www.debianhelp.co.uk/mysqlscript.htm

Bluetooth in Ubuntu + GPRS

Hello people i am a noob to linux and have just installed ubuntu and its working fine except that i cannot connect to the internet with my GPRS phone which i connect with bluetooth.

In order to download the bluetooth manager i first have to connect to the internet...i downloaded the package .gz and .bz files containing the bluetooth manager for linux via windows but i don't know how to compile it into a .deb package so that i can install it

PLEASE HELP ME SO THAT THE NEXT TIME I SURF THIS SITE ITS ON UBUNTU LINUX

THANK YOU

Ubuntu 6.04 will be postponed

The decision has not yet been made but it seems that the release date will be postponed by 6 weeks. Originally Ubuntu 6.04 should be released on 20th April, but Shuttleworth wants to have more time for testing and improvements. The reason therefore is, that Dapper Drake will have extended support and it will be positioned as a enterprise distribution. That means it needs to be suitable for enterprise environments as well.

It is not yet sure if it will keep the name Ubuntu 6.04 as it will be released in June. Maybe we're talking about Ubuntu 6.06 :)

Ubuntu 6.04 (Dapper Drake) Flight-CD 5 available

Flight-CD 5 has just been released as another preview of Dapper Drake. It features an improved installer for the Live-CD and a new standard theme called "Ubuntulooks". Some additional ATI graphic cards like the X850 are supported now.

Download here: http://ftp.acc.umu.se/mirror/cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/dapper/flight-5/

Ubuntu 5.10 installer vulnerability

A security issue affects the following Ubuntu releases:
Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger)

The following packages are affected:
base-config
passwd

The problem can be corrected by upgrading the affected package to
version 2.67ubuntu20 (base-config) and 1:4.0.3-37ubuntu8 (passwd). In
general, a standard system upgrade is sufficient to effect the
necessary changes.

Details follow:
Karl Øie discovered that the Ubuntu 5.10 installer failed to clean
passwords in the installer log files. Since these files were
world-readable, any local user could see the password of the first
user account, which has full sudo privileges by default.

The updated packages remove the passwords and additionally make the
log files readable only by root.

This does not affect the Ubuntu 4.10, 5.04, or the upcoming 6.04
installer. However, if you upgraded from Ubuntu 5.10 to the current
development version of Ubuntu 6.04 ('Dapper Drake'), please ensure

LAMP (Linux Apache Mysql PHP) Installation and configuration

The acronym LAMP refers to a set of free software programs commonly used together to run dynamic Web sites or serversLinux, the operating system; Apache, the Web server; MySQL, the database management system (or database server)Perl, PHP, and/or Python, scripting languagesCheck here for complete easy installation stepsLAMP (Linux Apache Mysql PHP) Installation and configuration

writing to windows drives (FAT32)

I am new to ubuntu and for scholastic reasons have to keep windows XP as an OS. I have created a drive partition that mounts fine in ubuntu, yet I can find no way of changing the permissions so that I can write to it. I have tried running as root and using chmod but the change did not actually get made. If anybody has advice it would be greatly appreciated. thanks ~Arik

Sony Vaio VGN-FS215S

Hi, I have installed last week Kubuntu Dapper in my Sony-Vaio VGN-FS215S and upgraded packages two days ago. 1. Touchpad is recognized but cursors speed is really slow and can not be fixed. Tapping is not supported. Both worked fine under Breezy. 2. Changing the aliasing preferences doesn't have any effect. The same file with the same Times New Roman Font in Open Office under windows XP is clear and in Kubuntu blurred. Some characters half appear. 3. I don't know which is the appropriate choice for keyboard. There is none for Sony Vaio. I tried to use the other brand keyboards for Laptop but to no avail. 4. Winmodem is not recognized but I guess I have to buy linuxant driver. 5. Wireless card is recognized but I have to install Ndis Wrapper. 6. Adept doesn't function 9 out of 10 times but this is a general problem as I realized from the talk in the Forum. I would be gratefull for any advice Thanks Yannis

How to get XGL and Compiz working

Complete tutorials are to be found on ubuntuforums.org and I do not think it is necessary to repeat it here. But only for one simple remark.

The original tutorial on ubuntuforum.org makes compiz work without the opacity plugin. If you do it this way it will work.

First of all follow this howto: http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=131267 and play around with it.

If you then download the packages from this page http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=139265 and install the packages using dpkg -i.

After this all is well.... ;) See my screenshot http://www.ubuntux.org/my-desktop-running-xgl

XGL and Compiz

Yesterday I spend a few hours tweaking Gnome and XGL and I'm glad to say: It works! I know its only Eye Candy, but what a graphics...A screenshot will be uploaded in the image galleries.

.shn and .flac conversion programs

I am using arson and k3b for my music needs. I need to be able to decode flac and shn files to wav for cd burning and home stereo playback. Can someone point me in the right direction program-wise and/or plugins.