"Edubuntu is a version of the Ubuntu operating system suitable for classroom use. As an educator you'll be able to set up a computer lab, or establish an online learning environment, in an hour or less -- then administer that environment without having to become a fully-fledged Linux geek." That's what the official website says about Edubuntu.
If you're interested, please have a look at an interesting review about it on Tuxmachines.
Yesterday I installed the Ubuntu 5.10 preview. Runs perfectly, just like 5.04 did :)
Gerenally said it looks a little bit better now, and there are lots of new program versions. And of course Gnome 2.12. Please leave a comment, what experiences you made with the preview.
will Ubuntu 5.10 be released on 13th October? Or what is the exact release date for the final version?
We offer some screenshots of Ubuntu 5.10 preview in our image gallery.
The preview looks similar to Ubuntu 5.04, the changes are mainly not optical. But there are lots of new programs and program versions, so the new version will surely be very attractive.
The developers of Ubuntu have released an official preview of Ubuntu 5.10, codename "Breezy Badger", and the KDE-based Kubuntu 5.10. They are avalaible as install and live CDs for the x86, AMD64 and PowerPC plattforms.
The Ubuntu 5.10 preview already contains the shortly released Gnome version 2.12, OpenOffice.org Beta 2 and X.org in version 6.8.2. The kernel is Linux 188.8.131.52, which has been enhanced with drivers for notebook users.
Now there is PHP5 on board and the cluster filesystems OCFS2 (Oracle) and GFS (Red Hat) and the support for up to 4GB RAM on 32bit systems. The distribution is based on GCC 4.0.1.
And I'm sure it will be delivered with the upcoming Ubuntu 5.10 :)
Yesterday the probably last Ubuntu beta version for Breezy Badger has been released. It can be downloaded on cdimage.ubuntu.com.
After that the official preview version will follow. The final version is expected to be released in October.
The Colony-CD 4 is aimed at developers and offers just small improvements on points like the Live-CD, the bootloader GRUB and the apt-configuration.
I heard a lot of positive things about the upcoming Ubuntu version 5.10 (expected to be released in October), but I never tested it personally. Does someone already run the newest beta of Ubuntu 5.10? What experiences have you made? What is different?
It would be very interesting for many people from all over the world, if someone could describe his/her experiences on this site (just create a new user, log in and run your own blog). Thank you! :)
Important note: Most of the howtos in this forum need the Universe and Multiverse repositories to be enabled.
By default, Ubuntu does not enable the Universe and Multiverse repositories. But they include some important programs and codecs, so it is highly recommended to activate them. There may also be non-Ubuntu sources that you might wish to add to your Ubuntu machine.
The repositories (of apt) are stored in a file called /etc/apt/sources.list
First you should create a backup of your existing sources.list file:
sudo cp /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list_backup
Next you edit the sources.list file with an editor like GEdit.
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
There is an incode documentation. Uncomment everything you need, especially the universe and multiverse repositories.
Prerequisites: add universe and multiverse repositories.
What are restricted formats?
These are non-Free formats and tools, well-known from the Win32 world. The most important ones are Java, MP3, Windows Media, Real Media, RealPlayer, DVD-video, Macromedia Flash, AAC and iTunes Music Store and some other Video and Audio Codecs.
All of them are not included within the Ubuntu standard installation. You have to install them manually.
How to install the restricted formats?
You can install the codecs with the following commands:
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.8-plugins
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.8-lame
sudo apt-get install gstreamer0.8-ffmpeg
sudo apt-get install w32codecs
del.icio.us, one of the biggest websites offering social bookmarking, has a tag for ubuntu.
That means by surfing to http://del.icio.us/tag/ubuntu you can see Ubuntu related bookmarks, which have been set by other people. There can always be found something interesting, so it's worth having a look.
A Norwegian programmer called Jon Johansen, also knows as DVD Jon, has developed a tool for removing some encoding surrounding the Windows Media Player, in order to give open-source media players a chance to access the streams.
Therefore it will soon be possible to play Windows Media (WMV9) files with the VideoLAN Client (VLC). Here's a
instruction for compiling VLC with VC-1 (WMV9) support (especially for Ubuntu Breezy) by Jon Johansen. For further information check the ZDnet news site.
As default Ubuntu has no password set for the root user. To gain root access you have to type in your own user password. This is the password you set for the first user while installing Ubuntu.
To manually set a password for the root user, type in the following in the shell:
After that you are asked to type in the new root password twice. Finally, your root user has its own password.
There is a new distribution based on Ubuntu under development which is called Ubuntu Lite. The idea of Ubuntu Lite is to bring the power of Ubuntu across to the users of legacy systems.
So not just to make a small linux as this has been done before (Puppy Linux, Damn Small linux, the Rule Project). Nor to make a usable linux based desktop Operating system (that has been done with Ubuntu Linux, Beatrix). The idea is to bring the power of Ubuntu to the typical users of legacy hardware.
There are three core aims of the Ubuntu Lite Project:
1. easily used by people with minimal computer skills
2. usable on a resurrected system
3. able to satisfy a typical users requirement of applications and functionality
If you run older computer hardware, just give it a try!
Ubuntu installs by default with the Gnome Desktop and other memory-intensive applications. So if you do not have a fast and powerful machine (Pentium 4 and 512 MB of RAM) your system will be quite slow. The following document explains the steps, how to install Ubuntu and a GUI on a low memory system, so that you can use it as a Workstation for your daily work. It is aimed to the average SOHO-user (Small Office/Home Office).
K3b on Kubuntu Hoary 5.04