Archive for March, 2010


BOINC is a project to allow people to use their unused CPU cycles to help cure diseases or do many other kinds of scientific research.

The version of the BOINC software that comes with Lucid Lynx is much better than what I’ve been used to. The start-up is not different:

Starting page for BOINC

Where the change really is visible is on the Project page, where you choose your account.

Page for choosing your project

The type size for the accounts – such as or rosetta@home – is much more easily read than in the past. For those of us who aren’t quite as young as we used to be, having readable print is a blessing.

After the page for choosing a project comes the Account page – where you sign in if you are already a part of that project, or sign up otherwise.

Account page

The BOINC software is already in the Ubuntu repositories. All you need to type in order to download it is:

sudo aptitude install boinc

This will install the manager, the client and other needed files. (In the past, I would have typed apt-get instead of aptitude. A kind reader suggested that I try aptitude because it takes care of dependencies better than apt-get does – for instance, by removing files that are no longer needed. I plan to do a post on aptitude in a few weeks.)

Lucid Lynx Beta 1 Has Been Released

Lucid Lynx Beta 1 has been released on schedule. Here is the official desktop you get with the beta:

The new human theme has purple in it, to go with the new colors on the background.  Note also that there are four desktops to switch among, rather than the two with Karmic and before.

As before, to upgrade from Karmic on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” without the quotes.  The Update Manager should then open up and tell you:  New distribution release ‘10.04’ is available.  You can then click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

As it says in the release, “Get it while it’s hot.” ISOs and torrents are available at: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2) (Kubuntu Desktop and Netbook Remix) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu) (Mythbuntu) (Ubuntu Studio)

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Lucid Lynx New Wallpaper and Themes

The new wallpaper for Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04) has arrived. The main color is now purple – quite a change from the variations of orange and brown we have been seeing.

There are also two brand-new themes: Ambiance and Radiance. Ambiance is dark:

Radiance is light:

The Beta 1 release is scheduled for March 18. I wonder what new surprises we will find then!

Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 Has Been Released

Lucid Lynx Alpha 3 was released last Thursday (February 25) as scheduled. As always, it comes with the warning that it is an alpha release, not to be installed on production machines.

If you are upgrading from Ubuntu 9.10 or Ubuntu 8.04 LTS on a desktop system, you just need to press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” – without the quotes – into the command box. Once any other necessary updates are done, Update Manager will tell you: New distribution release ‘10.04’ is available. Then you just need to click upgrade and follow the instructions.

You may remember that I fussed about Yahoo becoming the default search engine. This has indeed happened, but the default Home Page will use either Google or Yahoo depending on your user setting. (I must admit, because I use Google Reader to keep up with the latest happenings in the Linux world, I immediately go into a new install of Mozilla Firefox, go to Edit > Preferences > General, and type in for the home page. This means I can use IGoogle – my personalized home page with Google Reader set up – as needed.)

There is a new default open source driver for nVidia hardware. The Nouveau video driver provides kernel mode setting, which will give improved resolution detection. Of course, if you need 3D acceleration there is always System > Administration > Hardware Drivers, which will lead you to the best nVidia proprietary driver for your video card. Now, there is even improved support for the proprietary drivers. Thanks to a new alternatives system, it is now possible to install all three drivers at the same time, although it is only possible to have one configured at a time.

The MeMenu in the panel now provides built-in integration with Twitter,, Facebook and other social networks. The MeMenu is built upon the Gwibber project.

ISOs and torrents of Alpha 3 are available at: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2) (Kubuntu Desktop and Netbook Remix) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu) (Mythbuntu) (Ubuntu Studio)

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March 2010

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