Archive for October, 2010

Release Schedule for Natty Narwhal

The release schedule for Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04) can be found here. The main dates are:

December 2, 2010 Alpha 1
February 3, 2011 Alpha 2
March 3, 2011 Alpha 3
March 31, 2011 Beta
April 21, 2011 Release Candidate
April 28, 2011 Final Release

Also, Ubuntu 10.04.2 (Lucid Lynx, second full update) will be released on January 27, 2011.

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Ubuntu 11.04 to Move to Unity

Jono Bacon of Ubuntu fame has posted in an article that Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) will be shipping with Unity instead of Gnome Shell. Unity was already shipped on the Ubuntu Netbook Edition in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat. Bacon claims that “users and OEMs have been enjoying the experience.” I don’t know about OEMs, but I’ve read articles by users that have said they will stay with Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx until 11.04 comes out, so that the bugs in Unity will hopefully be fixed.

Actually, I can say something about one OEM, System 76. Their starting netbook is still shipping with Lucid. ZaReason’s netbook, on the other hand, is shipping with Ubuntu Netbook Edition (with Unity) as an option.

Bacon stressed in his post that Ubuntu is still a GNOME distribution, shipping GNOME apps. As he posted, “The only difference is that Unity is a different shell for GNOME, but we continue to support the latest GNOME Shell development work in the Ubuntu archives.”

I plan to run Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 in Testdrive, and will see if Unity is already the default shell at that time.

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Getdeb and Playdeb Repositories Now Available For Maverick

The Getdeb and Playdeb repositories, unofficial repositories of the very latest open source and freeware applications for the most recent Ubuntu releases, are now available for Maverick Meerkat.

The instructions for how to configure the Getdeb repository are here. The simplest way is to install the getdeb package. Otherwise, you can configure the repository manually:

Go to System-Administration-Software Sources, Third-Party Software tab, Add:
deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu maverick-getdeb apps

Add the repository GPG key, open a terminal window and type:
wget -q -O- http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add –

Once you run sudo apt-get update, you can start using the Getdeb repository.

The Playdeb instructions are much the same. The easiest way is to install the playdeb package. Otherwise, to configure the repository manually:

Go to System-Administration-Software Sources, Third-Party Software tab, Add:
deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu maverick-getdeb games

Add the repository GPG key, open a terminal window and type:
wget -q -O- http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add –

The same reminder holds – you will need to run sudo apt-get update before you can start using the Playdeb repository.

Not all of the software is in the repositories yet. It is quickly being added.

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Maverick Meerkat (Ubuntu 10.10) Has Been Released

Today, 10/10/10 (otherwise known as October 10, 2010) has marked the release of Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat. The download button on the Ubuntu home page now lets you download Maverick. There is also an alternate options page for those of us who love bit-torrents.

Since this is release day, I heartily recommend that you download the bittorrent if you want to get the iso quickly. It may even work faster than the tried-and-true standby, update-manager -d. In times past, when I have tried to update via update-manager -d, I have had an awful time keeping a connection for the first two days.

With this release, I am no longer sending for the free CD through Shipit. I still recommend it if you have low bandwidth or less money and still want a proper CD.

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Shipit Now Accepting Pre-Orders for Ubuntu 10.10 CDs

Shipit, the Ubuntu “store” for making free Ubuntu CDs available, is now accepting pre-orders for the upcoming version 10.10, Maverick Meerkat. Shipit is intended for people who have limited bandwidth and are unable to download and burn their own Ubuntu CDs. Shipit CDs are also responsible for introducing many new users to Ubuntu.

With this release comes a new feature of Shipit – the ability to donate money to help Canonical continue to make CDs available to people who need this service. As I have used Shipit in the past and had no problems with it, I have already donated.

Remember that release day is October 10 – on a Sunday – and not a normal Thursday event. If you are not using Shipit and have not already downloaded Ubuntu 10.10, you should consider downloading it now and not waiting until everyone is pounding the servers on release day.

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Is Xmarks Really Dead?

I recently blogged about the pending demise of Xmarks, the bookmark syncing service that works across browsers. It looks like there may be hope, after all.

In a recent post, James Joaquin, the CEO of Xmarks, shared that the company has “received a lot of credible interest from companies interested in acquiring the Xmarks assets and taking over the service….” Not only this, but many users have said that they would be willing to pay for Xmarks. Xmarks has set up a Pledgebank page where people can sign up if they are willing to pay $10-$20 per year for the service. The link is here.

I know that Firefox Sync and Chrome Sync are free solutions, each for its own browser. However, if you are like me and use a back-up browser, Xmarks is still the only game in town for syncing both sets of bookmarks. Please give consideration to going to the Pledgebank page and signing up. The future of Xmarks may depend on it.

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The Maverick Release Candidate Is Now Available

The Maverick (Ubuntu 10.10) release candidate is now available. Since this is still a candidate for release and not the final release itself, it comes with the warning not to install it on a production machine. The final version will be released on October 10, 2010.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. The update manager will then open and tell you: New distribution release ‘10.10’ is available. Then, click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

To download the release candidate:

The following link will direct you to a download location near you:

http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/download (Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Netbook)

Additional ISOs and torrents are also available at:

http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/10.10/rc/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
http://releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/10.10/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/10.10/rc/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/10.10/rc/ (Edubuntu DVD)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/10.10/rc/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-netbook/ports/releases/10.10/rc/ (Ubuntu ARM)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/10.10/rc/ (Mythbuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu-mobile/releases/10.10/rc/ (Kubuntu Mobile Preview)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu-mobile/ports/releases/10.10/rc/ (Kubuntu Mobile Preview ARM)

I have blogged about the alphas and the beta, so I will only mention one new thing about the Software Center. The server is now turned on and the Ubuntu team requests that those who can afford to do so purchase their test package called Rick’s Wallpapers The cost is $1 and all profits will go to the Ubuntu Project itself.

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