Archive for June, 2011

Firefox 5 is Now Available

Firefox 5 is now available in the Natty repository. If you are running Natty (Ubuntu 11.04) all you need to do is run update-manager.

The Mozilla Blog has posted a list of improvements, including the supporting of Do Not Track on multiple platforms,including Android. This feature allows suers to tell websites that they wish to opt out of online behavioral tracking. It is easily found in Firefox Preferences.

One problem I had with the upgrade is that it marked the Google Toolbar add-on as incompatible. Here is how to remedy that.

Add Nightly Tester Tools to Firefox. One of its benefits is that it allows turning off compatibility checking.

Now, to complete add-on compatibility overriding, add Add-on Compatibility Reporter. After you reboot this time. go to Tools > Add-ons and you will find extra buttons you can click, one of which is Compatibility. Clicking on that will turn off add-on compatibility, so you can once again use the add-on that Firefox 5.0 clobbered.

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Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 1 Has Been Released

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/oneiric/alpha-1/Oneiric Ocelot (Ubuntu 11.10) Alpha 1 was released yesterday, June 2. This, as a pre-release of Oneiric Ocelot, is not encouraged for anyone needing a stable system. Since it is the very first Alpha, breakage is to be expected. Therefore, it is recommended for Ubuntu developers and those who want to help in testing, reporting and fixing bugs.

You can download the Alpha 1 image here:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/oneiric/alpha-1

Additional images are also available at:

http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/oneiric/alpha-1/ (Ubuntu
Server Cloud and EC2)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/oneiric/alpha-1/
(Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/oneiric/alpha-1/
(Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/oneiric/alpha-1/
(Edubuntu)

Of course, if you are already running Natty, you can upgrade to Oneiric by typing Alt + F2 and then typing “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) and following the instructions.

Happy testing!

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Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.14 Released

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.14 has just beenreleased. It is the latest bug fix release of the Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.x series.

This version improves the PPA purge feature. Tualatrix explains that he tried the GNOME 3 PPA with Natty, but it wouldn’t work. When he tried to downgrade the packages, he found a bug in Ubuntu Tweak.

One improvement is to show an error message and stop if packages cannot be downgraded. That lets you fix the error by using sudo apt-get remove pkg-name. After that step, PPA purge will run successfully.

Now, with PPA purge, you can downgrade all GNOME 3 related packages with select and click.

If you have not already downloaded Ubuntu Tweak, I heartily recommend it. You can get it by typing:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

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