Archive for December, 2011

Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 is Now Available for Precise and Other Ubuntu Versions

Ubuntu Tweak version 0.6 is now available for Precise, although it is not in the standard PPA yet. There are two PPAs that are available: Ubuntu Tweak Testing Source and Tualatrix’s Next PPA.

Tualatrix’s Next PPA covers only Precise and Oneiric. It is the cutting edge, first testing PPA. Here are the commands to include it:

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

The Ubuntu Tweak Testing Source PPA (again for version 0.6) is available for Karmic, Lucid, Maverick, Natty, Oneiric and Precise. To include it, here are the commands:

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

Since I wrote this post, Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 stable has been released (only for Oneiric at this time):

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

(For Oneiric users) If you prefer to stay with the most stable version, you may wish to remove the testing PPA(s) so you only get the updates to the stable release.

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Ubuntu Sources List Generator Now Available for Precise

Ubuntu Sources List Generator is a quick and easy way to change your /etc/apt/sources.list file. Another use is to find which repositories are available in your version of Ubuntu and follow the directions to add them to Software Sources. This list of available repositories can be used with Lucid, Maverick, Natty, Oneiric and Precise.

Here is where we begin:

I have selected my country and Ubuntu version (Precise, even though it is not yet recommended). Then there are sections for the Ubuntu repositories and updates. After this come the third party repositories – such as the Google Linux, Mozilla Daily Build Team, Opera or Webmin repositories.

It is good when the Ubuntu Sources List Generator is available for the new Alpha release. You can upgrade to the new version, while knowing that Google Chrome, Opera or other creature comforts are available.

More repositories will appear on this page as they are readied for Precise.

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Google Easter Egg for the Holidays

This is courtesy of the How-To Geek.

What you need to do is to type Let it snow into Google’s search box and hit return. Then you will see a flurry of snowflakes falling. Hit the “Defrost” button when the flurry is over and you will be able to see the entire screen again.

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Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 Is Close to Release

Tualatrix has just announced on the Ubuntu Tweak Blog that Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 is close to being released. It is now available for Oneiric by opening the terminal or typing Alt + F2, and typing:

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

(I am still using the version for Oneiric, although I upgraded to Precise Pangolin yesterday.)

The major changes to Ubuntu Tweak include:

Support for three major desktop environments: Unity, Unity-2D, GNOME Shell.

More tweaks have been added – for instance, Unity Settings.

The usability of the Janitor has been improved.

Here is a shot of Unity Settings:

Please note: if you use the Unity launcher at the bottom as discussed by Web Upd8, there is a critical bug. When running Ubuntu Tweak 0.6, then going to Tweaks > Unity Settings, Unity crashes. The Unity Bottom Launcher must be removed before testing of Ubuntu Tweak 0.6.

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PayPal Support Coming to Ubuntu Software Center

Canonical has just announced that they are close to releasing PayPal support in Ubuntu Pay, the payment service behind the Ubuntu Software Center. Here is a glimpse of what it will look like:

Support for PayPal payments in Ubuntu has been requested for some time, especially by people who live in areas that are unsupported by the current Ubuntu payment service.

Canonical is planning to launch this new feature before Christmas.

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Change In Precise Release Schedule

After the December 1 release of the first Alpha of Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Canonical decided to change the official release schedule and remove the Release Candidate version. It was supposed to be released on April 19, 2012 but is no longer present on the schedule.

Here is the current release schedule for Precise Pangolin (Ubuntu 12.04 LTS):

December 1, 2011 Alpha 1 release
February 2, 2012 Alpha 2 release
March 1, 2012 Beta 1 release
March 22, 2012 Beta 2 release
April 26, 2012 Final release

Since Precise is an LTS release, it will have at least 4 regular maintenance releases:

Ubuntu 12.04.1 August 16, 2012
Ubuntu 12.04.2 February 7, 2013
Ubuntu 12.04.3 mid-summer 2013
Ubuntu 12.04.4 January 24, 2014

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Precise Pangolin Alpha 1 Has Been Released

Precise Pangolin (Ubuntu 12.04 Alpha 1) has been released. As a pre-release, this Alpha 1 is not advised for use by anyone who needs a stable system or is not comfortable running into frequent breakage. It is however recommended both for developers and also for those who want to help test, report or fix bugs.

New in Precise Alpha 1:

It uses the 3.2.0-2.5 Ubuntu kernel which is based on the recent 3.2-rc3 Linux kernel.
Banshee has been removed as the default media player and replaced by Rhythmbox.

Alpha 1 is the first in a series of milestone CD images that will be released throughout the Precise development cycle. You can download the Precise Alpha 1 here:
(Ubuntu Desktop, Server, ARM)

Additional images are also available at: (Ubuntu Server Cloud and EC2) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu) (Lubuntu)

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December 2011

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