Archive for October, 2012

Ubuntu Tweak Will Continue

Just a short while ago, Tualatrix Chou, the developer of Ubuntu Tweak, announced that he was stopping the development of Ubuntu Tweak.  He left us with a cryptic comment:  “If making free software is not free, why doing this?”

Just today, he has announced that development of Ubuntu Tweak will continue.  Tualatrix has been under a lot of pressure with his daytime job and all of his work on Ubuntu Tweak.  Now, he will slow down development.  The Apps section is discontinued until he can find a way to deal with the network traffic/bandwidth issue he was having.

Ubuntu Tweak can be installed by the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

Ubuntu 12.10 Has Been Released

Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal) has been released and is ready for download.  There is now no longer the traditional CD, DVD or alternate image, but a single 800 MB Ubuntu image to be used from USB or DVD.  

The release notes for Quantal list many new features, including:

Update Manager has been streamlined and renamed Software Updater.  It now checks for updates when launched.  (The release portion of Update Manager is now in its own package – ubuntu-release-upgrader.)

The new WebApps feature enables users to run on-line applications such as Facebook Twitter and Gmail directly from the desktop.  This works much faster and reduces the proliferation of browser tabs and windows.

UEFI Secure Boot is now supported.  It is a standard for keeping malware from getting control of a computer during boot time.  This means that Ubuntu will still “just work” on new hardware.

From Ubuntu 12.04, of course, you can still press Alt + F2, type in “update-manager -d” without the quotes, and click on Upgrade.

Not the Runty Raccoon…

Mark Shuttleworth has announced officially that our next Ubuntu version (13.04) will be called Raring Ringtail. As the SABDFL himself stated, at the Copenhagen developers’ meeting, “We’ll make something … wonderful, and call it the Raring Ringtail.”

Will Mark Shuttleworth be forthcoming on exactly which ringtail he means?  The Wikipedia entry for ringtail starts with ring-tailed cats and ground squirrels, goes through lemurs and mongooses (really, according to, it is not mongeese!) and continues for quite some length.  

I shudder to think what the S version will be called.  😉

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Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.0 Is Now Available

Ubuntu Tweak 0.8.0 is now available for download:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tualatrix/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

A major change from Ubuntu Tweak 0.7.x is that the App Center and Source Center have been combined in a new section, Apps.   The Apps tab is where you will find apps that you either can’t download from Ubuntu Software Center, or can’t download the latest version from there.

A full description, including a link to download the version for Precise, can be found at

Here is a snapshot of the Apps section you will see:

Ubuntu 12.10 DVD Available for Pre-order

The Ubuntu 12.10 DVD is now available for pre-order.  Quantal is the first release not to fit on a standard CD, so it is provided on DVD.   The DVD will still provide the same live environment as the Live CD.  The DVDs will be available to ship from October 26, 2012.

There is good news and bad news, of course.  The single DVD – which has me excited, since such a thing has not been available for several versions now – is  a bit pricey at £4.71  or $7.99 (at this time).  With shipping, I paid $18.60.  Of course, if you need larger packs, they are more economical.    For instance 10 DVDs cost only £8.50, and so forth.  Shipping is free on 100 pack and 200 pack orders.


October 2012

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