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Ubuntu 9.04 Reaches End-of-Life on October 23, 2010

As noted by Ubuntu Fridge, Ubuntu released the final version of Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) almost 18 months ago, on April 23, 2009. As this was not an LTS (long term support) release, Ubuntu committed to ongoing security and critical fixes for 18 months. The support period is now ending.
In order to upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04, it is necessary to first upgrade via Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic). Upgrades to version 10.04 LTS (Lucid) and beyond are only supported in multiple steps via an upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10, then to Ubuntu 10.04. Both Ubuntu 9.10 and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS continue to be actively supported.

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Ailurus is a helpful add-on to Ubuntu, giving hints of the day and information on hardware, along with third-party repositories and applications that are not available in the official Ubuntu repositories – and many more options. It is a good bit different from Ubuntu Tweak. This has led me to have both of them on my computer.

When Ailurus first loads, it brings with it a tip of the day window (which can be disabled). The tips range from simple commands that can easily be typed in the terminal and do not need a whole lot of explanation, to those that require more knowledge of the command line. There is something there for everyone.

Some options that Ailurus includes are:

to install or remove applications that are not in the official repository;
to enable or disable some third-party repositories (some that are not included by Ubuntu Tweak);
to display information about BIOS, motherboard, CPU and battery;
to show or hide Computer, Home folder, Trash and Network icons on desktop;
to configure GNOME auto-start applications.

The easiest way to install Ailurus is from the PPA repository. You just need to open a terminal window (Applications > Accessories > Terminal). Then type in the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ailurus

If you are using a version of Ubuntu that does not have the command add-apt-repository, you can still install Ailurus. Type the following command into your terminal:

sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver 9A6FE242

Then go to System > Administration > Software Sources > Other Software, click on Add and type in

deb hardy main

deb-src hardy main

(of course, you can replace hardy with intrepid, jaunty or karmic – whichever one you use.)

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Ubuntu Tweak 0.4.9 Has Been Released

Ubuntu Tweak 0.4.9 was released Saturday, September 12, 2009 after more than one month’s development.  The new version covers Karmic (still in development) as well as Hardy, Intrepid and Jaunty.

One thing the latest version of Ubuntu Tweak will do is to make your sources.list file more manageable.  By default, Ubuntu Tweak will save its third party sources into its own file under /etc/apt/sources.list.d/

When you open the Source Editor, Ubuntu Tweak will show you the main sources.list in the window.

You can also select the drop down menu to view or edit other list files. They are stored under /etc/apt/sources.list.d/ (If you don’t use Separated Sources, you can disable it in the Preferences Dialog:

A lot of PPAs (third party sources) have been added. These are aMule, Google Testing Repository, GmChess (Chinese Chess), Smplayer Testing, GIMP Testing, Back In Time (a backup tool), Geany, SpiceBird, Moblin Testing, PlayOnLinux, RedNotebook, Breathe Icon Theme, Qt, Mono, Exaile, Clutter, Ubuntu X Unstable, and Gloobus, as well as the themes Arc-Colors, Gnome-Colors and Shiki-Colors.

In addition, Ubuntu Tweak has added a notification in the notification area when you enable a source. In addition, once you click Refresh to update and the update is done, a window will come up showing you what new applications can be installed and what updates can be applied.

One more thing to note: from this version forward, Ubuntu Tweak will have different packages for i386 and amd64. You can download the correct package for this version at Tags: , , , ,

Themes for Ubuntu

A couple of weeks ago, while I was in Salt Lake City helping out at the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) depot that has just started up there, Ubuntu Geek ran a beautifully detailed article on the new repository of Zgegblog themes for Jaunty and Intrepid. I won’t quote much of the article, except to say how to get these themes into your sources.list and onto your computer.

First for the sources.list. This will require you to open up System > Administration > Software Sources, go to the Third-Party Software tag, click on add and add the line

deb jaunty main (or Intrepid if that is your version).

The following command will add the GPG key to let your computer know the repository is signed and safe for your use:

sudo apt-key adv –recv-keys –keyserver 1781bd45c4c3275a34bb6aec6e871c4a881574de

Then, once you update, you can type sudo aptitude install zgegblog-themes. (They can also be installed separately.)

Even though I am running Karmic, I installed these themes without a hitch. Here is my favorite of the group, Balanzan.

Karmic Koala also has a group of new themes, available right in the repository. These are based on the brave (blue), wine, noble (purple), wise (green), dust and human themes. There are wallpapers to go with them. Here is the shiki-brave theme with the arc-brave wallpaper:

To install these themes, type in your terminal or Alt+F2 window,

sudo aptitude install shiki-human-theme shiki-brave-theme shiki-noble-theme shiki-wine-theme shiki-dust-theme shiki-wise-theme arc-human arc-noble arc-wise arc-dust arc-wine arc-brave

How to Restore Ctrl+Alt+Backspace

In older versions of Ubuntu, Ctrl+Alt+Backspace ended the present x session and brought a person back to the login screen. This was very useful when an unfortunate piece of software froze the screen. Unfortunately, it sometimes led to data loss when files were shut down so suddenly. In the past two versions of Ubuntu, it has been turned off.

Since it is only used when the available alternative is to go for the power button, I feel that it should be turned back on. I have recently found out about a way to do so. It involves installing the software “dontzap” from the Ubuntu repository:

sudo aptitude install dontzap.

Then, in your terminal or from the Alt+F2 run line, type sudo dontzap –disable.

If for some reason you find you wish to put an end to the ability to use Ctrl+Alt+Backspace, you can then type:

sudo dontzap –enable.

Personally, I’m a zapper. It can be too hard to remember Alt+SysReq+REISUB, and that string does not always work.

Karmic Koala Alpha 1

Karmic Koala Alpha 1 has been released. You can download it here. Otherwise, to upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” without the quotes. When Update Manager informs you that “new dsitribution release 9.10 is available,” click upgrade and follow the instructions.

Karmic Alpha 1 includes the latest Gnome 2.27.1 development release, and the 2.6.30-5.6 Linux kernel. As part of Karmic, the Intel video driver will most probably switch from the current “EXA” accelleration to the new “UXA.” This will solve performance problems with Jaunty.

Needless to say, if you don’t have a tolerance for breakage, feel free to stay with Jaunty Jackalope, I will be staying with it for now, since this is only the very first Alpha release.


Getdeb is a web site where you can download the latest and greatest of packages, some of which are in an older form in the regular Ubuntu repository, some of which (like Ubuntu Tweak) have their own repository separately. I find it a very good place to look for new software that has not yet made it into the Ubuntu repository, or is proprietary (like Songbird) and will not be included. Think of it as a heap of goodies, all in one place!

On the home page, I find the Daily Top 10 (on the left hand side under the About link) to be a good place to start. As I am typing this, it contains links to Songbird and Second Life, just two examples of the great things to be found here.

Getdeb automatically recognises the version of Ubuntu you are using, and loads the software which has been built for your version. I find this exceptionally helpful when I am switching from one version to the next. I can tell immediately what is available for the new version. (The versions currently covered are Jaunty, Intrepid and the LTS version, Hardy. All these are covered for both 32 bit and 62 bit systems.)

The software is divided into categories to make searching easy. These are: Audio Tools, Games, Info Management, Productivity, Utilities, Development, Graphics & Design, Internet & Network, System Tools, and Video Tools.

Happy Mother’s Day – and I wish you a joyful software hunt.

Jaunty Jackalope Was Launched April 23

Ubuntu 9.04, Jaunty Jackalope, was released yesterday. The release was right on schedule. If you have not already updated, Update Manager should prompt you to update as soon as you have all of your updates for Intrepid taken care of. (You can only update to Jaunty directly from Intrepid.)

If you need or want to get Jaunty on CD, here are your options.

1) The Get Ubuntu page contains a download link that points you to sources by region, and lets you get the type of Ubuntu you want. The default for computer architecture, 32bit, works best for most computers.

2) You can request a free CD from Canonical. They state that delivery typically takes 6 to 10 weeks. I don’t recall it being that long in my experience, but it was long enough that I will be burning my own CD this time.

3) You can buy a CD or DVD. The Buy on CD option links you to the Canonical Shop or

Jaunty Release Candidate

The Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) release candidate is now available. It is almost ready for general use. The page that announced the release candidate has a list of download sites for ISOs and torrents.

If you want to do an update, on the other hand, press Alt + F2 and type in “update manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Once you are done with any other updates, the Update Manager will tell you New distribution release ‘9.04’ is available. Then you can click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

The final release of Jaunty is scheduled for April 23. Just a reminder if you choose not to update before the final release is available:

Make sure that your Software Sources package is set to download from the best available server for your location. This is done by going to System > Administration > Software Sources, On the Ubuntu Software tab, go to the line that says Download from: and choose Other. Then choose Select best server.

This is advised because, the last time I saw the figures, there were about 8 million of us Ubuntu users. Some will be using the last long-term support (LTS) version, 8.04, admittedly. Most of us will be wanting to upgrade to Jaunty if we have not already done so. I got caught in the mad rush to upgrade from Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) to Hardy Heron (8,04) and could not download the updates for 3 days because I was using the USA main server. I advise seeing if another server will work for you, and looking at ways to avoid the stampede.

New Stuff in Jaunty

Jaunty Jackalope – coming out in final release April 23, presuming the schedule holds – has two very fine new packages for people who want to clean up unnecessary junk that may be lying around in their computers.

Computer Janitor comes with the default Ubuntu setup.  You get there by going to System > Administration > Computer Janitor.  It allows you to clean up “cruft” – obsolete files or files that have no repository connection. It learns quickly. If you have a file you got from Getdeb or another source, and not from a repository, you only have to tell it once not to delete the file. After that, it assumes that you don’t want the file deleted (unless you change your mind).

Here is a screenshot of Computer Janitor:

Bleachbit allows you to remove stuff like cookies and form-filling information that you may want to remove if, for instance, you are sharing your computer. Even if you are not sharing your computer, you may want to clean up your caches so they don’t get too large. Bleachbit takes care of cleaning up after packages as diverse as Adobe Reader, Firefox, and even system cache files.

Here is a screenshot of Bleachbit:

In order to fetch Bleachbit from the Ubuntu repository, you need to use Alt + F2, then type sudo apt-get install bleachbit. Of course, if you prefer, you can use Add/Remove or the Synaptic Package Manager.

I hope you find them as useful as I already have!


August 2020

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