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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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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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GetDeb and PlayDeb Repositories Available for Natty

The announcement has been made today (Tuesday, April 26) that the GetDeb and PlayDeb repositories for Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04) have been published.

The GetDeb policy is to support the latest and the LTS releases of Ubuntu. For now, this means packages will be published in the 11.04 and 10.04 repositories.

GetDeb is an unofficial project that provides the latest open source and freeware applications for the current and LTS Ubuntu releases, in an easy to install manner.

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Ubuntu Sources List Generator Now Handles Natty

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator now handles Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04) as well as Hardy, Karmic, Lucid and Maverick. The way to use the sources.list generator is to select your country (Americans, please note – United States is in the U section (of course)). Then you select your version, for instance Natty. Then you check the Ubuntu repositories you require, and lastly, you select third party repositories.

There are a good many repositories already available for Natty. Among them are the Medibuntu, Ubuntu Tweak and Google repositories. Of course, more will be added.

Please note that for third party repositories, the result text lists how to store the gpg key for each repository.

Ailurus 10.05 Has Been Released

Ailurus 10.05 was released on May 28 (yesterday). The latest version brings with it new features:

adding some popular software (always welcome!),

enhancing the system cleanup function (you can now clean up residual configuration files and the Nautilus thumbnail cache),

adding some GNOME settings,

showing details of CPU level 1 cache and level 2 cache, and

adding a computer doctor function, so you can detect system problems and repair them.

Ailurus cannot install programs that are not open-source, without adding an extension. The command is:

wget ‘’ -O ~/.config/ailurus/

If you have not already done so, Ailurus can be obtained with the following commands if you are using Karmic or Lucid:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus/ppa
sudo aptitude update
sudo aptitude install ailurus

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Lucid Lynx Has Been Launched

Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04) has been launched on schedule and is available for download. There is also a page of complete download options. I heartily recommend using bit torrent. Transmission takes care of the job for you – you just click on the correct torrent (in my case ubuntu-10.04-desktop-i386.iso.torrent) and then click add to get the torrent added to the Transmission queue and downloading.

Of course, Shipit is available if you need an official copy. Canonical is trying to cut down on the official copies, so they request that you only use this option if you don’t have the money to buy a copy, or your download speed wouldn’t make a copy feasible. I requested a copy to make sure Shipit was working before I sent anyone to it.

Remember that Lucid Lynx is an LTS release – long term support. Once you have it burned to disk or have updated to it, you may wish to go to System > Administration > Software Sources > Upgrades and make sure that the Show New Distribution Releases section reads Normal Releases and not just Long Term Support.

I guess I should mention that because Lucid has been released, you can now upgrade to it via update-manager instead of update-manager -d, if you are currently running Ubuntu 9.10 or 8.04 (the last LTS)Technorati Tags: , , , . I don’t know how slow that option will be today. I have had bad luck trying to run the update manager to upgrade to the next version on a release date.

May your upgrade go well and your Ubuntu experiences be enjoyable!

Lucid Lynx News

There is so much news for Lucid Lynx this week that I hardly know where to start.

I have mentioned bisigi-themes before, since the themes are a magnificent collection of wallpaper, themes and icons.  Bisigi-themes have now been moved to the regular Lucid Lynx repository, as opposed to testing.  If you have an eye for beautiful artwork, you should try:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi/ppa

sudo aptitude install bisigi-themes

Ailurus also has a new release – Ailurus 10.04.2.  One very welcome addition to this version is that Ailurus now has a Quick Start entry under Applications > System Tools.  For instance, here is the Install Software section:

The new quick start sections make it easy to find out how much you can do with Ailurus, and how powerful it is.

Lucid Lynx Release Candidate Has Been Released

The Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04) release candidate is now available. As always, to upgrade from Karmic (9.10) on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes). Then, you just need to click on Upgrade and follow the instructions.

If you are upgrading from the last LTS (Ubuntu 8.04) on a desktop system, you just need to follow the same instructions.

I have found the release candidate to be without any bugs so far. I know that the development team is still working to fix major bugs, but I would be surprised if that many more surface.

If you are planning to upgrade to Lucid Lynx, I would recommend upgrading now unless you have a production system. The final release date is April 29. That day and the next one after it will overwork Ubuntu servers. The last time I made the mistake of upgrading on Release Day, I was not able to get my system upgraded for two days. It was very frustrating.

Other recommendations for upgrading to Lucid Lynx include changing your mirror from the default for your country. To do this go to System > Software Sources, and click on the current server.

I have already changed my server to a local one, but your server may still be set on the main server for your country. Once you have clicked on the current server, you have the choice of choosing a server that you know works or clicking on Select Best Server. (I wish to warn you that sometimes Select Best Server gives unusual results. I live in Colorado (USA) but have had the “best server” turn out to be in Poland or Brazil.)

The benefit of using a different server is that you should have better download times. This is because not as many people will be pounding on that individual server as on the default server.

Have a happy upgrade!

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 2 Released

Ubuntu 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) LTS Beta 2 was released Thursday, April 8 as scheduled.  I will try to list new features that I have not already covered.  A full announcement was made on

New desktop features include what is known as “Social from the start” – Lucid features built-in integration with Twitter,, Facebook and other social networks with the MeMenu in the top panel.  Ubuntu Netbook Edition is now optimized to run on Intel atom-based netbooks.  The netbook edition also includes a new interface that allows users to quickly and easily get on-line and use their preferred applications.
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The desktop version will now be using GNOME 2.30, and 3.2.0.

The full release notes can be found at

As always, upgrading from Ubuntu 9.10 or (since this is an LTS release) Ubuntu 8.04 LTS simply requires pressing Alt + F2 and typing in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Once Update Manager tells you, New distribution release “10.04” is available, you then need to click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

As they say in the release, get it while it’s hot. ISOs and torrents for the Ubuntu family are available at: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2) (Kubuntu Desktop and Netbook Remix) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu) (Mythbuntu) (Ubuntu Studio)

One last note: Rick Spencer of Canonical has announced that for the final release of Lucid, Ubuntu will use Google as the default provider.


August 2020

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