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Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) Is Reaching End of Life

With all Ubuntu versions, support will eventually end.  For Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), the end date will be October 28 , 2012.  This will be eighteen months after it was launched.

You cannot upgrade directly from 11.04 to 12.04, but you can do an incremental upgrade – first to 11.10, then to 12.04. Canonical has a list of instructions to help make this easier.

The end of life for Natty comes at the same time as the final release of Ubuntu 12.10, Quantal Quetzal.

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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Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 Beta Is Now Available

Tualatrix Chou has announced today that Ubuntu Tweak is available in Beta.

Here are the highlights of Ubuntu Tweak 0.6:

New UI
New clips feature: first screen information
All features are plugable
Package Cleaner becomes a new major feature as the “Janitor”

There are four major sections: Overview, Tweaks, Admins and Janitor. Here is the Tweaks section, as an example:

Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 is only for Natty and Oneiric. Oneiric is not well supported yet.

The “App Center” and “Source Center” are not developed yet. Tualatrix plans to provide them as plugins in the future.

If you want the “Source Center,” Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.x is still available, along with 0.6:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak-0

The ubuntu-tweak-0 package in the Next PPA is the old Ubuntu Tweak 0.5. You can use it as normal.

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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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Natty Narwhal Has Been Released

Natty Narwhal has been released and is now available by the ubuntu.com front page.

On the Download page, you will find new options. You can download and install, try Ubuntu from a CD or USB stick, or run it within Windows using wubi, as before. Now, you can also try Ubuntu online. That way you can give it a test run and decide when to download it.

If you’re like me and want a clean copy to burn to CD, you have one more option, the alternative download page. This lists torrents. The best thing about downloading a torrent is that the more people who are online downloading, the faster your download time.

Of course, if you are already running Maverick Meerkat (Ubuntu 10.10), you just need to press Alt + F2 and type in update-manager. (You no longer need the d because Natty has been officially released.

I am using Natty again, even though I fussed about it. I don’t like what has happened to the menus I depended on, but clicking on the Applications button and typing in the first 2 or 3 letters of a word makes life a bit easier.

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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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