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Saucy Salamander Reached End of Life on July 17, 2014

Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander) reached end of life on July 17.  This means that it is no longer supported.  There will be no more package updates to Saucy.

Ubuntu announced its release of Saucy about 9 months ago, on October 17, 2013.  This was the second release with the new 9 month support period. 

It is now recommended to upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr).  For a desktop computer, you can directly upgrade by typing Alt + F2 and typing update-manager, then running it and following the on-screen instructions.

If you prefer to do a fresh install, Trusty is now available for download at

How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10

I am at the point where I am considering upgrading to Saucy (Ubuntu 13.10) on one of my two dual-boots.  I am debating how much breakage I can stand this early in the cycle.  😉  Anyway, here are the instructions for the courageous:

To upgrade from Ubuntu 13.04 to 13.10 on a desktop system:

The instructions say to first open up Software Sources.

Then, you need to press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes).

Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘13.10’ is available.

Then, just click on “Upgrade” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Users of other Ubuntu releases need to upgrade first to 12.04, and then to 13.10.


Ubuntu 13.10 isos can be downloaded from: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Cloud Server) (Ubuntu Netboot) (Ubuntu Core) (Edubuntu DVD) (Kubuntu) (Lubuntu) (Ubuntu Studio) (Ubuntu-GNOME) (UbuntuKylin) (Xubuntu)

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Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric) Ready to Download

Oneiric has just been released and can be downloaded from the regular download site. If you prefer a torrent or or a DVD download, an alternative download page is provided.

Of course, if you are just looking to upgrade from Natty instead of doing a fresh install, you have the option of pressing Alt + F2 and typing in “update-manager -d” without the quotes. This will give you the upgrade page and allow you to click Upgrade to go to Oneiric.

It is also possible to preorder a set of Ubuntu CDs. (Shipping will start on October 20.)

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Oneiric Ocelot Beta 1 Now Available

The Ubuntu developers are moving quickly to bring you the very latest and best software. The Oneiric Ocelot Beta 1 just released gives a preview of the next version of Ubuntu. Please note – as always, this should not be run on production machines.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.04 on a desktop system, simply press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager will then open and tell you: New distribution release ‘11.10’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

Beta 1 images can be downloaded from a location near you: (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server)

In addition they can be found at the following links: (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server) (Ubuntu Cloud Images) (Ubuntu DVD, preinstalled ARM images, source) (Ubuntu Netbook) (Kubuntu) (Kubuntu DVD, preinstalled ARM images) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu) (Ubuntu Studio) (Mythbuntu) (Lubuntu)

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Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 3 Has Been Released

Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 3 was released today (Thursday, August 4). The Oneiric Alpha 3 is a developer snapshot to give people an early glance at the next version of Ubuntu (11.10).

As always, to upgrade from Ubuntu 11.04 on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager will then open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘11.10’ is available. Then, you simply click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

Here is the download link for Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) Alpha 3. The other versions in the Ubuntu family are available at: (Ubuntu Cloud Images) (Edubuntu DVD) (Kubuntu) (Mythbuntu) (Lubuntu)

A new experimental release of compiz and unity has been included with Oneiric Alpha 3. One of the highlights of this release is a new Alt + Tab (accessible by Ctrl + Tab until the feature is complete). Also, GNOME has been updated to the current unstable version (3.1.4) on its way to GNOME 3.2.

Please note that many of the CD images are still over-sized and will not fit on a standard 700 MB CD. You can still burn these images onto a DVD, or use usb-creator to put them onto a USB stick. This should be fixed by the first Beta release.

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Oneiric Ocelot Alpha 2 Ready For Download

Oneiric Ocelot (Ubuntu 11.10) is now available for download.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 11.04 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager will then tell you: New distribution release ‘11.10’ is available. Then you just need to click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Although it is possible to download the Alpha 2, most of the images are oversize. If that is the case, you can use either a DVD or USB for installation rather than a CD.

You can download Alpha 2 ISOs from: (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server) (Ubuntu Cloud Server) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu DVD)

Some of the key packages ;making their first appearance with Alpha 2 are:

Linux Kernel 3.0-rc5
gcc 4.6.1 compiler
Firefox 5.0
Thunderbird 5.0
A Mesa 7.11 snapshot

Alpha 2 contains GNOME 3.0, with some parts upgraded to the 3.1.2 alpha releases. Unity, the theme, and Ayatana scrollbars were updated for GTK/GNOME3.

The standard email client is now Mozilla Thunderbird. GNOME Evolution will still be supported, but is not on the CD images.

I will not be testing Oneiric at this early stage, because I now am in the process of getting a volunteer job where I can work at home with my computer. The job will be with the Logan County (CO) Humane Society, using Animal Shelter Manager. I was very happy to find that ASM works on my Ubuntu box.

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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 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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Natty Narwhal Beta 2 Is Now Available

Natty Narwhal Beta 2 is now (as of April 14) being made available through the home page.

Let me point out some of the changes made with Natty. The most obvious is the launcher on the left, containing several buttons for folders and applications and the Ubuntu Software Center, among other necessities. Here is a screenshot to show the general layout:

The top bar no longer allows widgets – it is used instead for the list of menus that used to be part of each separate application screen. I am suffering from withdrawal because I used to use the top bar for everything from monitoring my CPU to launching applications.

Another thing that is gone is the notification area. This means that, for example, checkgmail no longer works. I am presently trying cGmail, a program that uses the notification area. The problem with it is that it only shows notifications when the e-mails arrive. There is nothing on the screen afterwards to warn you that you’ve got a boatload.

If you click on the Ubuntu logo on the top left of your screen, you will find a group of shortcuts, including Check Email (for Evolution), Find Files, and several AOos choices. Unfortunately, when I tried to get a screenshot of that page, when I left-clicked on the screenshot button on the launcher, the shortcut page disappeared. 😦

The Applications search button pulls up an intelligent window. At first, I was worried that every time I wanted to run a particular app, I would have to go through 173 applications to find it. Thankfully, as you keep using the game or bleachbit or whatever else you want, it will start showing up among the most used.

Natty is running more slowly on my $300 computer (with some modifications) than past versions have done. I don’t know if this slowness will be fixed by release time or not.

I’m not sure I am ready to recommend Natty Narwhal. It looks like a great system for a young child whose parents can set up the most used areas, and add buttons to the launcher for the child’s favorite applications. It feels very much like a netbook interface.

If you do decide to upgrade to Natty, this is probably the time to do it. Natty is stable enough to use. It can at present be downloaded from the start page, as I noted earlier. If you are running Maverick, you may wish to go with the Alt + F2, type in update-manager -d, method of upgrading. I did a clean install because I had extra PPAs I was using, and wanted to clean up my machine.

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Natty Narwhal Beta 1 is Available

Natty Narwhal Beta 1 has been made available for testing and perusal. It was made available on March 31.

Ubuntu Netbook Edition and Ubuntu Desktop Edition have now been combined into a single Edition called “Ubuntu” (with no edition).

To upgrade from Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) on a desktop system, simply press Alt+F2, type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) and press enter. Then Update Manager should display the message “New distribution release ‘11.04’ is available.” You then need to click Upgrade and follow the directions.

Beta 1 images can be downloaded from: (Ubuntu and Ubuntu Server)

In addition, they can be found at the following links: (Ubuntu, Ubuntu Server) (Ubuntu DVD, source) (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2) (Ubuntu Netbook ARM) (Ubuntu Netboot) (Kubuntu) (Kubuntu DVD, preinstalled ARM images) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu) (Ubuntu Studio) (Mythbuntu)

Beta 1 includes the 2.6.38-7.39 Linux kernel, which is based on the latest mainline kernel. This is a major update from the v2.6.35 in Maverick.

LibreOffice 3.3.2 has been included in 11.04 as the default office package.

Ubuntu 11.04 comes with Firefox 4.0 as the standard browser.

I plan to try Beta 1 even though one of the known issues is that installing the proprietary Nvidia drivers causes Plymouth to hang on some systems. Other warnings include: Ubuntu on i386 systems will occasionally not reboot after completing the installation and clicking “Reboot Now.”

Here’s hoping it works now and I don’t have to keep waiting to do a review!

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