Posts Tagged 'Ailurus'

Ailurus 10.07.6 Is Now Available

Ailurus 10.07.6 has been made available in the regular PPA repository. It now works for Maverick as well as earlier versions. Ailurus contains tips and tools to make Ubuntu-ing easy and enjoyable, even if you are just starting out.

As pointed out by Homer Xing in an article for Ubuntu Geek, Ailurus now has support for saving and loading installed software and for disabling the GNOME login sound, along with user-friendly messages if software failed to install or the network is down. A great deal of new software has been added as well, including Celestia (a 3D astronomy simulator), Backintime (an incremental backup tool sup[porting scheduling), DeaDBeeF (a new music player), and Fatrat (a feature-rich download manager).

To install Ailurus, simply run these commands:

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

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Testing the Latest Version of Ailurus

The upcoming version of Ailurus is ready for testing. It now includes Maverick Meerkat.

In order to enable the testing repository, just type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ailurus/ailurus-experiment

sudo aptitude update

I have been using the latest version, since I am running Maverick (10.10). My only suggestion is that they should not enable repositories that do not yet exist. I had to uncheck some repositories after checking to include them. I imagine they will be up and running soon.

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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 ‘http://github.com/homerxing/Ailurus/raw/master/unfree/for_ubuntu.py’ -O ~/.config/ailurus/for_ubuntu.py

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 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.

Ailurus

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 keyserver.ubuntu.com 9A6FE242

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

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/ailurus/ppa/ubuntu hardy main

deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/ailurus/ppa/ubuntu hardy main

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

Side note – I have come to appreciate Lucid because of the ease of the command add-apt-repository (which works for PPA repositories, those at ppa.launchpad.net). It pulls in the necessary signature keys as well as adding the correct repository for your version – all of this automatically.Technorati Tags: , , , , , , ,


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