Posts Tagged 'Lucid'

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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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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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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BOINC is a project to allow people to use their unused CPU cycles to help cure diseases or do many other kinds of scientific research.

The version of the BOINC software that comes with Lucid Lynx is much better than what I’ve been used to. The start-up is not different:

Starting page for BOINC

Where the change really is visible is on the Project page, where you choose your account.

Page for choosing your project

The type size for the accounts – such as or rosetta@home – is much more easily read than in the past. For those of us who aren’t quite as young as we used to be, having readable print is a blessing.

After the page for choosing a project comes the Account page – where you sign in if you are already a part of that project, or sign up otherwise.

Account page

The BOINC software is already in the Ubuntu repositories. All you need to type in order to download it is:

sudo aptitude install boinc

This will install the manager, the client and other needed files. (In the past, I would have typed apt-get instead of aptitude. A kind reader suggested that I try aptitude because it takes care of dependencies better than apt-get does – for instance, by removing files that are no longer needed. I plan to do a post on aptitude in a few weeks.)

Lucid Lynx Beta 1 Has Been Released

Lucid Lynx Beta 1 has been released on schedule. Here is the official desktop you get with the beta:

The new human theme has purple in it, to go with the new colors on the background.  Note also that there are four desktops to switch among, rather than the two with Karmic and before.

As before, to upgrade from Karmic on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” without the quotes.  The Update Manager should then open up and tell you:  New distribution release ‘10.04’ is available.  You can then click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

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

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Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.1 Has Been Released

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.1 was released earlier this month. It now supports Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04).

If you are using Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid or 9.10 Karmic, you can easily install Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.1 by firing up the terminal (Applications > Accessories > Terminal) and adding these lines:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:/tualatrix/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak

The Applications Center has a syncing function, as does the Source Center. This means you can click the Sync button to update either list manually.

Applications Center:

The Source Center once again detects dependencies and conflicts of source, letting you know, for instance, that another PPA repository will need to be enabled.

I intended to write about the latest update to Ubuntu Tweak before now, but the Lucid Alpha temporarily hosed my computer system. This is one problem with alphas. While the developers are testing out their latest and greatest changes, one small error can keep you from being able to input anything via keyboard or mouse. 😉

As always, Ubuntu Tweak can be downloaded from


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.)

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 It pulls in the necessary signature keys as well as adding the correct repository for your version – all of this automatically.Technorati Tags: , , , , , , ,

Ubuntu Switching its Default Search Engine from Google to Yahoo

I just finished reading an article at, talking about the switch, to be part of Lucid Lynx, of search engines from Google to Yahoo. Google has always given back to the Linux community (Google Summer of Code, products such as Picasa and Google-Desktop being ported to Linux). Google supports Mozilla, the company behind Firefox.

I know that Google’s attempt to come up with its own version of the Ubuntu distribution may have hurt some feelings, but using this as a good time to accept blood money from Yahoo/Microsoft What has Yahoo ever done to support the Linux community? Yahoo uses Bing to power its search engine. The Yahoo leadership tried to work out a plan to sell Yahoo to Microsoft. I understand that the deal between Canonical and Yahoo is supposed to generate some more money to pay Ubuntu developers – but so would selling crystal meth or tobacco. Canonical should be above this.

Here is what I sent to – since there was no other place on the Ubuntu website that I could find to post suggestions:

What is going on with Ubuntu now subsidizing Yahoo/Microsoft by putting Yahoo/Bing as the search engine instead of Google? Is this some MBA’s version of a cruel joke? Google gives back to the Linux community – Google Summer of Code, Google toolbar, Picasa and other products being ported to Linux, etc. Yahoo, on the other hand, uses Bing to power its searches. What percent of the money Yahoo gets from captive Ubuntu users is going to go to Microsoft to try to get rid of Linux? What is next – switching us directly to Bing?

If this very poorly thought out idea is forced upon the Ubuntu community, I will have no choice other than to switch my personal search engine back to Google, and to tell other people who read my blog ( how to do so. I do not dual-boot M$. I do not want M$ anywhere near my computer. I am not the only one who feels this way. Please look at the reactions on to the announcement of the switch there.

How many more of these MBA-type travesties are going to be shoved down our throats? You can tell by my blog that I have been a loyal Ubuntu supporter, even testing Alpha releases. I would hate to have to switch to another distribution.

P.S. I don’t know if anyone in the upper reaches of Canonical knows or cares that many of us use Gmail, the Google toolbar, Google bookmarks (yes, my bookmarks are somewhere on a Google server!), and other Google products? I use Google Scholar, for instance, and Google Reader. What the frag was somebody thinking, to come up with this farce?
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Ubuntu Sources List Generator – Now Including Lucid

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator is an excellent source of third-party repositories. It supplies a sources.list that you can use to update or replace your own /etc/apt/sources.list, or use through System > Administration > Software Sources.

The home page, before any selections have been made, looks like this.

You select your country and your distribution – even Lucid, which is on its second alpha! Then, along with the standard Ubuntu repositories, it gives a large number of choices of third-party repositories that you can select. I was very pleased to see that, in the case of Lucid, Medibuntu, Ailurus, and the Google repositories were available, among others.

Here is a sample sources.list generated by this site.

As you may know, I initially ran into a great deal of trouble trying to upgrade to Lucid Lynx. Karmic has a bug in it that would not allow me to do a standard Alt + F2, update-manager -d number. I finally got around this by typing sudo update-manager -d in the box after clicking on “run in terminal.” If you are having trouble with Karmic, Lucid may be more to your liking. Because it is an LTS (Long Term Support) release, a great deal of work is going into getting all the bugs out. (Not as many new things get into an LTS because of this.)

LTS means the release is supported for 5 years on servers and 3 years on desktops, rather than 18 months.Technorati Tags: , , , , , , , ,


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