Posts Tagged 'Maverick Meerkat'

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.8 Released with Support for Natty

Tualatrix has announced the release of Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.8, with some new tweaks and support for Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04). I have not been able to get Natty working on my computer, so I do not have screenshots of my own (yet).

Other new tweaks include:

Workspace switching with mouse wheel – to make switching desktop workspaces easier. You use this by enabling Workspace switching with mouse wheel (under desktop effects) and then pointing your cursor at the desktop’s blank area. Then you just need to make use of the mouse wheel.

Me Menu name setting – so you can set the name displayed to your actual name instead of the user name – or not have it show up.

Friendly error report – a button is now included to copy error message. Also, for some system errors, Ubuntu Tweak will display a guide to show how to fix the problem.

Support has also been added for Linux Mint 10.

To install Ubuntu Tweak, you need to type the following commands in terminal:

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

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Getdeb and Playdeb Repositories Now Available For Maverick

The Getdeb and Playdeb repositories, unofficial repositories of the very latest open source and freeware applications for the most recent Ubuntu releases, are now available for Maverick Meerkat.

The instructions for how to configure the Getdeb repository are here. The simplest way is to install the getdeb package. Otherwise, you can configure the repository manually:

Go to System-Administration-Software Sources, Third-Party Software tab, Add:
deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu maverick-getdeb apps

Add the repository GPG key, open a terminal window and type:
wget -q -O- http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add –

Once you run sudo apt-get update, you can start using the Getdeb repository.

The Playdeb instructions are much the same. The easiest way is to install the playdeb package. Otherwise, to configure the repository manually:

Go to System-Administration-Software Sources, Third-Party Software tab, Add:
deb http://archive.getdeb.net/ubuntu maverick-getdeb games

Add the repository GPG key, open a terminal window and type:
wget -q -O- http://archive.getdeb.net/getdeb-archive.key | sudo apt-key add –

The same reminder holds – you will need to run sudo apt-get update before you can start using the Playdeb repository.

Not all of the software is in the repositories yet. It is quickly being added.

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Maverick Meerkat (Ubuntu 10.10) Has Been Released

Today, 10/10/10 (otherwise known as October 10, 2010) has marked the release of Ubuntu 10.10, Maverick Meerkat. The download button on the Ubuntu home page now lets you download Maverick. There is also an alternate options page for those of us who love bit-torrents.

Since this is release day, I heartily recommend that you download the bittorrent if you want to get the iso quickly. It may even work faster than the tried-and-true standby, update-manager -d. In times past, when I have tried to update via update-manager -d, I have had an awful time keeping a connection for the first two days.

With this release, I am no longer sending for the free CD through Shipit. I still recommend it if you have low bandwidth or less money and still want a proper CD.

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Shipit Now Accepting Pre-Orders for Ubuntu 10.10 CDs

Shipit, the Ubuntu “store” for making free Ubuntu CDs available, is now accepting pre-orders for the upcoming version 10.10, Maverick Meerkat. Shipit is intended for people who have limited bandwidth and are unable to download and burn their own Ubuntu CDs. Shipit CDs are also responsible for introducing many new users to Ubuntu.

With this release comes a new feature of Shipit – the ability to donate money to help Canonical continue to make CDs available to people who need this service. As I have used Shipit in the past and had no problems with it, I have already donated.

Remember that release day is October 10 – on a Sunday – and not a normal Thursday event. If you are not using Shipit and have not already downloaded Ubuntu 10.10, you should consider downloading it now and not waiting until everyone is pounding the servers on release day.

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The Maverick Release Candidate Is Now Available

The Maverick (Ubuntu 10.10) release candidate is now available. Since this is still a candidate for release and not the final release itself, it comes with the warning not to install it on a production machine. The final version will be released on October 10, 2010.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. The update manager will then open and tell you: New distribution release ‘10.10’ is available. Then, click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

To download the release candidate:

The following link will direct you to a download location near you:

http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/download (Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Netbook)

Additional ISOs and torrents are also available at:

http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/10.10/rc/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
http://releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/10.10/ (Kubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/10.10/rc/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/10.10/rc/ (Edubuntu DVD)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/10.10/rc/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-netbook/ports/releases/10.10/rc/ (Ubuntu ARM)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/10.10/rc/ (Mythbuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu-mobile/releases/10.10/rc/ (Kubuntu Mobile Preview)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu-mobile/ports/releases/10.10/rc/ (Kubuntu Mobile Preview ARM)

I have blogged about the alphas and the beta, so I will only mention one new thing about the Software Center. The server is now turned on and the Ubuntu team requests that those who can afford to do so purchase their test package called Rick’s Wallpapers The cost is $1 and all profits will go to the Ubuntu Project itself.

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New Default Wallpaper for Maverick

After a certain amount of complaining by the Ubuntu community, the original default wallpaper for Maverick was changed yesterday (9/14/10). Here is the new version:

The new wallpaper looks luminous, and still definitely purple. The old version with its big red dots (clown noses, anyone?) looked to me like a four year old designed it. Well, maybe I shouldn’t say that because it is an insult to four year olds. 😉

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Bisigi Themes for Maverick – Test PPA

The beautiful set of Bisigi themes now has a testing PPA from which you can install the themes you want, or the entire collection. All of the themes are beautiful. For example, here is the Ellana theme with wallpaper:

To install the testing PPA, you will need the following terminal command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:bisigi/dev && sudo apt-get update

Then, if you wish to install all 14 of the themes at once, all you need to do is type:

sudo apt-get install bisigi-themes

Tech Drive-in has included a list of individual themes and how to install them. There are so many beautiful themes, though, that I prefer to install them all.

One warning if you use the default Ubuntu placement of the close and other buttons (on the left side) – in the Bisigi themes, the buttons are put on the right side. This is the way they used to be in Ubuntu, so it doesn’t take too much getting used to.

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Maverick Beta Has Been Released

Ubuntu Maverick (10.10) Beta has been released. Please note that this is still a beta release – not to be installed on production machines.

To upgrade from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes). The Update Manager will then come up and tell you that New distribution release ‘10.10’ is available. Then, you just need to click on Upgrade.

As the announcement says, get it while it’s hot. ISOs and torrents are available at:

http://www.ubuntu.com/testing/download (Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Netbook)

http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/10.10/beta/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)

http://releases.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/10.10/ (Kubuntu)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/10.10/beta/ (Xubuntu)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/10.10/beta/ (Edubuntu DVD)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/10.10/beta/ (Ubuntu Studio)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-netbook/ports/releases/10.10/beta/ (Ubuntu ARM)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/mythbuntu/releases/10.10/beta/ (Mythbuntu)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu-mobile/releases/10.10/beta/ (Kubuntu Mobile Preview)

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu-mobile/ports/releases/10.10/beta/ (Kubuntu Mobile Preview ARM)

A few software changes are to be noted. Shotwell has replaced F-Spot as the default photo manager. Gwibber has been updated to support recent changes in Twitter’s authentication system. The Ubuntu Software Center now includes “Featured” and “What’s New” views for showcasing applications – and a “For Purchase” software category has been added.

I heartily recommend switching to Maverick at this point, if you are not planning to continue with Lucid (the LTS). By doing this, you will avoid the headache of having to try to switch on Release Day – when everybody else is switching, and it has in years past taken days to connect to the server.

What ever your choice – have fun!

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Ubuntu N-imal

First, I want to apologize for the pun. No less than Mark Shuttleworth is responsible. 😉

Shuttleworth announced today that the name of the upcoming Ubuntu version (11.04) is Natty Narwhal. As he explained, “The Narwhal, as an Arctic (and somewhat endangered) animal, is a fitting reminder of the fact that we have only one spaceship that can host all of humanity….” He further explained, “Being a natty narwhal, of course, means we have some obligation to put our best foot forward.”

In other news yesterday, Canonical announced the release of uTouch 1.0, Ubuntu’s multi-touch and gesture stack. With Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick, Ubuntu will support multi-touch screens.

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Maverick Meerkat Alpha 3

Maverick Meerkat Alpha 3 was released on August 5 as scheduled. The best way to get it if you already have Lucid (Ubuntu 10.04) installed, is to type “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the Run Application bar (Alt + F2). If you need a fresh install, ISOs and torrents are available at:

http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/releases/maverick/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu Desktop, Server, and Netbook)
http://uec-images.ubuntu.com/releases/maverick/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/kubuntu/releases/maverick/alpha-3/ (Kubuntu Desktop and Netbook)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/releases/maverick/alpha-3/ (Xubuntu)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/edubuntu/releases/maverick/alpha-3 (Edubuntu DVD)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntustudio/releases/maverick/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu Studio)
http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-netbook/ports/releases/maverick/alpha-3/ (Ubuntu ARM)

It goes without saying that you should not install Maverick Alpha 3 on a production machine. This is a good time to pay attention to the standard warning. The Maverick Alpha 3 ISO hosed my computer. If I could figure out what program blew up, I would loooove to file a bug report. 😉

The full notice on Maverick Alpha 3 is here.

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