Posts Tagged 'Maverick'

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) Reached End of Life on April 10, 2012

The support period for Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) ended on April 10, 2012.  Ubuntu Security Notices no longer include information or updated packages for Ubuntu 10.10.

The supported upgrade path from Ubuntu 10.10 is via Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal).  Instructions and caveats for the upgrade can be found at  Before you upgrade, make sure you have all updates applied to your current version.

Note that upgrades to version 11.04 and beyond are only supported in multiple steps, via an upgrade first to 11.04, then to 11.10. Both Ubuntu 11.04 and Ubuntu 11.10 continue to be actively supported with security updates and select high-impact bug fixes.

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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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 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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Natty Alpha 3

Natty Narwhal Alpha 3 was released on March 3. I have not been able to use Natty because the Nvidia driver was not up-to-date. Otherwise, I would have kept better track.

As always, to upgrade from Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick) on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type the words “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. The update manager should then tell you: “New distribution release ‘11.04’ is available. Then you just need to click Upgrade and follow the instructions.

You can download Alpha 3 ISOs from: (Ubuntu Desktop and Server) (Ubuntu Server for UEC and EC2) (Ubuntu Netbook ARM) (Kubuntu) (Xubuntu) (Edubuntu DVD) (Ubuntu Studio) (Mythbuntu)

Some of the new features with this Alpha 3 release are:

Linux Kernel 2.6.38-rc6
LibreOffice 3.3.1
Upstart 0.9
Dpkg 1.16.0

The binary video drivers -fglrx and -nvidia do not have XServer 1.10 compatibility, so they do not function in Alpha 3. The exact ETAs of the AMD and Nvidia drivers are still not known. The Beta 1 will (most likely) be out on March 31. I am hoping to be able to test Natty then. 🙂

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Ubuntu Sources List Generator Now Handles Natty

The Ubuntu Sources List Generator now handles Natty Narwhal (Ubuntu 11.04) as well as Hardy, Karmic, Lucid and Maverick. The way to use the sources.list generator is to select your country (Americans, please note – United States is in the U section (of course)). Then you select your version, for instance Natty. Then you check the Ubuntu repositories you require, and lastly, you select third party repositories.

There are a good many repositories already available for Natty. Among them are the Medibuntu, Ubuntu Tweak and Google repositories. Of course, more will be added.

Please note that for third party repositories, the result text lists how to store the gpg key for each repository.

Maverick Alpha 2

I know this post is a bit late. My mother-in-law died last week. Maverick Alpha 2 was, of course, released on schedule last Thursday (July 1). The link is here for downloading the Alpha 2 iso.

I was not able to get the Alpha 2 iso to install on my computer. In order to run Maverick, I had to click on Alt+F2, then type in update-manager -d. Now, of course, I update normally.

One thing I find worthy of notice about Maverick is that the developers have given us Alt Ctrl Del back again. A window comes up politely, asking if you want to reboot or shut down. This is a massive improvement over the last few versions of Ubuntu, where a person had to look up instructions on how to re-enable Alt Ctrl Del. It is now enabled by default.

Ubuntu Tweak Coming Soon with PPA Purge

The Ubuntu Tweak blog has just announced that the upcoming version of Ubuntu Tweak will have its own version of PPA Purge, inspired by the PPA Purge in Launchpad. It will be part of the Ubuntu Tweak Package Cleaner:

By using PPA Purge, you will be able to go back to the original packages easily if something happens with the PPA. (I have been somewhat leery about using PPAs myself, unless I know for certain that they won’t interfere with the packages I already have installed. This will fix my concern.)

TualatriX is calling for testers to help in testing the upcoming Ubuntu Tweak. The testing source is available for Ubuntu versions from Hardy through Maverick. It can be added easily, in the more recent versions of Ubuntu, simply by using the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-tweak-testing/ppa

I have not been able to find any bugs in the version for Maverick.

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Maverick Meerkat

Lucid Lynx (Ubuntu 10.04) is nearing release. The Beta 2 release is scheduled for April 8 (2010). The release candidate is scheduled for April 22. The final release is scheduled for April 29. The reason I am harping on this is that Mark Shuttleworth has announced that Ubuntu 10.10 planning is already in the works, and it will be called Maverick Meerkat. Silly me, I thought normal people were still on Karmic!

Fortunately, besides blowing the mind of my spell checker, Maverick Meerkat will have a serious amount of new developments. The new theme is “Light,” which will be adopted at many levels. The Ubuntu Netbook Edition user interface, for instance, will be revamped. The Ubuntu developers will be working toward “the fastest boot, the fastest network connection, the fastest browser” for Ubuntu Netbook Edition.

As Shuttleworth explains, “Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social – everything we want in a perfect 10.” Maverick will aim for making the desktop a “collaborative, social place.”

The schedule for Maverick Meerkat is:

June 3, 2010 – Alpha 1 release

July 1, 2010 – Alpha 2 release

August 12, 2010 – Alpha 3 release

September 2, 2010 – Alpha 4 release

September 23, 2010 – Beta release

October 21, 2010 – Release Candidate

October 28, 2010 – Final release.


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