Posts Tagged 'Natty'

Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty) Is Reaching End of Life

With all Ubuntu versions, support will eventually end.  For Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), the end date will be October 28 , 2012.  This will be eighteen months after it was launched.

You cannot upgrade directly from 11.04 to 12.04, but you can do an incremental upgrade – first to 11.10, then to 12.04. Canonical has a list of instructions to help make this easier.

The end of life for Natty comes at the same time as the final release of Ubuntu 12.10, Quantal Quetzal.

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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Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 Beta Is Now Available

Tualatrix Chou has announced today that Ubuntu Tweak is available in Beta.

Here are the highlights of Ubuntu Tweak 0.6:

New UI
New clips feature: first screen information
All features are plugable
Package Cleaner becomes a new major feature as the “Janitor”

There are four major sections: Overview, Tweaks, Admins and Janitor. Here is the Tweaks section, as an example:

Ubuntu Tweak 0.6 is only for Natty and Oneiric. Oneiric is not well supported yet.

The “App Center” and “Source Center” are not developed yet. Tualatrix plans to provide them as plugins in the future.

If you want the “Source Center,” Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.x is still available, along with 0.6:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-tweak-0

The ubuntu-tweak-0 package in the Next PPA is the old Ubuntu Tweak 0.5. You can use it as normal.

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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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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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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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