Posts Tagged 'Update'

How to Deal with Bugs in Karmic

I should be ashamed of myself. 😉 Bugs in Karmic Koala? Say it ain’t so! But my x-windows haven’t allowed me to switch between them properly. I have been suffering (mildly) from glitches. Nothing bad enough to force me to resort to the tried and true ALT + F2 + SysRq. Just some annoying things that people who are new to Ubuntu shouldn’t have to go through.

I would like to tell you about some of the tactics I have made use of so far. One is to see if the tab key will work. If the cursor seems unresponsive, tabbing around in a window may get you to where you need to go.

Another thing to try – which didn’t occur to me until now – is to check the Karmic-proposed box under System > Administration > Software Sources > Updates. This has helped me a great deal, even though it hasn’t fixed everything yet. What it does is to allow you to update your computer with software that is still being tested – sort of like a beta release of the individual parts. If you are suffering from a bug, your bug fix may simply not have been moved into the main repositories yet.

Then you can go into System > Administration > Synaptic Package Manager. click on reload, then on Mark All Upgrades, then on Apply.

I’m so used to calling up the terminal via Applications > Accessories > Terminal and typing in

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get upgrade -y

to update my computer, I needed to review how to do it in Synaptic! ;)Technorati Tags: , , ,

Karmic Koala Release Candidate

The Karmic Koala (9.10) release candidate is now available. It is mostly bug-fixed, and available for inspection before the final release on October 29, 2009.

As always, to upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a desktop system, press Alt + F2 and type in “update-manager -d” without the quotes. Update manager will then come up and tell you: New distribution release 9.10 is available. You then need to click on upgrade and follow the instructions.

Downloads and ISOs for desktop systems are available at http://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/9.10/. I found the download slow, because people are already starting to pound the servers getting ready for October 29 and the final release.

If you have not upgraded your Ubuntu system before – let’s say you joined us with 9.04, Jaunty Jackalope – I have a bit of advice for you:

1) Update to the release candidate while the servers are still responding – or be prepared to wait a week while hundreds of thousands of people are pounding every available Ubuntu mirror to get the final release. I do not mean to sound harsh. I have read that there are about 600,000 of us Ubuntu users. Some of them will be using the last LTS (long-term support) version, Hardy Heron – but that still leaves a sizable number of people who will be trying to upgrade all at the same time.

2) If you can, use a different mirror. To do this, go to System > Software Sources:

You will find an area that says Main Server – you want to click on that and choose Other.

Then you will have the option to test for the best server to switch to. Be forewarned – this is sometimes a bit flakey. One time, I was told that the best available server for me was in Poland. I live in Colorado (USA). (That only happened once!)

I must admit that I am doing all I can to avoid H-e-double toothpicks week. I learned with the transition from Gutsy Gibbon to Hardy Heron. If I can spare you my travails, I will be happy indeed.Technorati Tags: , , ,

Jaunty Jackalope Was Launched April 23

Ubuntu 9.04, Jaunty Jackalope, was released yesterday. The release was right on schedule. If you have not already updated, Update Manager should prompt you to update as soon as you have all of your updates for Intrepid taken care of. (You can only update to Jaunty directly from Intrepid.)

If you need or want to get Jaunty on CD, here are your options.

1) The Get Ubuntu page contains a download link that points you to sources by region, and lets you get the type of Ubuntu you want. The default for computer architecture, 32bit, works best for most computers.

2) You can request a free CD from Canonical. They state that delivery typically takes 6 to 10 weeks. I don’t recall it being that long in my experience, but it was long enough that I will be burning my own CD this time.

3) You can buy a CD or DVD. The Buy on CD option links you to the Canonical Shop or Amazon.com.

Ubuntu Tweak 0.4.5 Has Been Released

TualatriX, the developer behind Ubuntu Tweak, has just announced the release of version 0.4.5. This comes about almost two months after the last release. Several improvements have been added, as well as new features:

Clean up old config files

If you often install and remove applications, there are probably a lot of outdated config files lying around your system. Now, Ubuntu Tweak’s Cleaner has had a new feature added: Clean Config. This can save you needing to remember to use apt-get with the –purge option, or remembering to go into Synaptic Package Manager to remove these files. Please see the screenshot below – all you have to do is click on Clear Config, under Applications > Package Clear.

Change in Preferences – Check update

If you do not update automatically via the repository, Ubuntu Tweak has a feature that checks for updates automatically. It can now be turned off, to give the user the choice.

Default Launch lets you access your most used function quickly

Let’s say your most commonly used function in Ubuntu Tweak is Cleaner. So, every time you launch Ubuntu Tweak to clean the system, you need to go to Application, let it expand, and then click Cleaner. Now, by setting the Default Launch for your most commonly used function, you will access it immediately, bypassing the Welcome page and other pages in between.

Signatures for all PPA sources

Launchpad PPA sources are the majority of Ubuntu Tweak’s third party sources. Now, the repositories are finally signed with keys. When you enable a PPA source in Ubuntu Tweak, it will import the key at the same time, adding to your computer security.

Help with debugging

Even Ubuntu Tweak is not perfect, alas! Something could go wrong while you are running it. Now, Ubuntu Tweak has the ability to catch the error message. If you want to help debug, you can copy the error message and report it.

The release tells how to add the apt-key for Ubuntu Tweak, and gives links to the versions available. These versions are for Hardy (covering Gutsy and older) and Intrepid.

Personal note

I am temporarily using Intrepid since my attempt to install the Nvidia-glx-180 driver fragged my implementation of Jaunty. Ubuntu Tweak will most likely be ready for Jaunty shortly before the official release.

Jaunty Jackalope

Jaunty Jackalope is the latest, upcoming version of Ubuntu.  Right now it is in its first alpha release.  On April 23, it will be released in final form, to be the official Ubuntu 9.04.

Testing alphas – and the later candidates, betas – is a way to give back to the Ubuntu community.  It can help the developers catch bugs and make the final release as bug-free as possible.  I tested Intrepid starting with the third alpha, and found the Bug Squad people – the testers’ interface with the actual developers – to be pleasant to work with.

Bug testing is not for everybody.  If you are running something mission-critical (like Christmas card labels, for instance), you might want to wait until a later alpha or even a beta.  I myself am waiting for Alpha 2 because I just got my Christmas cards out and want to be able to put any corrections in my list to bed before switching over to Jaunty.  At least, I think I will be able to wait until December 18, when they release Alpha 2!

The Release Schedule for Jaunty Jackalope has a great deal of useful information.  The first alpha was released November 20.  The dates for the later alphas are given.  The first beta release is scheduled for March 26.

If you want to participate in testing, the easiest way to upgrade your computer to Jaunty is to go to the command line (Alt-F2) and type in update-manager -d.  Once you have updated Intrepid, you will get a screen telling you that a newer version is available, with a button to click on if you wish to upgrade.  I will have further screenshots and advice when I switch to Jaunty myself, on or around December 18.  Happy testing!


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