Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex 8.10 Beta Released!

3 10 2008

The beta of the latest Ubuntu distribution is hot off the presses! There are a number of improvements over the older version (8.04), which I pointed out in my previous post about the alpha. To summarize:

  • create a private, encrypted directory within each user’s home directory
  • screen notifications for changing resolutions for multiple monitors
  • limited-permission guest account
  • a new theme
  • the log out panel applet has been completely replaced
  • new wallpaper
  • new pam-auth-update tool
  • BBC plug-in for Totem
  • Samba 3.2
  • a “Last Successful Boot” recovery option

You can download the beta from Ubuntu’s web site or if you aren’t ready to take the plunge, the release candidate will be released October 23 with the final release being unveiled just after that on October 30.

New Features in Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex Alpha 6

21 09 2008

As many people know, the new version of Ubuntu, 8.10, is being released in October. Some have probably tried the Alphas of it, but my guess is that a lot of people haven’t. I tried the 4th alpha of Intrepid Ibex along with the 5th – both which crashed my computer. This is definitly not the case for most people, I’m just…”special”, I guess. This evening I found a nice article showing the updates coming to the oerating system.

The most notable changes being the option to automatically create a private, encrypted directory within each user’s home directory, screen notifications for changing resolutions for multiple monitors, a limited-permission guest account, a new theme, and the logout panel applet has been completely replaced by the new user-switching agent (see picture above). It offers switching to the new, limited-permission guest account. When Pidgin or Empathy are running, you can also use it to change online status.

If you feel compelled to update to the latest and greatest, simply make sure you have Ubuntu 8.04 and press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘8.10’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

[I’ Been to Ubuntu]

How to Get The Latest Version of Wine

21 09 2008

Found out a new version of Wine was released? Need to get the updated version? Don’t worry, the process is quite simple.

1. Remove the wine that comes with Ubuntu (if you’ve installed it)(sudo apt-get remove wine)

2. Open a terminal and type:

wget -q http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt/387EE263.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add –

3. Type:

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

4. Add one of the following to your sources.list

## Wine, Ubuntu Hardy Heron (8.04):
deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt hardy main
deb-src http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt hardy main
## Wine, Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10):
deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt gutsy main
deb-src http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt gutsy main
## Wine, Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04):
deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt feisty main
deb-src http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt feisty main
## Wine, Ubuntu Edgy Eft (6.10)
deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt edgy main
deb-src http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt edgy main
## Wine, Ubuntu Dapper Drake (6.06)
deb http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt dapper main
deb-src http://wine.budgetdedicated.com/apt dapper main

5. Type the following:


sudo apt-get update

6. Type the following:

sudo apt-get upgrade

7. To install wine either type:

sudo apt-get install wine

Or by using the Synaptic Package Manager under System->Administration.

[Ubuntu Forums]

Ubuntu Netbook Remix [Video]

6 07 2008

At Computex, earlier this year, Canonical Ltd. announced a “remix”, as they call it, of Ubuntu. This OS is meant for the ultraportable market, such as the Asus Eee PC or the MSI  Wind. In essence, it is a slimmed down version of Ubuntu with a simple, easy to navigate window picker and an application launcher optimized for ultraportables. Also, it is optimized to take advantage of the Intel Atom processor being built into newer ultraportables. The first consumer products to ship with Netbook Remix installed are planned for late 2008. Check out the two-minute video posted below or head on over to the official Ubuntu Netbook remix page.

UPDATE: There is also a much better quality video from the Canonical site, available here.

Congrats to Mozilla!

3 07 2008

Firefox officially now holds the world record for the most downloads of a particular item in a 24 hour period. The total number stated by Mozilla is a whopping 8,002,530 downloads – along with 21,114,091 more downloads spanning betweeng the then of the Official Firefox Download Day and today as of 1:13 PM ET. That brings the total of downloads of Firefox 3 to an incredible 29,116,621 downloads in total.

In my experiences, Firefox 3 was leaps and bounds above the previous incarnations, with the “awesome bar”, brilliant favoriting system and new look. Couple these features with some of your favorite plug-ins (Better Gmail 2, PicLens, CyberSearch, etc.) and you have one killer web-browser that is tough to beat under any circumstances.

If you havent been one of the 29,116,621 people who have downloaded it as of yet, you can grab it from here. Happy browsing.

Adding More Entries To Your Opera Speed-Dial

14 06 2008

Most people are content with the given nine speed dial possibilities, but I found an interesting tip that allows you to add more. All you need to do is follow a few basic steps and it’s all done – virtually pain-free.

Step One:
Open Opera and type “about:opera” in the location bar, without the quotations.

Step Two:
Note the Preferences Path and go there in your file browser.

Step Three:
Close Opera (mandatory) and find the file called speeddial.ini. Open this in your favorite text editor.
Insert the following into the code, around the top. (P.S. Columns are vertical and rows are horizontal):
Adjust however many rows and columns you want based on your needs. I personally only used a row amount of 3 and a column amount of 5. Also you may need to play around with it to see what works best, formatted on your screen. Finally save the file.

That’s all there is to it. Just fire up Opera once again and you’re ready to start surfin’ the net with a customized web browser.

Why I Chose Opera Over Firefox, Safari

14 06 2008

Ever since I bought my iMac, I’ve debated between what browser was the best. At first I thought the choice was obvious and decided to go with Safari. I soon realized that it was not my favorite though, as the new Firefox 3 rolled into town and I gave that a whirl. I also tried Camino, based on some recommendations from friends, but I wasn’t very happy with it (I didn’t like the bookmarking system). Finally I thought Flock was the answer to my prayers – my favorite Web 2.0 sites built right in, but the interface soon became clunky and over-complicated. Yesterday, I read about the new Opera release, 9.5, and decided to try it out. To my amazement, it was almost perfect. Below are listed some of my favorite things about Opera 9.5 and some reasons why you might want to consider it.

Now, don’t get me wrong. Firefox is incredible and I’m not surprised in the least that many people use it as their primary browser. I personally used to think this before I tested out Opera 9.5. The main things I’ve noticed in Opera are the sleek blending into the OS X interface, the minimalist look, and the incredible speed.

Firefox 3 has tried to blend their browser into the OS X and Windows Vista interfaces and have done a fairly good job of that – more specifically with OS X. I personally just feel that Firefox can get a little chunky at the top which may sound surprising, but just wait until you check out Opera’s sleek user interface. This is a similar point to it being very “minimalist”. And when I say minimalist, I mean it. Since there is no Bookmarks Toolbar in Opera, that space is eliminated. Also, the main header, which contains the main controls and address bar is extremely small and can fit two times over inside of Firefox’s. It is pretty much equivalent to Safari’s but once again, has no Bookmarks Toolbar. Now this feature may shock some of you, because I know it shocked me. Instead, Opera has opted to go with a “speed-dial” which basically places your favorite sites in thumbnails that are clickable when a new tab is opened. The initial amount of programmable sites is nine, but is easily modified to larger numbers (I will be covering this in a later article).

Finally, this brings me to my final point, which is speed; one of the most important aspects of a successful browser. Kevin Purdy of Lifehacker did some testing with the leading web browsers and came up with some great results that point to Opera. In every test that he conducted, Opera came in either first or second, which none of the other browsers can tote.

Now on to the favorite features!

As I previously mentioned, the Speed-Dial feature in Opera is really nice, though it does take some getting used to. It also gives each site a keyboard shortcut depending on which spot it is placed in, ranging from Cmd+1 to how ever high you set it to. Another feature which is great is the trash can, located on the right of the tab bar. This allows you to go through and find tabs that you may have closed accidentally and wanted to re-open – very handy. And yes I know Firefox has this capability as well, but its not as neat and welcoming as the Opera version. Finally, built into the browser are things called widgets, which are simply put, almost identical to Dashboard widgets – just from Opera. They are free-floating mini applications that handle everything from the weather to your to-do’s and they sit neatly on your desktop.

After reading this article, I hope you consider giving Opera 9.5 a chance, and it’s definitely far from last place in the browser war. You can check out there web site here and it will run on OS X, Windows and Linux. Happy browsing.

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