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:

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

3. Type:

Quote:
gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

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

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

Quote:

sudo apt-get update

6. Type the following:

Quote:
sudo apt-get upgrade

7. To install wine either type:

Quote:
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.





Exposé in Ubuntu

25 05 2008

I was doing some digging today, looking in the Compiz settings to see if there was something similar to Expose, from the Apple OS – and of course, there was. If you open the Settings pane under System>Preferences>Advanced Desktop Effects Settings, you will be able to scroll down to a heading titled “Window Management”. In here there is an option called “Scale” – enable that by clicking the checkbox to the left of the icon. By default, the trigger is Shift+Alt+Up, but if you click on it, go to Bindings and find where it says “Initiate Window Picker”, you are able to change it to your preference. The first option titled that is for choosing a “hot corner” to trigger the program, while the second is for using a keystroke.

Note: You must install Compiz Fusion in order to get this effect to work. To do so, read the post on installing common programs in Ubuntu.





Ubuntu 8.04 Finally Released!

24 04 2008

Finally, Ubuntu 8.04 has come out of Beta and onto people’s computers everywhere. From what I have been hearing, the site’s being bombarded with downloads right now, so you might want to wait until the weekend to download it. You can check out my initial coverage of 8.04 here. Or if you really want to, you can download it now from the Ubuntu website.





Windows Apps in Ubuntu! [Wine]

6 04 2008

Have some “Windows-only” that you really need but don’t want to actually have to run windows – like a copy of Adobe Photoshop?. Don’t want to dual-boot just to use it? Look no further than to Wine for all your needs. All you have to do is pop in the disk, find the Setup.exe file and double click it (once Wine is installed). To install Wine, simply type in:

sudo apt-get update

sudo aptitude install wine

wget http://kegel.com/wine/winetricks; sh winetricks corefonts vcrun6

Once Wine is installed, feel free to see what other applications will work with it too. If you don’t want to use the trial-and-error method, there’s a list up on the Wine Wiki that has a humongous database of most of the apps that will run on it – some better than others.

My experience installing Photoshop 6 was flawless, 100%. All I had to do was install Wine, click the Setup.exe file and I was on my way.

On a side note: Does anyone have any knowledge as to how to install drivers for the Wacom Bamboo tablet for Ubuntu?








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