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Ubuntu users were promised a radical new desktop theme with Ubuntu 8.04 and then that ended up getting postponed to the upcoming 8.10 release (a.k.a. the Intrepid Ibex). There was a new brown theme that had appeared early on in Intrepid but many users were dissatisfied with this work and Canonical ended up reverting the theme to that of Ubuntu 8.04 and earlier. Though with the Intrepid artwork final deadline passing last week, what does the desktop look like in the Ubuntu 8.10 Beta release due out this week? Here are some screenshots.
30 September 2008 - A New Nasty Background - 31 Comments
Early this morning we published an article on Ubuntu's BulletProofX taking a simpler approach for its fail-safe mode when the X Server fails to properly start. No longer is the user bound to displayconfig-gtk but there is a menu system with options for diagnosing the problem and reconfiguring the xorg.conf. However, since that article went live we have a few more details on this revision to BulletProofX.
19 September 2008 - Bryce Harrington Talks - 2 Comments
Gerry Carr has announced on the Canonical Blog that Fluendo and CyberLink will now be selling their multimedia wares through the Canonical Store. Fluendo is the company supporting the development of GStreamer and they sell several proprietary codecs for providing a legal media playback experience on Linux. Among these codecs are Windows Media, MPEG2, and MPEG4. CyberLink on the other hand is selling their PowerDVD software for Ubuntu.
17 September 2008 - CyberLink PowerDVD Within Ubuntu
Firefox, what's not to love about this open-source web browser? Well, a number of users following the development work on Ubuntu 8.10 (the Intrepid Ibex) are feeling rather outraged over Mozilla Firefox 3.0.2 and later. In the latest Ubuntu packages, Firefox requires an EULA (End-User License Agreement) be accepted the first time you launch the browser. The EULA mostly deals with agreeing to Mozilla's trademark policies for Firefox.
14 September 2008 - Mozilla's EULA Disgusts Some... - 42 Comments
There's still a month left until the Intrepid Ibex is released (or perhaps better known as Ubuntu 8.10), but Mark Shuttleworth has begun outlining the plans for the next Ubuntu release. Following Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" will be... the Jaunty Jackalope!
9 September 2008 - Ubuntu 9.04 Rough Outline Planned - 20 Comments
With almost a month having went by since Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 4 was released, the fifth alpha release is now available for testing. This release most significantly swaps out the Linux 2.6.26 kernel for 2.6.27 for reasons we shared in a previous article. We are very happy to see the Linux 2.6.27 kernel being used. In addition, this release is shipping with the latest GNOME 2.24 bits which also bring some interesting features for the Linux desktop.
6 September 2008 - Linux 2.6.27 Kernel Love - 8 Comments
Generating buzz this morning with the release of the Linux 2.6.27-rc4 kernel is word that Ubuntu may switch to the Linux 2.6.27 kernel for their forthcoming 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" release. Canonical's Ben Collins has proposed on the Ubuntu development mailing list that Intrepid be switched to using the Linux 2.6.27 kernel instead of using 2.6.26.
21 August 2008 - Ubuntu Considers Switching - 23 Comments
For those of you interested in open-source Java and are Ubuntu users, you'll be pleased to know that OpenJDK 6 was promoted to Ubuntu main and has now become the default Java Run-Time Environment (JRE) and Java Development Kit (JDK) starting with Ubuntu 8.10. OpenJDK is the open-source version of Java and is compliant with version 6 of Java. With Ubuntu 8.10 on x86 and x86_64 architectures, the Hotspot VM with its JIT (Just In Time) compiler is used as the default virtual machine. More information on these Java changes for Ubuntu can be found on ubuntu-devel-announce.
30 July 2008 - An Open Java For Ubuntu Intrepid - 14 Comments
While not too much for the end-user has changed since Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 2, Canonical has just announced the release of Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" Alpha 3. The release announcement for Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 3 can be read on the mailing list and a few added pieces of information on the Ubuntu Testing Wiki.
25 July 2008 - A New Ubuntu Alpha Release - 16 Comments
This evening at OSCON 2008, Mark Shuttleworth had keynoted and talked about driving innovation within free software, the Web, and Linux on mobile devices were among the topics during his 30 minute talk.
22 July 2008 - Mark Shuttleworth Said So At OSCON - 6 Comments
Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 arrived over two weeks late, but Alpha 2 has just been made available and its arriving only one day late. The development cycle for Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" is still young and there isn't too much to interest the end-user at this time aside from what we had shared in our Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 preview.
11 July 2008 - The Second Ubuntu Intrepid Alpha Build - 4 Comments
BulletProofX was a less-exposed feature that was introduced with Ubuntu 7.10 as a fail-safe mode when X.Org wasn't able to properly start -- generally caused by improperly installing the ATI/NVIDIA proprietary driver or by incorrectly configuring the xorg.conf. The BulletProofX mode just sets the X server to run at 800 x 600 with 256 colors while showing Ubuntu's displayconfig-gtk utility (another Ubuntu 7.10 feature). While it leads to an easy experience for novice end-users, it impedes the process for experienced users of being able to easily debug the problem by viewing the failed log and then dropping to a terminal to address the problem manually. Fortunately, it looks like BulletProofX may be disabled by default within the forthcoming Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" release.
6 July 2008 - Worst Ubuntu Innovation To Go AWOL? - 43 Comments
It's going on three months since Ubuntu 8.04 was released with Long-Term Support, but arriving today is the first update for this LTS release. Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS adds in over 200 package updates -- that address both bugs and security issues. One of the big changes that's noticeable to the end-user is upgrading against Firefox 3.0 final. More information on the changes along with download links for Ubuntu 8.04.1 LTS is available in the Ubuntu mailing list message.
3 July 2008 - Over 200 Fixes In Ubuntu LTS Update - 2 Comments
The first alpha release for Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" was supposed to be out over two weeks ago, but now Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 has finally made it out on this Friday night. There isn't much to look at unless you're a developer or Ubuntu-phile, but Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 has a massive selection of updated packages from Debian. Beyond that, the Ubuntu 8.10 features are still forming. The Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 release announcement can be read on the ubuntu-devel-announce mailing list and checking out the Ubuntu Alpha 1 page. Intrepid Alpha 1 can be downloaded here (along with updates for Kubuntu and Xubuntu). We'll have more on this testing release out on Phoronix tomorrow. Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" Alpha 2 should be out by the middle of July.
27 June 2008 - It's Two Weeks Late, But It's Out - 2 Comments
The release of Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 1 is running a few days behind schedule, but an interesting announcement has come out of the Canonical camp this morning. Gobuntu is an official Ubuntu-based distribution that's funded by Canonical and its mission is to ship a distribution composed entirely of software packages that are approved by the Free Software Foundation. Even the artwork and sounds must be fully free and permitted to be modified, and in addition, this distribution ships with no firmware for hardware devices or any binary-only drivers. During Gobuntu's short history there hasn't been much excitement surrounding it compared to the mainline Ubuntu and the free software alternative presented by the Free Software Foundation known as gNewSense.
13 June 2008 - Gobuntu To Eventually Disappear? - 7 Comments
For those of you experiencing problems with Ubuntu 8.04 (a.k.a. the "Hardy Heron"), tomorrow Canonical intends to ship the first alpha release for the forthcoming Ubuntu 8.10 release. Ubuntu 8.10 is codenamed "Intrepid Ibex" and its complete release schedule can be viewed on the Ubuntu Wiki. The important dates to keep in mind are that Ubuntu 8.10 Alpha 2 is due on July 3rd with more development releases to follow, but Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" is planned for an October 30 release. Tomorrow we'll have more information on Intrepid Alpha 1.
11 June 2008 - Intrepid Ibex Alpha 1 - 2 Comments
In addition to the many hardware launches that are occurring around Computex Taipei 2008, Canonical is for the first-time showcasing their "Netbook Remix" at this trade-show.
3 June 2008 - Ubuntu For Mobile Internet Devices - 1 Comment
Back in November, we first featured Reside@HOME as an Ubuntu-based touch-computer designed to assist the elderly in remaining independent and in their homes as long as possible. Reside@HOME communicates with the (also Linux-based) servers via wireless or wired connection, where certified caregivers are able to send messages, notes, images, and more.
12 May 2008 - Ubuntu Linux For The Elderly
Colin Watson has announced on ubuntu-devel-announce that the development window for Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" is now open. Automatic syncing against Debian is occurring right now, less than two weeks since Ubuntu 8.04 LTS was released.
2 May 2008 - Intrepid Ibex Starts To Take Flight - 1 Comment
Last year the first-ever Ubuntu Live conference was held by O'Reilly Media and Canonical. At this two-day conference (day1 and day2) leading up to OSCON, there were many talks surrounding... Well, you guessed it, Ubuntu Linux. Among the interesting announcements that came out last year were Canonical's Landscape project, the next Ubuntu long-term support release would be Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (which had just happened), and that Bazaar 1.0 would be coming soon. At Ubuntu Live, Dell had also talked about wanting better ATI Linux drivers and Intel had launched Threading Building Blocks 2.0 as open-source. There was also an Ubuntu Live reception, where Mark Shuttleworth had got stuck to a wall.
30 April 2008 - Phoronix With O'Reilly Media
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