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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For those that have been putting off the Hardy Heron upgrade until it was officially released, today Ubuntu 8.04 LTS is now available. The release announcement for Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" can be read on ubuntu-announce and it can be downloaded here. With the constant evolution of Linux, it soon will be time to start preparing for Ubuntu 8.10 (codenamed Intrepid Ibex) this October. Share your thoughts on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS in the Phoronix Forums.
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron" is due out next week as the successor to Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" and the previous LTS release, Ubuntu 6.06 "Dapper Drake." In order to catch any last minute bugs, Canonical is today announcing the release of the Ubuntu 8.04 Release Candidate. This is the final version of Ubuntu 8.04 aside from any last-minute changes. The release announcement and download links for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and the rest of the *buntu family can be found in this mailing list message. For the changes incorporated into Ubuntu 8.04 LTS, check out our Ubuntu 8.04 articles.
For those using Ubuntu or looking to use Ubuntu, the beta release for the forthcoming 8.04 "Hardy Heron" release is now available. This beta release battens down the hatches on this server and desktop Linux distribution and will be succeeded by the Ubuntu 8.04 release candidate one week prior to the final release in April. We've already talked extensively about the features that can be found in Hardy Heron, so for more details check out our Ubuntu 8.04 articles or search Phoronix. The main highlights are GNOME 2.22 integration, Linux 2.6.24 kernel, X.Org 7.3, virtualization enhancements, and default use of PulseAudio. Also reaching beta today is Edubuntu, Kubuntu (KDE 3), Kubuntu (KDE 4), Ubuntu JeOS, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu. The Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Beta release announcement can be read on the mailing list and additional details on the Ubuntu Wiki.
If you were hoping to run Ubuntu 8.04 on your Sun UltraSPARC T2 "Niagara 2" processor, guess again. It was just two years ago that Mark Shuttleworth announced at JavaOne 2006 that Ubuntu would be supporting Sun's SPARC architecture starting with Ubuntu 6.06 LTS. Since then, SPARC versions of Ubuntu 7.04 and 7.10 have also been produced. However, Ubuntu's support of SPARC has now come to a close. The forthcoming LTS release of Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" will arrive without any support for Sun's processors. The only officially released architectures will be for i386 and x86_64 due to a decision made by the Ubuntu Technical Board. The announcement was made on the ubuntu-devel-announce list.
We knew it was coming, but today Canonical has officially announced Ubuntu Mobile. Unlike some of the Ubuntu derivatives that are the same as Ubuntu but a swapped out desktop environment, Ubuntu Mobile is completely re-engineered for use on MIDs (Mobile Internet Devices) with plenty of features to distinguish it from the desktop Ubuntu distribution. Ubuntu Mobile continues to be fully open-source, but is capable of including licensed codecs, full Web 2.0/AJAX fidelity, enhanced media playback, a suite of mobile applications, and integration with popular Web 2.0 applications. Ubuntu Mobile is also touch-screen friendly, utilize various Internet connection technologies such as WiMax, and offer a highly-customizable user interface. More information is available from the Ubuntu Mobile webpage. From the screenshots and information provided thus far, Ubuntu Mobile is looking quite impressive for a Linux MID distribution.
Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" Alpha 5 is now available for download. This is the first Ubuntu alpha release since the 8.04 feature freeze, and now planning is also underway for Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex. The complete list of features (and download links) can be found on the Ubuntu Wiki. Likewise, the release announcement can be read on ubuntu-devel-announce. There is one more Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha release planned before the beta/RC and then the final release in April.
Ubuntu 8.04 LTS "Hardy Heron" isn't due out until this April, but planning is already underway for the next Ubuntu release that will become known as Ubuntu 8.10. The codename for Ubuntu 8.10 has also been announced and this LTS+1 release will be known as the "Intrepid Ibex." With Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" they will continue work on redefining the Linux desktop as well as improving the mobile performance and pervasive Internet access. The Ubuntu 8.10 "Intrepid Ibex" announcement written by Mark Shuttleworth can be read on the Ubuntu mailing list.
It's arriving a day late, but this evening Steve Langasek has announced the availability of Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Alpha 4. This is the fourth Hardy Heron alpha release and new in this release is the inclusion of the Transmission BitTorrent client, the Vinagre VNC client, Brasero CD/DVD burner, a world clock applet for GNOME, GVFS through GNOME 2.21/2.22, and a few virtualization improvements. We have already wrote about some of the GNOME 2.22 improvements and the inclusion of virt-manager in Ubuntu 8.04. More information on the Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 4 release is available from the Ubuntu Wiki. New Hardy Alpha 4 releases are also out for Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Ubuntu JeOS, Gobuntu, and Ubuntu Studio. More information on Alpha 4 can be found in the release announcement.
While all of the excitement at the Ubuntu camp is brewing over the upcoming Hardy Heron (8.04) release, Dapper Drake (Ubuntu 6.06) has received a minor update. Ubuntu 6.06.2 is an LTS (Long Term Support) update for i386 and x86_64 architectures. This maintenance release has over 600 post-release updates and a number of bug fixes as well. Today's Ubuntu 6.06.2 announcement can be read here.
The third Alpha release in the road to Ubuntu 8.04 "Hardy Heron" is now available for download. Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 3 has improved PolicyKit integration and Firefox 3 Beta 2. Download links and more information is available from the Ubuntu website.
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