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[News] Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, More Ubuntu Software Centres

  • Subject: [News] Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, More Ubuntu Software Centres
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 23:57:20 +0000
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Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter Issue 168

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| Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, 
| Issue #168 for the week November 8th - 
| November 14th, 2009. In this issue we 
| cover: UDS: How to participate even if you 
| aren't attending, Lucid translation imports 
| are now active, New Ubuntu Developers, New 
| York State Release Celebration, The Planet: 
| Dustin Kirkland, Shane Fagan, Arkeia 
| Releases Free Network Backup Software for 
| Ubuntu, Canonical and Creative Commons Meet 
| Donations Target, and much, much more!


Installing Software on Ubuntu: AllMyApps.com, Appnr.com, Ubuntu Software Center

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| Software installation on Ubuntu and really 
| all major Linux distributions contrary to 
| some peopleâs uneducated rants on the 
| subject can actually be much easier than 
| anything Windows has to offer. You just 
| have to be accustomed to it and accepting 
| of the software found in your desired 
| distributions repositories. In Ubuntuâs 
| instance there are nearly 2500 GUI-centered 
| applications and close to twenty-five 
| thousand other packages which include 
| drivers, modules, and numerous command-line 
| utilities. In that mix of GUI apps you will 
| likely find a suitable, equal, and often 
| times superior replacement for whatever 
| Windows or proprietary software you may 
| have been accustomed to prior to your 
| switch to open source computing. Its often 
| as simple as search, check, and install.


Use NameBar And DockBarX To Optimize Your Screen Real Estate [Ubuntu]

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| About a week ago, we wrote about gaining 
| some space on your Linux Desktop (but the 
| tutorial was focused on Ubuntu) by removing 
| the titlebar of maximized applications - 
| which can be achieved either with Maximus 
| or Compiz. But at the time, we only 
| provided some keyboard shortcuts to handle 
| these windows. Read on to find out another 
| way to do this and also how to use DockBarX 
| for some even more optimization.



New Approach to Open Source Application Deployment

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| Open Source application deployment has come a long way.  Currently, there is
| excellent way for Linux distributions to install and update its software.
| For example, both Fedora and Debian based distribution has RPM / DEB package
| management systems with its associated tools YUM / APT.  This simplifies Open
| Source application deployment and update with easy to use tools.
| However, we would like to raise two issues for discussion:
|    1. In order to create a RPM / DEB package, you will need to learn and
|    understand how to build and maintain these package systems.  You need to
|    understand spec / control files; how scripts interact with packages.  They
|    are not hard to learn, but there is a learning curve.
|    2. The current ways of asking users to specify parameters are not
|    re-usable.  A package maintainer can use script and command line to query
|    user input, but that requires hard coding the questions inside the
|    package.  Debian has the debconf templating system, which provides a
|    centralized location to store question templates, default values, and
|    variables.  This again require learning the debconf system - not difficult
|    to do - but there is a learning curve.

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