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[News] Microsoft Most Valuable Advertiser Tries Ubuntu GNU/Linux 10.04, Lots of Other Coverage

  • Subject: [News] Microsoft Most Valuable Advertiser Tries Ubuntu GNU/Linux 10.04, Lots of Other Coverage
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2010 10:01:06 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Ubuntu Thoughts

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| For embedded and lower-cost devices, I 
| think Ubuntu (or similar distros) are the 
| way to go. However, I just donât feel itâs 
| there yet for the desktop environment. What 
| are your thoughts?


Appearance Changes: Ubuntu 10.04 vs Ubuntu 9.10

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| If you've been following the Ubuntu 10.04 
| testing releases you're probably aware of 
| some significant changes to the appearance 
| of Ubuntu. Among the top changes in 
| question are the new black theme, 
| black/purple gradient background and Mac-
| style title bar buttons that appear on the 
| left side of the windows. These are just a 
| few of the changes/improvements of this 
| release but some of the most controversial. 
| Today's release of the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS 
| release candidate sets these changes in 
| stone for the release at the end of the 
| month. Is this a good change? Here's a few 
| screenshots to help you decide.


Near Perfect Ubuntu Desktop

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| One of the common questions I get for my 
| Ubuntu User column is what is my desktop or 
| what is a good desktop for Ubuntu Linux. A 
| few weeks ago I got a Dell Inspiron 560 on 
| sale at Best Buy. It was a great deal, and 
| ended up being a near perfect Ubuntu 
| desktop.


Ubuntu 10.04 â An Extremely Simple Operating System [Linux]

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| Well guys, what do you think? Is Ubuntu 
| 10.04 as amazing as Iâm making it out to 
| be, or am I just a hopeless fanboy raving 
| about a shiny new toy? If youâre trying the 
| beta, is there a great new feature that Iâm 
| missing? Should I wipe my hard drive and 
| install Gentoo, like a real man? Commenting 
| doesnât kill kittens, so feel free to do 
| so!


Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

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| I'm very glad that Linux distributions in 
| general (and Ubuntu in particular) have 
| matured to the point where I get the luxury 
| of talking about shiny new features and 
| visual tweaks to the OS instead of getting 
| bogged down in system errors and wonky 
| configurations.


Itâs almost Lynx time

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| We have a mere 7 days until Ubuntu 10.04 
| Lucid Lynx LTS is released and this morning 
| I got an email from Steve Langasek through 
| the Ubuntu Announcement email list letting 
| me know that they now have a release 
| candidate available for testing.


Ubuntu server OS 10.4 set to ship

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| Canonical, the company that distributes the 
| Ubuntu flavor of the Linux operating 
| system, is set to drop a new Long Term 
| Support (LTS) version of its popular distro 
| on April 29, 2010. Canonical will make its 
| 10.4 distribution available for download on 
| the Ubuntu Web site (Server version link, 
| desktop version link). LTS versions are 
| guaranteed to be supported by Canonical for 
| at least five years.


Mythbuntu 10.04 RC is out!

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| Mythbuntu 10.04 Release Candidate has been 
| released.  With this release, we are 
| providing mirroring on sponsored mirrors 
| and torrents.


Canonical releases Ubuntu 10.04 LTS release candidate


Announcing the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx dark theme and Skype

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| If you use Ubuntuâs latest release Lucid 
| Lynx and you enjoy to chat with your 
| friends using Skype, then you might have 
| noticed that Skypes default theme clashes 
| with Lucidâs dark theme. Personally, I 
| think the new theme is kick-ass, but I was 
| a bit annoyed that I couldnât read any of 
| the menus in Skype. Iâm taking about the 
| kind of menus you get when you right click 
| on the Skype icon in your top taskbar. The 
| dark text on dark background makes it 
| unreadable.


Ubuntu, the family album

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| A few days before the release of the new 
| Ubuntu, hereâs a guided tour through the 
| Ubuntu family album with some annotations 
| telling my story with the different 
| versions.


Frugal Tech Show: Matt Zimmerman, CTO of Canonical (Ubuntu Linux)


Ubuntu Shipit Opens Again: Get Free Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx CD


Ubuntu Lucid in final stretch

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| Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx release is one step 
| away from final release.
| Lucid Lynx, otherwise known as Ubuntu 
| 10.04, is now in the final stretch.
| Yesterday the Ubuntu Developers announced 
| the Release Candidate, the penultimate 
| release before its final April 29 release.
| The desktop version of the release includes 
| cloud computing updates, Music Store 
| improvements and tighter social networking 
| integration. Changes to the server version 
| of the release are mostly focused on 
| improving its cloud computing capabilities.


Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx Release Candidate Is Out [See What's New]


Ubuntu wants Adobe, even if Apple doesn't

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| I recently suggested that, given Apple and 
| Adobe's growing war over iPad and iPhone 
| applications, it would make sense for Adobe 
| to move not only its end-user applications, 
| but its Creative Suite development stack, 
| to Linux. While I don't know if Adobe is 
| considering it, Canonical, the company 
| behind Ubuntu Linux, would welcome Adobe.
| Canonical marketing manager Gerry Carr told 
| me that "in a recent survey we did of the 
| Ubuntu User base where we got 32,000 plus 
| responses, Adobe Photoshop as a potential 
| application for Ubuntu got a 3.52 rating 
| out of 5 being the second most popular 
| potential app after Skype." 


Open Source Communities: Canonical, Ubuntu and Jono Bacon

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| Recently I read that Ubuntu devs are were 
| debating about desktop color scheme, and 
| someone was arguing that in the meantime 
| Fedora devs are debating about update 
| policy. Iâd like to get your opinion about 
| what is important at Ubuntu, and why.
| Jono, what are key issues at Ubuntu 
| nowadays?
|     Ubuntu as project invests itâs time and 
|     effort in a wide and diverse range of 
|     area including documentation, 
|     translations, development, testing, 
|     advocacy and more. In each of these 
|     areas we have sought to build a strong 
|     a vibrant community to help volunteers 
|     be productive and have fun at the same 
|     time.
|     One particular focus we have been 
|     growing has been in the area of design. 
|     We are keen to apply the same ethos to 
|     the design community as the rest of the 
|     community: rewarding good work with 
|     great reputation, and looking to our 
|     top contributors to help guide and 
|     contribute to Ubuntu.


Ubuntu Discards System Tray

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| Ubuntu, the open source operating system, 
| is ditching the system tray, the bar at the 
| bottom of most browsers that is supposed to 
| act as a notification area. The rationale 
| for the change, according to Matthew Paul 
| Thomas, an Ubuntu contributor, was "its 
| ineffectiveness at notifying people of 
| things, and its inconsistent behavior."


Ubuntu 10.04 Overview

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| For those running XP, not impressed with 
| either buying a new OS for a couple of 
| hundred or buying a new PC, Ubuntu is an 
| option. But you will want to make sure you 
| buy a book like Ubuntu for non-Geeks before 
| taking the plunge. This will save you a lot 
| of confusion as this is NOT Windows.


5 Recommended things to do before upgrading to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS


Ubuntu Power Users Community 

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| The benefit of this kind of community is 
| that it would provide a home for those 
| people who desire more configurability of 
| Ubuntu beyond itâs default installation, 
| and provide a fantastic way of supporting 
| this community of users.


Canonical open sources Launchpad and Ubuntu Single Sign On code

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| More details about the Canonical Identity 
| Provider can be found on the project's 
| Launchpad page (login required). Canonical 
| Identity Provider code is released under 
| version 3 of the GNU Affero General Public 
| License (AGPLv3).



Ubuntu 10.04 Integrates All Your Inboxes [Linux]

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| Iâve been looking for a way to combine all
| my inboxes in one place for a long time;
| little did I know my favorite operating
| system would make this dream feature of
| mine a default. Previously I didnât really
| see the point of the indicator applet, but
| with the addition of access to oneâs social
| networks I see a bright future for this
| handy little tool.
| If youâre really interested in the next
| version of Ubuntu, and youâre brave enough
| to try something still in beta, check it
| out here. If youâd rather wait, the full
| version comes out on April 29th, and you
| can always read more about Ubuntu tomorrow
| when my next post goes up.
| What do you think? Is this a killer feature
| for Ubuntu, or more bloat youâll never use?
| Will you yourself use the indicator applet
| now that it supports social networks, or
| will you continue to remove it as part of
| your Ubuntu setup routine?


Ubuntu Power Users Community

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| As Ubuntu continues to grow and refine,
| particularly in bringing excellence in
| design to the platform, there has been some
| concern in some parts of the community that
| it is less attuned to power users who want
| to tweak many aspects of the system than it
| once was. I agree. That in my mind is not a
| bad thing: Ubuntu is focusing on a simple,
| sleek and refined experience, and sometimes
| as Mark said recently, less is more.


Tomcat improvements coming up in 10.04 !

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| Jason Brittain, a software architect at
| MuleSoft and the author of Tomcat: the
| Definitive Guide, approached us with some
| ideas about how to improve the Tomcat
| package in Debian and Ubuntu. Check out his
| blog post on working with Debian and Ubuntu
| here.
| Jason noticed that the Ubuntu and Debian
| init scripts were starting Tomcat via the
| JSVC service runner, in order to allow
| binding the Tomcat JVM to privileged server
| port numbers (port numbers lower than
| 1024), while still running as an
| unprivileged user. However, JSVC was also
| the source of several long-standing bugs:
| it shuts down Tomcat abruptly and
| implements unreliable restarts, so it was
| possible for the init script to be unable
| to restart Tomcat. Upstream recommends
| using Tomcatâs catalina.sh script instead,
| and that script should in turn run the Java
| binary, so that the init script can
| properly handle any issues with starts,
| stops, or restarts. But that script doesnât
| have the support to bind ports as root and
| then run as an unprivileged user, like JSVC
| doesâ


Change I Can Believe In


Canonical to Roll Out Independent Ubuntu Certified Professional Certification for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

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| Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, today
| announced that it will provide its own
| fully-independent certification for junior-
| level system administrators to help them
| with Ubuntu deployments in their office
| environments. The e-learning course version
| will be available shortly after the Ubuntu
| 10.04 LTS (Long Term Support) release on 29
| April 2010 with students able to study in
| the classroom from June 2010 and the new
| exam available from October 2010.


Canonical open sources Launchpad and Ubuntu Single Sign On code

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| More details about the Canonical Identity
| Provider can be found on the project's
| Launchpad page (login required). Canonical
| Identity Provider code is released under
| version 3 of the GNU Affero General Public
| License (AGPLv3).


Open vs. Closed: Ubuntu Walks the Line

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| Canonicalâs 330 employees are responsible
| for maintaining, supporting and selling
| service for Ubuntu, an open-source version
| of the Linux operating system for servers,
| desktops and computer manufacturers. Some
| 120-150 of the Canonical employees
| contribute directly to the new releases of
| the software that come out every six
| months, and most of the companyâs revenue
| comes from supporting enterprise server
| customers and makers of computers that want
| to put Ubuntu on desktops. Consumers also
| download the software, but few pay
| Canonical for support. The company is not
| yet profitable.

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