Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) in Virtual PC

A new release of Ubuntu has just come out, so let's put it through the paces in Virtual PC 2007! First of all, the old install problems (chronicled here) still exist.  The Ubuntu installer boots up into 24-bit color, which is not supported by Virtual PC.  If you start with the Start Ubuntu in safe graphics mode option, you will be able to see the installer screen just fine (with some ginormous icons), but unfortunately, the mouse is not recognized at all.  I really had hoped this would be fixed!

Exaile: The most underrated media player for Linux

After actually trying out Songbird, I have a lot more respect for it, and amaroK has always been an excellent audio player, but my favorite media-management program for Linux is still Exaile.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 62

The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #62 for the week for the week October 14th - October 21st, 2007 is now available. In this issue we cover the release of Ubuntu 7.10, upcoming Ubuntu Developer Summit for Ubuntu 8.04, Ubuntu Open Week starting Monday 22nd October, plans by Dell to ship Ubuntu 7.10 on desktops and laptops, and, as always, much much more!

Jono Bacon: Ubuntu Open Week Is Here

Ladies and Gentlemen, Packagers and Developers, Translators and Bug Triagers, Advocates and Helpers, this week I am pleased to see another Ubuntu Open Week begin, and I am raring…no, chomping at the bit to go. It happens all this week from 3pm UTC until 10pm UTC.

Ubuntu 7.10 Review

Ubuntu is a predominantly desktop-oriented Linux distribution, based on Debian GNU/Linux but with a stronger focus on usability, regular releases, and ease of installation. Ubuntu is sponsored by Canonical Ltd, owned by South African billionaire entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth.. It is currently ranked #2 at distrowatch. For this review, I used the DVD distribution.

How to Partition

If you are running Windows and would like to install Linux on your system, you must to free up some space on your hard drive to contain Linux. Changing the layout of your hard drive is called partitioning.

The Ubuntu installer's partitioner is one of the safest ways to partition a hard disk. However, do not use this as an excuse to not back up your important files. Always perform a backup before any partitioning operation.

Customize your Gutsy

So, you’ve just installed Gutsy and want to add some “essential” applications? But to make your life easier, if you want to install Flash, Java, Fonts, Codecs and Wine just click on the following links.

Howto Boot After a Failed Linux Install

Installing Ubuntu [and most other Linux distros] isn't too difficult. In fact with the latest liveCD installs it has become easier than ever before. However, it is still possible for the installation process will go wrong and fail. This has happened to me on a couple of occasions and it has left me with a system that is incapable of booting.

Ubuntu Open Week

In just two years, Ubuntu has become the most popular Linux distribution in the world with millions of users and a spot regularly at the top of Distrowatch. Ever wondered what all the fuss is about? How we've achieved such a great feat in such a short space of time? Here's where you can find out.

Ubuntu Open Week is a series of online workshops where you can:

Software Review: Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon"

It may have taken a while, but Linux is finally starting to inch its way out of the dark corners of hobbyist computing and onto the battlefield between Microsoft and Apple.

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon First Impressions

It took me a while to upgrade from 7.04 to 7.10 because Ubuntu servers were so busy. It would even time-out at times. But now it’s done, Gutsy Gibbon is turning out to be a very solid release. I’ve been using Ubuntu since 6.04 and it has definitely gone a long way!

Sun Report Builder: Better reporting in OpenOffice.org

OpenOffice.org Base is undoubtedly a powerful database application, but when it comes to its built-in reporting engine, words like "underpowered" and "outdated" come to mind. Fortunately, you don't have to put up with this situation any longer: with the Sun Report Builder (SRB) extension, you can add nifty reporting features based on Pentaho reporting engine -- assuming you can figure out how to use it without any help.

deborphan: find packages you don’t want

If you’ve been reading debaday for a while, chances are you now have a heap of packages installed that you’ve tried out, some of which you want to keep installed, and some of which you have forgotten.

Dell to ship 7.10 soon

With the release of 7.10, many have been wondering if Dell will ship 7.10. Well, the answer to that question has been answered, according to a DesktopLinux story. Anne Camden of Dell corporate communications said:

First 7.10 reviews have started to roll in

With the release of 7.10 yesterday, it is not terribly shocked we have already started to see reviews.

With the massive amount of interest in Ubuntu, this means some of the mirrors have been a little slow. CLICK picked up on this story, remarking that it was similar to the 7.04 release period.

Ubuntu Month of Screencasts: Installing Xubuntu



Complimenting our existing screencasts on installing Ubuntu, this screencast shows installing Xubuntu, and covers:-

  • Downloading the Xubuntu installation CD ISO image
  • Installing Xubuntu using the live CD
  • An overview of some applications installed with the Xubuntu desktop
  • Installing Xubuntu using the alternate CD
  • Resolving video card driver and resolution problems after an installation
  • Customising the Xubuntu desktop
  • Using some command line utilities to manage the system

Note: This screencast shows some use of the command line (terminal) in Xubuntu. If you are uncomfortable using the command line, then please seek additional assistance.

Ubuntu 7.10 + WINE vs. Windows XP

This week's release of Ubuntu 7.10 "Gutsy Gibbon" is a significant win for the free software community. Not only does this release incorporate an updated package set -- most notably with the Linux 2.6.22 kernel and GNOME 2.20, but it also delivers on new desktop innovations from BulletProofX and displayconfig-gtk to Compiz Fusion being enabled by default on supported systems.

However, for those business professionals and gamers that remain dependent on some Windows-only binary applications, the WINE (WINE Is Not An Emulator) project has been making some excellent headway into supporting Windows applications on the Linux desktop. With Ubuntu 7.10 and WINE 0.9.46 in hand, we had set out to compare the performance between Windows XP and Gutsy Gibbon with WINE on two popular DirectX benchmarks.

How To Upgrade Ubuntu 7.04 to Ubuntu 7.10 on Ubuntu Server

It was pointed out to me this morning that my previous Ubuntu upgrade instructions did not include upgrading Ubuntu Server. I thought I’d take a second and type those up as well. They are pretty simple (as all of the upgrade options intend to be), so you really shouldn’t need to do much.

Easily View Source of Included Files in Firefox

In the web development world, most of the design isn't in the page HTML anymore, it's been moved to the included CSS and Javascript files. The problem is that when you want to take a peek into the code there's not a really simple way to view those CSS/JS files.

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon: Critical review

Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon has been released today. I haven’t tested any alpha or beta versions of the new product from Canonical. I have decided to wait for the Release Candidate, since this has proved to work for me in the past. In short: it did not disappoint me. The new Ubuntu is more polished, more professional and in general, better than the previous one, which was already a great OS. Minor glitches? Present, as always.

Welcome back, user-defined motion paths in OpenOffice Impress 2.3

Back in the good old days of 1.x, you could draw a line, then draw an object, and make the object move along whatever line that was. It was great.

Then the lovely redesign of Impress came, and that user-defined motion path feature got lost along the way.  It was a sad time.

Kubuntu 7.10 (gutsy gibbon) Screenshots Tour

Kubuntu is a user friendly operating system based on KDE, the K Desktop Environment. With a predictable 6 month release cycle and part of the Ubuntu project, Kubuntu is the GNU/Linux distribution for everyone.

This screenshots tour includes internet multimedia,graphics,system applications,network application and other applications.

Making Your New iPod Work In Gutsy

There was an article a few weeks ago about the newer iPods and how Apple changed the crypto hash for them which made them incompatible with current versions of Linux software. Well, there has been a lot of work to make them functional under Linux, and now here's a quick How-To on getting these fixes installed on your Gutsy installation.

  1. Go and download the libgpod and rhythmbox packages from
  2. Install the python-mutage package via apt 'sudo aptitude install python-mutagen'
  3. Use 'sudo dpkg -i /path/to/debs/*.deb' to install each of these packages.
  4. Now, you should be able to fire up RhythmBox and sync your iPod and have it work without the dreaded "No Music" message showing up.

Simple home networking with SSH

The Secure Shell (SSH) network protocol makes it easy to connect computers that are running Linux, share files, and remotely run applications. Along with an X server, it can make sharing a single computer simple on a home network.

A Christian's View on Ubuntu Muslim Edition

While the world of Linux is going crazy over the new Ubuntu 7.10, I’m going to step backward to review a distro which is based on the Ubuntu 7.04. The name is Ubuntu ME. It is a free/open source operating system dedicated to Muslims, with customized features such as a Quran study tool and a web content filtering utility. Now why am I doing a review on a Muslim-based distribution while in fact I am a devout Christian?

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