Updating and Upgrading

 

 

In this screencast we look at updating the system with packages from Ubuntu repositories and upgrading systems from one release to another. We show:-

  • Using Software Properties/Sources to identify repositories in use
  • Updating packages on an Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper) system
  • Upgrading from Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (Dapper) to 6.10 (Edgy) using Update Manager
  • Upgrading from Ubuntu 7.04 (Feisty) to 7.10 (Gutsy) NOTE: Gutsy is currently under development so this is not recommended for production systems.
  • Updating packages on an Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy) system

Change Ctrl+Enter Behavior in Firefox

My good friend Daniel asked me yesterday how to change Firefox so that Shift+Enter auto-completes *.org instead of *.net. After about a 2 minute google session, I had the answer to share with everybody.

Howto Turn Off Auto-Play of CDs,DVDs and iPods in Ubuntu

Ubuntu automatically starts playing audio or video discs when you insert them into CD/DVD drive.If you want to turnoff this use the following tip.

Songbird audio player has potential, needs work

Songbird is a cross-platform, Mozilla-based music player with high ambitions. The app is still undergoing heavy development, but it has come a long way since we looked at the 0.1 release in 2006. Songbird today can sing a pretty sweet tune, but to push its way into the big leagues, it needs to get over its own interface.

Gutsy Beta Testers, come on in

Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls, Cats and Dogs, Sheep and Goats, Ace Of Bass, Boys 2 Men…erm…, anyway, I am pleased to point your already curious noses in the direction of the Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon Beta Release. It is out, and it needs testing. And, guess what? This is where you ‘orrible lot come in.

How to Install VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.10

UPDATE: For those running VMware Server 1.0.3 there is an updated version available.

As I mentioned a few posts ago (How to Install VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.04) I would be outlining how to install VMware Server on Ubuntu 7.10.

Installing Applications

 

 

In this screencast we look at how to install applications under Ubuntu. This includes:-

  • Installing applications from standard Ubuntu repositories using "Add/Remove.."
  • Installing applications using Synaptic Package Manager
  • Adding custom repositories to software sources
  • Installing applications from custom repositories
  • Installing applications manually from a downloaded .deb file
  • Removing applications

Managing Music on an iPod in Ubuntu

This howto details managing music on your iPod in Ubuntu with amaroK.  Plenty of screenshots.

Howto install Wine, µTorrent with Native Tray Icon

This HOWTO will describe how to install uTorrent on your Debian Linux desktop using wine and how to get a more suitable tray icon using alltray.

Wine is an Open Source implementation of the Windows API on top of X, OpenGL, and Unix. µTorrent is a lightweight and efficient BitTorrent client for Windows with many features.

First of all we need to add a new repo for this you need to edit the sources.list file:

Ubuntu Backlash Begins

Take a niche operating system. Put it in the spotlight vs. Microsoft’s disappointing Windows Vista. Hype the niche operating system for a few months. Win a business deal with Dell. And at some point all that wonderful buzz will produce expectations that you can’t meet. Such is the case, apparently, with Ubuntu.

New Features I Missed in Ubuntu 7.10

A to the point article at the Tolero’s tech notes blog covers all the new features and changes in the upcoming Ubuntu 7.10 release. During the development I have written and tried out a lot of the new features, but there were are few little things I didn’t see. Here the the features I missed which you may have also:

Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy Gibbon” Beta Release Now Available

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the beta release of Ubuntu 7.10 and its variants, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu.  Codenamed “Gutsy Gibbon”, 7.10 continues Ubuntu’s proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

Hardy Heron: The Next Ubuntu 8.04

We all know that Gutsy (Ubuntu 7.10) will be released, a version that everyone is waiting for, but today you'll be informed about the release dates of Ubuntu 8.04, codename Hardy Heron.

Automated user management with Expect

At the large school in Mexico where I'm employed as a system manager, I proposed (and got) a Linux server to replace an old Windows 2000 file server and domain controller for the alumni. I then was faced with the task of adding 3,000 users to this new CentOS 5 server. I wasn't about to add thousands of users and their passwords one by one to the new Samba primary domain controller (PDC) system. With a little help from OpenOffice.org Calc, a utility called Expect, and shell scripts, I automated the process.

Awesome Ubuntu/Linux Apps you might not know about V1+2

v1:http://www.littleubuntu.com/blog/?p=3

v2:http://www.littleubuntu.com/blog/?p=168

Ubuntu Gutsy Wireless News

This not really public yet, but for those of you savvy enough to subscribed to Linux Fanatics, this affects you. In the past, I have talked about finding a vendor that will support a specific RaLink chipset with consistent performance and full WPA out of the box. Today, this has happened.

Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Release Dates

Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) Release Dates

Interesting and Useful Terminal Commands

A user a the Ubuntu Forums has compiled a list of interesting and useful terminal commands that can be used in Ubuntu:

Ubuntu Gutsy ready for beta

The Ubuntu Linux team is planning to release a beta of Gutsy Gibbon (7.10), the latest version of its OS tomorrow. Progress on the latest release looks promising.

Miro (Democracy Player) for Linux Reviewed

I have watched Miro (formally known as Democracy Player) grow and mature over the last few years, and I have to admit, it's become quite the addition to my Linux desktop. But how are the users reacting to the name change, and are they offering the content that users are into? Today, we will examine this and explore how Miro could go even further. I would point out that this is not so much a review, but a deeper look at the product and the mission as open source software.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 58

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #58 for the week September 16th - September 22th, 2007. In this issue we cover the Gutsy Gibbon 7.10 beta release, new MOTU members, new Launchpad release, Software Freedom Day organized by the Ubuntu Nicaragua Team, and, as always, much much more!

There's a new GNOME in town

GNOME 2.20 was officially released last week after six months of development. The new version includes strong incremental improvements that contribute to a better user experience and provide more flexibility and integration opportunities for third-party software developers.

Ubuntu Desktop not used in business

I got a telling reponse from Canonical when I approached its Public Relations team looking for case studies of businesses that had switched from Windows:

Getting your mail from KMail (Kontact) to Evolution

Ok, KMail (Kontact) has no export options. You can however create several mboxes, copy your mail into them and import the mboxes into Evolution one by one. This can be quite time consuming.

NERO game evolves to version 2.0

Last year, we reviewed Neuro-Evolving Robotic Operatives (NERO), a unique game in which players train forces of autonomous bots, then pit those forces against each other in hands-off, artificial intelligence (AI)-only competitions. NERO spawned a new major release a few weeks ago, and like its eponymous operatives, it has learned some new moves over time.

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