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Wubi, the Easiest Way to Install Ubuntu?

In a previous post I briefly mentioned my experience of using the "Goodbye Microsoft" installer for Debian. Since then Aaron has kindly pointed me in the direction of Wubi:

Ubuntu Gutsy Makes Automatix Obsolete

According to the NY Times today, "to watch a movie, the Linux user must install necessary codecs, or decoders. One way to do that is to first download a program called Automatix from www.getautomatix.com.”  Apparently, he was not running the Gutsy beta.

Is Ubuntu losing its crown to PCLinuxOS?

Quick. Name the most popular Linux distribution. You probably guessed Ubuntu, Suse or Mandriva ... but what then? Which other Linux distributions are likely to make a top ten list?

Ubuntu Linux, Windows Vista or Mac OSX?

My wife needed a new laptop and, as her birthday was a couple of months away, I began to research what I would get for her. I generally make the technology purchases for our household so I started looking at how she used her current laptop and what would be useful to her. Well, it arrived yesterday and, before I tell you what it is, I’ll tell you how I came to that conclusion.

Revolutionary New Panel Now Available in Ubuntu 7.10

Gimmie is a unique desktop organizer and panel replacement for the GNOME desktop environment. The easiest way is to use Gimmie is as a panel applet in the GNOME panel, but there is also a stand-alone version as well. Gimmie is even being considered for the next version of GNOME.

In Ubuntu 7.10, the Gimmie panel applet is very simple to install.

Should you Enable Intel’s VT-x in Virtualbox?

Intel VT-x is a set of processor enhancements to improve virtualization performance. In theory, VT-x should allow for near-native speed in a virtual machine. VirtualBox, a popular open source virtualization program, recently added a check box to turn on VT-x or AMD’s AMD-V equivalent. But VirtualBox’s site warns that enabling it may reduce the performance of a virtual machine:

ShipIt prepares to start shipping Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon) CDs

If you are an Ubuntu fan you would have tried out their ShipIt service which delivers the Ubuntu CDs for free at your door step. The service is currently down as they are preparing to start the shipment of the upcoming release of Ubuntu which would be Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon).

No More Automatix? Automagic Codec and Flash Install in Ubuntu Gutsy

There is a Macromedia Flash option that will install the Flash pug-in for Mozilla. This was a big deal to me. In the past (and I expected to do this again), I had installed Automatix to get the Flash working as well as the codecs one needs to watch videos and hear music. Automatix worked fine for me but I did think that this is something that I shouldn’t have to do.

So I put a check in the box and clicked the Apply Changes button. Well, faster than I could take a screenshot, Ubuntu found the plugin online, downloaded it and I was good to go. Excellent.

Full Circle Magazine Issue #5 released

Full Circle - the Ubuntu Community Magazine has released issue #5, with great how-tos, interviews and articles.

This issue comes with:

  • Fluxbuntu - Step-by-step Install
  • How-To : Report Bugs with Launchpad, CoLoCo Edubuntu Presentation,
  • From VMware to VirtualBox and Learning Scribus Pt.5.
  • Review of Bridge Construction Kit.
  • Preview of Gusty Gibbon
  • Letters, Q&A, MyDesktop, MyPC, Top5 and more!

Get it while it’s hot! The English language versions can be downloaded here. English language only at the moment, translations on the way.

Considering Trying KDE Again With Ubuntu 7.10 “Gutsy”

So I keep hearing all these great improvements coming down the pipe for KDE and v4.0.  I know much of it is available in the repositories and while considered beta at this stage when have I been afraid of a little bleeding edge?

Radio Amarok Needs YOU!

Yep, that’s right - We need you! Radio Amarok is currently in it’s Research and Development phase, and we’re looking for Artists to showcase on the station.

Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter - Issue 59

Welcome to the Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter, Issue #59 for the week September 23rd - September 29th, 2007. In this issue we cover the Ubuntu 7.10 Beta release, newly approved LoCo team and Ubuntu members , LoCos participating in Ohio LinuxFest 2007, and, as always, much much more!

Ubuntu Human Theme for Awn

Now that I am using Gutsy and a Ubuntu based wallpaper background, I thought I would make a Ubuntu theme for awn and share it with all of you.

Cool resize plugin for GIMP

Some time ago I saw this post about a super horizontal/vertical resize algorithm which preserves the proportions of what is important on an image. Yesterday I was reading unread posts on Planet Ubuntu when I saw this post of Jorge Bernal where he says that already exists a plugin for GIMP of this algorithm (this is why I love free software).

Kubuntu Takes Over the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands have two derivatives of Kubuntu, one which is being installed in all their schools and one used by the largest university. The Jornadas de Software Libre conference at The University of La Laguna, took place in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, from the 18th-21st September 2007. It was organised by the university’s Software Libre Office (OSL).

GNU/Linux distro for women? Why not?

On various women's mailing lists, a subscriber has raised the idea of a distribution developed "for and by women." So far, the idea has met with a cool reception. It might even be a troll. However, if such a distro ever gets underway, it would be very much in the spirit of the community, and might give more women the background and confidence to reduce the gender gap in free software.

Linux distro for women? Thanks, but no thanks

The idea is floating around again: Let's make a special Linux distribution for women! We're smarter than that, aren't we? I say, let's spare ourselves and the world yet another pointless and less-than-useful version of Linux.

The trouble with artwork and free software licenses

Are you a crafter of icons, sounds, backgrounds and splash screens, or even window manager themes? Selecting the right license for your artwork to coexist with free software is no trivial task. Creative Commons (CC) and Free Software Foundation (FSF) licenses each have their advantages, but they are mutually incompatible. The two groups are beginning to move toward simplifying the situation, but in the meantime there are several things you can do to make license compatibility easier.

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.

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.

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