As we approach the launch of Ubuntu 8.10, it’s time to create space for
future plans, and so I’m writing to introduce you to The Jaunty Jackalope.
Jaunty, the code name for what will most likely become Ubuntu 9.04, will
be the focus of our efforts from November through to April next year.
This is the message that Mark Shuttleworth sent it yesterday announcing the codename of the april 2009 Ubuntu release.
What are some of the major goals for these release? Mark stated:
Ubuntu has experienced its share of success, but it’s still relatively unknown amongst non-technical people. Many aren’t aware that an open source operating system actually exists, and those who are lack the education required to move comfortably from Microsoft Windows to a Linux-based desktop. Ubuntu for Non-Geeks: A Pain-Free, Project-Based, Get-Things-Done Guidebook, by Rickford Grant, introduces non-Linux users to the world of Linux and shows them how to be productive in a complete Linux environment.
Great review by James F. Koopman. Read more on linux.com
In my opinion Linux Mint smells much better than Ubuntu. I had on my PC for a few months Linux Mint 3, and I liked it. But I switched to Arch Linux. This release made me think again at Linux Mint. I’m downloading it right now. I will wait to check ‘er out (and, of course, I will post my impressions).
Here is the official anounce, from the Linux Mint Blog:
It is with great pleasure that I officially announce the release of Linux Mint 5 Elyssa. more…
Here is a flowchart that I found on http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/29948/Ubuntuforyou.jpg that helps to decide if Ubuntu is a suitable Linux distro for you:
Linux can do all most anything for you. Here is the proof (found on www.lessaid.net) :
I’m sure that many of you are used with the <Win>+<L> key combination in
windows, to lock the screen. In Ubuntu (the distro I use), the
corespondent shortcut is <CTRL>+<ALT>+<L>. But, in many other distros
there is no shortcut for this command. Here is what you can do to assign a shortcut for locking the screen. (In order to do that, you have to activate the Win key. Read “How to use the Win key in Linux” to find out how to do it.)
Open the gconf-editor by typing “gconf-editor” in the terminal.
Go to: apps>metacity>keybinding_commands
Many new linux users are very confused on how to actually install programs in Linux Distribution. It is true that installing new software in MS Windows is very easy. But in Linux is not only easy but very convenient. Why? In this post you will find the answer.
Let’s say that we need a photo managing software. In Windows we would search on internet after a suitable software and after finding one, we would download the package and install it. Now we will do the same thing in Linux. Let’s say that our linux distro is Ubuntu.
1.Will go to Applications -> Add/Remove and click on it:
2.In the Search box we will write what we are looking for, a “photo managing” application. Hit the Enter key.
3.Under the search box we have the applications which match our filter criteria. There is also a short description of each one of it.
4.Let’s say we would like to try F-Spot Photo Manager. Will check the corresponding box.Click on the “Apply Changes” button.
5. We are ask to check our options. We want to install F-Spot so click the “Apply” button.
6.Linux is a very secured OS so, in order to install a application, the user password is required. Enter it and click the “OK” button.
7.We are anounced that the application has been installed. We don’t want to install anything else (yet) so we close the application
This is not the only way to install a program in linux. Depending on the linux distribution you have, you could use another package manager (like yum, synaptic, etc.). Or you could use the faster method: the command line. If you know the name of the application you want to install, simply write:
nongeek@mma:~$ sudo apt-get install application_name
or (in fedora):
nongeek@mma:~# yum install application_name
That’s all. Easy, isn’t it?
Let’s list the benefits:
1.We didn’t search all over the internet. We have the most stable applications gathered in one place (called repository).
2.We installed the application with only one click (and a password).
3.We are not afraid of any malware.
I also recommend for reading what is (in my opinion) the best guide about installing applications in linux on the net: How to install ANYTHING in Ubuntu!
If in Windows you were used with the Win key combinations, perhaps you would like to use it in Linux too. Here is a short tutorial about how to activate the Win keys in Linux.
First we will set the Windows key behaviour.
Go to System>Preferences>Keyboard.
Go to the Layouts tab and press the Layout Options button.
Open the Alt/Win key option.
Select the “Super is mapped to the Win-keys” behaviour.
Close the windows.
Now, that we have set the key behaviour, let’s make some Windows like shortcuts.
Go to System>Preferences>Keyboard Shortcuts.
Go to Window Management section.
Search for “Hide all windows and focus desktop”. Click on it.
Now will change the default shortcut with the one we want. Press the <WIN><D> combination.
Close the window and test your new shortcut. It works?
Now you can use the Win-keys the same way as in Windows or create the combinations you like.
For a tutorial about locking the screen with <Win>L in other distros then Ubuntu read the “How to lock the screen in GNOME” article.
For a list of most used GNOME and Nautilus shortcuts read “Top 15 shortcut keys in gnome and nautilus”