A few days before Ubuntu 11.04 and my thoughts…

April 24, 2011

Well the release of Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhale) is only a few days away and I just wanted to share my thoughts on it…

I had ran 11.04 Alpha 2 for a while back in February and it was no good. It was unstable and crashing, I couldn’t really view any folders because Nautilus (the file manager) would continually crash.

I am now running Natty again (this time Beta 2) and I am very happy with it so far. The interface is clean, snappy and overall a joy to use. Unity is overall very nicely implemented in Natty 11.04. Of course there are improvements that can be made but it is doing well for a first release.

The only negative thing I could say at this point is that it would be nice to have Natty boot faster. Ubuntu 11.04 booting isn’t slow like it was in older versions such as Ubuntu 9.04 but it doesn’t boot nearly as fast as 10.04 was. And it boots a lot faster than Fedora, I was shocked with Fedora 14′ slow boot time (55 seconds on my test PC). But still a faster boot would be nice.

And if you don’t like Unity, Ubuntu 11.04 will still have the option of using the “Classic Ubuntu Desktop”. This option may get removed in Ubuntu 11.10.

Ubuntu 11.04 is definitely a winner in my books so far, when it comes out in few days I definitely recommend making the switch!


LimeWire gone by court order, alternative FrostWire still here for us.

April 23, 2011

Well LimeWire, the world’s favorite P2P file sharing program, was given a court order on Oct 20, 2010 “to stop distributing the LimeWire software”. Fortunately for all the people who previously used LimeWire, there is a alternative call Frostwire. Frostwire is almost identical to the free version of LimeWire so it would take almost no new knowledge for a LimeWire user to use FrostWire. And Frostwire even includes some of the features of the LimeWire Pro version like Turbo-charged downloads.

So go ahead and get FrostWire is you like and you can be download in almost no time!

Frostwire has (package) downloads available for Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu/Debian, Android and a tarball for other Linux and Unix users.

Name decided for Ubuntu 11.10 – Oneiric Ocelot

March 21, 2011

Ubuntu 11.10, scheduled for release in October 2011, will be code named Oneiric Ocelot. This will be the hardest to pronounce out of any of the Ubuntu code names.  In fact I still can’t pronounce it! But that doesn’t really matter so much as it is just a developer code name and most people will refer to it as Ubuntu 11.10.

I will post when more information on 11.10 is available.

Banshee in Ubuntu 11.04 to use 2 music stores.

March 20, 2011

It has been announced recently that Banshee (the default media player) will include 2 music stores in 11.04. Banshee will have both the Ubuntu One Music Store and the Amazon MP3 Store. 75 percent of profits will go to Ubuntu and 25 percent will go to GNOME. GNOME will also get 25 percent of profits from the Ubuntu One Music Store in Rythembox music player.

Sales from the music stores will help support Ubuntu, so when 11.04 comes out check out the music stores and see if there is any music you like.

Improve Lubuntu with the Lubuntu Conrol Centre

March 15, 2011

The Lubuntu Control Centre is a very nice application for Lubuntu (Ubuntu + LXDE) users. It brings all the system settings into one nice looking menu. Unfortunately it is not yet included by default in the Lubuntu repositories. But you can download it from here and install it by running the downloaded file. Try it, I’m quite sure it’ll improve your Lubuntu experience. 🙂

Login as root in Ubuntu Linux

March 14, 2011

Well Ubuntu is different from most other Linux distributions in the way that it does not have a root account that is enabled by default. There are times when it is handy to have a root account so I’ll show you how to set it up.

1. Open the terminal and type: sudo passwd root

2.  You’ll get a prompt to “Enter new UNIX password”, enter the password you want for the root user and confirm it.

Now you can log out and log in as root.

How To Copy DVD’s that have Copy Protection

November 15, 2010

It is even easier to copy DVD’s with encryption or Copy Protection on Ubuntu than it is on Windows. Just follow these steps and you’ll be on your way.

1. Install libdvdread4 by following the section here for “Installing support for proprietary DVD formats”

2. Install a program for Coping your DVD’s. I highly recommend K9Copy, it is probably the easiest to use as well as offering a few features for more advanced users. K9Copy is available from the Ubuntu Software or Synaptic Package Manager. Another program that can be used is dvd::rip.

Now you should just be able to insert a DVD into you computer and copy it!
But please not that doing this is illegal in some countries, and you would be the one responsible.