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!


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.

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.

Ubuntu 11.04: an Ubuntu release like no other.

November 10, 2010

Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) will be very different from all previous versions. The moment you start it up you’ll see a difference, the user interface will now be Unity which makes the desktop look very different then it has in previous versions. I very much like the new Unity interface, and I think it will give Ubuntu a much better chance with competing with Windows and the Mac OS X as an operating system. But if you don’t like it you can switch back to the old interface.

Ubuntu 11.04 will also include some new default applications:
– LibreOffice will be the new default office suite, replacing OpenOffice. It was created by some of the main developers of OpenOffice. It is almost identical to OpenOffice but is expected to have better compatibility and performance with Microsoft Office 2007/2010 formats than OpenOffice does.
– Firefox 4 will remain the default browser in Ubuntu for this release anyway.
– Banshee will be the new default music player for Ubuntu 11.04. It probably the closest program to iTunes that is available for Linux. However it is programed in Mono (the open source version of Microsoft .NET infrastructure) which some people hate, but the average user won’t even know or care anyway.
– It was proposed that Thunderbird replace Evolution as the default mail client but the developers have decided against it for 11.04 because Thunderbird needs some work before it would be ready and most of the time will be spent on developing the new user interface. Evolution will remain default for now but Ubuntu is looking for to including Thunderbird in the future.

Also Natty will include Global Menus, a feature which is only really found in the Mac OSX. Basically it put the menus normally found on the top of a window into the top panel instead. If you are unsure of what a global menu is check here, the image should provide you with the idea of Global menus.

All these changes make Ubuntu 11.04 a Linux distro to look forward. Although many of these changes are very controversial, I think Ubuntu 11.04 will prove to be a successful release (and maybe even because of these changes).

Did you know…..Ubuntu has a manual!!!

November 4, 2010

A lot of people don’t know it but Ubuntu has a manual. Isn’t that so cool? The official manual is available at the Ubuntu Manual homepage. It is designed for version 10.04 LTS (10.10 is not much different at all anyway). So go check it out and give the manual a try. 😉