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Canonical is still shipping free CDs. If you haven’t got one yet, place an order via Shipit. An Ubuntu CD is also a great way of getting new users to switch. Now if we could just persuade the forces that be to send us hardware. Think about it, Ubuntu is a collective, a community which produces Free Software, but why not a community which produces open machines?
One of the great things about Linux are the new kernels.
Although the stable 2.6.34 is available for Lucid, it is unlikely to make its way into the official repos any time soon.
If you’re experiencing issues with your current kernel, or just want a change, then stable 2.6.34 may be for you.
You will need to install 3 packages.
For 32 bit:
for 64 bit:
please install in order listed.
Then run from a terminal afterwards:
sudo update-grub reboot.
to confirm you are running the new kernel type in a terminal:
Some advice from Sgosnell
Features seldom get dropped from later kernels. It’s perfectly safe to install newer kernels, because you can always boot from any kernel still installed. You can install the .34 kernel, and if you have problems just boot from the default kernel. You can easily remove kernels via Synaptic, as long as you aren’t booted to the kernel you intend to remove. I would advise installing the .34 kernel and trying it out. I like it a lot. If it doesn’t do what you want you can always remove it, and you can also install the .35 kernel over it when it is released. That will just result in the ability to boot to the .35 kernel in addition to the .34 kernel and whatever you already have installed. I tend to remove older kernels after I insure that the newer kernel works ok, just to save space and remove clutter, but I usually keep the default kernel for the OS version I have installed, although I seldom boot to it. It’s just a final safety fallback.
NOTE: If downloading and installing precompiled kernels is not your cup of tea, then try KernelCheck, which will install and build the latest kernel for your distribution from source.
ADDENDUM: I noticed the debs above were compiled with an earlier version of GCC than the one which I am running (gcc (Ubuntu 4.4.3-4ubuntu5) 4.4.3), which resulted in a kernel check message from the nVIDIA installer. I therefore highly recommend using KernelCheck if you want to maintain concurrency with your compiler. If you run into a kernel panic check this posting of mine.
Jeremy Rifkin narrates some core concepts from his latest book
Patrick L Archibald of hacker public radio interviews his sister Wynn Godbold who recently starting using Ubuntu Linux. She is a kindergarten teacher in South Carolina. They talk about her experience as a new Linux user. The also discuss open source adoption in the education field. At times it sounds unintentionally like an Ubuntu promo but there are some good snippets in the interview.
Go to this episode
FROM: Binary Revolution
If you pining away for those gob-smacking Windows 7 theme wallpapers, here is how to install them in Ubuntu
1. Download any one of the theme packs from Microsoft
2.Install p7zip-full via Synaptic
3. Change the .theme extension to .7z and open with archive manager by right-clicking on the file
4. Extract the wallpapers and install via Appearance Preferences
If you really need to get the wallpaper to change automatically every so often, be a devil and install Wallpaper Tray.
While you at it, you may as well change the Xsplash background picture.
Installing Xsplash-Background-Settings will allow you to choose one of your new wallpapers as the background. No more gloomy Ubuntu.
Add Xsplash-Background-Settings ppa
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/meerkat/stable/ubuntu karmic main
apt-get install xsplash-background-settings
The programe will ask you to paste a piece of code in a terminal to change the permissions on the xsplash folder. Do it.
A sign that Ubuntu is being taken seriously as a gaming platform is this beta from Gamerizon for Quantz, a slick 3D puzzle game. I love the over the top graphics and sound. The demo allows you to play three levels. Well, at least its DRM free :). Enjoy.
This stumped me. Low-budget computer with a fairly decent motherboard that has onboard graphics and I can’t get the most basic compositing on my Ubuntu Hardy? Surely there is a solution that doesn’t cost money? Well, if you need a compositing window manager in order to enable such things as the AWN dock and you can’t enable Visual Effects in Preferences > Appearance, don’t give up hope.
Metacity (Gnome’s default window manager) can do compositing, though it’s turned off by default. Hit alt-f2 and type “gconf-editor” and ENTER to launch the GConf editor. Under Apps > Metacity > General, put a check next to Compositing Manager and close the application.
You should find that you screen rebuilds and you can now activate AWN without having to buy a graphics card.
NOTE: In researching this, I found an alternative compositor or tool named xcompmgr which apparently provides basic compositing support and gcompmgr which is a GUI frontend. If anyone has tried comparing the two options, I would be interested in hearing from you. Metacity vs Xcomp Manager (xcompmgr)