Archive for the ‘ Ubuntu ’ Category

User Manual to be included with Ubuntu

The Ubuntu team are working on a user manual that will be included with each new release of the operating system. The manual would serve as a beginner’s guide to Ubuntu and Linux and would include guides and How-Tos to aid new users.

Ubuntu hopes to include the first manual with Lucid Lynx, due in April this year, and the manual would be updated every 6 months thereafter to time with the release of each new version of Ubuntu.

According to the Wiki page, the manual is “Designed to be as user-friendly and easy to follow as possible, it should provide the first point of reference to any Ubuntu newcomer with lots of information in one easy to access PDF file.

The wiki goes on to outline the goals of project:

This guide will differ from many similar^ proprietary publications in many ways:

  • It is entirely community based, written and maintained, unlike proprietary Guides/Manuals.
  • It will not only be relevant to one release, as it will be updated every 6 months.
  • It will contain no advertising.
  • It will have a very easy to follow writing style, and follow the Ubuntu style guidlines.
  • It will always be free of charge.
  • It will be written for a specific release, before that release comes out – instead of being written during the support cycle, and released months after.
  • The relevant version of the manual will come out on the same day as the Ubuntu version it pertains to. Ie, the Ubuntu Lucid Lynx manual will be released on the day Lucid Lynx comes out.

^Similar meaning other publications that are in a PDF format, written in the style of a chapter-based book.

Why is it different to the Ubuntu Online Docs?

  • The Ubuntu Manual will have all the information in one place, instead of spread out all over the internet.
  • It will be easier to read, and will incorporate more screenshots and step by step tutorials.
  • It will be conveniently distributed as a PDF file.
  • It will be written in a consistent style, so it is easier to follow.
  • And, as much as the Ubuntu Docs team try to keep everything up-to-date, often documentation remains unchanged from its original release. (In some cases, as old as 6.06) Our manual will be 100% current for every release.


UBUNTU 9.10 wallpapers-4

UBUNTU 9.10 wallpapers-3

Download Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference

Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is a compact yet comprehensive guide to everyday Ubuntu use.

It’s ideal for those who need vital information on all aspects of using Ubuntu, but who don’t have time to wade through thick documentation.

Each chapter of Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference tackles an aspect of Ubuntu.

First, you learn about installation—getting Ubuntu onto your computer—after which you learn how to configure your computer’s hardware.

Following this, you’re introduced to the Ubuntu desktop, and the tricks and techniques of efficient day-to-day usage. The book then describes the highways of the Ubuntu filesystem, and gives a full run-down of Ubuntu’s file manager.

Next, the command-line is tackled in-depth, after which software management is explained. Finally, system security is described—configuring the firewall, installing antivirus, and encrypting sensitive data. Appendixes provide a glossary of terms, and a guide to understanding technical documentation.

Written for anybody switching to Ubuntu, particularly former Windows users, Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference assumes zero Linux knowledge. It provides the wisdom of the expert user and concisely conveys core competencies.

download here

Canonical’s Shuttleworth: We’ll Have New CEO In 2010

The big news in the Ubuntu world this week is Mark Shuttleworth’s announcement that he’ll be stepping down as CEO of Canonical and transitioning the CEO crown to Canonical insider Jane Silber.  Here’s the news, with some thoughts on what this means for Ubuntu and Canonical.

As Shuttleworth explained on his website, Jane Silber, who has served as COO of Canonical since its early days, will take over many of the formal responsibilities of running Canonical and managing its business.  This change will allow Shuttleworth to concentrate on “design and quality” of the company’s products.

According to Canonical’s blog, Shuttleworth’s transition out of the CEO chair will be complete by March 2010. Canonical promises that the move will involve no change in the direction or mission of Canonical, and is intended to better align Shuttleworth’s skills and passions with his tasks.

What it means

By all indications, there’s every reason to believe that this development will entail no fundamental changes for Ubuntu or any other of Canonical’s projects.  They should continue marching forward unaltered.

Moreover, Shuttleworth’s decision to focus on developing new products and software rather than managing Canonical’s business will likely prove to be in the interests of the Ubuntu community.  Shuttleworth, who made his fortune developing encryption software and entered the free-software world as a contributor to Debian, has never been as much of a manager as a developer. Putting Silber in his place as CEO in order for Shuttleworth to focus on what he does best–designing and writing code–will not hurt.

full story here

Ubuntu’s next version Lucid plans

In April Ubuntu Lucid Lynx will be released. We look at what can be expected.

In April the Ubuntu developers will release Lucid Lynx, the next version of the popular Linux operating system. Also known as Ubuntu 10.04, Lucid Lynx will be the third long term support (LTS) release from Ubuntu and is likely to have a strong focus on stability and security and will be geared at appealing to enterprise users and hardware makers. Ubuntu releases new versions every six months with LTS releases supported for five years on servers and three years on desktops.


With the focus on long-term stability, Lucid Lynx will err on the conservative side when it comes to new features. One of the things that will disappoint desktop users is that Gnome 3 won’t be included in Lucid Lynx. Although Gnome 3 is due to be released in early 2010, and Ubuntu traditionally includes the latest Gnome release, this time around it won’t. The obvious thinking behind this is that Gnome 3, which is a substantial change from Gnome 2, will have a few rough edges on launch. So instead of rolling out a LTS release with brand new software, Lucid will hold off. So the default desktop for Ubuntu Lucid will be Gnome 2.28.

Naturally faster boot times can be expected in Lucid Lynx, although the talk about boot times in the region of 10 seconds is perhaps too optimistic. Ubuntu’s current Karmic Koala release takes well over 30 seconds to go from startup to a login screen. Either way Lucid Lynx is likely to start pushing the barriers of how fast a PC can boot up.

Ubuntu will also look at improving general speed, which will include tricks to speed up software installation by performing some of the installation while the remaining files are downloaded.

In its Karmic Koala release Ubuntu unveiled the new Ubuntu Software Center, which will be expanded in Lucid Lynx. The objective of the Ubuntu Software Center is to have it replace all other software management tools including Synaptic, Gdebi and others with a single tool. Over the years Ubuntu has evolved a range of software management tools which meant that users had a range of different ways of installing software. With the Ubuntu Software Center this will be reduced so that a single tool can do everything.

There will also be some changes in the default applications shipped with Lucid Lynx. Although not set in stone yet the big changes are that Gimp, the image editing tool, will no longer be included by default, while PiTiVi will be installed as the default video editor for Lucid.


With a strong focus on enterprise users in Lucid Lynx there will be a number of improvements to the server version of Lucid, in particular cloud computing features.

Speaking in September, when he first announced Lucid Lynx, Ubuntu chief Mark Shuttleworth said that the developers would be “taking the large scale, horizontal scalability, volume deployment, heritage of Debian and really try to push that into cloud computing. Making sure that 10.04 is a platform for anybody who is building a large scale infrastructure – for anybody who is trying to build the next Facebook, the next Google, the next eBay. Whether you want to start on (Amazon) EC2 and migrate to the managed cloud, Ubuntu 10.0.4 is going to be the platform.”

How to update Ubuntu

Ubuntu update

Alright, this might seem obvious to some but it is important so… Keeping any operational system updated is very important for security and stability. This article was tested on Ubuntu 9.10 but should work for previous versions also. Here is how simple it is to keep Ubuntu updated:

1 – Start update Manager

Ubuntu Update

2 – Wait for system state check

Ubuntu update

3 – Click “Install Updates” button

Ubuntu update

4 – Wait for download and installation

Ubuntu update

5 – Restart Ubuntu (if it asks)

Ubuntu update