Monday, October 17, 2011

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

This tutorial shows how you can set up an Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)desktop that is a full-fledged replacement for a Windows desktop, i.e. that has all the software that people need to do the things they do on their Windows desktops. The advantages are clear: you get a secure system without DRM restrictions that works even on old hardware, and the best thing is: all software comes free of charge.

Ubuntu 11.10 will by default start the new Unity desktop which requires that your hardware supports 3D acceleration, however you can also switch to Unity 2D mode in the log on screen. If your hardware does not support 3D acceleration or you don't like Unity, you can still download the Ubuntu Classic GNOME desktop, what I will do later in this tutorial.

I want to say first that this is not the only way of setting up such a system. There are many ways of achieving this goal but this is the way I take. I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!

The Perfect Desktop - Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot)

Friday, October 14, 2011

How To Migrate From Evolution To Thunderbird In Ubuntu

While Evolution is a useful email client for Gnome desktop, it is just not as extensible and flexible as Thunderbird. For those who are facing unpleasant incidents with Evolution and wish to migrate to Thunderbird

How To Migrate From Evolution To Thunderbird

Ubuntu 11.10 Ocelot Heads to the Cloud

Released today: version 11.10 codenamed the Oneiric Ocelot.

The new Ubuntu release includes new technologies for the cloud, server and desktop users.

"11.10 continues Ubuntu's proud tradition of integrating the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution," Ubuntu Release Manager, Kate Stewart wrote in the official release announcement for Ubuntu 11.10.

The 11.10 comes six months after the 11.04 Natty Narwhal release. Among the key new items in 11.04 is a tech preview of the OpenStack open source cloud platform. In the new 11.10 release, Ubuntu has made OpenStack a fully supported technology and is shifting to it as the basis for the Ubuntu Enteprise Cloud (UEC). Previously, Ubuntu leveraged Eucalyptus for UEC. Although Ubuntu is throwing its support behind OpenStack, Baker noted that existing Eucalyptus users can stick with that technology, if they so choose.

Ubuntu 11.10 Ocelot Heads to the Cloud

Friday, October 07, 2011

Lubuntu Breathes New Life into Your Netbook Without Sacrificing the Flexibility of a Full-Fledged Desktop

Netbooks aren't the fastest computers, but they can be useful—as long as they're usable. If you want your netbook to work and feel like a real computer rather than a toy, I can't recommend Lubuntu enough—it makes my netbook feel like a whole new machine.

I bought my netbook hoping it would be the perfect portable companion for those quick jobs when I'm out and about—like updating one of my posts, or touching base with my boss without using my phone. The problem is, those "quick" jobs seemed to take ages on the netbook. Starting up Firefox in Windows seemed to take forever, and forget about opening multiple tabs. Even on Ubuntu, everything moved a little more sluggish than I'd like. Sure, netbooks are always going to be a little bit slower, but when they move at the speed of molasses, it seems to defeat the entire purpose of having one.

The LXDE desktop environment—the environment behind the Lubuntu variant of Ubuntu—aims to be a lightweight desktop that keeps low-resource computers running snappily. It still isn't as fast as your uber-powerful desktop or laptop may be, but you don't feel like every action takes 5 minutes to complete. Everything opens very quickly, and it doesn't waste time or resources with flashy eye candy—though it doesn't look ugly at all.

Full article here:
Lubuntu Breathes New Life into Your Netbook Without Sacrificing the Flexibility of a Full-Fledged Desktop


Tuesday, October 04, 2011

The countdown to Oneiric Ocelot begins, Ubuntu 11.10 arrives October 13th

This is the countdown
A whole new world? A whole new computer? Those are some pretty epic promises coming from the folks at Canonical, especially since we've seen the most recent beta and Ubuntu 11.10 and, while its packed with welcome improvements over Natty, it's not exactly revolutionary. Still, we're excited that on October 13th the final release of Oneiric Ocelot will be hitting the web with an improved Dash that integrates search Lenses, new default apps, a spiffed-up app switcher and application syncing across multiple devices. There are plenty of other little tweaks and improvements that add polish to the popular Linux distribution -- more than we could possibly cover without inspiring a string of TLDR comments. If you're the adventurous type you can download the second beta now, but we suggest you wait till the timer at the source link reaches zero. If you want to spread the Gospel of Ubuntu you'll also find a printable flyer at the source with a QR code and tear-off URL strips that lead to ThisIsTheCountdown.com.
The countdown to Oneiric Ocelot begins, Ubuntu 11.10 arrives October 13th