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Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex packaged with LFY

I was wondering if I can download all different flavors of Ubuntu 8.10. It’s quite painful to download large files when BSNL starts drizzling with low speed bandwidth.

Today when I reached home, I found my December copy of LFY (Linux for you) magazine on my desk. It comes with a bunch of Ubuntu 8.10 flavors ie. Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, mythbuntu, ubuntustudio, xubuntu bundled in a single DVD and multi-boot option. Cool isn’t it? check it out…

I’m going to test them all easily using VirtualBox ;) Whats your plans?

UVCVideo and Cheese on Ubuntu 8.10

Something made me look into the new version of uvcvideo today. I’m not able to recall the exact link which reffered me to look into it. Might be some email update which stated that uvcvideo now supports more than 100 Cameras.

But, I have been facing some issues with the Cheese application on my Ubuntu installation which was upgraded from 8.04 to 8.10. My camera had stopped working with the above mentioned application. I also found that there was a bug filed already with Ubuntu team and they are working on the issue to get it sorted out.

I couldn’t wait for them to resolve the issue, hence I downloaded a fresh version of uvcvideo, manually compiled and installed it and thats it. My camera as well as Cheese application both started working.

Download your copy of uvcvideo today from here.

Empathy amusement

Today, I forced myself to revisit and reuse Empathy, a simple messaging client for Linux with rich set of widgets.

Just because, pidgin has been eating up resources and it was found to be hanging or taking too long to pull in the friends list during which my IM windows used to freezed.

I found Empathy working beautifully on my Ubuntu 8.10 and on top of it, I could even make voice call’s my friends logged into Gtalk id’s. Voice is so clear and I could hear the background sound also without any issues. I was very comfortable with my Dell XPS M1210 microphone while talking over Empathy. I had found that the same microphone needed lots of tweaking while working with Skype and other tools.

I also found that its easy to start a video conferencing using Empathy ;) . But I need little time to try this as Ubuntu 8.10 is having an issue with the WebCam drivers. The bug is still open in bugzilla.

Hari and Myself both were online on audio chatting for 30 mins talking a lots of things and enjoyed. He is running Empathy on Debian. Save money on phone calls. Use Linux, Use Empathy….

Ubuntu 8.10 – Remix launchers

Need a cool PDA/Notebook look for your Ubuntu installation? Then try this Notebook launcher package. It fills in on top of your existing Ubuntu installlation and gives a cool look for the UI.

In a terminal type:

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

This will bring up your source list. then add these two lines to the end of your source list:

deb intrepid main
deb-src intrepid main

In a terminal type:

sudo apt-get update

To update your source lists.

Then Install the Netbook Remix packages

In a terminal type:

sudo apt-get install go-home-applet human-netbook-theme maximus netbook-launcher window-picker-applet

Now you need to restart the Gnome display manager.
In a terminal type:

sudo /etc/init.d/gdm restart

After the reset you will see the UME-Launcher running.

To maximize your workspace area, you might want to remove the bottom pane, by right clicking the bottom panel and selecting the “Delete this Panel” option.

To get the most from your top panel you will want to add functions to your top panel. Right click the top panel and select the “Add to the Panel” option. Some suggestions include: GoHomeApplet, WindowPickerApplet, NotificationArea, and VolumeControl.

You also need to set netbook-launcher to your startup programs. Go to System>Preferences>Sessions and add enteries for both of these commands.


Upgrading to Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) Alpha 5

No time to test Alpha release. So, planning to live with a new Ubuntu release on my laptop while I continue working on my laptop. Yes, I have upgraded my Ubuntu installation to “Intrepid Ibex” Alpha 5 now.

This is still an alpha release. Do not install it on production machines if you’re not sure of getting the bugs fixed by yourself. The final stable version will be released on October 30th, 2008.

Upgrading from Ubuntu 8.04

To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ’8.10′ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.
And there you go :

While we still test Interpid Ibex, community starts is

Ubuntu QA

Session on Ubuntu 9.x which is due for release in year 2009.

I shall Add the bugs which I digg out with Interpid Idex and add few ideas @ Ubuntu Brainstorm bench….

Read more about test releases here.