Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 Released

Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 has finally been released following yesterdays postponement.

Grab yourself a copy, while it’s hot at   http://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/10.04/

Note: This is a beta release. Do not install it on production machines. The final stable version will be released on April 29, 2010.

Note: If you’re new into Lucid testing cycle make sure you read through the following…

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Skype – One step closer to the open source, or how Skype is giving us the source of SILK

This week Skype is opening the source of their audio codec called SILK. The interesting in that codec, a 3 years of researches and work, is that it can transmit voice data, without loss of quality, even in slow connection.

This week, we took another big step. We’ve published the source code for SILK in an Internet Draft that we submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). This means that anyone and everyone can now see, download, use and improve upon the software*. More importantly, this represents a key step in the development of an international standard for a wideband codec for use on the Internet.

More about this news, you can read here: http://share.skype.com/sites/en/2010/03/advances_in_audio.html and for the terms of use of it go here: https://developer.skype.com/silk

Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.3 released: more powerful window button control

These days, I’ve heard a lot of arguments about the new design of the window control of Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid.

Some people like buttons on the left, and some like the right side.

I think  the important thing is: how user can change it.

So that’s what Ubuntu Tweak does.

It was 0.5.1 when Ubuntu Tweak supports arrange the window titlebar layout.

In order to make it much more easier to let user switch the place, I improved this feature in Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.3. Here’s what it looks like.

First, you can easily switch from right to left by just one click, it will take effect immediately.

The switch from left to right is the same.

When you need more customization, click the “Custom”, then you can arrange them freely.

If you don’t need some control buttons, such as “menu”, you can uncheck it.

How do you think of this improvement?

Now you can download Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.3 from here: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu-tweak/0.5.x/0.5.3, or update through the source.

Enjoy!

Ubuntu team puts their icons into purple…

With the familiar brown tones of Ubuntu of yore being replaced with nice vibrant purple hues in the recent re-branding, the  “purplification” of the default icon set had to occur  sooner or later.
In updates to the new Ubuntu icon sets ubuntu-mono and Humanity some icons have started to receive just that – having their old human colourings made-over with distinctive orchis highlights. So far 11 icons in these icon sets have undergone “purplification“. (See image above)

Lucid Sound Indicator Gets Improved

One of Benjamin Humphrey’s “16 things to improve in Ubuntu 10.04” concerned Lucid’s new-look sound applet – a small, square, inconsistent little box.

Some of his gripes were: –

  • The slider is too short and doesn’t let you fine tune volume properly
  • The max volume icon doesn’t have enough padding, compared to the no volume icon
  • The background colour for the slider looks out of place, it isn’t necessary.

Well a much-improved sound applet landed over the weekend blitzing many of those issues.

I think we are going in the right direction.

Preview the new Installation slideshow for Ubuntu 10.04

The proposed slides for inclusion in the Ubuntu 10.04 installer have been made available to preview on line.

The slides, which play during installation of Ubuntu, have been redesigned to fit in with the new branding of Ubuntu 10.04 .

For anyone unfamiliar with the installer slide show the slides play during the ‘actual’ installation of Ubuntu to your hardrive and are designed to succinctly and briefly introduce new users to key applications and concepts within Ubuntu. Dylan McCall, one of the developers of the slideshow, further stresses the importance of the slideshow on his blog, saying: –

The idea is really summed up in the first slide: Through this I want to encourage new users to explore Ubuntu and really discover how awesome it is (instead of what buttons to press).

Separate slide-shows for each of the main Ubuntu ‘spins’, including Ubuntu Netbook Remix, are currently planned.

To view the proposed slides online vists http://people.ubuntu.com/~dylanmccall/ubiquity-slideshow-ubuntu/redesign-lucid/ubuntu-transitions/slides/index.html#controls

gmusicbrowser adds “desktop and layoutitem widgets” plugin

After so much time of waiting and looking for a widget that i can put on my desktop, interacting with gmusicbrowser, finally Quentin Sculo, the maintainer of this great player, made it!

It has only three layouts for now:

Buttons only

Insensitive, Song & Cover

Buttons, Song & Cover

You can activate them through the settings menu, navigate to Plugin menu and there put a check on Desktop widgets submenu. After that from the fall-down menu you should add the widget you want.

To activate/deactivate it, just put or remove the mark on it, that’s it.

The other new cool thing is, that you can choose the current layout of the player, straight from the menu. This widget is menu that allows changing the player layout among those containing a + in their “Type=”. The idea is to only list layouts containing a LayoutItem widget.

Currently it’s on development version only, so you can test it after execute this code in terminal:

git clone git://gmusicbrowser.git.sourceforge.net/gitroot/gmusicbrowser/gmusicbrowser

and then to follow the instructions from the INSTALL file. Or if you dont want to mess with these, there is already compiled package at my repo:

deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/gericom/ppa/lucid ./ #gericom@hummer

Don’t hesitate to give a try to this amazing player, already default on my system. You will stay surprised of its speed and low memory footprint!

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