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Ubuntu 10.04 will use Google as the default provider

Ubuntu 10.04 will still use Google as the default search engine, despite a deal having previously announced a switch to Yahoo! search.

Reasons for the switch, you can read in the mailing list by Rick Spencer:

“Ubuntu Desktop team, were based on “user experience, user preferences, and costs and benefits for Ubuntu and the browsers and other projects that make up Ubuntu.”

Lyrebird renames to Nightingale, Songbird for Linux lives on

Songbird for Linux, whilst officially no-longer supported, will continue to live on thanks to a community driven effort.

The project, which was originally titled Lyrebird, finally has a definitive new name: Nightingale.

Very apt.

The team is made up of many longtime Songbird contributers so hopefully with some dedication to the Linux platform amongst them they can come up with a something sweet.

You can check out their official site over @ getnightingale.org

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Esfera: New UI Element Proposal For Ubuntu 10.10

Mark Shuttleworth posted a suggestion he got from Pablo Quirós for the free space on the top right window corner (now that the button(s) will be placed on the left side of the Metacity), on the Ayatana mailing list.

The proposal is a new UI element for the windows in Ubuntu called Esfera which should be placed in the free space on the top-right of the windows. The button will basically support gestures which you can perform on that window, like a joystick.

You can read the rest of the article and download the PDF with full specs of Esfera @ Web Upd8

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Songbird halts major support for linux

As many of you know we’re hard at work on NOFX and the release is looking really good – lots of cool improvements, including video playback. Some of you have noticed that the Linux version has fallen behind, leading to some heated, but healthy debate internally about how to prioritize the development hopper.

After careful consideration, we’ve come to the painful conclusion that we should discontinue support for the Linux version of Songbird. Some of you may wonder how a company with deep roots in Open Source could drop Linux and we want you to know it isn’t without heartache.
 We have a small engineering team here at Songbird, and, more than ever, must stay very focused on a narrow set of priorities. Trying to deliver a raft of new features around all media types, and across a growing list of devices, we had to make some tough choices.

Article continued @ Songbird Blog

Shooting for the Perfect 10.10 with Maverick Meerkat

Mark Shuttleworth has announced the name of Ubuntu 10.10 – And yes, in a post dated 2nd of April – ‘Maverick Meerkat’

In a post on his blog, titled ‘Shooting for the perfect 10.10 with the Maverick Meerkat’, he outlines his goals for the release due October 2010, and quantifies the reasons behind the name.

On Maverick:
This is a time of change, and we’re not afraid to surprise people with a bold move if the opportunity for dramatic improvement presents itself. We want to put Ubuntu and free software on every single consumer PC that ships from a major manufacturer, the ultimate maverick move. We will deliver on time, but we have huge scope for innovation in what we deliver this cycle. Once we have released the LTS we have plenty of room to shake things up a little. Let’s hear the best ideas, gather the best talent, and be a little radical in how we approach the next two year major cycle.

On Meerkats:
Meerkats are, of course, light, fast and social – everything we want in a Perfect 10. We’re booting really fast these days, but the final push remains. Changes in the toolchain may make us even faster for every application. We’re Social from the Start, but we could get even more tightly connected, and we could bring social features into even more applications. Meerkats are family-oriented, and we aspire to having Ubuntu being the safe and efficient solution for all the family netbooks. They are also clever – meerkats teach one another new skills. And that’s what makes this such a great community.

The full post offers up many exciting aims for the Meerkat to reach for.

  • “Our new theme is “Light”, and the next cycle will embrace that at many levels.”
  • “…we’ll revamp the Ubuntu Netbook Edition user interface.”
  • “We’ll embrace the web, aiming for the lightest, fastest web experience on any platform.”
  • “The fastest boot, the fastest network connect, the fastest browser.”

Fastest browser AND fastest browsing experience? That’s intriguing. Firefox is somewhat of a behemoth on netbooks especially and no-one likes having to wait to get browsing.

My guess is that UNE at least will ship with Chromium (UNE ARM ships with Chromium, as does Lubuntu) Perhaps even Google Chrome now it has integrated Flash, alleviating some of the burden on being able to ship with it OTB?

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