Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 released

Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Alpha 1 has been released yesterday. Being only Alpha 1 there are a lot of packages and features in heavy development, transition or out-right not included at all yet. As such don’t take too much away from this overview – a lot of things are going to change between now and April! But since Unity received an update a couple of days ago, I though you might want to see a new video with Unity in action (thanx to Andrew from WebUpd8)

Unity Desktop

This is the big one. With work only starting on Desktop Unity in October it’s impressive seeing the amount of progress made in such little time.

Unity changes:
  • changing the icon theme will also change the icons in the Unity launcher (“dock”) – this wasn’t working in 10.10. Unfortunately the icons only change after a log out and I can’t do that and keep recording (and if I disable and re-enable Unity, it crashes).
  • the number of open windows is indicated by dots under the icon on the Unity Launcher. Clicking an icon for an application that has more then one window open will trigger an expose effect for the windows
  • right now, clicking the Ubuntu logo will launch Nautilus (applications folder) instead of Dash (about a week ago, this button did nothing). This should change in Alpha 2.


The switch to Compiz from Mutter was certainly a good decision, not only does Unity now feel much more responsive it also looks very, very good.

The panel can also be set to auto-hide and ‘float’.

Ubuntu 11.04 uses Unity by default, however if your graphics card is not supported, it falls back to the classic Gnome look:
Unity Ubuntu 11.04 - no 3d support
However, even if you graphic card supports Unity, you can still login to the classic Gnome because there are 2 sessions you can choose from in GDM: Ubuntu desktop will run Unity (if supported by your hardware) and Ubuntu Classic which is the old Gnome look that supports all hardware and video drivers (which were previously supported by Ubuntu).


Ubuntu ‘Classic’ Desktop

If, for whatever reason, you want/need to revert to the traditional Ubuntu desktop just select ‘Ubuntu Classic Desktop’ from the session menu before logging in.

Sound menu changes

The Ubuntu Sound Menu has had a few minor changes already including new player control buttons and an ‘indented’ cover art frame.


Indicator-datetime is back

My favourite indicator is back – Indicator-Datetime! I’ve absolutely no logical/sane reason as to why I love it so much but it’s there, rocking out with its calendar widget…


Panel applets

I suppose the biggest change most users would recoil in horror at when using the Alpha is the redaction of traditional panel applets; applications using the old system tray are now at a loss.

Network Manager

The Network Manager applet now wears ‘indicator’ clothes. It feels feeble to say that this makes a huge difference to the way the desktop ‘feels’ but it really does.



Download Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal Alpha 1
(for testing purposes only!)
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LibreOffice 3.3.0 Beta 2 is Out!

LibreOffice 3.3.0 Beta 2 is Out!


LibreOffice is drived by the same community, developing the OpenOffice – The Document Fondation – The one that will guide and developing the new fork of OOo.

Linux, Mac and Windows users, get it from here: download.documentfoundation.org/libreoffice/testing/3.3.0-beta2/

Optionally all *.DEB users can add this repo: download.tuxfamily.org/gericom/README.html and install it from there, and be sure you will be all up to date.

This versions comes with many localizations, not included in the repo!

PS: Debian, Ubuntu, Mint and others deb-based users should remove the old packages first and then install the new ones!



Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat is here for You

The Perfect 10


Free and open source apps, safe and fast web browsing, a dedicated music store and much more. Ubuntu brings the very best technologies straight to your desktop.


Browse the web

Ubuntu includes Mozilla Firefox – for fast, safe web browsing. You can also choose alternative browsers including Google Chromium from the Ubuntu Software Centre.

Included software:

Firefox web browser Firefox web browser

Supported software:

Flash Flash Google Chrome

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Create professional documents and presentations

OpenOffice.org is fully compatible with Microsoft Office and has everything you need to create professional documents, spreadsheets and presentations. OpenOffice.org is easy to use, packed with the features you need and completely free.

Included software:

OpenOffice.org OpenOffice.org

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Get all the software you need

The Ubuntu Software Centre gives you instant access to thousands of open-source and carefully selected free applications. And now you can buy apps too. Browse software in categories including: education, games, sound and video, graphics, programming and office. All the applications are easy to find, easy to install and easy to buy.



Featured applications from the Ubuntu Software Centre:

Blender – the world renowned tool for creating 3d artwork, animations and games.
Frozen Bubble – Play solo or join you friends in this addictive game as you try to burst the bubbles before they reach the bottom.
Cheese! – Have fun with your web cam. Use this simple app to take pictures, create special effects and share your photos with your friends.

Email and chat

Get chatting with Empathy. Quickly integrate your chat accounts from Yahoo, Gmail, MSN, Jabber, AOL, QQ and many more. Evolution Mail provides easy, intuitive email.

Included software:

Empathy IM Empathy IM Evolution Mail Evolution Mail

Supported software:

Skype Skype  Thunderbird

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Social from the start

Ubuntu’s new Me Menu lets you access your Facebook and Twitter accounts straight from the desktop. You can connect to all your favourite chat channels and make updates through a single window. Being connected for work or fun has never been so easy.

Included software:

Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Identi.ca Identi.ca

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New in 10.10. Ubuntu’s music player includes an integrated store, so you can buy and download new tracks with just a few clicks. And thanks to Ubuntu One’s file-syncing magic you can stream your music uninterrupted to your Android device or iPhone.

Included software:

Ubuntu One Music Store Ubuntu One Music Store Rhythmbox music player Rhythmbox music player

Support for:

iPhone  Android

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Photo magic

Ubuntu is chock full of apps to help you manage, fix and share your photos with the world, whatever gadget you use to take them. Support for cameras and phones is legendary and all without drivers. And Shotwell allows you to manage and share your pictures easily – on all the most popular photo and social network sites. And did we mention the apps are free?

Included software:

 Shotwell  Flickr  GIMP

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Discover Ubuntu One

Ubuntu One is the personal cloud service that simplifies your digital life. Imagine buying music and getting it delivered to the computers of your choice. Or synchronising your files and notes and accessing them from anywhere. Or consolidating your computer and mobile phone contacts and safely sharing documents and pictures with them. Ubuntu One does all this and more.

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Make, play and edit video

Watch all your favourite content from YouTube, iPlayer, and MSN Player. Play your own videos with Movie Player or use Pitivi to edit your videos.

Included software:

Pitivi video editor Pitivi video editor Movie Player Movie Player

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Start fast with Ubuntu

Ubuntu loads quickly on any computer, but it’s super-fast on newer machines. After loading, opening a browser takes seconds, unlike other operating systems that leave you staring at the screen, waiting to get online.

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Choose from hundreds of games

The Ubuntu Software Centre offers hundreds of games, including puzzles, adventures, tactical challenges and more. All free to choose and free to use.

Supported software:


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Accessibility in Ubuntu

At the heart of Ubuntu’s philosophy is the belief that computing is for everyone, whatever your circumstances. Ubuntu is one of the most accessible operating systems and is fully translated into 25 languages with more being added all the time.

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Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate has just been released

Ubuntu 10.10 Release Candidate has just been released. There aren’t many visual changes since the beta version, because the most of the visual changes happened before the beta, so see this post, but there are a few things better mentioning. So here will be mentioned only what’s new – visually – since the Ubuntu 10.10 beta release!

New installer slideshow

Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat will be released with a completely revamped installer. Already seen the new features and basic look a while back, but the slideshow has been updated recently so WebUpd8’s Team recorded a video for the whole Ubuntu 10.10 installation process, which you can watch below:

Ubuntu Font Family

The new Ubuntu font is now shipped with Ubuntu (all the flavors) but has not been set as the default font, at least not for now. You can see the new font throughout all the screenshots in this post, but here is also a larger screenshot:

The Ubuntu Font Family has been released as a Libre font, licensed under the Ubuntu Font Licence 1.0:

Canonical are working with SFLC and SIL on a revision of the OFL with the intent of adopting that revision for a future version of the Ubuntu Font Family. This Ubuntu Font Licence serves as an interim licence until that is complete.

Default theme pack (Ambiance and Radiance)

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The default theme – Ambiance, as well as it’s lighter version – Radiance, received an update since the beta and while the new version doesn’t bring any major changes, it fixes a lot of issues: you can now resize the windows easily by dragging the bottom left corner, the disabled menu items text readability has been improved and the menus should now be faster (although there’s still a small issue with this yet).

Ubuntu Software Center Now Handles .deb file installation

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Ubuntu Software Center reached version 3.0.2 and it has replaced gdebi for installing .deb files. That means that now when you double click a .deb file, it will open the Ubuntu Software Center and you can install it from there. When this happens, a warning message is displayed in the Software Center: “Please install X via your normal software channels. Only install this file if you trust the origin”.

Sound Menu

The Sound Menu was further improved and it should now respect your current theme colors:

New default wallpaper

Ubuntu 10.10 default wallpaper
Back when Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Beta was released it already had a new default wallpaper. But because the users didn’t like it, it was changed with a new wallpaper which you can see in the image above. Besides the new default wallpaper, the Maverick update also brought a bundle of all the community wallpapers as an animated wallpaper.

Ubuntu Extras repository is live

The new Ubuntu Extras repository is now live and should be added by default. This repository was built to hold completely new applications so users don’t have to wait for a new Ubuntu version to install an application which just came out. Please note that this repository will not hold updated versions of the applications already in the Ubuntu repositories! More info about this: New Ubuntu “Extras” Repository Is Now Live

Software Sources disabled from the System menu

Software Sources has been removed from the System > Administration menu. It can still be accessed from the Ubuntu Software Center or Synaptic Package Manager and you can also re-enable it (right click the System menu, select “Edit menus” and then scroll down to Administration and check the box next to “Software Sources”) but it’s not available in the menu by default anymore.

Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition Release Candidate

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The Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition Release Candidate (Unity & Co.) doesn’t bring any visual changes at all (compared to Beta) and while ever since Ubuntu 10.10 beta was released it worked just fine, after some updates from a few days ago, UNE started freezing again so it’s not usable at the time I’m writing this. Hopefully everything will be fixed soon.

Can / should I upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 already?

I’ve been using Ubuntu 10.10 for some time now and for the past few weeks everything has been stable. Also, if when the beta was released I couldn’t enable the desktop effects (I’m using an Nvidia graphics card), now this finally works (it has for some time). Also, the bug which didn’t allow you to installed .deb files has been fixed so that’s out of the way too and most of the crashes I was experiencing when the beta was released, are now gone.

If you’re using an ATI graphics card, WebUpd8 reader Tamás Nagy sent us a tip a few days ago telling us that FGLRX finally works with Ubuntu 10.10 (Xorg 1.9 and 2.6.35/6 kernel) so if you’re using FGLRX you can finally enable the desktop effects and actually boot without getting a blank screen.
About the Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition Release Candidate: the story is the same as it was with the beta version: while it was usable at some point, it’s not anymore and everything crashes and freezes so I advice against installing / upgrading UNE 10.10 for now.

How to upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10

If you’ve installed any of the alphas or the beta version of Ubuntu 10.10 and constantly installed the updates that come through the Update Manager, you are already using the Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat Release Candidate.

If you’re running an older Ubuntu version (10.04, 9.10 and so on), to upgrade to the latest Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat RC, all you have to do is press ALT + F2 and type:

  1. Open teminal or press Alt-F2 and type update-manager --devel-release
  2. Click the Check button to check for new updates.
  3. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.
  4. A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release.
  5. Click Upgrade.
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions.
Download Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat RC

Some materials and images are taken from W8

Libre Office – OpenOffice fork, sponsored by Canonical, Novell, Google

The community, developing the OpenOffice, today have announced the launching of The Document Fondation – The one that will guide and developing the new fork of OOo, called LibreOffice.


‘LibreOffice to ship in Ubuntu’

‘The Ubuntu Project will be pleased to ship LibreOffice from The Document Foundation in future releases of Ubuntu’ said Mark Shuttleworth on the launch, describing office software a ‘critical component’ of the open source desktop.

Oracle, whose acquisition of Sun Microsystems last year made it owner of OpenOffice.org’s assets and branding hence the renaming, are not yet a member of The Document Foundation although have been invited to join.


Some interesting you may see in FAQ’s is that:

Q: What does this announcement mean to other derivatives of OpenOffice.org?

A: We want The Document Foundation to be open to code contributions from as many people as possible. We are delighted to announce that the enhancements produced by the Go-OOo team will be merged into LibreOffice, effective immediately. We hope that others will follow suit.

This beta release is not intended for production use!

Also all (x86) Debian, Ubuntu, Mint and other deb-based Linux users can use this temporary repository, until LibreOffice is included in main repos

1. Adding the repository:

echo “ deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/gericom/libreoffice / #gericom@hummer | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

2. Adding the signing key:

wget deb http://download.tuxfamily.org/gericom/gericom.asc -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

And finaly:

sudo apt-get update

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