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.”

Upgrading from 8.04 LTS or 9.10 to 10.04 LTS Beta

You can directly upgrade to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 1 (“Lucid Lynx”) from Ubuntu 9.10 (“Karmic Koala”) or from Ubuntu 8.04 LTS (“Hardy Heron”). This page contains instructions for both.

Upgrade from 9.10 to 10.04 LTS Beta:

You can easily upgrade over the network with the following procedure.

  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.

Upgrade from 8.04 LTS to 10.04 LTS Beta

You can easily upgrade over the network with the following procedure.

  1. 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

Or if you don’t have super speed internet connection, you may prefer upgrading from the Alternate CD :

Upgrading Using the Alternate CD/DVD

Use this method if the system being upgraded is not connected to the Internet.

  1. Download the alternate installation CD (PC (Intel x86) alternate install CD or 64-bit PC (AMD64) alternate install CD)
  2. Burn the ISO to a CD and insert it into the CD-ROM drive of the computer to be upgraded.
    • If the ISO file is on the computer to be upgraded, you could avoid wasting a CD by mounting the ISO as a drive with a command like:
      sudo mount -o loop ~/Desktop/ubuntu-10.04-beta1-alternate-i386.iso /media/cdrom0
  3. A dialog will be displayed offering you the opportunity to upgrade using that CD.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions.

If the upgrade dialog is not displayed for any reason, you may also run the following command using Alt+F2:

gksu "sh /cdrom/cdromupgrade"

Happy Beta Testing!

Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 Released

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

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