Mark Shuttleworth Introduces Window Indicators

During the controversy about moving the window controls in Ubuntu to the left, Mark Shuttleworth hinted that the newly available space on the right of the window title bar could be put to a new use:

“Moving everything to the left opens up the space on the right nicely, and I would like to experiment in 10.10 with some innovative options there.”

Now it is clear what he was talking about: Shuttleworth has introduced window indicators (“windicators”) on his blog. Window indicators are like the indicator applet on the panel, but live on the right hand side of every window title bar. They would be used to show state for a particular application, and would be interacted with using an API similar to the one used for the indicator applet.

Here are the example window indicators given:

  • online/offline status
  • unsaved changes
  • progress
  • “basket” showing items selected for a purpose
  • sharing status
  • application-specific volume

Shuttleworth also proposes using window indicators and Chrome-inspired temporary status bars to replace traditional status bars. This would save precious vertical screen space on netbook displays. On netbooks, window indicators would also be integrated into the panel like the title bar is in Ubuntu Netbook Edition. Shuttleworth blogged about a global menu bar for netbooks as well.

These changes would be implemented in the next version of Ubuntu, 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat.”

“Windicators are indicators displayed in the window title bar that behave just like the indicators in the panel: they have an icon which shows state, and clicking on the icon brings up a menu” ~ Mark Shuttleworth”


Ubuntu 10.04 LTS “The Lucid Lynx” Released!


After six months of waiting, the brain new Ubuntu version 10.04 LTS, named Lucid Lynx is here to present us the great change!

What’s new?

  • Boot speed: Noticeably quicker on almost any machine and super-fast on SSD-based machines such as netbooks, which means users can speed straight to the browser for fast web access.
  • Social from the start: The new ‘Me Menu’ in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS consolidates the process of accessing and updating social networks including Facebook, Digg, Twitter and The Me Menu also integrates chat channels so users can talk with friends or colleagues on Google Talk, MSN, IRC and nearly every network.
  • Ubuntu One: Enhanced desktop integration for the online service means files and folders can be shared and saved on the cloud more easily. Bookmark and contacts sharing has been added, speeding the move from personal computer to personal computing.
  • Ubuntu One Music Store: Music from the world’s largest labels and greatest bands available direct to Ubuntu users through the default music player. Purchase tracks, store in Ubuntu One and share DRM-free music from one location across multiple computers and devices.
  • Ubuntu Software Centre 2.0: An easy way to find new software, and keep track of it once it’s installed in a new, sleeker interface. Users can also single out software provided by Ubuntu, by Canonical partners or by developers who use Canonical’s Launchpad Personal Package Archive (PPA) hosting service.
  • Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook Edition (UNE): As well as benefiting from the improvements in the Desktop Edition, netbook users will see even faster boot speeds on SSD-based devices, faster suspend/resume that will extend battery life – and the industry-leading interface for these smaller screens.

Downloadig Ubuntu 10.04

To get Ubuntu 10.04 now, or order a CD, visit:

I recommend that all users must read the release notes, which document caveats and workarounds for known issues. They are available at:

“While Ubuntu is downloading, have a read of the Ubuntu 10.04 install survival guide, check out our list of 10 things to do after installing or perhaps flick through a fresh copy of Getting Started with Ubuntu 10.04, the manual for Ubuntu 10.04 produced by The Ubuntu Manual team.

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Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx RC Released

The release candidate for Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx”, the last testing build before the final version scheduled for release next week, is ready for download: “The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the Release Candidate for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Long-Term Support) Desktop and Server editions and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC) and Amazon’s EC2, as well as Ubuntu 10.04 Netbook edition. We consider this release candidate to be complete, stable, and suitable for testing by any user.” Read the release announcement andrelease notes for an overview of most prominent new features and improvements.

Download (SHA256): ubuntu-10.04-rc-desktop-i386.iso(694MB, torrent), ubuntu-10.04-rc-desktop-amd64.iso (694MB,torrent). Other members of the Ubuntu family were also updated to RC status today: Kubuntu (downloadrelease notes), Xubuntu (download), Edubuntu (download), Mythbuntu (download) and Ubuntu Studio (download)

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…

  1. Introduction
  2. Upgrading from Ubuntu 9.10 or Ubuntu 8.04 LTS
  3. Download
  4. New features since Ubuntu 9.10
    1. GNOME
    2. Linux kernel 2.6.32
    3. KDE SC 4.4
    4. HAL removal
    5. Major new version of likewise-open
    6. New default open source driver for nVidia hardware
    7. Improved support for nVidia proprietary graphics drivers
    8. Social from the Start
    9. New boot experience
    10. New Indicators
    11. New Themes
    12. Ubuntu One File Syncing
    13. Ubuntu One Music Store
    14. New features for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud (UEC)
  5. Security Issue when upgrading from Lucid Alpha 2
  6. Known issues
  7. Help Spread the Word About Ubuntu 10.04 LTS
  8. Participate in Ubuntu
  9. More information

15 New wallpapers appeared in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

The winners from the Ubuntu Artwork Flickr submission contest have been chosen!

And here they are:

If you are using Lucid Lynx, but don’t have these, update your system and they should appear.

Oh, you are not using Lucid Lynx? It’s OK, just click on the image and right-click-save-as.

Or if you prefer, download them from launchpad, extract and enjoy!

Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 2 Released

The second beta release of Ubuntu 10.04, code name “Lucid Lynx”, is out and ready for testing. The release announcement is almost an exact copy of the beta 1 announcement, while the release notes are also largely identical except for a few resolved known issues.

Download the live CD images from here (SHA256): ubuntu-10.04-beta2-desktop-i386.iso (696MB, torrent), ubuntu-10.04-beta2-desktop-amd64.iso (698MB, torrent). Also released today were 10.04 beta 2 CD/DVD images for Kubuntu (downloadrelease notes), Xubuntu(download), Edubuntu (download), Mythbuntu (downloadrelease announcement) and Ubuntu Studio (download)

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…

Table of Contents:

Ubuntu 10.04 countdown banners available

Official ubuntu 10.04 countdown banners are available.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - Coming soonUbuntu 10.04 LTS - Coming soon

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS - Coming soonUbuntu: For Desktops, Servers, Netbooks and in the cloud

Thanks to the Ubuntu Web Presence Team for contributing these graphics and animations. If you’re interested in helping to spread Ubuntu the team is open to everyone. A special thanks goes to the community members who created the graphics, concept and animation:

For best results: use the exact code listed above. It will change as release day approaches so if you copy the file to a different location you won’t get the full benefit.

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.”

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