Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop and Server Editions

Canonical has announced that Ubuntu 8.04 Desktop and Server Editions are now available! Its integrate the latest and greatest open source technologies into a high-quality, easy-to-use Linux distribution.

“Ubuntu 8.04 LTS Desktop Edition is a very significant release as it will take Ubuntu squarely into the business environment," said Jane Silber, COO of Canonical Ltd. "Our business and home users have told us that they want a longer support cycle to make Ubuntu a better deployment option. We have responded to that and added a commitment to much broader software and hardware support that we and our partners are excited to deliver. With enhanced commercial support through Landscape, combined with our always excellent community support, expect to see 8.04 LTS drive Ubuntu into new arenas."

"Ubuntu's polished, user focused version of the Linux desktop has built itself a wide enough following to compel significant ISV interest and support,” said Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst at Redmonk. "By coupling a very capable desktop offering with long term support options, Ubuntu is becoming an increasingly viable option for enterprises as well as consumers."
"Lotus Notes and Lotus Domino bring highly scalable messaging and industry-leading collaboration to the Ubuntu desktop,” said Kevin Cavanaugh, vice president of IBM Lotus Software. "We believe the extended multi-year support for Ubuntu 8.04 LTS makes it an excellent desktop solution for corporate users who wish to deploy Lotus Notes on an open platform."
The latest Ubuntu release brings the best of open source together on a platform that is here to stay with 3 years of free updates. With hundreds of improvements and the addition of the latest version of Firefox amongst other outstanding applications, more and more users are assessing why Ubuntu wins more and more converts with every release.

Now, Ubuntu supports all of your favourite web-based mail programs like Yahoo(TM) or Gmail (TM). But for the office, Evolution provides all the calendering, contacts and full function office email you need. Pidgin IM also puts you in instant touch with colleagues and integrates with your personal IM services simply and easily.

The minimum memory requirement for Ubuntu 8.04 is 384MB of memory for desktop CDs, and 256MB for other installation methods. (Note that some of your system's memory may be unavailable due to being used for the graphics card.)

With only the minimum amount of memory available, the installation process will take longer than normal, but will complete successfully, and the system will perform adequately once installed. Low-memory systems may be able to use the desktop CD to install by selecting "Install Ubuntu" from the boot menu to run just the installer, rather than the whole desktop started by selecting "Try Ubuntu without any change to your computer".

You can download this new version of Ubuntu at here. Users of Ubuntu 7.10 or Ubuntu 6.06 LTS can upgrade to Ubuntu 8.04 by a convenient automated process. Users of other Ubuntu releases should upgrade step by step (e.g. 6.10 -> 7.04 -> 7.10 -> 8.04 LTS). Complete instructions may be found at upgrading.

SymphonyOne 2008.1, the other taste of Ubuntu

The release of SymphonyOne 2008.1, an Ubuntu-based distribution with Mezzo, an alternative desktop environment, is available now. Symphony OS is a distribution of GNU/Linux based on the Debian GNU/Linux and KNOPPIX operating systems. Symphony will do things a bit differently than other Linux operating systems; making it easier to use and more intuitive than most existing distributions.

SymphonyOne is an almost 100% rewrite of all the Mezzo desktop code taking advantage of more features of fvwm to provide a smaller footprint and more stable environment. Based on Ubuntu 7.10, SymphonyOne provides a complete desktop environment and full Ubuntu compatibility on systems with as little as a 200mhz processor. SymphonyOne also introduces our new WebApps system which allows you to make any website into a program in your programs menu which runs as it’s own process in it’s own window.

Main Features:

  • Based on ubuntu 7.10 with all the latest updates.
  • Compatible with all Ubuntu packages
  • Ubiquity installer (same as ubuntu)
  • Completely rewritten Mezzo Desktop (Mezzo v.2) implemented using more features of FVWM giving it a lighter footprint
  • System management by Gnome-System-Tools (network, display, users, etc.)
  • Web App System (similar to Mozilla Prizm but implemented in Orchestra and fully integrated into the system). Inside firefox there is a button (bookmarklet) that when clicked takes you to a wizard that allows you to make the current page a web app. Web apps are displayed in the programs menu like any other program, using the favicon.ico from the site in question as it’s icon. When launched, the web app is run in it’s own window seperately from firefox.
  • With the changes in the Mezzo desktop we have thrown away our old desklet system which was never really adopted by developers and have moved to adesklets in this release.

You can download SymphonyOne at Here.

Sidux 2008-01 has been Released

The Sidux's development team has announced the release of Sidux 2008-01, a desktop distribution based on Debian. Sidux 2008-01 is shipping in roughly 435 MB KDE-lite flavours for AMD64 and i386 (i686) and a combined i386+amd64 release with 1,470 MB KDE for KDE-full.

Sidux is a full featured Debian sid based live CD with a special focus on hard disk installations, a clean upgrade path within sid and additional hard- and software support. The ISO is completely based on Debian sid, enriched and stabilized with sidux' own packages and scripts.

As development team said, Sidux 2008-01 concentrates on KDE 3.5.9, the large changes implied by Kernel, the newly added "resolvconf" facilities to deal with DNS settings in combination with "Ceni" and our new build system for sidux. Furthermore a large number of individual functionality enhancements and bugfixes have been applied to the full package line up.

Talking about upstream development, kernel 2.6.24 has merged "i386" and "x86_64" as sub-architectures for the new generic "x86" architecture and offers support for further wireless lan devices like RealTek RTL8180L/ RTL8185, UVC video support for Logitech webcams, high resolution timers and dynamic ticks for amd64 systems. Especially these kernel related changes have imposed a number adaptions on sidux' kernel release process, which is now provided by packages closely following Debian's lead and are finally, accompanied by a number of GPL2 compatible external module packages, available through plain apt-get.

Another major topic has been the dissolution of the former "sidux" menu into the XDG compliant menu categories, which — in combination with the new SVG based artwork — allow for better compatibility with alternative window managers and desktop environments and have been a precondition for future KDE4 or potential GNOME or XFCE support. Likewise a number of packages have undergone major changes or been replaced by new approaches (like Ceni replacing netcardconfig) all together.

You can download Sidux at Here or Here.

TuxGuitar, a GuitarPro Alternative for Linux

GuitarPro, known as a Windows application, which is used to create music for guitar. Yes, I knew, but I never used it, as it is for Windows and not free software, and I didn't run Windows anymore since few months ago. So I try to search on web, and found TuxGuitar, the freeware alternative of GuitarPro for Linux. And again, this software is available for Windows, Macintosh too.

It is a wonderful and fun application programmed in Java to create, edit and play scores, like GuitarPro in Windows. TuxGuitar's features include the publisher of scores, the use of multitrack, autoscroll while playing, apply various effects (curve, slide, vibrations), manager of times, import and export of files gp3, gp4 and gp5, etc..

More info and download links can be reached at its site.

To install TuxGuitar, in its latest version, 1.0, we need some units, are these:

  • sun-java5-jre Sun-java5-jre
  • libswt3.2-gtk-jni Libswt3.2-GTK-jni
  • libswt3.2-gtk-java Libswt3.2-GTK-Java
As I said before, TuxGuitar is programmed in Java, so we have to install java library:

$ sudo aptitude install sun-java5-jre libswt3.2-gtk-jni libswt3.2-gtk-java $ Sudo aptitude install sun-java5-jre libswt3.2-gtk-jni libswt3.2-gtk-java
It takes a minute, once completed, type this in terminal :
$ sudo aptitude install -f $ Sudo aptitude install-f
And we continue to download the debian package for TuxGuitar:

$ wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/tuxguitar/tuxguitar-1.0-rc3-ubuntu-x86.deb $ wget http://downloads.sourceforge.net/tuxguitar/tuxguitar-1.0-rc3-ubuntu-x86.deb

Okay, then install it:

$ sudo dpkg -i tuxguitar-*.deb $ Sudo dpkg-i-tuxguitar *. deb

Now we remove the debian package, and we do not serve anything:
$ rm tuxguitar-*.deb $ Tuxguitar-rm *. deb

That's it! Ready to use.

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