Ubuntu power bump underlines the software problem

No matter what you do in hardware to save power, software is always there to trip you up. One of the complaints about the early smartphones from the chipmakers was that the operating system vendors did little to active the power-saving features in their chipsets – it took time for them to use the hooks that were present all along.

Some recent benchmarks from the world of Linux show how sensitive to minor kernel-level code changes power consumption can be. Posting at Phoronix, Michael Larabel performed comparisons on several versions of the Ubuntu distribution. He found that, rather than going down, the latest versions show an increase in average power consumption, even when the kernel is idling.

Article source: http://www.electronicsweekly.com/blogs/low-power-design/2011/04/ubuntu-power-bump-underlines-the-software-problem.html

Ubuntu One Music Updated

Posted by: Phil Esposito


Ubuntu One Music, the Android companion to Canonical’s cloud music service, has been updated with a redone UI and news features such as album art, updated playlist options, speed improvements, and support for more file formats: Ubuntu One can now handle native streaming of Ogg Vorbis and Non-DRM iTunes music files, no longer requiring them to be transcoded to MP3.

This application may be free download, but the Ubuntu One Mobile service is not free. Priced at a mere $4 per month or $40 for the year, it will not break the bank, and you get more than just a music service. Check out Ubuntu’s site for more details on pricing and plans.

Album view

Playing paylist

Playlist view


sviluppatori android

Source: Ubuntu One Blog


Article source: http://www.androidguys.com/2011/04/28/ubuntu-music-updated/

The Official Ubuntu Book, 5th Edition: Gaining Greater Proficiency

Official Ubuntu Book, The, 5th Edition

  • Adding and Removing Programs and Packages
  • Keeping Your Computer Updated
  • Adding Additional Users
  • Using and Abusing Devices and Media
  • Configuring a Printer in Ubuntu
  • How Linux Stores and Organizes Files
  • The Terminal
  • Backup Strategies
  • Working with Windows Programs
  • Summary

As you’ve seen so far, Ubuntu is relatively straightforward to set up and use for the common day-to-day tasks. With time, though, most users want to change their software, add and experiment with other software options available in Ubuntu, install and use hardware devices like printers, access remote files, use the famous (and sometimes feared) terminal, and maybe even run some Windows programs. Ubuntu provides many ways to do each of these things. While they are a little more complex than the material covered in previous chapters, the Ubuntu community has worked hard to make them as easy as possible, and this chapter gets you started with each of them and more.

Adding and Removing Programs and Packages

While Ubuntu already includes the things most people need, sometimes you want or need something extra, such as a desktop publishing application for school or a game to pass the time. The easiest way to add these is with Ubuntu Software Center, which is extremely simple to use but has a few limitations. This section also highlights a couple of other options. Work done using one tool to add or remove software is recognized by the related tools, so it is okay to mix and match which ones you use.

Using Ubuntu Software Center

Like other tools discussed later in this chapter, Ubuntu Software Center installs software from the online Ubuntu software repositories.

To launch Ubuntu Software Center, simply click on the entry at the bottom of the Applications menu. When it is run for the first time, and occasionally afterward, it will take a few moments to initialize itself and the list of available and installed applications. Once this is complete, you will see the main screen shown in Figure 4-1.

Figure 4-1 Ubuntu Software Center main screen

The interface is divided into two parts. On the left are options to see what software is already installed or to get new software. If you highlight the Get Software option, the right panel provides you with a list of software categories to explore, including a Featured category that includes some of the more popular choices for software available from the Ubuntu repositories but not installed by default, as in Figure 4-2. To get more information or to install an item, click on the appropriate option. It really is that easy. To navigate back to the main menu, simply click the previous option from the hierarchy at the top of the pane or Get Software from the list in the left pane.

Figure 4-2 Featured applications in Ubuntu Software Center

By default, Ubuntu Software Center shows all applications that are supported by Ubuntu, including those supported by community volunteers called MOTUs (more on them in Chapter 7). While using Ubuntu Software Center to install new applications from both the officially supported Ubuntu-provided repositories as well as the community repositories is perfect for most users, there are times when a more conservative approach to software choices may be appropriate. In this case, you may limit the number of applications shown from the View menu by selecting Canonical-Maintained Applications in order to see only those pieces of software that are actively watched over and updated by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu. This is sometimes preferred in corporate environments that desire or require a stronger guarantee of support.


You might want to know a few terms before we continue. These are words used to describe how the software gets installed on your machine as well as how the system works.

  • APT: Advanced Package Tool, or APT, describes the entire system of online repositories and the parts that download them and install them. This is not highly visible when using graphic interface–based systems like Ubuntu Software Center but very clear when using command-line tools like apt-get or aptitude. Either way, APT is at work.
  • Repositories or software channels: In the Ubuntu world, these giant online warehouses of software are divided between official Ubuntu repositories and unofficial ones.
  • Packages: Applications are stored in packages that not only describe the program you want to install but also tell your package manager what the program needs to run and how to safely install and uninstall it. This makes the process of dealing with software dependencies smooth and easy for end users.
  • Dependencies: Dependencies comprise the software that is needed as a foundation for other software to run. For example, APT is needed for Ubuntu Software Center to run because APT takes care of many of the details behind the scenes.

Managing Software with Synaptic

Synaptic is a powerful graphical tool called a package manager. While Ubuntu Software Center deals with packages that contain applications, Synaptic deals with all packages, including applications, system libraries, and other pieces of software. Changing the system on this level is more complicated but also allows more detailed control. For instance, you can choose to install a specific library if you need it for a program that is not available in a package format.

Tip: What’s a Library?

In this context, a library is a collection of software functions that may be useful to more than one program. This collection is put into a separate package to save space by not forcing multiple programs to include the same code but instead simply refer to the library when a certain function the library contains is needed. It also makes updates easier, such as when a security issue is fixed, because the programming code may be changed in one place while benefiting all programs that use the function. Libraries streamline software support to be more efficient.

Synaptic may be found at System Administration Synaptic Package Manager. Launch it and you will see the main window, as shown in Figure 4-3.

Figure 4-3 Synaptic main window

Tip: What’s in a Name?

Why the name Synaptic? Synaptic is a play on words, based on your brain’s synapses and the word APT.

Installing a Package

As with Ubuntu Software Center, installing packages with Synaptic is fairly easy. After you find the package you wish to install, click the checkbox to the right of the name of the package and select Mark for Installation. A dialog box may pop up (Figure 4-4) showing you what dependencies need to be installed—if any—which you can accept by clicking the Mark button. After you have selected all the package(s) you wish to install, click Apply on the Synaptic toolbar to begin installation.

Figure 4-4 Pop-up on Mark for Installation

Removing a Package

To remove a package, click on the green box, and choose Mark for Removal. As with installing a package, you may be asked to mark additional packages for removal (Figure 4-5). These are generally packages that depend on the presence of the main package you are marking for removal. If you wish to remove all the configuration files too, choose Mark for Complete Removal. After you have selected the packages you wish to remove, click Apply on the toolbar to start the actual process of removing the package.

Figure 4-5 Pop-up on Mark for Removal

Finding That Package

So you are looking for a package but don’t know where to start? The fastest and easiest way is to simply enter a word in the Quick Search box at the top center of the Synaptic window. You can also click the Search button on the toolbar or type Ctrl+F to launch a search dialog box. By default, the regular search looks at both the package name and the description, but it can also search just by name or a number of other fields.

If you know what section the package is in, select it in the left pane (you may need to go back to the Sections pane). Select the button in the lower left labeled Sections, and browse through the packages in that section.

In addition to Sections, there are other package listing and sorting options worth exploring that you may access using the buttons at the bottom left of the Synaptic window. Status lets you sort according to installation status. Origin sorts according to the repository from which the software was installed (or no repository for manually installed software, see the section later in this chapter on installing software that is not in a repository). You can even make custom filters to aid your search.

Article source: http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1688706

A newcomer’s guide to Ubuntu Linux

As someone who has only a basic knowledge of computers, I’m most comfortable when working in a familiar Windows environment or, at a stretch, Mac OS X. PC Advisor decided to throw me in at the deep end, tasking me with getting to grips with Ubuntu Light. It wanted to know whether Ubuntu really was as user-friendly for Linux novices as enthusiasts would have you believe.

Getting to grips with Ubuntu Light

Dell has installed Ubuntu Light as a pre-boot environment on its Inspiron 1120 Windows 7 laptop, allowing you to go from power off to browsing the web in just seven seconds. And it really is this fast, provided that you look out for and select the Linux option on boot up (otherwise you’ll end up in Windows 7). The Dell instantly found and automatically connected to the office wireless connection (weÂ’d previously set the password). To boot up and get online with Windows 7 took just shy of two minutes on this AMD Athlon II-powered system with 4GB RAM.

Of course, as a complete newbie, I didn’t realise that this pre-boot environment was designed primarily for browsing the internet, chatting away on a social network or quickly accessing multimedia. Where was the Windows 7 Taskbar, and how was I to open Word and type up an essay? Could I change the wallpaper? An option to continue booting into Windows 7 in the bottom left corner provided some comfort, handily placed exactly where I might expect to click on Windows’ Start button.

But having got over my initial shock, I found Ubuntu Light surprisingly easy to navigate. Icons for useful features or apps are smartly ordered in a list on the left side of the display. This allows the desktop to be otherwise free of shortcut icons, showing only what you need. Open windows can be minimised, disappearing into an icon at the top left corner; clicking this returns all your open windows.

I’d used Google Chrome before, so the default Chromium web browser – which uses the same underlying code – came as no great shock. More surprising was its Yahoo home page, but this can be changed.

A few other things are similar to Windows. Clicking the battery icon tells you how much battery power remains, for example, and high-resolution videos and images look just as good on the Dell’s crystal-clear display in either operating system.

Ubuntu Light still took some time to get used to, but I appreciate its usefulness for when you need to boot up the laptop in a hurry. The preinstalled Skype for Linux app is great for quickly making a web call, for example, and really keeps things simple.

Ubuntu Light is ideal if you need to check your webmail, the news or even the weather, quickly and efficiently.

See also: Meet Ubuntu 11.04 ‘Natty Narwhal’… Linux just got cool

Article source: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/features/linux/3276690/a-newcomers-guide-to-ubuntu-linux/

Ubuntu Linux 11.04, Slackware 13.37 now available

Two major Linux distributions have received major updates today. The first is Ubuntu Linux, which was updated to version 11.04 right on schedule — the developers launch new versions every six months. The second is the somewhat geekier Slackware, which now has one of the geekiest version numbers imaginable: 13.37.

Slackware 13.37 ships with the Firefox 4 web browser, updated Linux kernels, the latest X Window system, and new versions of the Xfce and KDE desktop environments.

Ubuntu 11.04 is a much more radical departure, featuring a brand new desktop environment called Unity which replaces Gnome as UbuntuÂ’s default user interface. Lifehacker has a good walkthrough showing some of the new features in Unity.

Aside from the new user interface, Ubuntu 11.04 comes with Firefox 4, LibreOffice 3.3.2 (instead of OpenOffice.org), and the Banshee 2.0 music player instead of Rhythmbox. Ubuntu 11.04 also includes a new 2D version of the Unity desktop environment for devices with ARM-based processors.

Article source: http://liliputing.com/2011/04/ubuntu-linux-11-04-slackware-13-37-now-available.html

Eaglewood Announces Contingent Resources on Ubuntu-1

CALGARY, ALBERTA–(Marketwire – April 28, 2011) – Eaglewood Energy Inc. (the “Corporation”) (TSX VENTURE:EWD) is pleased to announce the results of a report of estimated resources on its Ubuntu-1 well in Papua New Guinea. Gaffney, Cline Associates, an independent qualified reserves evaluator, prepared a Statement of Resources on the Ubuntu-1 well for the Corporation dated effective April 21, 2011 (the “GCA Report”). The resource estimates in the GCA Report are prepared in compliance with National Instrument 51-101 and the COGE Handbook.

The GCA Report discloses a Mean Estimate of natural gas initially in place of 85.6 BCF, and a mean estimate of natural gas liquids initially in place of 4.7 MMbbl. Using a 6:1 conversion ratio to convert natural gas liquids to natural gas equivalent, the estimated mean natural gas equivalent initially in place is113.8 BCFE.

The GCA Report also discloses, as part of the total resource estimate, 1C, 2C and 3C contingent resources of 18.9, 35.7 and 111.5 BCF of natural gas, respectively and 1C, 2C and 3C contingent resources of 0.69, 1.47 and 4.64 MMbbl of natural gas liquids, respectively.

There are a number of significant factors relevant to the estimates provided above, including, but not limited to:

  1. Requirement for additional 2D seismic acquisition to better define the structural framework of the Ubuntu discovery.
  2. Definition of a Field Development Plan (FDP) – current Recovery Factors are notional and based on a gas blowdown development scenario.
  3. Review of natural gas and natural gas liquids recovery factors once an FDP is decided.

There are also a number of contingencies which preclude the estimated resources from being classified as reserves. Such contingencies include, but are not limited to, the development plan envisaged by the Corporation and additional seismic acquisition and appraisal drilling.

CEO Brad Hurtubise commented “We are pleased to have the independent engineering report to help clarify the resources in the Ubuntu Discovery. In our opinion, this information supports our belief that Ubuntu can be commercialised, and clearly derisks our other prospects in the immediate area.”

Reader Advisory

“Contingent resources” means those quantities of petroleum estimated, as of a given date, to be potentially recoverable from known accumulations using established technology or technology under development, but which are not currently considered to be commercially recoverable due to one or more contingencies. Contingencies may include factors such as economic, legal, environmental, political, and regulatory matters or a lack of markets. It is also appropriate to classify as contingent resources the estimated discovered recoverable quantities associated with a project in the early evaluation stage.

“Natural gas initially in place” and “natural gas liquids initially in place” mean those quantities of natural gas or natural gas liquids that are estimated to exist originally in naturally occurring accumulations. It includes that quantity of natural gas or natural gas liquids that are estimated, as of a given date, to be contained in known accumulations, prior to production.

“1C (Low Estimate or P90)” means a conservative estimate of the quantity that will actually be recovered from the accumulation. It is likely that the actual remaining quantities discovered will exceed the low estimate. If probabilistic methods are used, there should be at least a 90 percent probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the low estimate.

“2C (Best Estimate or P50)” means the best estimate of the quantity that will actually be recovered from the accumulation. It is equally likely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will be greater or less than the best estimate. If probabilistic methods are used, there should be at least a 50 percent probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the best estimate.

“3C (High Estimate or P10)” means an optimistic estimate of the quantity that will actually be recovered. It is unlikely that the actual remaining quantities recovered will exceed the high estimate. If probabilistic methods are used, there should be at least a 10 percent probability that the quantities actually recovered will equal or exceed the high estimate.

“Mean Estimate” represents the statistical mean of the Low Estimate, the Best Estimate and the High Estimate using probabilistic methods.

No proved, probable or possible reserves have been assigned to the Ubuntu well at this time. Undiscovered resources are those quantities of oil and gas estimated on a given date to be contained in accumulations yet to be discovered. Estimates of resources always involve uncertainty, and the degree of uncertainty can vary widely between accumulations/projects and over the life of a project. Readers are also advised that there is no certainty that it will be commercially viable to produce any portion of the resources.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release, such as statements relating to resource estimates and planned evaluation activities, may constitute forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events or the Corporation’s future performance. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, may be forward-looking statements. These statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. The Corporation believes that the expectations reflected in those forward-looking statements are reasonable but no assurance can be given that these expectations will prove to be correct and such forward-looking statements included in this press release should not be unduly relied upon by investors as actual results may vary. These statements speak only as of the date of this press release and are expressly qualified, in their entirety, by this cautionary statement.


Article source: http://www.marketwire.com/press-release/eaglewood-announces-contingent-resources-on-ubuntu-1-tsx-venture-ewd-1507408.htm

What you need to know about the new Ubuntu

The latest release of Ubuntu 11.04, the worldÂ’s most popular desktop Linux is out today. But, this is not just a one step forward update. No, itÂ’s a giant leap to a new kind of Linux desktop thanks to its Unity desktop interface. HereÂ’s what you need to know today about it.

First, as before, you can download Ubuntu 11.04 from the Web to your PC. In the next few weeks, youÂ’ll also be able to run the Ubuntu 11.04 desktop from the cloud, but thatÂ’s not available yet. You can, however, give Ubuntu 11.04 server a try from the cloud today though.

Finally, you can also try Ubuntu 11.04 within Windows using Wubi. With this approach, you treat Ubuntu just as if it were a Windows application and run it within Windows. While this isnÂ’t as fast as running Ubuntu as a native operating system or on a virtual machine, such as VirtualBox or VMware Player, itÂ’s the easiest way for Windows users to give Ubuntu a try.

Most users though will want to download Ubuntu 11.04 and then use the operating systemÂ’s ISO image on a CD or a USB stick to either try it out or install it on their PC. If you use this way, you can install Ubuntu beside your existing operating system.

Last, but not least, if youÂ’re already running Ubuntu, you can simply update your older version. I was able to upgrade my Ubuntu 10.10 without any trouble.

The new Ubuntu will run on any PC from the last ten-years. IÂ’ve got it running on several PCs and laptops here at my office and it does great on even my no-name 2006 PC with a 2.8 GHz Pentium IV, one GB of RAM, and a 60 GB hard drive.

Once you have it up and running, youÂ’re going to quickly notice that Ubuntu 11.04Â’s Unity interface doesnÂ’t look a darn thing like any other desktop youÂ’ve been using. That doesnÂ’t mean itÂ’s hard to use though. In fact, Unity is remarkably easy to use. I know for a fact some users are going to find it too easy to use. This is not an interface for people who like to get their hands dirty with the internal functions of their operating system.

As Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical, Ubuntu’s parent company, said in a statement “This release breaks new ground for Ubuntu by offering users a PC experience that is stylish and efficient. With this release Ubuntu will recruit an entirely new wave of users to free software. Ubuntu 11.04 is a high watermark for what has been achieved with open-source technologies for the every day computer user.” That’s exactly right. Ubuntu 11.04 is not so much for Linux experts as it is for new users.

This has been coming for some time. In 2008, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and the company behind it, Canonical, said he wanted the Linux desktop to go past the Mac desktop in ease of use. IÂ’m not sure the Ubuntu team has done that with Unity, but theyÂ’ve come closer than I thought they would.

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Article source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/what-you-need-to-know-about-the-new-ubuntu/8760

Education centre for township flourishing

Mawande Jack

The donor-sponsored, R45m Ubuntu Education Centre in Zwide township in Port Elizabeth has grown into a magnetic education facility to scores of schoolchildren hungry to learn more to better themselves.

More than 400 pupils from schools around the township flock to the centre daily for after-school classes in computer technology, life-skills training, language and communication lectures, arts and ceramics, singing, drama and dancing and for HIV/Aids awareness programmes.

Launched in the mid-1990s as a project to provide schools in poor communities of Port Elizabeth with computer labs and information technology classes, the community centre has grown into being a leader in community development in the Nelson Mandela Bay.

The construction of the state-of-the-art structure with a unique architectural design complying with the green revolution construction principles, was finished last year and officially opened in a traditional African ceremony.

This was one of the rarest events in an urban area where traditional leaders and Xhosa traditional dancers came in large numbers to celebrate a facility meant to uplift the spirit of the community.

In a typical Xhosa ritual, an ox was slaughtered on the day, November 11, and incense (impepho) used by Xhosa people to communicate with the ancestors was burnt, with guests served with meat (inyama) and traditional brew (umqombothi).

The success and impact of this project resulted in Ubuntu Education Centre founder and director Malizole Gwaxula winning the highly prized citizenÂ’s award for his dedication in serving the poor communities with distinction.

“For those who believed that better things and progress is only possible in rich suburbs like Summerstrand and Walmer, the success of Ubuntu, a dream of our people, has proved them wrong,” Gwaxula said.

A few weeks ago, the centre received sponsorship in the form of a minibus from multinational Barloworld in Johannesburg in recognition of the impact the project has had on communities.

“Most of the children who come to our centre are those from families ravaged by HIV/Aids. We offer them skills to survive. Other members of the families are engaged in food garden projects to help feed themselves,” he said.

Gwaxula boasts the whole initiative has helped to change the perception the children have about themselves.

“It is something they are proud of. When they graduate from our programmes they do so as people with a newfound confidence, ready to make an impact on other people in their community.”

About 250 of the children who were placed at the centre are now enrolled in tertiary institutions like Rhodes, Fort Hare and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan universities with the support of Ubuntu.

“We have been in existence for 12 years and our efforts following the official opening of this permanent facility have become visible for all to see. This is changing people’s lives,” Gwaxula said.

The facility has become a hive of activity with hundreds of schoolchildren attending classes offered by trained tutors in computer, language and communications, life-skills, arts and health.

Plans are afoot for Ubuntu Education Centre to establish its own school with its own curriculum compliant with that of the education department, to start next year. “We will have our own academy next year for children to start from Grade R to 12,” Gwaxula said.

Article source: http://www.thenewage.co.za/16588-1016-53-Education_centre_for_township_flourishing

Ubuntu Linux 11.04 review

The words : “Factor in the lack of industry-standard tools such as Outlook, Excel, Photoshop or Final Cut, and itÂ’s clear that, for many purposes, sticking to Windows or OS X will give you an easier ride.” are very disappointing because there are better alternatives in the open-source world. One need not always pay to lick the boots of Microsoft for a living.

By arunseshan on 28 Apr 2011

Open source alternatives

@arunseshan Please could you tell me what these better alternatives are?

By djeyewater on 28 Apr 2011


Me too? I’m interested very much with Ubuntu so can you please expand more on this statement? Thanks.

By colincallan1 on 28 Apr 2011

Open Source = Freedom

You just need to Google for open source / freedom software, for example LibreOffice replaces MS Office, for PhotoShop it all depends on what you want to do – just tweak photos? or 3D design? It’s all available…

The BIG point is that you’re free to choose.

Like Unity – you’re free to use the Gnome desktop if you want – or even KDE.

Remember that Ubuntu is a collection of other programs collected together with all the quirks and updates sorted out for you (not to deminish Canonical’s work), where as with a Microsoft / Apple / etc system, it’s much harder to change things.

For example, try to replace IE with Firefox (or Chrome) on Windows – it’s so embedded in to Windows, that it’s all but impossible to do. :o)

But – it’s the freedom that’s the important issue. See the iPhone tracking “bug” article for an example…

By Sercul on 28 Apr 2011


Ubuntu comes with the Libre Office suite which is broadly similar to Microsoft Office for Word, Excel and powerpoint and allows users to open and save in Office format.

Evolution is a mail client offering included with ubuntu giving similar functionality to outlook and you also have the option of installing Thunderbird free from the Ubuntu Software centre.

Gimp offers most of the functions of Photoshop and can be downloaded from the Ubuntu Software centre. The interface is a little different though and it does take some getting used to. There are however plenty of tutorials on Youtube and other sites.

By city2city on 28 Apr 2011


“There are better alternatives than Outlook, Excel and Photoshop in the open-source world.”

Are you sure? Even the most die-hard of *nix fans will struggle to agree with you there.

By The_Scrote on 28 Apr 2011

NOT that exciting

I would not even agree that this is ‘the most exciting release in ages’.

On the contrary, it is the most controversial release in ages, as Canonical decided to break away from GNOME and NOT adopt the new GNOME 3’s standard UI and use its home-cooked ‘Unity’ instead.

See http://cristalinux.blogspot.com/2011/04/look-at-gn
ome-shell.html for a REALLY exciting release!

By eetee on 28 Apr 2011


Linux and open source is not for everyone if you use your computer for highly specialized tasksit is probably not for you. If however you use your computer for mostly the following you will find it to be great, free and secure.

Storing and editing photos
Surfing the web
Listening to Music
Chatting to friends
Word Processing
Sending E-mails
Playing the odd game

By city2city on 28 Apr 2011


Gnome 3 is great but it is not yet available in a distro I would be happy to recommend to someone starting with Linux. The Linux community is all about choice and I am happy that people have and always will have several desktop environments to choose from.

By city2city on 28 Apr 2011

possibly true

I’m sure this has been covered, but I can see why D G-S hasn’t covered the alternatives,because the review would start to stray from actually doing its job of focusing on Ubuntu.

Since the point is out there though, it would be nice to get a list of viable alternatives for our standard programs that live on our windows machines. Any suggestions, aruneshan?

By khellan on 28 Apr 2011


Just type in Linux alternatives in to google and you will get several sites which offer alternatives to most mainstream software. The Ubuntu software centre offers hundreds of packages most of which are free.

By city2city on 28 Apr 2011

@ city2city

Download it at http://www.gnome3.org/tryit.html

The openSUSE-based Live-CDs have an installer. You’ll find it in the desktop-folder. ;-)

By eetee on 28 Apr 2011


Just type in Linux alternatives in to google and you will get several sites which offer alternatives to most mainstream software. The Ubuntu software centre offers hundreds of packages most of which are free.

By city2city on 28 Apr 2011

@eetee I am experienced in using Linux and would be happy to use Suse but for a beginner in Linux (many of those in these forums) it might be a little difficult. For those who like the look of Gnome shell it can be installed in Ubuntu instead of Unity.

By city2city on 28 Apr 2011

@ city2city

argh! double-post by page reloading.

Anyway, on openSUSE you get exactly the same options (or lack thereof) as on Fedora. It’s vanilla GNOME 3.

By eetee on 28 Apr 2011

Open source alternatives

@city2city I know there are plenty of alternatives to Windows programs, but arunseshan stated there were better alternatives, I want to know what these better alternatives are.

I will give GIMP a try, but last time I tried it (a few years ago), it was far inferior to PS, not better.

By djeyewater on 28 Apr 2011


I wouldn´t go so far as to say that there are many apps that are better than windows apps but I would say that many are equally good and of course when you look at the price/quality ratio opensource is always going to win hands down.

By city2city on 28 Apr 2011


I use Ubuntu regularity on my laptop and netbook and know there is some fine software for most tasks. However, I was disagreeing with the insinuated point that there are better FOSS alternative to Excel, PS and Outlook, which I seriously don’t think there are.

It’s really only because I am wedded to OneNote for my studies that I haven’t made the switch to Linux.

By The_Scrote on 28 Apr 2011


Add another one to the list interested for examples of better open source alternatives for several key applications? I would agree that there are alternatives, but better ones? Not so sure, so interested in your response to several people asking for examples.

By Aspicus on 28 Apr 2011


OK, libreoffice is pretty useable and a better bet than the free version of MS office.
but, and its a big but.
nothing seems to work as well as outlook with an exchange server. Cant for love nor money get evolution or thunderbird to sync with my exchange account yet my android phone (thats linux too remember) syncs perfectly.
If they can’t get the basics right (and lets face it communication is the number 1 here) its going to have to stay off my netbook (since last time I took it off)

By darkhairedlord on 28 Apr 2011

Release time??!

I heard this would have released today… but it hasn’t till now…. :S can anyone give me the exact GMT when it will release??! and what happened to the Ubuntu release time counter??!

By shaer on 28 Apr 2011


Personally I use Evolution with an exchange server without problems.

By city2city on 28 Apr 2011

Get Real

I’m a huge Ubuntu fan and have been using the beta of 11.04 for a while. I don’t like the Unity interface and switched back to Gnome pretty quickly.

LibreOffice is absolutely fine and there are adequate programming tools for PHP coding (Komodo Edit being the best) and since much of my work is done in the browser anyway, for much of what I do Ubuntu is fine and I find it more enjoyable to use than Windows.

However, I go straight back to Windows 7 when I have to do any of the following:

1) Web graphics – for which I use Fireworks. The GIMP? Don’t make me laugh! No Rectangle tool!!

2) Illustration/ vector graphics – for which I use Illustrator. There’s nothing close on Ubuntu (the best is Xara)

3) Flash coding- for which I use Flash Builder (currently Burrito)

4) Video editing – for which I use Camtasia, Premiere Elements or Serif MoviePlus

You might argue that these all cost big money compared to their free Linux equivalents and that’s right but my work requires the best so it’s worth the investment.

When I switch on the PC, I think about the sort of work I’m doing that day. If it’s a PHP, WordPress or writing day I go straight to Ubuntu, for media creation or flash development it has to be Windows. Now, if only Windows 7 would load up in the 30 seconds it takes Ubuntu, I’d be able to switch between them much quicker.

By KevPartner on 28 Apr 2011

Article source: http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/366910/ubuntu-linux-11-04

Bits: Tech Talk: Mobile Shopping

Mobile shopping hasnÂ’t taken off in a big way, and retailers are still looking for ways to get consumers to shop from their phones or tablets. On this weekÂ’s Bits: Tech Talk show, Bettina Edelstein talks to Claire Cain Miller, a Times technology reporter, about the challenges retailers face in getting smartphone users to buy on the fly. Though consumers do want to use their mobile devices for shopping, Ms. Miller said, they donÂ’t like entering their information on a tiny screen. Successful mobile shopping apps, she said, streamline the process.

Also in this weekÂ’s podcast:

A new version of the Linux Ubuntu operating system — version 11.04 — is being released this week, and it is called Natty Narwal. J.D. Biersdorfer speaks with Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of the Ubuntu Project, about what’s different this time. Ubuntu, which first debuted in 2004, names each new version after an animal. The first edition was called Warty Warthog.

Pedro Rafael Rosado checks out the eco-friendly Thinksound TS02 earbuds. Made with a wooden housing and an aluminum baffle, the earbuds have a list price of $80.

The news roundup includes a Senate hearing on mobile privacy; two tablets on the way from Sony; the Barnes Noble Nook getting tablet features; NintendoÂ’s plans to update the Wii; and a hack attack on the Sony PlayStation network. Ms. BiersdorferÂ’s tech tip is about how to make margin notes in the iBook app for iOS devices.

To find more information about the show and links to topics that were discussed, go to the Tech Talk page.

You can download the show by subscribing from the New York Times podcast page or directly from iTunes.

For help finding specific segments of the Bits: TechTalk podcast, use these time codes:

News – 34:12
Claire Cain Miller – 25:53
Thinksound TS02 eco-friendly earphones – 17:22
Ubuntu – 12:54
Tip of the Week – 5:08

Article source: http://feeds.nytimes.com/click.phdo?i=51afa80bc553091dd4ef7d3e1d0d3642

LVM Converts 10000 Corporate Desktops to Ubuntu with Services from Canonical

Canonical today announced the successful migration of 10,000 desktops to
Ubuntu by German Insurance company LVM Versicherung. The project was
undertaken with consulting from CanonicalÂ’s professional services team
and will receive ongoing support from the Canonical support team. LVM
decided to convert to Ubuntu thanks to the Ubuntu projectÂ’s ongoing
commitment to the desktop as well as the reassurance of the quality and
availability of the right support services from the project sponsor,

“We needed a Linux-based desktop client that had a clear and future
commitment to the desktop to ensure that we were getting the type of
hardware coverage we needed,” said Werner Schmidt, CIO at LVM
Versicherung. “Ubuntu was an obvious choice once we were convinced by
Canonical of its ability to scale and the companyÂ’s commitment to
support businesses pursuing our Linux client strategy. Ubuntu has
been deployed in our company for some time now for a range of use cases
– and weÂ’re very impressed with what weÂ’ve seen.”

The ability to support a wide range of new desktop configurations with
strong peripheral support was key for LVM to give them a choice between
hardware suppliers. Software support was also key. Lotus Notes, Open
Office.org and Adobe Reader are standard applications already in use at
LVM and are fully supported by Ubuntu. The primary application (LAS) for
most users was LVMÂ’s own Java-based application for insurance claim
processing. With little effort, LVM was able to use the application on
Ubuntu and ensure a successful switchover. Ubuntu supports the mobile,
“always on” use of LVM’s LAS Application while their agents take care of
their customers in their living rooms.

LVM migrated over 10,000 laptop and desktop systems in two main phases;
first, more than 7,000 systems in LVM’s agencies all over Germany, then
approximately 3,000 systems at the company’s headquarters in Münster.

“Ubuntu as a corporate desktop solution is beginning to gain real
momentum,” said Steve George, vice president of Business Development at
Canonical. “Many companies are waking up to the realization that there
is an alternative to an endless cycle of license fees that can amount to
millions of dollars. We believe that the investment that LVM has made in
engaging with Canonical and converting to Ubuntu will pay off many

About LVM Versicherung

Insurance consultancy with focus on each individual’s needs – that’s the
principle of LVM Versicherung, situated in Münster, Germany. The local,
personal support bases on the companyÂ’s more than 115-year-long
tradition. The insurance company – as well as its portfolio – has
expanded since its founding. All developments cater to the customersÂ’
requirements and demands.

With 3.1 million customers, LVM obtained a 2.3 billion Euro contribution
in 2010. Its 13 billion Euro capital investments represent a solid and
trustworthy corporate management. 3,000 employees work at the
headquarters in Münster. Its dense network of more than 2,200
self-employed sales representatives makes LVM visible throughout
Germany. Today, LVM perceives itself as a modern financial service
provider. The company belongs to the 20 biggest insurance companies in
Germany. Recurring awards of acknowledged rating agencies (ASSEKURATA,
Stiftung Warentest et. al) underline that LVM is a traditional, service
and customer-oriented company with a bright future ahead. www.lvm.de

About Canonical Ltd

Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to
Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the
Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of
Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system.
It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and
individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.

Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify
Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to
businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical
also builds and maintains collaborative, open-source development tools
to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in
innovations within the open-source community. For more information,
please visit www.canonical.com.

Racepoint Group
Dana Gulick, 781-487-4673

Source: Canonical Ltd

Article source: http://insurancenewsnet.com/article.aspx?id=258005&type=newswires

Android, Chrome OS, and Ubuntu United in One Platform

With so many exciting new operating systems to choose from today, it can be tough to settle on just one–particularly if you’re an open source fan.

Artwork: Chip Taylor

Recently, however, Always Innovating has created an option that allows users to avoid choosing altogether. A new platform demonstrated recently by the company on YouTube (video below) combines Canonical’s Ubuntu and Google’s Android and Chrome OS with its own, custom Linux-based operating system to offer a quad-boot alternative.

Yes, that’s four operating systems in one, downloadable for free from Always Innovating’s site in just 2.04GB.

Four OSes in One

Dubbed Super-Jumbo, the new offering was designed for the Beagle Board, a high-performance, low-power and open source computer produced by a community including Texas Instruments and distributed by Digi-Key. Priced at $149, the Beagle Board is a fanless, single-board computer based on TI’s OMAP3530 system-on-a-chip, which in turn uses the ARM Cortex-A8 core.

Also compatible with Always Innovating’s own Touch Book and Smart Book hardware, Super-Jumbo is a single image that provides four operating systems fully optimized for the third-generation OMAP chip: Google’s Android 2.3, or Gingerbread; Ubuntu Linux 10.10, or Maverick Meerkat; Chrome OS; and Always Innovating’s own AIOS, which is a fork of the Ã…ngström Linux distribution built for embedded devices.

The platform represents the first time Chrome OS has ever been released for the OMAP3 generation of processors, the company says.

No Rebooting Necessary

Users of Super-Jumbo–which is bundled with hundreds of applications, Always Innovating says–can run the four operating systems concurrently and then switch among them without rebooting or incurring any performance loss. Each can also be set to load by default.

Can more choice and flexibility ever be a bad thing, particularly when it’s all Linux-based, free and (mostly) open? I certainly don’t think so. Below is the video demonstrating Super-Jumbo in action. Time to take it for a test drive.

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/226435/android_chrome_os_and_ubuntu_united_in_one_platform.html

Canonical Adds OpenStack To Ubuntu 11.04

CanonicalÂ’s latest Ubuntu offering, the Ubuntu 11.04, aka Natty Narwhal, will come with support for the OpenStack open source cloud platform.

The company said that the OpenStack platform, downloadable for the operating systemÂ’s software repositories is the most tightly integrated implementation of the OpenStack cloud platform in the market.

OpenStack, an open source cloud computing platform, was started by Rackspace and NASA and now has the support of more than 40 key industry players including Dell and Cisco.

The platform is however, available as a tech preview, with a full launch being planned sometime down the line.

The server edition of the Ubuntu OS will also come with the Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud based on Eucalyptus which will be compatible with AmazonÂ’s cloud computing offerings. Canonical is going heavy on cloud computing with the latest Ubuntu, which will be available for download on April 28th.

“Ubuntu 11.04 offers exciting opportunities for businesses to improve the reliability, security and manageability of desktop, cloud and server deployments, challenging the traditional license or subscription fee model and embracing open-source technology,” said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical said in a statement.

“This release comes at a time of accelerating corporate adoption of Ubuntu and delivers a range of improvements specifically relevant to the corporate environment”, he added.

Article source: http://www.itproportal.com/2011/04/26/canonical-adds-openstack-to-ubuntu-1104/

Ubuntu Server Geared for Future Clouds

The next version of Canonical’s Ubuntu Server, version 11.04, due out April 28, will set the stage for the open-source operating system’s greater usage in the enterprise cloud, company officials said.

“People running private clouds will start really scaling those over the next several years. So what we care about is the ability to expand as customers deploy more and more servers into the cloud,” said Steve George, Canonical’s vice president of business development.

“On the server side, a lot of our focus has been on getting [into the OS] as many of the new cloud features and capabilities as we can, which then we’ll stabilize and polish on our way to the next LTS release,” George added.

Canonical develops LTS [long-term support] server releases for organizations that need ultra-stable and highly supported versions of the OS. The company supports these versions for five years, in contrast to the typical two-year support cycle of most server releases, including this one. The next LTS release, 12.04, is due in April 2012.

The version to be released next week, which was code-named Natty Narwhal during development, updates a number of packages essential for cloud deployments, George said.

This release includes version 2.0.2 of the Eucalyptus cloud software, upgraded from version 1.7 that was used with the last release. The release also includes expanded support for libvirt–a collection of software for managing virtual machines–and KVM (Kernel-based Virtualization), which is Canonical’s default virtualization platform.

Canonical also plans to post a version of this server software on Amazon’s EC2 (Elastic Cloud Compute) that has been customized for HPC (high-performance computing) duties, which tend to be used by scientific researchers. “We have a lot of Ubuntu users doing this kind of work, so this should be a better starting point,” George said.

The new Ubuntu Server software, formerly named Ubuntu Server Edition, will come with version 2.6.28 of the Linux kernel, released in March. Other updated packages include Python 2.7, version 4.5 of the GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) and version 0.9 of the Upstart automated task launcher. This version will also be the first to include Cobbler, new network installation software for the OS.

In addition to the server version, Canonical will also release the desktop version of Ubuntu on April 28 as well. This release will be first to feature the controversial Unity desktop. Unlike the desktop edition of Ubuntu, the Ubuntu Server contains no graphical user interface in the default installation.

For existing users of the server edition, the OS can be upgraded from the command line, using the identical steps required to install the beta version of the software now available.

Joab Jackson covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Joab on Twitter at @Joab_Jackson. Joab’s e-mail address is Joab_Jackson@idg.com

Article source: http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/225828/ubuntu_server_geared_for_future_clouds.html

The Official Ubuntu Book, 5th Edition: Installing Ubuntu

Official Ubuntu Book, The, 5th Edition

  • Choosing Your Ubuntu Version
  • Getting Ubuntu
  • Installing from the Desktop CD
  • Installing from the Alternate Install CD
  • Installing from a USB Key
  • Installing from within Windows
  • Summary

If you are reading this, it is probably safe to assume that you have decided to give Ubuntu a try. You will find that Ubuntu is flexible and powerful not only as an operating system but also in how you evaluate and install it.

Trying Ubuntu is simple. The Ubuntu desktop CD is a special “live” CD. You can use this disk to run Ubuntu from the CD itself without Ubuntu removing or even interacting with your hard disk. This is ideal if you are already using another operating system like Windows or Mac OS X; you can try Ubuntu by running it from the CD, and you don’t have to worry about it overwriting the data on your hard drive or changing any part of your current operating system unless you intentionally choose to do so.

Choosing Your Ubuntu Version

The developers behind Ubuntu have worked to make the software as easy and flexible to install as possible. They understand that people will be installing Ubuntu on computers with varying purposes (desktops, servers, laptops, and so on) and using different types of computers (PCs and Macs, 32-bit and 64-bit computers, and so on). To cater to as many people as possible, there are two Ubuntu CDs that can be used. The DVD with this book is equivalent to the downloadable desktop CD but with additional packages included for your convenience.

  • Desktop: The desktop CD is the one recommended for desktops and laptops. With this CD, you can boot Ubuntu from the CD and, if you like it, you have the option to install it to your hard drive. Note that running from the disk without installing directly to the hard drive is the default option to help prevent accidental data loss.
  • Alternate install: The alternate install CD is recommended for use in any scenario where the desktop version is unusable (e.g., not enough RAM) or for those with more advanced needs (e.g., automated deployments or special partitioning requirements). With this CD, you boot into an installer and then run Ubuntu when the installation is complete.

Ubuntu 10.04 officially supports two main computer types, or architectures, and a couple of additional variations:

  • i386: This supports all Intel or compatible processors except those that require AMD64. This includes the new Apple hardware. If you are not certain which you need, use this one. It will work on either 32-bit or 64-bit systems, so it is the default choice.
  • AMD64: If you know you are using a processor based on the AMD64 or EM64T architecture (e.g., Athlon64, Opteron, EM64T Xeon, or Core2), you should choose this version because it will be a bit more efficient on your hardware.
  • ARM: ARM is a low-powered chip commonly found in cell phones and similar mobile devices. ARM Inc., the makers of ARM, and Canonical have an agreement to build the entire Ubuntu archive on ARM, which makes Ubuntu the first major distribution to support ARM as a standard rather than custom device–specific distribution, such as OpenWRT is for routers. For a list of the current ARM chip version being supported, please see www.ubuntu.com/products/whatisubuntu/arm.

Tip: Where to Download

If you lose the installation disk that accompanies this book, or if you want to use some of the other options available, such as installation from a USB drive (discussed later in the chapter), you will find what you need at help.ubuntu.com/community/GettingUbuntu.

Tip: What about PowerPC?

Starting with the 7.04 release, Ubuntu made Power PC an unofficial architecture.

Other Ubuntu Distributions

In addition to the official Ubuntu release, some additional distributions are based on Ubuntu but are slightly different. Here are some examples:

  • Kubuntu: Kubuntu is Ubuntu, but instead of using the GNOME desktop, Kubuntu uses the KDE desktop. See http://kubuntu.org or Chapter 8 for more information.
  • Ubuntu Netbook Edition: This is a custom version of the standard GNOME desktop with the addition of a custom application launcher and some other Netbook-specific configurations. See Chapter 9 for more information.
  • Xubuntu: The Xubuntu distribution replaces the GNOME desktop environment with the Xfce 4 environment. Xubuntu is particularly useful for those of you who want to run Ubuntu on older hardware. See http://xubuntu.org or Chapter 10 for more information.

Edubuntu is a derivative of Ubuntu aimed at educational use and schools. To install it, you should first install the default desktop version of Ubuntu. Then use either the downloadable add-on Edubuntu CD or the Ubuntu Software Center in your Applications menu on the desktop to install the Edubuntu environment and applications. See Chapter 10 for more information.

Tip: Downloading Edubuntu

You may download the Edubuntu add-on CD and learn more about Edubuntu at www.edubuntu.org.

With a range of different distributions and options available, Ubuntu is flexible enough to be used in virtually all situations.

Is It Still Ubuntu?

Some of you may be reading about Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Ubuntu Netbook Edition and wondering how different they are from the regular Ubuntu release. These distributions differ mainly in which applications and desktop interface are included. As such, they may differ quite a bit, especially in the user interface look and feel, but the underlying OS and software install system is the same.

Article source: http://www.informit.com/articles/article.aspx?p=1688705

LVM insurance company switches 10000 systems to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS

German insurers LVM Versicherung are bringing Ubuntu to their desktops: all field staff and the majority of workplaces at the company’s headquarters in Münster now use the Ubuntu Desktop 10.04.2 LTS operating system on their laptops and desktop computers, LVM divisional director Wim Bollen told The H’s associates at heise Open.

The Linux operating system has had a long tradition on field staff computers. After using Linux from Scratch and Red Hat Linux, LVM started trials to implement Ubuntu, which was chosen for its strong focus on user requirements, as the future operating system for staff laptops and desktop computers in the company’s remaining divisions in late 2009.

In mid-2010, Ubuntu Desktop 10.04 LTS was rolled out on field staff computers, and the company’s office computers were migrated in the first quarter of 2011. Among other things, this was made possible by a centralised hardware procurement policy that avoided the need to migrate a large variety of makes and models. Ubuntu distributor Canonical helped with troubleshooting, for instance in terms of driver support.

The Network Manager required adjustments: for example, employees need a stable VPN connection that mustn’t fail even when switching from Ethernet to 3G. This is because LVM uses standard open source software along with client programs that are written in Java and directly exchange data with the insurance company’s servers.

Overall, about 7,000 Lenovo notebooks and desktop computers of field staff, and 3,000 clients at the company’s headquarters, were migrated to Ubuntu Desktop 10.04.2 LTS. Several LVM servers also operate under Linux, but they use Red Hat Enterprise Linux.


Article source: http://www.h-online.com/open/news/item/LVM-insurance-company-switches-10-000-systems-to-Ubuntu-10-04-LTS-1233194.html

Ubuntu 11.04 ready for release tomorrow

Canonical today announced the release of Ubuntu a fast-growing open-source operating system on April 28, 2011 for public download.  Ubuntu 11.04 stands out from its competitors as a genuine free alternative to Windows, allowing users to personalise their PC with free and paid apps in a way that’s proven hugely popular in the smartphone and tablet market.


“This release breaks new ground for Ubuntu by offering users a PC experience that is stylish and efficient” said Jane Silber, CEO of Canonical.  “With this release Ubuntu will recruit an entirely new wave of users to free software. Ubuntu 11.04 is a high watermark for what has been achieved with open-source technologies for the everyday computer user.”


Thanks to the efforts of Debian Localisation teams and Ubuntu localisation teams, Ubuntu 11.04 is released with boot time locale support for Telugu and Kannada. This means that Ubuntu now supports 10 Indian languages – two more than the previous release; Bengali; English; Gujarati; Hindi; Kannada; Malayalam; Marathi; Nepali; Tamil; Telugu. The availability of language at the time of boot will help the everyday user start using Ubuntu without knowledge of English.


“As several graphical user interfaces and applications like Firefox and Libreoffice that are shipped with Ubuntu are already available in local languages and several portals providing information in local languages, this will help people including school students and elders start using computers in their native languages” said Arjuna Rao Chavala, a Ubuntu Telugu Localisation Coordinator.

In addition, Ubuntu is the first operating system support the Rupee Symbol, which has recently been approved by the India government to be used in PC. For the first time ever, it will be possible to test-drive Ubuntu online using only your browser. Visitors to Ubuntu.com will be able to access a complete version of the latest product without having to download anything. All that is required is an Internet connection and an open mind.



Article source: http://www.indiainfoline.com/Markets/News/Ubuntu-11.04-ready-for-release-tomorrow/5140721432

Switching to Ubuntu Part One: Basic Apps

Continuing our series of articles on the benefits of open source software and how computing for free is a very real possibility that many users are engaging in right now around the world, itÂ’s time to take on board the full implications of migrating from Windows to Linux, in this case the Ubuntu platform.

Much of what weÂ’ll be discussing here applies to migrating to and from any operating system (Windows to Mac, Mac to Windows, etc.) but obviously with the benefit of free, open source software the implications are quite different.

LetÂ’s suggest a scenario: a freelance writer decides to go full time writing for a small group of tech-based websites. He has limited start-up capital and so decides to invest the majority of what he has in a new quad-core PC into which he plans to install an open source operating system such as Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, and in order to provide content on other platforms he intends to utilize a VM system.

So far the cost on software is zero.

Migrating from Windows to Ubuntu is more than just finding ways to virtualize software, however. This should only be employed as a last-gasp solution to out-and-out compatibility issues, such as running games.

The vast majority of Windows non-gaming tasks can be performed on a Linux PC with no financial outlay.

Switching to Ubuntu Part One: Basic Apps

Great Tools for Basic Use

Typical tools that anyone needing to perform basic computing tasks are included in Ubuntu, with Evolution mail capable of connecting to POP, IMAP and Exchange email, while Firefox is presented as the default browser.

Mozilla is also available for email, while instant messaging is available via Empathy and Transmission is the included BitTorrent client.

Standard tools that are arguably more advanced than those packaged with Windows 7 (you wouldnÂ’t catch Microsoft offering a free BitTorrent client) and for those that require a way to enjoy music and video files, a selection of media players such as Rhythmbox and Banshee are included.

So, a selection of great tools for basic use is packaged with Ubuntu, with plenty of opportunities to find new apps via the Ubuntu Software Center.

Open Source WriterÂ’s Tools

Our theoretical writer, meanwhile, requires a slightly different set of tools. After a web browser for research and article submission, and email for communications, he most urgently requires a word processor.

Previously content to run Microsoft Office on his Windows PC, our writer finds that Ubuntu includes OpenOffice, the long-running open source office solution (set to be replaced with its spiritual successor LibreOffice in Ubuntu 11.04).

Offering pretty much a feature-for-feature match with Microsoft Word, OpenOffice Word Processor becomes our writerÂ’s main work tool, which he uses to create and edit his articles prior to submission.

As you can see, getting started with Ubuntu is easy. Whether you want to browse the web, send emails or write documents, listen to music and watch videos or find more software, the required applications are all included in the platform, ready for anyone to switch to, regardless of their computer knowledge and expertiseÂ…

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Article source: http://www.devicemag.com/2011/04/26/switching-to-ubuntu-part-one-basic-apps/

Super-Jumbo runs Android 2.3, Ubuntu, and Chrome OS simultaneously

Always Innovating (AI) has been working on hybrid devices — like its Smart Book — for quite some time, and they’re no strangers to the market. The company’s newest revelation is a little number called Super-Jumbo, which enables the humble, $150 Beagleboard to do some pretty impressive stunts. Well, one pretty impressive stunt, anyway.

With Super-Jumbo strapped on, AI was able to get the Beagleboard to boot four different operating systems: AIÂ’s own Angrstrom Linux remaster, Ubuntu, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and Chrome (Chromium) OS. But simply being able to boot multiple operating systems isnÂ’t really all that cool, so AI didnÂ’t stop there. Super-Jumbo actually allows all four systems to run side-by-side. With a quick double-tap of button on the Beagleboard, a selection screen appears which allows you to switch (a la alt+tab) between operating systems.

Want to jump over to Chromium and do some quick browser-based banking then flip back to your game of Angry Birds on Android? No problem. Need access to a full-featured, native productivity suite like LibreOffice? Switch to Ubuntu, then get back to smashing pigs once you’re finished. And let’s not forget that Microsoft has already shown off Windows 8 on ARM — so you just might be able to add it to your Super-Jumbo minisystem once the new OS is ready to ship.

AI has released both a free download of Super-Jumbo and its source code in case youÂ’d like go give it a go. Seems to me like a fun, geeky way to kill some free time without breaking the bank!

More at Slashgear

Article source: http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/super-jumbo-runs-android-2-3-ubuntu-and-chrome-os-simultaneously-20110426/

Amazon responds to Apple’s ‘App Store’ suit


It’s been more than a month since Apple sued Amazon over the use of the term “Appstore” for its mobile software distribution marketplace, and Amazon has finally fired back with a countersuit.

In a 10-page document filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and picked up GeekWire, Amazon goes through Apple’s original claims one by one, saying that “App Store” is too generic, and that it wants Apple’s case dismissed. To back up those claims, the company even cites a quote from Apple CEO Steve Jobs during an Apple earnings call from back in October, where Jobs refers to similar offerings on Android as “app stores.”

Apple sued Amazon last month in a response to the company’s use of the term “Appstore” as the name for its application market for Android. At the time, and in its claim against Amazon, Apple said the move was to keep people from getting confused or misled.

As for whether Apple actually owns the rights to the two words, that’s still up in the air. The company is in the middle of trying to get the “app store” name trademarked, a move that hasn’t gone unnoticed by competitors.

Back in January, Microsoft began a legal battle with the company urging the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple’s claims, saying the term was too generic. Both sides have since brought on numerous linguistic experts and researchers who have pointed to dictionary entries as well as press coverage to paint a picture that the term is either owned wholly by Apple, or not by anyone. The most recent movement in that case was a filing at the beginning of the month, with Apple requesting oral arguments between the two companies, since the filings from both sides have reached 1,400 pages.

Apple spokesperson Kristin Huguet said the company had no new comment on the suit. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Article source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-27076_3-20057490-248.html