Friday, October 27, 2006

Ubuntu and Kubuntu 6.10 Released

Finally, there is new version of my favourite linux distribution :) It includes a lot of improvements such as faster startup, bugfixes, speed optimizations and new themes and wallpapers.

Edgy includes some cool new stuff, including:

  • Tomboy: an easy-to-use and efficient note-taking tool.
  • F-Spot: a photo management tool that enables tagging, photo editing and automatic uploading to on-line web management sites such as Flickr.
  • GNOME 2.16: which in addition to new features such as enhanced power management, makes the GNOME desktop more secure, faster and more stable.
  • Upstart: substantially faster startup and shutdown, plus bonus high-resolution graphics.
  • Firefox 2.0: offering inline spell check support in web forms, easy recovery of crashed sessions, built-in phishing detectors, enhanced search engine management with built in OpenSearch support, and better support for previewing and subscribing to web feeds.
  • Evolution 2.8.0: which brings new features such as vertical message
  • Proactive security features, preventing many common security vulnerabilities even before they are discovered.
And here are the improvements in Kubuntu:
  • KDE 3.5.5: ease of use, contemporary functionality and outstanding graphical design.
  • Digikam: advanced digital photo management in the box.
  • Guidance: overhauled power management.
  • Hardware Database: helping Kubuntu work on more of your computers.
  • Laptop Buttons: many multimedia buttons work automatically.
  • Zeroconf: easy network-based sharing by just clicking a tick-box.
  • System Settings: redesigned to simplify administration.
The new release of Kubuntu also includes GCC 4.1, Glibc 2.4 and the Linux 2.6.17 kernel.

Right now I am updating, and when I am finished I will post here a tutorial how to upgrade from 6.06 Dapper to Edgy :)
Oh, and here are the download links, if you still haven`t tried this wonderful distribution:
Download Ubuntu
Download Kubuntu
... and have a nice weekend :)

How to upgrade Ubuntu Dapper to Edgy 6.10

Here is my tutorial how to upgrade Ubuntu Dapper 6.06 to Ubuntu Edgy 6.10:
First open your terminal and type this:

gksudo "update-manager -c"

This will open the Update Manager main window, as shown on the picture:
It will show you that new distribution release is available. Click on the "Upgrade" button and new window will be opened:
Click on "Upgrade" again and the updater will download the upgrade tool
and run it after that
The updater will show detailed information about that which packages are going to be upgraded/removed/added:
Click "Start Upgrade" and let the updater do its work. After everything is done you have to restart your system:
Thats all :) If you have any problems after the upgrade you can find useful information here.
If you have any suggestions just post a comment :)

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Fedora Core 6 (ZOD)

A few hours ago was announced the releace of Fedora Core 6 codenamed Zod. It includes a lot of improvements, bugfixes and software updates. Here are the most important of them:

  • This release features GNOME 2.16 and KDE 3.5.4.
  • Fedora Core 6 includes a refreshing new "DNA" theme, which is part of a continuous team effort from the Fedora Artwork Project.
  • This release includes Dogtail which provides a graphical test and automation framework for the desktop.
  • All Fedora Core applications have been rebuilt using `DT_GNU_HASH`, which provides up to a 50% performance boost on applications using dynamic linking.
  • The performance of the Fedora's default ext3 filesystem has been boosted in recent versions of the Linux kernel.
  • A new background service caches and increases the performance of network filesystems such as AFS and NFS. This service is part of the ongoing CacheFS development by Red Hat.
  • CUPS printing service starts much more faster since it now detects devices on demand
  • Fedora Core 6 features a 2.6.18 based kernel. There are no longer separate kernels for SMP and UP processors on any architecture. A single kernel now automatically detects your processor configuration and enables the proper bits for it.
  • This release supports Apple Macintosh systems running the new Intel processors.
Download Fedora Core 6 from the official file server or this torrent tracker.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Tutorial: How to setup webserver with Ubuntu Linux (LAMP)

Here is how i did it. First lets install the Apache 2 Webserver. Open the terminal and type this:
sudo apt-get install apache2
Now the webserver`s root directory is /var/www/

If you dont have write access to /var/www use the CHOWN command. Open your web browser and type the following adress: http://localhost if you want to test if the server is installed correctly.
The next step is PHP5. Type the following in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install php5
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-php5
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
This installs PHP5 and restarts the apache webserver. If you want to test the new PHP installation
gksudo gedit /var/www/phptest1.php
Insert this code into the new file
Save the file and open it with your browser. You will see detailed information about your PHP installation. Naw we are going to install MySQL database server.
sudo apt-get install apache2
sudo apt-get install libapache2-mod-auth-mysql
sudo apt-get install php5-mysql
sudo apt-get install phpmyadmin
Now we have to edit the apache/php conf
gksudo gedit /etc/php5/apache2/php.ini

You have to uncomment this line
Save the file and restart the server
sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart
Thats all. Enjoy your new webserver :)

Flash Player 9 for Linux

The first beta version is ready for testing.

"Flash Player 9 Update includes all of the features from the release versions of Flash Player 9 ( and for supported platforms. In addition to bug fixes and minor enhancements, this release introduces support for full screen mode in the web player and support for Windows Vista. These release notes document known issues related to the beta versions of Flash Player 9 Update."

Full-screen mode and SSL support will be available in the final release. The current Linux build is

Download Adobe Flash Player 9
Read The Releasenotes

And here is the installation guide:


  • To execute the Standalone Player, you will need to change the permissions of the file. An example of how you could do this on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 3 or RHEL 4 is:
    $: chmod u+x
  • When using the Standalone Player, you may experience a warning on initial navigation to a site with Flash content in Firefox. You will only need to dismiss the warning once per installation.


To install the plugin as user:

  1. Unzip the file.
  2. Copy or move the file into your plugins directory(usually located):
  3. Create the plugins folder if it doesn’t exist.

To install the plugin as root:

  1. Unzip the file.
  2. Copy or move the file into your system browser installed plugins directory (usually located):

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Tutorial: How to Install Ubuntu Linux

If you are new to linux and you want to try it this video tutorial is for you. Ubuntu linux is user friendly distribution which is designed to be as simple as posible. Just follow these 6 easy steps and you will have a new shiny desctop OS :)

-watch the video tutorial
-download Ubuntu linux

Monday, October 16, 2006

KDE 3.5.5

The new version of the most popular linux desktop environmet is out. This version includes bugfixes and speed improvements.

Significant enhancements include:

  • Version 0.12.3 of Kopete replaces 0.11.3 in KDE 3.5.5, it includes support for Adium themes, performance improvements and better support for the Yahoo! and Jabber protocols.
  • Support for sudo in kdesu.
  • Support for input shape from XShape1.1 in KWin (KDE window manager).
  • Lots of speed improvements and fixes in Konqueror's HTML engine, KHTML.
  • CUPS 1.2 support in KDEPrint.
  • Big improvements in the number of translated interface elements in Chinese Traditional, Farsi, Khmer, Low Saxon and Slovak translations.
For more information pleace visit the full KDE 3.5.5 Changelog


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