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Happy Ubuntu 11.04 release day

Ubuntu 11.04 was released today and, as OMG! Ubuntu put it, “every man, wife, dog, child, elf, dwarf, sister, neighbour and cousin are downloading it right now”. OMG! Ubuntu has set up a cutomized landing page for people looking for Natty info. Head on over to http://omgubuntu.co.uk/hub/natty to see it

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Ubuntu 11.04 is almost here

In light of the fact that Natty is almost ready for release, I have added the countdown timer to the side panel. I will, as tradition demands, forget about it until many months after the release has happened and the image become some odd amalgamation of Ubuntu advertising and proselytization, either that or a broken image. Either way, I usually remember to take the image down before the next scheduled Ubuntu release. Usually..

With 11.04 moving to use both Wayland AND Unity this is setting up to be one of the biggest releases Ubuntu has ever seen. The move away from X.org is a monumental thing in itself, but then also replacing one of the mainstay Linux (Gnome,KDE,etc.) desktop environments with Unity is nothing less than playing software chicken. Either Ubuntu is going stay the course and the community will flinch and Unity/Weyland will become a standard, or Ubuntu will flinch and will have to backtrack with X.org and Gnome, or a worst-case scenario, neither flinch and we end up with a smoldering pile of rubbish on both ends.

(note: yes, I know Unity is built on Gnome, and works similar to Gnome3, but it isn’t Gnome3, so my statement stands)

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LibreOffice hot off the presses for Ubuntu and now in PPA!

In case you haven’t heard, LibreOffice is available as a PPA. That means no more downloading individual .debs and auto updating! Found through OMG!Ubuntu here.

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Let me introduce you to my little friends

I installed Linux on my workstation this week and I have been ‘rediscovering’ some useful apps.

First off, guake, yet another drop down terminal, but this one works surprisingly well. Its simple, but does just what it needs and nothing more. Apps like this are few an far between, since everyone tries to get their apps to rollover and fetch the newspaper too. Get this one if you use the terminal a lot.

Then there is Docky, I think I am just about the last person to have found this pretty and a useful system panel, a la OSX. Mac-ites should’t get all the cool apps.

And, why-oh-why does the default Ubuntu desktop come with Empathy rather than Pidgin for IM? I could go on about how incomplete and buggy Empathy is, but I think everyone already knows that…except for the Ubu-devs..

Maven, I think I know what this does..Its a..ahh, no, actually I am not even sure why I threw it in here. I have been it a lot lately and I am not sure if I am repulsed by it or intrigued..I have narrowed it down to either being the salvation of Java developers, or damnation wrapped in nicely formatted XML. I dunno, you decide..

Ok, so this list wasn’t nearly as long as I was thinking it was going to be..

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The resurrection of RobbinsWeb

I have small linux server under my desk at home that has been chugging away for the past 3 years with nary a peep. Two weeks ago when I entered my office I was presented with the distinct smell of something burning. The smell was emanating from from ole’ trusty. I never realized how much I depended on this little machine until it stopped. No more OpenDNS updates to keep the kiddies safe on the internet, no more dynamic IP updates, no more backups, no more proxy server (for those ‘special’ occasions), no more playing Gearhead at work! I felt like I had lost a close friend, or at least a favorite pet.

Now, three weeks later, a new power supply, RAM, and a mess of case fans, RobbinsWeb lives again. *sigh…welcome back buddy

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Lighttpd can’t bind to port 80

If you are running Ubuntu 10.01 and you get the error message “can’t bind to port: :: 80 Address already in use” when you try to start up, check your config file and comment out the line that has ‘ include_shell “/usr/share/lighttpd/use-ipv6.pl” ‘

Just some advice from my wanderings.

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