Ubuntu 9.10 RC Release

October 22, 2009 3 comments

Ubuntu 9.10 Installer Slideshow WelcomeThe Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Release Candidate has been released and is available for download. In addition to the GNOME version of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Ubuntu Studio, and Mythbuntu versions have also been released. Anticipation continues to build for next weeks’ release of the Ubuntu 9.10 stable version which will provide significant improvements and updates to the popular Ubuntu Linux desktop.

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Here are some Ubuntu 9.10 tutorials published at BeginLinux recently.

Ubuntu ShipIt Program Thinking Smarter

October 21, 2009 2 comments

The Ubuntu ShipIt Program. If you’re not familiar with it, you’ve probably never typed in “free Ubuntu CD” on Google or any other search engine. ShipIt is the Ubuntu service that gives away free Ubuntu installation CDs in an effort to make sure people have few restrictions obtaining Ubuntu. ShipIt has been a huge success shipping millions of free Ubuntu CDs over the past few years. The CDs are not free for Canonical, the company backing Ubuntu and the ShipIt program. This has caused Ubuntu to deploy some interesting techniques designed to cut the cost or need or the Free Ubuntu installation CDs.

Limiting Free Ubuntu CDs for people who:
-Can upgrade to the new release without a CD
-Can download their own CD for free

Ubuntu users can also:

-Download the CD wallet artwork
-Become an Ubuntu member by contributing to Ubuntu, making them eligible for more CDs
-Purchase CDs

More on this at Jono Bacon’s blog

Requesting a free CD from the Ubuntu ShipIt program will take at least 4-6 weeks. For a more dependable solution order Ubuntu on CD or USB US Priority Mail now. Ubuntu training is available in video and course form.

KDE Screenshots: From The Fedora 12 Beta Release

October 21, 2009 2 comments

Fedora 12 beta was released yesterday, October 20th. With it came the GNOME and KDE versions of Fedora. Yesterday I brought you Fedora 12 beta GNOME screenshots so to keep it fair, i am publishing these Fedora 12 beta KDE screenshots. These screenshots show the Fedora 12 beta KDE desktop and menu. I’m always excited to see what the graphical side of Fedora looks like at each release. This is because such care is taken to make the desktop really sparkle. Please comment on these Fedora 12 KDE screenshots using the form at the bottom.
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GNOME Screenshots: Fedora 12 Beta Released

October 21, 2009 2 comments

Fedora 12 beta has been released with a new set of features and improvements. Fedora 12 beta includes optimized performance, smaller and faster updates, NetworkManager improved, graphics support improvements, automatic crash reporting and SELinux issues, new Dracut initrd generation tool, PackageKit plugins, Bluetooth on-demand, Moblin graphical interface for netbooks, PulseAudio enhancements and much more. What’s you favorite feature or improvement included in this release? I’ve also posted a Fedora 12 beta KDE screenshots
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Community Question: Teaching Linux Newbies

October 20, 2009 7 comments

The Linux training question of the day today was: “What’s the best way to teach a Linux newbie?” We received a great response from our Facebook and Twitter friends and followers and wanted to post these ideas on our blog so that others may be inspired to share Linux more effectively.

@5h3r4t4n said “You got deleted everything you know about windows, thats the difficult part, after that everything gonna be Easy, read, read..”
@allan1850 said “I would say sit them in front of the system and let them play”
@parinsharma said “Telling him about it the FOSS and after he/she gets interested just start them telling about shell scripting and GUI Compiz etc.”
@airurando said “Patience, small steps, introduce them to what they would find useful first.”
@juanfer1 said “I think with some series of screencasts tutorials”
@vargas7 said “Begin with Ubuntu and a comparison of the common windows functionalities and where they can be found in Linux”
@jamesswinyard said “Sit down with them, let them play, then let them ask questions as they find things.”

Keep them coming and we’ll continue to post them here. You may use the comments for below to answer “What’s the best way to teach a Linux newbie?”.

Greenie 5.1j Review

October 20, 2009 1 comment

Today brought the release of Greenie Linux 5.1J. Yet another Ubuntu-based Linux desktop, the Greenie Linux distribution is aimed at Slovak users. I was able to reach English by pressing f2 from the boot menu.

Pros
After running the Greenie 5.1j release as a live CD I installed it fairly quickly and examined the default desktop. As you’ll see in the screenshot gallery, Greenie Linux comes with a great looking desktop and GNOME interface. I also found the screenlets feature installed by default to be of use. This allows me to view a desktop icon that tells me my inbox status instead of going through the browser all the time. This is one of many conveniences I found in Greenie screenlets.

Cons
The Greenie Linux website isn’t supporting English anymore which is disappointing to me. This means support is a question mark and that is probably the main reason Greenie Linux won’t be a primary distro for me. A smaller detail I didn’t like was Ubuntu mentions in the installer and other places in the distribution. I think establishing your own identity is key for upcoming distros. Some users are annoyed with the many Ubuntu branches causing for even more reason to get this out of there.

Overall
I’d use it more if it had English support. It is usable and worked great for me but somehow I felt disconnected without others to talk to, articles to read, etc. The website not having English support was the deal-breaker for me. This one was a little too far out there for me but may be good for the user base that it was created for.

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Parsix 3.0 “Kev” Released and Reviewed

October 16, 2009 4 comments

Parsix Linux Live CDParsix 3.0 Released
The Parsix Linux distribution is derived from KANOTIX, based on the Debian testing branch, and developed by a team in Iran. The distro comes as a live CD with English and Persian languages installed by default and many others available. According to the release announcement features of the new Parsix 3.0 include GNOME 2.26.3, Linux 2.6.29.6-based Kernel, the installer supports separate /home partition, ext4 file system and GRUB 2, SquashFS+Lzma compression for the live CD and much more. After seeing the amount of changes to this release and remembering positive reviews of Parsix 1.0 and 2.0, I burned the .ISO to CD and got started.

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Look and Feel
The default theme of the Parsix 3.0 desktop is very earthy featuring colors of brown and green. The light brown background and panels give the desktop a very clean look which is accented by brighter orange icons on the desktop. The orange icons match the Parsix logo which appears as the head of the menu on the left side of the top panel. The menu remains similar to the standard GNOME look besides the brownish background tone. This is all easily changed by clicking System — Preferences — Appearance where I found Kev-light, Kev-dark, standard Parsix and a few other themes.

It Just Works
Parsix included everything necessary for me to play an MP3 right out of the box. I downloaded it with Iceweasel, double clicked the .mp3, the file was opened and began playing with the Exaile music player. I also found VLC can handle any of my video needs. It’s nice not having to set up codecs, this is very newbie friendly.

Applications
I was happy to see an all-star application lineup which only boosted my confidence of Parsix 3.0. A few that caught my eye included Exaile, GIMP, VLC, Cheese, Brasero, Iceweasel, Pidgin, and OpenOffice. Balsa email client is included instead of Thunderbird, which is my preference at the moment. After looking closer I noticed Icedove, the free/unbranded Thunderbird is easily available through Synaptic Package Manager. In my opinion, having a good selection of applications out of the box is important to help users understand the possibilities of the distro. Sure most applications can be added after installation through Synaptic or even the terminal but this just adds another layer of complication to the users experience.

Conclusion
It was nice to see an excellent set of instantly usable application mixed into the GNOME 2.26.3. The theme matched throughout my experience (log in window, desktop, boot, etc) and I actually began to like these earthy tones quite a bit before I was done. Codecs out of the box are huge for basic desktop users both for ease-of-use and necessity.(Some users can’t install things at first) These things along with the Debian base are enough for me to give Parsix a several week test run on my laptop. Way to go Parsix!

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