Japanese Manga comics are hugely popular in that country and cover just about every topic imaginable from sport, to romance, to business, to games. Now there is a Ubuntu Manga comic – called Ubunchu – which has been translated from the original Japanese into English and focuses on three students getting into Ubuntu in their school computer club.
Portable Ubuntu runs on Windows: Forced, by circumstance or your boss, to run Windows but missing Linux? Then you might want to take a look at Portable Ubuntu for Windows which runs the entire Ubuntu operating system as a Windows application. Portable Ubuntu can be run from a flash drive, hence the name, and runs as a Windowed application on your Windows desktop.
The Ubuntu team this morning announced the release of a beta edition of its Netbook Remix 9.04 operating system. Netbook Remix has a customised interface designed to be easier to use on the smaller screens of netbook devices. Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.04 is the first release to be “fully integrated into the Ubuntu family, fully up to date with the latest applications and hardware support”. In addition to the customised interface UNR also sports a speedy boot time.
Ubuntu Linux fans wanting to get more involved in the creation of Ubuntu can now learn to package applications during the newly-launched Package Training days. The new initiative by the Ubuntu team will see Thursdays being set aside for online lessons on preparing and maintaining application packages.
Another month and another edition of Full Circle Magazine, the magazine published by and for Ubuntu Linux fans. Issue 23 includes all the usual features including a guide to troubleshooting in Command and Conquer, part 7 of programming in C and part 4 of Web development. The MOTU interview this month is with Steve Stalcup, and the top five list is a collection of the best task managers.
Faster boot times, a better notification system and Gnome 2.26 are the standout features of the beta release of Jaunty Jackalope (Ubuntu 9.04) made available by the Ubuntu team this morning. On the server side Jaunty moves steadily into the cloud with Eucalyptus for home-grown cloud services as well as the start of Amazon EC2 services.
Expanding its Ubuntu training series, Canonical is planning to make an Ubuntu Server training course available later this year. In a blog posting Canonical, the financial backer of Ubuntu Linux, said that the new course is being designed in response to requests from both students and partners.
TomTom, the GPS maker being sued by Microsoft, has joined an open source patent collective that have pooled their patents in an effort to help defend open source software against legal threats. In a press release yesterday, the Open Invention Network said that TomTom had joined its ranks. The collective aims to create a “supportive and shielded ecosystem to ensure the growth and adoption of Linux” and has amassed a pool of 275 pending and issued patents.
An alpha version of Google’s Chrome browser is now available through the Chromium project. Ubuntu fans can also use the Launchpad PPA to install Chromium on Hardy, Intrepid or Jaunty, with these instructions.
Want to learn how to use Blender, the open source 3D graphics and animation application? Then you might want to download a free book to get up and running. The Blender Basics book is 120 pages long and can be downloaded in sections or in its entirety.
Ubuntu has announced the end of life for Ubuntu 7.10, first released in October 2007. As with the earlier releases, Ubuntu committed to ongoing
security and critical fixes for a period of 18 months. The support period is now nearing its end and Ubuntu 7.10 will reach end of life on Saturday, April 18, 2008.
The sixth and final alpha version of Ubuntu 9.04, known as Jaunty Jackalope, was released this morning. There are very few changes from Alpha 5 as the team irons out bugs ahead of the planned Beta release on March 26. The release notes offer little insight into changes between Alpha 5 and Alpha 6 but Softpedia has a screenshot tour.
More reading for Ubuntu fans this week. Issue #22 of Full Circle, the community-driven Ubuntu magazine was released over the weekend. Usual features include Command and Conquer (this time, resizing images with FFMPEG), part six of Programming in C and a MOTU interview with Emanuele Gentili. Also this month the mag looks at installing CrunchEEE on an Asus EEE PC netbook and the month’s Top Five feature covers DVD rippers. A book review of “Ubuntu for Non-Geeks” is also included. Download a copy from Full Circle Mag.« go back — keep looking »