I was going to save my links for one more day, but there’s one that I want to post today for everyone. And no, it’s not about the malware that Windows users are having to deal with.
- Tom Dryer: Upgrading to Ubuntu 9.04 Beta. Yet another report on how the upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04 went. I won’t post all the ones I find (I hope not at least) but Tom’s a great source of tutorials so I definitely wanted to make sure people saw his. It’s not all beer & skittles, and it’s nice to see someone give a balanced report with both positives and negatives. (As I’ll post this weekend the beta LiveCD saw my wireless USB with absolutely no problems, something 8.10 didn’t do.)
- Steven Harms: New NVidia driver out. Nvidia released a new stable 180 driver for those who use them. I’ll have to check it out when I’m back at my Ubuntu box.
- Bryan Quigley: Ctrl-Alt-Backspace (Restarts X, don’t do it). It turns out not everyone’s tyhrilled with the decision to remove the hotkey combination to force a new X video session. Brian has some nice info on the matter.
Ubuntu Packaging: Packaging Training kicking off this week! If you ever wanted to learn how to package apps for Debian/Ubuntu now’s your chance to find out how.
Craig A. Eddy: To PulseAudio or Not To PulseAudio . . . Craig looks at the issue that is PulseAudio, along with info on how to get rid of it if you don’t want to use it. Thanks, Craig!
Stefano Forenza: TomTom settles, is Microsoft shooting its own foot ? I was hoping to see a nice article from the Ubuntu community about the recent settlement between Microsoft and TomTom since TomTom uses some Linux kernel code, and once again Stefano rides to the rescue.
Matt Zimmerman: Please don’t report Ubuntu bugs directly to Launchpad. Matt brings us a reminder about something I posted a link to last week, making sure we know the best way to get bugs fixed for the next update cycle.
Isabelle Duchatelle: Medibuntu: non-free-codecs for Jaunty. It’s getting to be that time again, time to update the repo info for the next version of Ubuntu Linux. Isabelle has the info you need if you want to use packages from Medibuntu with Ubuntu 9.04.
Jeffrey Detras: Hardy-ier than before. Believe it or not some people prefer Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” to Ubuntu 9.04. Jeffrey has some very good reasons for going back to 8.04 after testing the beta for Ubuntu 9.04 “Jaunty Jackalope.”
Before I close this post, I have to share one more thing. It’s April Fools Day and while Nanci and I aren’t doing anything with the blog to “celebrate” the day, there are some really nice gags out there. Stefano Forenza is compiling a list of the Linux-based gags he finds so if you want to find a single place to see most of them Stefano’s blog is the place you want to be.
I’m not posting anything about the Conficker worm (other than a link to Panji Nushantara’s article) that has info that Windows users reallyshould have known about by now) for two major reasons. This blog deals with GNU/Linux, specifically Ubuntu Linux. It’s not that I don’t really give a rat’s bum about Windows (I really don’t), it’s that this isn’t the place Windows users should be looking for info like that. Besides, if you run Windows you have a responsibility to make sure you have all the security patches. Uuser with unpatched Windows systems have reasons to worry. If you’ve kept your patches up-to-date (or don’t run Windows) you have little (if anything) to worry about.
That’s a lid, folks. See you tomorrow, and don’t take any wooden nickels, ok?