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Ubuntu Linux Time Saving Tips

Excellent collection of short tips except for recommending root login! From the article:

The end of October saw the much anticipated release of Ubuntu 8.10 - affectionately called the Intrepid Ibex.

It's a release that sees Ubuntu going from strength to strength.

And with its popularity reaching stratospheric proportions, we thought that now was the perfect time to pool together our favourite tips into one place.

If you've never tried Ubuntu, there's never been a better time to dive in. If you're already a convert, read on to discover how to get the best from your installation.

Ubuntu Linux 8.10 release candidate beta version has been released and available for download from mirrors. The final stable version will be released on October 30th, 2008. But, if you would like to test latest version try out Intrepid Ibex RC beta version.

Upgrading from Ubuntu 8.04 To 8.10 beta

To upgrade from Ubuntu 8.04, press Alt+F2 and type in "update-manager -d" (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release '8.10' is available.

Fig.01: Ubuntu Upgrade in action - new distribution release 8.10 is available

Fig.01: Ubuntu Upgrade in action - new distribution release 8.10 is available

Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

Download Ubuntu 8.10

You can download Ubuntu 8.10 from FTP or HTTP web sites ( skip this article and take me to download section ). The current version of Ubuntu, Intrepid Ibex, was released on October 30, 2008. It will be supported until April 2010.

What's new in Ubuntu 8.10

+ Ubuntu 8.10 has several new features:
+ A new default theme
+ Improved mobile computing and desktop
+ More flexibility for Internet connectivity
+ Ubuntu Live USB creator
+ Guest account[
+ Encrypted private directory for users
+ Dynamic Kernel Module Support, a tool that allows kernel drivers to be automatically rebuilt when new kernels are released.

Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop

Ubuntu 8.10 Desktop

New Programs in Ubuntu 8.10

The desktop installation of Ubuntu 8.10 includes

  1. GIMP 2.6
  2. GNOME 2.24
  3. Mozilla Firefox 3.0
  4. OpenOffice.org 2.4, and Pidgin 2.5.

The server installation will include MySQL 5.0, PHP 5.2 and Python 2.5. Ubuntu 8.10 uses Linux 2.6.27 and X.Org 7.4.


Download Ubuntu 8.10

Click on following links to download 32 bit or 64 bit DVD or CD images as per your internet connection speed and capacity:

Ubuntu 8.10 Upgrade

I've just finished upgrading my desktop and laptop system without any problem. By default Ubuntu 8.04 LTS will not offer a upgrade to 8.10. This is because the 8.04 LTS version is a long term support release and 8.10 is a regular release. However, you can do network upgrade by configuring LTS release to normal release as follows:

Click on System > Administration > Software Sources

Next click on the "Updates" tab and change "Show new distribution release" to "Normal releases":

Fig.01: Ubuntu 8.10 Upgrade

Fig.01: Ubuntu 8.10 Upgrade

Click on Close to save the changes.

Ubuntu 8.10 Upgrade Over The Internet

Click on System > Administration > Update Manager:

Next click the Check button to check for new updates. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete. Finally, a message will appear on screen, informing you of the availability of the new 8.10 release as follows:

Message Informing you of the availability of the new 8.10 release

Message Informing you of the availability of the new 8.10 release

Click on Upgrade button and just follow the on-screen instructions. The procedure may take some time.

A note about Ubuntu 8.10 server upgrade

Please see this article to perform network upgrade for Ubuntu servers.