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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.

Today Ubuntu Linux 8.10 final will be released to all mirrors world wild. However, FTP/HTTP mirrors server may down due to heavy demands from users. You can now use BitTorrent to upgrade Ubuntu Linux to 8.10 from old 8.04 version. Help Ubuntu project to spread Linux to humanity.

In the past, the update servers would crash very quickly on a big release day, making it hard for people to get the latest update. With BitTorrent, however, this can be easily avoided.

Most users of Linux based operating systems such as Ubuntu are familiar with BitTorrent. In fact, Ubuntu even comes with a BitTorrent client, and millions of Ubuntu users got their install disk via the popular filesharing protocol.

Use BitTorrent to Upgrade to Ubuntu Intrepid Ibex | TorrentFreak

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.