Gentlemen, start yer torrents! Ubuntu 9.10 KarmicTour of 9.10 Karmichttp://www.ubuntu.com/products/whati...u/910features/A Guided Tour Of Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koalahttp://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2009/10/u...ew-karmic.html
Good karma: an in-depth review of Ubuntu 9.10http://arstechnica.com/open-source/r...utm_source=rss
Release notes:http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/rele...4%20filesystemAn overview of Ubuntu 9.10 variantshttp://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?is...091102#featureNOTES for Noobs
If you don't know why you want/need the 64bit version (amd64), get the i386 32bit version. ("Just because I have a 64bit CPU" is *not* good enough reason
Use Transmission or Deluge
) to download with the .torrent files linked below.
After downloading your .iso, FIRST
check that your .ISO is good (not corrupted) by running the following in a terminal window:
where is ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.iso or whatever .iso you downloaded. Compare the number reported by md5sum to the md5sum numbers in this post. If they don't match, delete the file and try again.
Burn at no greater than 8x (maybe
16x ABSOLUTE MAX depending on burner and media quality) on good quality media. Generally, I've found that CD-R media quality tracks DVD+/-R media quality by manufacturer ID reasonably well. REMEMBER- blank media is identified by the manufacturer ID codes recorded on the media- NOT the brand name on the box! Seehttp://www.digitalfaq.com/reviews/dvd-media.htmBURNING Software
Use Brasero (already installed in Ubuntu), K3B (both in System->Admin->Synaptic),
NeroLinux (Commercial, nonfree) http://www.nero.com/enu/linux4.html
or IMGBurn (free, closed source) in Wine. http://www.imgburn.com/http://appdb.winehq.org/objectManage...ation&iId=4625
Install Wine before IMGBurn, of course- http://www.winehq.org/download/deb
Assuming your .iso is good, please leave your torrent client running to help distribute (upload/"seed") to others for a couple of days.
BEFORE INSTALLING or UPGRADING via Software Updates FROM CANONICAL
It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to IMAGE (i.e. clone/copy/backup) your current OS partition(s)/ hard disk in case something gets mucked up while installing the new OS or upgrading your older Ubuntu load via Software Updates to 9.10.
Use Clonezilla to make an image to an external USB, eSATA drive or another internal partition with available space. Just use "Beginner" mode in the Clonezilla wizard.
Be aware of Linux partition/drive naming conventions to avoid overwriting a drive/partition you didn't intend to.http://clonezilla.org/http://clonezilla.org/download/sourceforge/
Linux drive/partition naming conventionshttp://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/linux-p...rive-mappings/http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Partition/devices.htmlhttp://lissot.net/partition/UBUNTU (Gnome Desktop)ubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.isohttp://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/...86.iso.torrentmd5sum
dc51c1d7e3e173dcab4e0b9ad2be2bbf *ubuntu-9.10-desktop-amd64.isoKUBUNTU (KDE v4.3.2 Desktop!)kubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.isohttp://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/...86.iso.torrentmd5sum
5a996e0d794e35509d0275d411a3e737 *kubuntu-9.10-desktop-amd64.isoXUBUNTU (Xfce Desktop)xubuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.isohttp://cdimage.ubuntu.com/xubuntu/re...86.iso.torrentmd5sum
9b2ffca631abc34f067e7166f14e37c2 *xubuntu-9.10-desktop-amd64.isoMYTHBUNTU 9.10mythbuntu-9.10-desktop-i386.isohttp://www.mythbuntu.org/files/mythb...86.iso.torrentmd5sum
e488184a0c8bec5639aab79ecdfaf2eb *mythbuntu-9.10-desktop-amd64.isoMythbuntu 9.10 Release Noteshttp://www.mythbuntu.org/9.10/releaseFeatures
Mythbuntu Control Centre - Used to modify settings on a Mythbuntu
system that are not necessarily MythTV specific.
Mythbuntu Log Grabber - This app grabs specific log files into a single area and can upload them to pastebin for easy troubleshooting
Partitioner creates one large partition (EXT4)
Auto builds (and the Testing PPA) are now easily enabled/disabled via an installable package. They can also be easily configured from within Mythbuntu-Control-Centre. See Auto Builds for details
MythTV 0.22.0~zrc1 included
MythTV backend now uses upstart. This allows automatic restarting of the backend in the event of a failure.
New Features in MythTV 0.22
MythUI support allowing fancier themes
Support for VDPAU
MythVideo Storage Groups
HD-PVR supported out of the box
HDHomeRun Multirec support
Complete list here: MythTV 0.22 Release Notes
Many changes have been made to MythTV 0.22. Please read the FAQ
ISOs do not work in storage groups. See MythVideo 0.22 Transition Guide - Disadvantages
External Players do not work in storage groups. See MythVideo 0.22 Transition Guide - Disadvantages
PVR-150 Blaster does not currently workNetbook editions
Might be good for some notebooks or to play with on your desktop for the different GUI paradigmUbuntu Netbook Remixhttp://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/download-netbookUbuntu-Moblin-Remix 9.10 (Karmic Koala)http://cdimage.ubuntu.com/ubuntu-mob...-live/current/
Upgrading from 9.04http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/upgrading
Network Upgrade for Ubuntu Desktops (Recommended)
You can easily upgrade over the network with the following procedure.
1. Start System/Administration/Update Manager
2. Click the Check button to check for new updates.
3. If there are any updates to install, use the Install Updates button to install them, and press Check again after that is complete.
4. A message will appear informing you of the availability of the new release. um1.png
5. Click Upgrade.
6. Follow the on-screen instructions.Upgrade Noteshttps://help.ubuntu.com/community/UpgradeNotesDigg discussionhttp://digg.com/linux_unix/Ubuntu_9_...Koala_released
Someone in the Digg discussion commented that "Flash fullscreen was fixed" in 9.10. Anyone try fullscreen Flash yet? Flash version? GPU driver version? Screen resolution? Web video sites tested? CPU utilization in the System monitor?
Nvidia latest Driver repository PPA
"Add that repo to your system and then install the latest NVidia driver using Synaptic (I believe it's a 195 driver now). Be sure to install ALL of the 19x files that you can find.
Once that's done, go to System > Administration > Hardware Drivers and select the latest driver from the list and choose Activate. Then, restart if you get no errors."
I wasn't aware of this Nvidia repo. Thanks shane2943 and zim2dive
For the noobs- what this means is an easy, simple point and click way to get and install the latest Nvidia video driver in Ubuntu (and I assume Mint)!Distrowatchhttp://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=ubuntuGuide To Building An Open Source HTPC / Media Center on Ubuntuhttp://www.linuxlookup.com/guide_to_...nter_on_ubuntuTop things to do after installing Ubuntu Linux 9.10 Karmic Koalahttp://blog.thesilentnumber.me/2009/...nstalling.html10 Useful Things To Do After Installing Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koalahttp://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2009/10/1...nstalling.htmlSpread the Good Word/ Evangelize FOSS, Linux and Ubuntu
Lots of free Ubuntu/FOSS/Linux artworkhttp://spreadubuntu.neomenlo.org/Ubuntu Philosophy
What the heck does "ubuntu" mean?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_(philosophy)Ubuntu Stylehttps://usshop.ubuntu.com/category.php?catid=1-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Linux Mint 8http://www.linuxmint.com/blog/?p=1155
Introduction to Linux Mint 8:
The 8th release of Linux Mint comes with numerous bug fixes and a lot of improvements. In particular Linux Mint 8 comes with support for OEM installs, a brand new Upload Manager, the menu now allows you to configure custom places, the update manager now lets you define packages for which you don’t want to receive updates,the software manager now features multiple installation/removal of software and many of the tools’ graphical interfaces were enhanced.
What's new in Linux Mint 8 Helena?
Based on Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, Linux 2.6.31, Gnome 2.28 and Xorg 7.4, Linux Mint 8 "Helena" features a lot of improvements and the latest software from the Open Source World.
Linux Mint 8 "Helena"
Featured improvements in this release: OEM installation, possibility to ignore updates, configurable menu places, multiple selection in the Software Manager, new system tray File Uploader with support for drag and drop and mutiple files uploads.
Configurable places: In the preferences, you can define your own places. For instance a "Music" button pointing to your Music directory. Any places you define appear in the "Places" section of the menu.
Define custom places...
... and access them from the menu
In the preferences, you can also enable or disable any button from the "System" and "Places" sections.
System menu items
Lock screen button: A "Lock Screen" button was added to the "System" section of the menu.
New Lock Screen button
Software manager improvements
Visual improvements: The graphical interface is now easier to use and it shows more content. The layout was changed and by putting the screenshots in the corner of the application you can now see more software and more reviews at once.
A better layout for the Software Manager
Packaged updates: You don't need to manually refresh the Software Manager anymore. When new data is available you get notified by the Update Manager of a new version of "mintinstall-data".
APT status: The Software Manager is now aware of the APT status of each application. Among other things, this means you can now see the size and version number of each application and whether they're installed on your system or not.
Software removal and multiple selection: The Software Manager now allows you to mark multiple applications for installation and/or removal. A new apply button confirms your choices and processes them all at once.
Update manager improvements
Visual improvements: A few enhancements make the update manager look better than ever.
In the view menu you can now define the visible columns in the list of updates. You can also resize the update manager to make it look exactly the way you want. It will remember its size and the columns you chose and it will look the way you defined.
In this example, the update manager was made smaller and shows only the name and size of the updates
When visible, the update manager now uses Synaptic to refresh the list of updates. As a result you'll see progress information on the screen.
Manually refreshing the update manager now shows progress information
If a problem occurs, the error message now appears in the main window and not only in the logs. This makes it easier for you to detect if there's something wrong with your repositories.
Software sources: In the edit menu, you can now access the "Software Sources" tool.
You can decide which repositories you want to use.
Enable and disable repositories easily
And you can also improve performance by selecting among the Linux Mint mirrors available.
Find the best package mirror
Ignored packages: In the preferences, you can define a list of packages for which you do not whish to receive updates. You can also use wildcard characters to define groups of package updates you want to ignore.
Define the packages you don't want updates for, no matter what level we assign to them
* The detection of updates is now faster and more reliable.
* Errors are better handled and now appear in the main window.
A brand new Upload Manager
Highlights: Multiple uploads, Upload manager, systray and drag and drop support
What was previously called mintUpload is now split into two applications: The Upload Manager and the File Uploader.
From the Upload Manager you can define upload services using the following protocols: FTP, SFTP and SCP.
Define your upload services from the Upload Manager...
In the screenshot above for instance, we've defined two upload services: An FTP service to our website server, and an SFTP service to access a server from work.
...access them from the File Uploader sitting in your system tray...
When you launch the File Uploader, your upload services become available from your system tray. You can simply click on the services you want, and upload zones will appear on your screen.
...drag and drop the files you want to upload.
Drag and drop files into these upload zones and they get uploaded to their respective upload services.
Multiple files uploads are supported. Support for directories and the legacy Mint-Space protocol will be added at a later stage.
Linux Mint 8 Helena comes with up to date version of the Gnome Colors icon theme and the Shiki gtk theme.
Firefox comes bundled with the Stylish add-on which makes it integrate better with the overall theme.
The default background is called "Fresh" and it was designed by Zwopper (who also designed the default background for Linux Mint 7 "Gloria").
Various upstream improvements in the gtk engines used by Linux Mint make widgets, and buttons in particular, look better than they did before.
Community editions now use their own repositories and are now able to pin packages from the main edition.
Dependencies were simplified and the Mint tools were made more modular. In particular they can now be installed on Ubuntu without any configuration.
The branding used in the Mint tools was removed to make it easier for other distributions to use them and to give a more professional look to the desktop.
An OEM installation can now be launched from the liveCD boot menu.
Inxi buttons were included in xchat to make IRC support easier. The #linuxmint channel was also split into #linuxmint-help and #linuxmint-chat to separate chatting and support and give people seeking for help a dedicated channel. Xchat now autoconnects to both channels.
MintCast is now registered by default as a podcast in Rhythmbox.
Gnome-Do was initially introduced to raise people's awareness about the project and is now removed from the default software selection.
Linux Mint 8 Helena comes with a linux 2.6.31 kernel.
Gnome 2.28 comes with noticeable improvements in Bluetooth support, DVD playback and PulseAudio integration.
The Ubiquity installer features graphical improvements and support for the ext4 filesystem.
Ubuntu 9.10 also introduced improvements in the boot sequence and notifications.