Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Oct 2009 15:39 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu We're a little late, but Real Life got in the way, so here we finally are. Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today that Ubuntu 9.10 Desktop Edition has been released. This version focusses on improvements in cloud computing on the server using Eucalyptus, further improvements in boot speed, as well as development on Netbook Remix. The related KDE, Xfce, and other variants have been released as well. Update by ELQ: Just a quick note to say that one of my Creative Commons videos was selected to be part of Ubuntu's Free Culture Showcase package that comes by default with the new Ubuntu version!
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RE: Karmic
by lemur2 on Thu 29th Oct 2009 22:56 UTC in reply to "Karmic"
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I've been using this for a long time on my home machine: - Audio has problems on kde. At home, it was fixed by switching to kdm (and possibly some new fixes), but at work it's still broken. I blame KDE's reluctance to work with pulseaudio on this, but I may be horribly wrong. - Wine + pulseaudio (spotify) works with this hack: - KDE with the nvidia binary drivers is insanely fast. Really. I've never seen compositing work that well (with either Gnome or KDE).

No problems at all for me with KDE audio on several test machines.

KDE with the ATI open source drivers is also insanely fast. Really. Compositing doesn't work yet however with R600/R700 cards, only R500 or older. This isn't Kubuntu's fault however since ATI only released programming specs for R600/R700 in January of this year, and consequently the open source 3D compositing driver is not available in kernel 2.6.31.

Network manager does work after a fashion, but it doesn't really suit my purpose. I arrange for scripts to mount samba file shares as users log on, and dismount them as users log off. This works fine for a wired interface, but on Kubuntu the network manager seems to turn off wireless networking before the logout scripts can run, which is stupid IMO. To work around this, I just install wicd using the command: "sudo aptitude install wicd" (which automatically removes KDEs networkmanager), and everything is sweet thereafter.

What else?

Kubuntu doesn't include or require Mono. The samba filesystem mounting capability isn't installed by default, so use the command: "sudo aptitude install smbfs" to overcome that. Firefox KDE integration works for file picker dialog boxes. OpenOffice has KDE integration out of the box. Other GTK applications in general now use the selected KDE theme and system fonts OK (but for the most part not the KDE file picker dialog boxes).

There is a "Firefox installer" helper applet, but I wouldn't use it myself, since it installs a whole raft of only remotely related of GNOME dependencies. I use the command-line: "sudo aptitude install --without-recommends firefox" instead.

Don't install the non-free Adobe flash player plugin package on amd64 systems using any package manager, as this will download and use the 32-bit plugin instead of the 64-bit plugin. If you want to use Adobe's binary flash plugin on amd64, get it from the Adobe website instead.

VLC integrates well and will play DVDs immediately. SMplayer doesn't, it requires libdvdcss, as does k9copy. This library can be downloaded as a .deb file from the medibuntu servers, and installed after download by using gdebi or Kpackagekit from the file manager. Google for medibuntu and dvdcss as keywords and you can find this package easily.

Both amarok and k3b will suggest additional libraries to install on first run. Install them.

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