Foss Friday: Ubuntu 10.04 RC, Memory Leak in X.Org on Ubuntu 10.04 RC, Ubuntu Shipping FREE CDs and more

This is Ubuntu’s week in FOSS and it is to stay this way till the launch of Ubuntu. Canonical has recently faced some problem relating to its flagship product Ubuntu which includes the next version. The version 10.04 of Ubuntu is around the corner and Ubuntu fans all over the world are gearing up for it.


  • Ubuntu 10.04 RC Release
  • Canonical  has just released the RC of Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. This marks the release candidate indicating that the product is due in time. Ubuntu 10.04 RC has all the final features that the final version of Ubuntu 10.04 will have. Want to download the RC? Get it here.

  • Memory Leak in X.Org on Ubuntu
  • This memory leak has resulted from a patch which was released to prevent GLX 1.4 crashes. Developers are unable to fix this and the GLX will possibly be rolled back to version 1.2. This problem is being considered urgent and is the top priority at Canonical right now. Read more at this post on Techie Buzz.

How To

  • How to get a free Ubuntu 10.04 CD if you are from UK
  • Ubuntu shipit is open but apparently, it is not shipping out any CDs currently. Although, there is an alternative way to get free Ubuntu CDs if you are in the UK. OS Disks is giving out free Ubuntu CDs at their shop. Simply go to this page and order a free CD. It looks like a shopping portal but the CD is free to buy. Unfortunately, it works only for people in the UK. Read more at OmgUbuntu!.

We are nearing the Ubuntu release and will do a full coverage of its release, download and features. Stay tuned.

FOSS Fridays | The Power of Command Line Compels You?

On FOSS Fridays, you will find some of the most intriguing talks and Techie-Buzz author views on the current state of FOSS and the driving factors behind the emergence of FOSS as a suitable software solution. We will also discuss the factors preventing FOSS from getting popular. As a regular reader of Techie-Buzz, you might have seen weekday specials like Webby Wednesdays, Twitter Tuesdays Gaming Fridays and DYN Thursdays. FOSS Fridays, is just another effort at Techie-Buzz to help you know your technology head on.

No matter how much we love to have GUI (Graphical User Interface) and cool eye-candy effects available in Linux, the actual usability of most of the GUI available in most Linux distros is null.

We have the cube desktop and the cool compiz effects to rotate the desktop, add gears inside the cube, paint fire on desktop, menus effects, water ripple effects and all that we absolutely do not need. Though, once we require a simple hack for software or application or a simple job to be done, it all boils down to the same old command line. Write some scripts, change permissions, compile and run with some parameters and what not!

Not only that, in this process, at times, you reach a stage where you have upgraded a few of your package which were dependencies for some other packages and made things worse. Finally, your installation is going nuts and you are set to reinstall or do a heavy patchwork.

This is the exact picture we need to change! Love it or hate it, by now, in the year 2010, everyone hates the command line.

Isn’t the CLI (Command Line Interface) what we left behind years ago? Isn’t that what we have been trying to beautify by writing programs to add a front-end to our boring illegible command line applications? Isn’t that what makes Windows so much better, so dominant and so much the Operating System it is today?

It is time we shed this arrogant nature of being the privileged few, capable of handling the command line and work towards making a better OS for any Tom, Dick and Harry out there.