Install GIMP 2.6.9 in Lucid Lynx

GIMP is the GNU Image Manipulation Program and is the best Open Source image-editing suite available for Linux as well as Windows. It is completely free and has features comparable to that of Photoshop.


We recently did a post to make GIMP look and feel like Photoshop. You can go check this page for more.

GIMP has just released a new version 2.6.9 which has a huge number of bug fixes as the major changes. There are no additional features in this release. The complete list of bug fixes is available at  this page. Some of the important ones fixed in this release are:

  • Import PDF files with long titles.
  • Shared memory leak fixes.
  • Font selection remaining visible
  • Layer preview stops updating.
  • Histogram display made more accurate.

If you are a regular GIMP user, install GIMP 2.6.9 using,

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade


Ubuntu Tweak 0.5.4 Release for 10.04 Lucid Lynx

With the Ubuntu 10.04 release, software developers are responding quickly to this. Ubuntu Tweaks 0.5.4 has been released for Ubuntu 10.04 and it has tweaks specially built for Lucid.

The homepage describes Ubuntu tweak as,

Ubuntu Tweak is an application to config Ubuntu easier for everyone.  It provides many useful desktop and system options that the default desktop environment doesn’t provide.  With its help, you will enjoy with the experience of Ubuntu!

A new improved feature is the ability to choose the background and logo on the login screen. Otherwise, Ubuntu tweaks allows you to set hot regions on the screen edges which can be used to perform compiz operations, install more software not found in regular repositories and tweak Ubuntu settings to the fullest. It also allows easy adding of nautilus scripts. This makes it the best Ubuntu tuning software.

If you want to know more, head over to the Ubuntu tweak website and check it out.

Download Ubuntu tweaks here.

Ubuntu 10.04 Feature Tour Video

With the release of Ubuntu 10.04, feature tours, installation and other videos have started springing up. You can read about them all you want but nothing works like a visual.

The 10.04 Lucid Lynx has some nifty new features and this video will tell us about most of those features in details.

Although this release is in high speculation it is not as perfectly designed as the version 9.1 was. This is because of some core changes which will need time for a better overall integration with the overall environment. Lets hope for the best with the next release.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx is Here, Choose Your Edition

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS has just been released and is available for download at the official website. We have been quick in covering the release and are probably the first to cover this release. As we have already told you, there are two options to get Ubuntu. One is through the ISO download and other through the Shipit CD ordering service. Read the release coverage here.

If you have any confusion as to which distro you should opt for, here is some quick help. Ubuntu is available in three editions.

Ubuntu Desktop Edition

This one is for regular PC users and simple everyday computing. It has all the basic applications for common tasks and has got the looks and feel everyone around is talking of. Basically, this version is for regular people with home PCs and for Ubuntu beginners. You can use it full fledged as your primary OS. Download page goes here.

Ubuntu Server Edition

Ubuntu server edition is another version focussed on the server capabilities like better speed, uptime and RAM support. This edition is for web-administrators and Ubuntu will roll out certification for this soon. Download page goes here.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix

This one is for those who are interested in trying out Ubuntu on their netbooks. This release has an extremely fluid and fast interface and is worth checking out. Download page goes here.

Want to see a page to choose whats best for you? See here.

New Features that Rock in Ubuntu 10.04 Desktop Edition

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Desktop Edition will be here soon and has a list of some exciting new features. If you have ever used Ubuntu before, you will be able to tell, this is the best Ubuntu distro ever.  Here are quite a few reasons to use this latest product.

The boot speed brags

A test conducted by Phoronix in December 2009 reported that Ubuntu 10.04 should break another boot barrier in its product lineup. The 10.04 beta version booted in 24 seconds on a Dell Mini 9 as compared to 54 seconds of Karmic Koala. Since then, Ubuntu has included the latest kernel and has also applied a Moblin patch. Moblin, as we know boots extremely fast and Ubuntu will get a share of that boot speed. Another improvement, the removal of HAL will be a major factor behind boot enhancement as HAL takes up a considerable amount of time to load and is the biggest boot hog apart from NFS.

The MeMenu is all about you

The new MeMenu designed my Mark Shuttleworth included in the panel will appeal to all social networking junkies. Ubuntu has never been this right. With a larger section of Internet users, at times, being there for the sole purpose of socializing, the MeMenu will completely rock. MeMenu provides an integrated access to all you social channels on Digg, Twitter, Facebook and good old messengers like MSN, Google Talk and the Stone Age IRC.

Gnome improvements

Gnome in Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid is of the latest version and it has a new and improved Nautilus which looks classy. New features have been included in Empathy and Tomboy notes can now be synchronized to the cloud. Copy-pasting of rich HTML is also supported now. The full changelog is available at this page.

Ubuntu One Music Sync and File Store to make you feel at home

Ubuntu One is Ubuntu’s desktop integration for online services. It lets you sync your files, directories, bookmarks and contacts anytime and anywhere. Now, access your files on the fly and purchase and listen to music from 7Digital  right within your favorite music players with Ubuntu Music Store. The PC is now all about Personal Computing.

Better nVidia Support for viewing pleasures

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx has an improved support for nVidia graphics drivers. The Nouveau video driver is the default on Ubuntu with Lucid and this new driver has better resolution detection. This driver is being developed upstream and this will ensure better support. Drivers already supporting this are available as nvidia-current (190.53),  nvidia-173, and  nvidia-96.

Apart from this, there is a new kernel based on the version and the all new KDE SC 4.4 for Kubuntu. The version of popular software products like Firefox is also expected to be seen.

Ubuntu 10.04 Manual Released

We have talked of the Ubuntu Manual earlier. Finally, the Ubuntu release team has announced the Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx manual.

This manual goes by the title of “Getting Started with Ubuntu 10.04”. This manual is targeted at all Ubuntu users but can be of special interest to Ubuntu beginners. It will help them save those extra clicks and get things done easier and faster.

It is more like a walk-through where you are taken through a series of steps. There are no scary technical details in this manual. The manual is divided into chapters and it proceeds from a  beginner  to go up to an advanced level. It includes common troubleshooting problems and is available in over 50 languages.

Sized at only around 4 MB, the manual can be easily downloaded from the Ubuntu manual website.

Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distro and is the easiest to use. It is focused more on users than developers and the manual goes a further step in extending user support. With the manual release coming just hours before the release of Ubuntu 10.04, I would say Ubuntu is on a perfect roadmap.

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.

Ubuntu 10.04 RC Release of Desktop, Netbook and Server Version

Ubuntu 10.04 RC was released yesterday and is available for download at the official Ubuntu release page. Head over to this page, navigate to the bottom and there, you will see a number of releases for you to choose from.

If you are interested in the DVD and the source CD, visit  this page instead. This includes most common Ubuntu custom distros featuring different desktop environments.

Please do not put the entire load on the main servers and user the download mirrors if possible. The list of download mirrors is also available. A common system requirement is 256 MB of RAM. If you own a newer Intel processor powered Mac system, good news is that you can install Ubuntu on it as well.

This page includes the server, netbook, alternative and the very common desktop version. The desktop version is also a Live CD so you can give Ubuntu a try and decide on whether to install the final version or not. This will not alter your current installations in any way.

A great software to consider when installing Ubuntu with Windows is Wubi. If you want to try Ubuntu inside Windows, go for Windows Ubuntu Installer Wubi. It makes Ubuntu easy to install and does not make any major changes in the boot-loader.

My suggestion is that, with the final version only a few days away, you should wait for the final version though surely, give this RC a try.

Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx Hit By Major Memory Leak Problem

With less than about a week left till the final release and a day till the Release Candidate, Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx has been hit by a very serious memory leak problem involving X.Org.

Last week, the Lucid repository  received  an update for X.Org Server to enable GLX 1.4. This update in X.Org Server resulted is some crashes and as a result another patch was introduced to fix the crash. This update to fix the crash has resulted in a major memory leak which causes the system to get slower and slower until it becomes completely sluggish and unusable.

This problem is currently being considered “Urgent” and the attempts by the Ubuntu developers to fix this issue have been unsuccessful so far. In order to fix the problem in time for the final release, the developers are considering rolling back the patches, including the one which enables GLX 1.4. This will mean going back to GLX 1.2.

[via ubuntu-dev mailing list]

Ubuntu Shipit is Open, Request Your Free Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx CD Now

Ubuntu has a system of sending live CDs to enthusiastic users who order it online. This time as well, we have Ubuntu 10.04 live CDs shipping for free through Ubuntu Shipit. To order your free copy of the Ubuntu live CD, visit the Shipit homepage.


You have options to choose between the desktop and the server version. You can also check the status of your order at the link given on the homepage. The request link takes you to a page where you need to login and place your order.

The delivery will take up to 10 weeks and if you have a fast internet connection, you should consider downloading your copy instead of ordering a CD.

The release of the final product is only 12 days from now . If you are enthusiastic about it and want to spread the word, you can place a countdown timer on your website. Get the countdown timer here.