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Well old news now, Gutsy Gibbon is out

As per the schedule, Canonical (a commercial sponsor of ubuntu) has released Ubuntu 7.10 (Gutsy Gibbon). The release new describing the features introduced can be read here. A detailed description of the features can be read here.

One can download the iso from the following link. You can also request free CDs from shipit.

Along with this the release schedule for the next release Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04) is also up and can be seen here. The plan is have the next release on 24th April. Well the count down has begun.


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Adobe Flex 3 beta 2 is out, Linux FB? WOW!!

Well the old news first, Adobe has released Flex 3 beta 2 with whole lot of improvements and few new features. With this release, flex community has got oppurtinity to explore the capabilities Adobe flex 3 will be offering in their final release. Read the release notes here.

October 2 was a big day for Adobe Flex, when Ram showcased about FlexBuilder Linux at MAX 2007. Read swaroop’s post (the developer behind the success). An excerpt from his post:

Now presenting the alpha of the Flex Builder IDE on Linux! (this was announced at the Adobe MAX 2007 conference). You can now create Flex projects, write code with intellisense-like hinting, compile and debug all within an IDE based on Eclipse, on Linux. You heard it right, it’s officially supported by Adobe

Read the corresponding slashdot article and discussion by mikepotter.

This will surely help to create a buzz in the linux developers community. After reading the discussion which is going I realized many people haven’t even heard about flex and somebody interpreted it as “Flex builder is a fast lexical scanner generator builder”. Now when they have an option to build RIA applications in linux also (using an IDE), many people will surely give flex a try. Adobe is offering it FREE and so the price concern is also not there.

I am just waiting for the time when Adobe will give an AIR (apollo) for linux and the linux flex builder will start supporting development of apollo applications. They have promised it on labs. I personally consider Apollo as a huge step by Adobe and having it on linux will make developing desktop applications very easier. Once this thing is achived I am sure Adobe Flex will get to see a large growth in the flex community.

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Goobuntu? Oh gr8!!

Yesterday, I visited google office and when i was roaming around in the office and my eyes fell on a familiar logo GOOOBUNTU (Google + Ubuntu). Later when I searched about it I learned that google uses this Google OS which is based on Ubuntu and Gnome. As of now, they are using it for their internal purposes and I think in future they may have plans to distribute it publicly as well.


I have been using Ubuntu from last 3 years and I find it as the best distro I have came across. If google launches it then I think it will be a huge step for Ubuntu Project.

Google has confirmed it is working on a desktop linux project called Goobuntu, but declined to supply further details, including what the project is for. […] Perhaps Google will have to think of a new name for the system before they launch it to the wider public

More information on wikipedia for Goobuntu.

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Ubuntu 7.04 BETA released

ubuntu_petit.png Ubuntu community yesterday has announced the release of Ubuntu Feisty Fawn beta version. It has come with whole lot of new features including GNOME 2.18 and 2.6.20 kernel.

The official release article describing “What’s new?” can be read here.

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Yakuake rocks!!!

Yet Another Kuake KDE terminal emulator.

Yakuake is a Quake-style terminal emulator based on KDE Konsole technology.

It remains on the top of your desktop and when required it smoothly rolls down from the top. For console folks, it saves the pain of opening the console window again and again. You just need to set a key to make it visible. For me the shortcut key is [f12].

Moreover, it is like Konsole only. It has got tabs, one can browse through tabs using shift arrow keys. The default skinning provided looks smoother and better than traditional KDE Konsole.

So, next time when you are working on some project or surfing and suddenly something strikes you and you want a console. You don’t need to go to Konsole open it.. Just press [f12]. Do your work and hide it again by pressing [f12] again.

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Last herd release for Ubuntu’s Feisty Fawn is out

The last herd release for Ubuntu’s Feisty Fawn is out and the first beta release is awaited.As the video shows up, with the new desktop effects and a better engine everything seems to be moving in the right direction. I think once the official Feisty Fawn is out this is the best time for the XP users to start playing with this lovely thing.The ubuntu community itself is getting stronger and now Ubuntu is undoubtely the main contender of being most popular Linux Distro.

The release is expected in mid-april. Well said “It seems that Linux on the desktop is getting there, with Ubuntu

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