Quick Look at Lucid
Ubuntu just released the beta 1 version of their new LTS (Long Term Support) Distribution, Lucid 10.04. The theme is based on "light" and it looks great. Here's what to expect and what not to expect when you first install this new flavor of Ubuntu:
The first thing you notice when you launch the live CD is Ubuntu's new logo. Don't worry, they still have the basic logo but they added some new typography and use the logo like a registration mark. They went with the black desktop theme for their default, which is fine, but they moved something around. The window manager buttons went from the right side to the left, which is difficult at first if you are not used to it.
When I went to go launch Firefox: lo and behold the default search engine is Yahoo! I found this very interesting. Way to go Canonical! I am assuming they are getting some funds to help pay their developers.
Ubuntu has added a new Social Networking tool called Gwibber Social Client. Gwibber is an interesting application. It integrates your Flickr, Twitter, StatusNet, Qaiku, Facebook, Friendfeed, Digg, and Identi.ca all in one easy-to-use application. Empathy added the option to use Facebook chat which is really useful, especially if you use lists with your Facebook friends. Your contact list will be separated by the Facebook lists you have created.
Something that is missing with the new version is our old friend Gimp. Unfortunately Gimp is NOT installed by default, but it is in the repository, making it easy enough to install. I wish they would allow me to customize the sound scheme, because the only option you have is sounds or no sounds.
I heard a little rumor that Ubuntu would be adding a new Software Center where they will have paid applications, but fortunately they didn't take that path. Although they did add a Featured Applications section, they have a Canonical Partners section too.
Lucid means transmitting light, and that is what this new distro does. In short, it is shiny with a great looking GUI that isn't too boggy.
Zach Schneider is a web developer and Linux enthusiast. Find him on Twitter, @ZKM.
Fast/Flexible Linux OS Recovery
On Demand Now
In this live one-hour webinar, learn how to enhance your existing backup strategies for complete disaster recovery preparedness using Storix System Backup Administrator (SBAdmin), a highly flexible full-system recovery solution for UNIX and Linux systems.
Join Linux Journal's Shawn Powers and David Huffman, President/CEO, Storix, Inc.
Free to Linux Journal readers.Register Now!
- Download "Linux Management with Red Hat Satellite: Measuring Business Impact and ROI"
- Profiles and RC Files
- Understanding Ceph and Its Place in the Market
- Astronomy for KDE
- Git 2.9 Released
- OpenSwitch Finds a New Home
- Maru OS Brings Debian to Your Phone
- What's Our Next Fight?
- SoftMaker FreeOffice
- The Giant Zero, Part 0.x
With all the industry talk about the benefits of Linux on Power and all the performance advantages offered by its open architecture, you may be considering a move in that direction. If you are thinking about analytics, big data and cloud computing, you would be right to evaluate Power. The idea of using commodity x86 hardware and replacing it every three years is an outdated cost model. It doesn’t consider the total cost of ownership, and it doesn’t consider the advantage of real processing power, high-availability and multithreading like a demon.
This ebook takes a look at some of the practical applications of the Linux on Power platform and ways you might bring all the performance power of this open architecture to bear for your organization. There are no smoke and mirrors here—just hard, cold, empirical evidence provided by independent sources. I also consider some innovative ways Linux on Power will be used in the future.Get the Guide