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Ubuntu 10.10 Will Support Gestures with Multi-touch

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Canonical and Mark Shuttleworth proudly announced a few minutes ago that the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system will have support for gestures, with multi-touch. This is possible via Ubuntu's uTouch 1.0 gesture and multi-touch stack. 

Now that the new Ubuntu installer has been released, it is time for another breathtaking feature to take the spotlight. Both developers and end-users will benefit from an end-to-end touch-screen framework in the upcoming Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) operating system.

With Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) various GTK applications will receive gesture-based scrolling support. Moreover, Evince, Ubuntu's document viewer, will be enhanced by Canonical to support richer interactions.

Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition will also feature a gesture-enabled Unity interface. Therefore, users with multi-touch pads or touch screens will get superior window management at their fingertips!

"You’ll need 4-finger touch or better to get the most out of it, and we’re currently targeting the Dell XT2 as a development environment so the lucky folks with that machine will get the best results today."

"By release, we expect you’ll be able to use it with a range of devices from major manufacturers, and with addons like Apple’s Magic Trackpad." - said Mark Shuttleworth on his personal blog.

For the new multi-touch technology, Canonical worked closely with the X.Org and Linux kernel communities, in order to add support for missing features or improve exiting drivers.

"It would be awesome to have touch-aware versions of all the major apps – browser, email, file management, chat, photo management and media playback – for 11.04, but that depends on you!" - said Mark Shuttleworth.

If you want to get involved, then you should know that Canonical's Multitouch code is published on Launchpad and it's released under the LGPLv3 and GPLv3 licenses.

Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) will be released in October 10th, 2010. It will be the 13th release of Ubuntu.

Don't forget to check our website regularly for more news about the upcoming features of Ubuntu 10.10.



Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS Is Available for Download

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Dear Ubuntu 10.04 users, Robbie Williamson announced a few hours ago the first maintenance release of the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx) operating system, which incorporates numerous security fixes and updates.

This first maintenance release brings to its dedicated users a lot of security updates and corrections, all with a single goal: to keep Ubuntu 10.04 LTS a stable and reliable Linux distribution!

Ubuntu 10.04.1 LTS fixes some installation bugs, various upgrade issues, improves support for many hardware components, and fixes annoying desktop bugs.

The 10.04.1 release is available for Ubuntu desktop/server users, and Kubuntu desktop and netbook users (see download links at the end of the article).

Existing Ubuntu 10.04 LTS users do not need to download the ISO image(s) again. Just update your machine(s) and you'll have Ubuntu 10.04.1, with all the security updates and corrections!

For more details, you can check out http://www.ubuntu.com/usn, where you'll find a complete list of security updates for the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS operating system.

Ubuntu 10.04.1 (Lucid Lynx) is a Long Term Support (LTS) distribution, supported with maintenance updates and security fixes until April 2013 on desktops, and April 2015 on servers.

The next maintenance release, Ubuntu 10.04.2 LTS, will be announced next year, on January 27th.

Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package you can imagine available from the network and professional technical support from Canonical Ltd and hundreds of other companies around the world.



Changing Ubuntu's look: Windows 2000

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As any Linux user knows, Gnome has the ability to be changed, AKA Skinned, to look however you want it to look. From Mac OS X to a Windows OS to about anything at all. Today I will give you step by step instructions on how to change Gnome to look like Windows 2000, one of the best Windows OS versions ever, IMO.

Gnome with a windows 2000 skin/theme

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Latest Firefox 3.6.6 in Ubuntu Linux Installation

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Firefox 3.6.6 with is now available, this version has crash protection. According to Mozilla it "provides uninterrupted browsing for Windows and Linux users when there is a crash in the Adobe Flash, Quicktime or Silverlight plugins. If a plugin crashes or freezes, it will not affect the rest of Firefox. You will be able to reload the page to restart the plugin and try again."


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We all know that the GRUB loading menu that greets many of upon boot isn't the most stylish or modern looking interface - even adding a poorly pixelated picture background can't save it from looking lame. 

Well, getting a gorgeous, animated and informative boot-loader is no longer a dream thanks to 'Brand New Universal Bootloader' (more commonly referred to as 'BURG'.)

Ambiance theme

Admittedly, "BURG" may sound like something from the depths of Star Trek mythology but the letters actually stand for "Brand-new Universal loadeR from GRUB" and is based on the GRUB bootloader. A bevvy of cool features and enhancements make it an option well worth considering if you like to beautify your system. Here's a video of BURG in action: -


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