Highlights of Ubuntu 8.04 Beta

After recently installing Ubuntu 8.04 Beta, I have seen numerous improvements that will bring welcome change to users in the near future. Now in beta stage, Ubuntu is stable enough for me or anyone else who is interesting in testing the new version. While I have not seen any problems, it is not recommended for use on production machines. Here are some highlights. Continue reading


Ubuntu Mobile On Its Way?

Intel’s new Silverthorne and Diamondville processors are due to be released sometime during the second quarter of this year, according to this article on Computerworld. The chips are built and specialized to run Linux.

Ubuntu Mobile Edition is made for this platform, and has been built in collaboration with both Nokia and Intel. This means that an Ubuntu Mobile device could make it to store shelves sometime later this year or early first quarter next year. Continue reading

Amazon.com Brings MP3 Music to Ubuntu

Amazon.com has quietly released its MP3 downloader program for Linux, with an available download for Ubuntu’s latest version, 7.10. So, what does this mean for Ubuntu users?

For the first time, Ubuntu users will have access to a mainstream music provider, with millions of songs and full albums from the top bands available. The songs are provided without Digital Rights Management, which is a controversial means of protecting media companies’ rights by limiting the times you can move music from one device or computer to another. DRM also effects the sound quality of a song. As a comparison, Apple’s iTunes service offers non-DRM songs for $1.29, while Amazon’s service offers the songs for 89 to 99 cents each.

You might be thinking, “This is great! But… how do I get it?” Here’s how: Continue reading

Going LoCo for Ubuntu, And Driving Linux Adoption

Since Ubuntu is such a large project, it can be hard to determine how you can help bring new users to the operating system. In my opinion, one of the best ways to help in the advocation effort is through Local Community Teams, simply called “LoCo” for short.

Evangelizing Ubuntu becomes much easier if you’re a member of a LoCo team. All you need to do is see the main LoCo site for teams in your state or province.

Ubuntu Map

If there are none, you can always start one for your area, and other LoCo members will be glad to help you get started. In the map above:

  • Green states = areas with approved LoCo teams
  • Yellow states = new LoC0 teams
  • Gray = states that still lack a LoCo team
  • Yell star = New city with LoCo team
  • Green = approved city with LoCo team

But wait. You’re not done.

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