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Dell Vostro 1000, now fully supported with the latest updates for Hardy Heron!
Until recently I had to use the windows driver to get the wireless working. With the latest updates to 8.0.4 I have been able to drop the windows drivers and use the drivers presented at boot time. The driver only has support for WPA personal at this point, but that is enough to get my wireless working reliably. If you need a more secure protocol you may need to wait.
The Vostro 1000 is a good buy at a reasonable price and works very well with Ubuntu on it. Good sound for a laptop, DVD burner, 80 gig drive. It is beefy enough for me to load the windows cd that came with the laptop into a virtual window using Virtual Box ose. All in all I would recommend the 1000 and ubuntu. The only caveat is that you have to install the operating sysem in Video safe mode until you can install the ATI drivers. After updating that and getting all the latest updates, everything works !
Let us know what is going on in the Ubuntu world. Please do not use this as a place to get hits on your website, as we do not pimp for google ads. Sorry. -- sign your name (put @SIG@ It will be expanded when you save the changes, so don't worry when you don't see the timestamp and username in the preview)
Great review of Ubuntu 8.10 vs. Vista: http://www.crn.com/software/212701668
Pretty much everybody who didn't upgrade to 8.04 soon after it was released have later been annoyed with [https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux-source-2.6.22/+bug/249340 bug #249340]. Read about it if you haven't - your Ubuntu-friends are likely to suffer from it if they would now update from 7.10 to 8.04. The main symptom is that the upgrade hangs at "en_AU.UTF-8...". It is easy to fix by booting the computer using the older kernel and the running "dpkg --configure -a". This is probably the most common Ubuntu bug today: it has 22 duplicates and many blogs and news services write about it. Check out Google with search words "Generating locales en_AU.UTF-8".
Georgia nonprofit teams up with school district to provide laptops with Ubuntu to students -- bpitts 2008-08-11 19:56:06
http://ubuntubash.org - A Bash.org clone, dedicated to Ubuntu and derivatives channels. -- gouki 2008-07-02 05:16:16
Indonesia LoCo invited to Ritech 2007 expo, provided with 2 free booths -- HarrySufehmi2 2007-08-02 16:47:35
Ubuntu-Women had their first IRC meeting Notes and log from meeting here -- Pleia2 2007-01-12 15:10:18
Ubuntu-be.org spreads Ubuntu love at VLOD education conference. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/BelgianTeam/VLOD_2007/Report -- FrancoisCauwe 2007-03-11 15:17:18
- UbuntuHQ.com --- New Ubuntu fan site
ninin: Ubuntu "Hardy Heron" release party is taking place on April 26th in Berlin
Metalinks (mirror & checksums files for download apps) are now provided for 8.04 ISOs. These are used in every Wubi download. -- Ant23 2008-05-08 21:23:20
New Ubuntu Sources.List Generator at link. Check it out and submit new repositories so this list can grow. --Xan Fantasy
Ubuntu Pocket Guide and Reference is now available. A compact yet comprehensive guide to Ubuntu, it's available at Amazon.com for just $9.94, and also as a free-of-charge PDF edition from the book's website: http://www.ubuntupocketguide.com. In the 48 hours (at the time of writing) since the website went live, the book has been downloaded by over 100,000 people. This makes it the most widely read Ubuntu book of all time If anybody has any questions or wants to know more, drop me a line: keir (dot) thomas (at) gmail (dot) com. Cheers. Keir Thomas
A team has started up to translate Ubuntu into the Shavian alphabet, an alternative and more efficient and regular alphabet for English. https://wiki.ubuntu.com/ShavianTeam https://launchpad.net/~ubuntu-l10n-en-shaw
In the Blogosphere
Some positive financial news for during the credit crisis: http://pythonide.blogspot.com/2008/10/how-to-make-money-with-free-software.html
Out of Date News items
ColinWatson: The venerable infrastructure used for setting up the keyboard and fonts on text consoles has been supplemented in Edgy with the brand new console-setup, by Anton Zinoviev. This allows the text console keyboard maps to be generated from X keymaps, which should produce much better results for people whose keyboards have not been well-supported at the console up to now (particularly those which are very different from "standard" US keyboards). You can configure it using the file /etc/default/console-setup. Please report teething problems in Launchpad (https://launchpad.net/distros/ubuntu/+source/console-setup/+bugs).
CraigKempson: FON were featured on the BBC Click programme recently - http://www.bbcworld.com/content/template_clickonline.asp?pageid=666&co_pageid=3 - in which they discuss their approach to business and being part of an open-source community. They only use Linux and open source software; and during the clip, they show François Legendre logging into Ubuntu on his laptop. We all belong to a community and it's good to see broadcasters making mention of this, and to see other 3rd parties with Ubuntu involved.
- Chris_c2: as well as bug stats, stats on number of users, by architecture also most and least popular packages, this info is available somewhere but I can never remember where its buried and could stand including in the stats section of the newsletter
- Add a Team of the Week section
- Tip of the Week
NickEllery: Do interviews similar to the Ubuntu Forums Interviews, but with Developers and other various contributers instead.
- Add a section giving a metric of the grow of Ubuntu. E.g., number of forum threads, number of downloads, google trends.
Feature of the Week Ideas
In an effort to have the feature of the week be useful and relevant to the widest possible audience here are some guide lines to follow when writing your proposal.
Try to use applications that are available via Applications -> Add/Remove... (GAI) or secondly Synaptic. These are easier for users to find.
- We would like to try to stay away from features that require users to use the command line or edit sensitive configuration files. This is not a strict rule, but more friendly GUI apps are easier for newer users to try. There is a greater chance of someone following your directions and making use of the app if it is easy to install.
- We like to focus on good apps/features that are simply lesser known. We like to give these lesser known gems there time in the lime light too.
- Try to provide links to the app main web site where readers can find additional information about the app.
- Tell the readers why the feature is so useful, maybe how it has helped you. This helps readers understand the reason the app is so great and will increase the likely hood of the reader giving it a try for themselves.
Try to use simple language. This is a newsletter, not a technical API reference .
- The OEM installation mode (new in 5.10)
- Translating menu entries using Rosetta and language packs (new in 6.06)
- Booting from USB devices (new in 6.06)
Add things that require major structural changes to the way UWN operates or looks
- Several users are not able or don't want to use gobby (due to port restrictions, the package for Dapper is missing, dependencies from gnome libs). Therefore, I propose to leave the UWN at the wiki. If the marketing-team wants to stick with gobby due to its advantages though, we should enable an alternative way to submit articles (on the marketing-list?), make regular copies of the gobby version on a website for translation teams and give more information on the uwn-wikipages on how to submit articles.
SCaLE 7x, the 7th Annual Southern California Linux Expo, will be held on February 20-22, 2009 at the LAX Westin Hotel in Los Angeles, CA.