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Embrace the Change

So Ubuntu 10.10 have been out for a few months now, and as Canonical states it’s a perfect 10! You can check out my old post for most of the major changes made in Ubuntu Maverick Meerkat(here). I was looking forward to the new Ubuntu Netbook release because of it’s improved interface. I did try it out, and was very impressed with it, however I have found something I like better!

Although it’s still in development, and is not included in Ubuntu 10.10. GNOME 3 and it’s Gnome-shell has an incredible interface. When GNOME 3 is finished, Ubuntu will eventually use it as the default desktop manager, and most of you will probably end up using GNOME Shell after you get use to the new interface.

Since I embrace change, specially when it comes to open-source projects. I have already downloaded and installed Gnome-shell. I do not have it set to my default desktop, but I do use it on a regular basis. I do have to admit, at first I was against the new interface but I fought through my resistance to learn the new interface and now enjoy using the new sleek, user friendly interface.

If you would like to install Gnome-shell on your computer, I got all of my information from the gnome website(here). But here is the break down of what you have to do to install gnome-shell on your Ubuntu 10.10 system.

  1. Download the deb file from lauchpad (here) and install it. -> This option is okay if you are just wanting to test it out, but I suggest adding gnome-shell to the repository, that way it is always up to date.
    To do this, add
    deb maverick main
    to your source list, then open a terminal and run the following commands
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
  2. After it has been installed open a terminal, or press <ALT> F2 and type:
    gnome-shell --replace

That’s all there is to it, gnome shell is now running on your desktop. Now if you want to stop it, just press  <ALT>C in the terminal window, or logout and back in again. We have not made any changes to your desktop configurations, but if you want to use gnome-shell as your default desktop, that process is also quiet easy to accomplish.

  1. Open a terminal
  2. run gconf-editor
  3. Navigate to Desktop->gnome->session->RequiredComponents
  4. Replace whatever is in windowmanager with gnome-shell

(Screen shot below shows the gconf-editor window with the proper option selected)

Now I’m not going to go into much detail on how to use gnome-shell, or the pros and cons of it, either your going to like it, or your not. I’m not going to try and convince you either way. I just wanted to give you the change to check out what the new Gnome is going to look like. I’m sure that once Ubuntu has integrated to Gnome 3, they will probably keep with the default desktop, with both the panels on the top and bottom, but have gnome-shell as an option in the background for anyone that what’s to use it instead.


Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat

With the latest installment of Ubuntu exactly a month away, I’ve decided to talk about some of the new changes in Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat, how one would upgrade to Ubuntu 10.10 Beta if you so choose, and a technique that can be used to downgrade back to 10.04.

New Features

As always Canonical has done a great job of including new features, as well as a new default theme and wallpaper. The new wallpaper that is included with the Beta is very unique. I will let you all come up with your own opinions.

I don’t particularly like it, and will probably stick to the wallpaper that I have been using for the last couple years(If you are interested, I have included it on the bottom).

Some of the main things that have been updated in Ubuntu 10.10 are:

  • Gnome 2.31 – Ubuntu 10.10 does not include Gnome 3.0 however I’m sure that Ubuntu will include it when they are ready
  • Evolution 2.30 – Suppose to run faster than other version on Ubuntu 10.04
  • F-Spot has been replaced with Shotwell as the default photo manager
  • Gwibber has been updated to improve performance
  • Sound Indicator – I am very happy about the update they need on the sound indicator – They have included a music playback options with in the applet. Now all you have to do is click the speaker in order to start/stop and change your music.
  • Ubuntu Software Centre has been updated to include many new features, one major one is the history option. You now have an option to view your installation history. This might come in handy when testing new programs.
  • Meerkat also comes with the newest Linux kernel

For all you Netbook users out there, you will be happy to know that Ubuntu has updated a new interface for there Netbook Edition of Ubuntu. I purchased my first netbook a few mouths ago, and was excited to test out Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Ubuntu has been my distribution of choice for a very long time, mainly because everything they do is great and always impresses me. This was not the case for the Netbook Remix, I did not enjoy the look of the desktop at all and quickly switch back to the default Gnome desktop. Ubuntu has created a new Unity interface which I can’t wait to test out.

Ubuntu Netbook Remix 10.04

Ubuntu Netbook Edition 10.10

Install Ubuntu 10.10 Beta

Now for the reason why most of you are here, to upgrade to 10.10 Beta.

  1. Open up ‘Run Application’ by holding Alt+F2
  2. Type ‘update-manager -d’ and press ‘Run’
  3. You will now see the Update Manager. Click on the Upgrade button beside ‘New ubuntu release ‘10.10’ is available’
  4. Follow all the onscreen instructions to finish

If you do not see the ‘Upgrade’ button you might have to tell your computer to allow ‘Normal’ upgrades and not just LTS(Long Term Support).

edit ‘/etc/update-manager/release-upgrades’

change Prompt to Prompt=normal.

Downgrade to Ubuntu 10.04

If you have decided to upgrade to the beta, and for one reason or another you want to go back to the way things use to be, stable, reliable, etc. I have found this post giving some suggestions on how you might go about doing a downgrade. I’m not sure if this works, nor am I responsible for any damage this does to your system.