This blog is dead and it's been several weeks since any of these posts have been updated. I will post a review of Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex on my other blog--I have written it already, just need to upload the images.


News for 8.10 and News From Me

Here are some news I'd like to share with you today.

gone. It was gay. I'll post news here.

With the 23th rapidly approaching, the all of Ubuntu repos are now officially frozen. Messages can be found here and here (follow-up of the first). All packages must go through special acceptance test by the release team and must be critical bug-fixes. Well that ends it for OpenOffice.org 3.0. :)

I don't think I will have the time to create and maintain this same type of a blog for 9.04 Jaunty. I am sorry. That was the summer, when everyone had nothing to do. Not anymore.

To satisfy my Linux interests, I have created yet another blog. Here is the link: http://bizarrelinux.blogspot.com/ You can tell by the name. It's not a feature compilation blog. It's, well, just another Linux blog. Bigger readable fonts, and more interesting stories I'm about to add.

I was asked why I haven't updated my blog with "Last successful boot" (which by the way is disabled in the latest Ubuntu because it was causing problems and didn't work at all) or about Catalyst, and most importantly, X.Org 7.4. I do not include these because they are too complicated for the average end user to understand. You might say, well they are important and significantly enhance the user experience. But I focus on what changes in the UI and the look and feel of 8.10 Intrepid Ibex.


Blog Submitted onto Digg

I am sorry my fellow friends. I have failed in trying to get this Dugg, and the majority of Ubuntu fans will be left out in the dark and will miss this ultimate site.

Well I don't normally do this, because I don't want to be embarrassed if I submit a Digg and it doesn't make it.

But with all the useless articles about Intrepid getting in, I thought, why not my comprehensive articles?


Hardware Drivers

Jockey is the default drivers manager for Ubuntu. (Some computer hardware cannot work properly without drivers; drivers take advantage of the hardware and optimize performance.) In 7.10 Gutsy, Ubuntu used an old program called "restricted-drivers-manager" but with 8.04, it has suddenly moved to "jockey." One can assume by the interface that it was based off of Restricted Drivers Manager, but intended to be better. Well it sucked. The one stuck with 8.04 just sucks. I had trouble for a few days trying to enable my Broadcom wireless card and I had to constantly refresh the first page of the Ubuntu Forums -> Networking & Wireless to see if anybody responded to my help request. But with 8.10, a whole new era has begun.

The devs have really done something, the new Jockey looks twice as better than the one in Hardy! There's a more profound "Activate" button, a description of each hardware, and the source for the driver! And of course, the support for automatic driver download for printers, when necessary (though I don't have a printer and can't demonstrate that now.) There's also a "Tested by the Ubuntu developers" for reliability and a "License" for all those curious. Nonetheless, it's still bad at offline managing. (Not saying that manual DEB installs won't work. But from my experiences, after I installed the package b43-fwcutter (a driver for my Broadcom wireless card), Jockey tried over and over to download it from the Internet, but wouldn't let me manually extract the wl_apasta.o file locally.)

For those who would like to try out the new Jockey in 8.04, run these commands in the Terminal:
  • sudo aptitude remove jockey-gtk jockey-qt
  • wget http://mirrors.kernel.org/ubuntu/pool/main/x/x-kit/python-xkit_0.3.6_all.deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/j/jockey/jockey-common_0.5~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/j/jockey/jockey-gtk_0.5~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb
  • sudo dpkg -i python-xkit_0.3.6_all.deb jockey-common_05~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb jockey-gtk_05~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb
  • If you run KDE (after running above instructions): wget http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu/pool/main/j/jockey/jockey-kde_0.5~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb && sudo dpkg -i jockey-kde_0.5~beta3-0ubuntu4_all.deb
Now go to System -> Administration -> Hardware Drivers and check it out!

  • 10/03/08: Added new version of Jockey to the install instructions for Hardy; it has lots and lots of changes.
  • 10/06/08: Another update for Jockey. And also fixed the error in the DEB install step. Updated screenshot with correct default theme and the new version that comes with new icons. But seriously, the new icons suck. They should have just stuck to drawing the theme from the default system icon theme. It looks so unintegrated now.
  • 10/13/08: Another and another release. Updated install instructions for 8.04.
  • 10/14/08: Wow, one more. I keep messing up the install instructions. Fixed now.
  • 10/16/08: Will it ever stop? Beta 3 got in.
  • 10/17/08: I'm literally on the verge of tearing my hair out. After weeks of indevelopment, Jockey is suddenly sprinting up and releasing new versions every two days. Beta 3 Ubuntu 2.
  • 10/18/08: No comment. Beta 3 Ubuntu 3.
  • 10/24/08: Progress slowing. Beta 3 Ubuntu 4.