Oracle-Ubuntu tie-up coming?

A trail of breadcrumbs seems to be connecting database powerhouse Oracle with the Ubuntu version of Linux.

The most recent crumb was a report last week by Jeffries & Co. analyst Katherine Egbert. "Our independent checks in the past two weeks indicate that Oracle seems to be close to introducing its own software 'stack,' featuring Ubuntu Linux. We have heard that Ubuntu is currently working to certify its recently introduced server operating system to all of Oracle's major products, including database and middleware," Egbert said.

Free Ubuntu laptops for French students

Five thousand French students now have laptops running Ubuntu, thanks to a local government initiative.

The Centre Region’s local authority has distributed the computers to second-year university students in and around the famous Loire Valley. Each laptop dual-boots Windows XP and Ubuntu 6.06, with the intention of giving students a painless introduction to free software.

Is Ubuntu an Operating System?

Is Ubuntu an operating system? Last week at EuroOSCON, Mark Shuttleworth gave the closing keynote outlining what he believes are the major struggles faced by the open-source/free-software community. During his talk, it became clear that Ubuntu is trying to achieve a radical shift in the software world. Ubuntu isn’t trying to be a platform for mass-market application software: it is trying to be the primary provider of both the operating system and all the application software that a typical user would want to run on his machine. Most Linux distributions are like this, and I think it is a dangerous trend that will stifle innovation and usability, or even worse make the desktop irrelevant.

Ubuntu 6.10 Beta Released

The Ubuntu team is proud to announce the Beta Release of Ubuntu 6.10 codenamed "Edgy Eft".

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.

Ubuntu could not exist without Debian

Matthew Garrett expressed frustration with Debian recently, in a blog post that’s become rather famous. Mark shuttleworth (Founder of the Ubuntu project) replies in his blog over the weekend "I’m of the opinion that Ubuntu could not exist without Debian."

Ubuntu update flaw

An update was released for Dapper on 21 August 2006 UTC, which has been found to cause problems on certain systems.

A subsequent update published 17 hours later corrects this, so if your system is fully up to date now and you have no obvious graphical system failures, then you are highly unlikely to be affected. However, delays to the system of update distribution mean that you should make sure you have fully updated before rebooting your computer. You can read more about the issue to ensure you will not be affected, and learn what steps we are taking to ensure this does not happen again.

Unofficial Ubuntu 6.06 (Dapper Drake) Starter Guide

Check out this Ubuntu starter guide maintained by the Linux Center of University of Latvia. A great resource for anyone using Ubuntu. It’s Wiki based too, so feel free to contribute.

Flash 9 for Xubuntu (Kind-of)

When Flash 8 and 9 weren’t released for Linux, I thought, "why doesn’t someone just edit Flash’s code and change the 7 to a 9?" Turns out it’s possible. Here’s how.