Ubuntu

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Ubuntu is a distribution (or "distro") of Linux.

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The project was founded by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth via his company, Canonical Ltd. According to Wikipedia, the name "Ubuntu" comes from the South African concept of Ubuntu — roughly, "humanity towards others".

Reference

Links

Discussion

  • wish list: suggestions for improving the Gnome implementation in Ubuntu

Upgrading

gksu "update-manager -c"
...however, many people are reportedly having problems with this.

Blog Entries

Notes

  • The standard install does not include many available packages; to access the additional packages, you need to enable (or add) the appropriate repositories. This can be done either through one of the package managers (apt, Synaptic, Adept) or by directly editing sources.list. sample sources.list
  • When running the LiveCD, the user is apparently "ubuntu" with an empty password (this works for logging in). Unfortunately, this doesn't work for unlocking a locked session. What you can do, however, is start a new session, then change your password within that session, log out, and use the new password to log back in to your original session. (On an IBM Thinkpad, however, the screen became munged after ending the 2nd session, and we haven't been able to figure out how to fix that.)
  • Many (all?) GUI apps seem to generate the following errors when run from the console, even though they may work just fine:
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 166
  Major opcode:  144
  Minor opcode:  3
  Resource id:  0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 166
  Major opcode:  144
  Minor opcode:  3
  Resource id:  0x0
Failed to open device
ScimInputContextPlugin()
~ScimInputContextPlugin()

Does anyone know what this means?