The latest release of Ubuntu Linux has hit the download servers. One of the more exciting aspects of this release is that it contains a new installer that allows Windows users to install inside their Windows hard drive partition without repartitioning, so you can try it out with no risk to your existing system. Christer Edwards has some nice upgrade instructions.
It strikes me that the problem with Google’s open phone plans is that the carriers all still suck and are the opposite of open. Google should just buy one of the carriers and run it in a reasonable manner. If it turns out that you can’t make money running a high-quality, neutral network and being nice to your customers then they would still make up the difference by driving lots of traffic to their web apps.
Greg Kroah-Hartman’s Linux Driver Project is an effort to connect a group of more than 300 volunteer Linux driver developers with hardware companies that need drivers written. Their problem: they can’t find enough unsupported devices to keep them busy. I’m pretty sure I have a few wireless cards at home that don’t work, so I’ll give those a try.
Jessamyn West installed Ubuntu on some library computers and made this cute video of it.
Dell is set to start selling consumer-targeted desktop and laptops pre-installed with Ubuntu Linux at the end of the month. This is really fantastic news and I’ll probably order on day one, I just hope they offer some Latitudes.
Yes, I’m working on it right now, and it makes even the Mac OS seem like a forest of unnecessary gizmos. Linux is blazingly fast compared with Microsoft’s OS, utterly simple, complete with any application you can imagine and – more amazingly – based on an entirely different philosophy than Windows. There’s a spirit of abundance and transparency in this Linux universe. Need something, and you just grab it. Pay, if you like, what you like, when you’ve determined its of value to you.
Linux Journal has a sample chapter from Scott Granneman’s new book Linux Phrasebook, which looks like an introduction to the Linux command line only organized by task with lots of examples. I like this format because it’s how I try to keep my own notes on things I need to do. It’s also much easier than wading through man pages for the options you need.