Why Wait. Upgrade to Ubuntu 9.10 Now

Ubuntu 9.10 aka Karmic Koala is scheduled for release October 29, 2009. Ubuntu 9.10 is currently in Beta. There will be one more release called “Release Candidate” before the October 29 release announcement. Well, why wait when you can upgrade now. Most of the grunt work for Ubuntu 9.10 has already been done. The new features are already set. The Ubuntu Development team are busy working on fixing bugs now. I’m sure there will be updates before the October 29 release. And there will be more updates thereafter. It’s just the fact of life, the nature of Linux distributions. So, why wait when you can have it now. If you’re itching to see the latest Ubuntu 9.04 features, you can upgrade now. Here’s what you need to do to upgrade to Ubuntu 9.04.

For Desktop Systems

To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a desktop system, press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box. Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘9.10’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.

For Ubuntu Server

To upgrade from Ubuntu 9.04 on a server system: install the update-manager-core package if it is not already installed; edit /etc/update-manager/release-upgrades and set Prompt=normal; launch the upgrade tool with the command sudo do-release-upgrade -d; and follow the on-screen instructions.

One more thing: we are 12 days away from the final product. It’s as good as it gets, but backup your data and expect a few bugs.

Wi-Fi Direct

The Wi-Fi Alliance group is currently working on a new specification called Wi-Fi Direct. The new spec will let phones, laptops, appliances connect without joining a traditional network. The Wi-Fi Alliance made up of Intel, Apple and Cisco plans to have the technology available to the market in mid-2010. Systems without Wi-Fi direct can be updated with software updates. Is this the end of BlueTooth?

Twitter Goes Mobile In Japan

Japan always seems to be at the edge of technology. So, it doesn’t surprise me a bit that Japan would go mobile first with Twitter before the United States. What does it take for Twitter to launch a mobile website going? Well, maybe a few dozens servers and load balancing at the very least, because the Twitter’s infamous fail whale began showing up on a few mobile phones.

Dell Inspiron 537s Slim Desktop


Introducing the Dell Insprion 537s Slim Desktop. Powered by Intel Pentium Dual Core E5300 with 2GB DDR2 SDRAM, 320GB hard drive, a 16X DVD+/-RW Drive, an Integrated Intel® GMA x4500 Graphics card and an Integrated 5.1 Channel Audio. The case is available in 8 different colors in a Slim-Tower Black Bezel design.  The OS is of course Ubuntu 9.04 for $419.

Using DIG

Dig is a powerful command line tool for querying IP addresses, DNS servers, mail exchangers, name servers or any related information. With a simple command such as dig www.domain.com from the command line, you can garner a lot of information about that domain. If you want a list mail servers, you can simply type dig www.domain.com mx. If you want a list of nameservers, you can type dig www.domain.com ns. You can do more complex searches using the dig command.

10 Essential Tricks for Linux Admins

Learn 10 essential tricks that can make you into a powerful Linux Admin. You’ll be able to do the following: unmount an unresponsive DVD drive, recover a hosed screen, use Posh, recover the root password, learn SSH backdoor, learn to remote VNC through a SSH tunnel, check your bandwidth, learn command-line scripting and utilities, spy on the console, and finally, randomly collect system information. Details.

Dell 3300n Laser Printer

If you want a laser printer that officially supports Linux, take a look at the Dell 3300n. It’s a black and white laser printer priced at $599. It’s targeted for small businesses with performance and durability in mind. The 3300n can print up to 40 pages per minute with a duty cycle of about 80,000 pages. In addition, it supports a slew of operating systems. Here’s the list:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, 2003, 2000
  • Microsoft  XP 32bit/64 bit, 2000, Vista 32bit/64bit, Windows 7
  • MacOS: (OS 9.2 and OS X 10.2-10.6)
  • Unix( PS PPD for Sun Solaris 8,9,10.0)
  • HP UX
  • Citrix Metaframe Presentation Server 3.0 & 4.0 (compatible) and 4.5 (certified)
  • SAP
  • Novell NetWare: 5.1, 6.x
  • Linux: Ubuntu 8.10, 9.04
  • Debian GNU/Linux 5.0
  • RH Linux 3.0,4.0,5.0
  • WS SuSE Linux 8.0, 9.0, 10.0
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
  • SuSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 11
  • OpenSuSE 11.1