Ubuntu 10.04 Release Set April 29

Canonical announced the other day that Ubuntu 10.04 LTS will be available on April 29. Both Desktop and Server versions will be available for download starting April 29. Ubuntu is well known for its release cycle of every six months. LTS or Long Term Support version, however, is released every 2 years with support up to 5 years. A non-LTS release is typically supported for 18 months.

In the meantime, Ubuntu 10.04 Beta2 is available now. If you are curious about the new features of 10.04, you can test run it by downloading Beta2 from Ubuntu’s website.

Ubuntu Claims 12 Million Users

Ubuntu is now claiming 12 million users. Awesome! I use to be an Ubuntu user, but not at the moment. I parted ways with Ubuntu because I found a better alternative. I now use Linux Mint because of one reason, everything works out of the gate. No playing around with configuration, no adding of proprietary software, no more searching forums to make things work. Everything just works from the gitgo.

But, I have to say kudos to Ubuntu for the job well done. 12 million user base is a great accomplishment. But, I think Ubuntu can do better. If Ubuntu offers a distro where everything works out of the gate, and I mean everything, then the masses can latch on to it and never go back to their Windows ways. This is to me what’s missing with Ubuntu.

To Linux purists, proprietary software is a no-no, but to the average Joe, a system that simply works is the ideal.

PS3 No Longer Supports Linux

When the PS3 first came out, a few people were buying it because it was a cheaper alternative to buying a BluRay player. But, those days are over. The price of BluRay players have come down considerably. Others were buying the PS3 because they could run an alternative OS like Linux.

Starting April 1, the latest firmware update from Sony will disable the PS3 from booting an alternative OS. The PS3 will no longer support Linux. A bummer. It’s a sad day for Linux and even sadder day for Sony. Does Sony really think people will buy the PS3 solely because they just want the PS3?

If you start removing the reasons why people should buy your product, then you are taking away potential revenue. It’s not like the PS3 has a monopoly in this industry. It has plenty of competition from the Xbox and Wii.

The official reason why Sony did it. Security concerns.

But, that’s not the least of their problems.

Consumers are reporting that the update has led to a variety of bugs, including slowed internet connections, controller compatibility issues, and resolution issues when using HDMI. And that’s if the update installs at all, as there have been reports that the download cycle hits an endless loop and never fully completes.

Opting to not download the update bars the user from accessing the Playstation Store, playing games online or playing any games or Blu-ray movies that require the 3.21 update to function.

Only a sliver of the open-source community used the PS3 to run Linux or Ubuntu, but Sony’s decision to cut them out is still a disappointing one, especially considering that it affects users who didn’t even install another OS.

Well, sometimes fixing an one issue leads to a whole slew of other issues. You open up Pandora’s box. Users end up with some brick consoles that could only be fixed via RMA.

Linux Mint Helena LXDE Released

Linux Mint Helena LXDE is a distro based on Linux Mint 8 Main Edition, Linux 2.6.31, Openbox, PCManFM 0.5.2, and Xorg 7.4. It features a complete and familiar desktop experience while being low on resource usage and is suitable for a good variety of older hardware. The benchmarks are remarkable. Boot time from Grub to the login manager is about 26 seconds, the same benchmark as XFCE and less than Fluxbox. RAM usage at idle is only at 141 MB. If you have an old and aging hardware, Linux Mint Helena LXDE may be the path to go. It’s fast with a very small footprint. Learn more.