TweetDeck Now Works in Ubuntu 10.04

Something magical happened this morning. It must have been the Ubuntu updates. I tried to install TweetDeck again for the thousand time, this time it worked. What a pleasant surprise. Thanks to Ubuntu for fixing the TweetDeck install. Prior to the updates this morning, I wasn’t going anywhere. Nothing worked. Clicking on the TweetDeck install produced nothing. Not a beep. I often wondered if Adobe Air was installed properly, but it said it installed without a hitch. I just couldn’t figure it out why it doesn’t work, until today, although Twitter seems to be having some capacity problems all morning long. I’m so pumped TweetDeck works.

Google Phasing Out Windows

From Datamation.com:

It’s not like Google was ever going to be a showcase customer for Microsoft, but a report that the search giant is phasing out Microsoft Windows underscores security concerns that have long dogged the widely-used software.

According to a report in the Financial Times, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) began moving employees to other operating systems back in January after its systems were hacked by what the company said were operatives working out of China, a charge corroborated by Internet infrastructure provider VeriSign .

Google was one of at least two dozen U.S. businesses targeted in the attacks that security firm McAfee (NYSE: MFE) said exploited a flaw in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer browser. Google has long been a strong supporter of Linux, and the FT report said employees are being moved to Linux and Apple’s Mac OS.

Excellent move. It also paves the way for Google to test Chrome OS.

Washington Post Reviews Ubuntu 10.04

Ubuntu 10.04 is getting publicity not just from tech blogs and tech magazines, but also from mainstream media such as the Washington Post. It’s not the first time that a major newspaper like the Post has printed an article about Ubuntu. Apparently, the same author reviewed Ubuntu 6.06 several years back. Certainly, any exposure of Ubuntu to non-techie readers is a welcome change.

It’s great seeing different perspectives of Ubuntu. Here are a couple of quotes from Rob Pegoraro’s article from the Washington Post.

Linux may run TiVo video recorders and live inside Android phones, in addition to running much of the Internet’s servers, but it still lags on home PCs.

Will that change anytime soon? A new version of a consumer-oriented edition of Linux, Ubuntu (http://ubuntu.com), offers hope for Linux optimists but leaves room for doubters, too.

A fair assessment. The author continues.

Ubuntu does not, however, include the junk that’s standard issue on new Windows PCs, such as expiring trial versions or pushy security utilities. Neither can it run any Windows viruses, trojans, spyware or worms.

This has always been the biggest selling point of Ubuntu.

But Ubuntu also leaves out two things Windows users rightly expect: built-in support for common media file formats and all their computer’s parts.

To me, this is the biggest shortfall of Ubuntu. It’s the constant tinkering to make Ubuntu work with proprietary media file formats. To Linux purists, a distro release with non-proprietary software is the only choice. To most users, they just want a system that works with less tinkering, and less reading of forums to find solutions.

Compared with Windows XP and 7, Ubuntu 10.04 booted up and shut down much faster. But it needed more time to sleep and wake up and fell far short in battery life. With the screen kept on, two Web pages refreshing themselves and a music library playing, the Dell ran for two hours and 25 minutes in Linux, 23 minutes less than in XP. In the same test, the Sony lasted just under three hours in Ubuntu — but ran for another 80 minutes in Win 7.

This is another area Ubuntu can do better with regards to the battery life.

Overall, this is great exposure of Ubuntu. I’m hoping to see more articles as Ubuntu becomes more mainstream.

Install Android on the iPhone

Installing the Andriod operating system on your iPhone is certainly doable. That’s if you’re brave enough to try it. It has to be a jailbroken iPhone2G or an iPhone 3G with firmware versions 2.0 and 3.1.2. By the way, the hack will not work on the latest iPhone 3GS as well as the iPod Touch and the iPad. And one more thing, there is a great possibility that you can brick your iPhone if you don’t follow the detailed instructions. If you are still interested in running Android on the iPhone, you can check out this blog post as well as read the instructions found here.

The Perfect Server Based On Ubuntu 10.04

There is no such thing as a perfect server, but this particular one is as close as you can get to being perfect. This tutorial will walk you through how to install the Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Server with all the services available typically that you get from ISPs and hosters.

It contains the installation of Apache web server (SSL-capable), Postfix mail server with SMTP-AUTH and TLS, BIND DNS server, Proftpd FTP server, MySQL server, Courier POP3/IMAP, Quota, Firewall, etc. It also installs the free web hosting control panel called ISPConfig2. Here’s the link to the tutorial.