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.

Adobe Flash Unfit for iPhone

One thing is inherently missing with the iPhone and the iPad when visiting multimedia sites. There are blank screens where videos or animated content are normally displayed. The problem with the iPhone and iPad is it does not support Adobe Flash. Steve Jobs recently was quoted saying Adobe Flash is unfit for the iPhone.

He says it has too many bugs, drains batteries too quickly and is too oriented to personal computers to work on the iPhone and iPad. Jobs cited reliability, security and performance” are the reasons Apple will continue to keep the Adobe Flash off its devices.

Meanwhile, a Google vice president has confirmed that full support for Flash is coming in the next version of Android. Whatever is happening behind the scenes between Apple and Adobe, Google is going to benefit. Android is well positioned to take advantage of the gaping hole Apple has left with Adobe Flash unsupported.

Ubuntu 10.04 Is Here

If you are running Ubuntu, today is your lucky day. Ubuntu 10.04 LTS is now out. Check the Ubuntu website if the latest release is available for download. If not yet, it will be available later on today.

If you want to perform an upgrade instead of downloading the ISO image, just press Alt+F2 and type in “update-manager -d” (without the quotes) into the command box.

The Update Manager should open up and tell you: New distribution release ‘10.04’ is available. Click Upgrade and follow the on-screen instructions.