Ubuntu 11.10 Release Schedule

Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) is scheduled for release Oct 13, 2011. It will mark the 15th release of Ubuntu. It has come a long way since the early days.

Here’s the rest of the Ubuntu 11.10 release schedule.

  • June 2nd, 2011 – Alpha 1 release
  • July 7th, 2011 – Alpha 2 release
  • August 4th, 2011 – Alpha 3 release
  • September 1st, 2011 – Beta 1 release
  • September 22nd, 2011 – Beta 2 release
  • October 13th, 2011 – Final release of Ubuntu 11.10

Install Firefox 5 On Ubuntu 11.04

Waiting for Canonical to update Mozilla Firefox with your latest Ubuntu release may take a very long time. Are you tired of waiting? Take action. Install Firefox 5 now. Why continue to run Firefox 3.6 if you can get Firefox 5 now? Firefox has sped up their development. It’s time for Canonical to match the Firefox releases. The following instructions will install the latest stable Firefox release to your current Ubuntu distribution. The current Ubuntu release is 11.04 Natty Narwhal. The current Firefox release is Firefox 5. By the way, I’m still running Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and the instructions worked. This will also work for Ubuntu 10.10.

From the Terminal, run the following commands:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mozillateam/firefox-stable
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get upgrade

This will also update when Firefox 6 and Firefox 7 are released in the future.

Could Chrome Replace Firefox in Ubuntu

Reports have been confirmed that Firefox performance in Linux is considerably slower than in Windows or the Mac. So, why is Firefox performance slow in Linux? It seems to be a matter of priority. Less priority that is. Firefox developers have been focused on Windows, addressing issues where the majority of Firefox users are based.

Mozilla seemed to place less emphasis on Linux development. Mozilla is aware of these issues and are trying to fix them. Potentially, Canonical can replace Firefox with Chrome if performance continuous to be perceived as slow. Mozilla can potentially lose millions of dollars if this were to happen.

Mozilla receives millions of dollars from Google for making Google Search the default search engine for Firefox in Ubuntu. The growth of Firefox have slowed down considerably as Chrome continues to eat away the browser market share. I wouldn’t be surprised if Chrome becomes the default browser in the future, not only because of performance, but because it makes perfect sense.

After all, the Chrome browser is the centerpiece of the Chrome OS.

Funny Ubuntu Codenames

Canonical has released 14 Ubuntu distributions over the years. It started with Warty Warthog , followed by Hoary Hedgehog and Breezy Badger. Canonical switched to alphabetical order starting with Dapper Drake, then Edgy Eft, Feisty Fawn, Gutsy Gibbon, Hardy Heron, Gutsy Gibbon, Intrepid Ibex, Jaunty Jackalope, Karmic Koala, Lucid Lynx, and currently Maverick Meerkat. Canonical has already announced the next two releases, Natty Narwhal  and Oneiric Ocelot.

Although Canonical has done well in choosing its codenames over the years, it sure did miss out on some really funny ones. As most of you are aware, Ubuntu codenames are comprised of animals preceded by adjectives that start with the same letter. So, here’s my list of what could have been Ubuntu codenames.

What Could Have Been Codenames

  • A – Arrogant Ass
  • B – Babbling Baboon
  • C – Cocky Cobra
  • D – Dreadful Donkey
  • E – Earthly Earthworm
  • F – Flustered Flounder
  • G – Grumpy Gecko
  • H – Hideous Hyena
  • I – Icy Iguana
  • J – Jittery Jackrabbit
  • K – Killer Komodo
  • L – Loyal Leech
  • M – Magnetic Mosquito
  • N – Nerdy Nautilus
  • O – Orgasmic Orca

Future Codenames

  • P – Plumpy Penguin
  • Q – Quirky Quail
  • R – Raunchy Rabbit
  • S – Sexy Skunk
  • T – Tacky Tadpole
  • U – Ugly Urchin
  • V – Venomous Viper
  • W – Wretched Weasel
  • Y – Yackety Yak
  • Z – Zany Zebra

What’s yours? Any suggestions?

The Ubuntu Font

If you have visited Ubuntu’s website lately, you may have noticed the font being used. It’s called the Ubuntu font. See sample below. Canonical plans to release the Ubuntu font as open-source. Mark Shuttleworth talks about the font development in detail in his blog. If you haven’t been to the Ubuntu site lately, check it out. Also, Betatype has released an Ubuntu titling font. It’s not open source.