Gnome 2.28 Reviewed

TuxRadar reviews the latest Gnome 2.28 which comes standard with Ubuntu’s latest release Ubuntu 9.10 codename Karmic Koala. Gnome 2.28 comes integrated with Bluetooth support. You can now pair up your mobile device or bluetooth headset with your desktop or laptop. Gnome 2.28 also comes with Empathy which replaced Pidgin. Empathy is capable of VoIP as well as chat. The video program called Cheese has an new interface. There are a few other features which you read the rest of the review here.

Linux Webcam Using Flash

I searched high and low for a solution to a problem with my webcam in Linux. I have a Logitech Quickcam Fusion that doesn’t seem to work with Adobe Flash 10. Many programs like Yahoo and Ustream.tv use Adobe Flash to capture a webcam. My webcam works just fine with other apps like Cheese and Ekiga, but not with Flash programs. I tried the Flashcam fix, but something is not quite right. There seems to be no fix at the moment based on what I read on the Ubuntu forums. This is an issue with Adobe Flash in Linux. Hopefully, it will get fixed soon, like the next release! Has anyone got theirs to work? Any tip is appreciated.

Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need – a web browser, document, spreadsheet and presentation software, instant messaging and much more.

The latest Ubuntu version is Hardy Heron 8.04. There are two more days before Hardy Heron is released to the general public. If you want to know more about Ubuntu and its latest release, you can read more about it from the Ubuntu website.

For those not familiar with Ubuntu releases, you are probably wondering why Ubuntu jumped from 7.10 to 8.04. There is an easy explanation. Ubuntu releases are based on dates instead of incremental versioning format.

The Ubuntu community is committed to release a new version every six months. The latest version, Hardy Heron falls on April 2008, hence version 8.04. The previous release was 7.10 on October 2007.

3 Ways To Get Ubuntu

  1. Download the CD installer – this is the easiest and fastest way to get Ubuntu. The download size is about 700 MB. There are dozens of mirror sites around the world to serve you. Choose a site near you.
  2. Purchase CD – Canonical sells a pack of 20 CDs for €16.50. You can also try Amazon. Some sellers charge a bare minimum charging only for shipping rates.
  3. Request a free CD – Or you can get Ubuntu for free. The only downside, delivery can take up to 10 weeks.

What’s new?

There are many changes since version 7.10. Here’s a quick rundown of the latest additions to Hardy Heron:

  • Linux Kernel 2.6.24
  • Gnome 2.22
  • Firefox 3 Beta 5
  • Brasero – a CD/DVD burning application
  • Vinagre – a VNC client
  • Totem – a movie player
  • and much more

Say Cheese

Speaking of Gnome 2.22, there is a cheesy program called Cheese giving you the ability to take pictures and videos from your web cam. It includes graphical effects like mauve, black and white, hulk, saturation, vertical and horizontal flips, vertigo, dice and warp. Here’s a sample photo with vertigo and dice effects.

To install the Cheese program, just type from the terminal:

sudo apt-get install cheese

Enjoy the latest Ubuntu release.