WebDav and Ubuntu Encrypted Home Folder

I’ve been struggling in getting WedDav to work with my Subversion repository that’s installed on my home folder.  The problem lies with the way Ubuntu 9.10 encrypts the home folder. There seems to be no way around to the permission issues with WedDav. There are two things you can do: you can move your repository outside your home folder, or choose not to encrypt your home folder when installing Ubuntu. Anyways, encrypting your home folder is a nice feature, but it also brings some potential issues.

Install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 9.10

This post was written when Chrome was still not available for Linux. Chromium was the only option then. Now that Google Chrome is available, just go to Google’s website and download the browser directly.

Tired of Firefox? Do you want something a little bit more faster, maybe more stable? I seem to have issues with Firefox running on Ubuntu 9.10. I’m not sure what’s going on, but it has crashed several times. This article shows you how to install Google Chrome on Ubuntu 9.10.

Add to your sources list.

$ sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu karmic main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/chromium-daily/ppa/ubuntu karmic main

You may substitute jaunty, intrepid, hoary for other distributions.

Add the GPG keys.

sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com
0xfbef0d696de1c72ba5a835fe5a9bf3bb4e5e17b5

Run an update.

sudo apt-get update

Finally, install Google Chrome.

sudo apt-get install chromium-browser

Ubuntu 9.10 Beta Is Out

When an Ubuntu Beta version is released, you know that the final release is just around the corner. Ubuntu 9.10 or Karmic Koala is scheduled for a late October release. What’s new? Karmic has new themes, icons and wallpapers. The Ubuntu Software Store has been renamed to the Ubuntu Software Center. To facilitate faster boot time, Ubuntu now uses Upstart, a an event-based replacement for the /sbin/init daemon which handles starting of tasks and services during boot and stopping them during shutdown. There are other features and improvements found here. Of course, there are other Ubuntu 9.10 versions available for download. You can check out the rest of the Ubuntu family below courtesy of Softpedia.

Download Ubuntu 9.10 Beta (Karmic Koala) right now from Softpedia.
Download Ubuntu Server 9.10 Beta (Karmic Koala) right now from Softpedia.
Download Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud 9.10 Beta (Karmic Koala) right now from Softpedia.
Download Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 Beta (Karmic Koala) right now from Softpedia.
Download Kubuntu 9.10 Beta (Karmic Koala) right now from Softpedia.
Download Kubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 Beta (Karmic Koala) right now from Softpedia.
Download Xubuntu 9.10 Beta (Karmic Koala) right now from Softpedia.
Download Edubuntu 9.10 Beta (Karmic Koala) right now from Softpedia.
Download Ubuntu Studio 9.10 Beta (Karmic Koala) right now from Softpedia.
Download Mythbuntu 9.10 Beta (Karmic Koala) right now from Softpedia.

Ubuntu USB Thumbnail Diagnostic Software

Workswithu.com had a recent article about Ubuntu’s USB Thumbnail Diagnostic Software capable of determining if your desktop or laptop is qualified of running Ubuntu 9.10. Canonical and Ubuntu volunteers were at the Atlanta Linux Fest testing systems. Canonical will review the results of the diagnostic tests to fix any potential bugs and user issues. Canonical plans to release the USB Thumbnail Diagnostic Software to everyone. I hope they put it online soon. This is the kind of software that should be included in every ISO.