Ubuntu-Pakistan Need help, its urgent
ssaqibmahmood at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 21 12:05:36 CDT 2005
Hi, to all ubuntu users,
i want to know how can i run audio/video files in ubuntu. like media player
in windows which software or patch i need to run multimedia files. please
give me complete information and link, from where i get that software. its
Waiting ur positive reply.
>From: "Fouad Riaz Bajwa" <bajwa at fossfp.org>
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>Subject: Ubuntu-Pakistan Ubuntu-Linux Pakistan Monthly Newsletter
>Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 20:56:07 +0500
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>About Ubuntu Linux:
>Ubuntu Linux is a complete desktop Linux operating system, freely available
>with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community is built
>on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be
>available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in
>their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should
>have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they
>see fit. "Ubuntu" is an ancient African word, meaning "humanity to others".
>The Ubuntu Linux distribution brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the software
>world. To download Ubuntu please visit:
>Get ready for the new release of Ubuntu-Linux in October 2005:
>Ubuntu-Linux version 5.10 codenamed the "Breezy Badger" is scheduled to be
>released in early October. 5.10 (Breezy Badger) Preview Release The Ubuntu
>Team is proud to announce the Preview Release of Ubuntu 5.10 - codenamed
>"Breezy Badger". The Preview Release includes both Install CDs and bootable
>Live CDs for three architectures.Ubuntu is a Linux distribution for your
>desktop or server, with a fast and easy install, regular releases, a tight
>selection of excellent packages installed by default, every other package
>you can imagine available from the network, a commitment to security
>for 18 months after each release and professional technical support from
>many companies around the world. To Get Ubuntu 5.10 Preview:
>Book your Ubuntu-Linux version 5.10 codenamed the "Breezy Badger" CD Today!
>The final version of Ubuntu 5.10 is expected to be released in October. At
>that time, we will mail pressed CDs free of charge. To receive a
>complimentary copy of the Official Breezy Badger CD -- or a handful of them
>to give to your friends, your school or LUG -- place your request at the
>below. Remember that these CDs won't ship until after the final release in
>October. Register at: http://shipit.ubuntu.com/
>Screenshots Ubuntu-Linux version 5.10 codenamed the "Breezy Badger"
>View the screenshots here:
>About Ubuntu 5.10 Preview
>To see it all, you'll need to try the CD, but the highlights include:
>On the Desktop
>* GNOME 2.12 -- Very fresh...!!
>* OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta 2
>* X.org 6.8.2 with wider hardware support
>* An enhanced tool for easily installing new applications (see "Add/Remove
>Programs" in the System Administration menu)
>* A new tool which makes it easy to install support for multiple languages
>* Editable GNOME menus
>* Applications are now linked into the Launchpad infrastructure (new
>on the Help menus for translation and support)
>* Support for writing audio CDs (Serpentine)
>* Graphical boot process with progress bar (USplash)
>On the Server
>* Support for installing directly onto LVM volumes
>* Built-in thin client functionality produced in cooperation with the LTSP
>* Simple NFS root setup with automatic hardware detection through
>* Support for up to 4 gigabytes of RAM by default on 32-bit architectures
>* Kernel support for cluster filesystems (OCFS2 and GFS)
>Hardware Support Improvements
>* Linux 126.96.36.199 with many updated drivers from third parties
>* Further enhancements to laptop support (hot keys, and working
>suspend/resume on more models)
>* HP all-in-one printer/scanner devices are supported out of the box
>* Bluetooth input devices (such as keyboards and mice) are supported out of
>* Multiple audio devices are handled more gracefully (and one can easily
>select the default device)
>* 64-bit PowerPC kernel available
>* A new OEM mode to simplify the process of preinstalling Ubuntu on
>computers for resale or redistribution
>* Automatically makes existing hard drive partitions available to the
>* Simple "dual boot" configuration with automatic resizing of an existing
>* The second stage of the installation now has a progress bar "Under the
>* GCC 4.0.1
>* glibc 2.3.5
>* New early userspace infrastructure based on initramfs-tools
>* More modular X.org packaging
>As always, Ubuntu includes the very best of the 100% FREE / LIBRE
>application software world, and each new release incorporates countless new
>features and bugfixes from the global development community.
>Ubuntu wins TUX award
>Ubuntu and Kubuntu have been awarded the TUX Magazine Readers Choice Award
>for 2005. TUX Magazine is aimed at the new Linux user, and currently has
>over 50,000 registered readers. Firefox and OpenOffice.org also won in
>categories, of which there were 14 in total. "We were amazed by both the
>quantity and quality of the choices that were available for TUX's inaugural
>Readers' Choice Awards," commented Carlie Fairchild, SSC Publications' VP
>Marketing and Sales. "Not only are the most popular applications getting
>ever more, but many new entrants keep arriving to push the market forward
>leaps and bounds. It's clear that desktop Linux has arrived."
>See the press release from TUX Magazine here:
>EU rejects Software Patents
>The European Parliament has voted against a bill that would have allowed
>patenting of software by 648 votes to 14.This result is good news for Free
>Software projects like Ubuntu, although patent law that explicitly excluded
>software idea patents would have been better. Read more at
>Side-by-side screenshots compare Windows XP, Ubuntu, SuSE
>Simple ignorance hampers the growth of desktop Linux. Few even recognize
>name. Of those, some mistakenly believe Linux is as cold and utilitarian as
>the command line. But people who really know Linux, know that Linux can be
>warm and friendly like any other OS. And now, there's photographic proof.
>The crew at OpenSourceVersus.com have assembled a collection of screenshots
>displaying the core functions of Windows XP, Ubuntu 5.04, and SuSE 9.3
>run from LiveCDs) side by side. This useful collection of images
>that Linux is not just a toy for the slide rule set; normal people will
>to use it, too. See the screen shots and compare Windows XP, Ubuntu, and
>SuSE -- from the boot screen, to the trash can -- at:
>New Ubuntu Foundation Announced
>Mark Shuttleworth and Canonical Ltd, founders of the popular Ubuntu
>Linux-based operating system, have today announced the creation of The
>Ubuntu Foundation with an initial funding commitment of US$10m.The Ubuntu
>Foundation will employ core Ubuntu community members to ensure that Ubuntu
>(www.ubuntu.com) will remain fully supported for an extended period of
>and continue to produce new releases of the distribution. As a first step,
>the Foundation announces that Ubuntu version 6.04, due for release in April
>2006, will be supported for three years on the desktop and five years on
>The Foundation was established on July 1st 2005 with an initial funding
>commitment of US$10 million, to ensure the continuity of the Ubuntu project
>and create a legal vehicle that represents the community structures of the
>project."It's important for us to distinguish the philanthropic and
>non-commercial work that is at the heart of the Ubuntu project, from the
>commercial support and certification programs that are the focus of
>Canonical Ltd." said Mark Shuttleworth, who is founder of the project and
>making the initial $10m commitment to the Foundation. "The core team
>employed by the Ubuntu Foundation will ensure that we can meet public
>commitments to keep Ubuntu entirely free of charge, as well as meeting
>commitments of support for extended periods. I'm very excited at the
>progress that has been made in bringing free software to the global
>marketplace, and pleased to continue my support for the project in this
>Ubuntu has quickly become a leading distribution in the free software
>taking the #1 place in DistroWatch popularity rankings over all timescales
>which are published. The distribution focuses on usability, security and
>stability on desktops and servers, and on making free software widely
>available for individuals and organisations who are ready to switch from
>proprietary platforms, such as Microsoft Windows.
>A quick take on Ubuntu Linux
>If you're a watcher of the world of Linux distributions, you've likely been
>hearing about Ubuntu, a relatively new entrant that's managed to win the
>devotion of many Linux users by augmenting the solid and popular Debian
>GNU/Linux with up-to-date software components and slick packaging.
>eWEEK Labs tested Ubuntu Linux 5.04 (which became available last month
>the colorful code name The Hoary Hedgehog), and we can report that the buzz
>surrounding this distribution is well-warranted.
>Ubuntu is an excellent choice as a desktop or notebook operating system: It
>includes the latest GNOME and KDE versions, and it requires less
>post-install configuration than does Fedora Core or Debian on its own. For
>instance, we found that, unlike with Fedora, laptop hibernation worked out
>of the box.
>Like Fedora, Ubuntu enjoys the sponsorship of a corporate entity --
>Canonical Ltd., which sells paid technical support for Ubuntu. However,
>Ubuntu depends most heavily on its association with Debian: Ubuntu releases
>begin as snapshots of a core portion of the unstable branch of Debian, and
>undergo testing and tweaking before they ship.
>The Ubuntu project plans to ship a new version of Ubuntu every six months
>and provide security updates for at least 18 months after each version
>ships. Ubuntu 5.04 (the version numbers refer to release year and month) is
>only the second release so far, so time will tell how well the project
>executes on its road map.
>Ubuntu supports Intel's x86, AMD's AMD64, and IBM's PowerPC architectures.
>We tested the x86 and AMD64 versions of Ubuntu with success, but we found
>that Ubuntu doesn't provide as seamless an experience managing and running
>32-bit code on its 64-bit version as SuSE does.
>Ubuntu's otherwise very good graphical software package management
>application, Synaptic, doesn't do a good job of supporting multiple
>With the assistance of a how-to from the Ubuntu Web site, we set up a
>separate environment for 32-bit applications using chroot, which worked
>Multi-architecture issues aside, Ubuntu's software package management is a
>real strength of this distribution. Debian's apt-get application does a
>job of resolving package dependencies, and Debian's dpkg component -- which
>underlies apt just as Red Hat's Red Hat Package Manager underlies Red Hat's
>up2date tool -- provides for install-time package configuration.
>Ubuntu 5.10 (Breezy Badger) Preview Review
>OK, the Ubuntu 5.10 preview (Breezy Badger) has been released. Let's have a
>quick look at how it is progressing. The final release is scheduled for
>early October. This review is a first look at the OS and won't go into too
>much detail this time. Watch out for updates and a full review of the
>First here is a list of some of the goodies provided.
>Linux Kernel 188.8.131.52 with added drivers.
>OpenOffice.org 2.0 beta 2
>New Add/Remove programs application
>Gnome menu editor
>Graphical boot splash. (Usplash)
>And many more below and above the surface enhancements.
>The installation process is still text based but has been greatly improved
>to keep user input to a minimum. After you have chosen your language and
>keyboard layout (which can be guessed by pressing a few keys if not listed)
>the installation carries on through the partitioning wizard until coming to
>setting up computer name and main user account. It is all pretty straight
>forward just not pretty! The second stage install now has a progress bar
>instead of the white on black output of apt-get. One good improvement is
>that other partitions are found and auto mounted for you so you don't have
>to configure fstab manually.
>Overall the installation is painless and you aren't overwhelmed by many
>options and configuration choices etc.
>2. First boot
>After the installation has finished you are presented with the same gdm
>login screen as in Hoary.
>On logging in you would be excused for thinking you've burned the wrong
>It does look like Hoary, in fact identical to Hoary, except for the
>notification bubble for the update manager. For me I think this is a good
>thing and won't go into this here. It's nice to see they have fixed the
>bubble when the panel is not at the top as the arrow used to still point
>towards the top of the screen.
>Compared to Hoary the same basic selection of applications are available
>are obviously newer versions. It is good to see Openoffice.org 2.0 beta 2
>installed as default. Let's hope Openoffice.org can get the final version
>released for inclusion into Breezy. There is still no word on the
>Openoffice.org website as to the expected date of release, well I say no
>word actually it says ??? 2005!
>Gnome 2.12 has had a few changes since 2.10 most noticeably in nautilus. If
>you shout loud enough people do listen. I personally didn't care for
>nautilus in 2.10 but the changes in this release make me happy again .
>Ubuntu have opted to use file browsing by default, also a choice of mine.
>The panel can now be placed vertically. No longer do you have a 6 inch wide
>panel if you have it at the side. (Shame the clock can't be vertical.)
>Finally a menu editor! I know you can do it manually but why should you?
>a nice services admin tool too. Gnome is looking better.
>The Add/Remove programs has been greatly improved. Simple way to install
>apps. Of course Synaptic is still available.
>Overall this is a great improvement over Hoary. It feels better, plays
>better. I am a little disappointed that amaroK is not 1.3.1 but 1.2.4, ah
>well. One thing I have noticed, and this also serves as a word of warning,
>the Ubuntu team is working really hard to get this thing finished. Now that
>in itself is a good thing but the warning is that there are hundreds of
>updates available as soon as you have installed and this number increases
>every day. So be warned. All in all a good and quite stable preview and is
>usable in it's current state for day to day use.
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