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Ubuntu 8.04 “Hardy Heron” announced by Jono

On jonobacon@home web blog, Jono has announce the next release of Ubuntu which is going to be the 2nd LTS release :-)

I am delighted to have the pleasure of announcing the Hardy Heron (Ubuntu 8.04), the next version of Ubuntu that will succeed Gutsy Gibbon (Ubuntu 7.10, due for release in October 2007). Not only will the Ubuntu community continue to do what it does best, produce an easy-to-use, reliable, free software platform, but this release will proudly wear the badge of Long Term Support (LTS) and be supported with security updates for five years on the server and three years on the desktop. We look forward to releasing the Hardy Heron in April 2008.

Read the full blog entry here

Incorrect resolution with usplash

If you ever have problem with monitor out of sync when you meant to see the usplash. here is how to fix the problem. I my case my 19″ wide screen LCD can only handle maximum 1440×900 resolution.

Edit the usplash config file:

sudo nano /etc/usplash.conf

and change to the resolution to what your screen can do and save the file.

To activate the changes:

sudo update-initramfs -u

All done :-)

Now when you next reboot you should see usplash on your screen.

Bad hard drive noise on shutdown (HDD Park)

This should only be used as a temporary workaround
And has been tested to work on a Acer Aspire 5601AWLMi laptop with a 80GB IDE hard drive, but this work around may not work for everyone.

Create file:

sudo nano /etc/rc0.d/S00hdd-shutdown-workaround

which includes this two lines:

#!/bin/sh
echo 1 > /sys/class/scsi_disk/0\:0\:0\:0/stop_on_shutdown

Then make it executable:

sudo chmod +x /etc/rc0.d/S00hdd-shutdown-workaround

On the next shutdown it should park the hdd heads correctly.

Note:
If you have more than one directory at “/sys/class/scsi_disk/“, add another line for each of them in the S00hdd-shutdown-workaround file.

Skyrocket screensaver

This evening I was talking to a friend on the phone about about screensavers and in the call was mentioned about the Skyrocket screensaver by Really Slick Screensavers. Well I thought it looked pretty kewl, even though I not much into screensavers.

The most full-blown fireworks screensaver ever. It has bright lights, smoke trails, clouds that are illuminated by the explosions, sound effects, and plenty of other eye candy. I hope you have a powerful graphics card. Keyboard commands allow you to launch various types of rockets, pause the movement of the fireworks, and control the camera with the mouse. OpenGL is used for the graphics and OpenAL is used for the sound.

Click on thumbnail to see screen capture.

Skyrocket screenshot Skyrocket screenshot 2 Skyrocket screenshot 3

To get it under ubuntu if it not already installed:

sudo apt-get install rss-glx

Connecting to secure wireless network without authenticating against keyring manager

From : original link

By default, if a wireless network is secured by WPA or such, you have to save the info in your keyring manager, which is protected by a password.

Both session and keyring passwords must match for this to work, if they don’t match, you will be prompted to unlock the keyring.

1. Install libpam-keyring package :

$ sudo apt-get install libpam-keyring

2. Then tweak the GDM PAM (plugable authentication module) security

$ sudo gedit /etc/pam.d/gdm

Add the following line at the very end of that file, then save :

@include common-pamkeyring

3. Reboot and authenticate into your session, you should now be connected.

4. Optional : change your keyring password

$ /usr/lib/libpam-keyring/pam-keyring-tool -c