Google Photos Blog has released a Linux version of their fabulous Picasa software. One more argument for adopting Ubuntu. From the site:
We’re proud to announce the public beta of Picasa 3.0 for Linux (just a few days past the end of summer 🙂
With version 3, Picasa adds improved Linux desktop integration. For instance, it now uses your preferred file manager, and you can use your preferred email program to send photos directly from Picasa. Picasa even integrates with the camera detection features in Gnome and KDE, so your desktop environment will ask you to
launch Picasa when you plug in your camera. Our native Firefox integration also makes it easy to download entire albums from Picasa Web Albums with just a click.
The most important features from our Windows release are all present in this beta of Picasa 3 for Linux: Along with faster performance, Picasa 3 for Linux introduces new features like automatic web sync, a greatly-improved collage tool, a powerful retouching tool, and an intuitive text tool that’s both fun and useful. A full list of changes can be viewed here.
Posted in Apps
Tagged Linux, Ubuntu
The New York Times has a story in their Technology section on Ubuntu‘s latest development effort which they have named Jaunty Jackalope. The full version won’t be released until April 2009 but I am sure we will start seeing Alpha’s and Beta’s in the coming months. From the article:
Microsoft has spent years battling an Apple. Now it must go up against a Jaunty Jackalope as well.
The Jaunty Jackalope moniker is the latest animal-themed name used by Canonical, a maker of open source software, to describe an upcoming version of Ubuntu, its flavor of the Linux operating system. Other names used for previous releases of Ubuntu have included Hardy Heron, Dapper Drake and Breezy Badger. While the names may seem silly, they reflect part of the culture that has helped Ubuntu become a legitimate player in both the desktop and server operating system markets.
The geek elite use Linux, which is an operating system built with open source software that serves the same basic functions as Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s Mac OS X. Of late, members of that geek elite have tended to choose Ubuntu as their favorite version of Linux. (There are hundreds, if not thousands, of variations on Linux, each with their own collections of applications and features.)
Posted in News
It turns out that the new Dell Inspirion Mini 9 will not only be selling with Ubuntu pre-installed, for those of you who want it, but Gizmodo let’s us know that the new Dell ‘netbook’ will also be sporting an integrated 3G card!
Posted in Gadgets
Tagged 3G, laptop, Ubuntu
Erik Hersman over at White African has a sister site which he has aptly named Afrigadget. It is a wonderful look at the resourcefulness found throughout Africa. For you Ubuntu lovers, check out the image below. For the rest of you please head over to Afrigadget and check out some of the ingenuity on display.
Posted in Gadgets
Tagged Africa, Ubuntu
If you are interested in testing out Ubuntu but don’t want to deal with an ISO please be sure to check out Wubi. Wubi allows you to install Ubuntu on your Windows machine as if it were just another application. At the end of the day, if you don’t like it, just uninstall it as you would an other app.
I have yet to try Wubi so please leave comments below if you have had a chance to run it. If you are interested in going stright for Ubuntu’s latest offereing, Hardy Heron, just click the image above.
If you are intersted in trying out another Linux OS be sure to check out Linux Mint. A number of people have commented that it is a good substitute for Ubuntu’s latest offering. Reviews abound so spend some time reviewing them.