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UCK 2.0.8 released

Changelog:

* Package:
* every uck-* binary file now has a man page (docs/man)
* no need to remove the debian/ dir from upstream tarball
* uck-* binaries moved from /usr/share/uck to /usr/bin

Download it

UCK 2.0.7, entering the Universe!

Today is a great day for our beloved project Ubuntu Customization Kit reaches the 2.0.7 version (there are only a few minor changes to the packaging so you can leave the update behind) but, most of all, thanks to the work of Alessio Treglia, UCK has been uploaded to the Ubuntu’s Universe repository for the upcoming Ubuntu 9.04!

This is a great leap ahead for UCK, we’re about to reach millions of Ubuntu users who’ll be able to install UCK directly from their package manager, without having to download it from UCK’s website!

go go go!

Ubuntu Customization Kit 2.0.6

I know, I’m a little bit late with this post, hope you’ll excuse me but I’m really out of time in these weeks :-)

Last week we rolled out the new version of the Ubuntu Customization Kit, named 2.0.6, containing some bugfixes, hey we’re about to enter Ubuntu’s Universe repository, that’s a big step for our beloved project and we’re working with the Ubuntu team and Alessio Treglia to make it happen!

So step into the official UCK 2.0.6 release announcement to know the changes and download it!

Ubuntu Customization Kit 2.0.5 is out!

Do you want to remaster the Ubuntu ISOs? Here you have the tool you’ve ever wanted :-)

In this release you’ll find a few minor bugfix but we’ve been working with a great guy (Alessio Treglia) to make UCK enter Ubuntu’s “universe” repository, we’ll keep you up to date about this wonderful goal!

Changelog:

* GUI:
* UCK version number fix

* Backend:
* uck-remaster script now outputs UCK version
for a better debugging
* minor fix to download-gfxboot-theme-ubuntu
(thanks to Alessio Treglia)

* Package:
* minor fixes to uck.desktop (thanks to Alessio Treglia)
* some license/copyright issues were fixed (thanks to Alessio Treglia)

Download Ubuntu Customization Kit 2.0.5.

Ubuntu Italian Remix 8.10

Ubuntu’s official desktop ISO, to fit into the 700MB standard size, is delivered with a limited set of translations, this set does not contain the Italian Language.

That’s why, since Ubuntu 5.10, we’re releasing our Ubuntu Italian Remix, to provide everyone the official Ubuntu desktop ISO plus built-in full Italian translations.

Ubuntu Mini Remix 8.10

You want to create your own Ubuntu Based distro but you don’t want to start from scratch? Ubuntu Mini Remix is the answer you’ll looking for!

It’s the smallest Ubuntu out there, only 133MB, fully functional, you can also use it as a rescue cd!

Download it and, using an ISO remastering software like Ubuntu Customization Kit, start customizing it adding your preferred software, graphic and everything you want.

Ubuntu Customization Kit 2.0.4 is out

I took this weekend to work a bit on UCK, port it to Intrepid and release it, here you’ve the changelog:

  • initrd detection was updated to intrepid
  • ISO mime type detection was updated to intrepid
  • langlist was updated to intrepid

Now you can go ahead and download UCK 2.0.4!

1 day with Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex

My hardware

  • Dell Inspiron 1525
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T8100 processor
  • 250GB 5400RPM SATA hard disk
  • 4GB RAM
  • Intel graphic card

Live CD boot

I put my cd in and boot the live environment (I found it a little bit slow but that’s not a problem since it’s a live…), everything is perfectly configured and working, with a few clicks I join my wireless network, check google.com home page just to be sure the connection is working and start the installer.

My partition schema

  • sda1 – 2GB – SWAP
  • sda2 – 10GB – root partition (with Ubuntu 8.04.1 installed)
  • sda3 – all the remaining space – /home

Installation

I start the Ubuntu installer, fill in all required data, tell the system that I want to format my sda2 partition and mount it as the root (“/”) and to mount my sda3 partition as /home (without formatting it). A few more clicks and the system was installing, time to take a coffee.

Here comes a problem, I’m back from my coffee and I see no installer on my screen, it’s crashed! So I’m launching it again, retype my info but I can’t see my partitions anymore…

Rebooting…

Relaunching the installer, filling data and start the installation process, it’s about to finish when it crashes again, I take a look here and there in the logs and see that’s something about the migration assistant (actually I have nothing to migrate, I’m using my old home directory…).

Rebooting again…

I remember that’s possible to launch the installer disabling the migration assistant thus I open a terminal and type:
sudo ubiquity --no-migration-assistant
and do it all again, this time everything goes fine and I can boot my wonderful Intrepid from my disk.

Note: it seemed to me that this installation bug was not reported before so I did it.

First feeling

Since a first sight there are not so many differences from hardy, I know there are a lot under the hood so I start playing around.

There nothing to say, everything is working wonderfully, from Firefox to Evolution, Pidgin and everything else, I love the updated Gnome and what comes with it.

There’s a really notable thing: Intrepid a perfectly working audio system without having to hack Adobe Flash settings (remember that Flash 10 is available now and I strongly suggest you to update it), PulseAudio seems to be really mature now and that’s great!

I also love the improvements to totem, Gnome’s media player, which now supports subtitles and seems to work just better with video media (also if I still have to use VLC to have full DVD support, let’s hope for a future version to fix this).

Intrepid comes with OpenOffice 2.4.1, I would have loved to see the brand new OpenOffice 3.0 but actually it does no change my life because 2.4 does everything I need in a great way! Anyway if you want you can check why it was not included and how to install it with with ease.

I like the guest session feature (also if I think that it would be nice to start a guest session from the GDM login manager, now it’s possible only if you’re already logged in) and the new shutdown menus.

Conclusion

At the end of the day I can say that Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex is really rock solid and it’s absolutely easy to use also if you’re a newbie I’m going to suggest the upgrade to all my family’s PCs/notebooks.

Yes, I ran in the that installation bug (and a few other ones I’ll tell you later) but it’s a thing that could happen only to a few people and I could avoid it just upgrading instead of reinstalling everything but I wanted a fresh start.

What I didn’t like

  • obviously the installation bug but again, it could happen only to a few people
  • My webcam isn’t working with cheese but anyway it’s perfectly working with Skype and I don’t ever actually need Cheese
  • It seems to me that it’s a little bit slower than Hardy, I mean, the boot is lightning fast GDM is slower to start and the graphic environment (compiz included) seems not to be smooth as before. I also noticed that gedit (the Gnome text editor) takes ages to load but it’s a know issue and it could be solved just disabling the file browser plugin.

Vote

9.5/10, go download it as fast as you can! :-)

Renaming Ubuntu derivatives

Working together with the Ubuntu trademarks team we renamed our Ubuntu derivatives:

Following up the distrowatch’s story about Ubuntu trademarks, as the first Italian Ubuntu affiliate we (CreaLabs) are trying to be a good example of how FLOSS projects should respect trademark policies living in the FLOSS ecosystem.

I encourage all *buntu derivatives to take the good move and do what we did.

recordMyDesktop audio troubles with Hardy

A few days ago a bought a new laptop: a DELL Inspiron 1525 (T8100 processor, 4GB RAM, 320GB hard disk). I chose it because all hardware (except the wireless card) is Intel based (audio/video) and I like Intel’s policy about open source drivers.

Everything is working smoothly, I had to configure nothing! Compiz works wonderfully and everything else too.

But here comes a little problem, I need to create screencast, the built-in mic is not so good thus I plug-in an external mic and start gtk-recordMyDesktop.

Ugly surprise, the audio is choppy and I can’t get it to work… I tried some workarounds found here and there but none is working :-(

Another problem, when I record a long screencast, gtk-recordMyDesktop hangs during the export phase.

I didn’t experience none of these troubles with my old laptop (DELL Inspiron 6000).

Can someone point me in the right direction?